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The Horns of Elfland

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15 fantasy tales on theme of music from moonlit fairy symphonies to the evil spell of a witch's bell, include
"The New Tiresias" by Jane Emerson (18th century girl grows up)
"Audience" by Jack Womack (the Museum of Lost Sounds)
"Flash Company" by Gene Wolfe
"Merlusine" by Lucy Sussex (funny)
"The Color of Angels" by Terri Windling
"Aïda in the Park" by Susan Palwick
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Roc
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Audrey
Aug 13, 2007 rated it liked it
some good stories, some not as good. the mix between music and fairie is an old one, and is handled deftly by several authors in this collection.
Cyn Armistead
Apr 18, 2010 rated it liked it
It took a while to track down this volume, as it has long been out of print. Interlibrary loan was, once again, my friend. But how odd to read an actual physical book again, when I've been reading ebooks almost exclusively lately!

Most of the stories were a bit darker than anticipated. 1997 was not such a depressing time to me, so I'm not sure why that would be the case.

I've had to send the book back to the library already, so I don't have it at hand despite finishing it last night.

The first sta
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Vasha7
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
An unusually good anthology of fantasy stories on the theme of music. Not all winners, but that's true of any anthology. Notable stories include "The New Tiresias" by Jane Emerson (there's a fine human dimension to this story of an eighteenth-century girl growing up among the tangled motives of adults); "Audience" by Jack Womack (the Museum of Lost Sounds); "Flash Company" by Gene Wolfe; "Merlusine" by Lucy Sussex (this is a fun one); and "The Color of Angels" by Terri Windling. "Aïda in the Par ...more
Libroslibra
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The wonderful thing about anthologies is each story may be taken on its own merit. So it is with The Horns of Elfland. There were a few stories I wouldn't read twice, because they either had little to do with my own experience or seemed downright tedious. On the other hand, we find trolls at piano recitals, the obligatory deal with the devil but with a humorous twist, magical deer, and a couple of characters in heartrending circumstances. Well worth a read.
Jenny
Jan 22, 2014 added it
I actually only read Windling's lovely magic realist story, 'The Colour of Angels', which is a perfect accompaniment to her novel, 'The Wood Wife'.
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Ellen Kushner weaves together multiple careers as a writer, radio host, teacher, performer and public speaker.

A graduate of Barnard College, she also attended Bryn Mawr College, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She began her career in publishing as a fiction editor in New York City, but left to write her first novel Swordspoint, which has become a cult classic, hailed as the progenitor of the “mann
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