Faery Tale: One Woman's Search for Enchantment in a Modern World
Burdened by the woes of a workaday life, the end of any good news, and the loss of her formidable father, Signe Pike, a 20-something editor at Penguin in New York, found herself needing something - anything - to believe in again. Her disenchantment made her long for the magical stories of her youth - the faeries that had enchanted her as a child.
Her voyage of discovery ta...more
What Signe Pike manages to do is deftly intertwine her own personal story and loss into her journey through these inspiring lands. And it didn't seem too preachy. I flew through the pages, and even felt myself getting a little choked up every once and again. More than anything, though, this made me want to travel back to Skye and Oxford and London and Edinburg ...more
You don't have to believe in faeries to be drawn into the spell of Signe Pike's frolicking memoir. Stifled by the concrete jungle of Manhattan, Pike embarks on a journey to England, Ireland, the Isle of Man (in the middle of the Irish Sea) and Scotland, in search of magical faery realms. With equal parts skepticism and childlike wonder, Pike welcomes the unknown and allows her "faery journalism" to guide her t ...more
She knows how strange it sounds that, in the 21st century, she is looking for evidence of tiny magical creatures. She approaches the situation with an adult-like practicality and an open mind at the same t ...more
There are some parts that don't deserve the four stars, but the bulk of the book IS about faeries and Signe Pike's strange experiences with their sites in the British Isles. She had some neat experiences and talked to interesting people, and her research is good. What I didn't like was when she started ...more
So... go Signe Pike for taking this journey!
A journey like this most likely calls for you to set your intuition free and to let go of the natural scepticism we're used to (nothing wrong with that, a heal ...more
This enchanting memoir is sort of Eat Pray Love for faery lovers. Signe Pike is a young woman who quit her job as a book editor for a New York publisher and went on a quest to find out if faeries are real. I was maddened, delighted and inspired many times over during my reading of this truly modern faery tale.
Because that is what it is, a faery tale in the voice of a modern young woman who wanted to believe in magic, in things that cannot be seen and in happy endings. Signe Pike is young enoug ...more
The whimsical title and lovely book jacket caught my eye, but it was the dedication and poem at the beginning for the author's loss of her father that led me to purchase this book. I found myself thinking “suspend disbelief” when I started it, and had to smile when the author echoed those exact words toward the en ...more
There are a number of lovely anecdotes, particularly in the Isle of Man section, but Pike's writing is a mixed bag, with ...more
This could be classified as a travel or personal memoir. The reader is able to read about beautiful descriptions on Signe's travels. Readers are also able to see Signe grow a ...more
Her first book, Faery Tale: One Woman's Search for Enchantment in a Modern World, dubbed "Eat Pray Love with Faeries" by Inciting a Riot, is a journey through grief, faeries, and the UK.
As a long time fan of faeries and faery lore I was completely entranced by this book. I want to read it again and I can't wait to explore the books sh ...more