Thursday, May 28, 2009

THE GOOD FAIRIES OF NEW YORK by MARTIN MILLAR


Heather and Morag and several of their friends--flower fairies all, hailing from Scotland and England--have arrived in New York, driven out of their homelands for trying to inject punk-chic in the form of Ramones tunes into the repertoire of fairy musicians. They're good fairies, yes, but they have a knack for trouble, as evidenced by the fairy war they manage to ignite, involving Chinese fairies from Chinatown, African-American fairies from Harlem, and Italian fairies from Little Italy. Oy vey iz mir, as the Jewish fairies would say if we'd met any in this book.

The Good Fairies of New York is a sweet, light foray into urban fantasy. It doesn't have a lot of substance, but the characters, both human and fairy, are lovingly drawn, and Millar adds another alternative view of New York, a city which invites so many.

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