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Through the Faerie Glass: A Look at the Realm of Unseen and Enchanted Beings

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Kenny Klein draws on folkloric legend, myth, song and sagas to reveal the true nature of fairies: where they live, what they do, their sexuality, fears and talents for disguise, enchantment and prophesy. He also offers practical tips for those who dare to visit their world.
Paperback, 299 pages
Published February 8th 2010 by Llewellyn Publications
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I picked this book up out of curiousity since I had read a large number of novels in 2010 that deal with the world of fae. The premise of the book certainly sounded interesting, with chapters ranging from Changelings to Faerie Sexuality.

I have to say that the author failed to impress me due to his lack of literary finesse. He was all over the place! One page was focused on Scottish or IRish folklore, then he jumped to Genesis from the bible, followed by Zeus in Greek Mythology. He jumped between
Steve Cran
Magickal people like to work with magickal beings. One example of a magickal being would be a fairy. Modern literature often time s portrays these magickal being as childlike, innocent, helpful and playful. The reality, however, is much different. Faeries can be hazardous to your health.

Where do faeries live? Some say they live in an alternate realm or maybe in a natural setting like forests, hills, oceans, ponds and caves. Faeries are not always small sometimes they can be giants or human size.
Mar 30, 2014 Morgan rated it did not like it
Yesterday I read Through the Faerie Glass by Kenny Klein, a book I had high hopes for and very much wanted to like. Unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations. I decided to review it here to share my thoughts on it with everyone.
This book is a truly mixed bag, with good material and points side by side with bad. One of the most frustrating things when reading it is that the author often states information without any references of sources, leaving the reader unable to track down how fac
Jun 28, 2010 Jessica rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book. Those hopes were hanged, dashed, drawn, quartered, and immolated, all by the time the first chapter was finished.

Klein spends his pages in the first chapter berating his readers, suggesting that they are incredibly stupid if they should believe that any faerie, ever, could ever be inclined to be nice (despite the stories to the contrary and some of the examples he provides himself later). Besides being a waste of paper and ridiculously long-winded, it is also high
Dec 15, 2014 Donna rated it liked it
I read Field Guide to the Little People before this particular book on faeries so when I picked this one up, I thought it was going to be kind of along the same lines: pretty straight forward of the whys and hows of faeries. Actually they're more like a collection of essays. Not in and of itself bad but if it's not really your learning style, or you're looking for something a little simpler to get into, this might not be your bag.

In all honesty, I had some trouble getting into this book. I would
Andrew Sapp
Aug 07, 2011 Andrew Sapp rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in folklore
Shelves: fantasy, non-fiction
Kenny Klein is a musician, and it is through his knowledge of traditional folk ballads and folklore that Through the Faerie Glass is written. In doing so, he draws from a rich well, and does a good job of weaving the threads from varies songs and stories into a fairly comprehensive view (as far as I can tell) of faeries and The Otherworld they inhabit. Of course, the faeries from these traditional sources aren't your flower fairies or Disney-sanitized sprites. They are more often than not indiff ...more
Aug 23, 2011 Chaeya rated it really liked it
I like Kenny's approach with this book, and I do like the casualness of it. Especially right now when I don't want anything too literary. It's like a conversation with Kenny. He did do his research, and I understand his dilemma of having to include so much in so small a book. I have other books on fairies, and they are exactly what he explained in the beginning - the cute little tinkerbells. However, I don't think he was being overly negative, I think he presented them in a very ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Marilag rated it liked it
Just a quick review, 'cause it actually deserves some words of "I approve." Mostly because I actually liked this book as opposed to the one about rituals and the "dark and erotic side to fairy tales." While most of the writing is familiar and repeats some of the ideas from the other book (I did get a little tired of the whole "all sexually active faeries are nymphs" theories), Klein has a much more comprehensive explanation of the faery realm and the Welsh-Irish-Scottish folklore behind them.

Jun 12, 2015 Ellie rated it it was ok
Nowhere near as good as I'd hoped.

There were some interesting bits and I liked the layout of the stories.

However, Klein's writing style did not sit well. There was something I really didn't like about the way he addressed the reader!
Shona Nelson
Sep 12, 2012 Shona Nelson rated it it was amazing
Very interesting take on old faerie lore and the current fairy tales that we grew up with as a child.

I wish I had this book when I was taking folklore studies in college.
Sep 19, 2011 Tabitha rated it did not like it
very slow, unable to read the entire book. i love faerie books and can't remember the last time I was unable to read a full book.
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