The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland - For a Little While
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.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digi...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Well this was ... different. Not bad, not by far. But different.
Considering that this is the origin story of how Mallow became Queen, I expected more. And considering that this is also the story of how Fairyland was before Queen Mallow's reign and before the Marquess took over, I expected Fairyland to be more as well.
I did love the story of the Great Cats of Nephelo though and of how one can become one of the winds.
So all in all, this was a nice little interlude to pass the time with until the ...more
Once upon a time, a girl named Mallow grew very tired indeed of her little country house, where she grew the same enormous luckfigs and love-plantains every summer, slept on the same talking bed, and studied the same tame and amiable magic. Her friends would visit her from time to time, for she lived on the shores of a whiskey lake where trifle-trees hung heavy with raisin and soursop tarts, but they had their own quite thrilling lives, and Mallow did not insist that they stay just to make her h...more
That being said, I think Valente's style gene ...more
I highly recommend this one-sitting jewel of a book to take you someplac ...more
I cannot describe how well this made Mallow a sympathetic character--a character I rooted for and want a right proper novel about. Wistful and sad and empowering all rolled up into a neat little bundle of Nostalgia Magic.
"I have all the books I could need, and what more could I need than books?"
I’m sorry, but this writing style was not for me. It made the happy moments no longer happy and the sad no longer sad. Just filled each with description after description and new words to fill in missing parts of description.
I haven't read any other books in the Fairyland series, but I'm already sensing a strong liking towards them - if they're anything like this little number. This odd story has such a individualistic element to it, I couldn't even relate it to any oth ...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 ...more
You can read "The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland -- For a Little While" for free on Tor.com. However, it loo ...more
The perfect prelude to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. I definitely wanted this backstory! ...more
History is like that.
Such excellent writing.
What have I read just now?
...faeries , magicians ,a house on the shores of a whiskey lake ,a talking bed,and pet metal ducks,lively hairpins , and that just the beginning. The heroine Mallow is on her way to the drifting capital of Fairyland riding inside a the Carriageless Horse... my head is spinning.
This short story makes me feel like I landend in OZ or Wonderland ... all shades of weird.
It's my first encounter with Catherynne M. Valente , and it won't be the last (I so love quirky stuff). ...more
Ambitiously quirky, perhaps too much so.
"But ducks must always have the last word, and they are very much heavier than hairpins."
Short story? I skimmed.
Now being so very familiar with Fairyland it calls me friend, I still think this short story drowned in its own quirk and mess. Too much telling, not enough showing and very little dialogue.
Stick with the novels, they are superb.
I'm not saying this series should be made into movies...but if it were, it should be made my Terry Gilliam.