The Good Fairies of New York
Dinnie, an overweight enemy of humanity, was the worst violinist in New York, but was practicing gamely when two cute little fairies stumbled through his fourth-floor window and vomited on the carpet. . .
When a pair of fugitive Scottish thistle fairies end up transplanted to Manhattan by mistake, both the Big Apple and the Little People have a lot of adjusting to do. Heath
Great cover, great introduction by Neil Gaiman, Staff Pick at a great independent somehow does not equal a good book. I thought it'd be cool but it's pretty much just about some Scottish fairies in New York City. I really didn't like the style, which I didn't find particularly skillful. It could have been a lot better. The main thing I got out...more
They glomp onto some humans; Morag joins Kerry, who suffers from Crohns disease (complete with colostomy bag), while Heather...more
Updated to add: One of the reasons this book didn't completely work for me is that, even though it is set in New York and two of the main characters are supposedly Americans if not New Yorkers, all of the characters seemed British to me. Millar avoided any really obvious faults in vocabulary, but the tone of the dialogue wasn't quite right for New Yorkers.
Updated to add, second iteratio...more
Millar likes to jump between different characters and subplots far more often than is healthy - often he'll introduce a couple of new characters, then two paragraph...more
I wasn't totally disappointed. It was a fun read, and the characters were memorable (especially Dinnie and Kerry), but I felt like some of the storytelling choices the author made were very awkward. You never really read about anything happening, you just heard about it later. You were never present during...more
Did i have to force myself through this one.
I have to wonder if Neil Gaiman and I were reading the same book. The storyline was completely all over the place. Within a chapter the author bounces from one group of characters to the next, leading me to wonder why he had numbered chapters at all..
The book goes something like this:
Two scottish fairies land in NYC, get drunk, play the fiddle, fight amongst each other and wreak havoc among the lives of Dinnie (A fat cranky man who has no money a...more
The premise of the book seemed very funny, fairies running amok in New York City, but the delivery was only mildly humorous and overly crass in places. The characters themselves lack...more
I was really expecting to love this book but I actually found it quite disapointing. I think it was a prose thing for me. It was very flat and difficult to read. We get told something relevant to the plot has happened and they get hurried along and it would be nice to have seen some of that stuff happening, you know. None of the characters had any...more
I really enjoy Martin Millar's style. He uses such unadorned, simple english, but still manages to cre...more
by page twenty i seemed to have mostly purged myself of denial and accepted the fact that this book wasn't going to be anywhere near as good as lonely werewolf girl but as the aforementioned was spectacul...more
Here's the amazon blurb, which sums up the plot quite nicely without giving away too much:
Morag and Heather, two eighteen-inch fairies with swords, green kilts and badly dyed hair fly through the window of the worst violinist in New York, an overweight and antisocial type named Dinnie, and vomit on his carpet. Who they are, how they came to New York and what this has to do with the lovely Kerry - who lives across the street, and has Crohn's Disease, and...more
Meanwhile, the rest of their party, including three Irish fair...more
The general tone is one of carnival parade / commedia dell' arte with colourful characters inter...more
The Good Fairies is mostly about two Scottish thistle fairies, Morag and Heather and their adventures in New York. Not that they know they are in New York (for a while they think they’re in Glasgow) or where New York...more
The style was disjointed and haphazard, jumping from scene to scene that were sometimes as short as a few sentences. Doing so occasionally can sometimes be quite effective, but when the entire book is like that, it leaves me feeling like I've just read a long string of teasers, and the book itself had no meat. I also fel...more
Within ten minutes, I happened upon a book entitled The Good Fairies of New York. The title caught my attention: fairies? New York? The titular connotations suggested that the book would be a type of urban fantasy. Seeing that Ne...more
In the intro, Neil Gaiman says: "This book is for every fiddler who has realized, half-way through plaing an ancient Scotish air, that the Ramones "I Wanna Be Sedated" is what folk music is really all about, and gone straight into it. It's a book for every...more
I was wrong.
(ETA now that I see how love-hate most of the reviews are.)
The writing style is really disjointed and choppy and sometimes repetitive. The random facts you get when first introduced to characters might not necessarily be the most important ones (or maybe they are), and so when the BIG facts are dropped it can really twist your gut. I guess maybe if you like linear narrative, that co...more
‘The Good Fairies of New York’ was actually published in 1992, but has been re-released th...more
I'm very surprised by the amount of negative reviews for this book, as I found The Good Fairies of New York to be a lovely read. Millar reminds me very much of one of my favorite authors, Jonathan Carroll, in a stylistic sense. His prose is charming, and the dry wit and humour he sprinkles throughout the book never ceased to make me chuckle as I was reading.
Perhaps what truly caught me up in this book was the characterization. The characters are realistic. You aren't going to l...more
The novels he writes as Martin Millar dwell on urban decay and British sub-cultures, and the impact this has on a range of characters, both realistic and supernatural. There are elements of magical realism, and the feelin...more