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The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland — For a Little While (Fairyland 0.5)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,434 Ratings  ·  270 Reviews
This original short story tells the tale of how a girl named Mallow defeated King Goldmouth with the help of the Red Wind, Mr. Map, and many fairyland friends new and old--from Catherynne M. Valente, author of the children's fantasy sensation The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
ebook, 1st Edition, 32 pages
Published July 27th 2011 by Tor
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Reread, January 2018. A lovely, magic-filled novella, filled with whimsy, and bittersweet. I'm upping my rating from 4.5 to 5 stars on reread.

This is one of my favorite free Tor online short stories, a highly whimsical fantasy from Catherynne Valente, which you can read here.

So, I was complaining to a couple of GR friends that I was convinced I should love The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, but I had read a few chapters of it and it just wasn't grabbing me. At a
As it has become customary in Valente's Fairyland books, this one is made of wistful melancholy and whimsical sadness dressed up as children's story.
“Temptation likes best those who think they have a natural immunity, for it may laugh all the harder when they succumb.”
Temptation to make things better can lead you down a dangerous road, and having a pure and practical heart thirsty for knowledge and peace is not always the shield from badness. The big fat cat of History preys on hearts just li
mark monday
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She is a practical girl and will get the job done. One terrible job. He is a greedy king and would eat the world if he could. Many worlds.

Valente is a witch with the words, an enchantress. She made a layered trifle of surprising richness: the top a dreamy wisp of airy gauze, the bottom a corrugated sheet of metal; between them some brightly-colored ribbons of whimsy, spicy bits of savory and sugary bits of sweet, daintily shaped but stone-hard filigree, and a fragile flake of vellum heartbreak c
Richard Derus
Rating: 4.5* of five

The Publisher Says: In which a young girl named Mallow leaves the country for the city, meets a number of Winds, Cats, and handsome folk, sees something dreadful, and engages, much against her will, in Politicks of the most muddled kind.

My Review: How can anyone not fall a little in love with characters like Valente's? Don't ask me, I am one of the smitten. Since I don't support censorship-ridden sites, you'll have to read my review at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud. I hope you
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
And she does it again, in a short story this time!

This is ever so slightly shy of a 5, but that is merely because I wanted just a touch more out of it.

What a wonderful world Valente's fairyland is! As in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making, I found myself struck by the paganist vibe within her magical world. This short may be just a smidgen more fantastical in it's language - many of the words she uses do not exist in our world - but not to such an extent that it
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have all the books I could need, and what more could I need than books?
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
Fantasy. It covers a wide variety of worlds, doesn't it? You have the Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones variety of complex worlds, long-faced wizards, dark and ancient magic, burned scrolls, and buried secrets. Then comes the Neil Gaiman/Tim Burton kind chock-full of colorful underworlds, parallel universes, new and creative beings parading the streets of the unknown. The Harry Potter realm with good vs evil thematic elements, magic and goblins, fire-breathing dragons, and a reinvention of c ...more
“Listen,” Mallow interrupted. “I haven’t any interest in following you to a stash of gold in the hills or dancing at a Fairy ball or answering riddles or meeting any eligible Fairy dukes who have a castle just on the other side of a curtain of mist—no. I am a magician—mostly—and I am on my way to the Foul like everyone else. Don’t try to charm me, please. I am a practical girl.”
Practical girl, my ass.

Started interesting but lost me at ''But ducks must always have the last word, and they are v
Really a 3.5 - I gave this one four stars mostly because I was happy to return to Valente's Fairyland. This is a short story prequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and it won't make much sense if you don't read that first. On its own merits, the short story is good but light. Valente's style - which I very much enjoy - is evident but the story does not have the substance of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland.

That being said, I think Valente's style gene
Suanne Laqueur
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was between books and needed a little something. Like a scoop of sorbet between courses. This was utterly perfect. Quick. Beautiful. Charming. Lovely. Magic. It made me feel like I was 7 or 8 and sitting on the carpeted floor of the school library, listening to a story.... Yet it resonated with me as an adult. The language was amazing: as you read you could feel the words in your mouth. This books begs to be read out loud.

I highly recommend this one-sitting jewel of a book to take you someplac
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Catherynne M. Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1979 in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California. She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics. She then drifted away from her M.A. program and into a long residence in the concrete and cam ...more
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Fairyland (5 books)
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“I have all the books I could need, and what more could I need than books?” 80 likes
“Temptation likes best those who think they have a natural immunity, for it may laugh all the harder when they succumb.” 41 likes
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