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Faerie Tale

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  9,178 ratings  ·  467 reviews
Phil Hastings was a lucky man-he had money, a growing reputation as a screenwriter, a happy, loving family with three kids, and he'd just moved into the house of his dreams in rural of magic-and about to be altered irrevocably by a magic more real than any he dared imagine. For with the Magic came the Bad Thing, and the Faerie, and then the cool. . .and the resurrection of ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 490 pages
Published November 15th 1989 by Voyager (first published January 1st 1988)
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Stephen Robert Collins
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book back in one weekend back in the 1983 it's real dark horror one of most creepy stories of its time if want a one of horror of outstanding performance in a book this is not just good it is fantastic
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I decided that it was time to re-read this one. Even though I've read this twice already, Feist is scaring the crap out of me, to the point that I have to set it aside sometimes. I will be with it for a few more days, I'm sure, even though I'm putting today's date on the review. I can do this because I know my rating won't change, esp. since GoodReads doesn't let a person give a book more than 5 stars. Damn, this is scary!

Feist is certainly one of the best in the genre. His descriptions of the w
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-modern
The first quarter of the book was slow and a little clunky; I felt it very contrived and awkward, almost like the author wasn't quite sure how to get all his characters in one place, or how to introduce them once he brought them to the same location. That said, the remaining 3/4 of the book is excellent. Feist doesn't exactly put a new "spin" on faeries, but his descriptions of them are marvelously complex. Faeries are not merely human with pointy ears and gem-colored eyes; they are hyper-sexual ...more
Jan 25, 2011 marked it as to-not-read-ever  ·  review of another edition
I am shelving this with my other facetious "to-not-read-ever" reviews, even though I have nothing against the book. My parents owned a copy of it when I was very young and I was always fascinated and creeped out by the evocative cover with the lost shoe and the smear of blood.

I spotted a used copy at a library sale a few weeks ago and debated buying it but I have too many books to read already. I contented myself with looking it up on Goodreads and I saw the alternate cover linked to this revie
Thomas Strömquist
Ok, first let me go ahead and say that this is a true "GoodReads-2-star-rating", that is "it was ok" and nothing else. because it is really ok - if you are into fantasy and in particular faeries and the whole "Celtic" mythology I would certainly recommend it. It's well written and well thought out.

My own problems, however, were threefold; first, I really don't like fantasy and it's my firm belief that this will be my last book to fit into that category. I came to believe that this one would tilt
Oliviu Craznic
Mar 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Impossible to read.
After a simplistic, yet somehow intriguing prologue (a guy sees something, then he grabs a bottle and drinks...), there is a first chapter.... where we find all about a mother, her husband, two boys, a girl, a house, a porch, a certain brand of dog food, a dog (and the dog has a name), a cat (and the cat has a name, too...) and... and there I stopped.
I always found domestic scenes to be quite disturbing, but this was just over the top. And I am no brave enough as a reader to
Jonathon Dunstan
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite stories of all time, and if I could would be the one book I would convert into a movie. It would definitely need modernising.

The story gets a little dark in places, but is otherwise a tottaly captivating read that blends real-life and faerie myth perfectly.

My female friend who doesn't read very often, couldn't put this down, but couldn't read it by herself at night.
[Name Redacted]
To give this book ANY stars would be giving it too many.

The concept is good, but the pacing is terrible (a slow, ponderous plot), there's a surplus of characters (none of them terribly engaging or real), and it takes seemingly-forever to get to the point.

Worst of all, this book seems to have heralded the start of what my friends and I (at the age of TWELVE) disgustedly referred to as Raymond E. Feist's "rape-fantasy period" in which he seems to relish explicitly describing the rape/abuse of hi
3.5 Stars

A solid read meshing horror with a fantasy tale about a family who discovers faerie legends are far more real than they ever imagined.

Despite loving the Riftwar books and all the subsequent sequels and series, I had never even heard of this book until a coworker told me about it. The setup sounds like it’s straight from a horror movie. A family moves to a rural area, settling in an older home. The family has young children and a mostly grown daughter (who is, of course, attractive). Th
FAERIE TALE (Suspense/Fantasy-Hasting Family-Pennsylvania-Cont) – VG
Feist, Raymond, E. –Standalone
Doubleday, 1988, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780385236232
First Sentence: Barney Doyle sat at his cluttered workbench, attempting to fix Olaf Andersen’s ancient power mower for the fourth time in seven years.
*** Phil Hastings, his wife Gloria, his daughter Gabbie and their twin boys Patrick and Sean move from Sunny California to an old farmhouse in upstate New York whose land includes virgin forest. They
Sep 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Just laughably awful. My husband and I still both joke about this one. The author is so obviously infatuated with his main female character it makes you feel dirty reading it. He has written way better stuff. I recommend you avoid this one.
Mein Hime
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Dan Brown
150 pages in and really enjoying the pacing of this story. I was a tad concerned after reading some of the comments but it's a gripping read.

There were several polarised opinions on this book and I ummed and ahhed for some time before making use of free ebook lending at my local library.

Raymond E Feist reads like an early Dan Brown, the characters are there primarily to move the action forward. The weaving of the tale is the star in this book, not individual characters. Basically, it's the equiv
Michael Fierce
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of urban fantasy, dark fantasy, fans of Stephen King
I bought this book because I was a big fan of Raymond E. Feist's "Riftwar Saga", and was I ever super-glad I did! This book is better! This is urban fantasy that Charles De Lint would later make a full career out of. Only, it isn't really anything like Charle De Lint. It would be more accurate to describe this as an urban fantasy as if written by Stephen King at the top of his form. Not to say that the book doesn't have a few flaws that I've probably overlooked over the years, if it's true than ...more
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy fiction
Raymond E Feist has built an impressive catalog, and even been likened to a modern day Tolkein. While I don't dispute that, I can say that I find Feist's work eminently more accessible, and therefor more enjoyable than a trip to Middle Earth. Typically, he sets his stories in the Realm he first began to create with "Magician: Apprentice". Faerie Tale, however, is set in a modern day home, inhabited by modern day people, in a modern day United States. But what the characters experience is anythin ...more
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book has been recommended to me by several people over the years. Ultimately, though, I was disappointed by it. I found the story dated and formulaic, and the ending a bit too pat and rushed.

Written before there was such a term as 'urban fantasy', this book would fall into that category: beings of myth interacting with the modern world. It's my favorite genre, but is much better served by authors such as Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, Emma Bull, and others of that ilk.

The author did his res
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the only stand alone novel that Feist has written. I read it many years ago and recently acquired it for my Kindle. When adding it to Goodreads I accidentally marked it as read, which led to a comment from a friend who shares my passion for Faerie. This exchange prompted me to start reading rather than just add to my very long TBR list.

I had forgotten the details of the plot so this was almost like a fresh read. I felt it held up well and overall certainly was an intelligent yet quite un
Faerie Tale is one of those books, for me at least, that does not get better with age. The first time I read it, I enjoyed it. The second time, I couldn't remember why I liked it to begin with. It's the only book that I've really had that type of reaction to. I've liked books less when I've gone back and re-read them, but not that much. It was like watching the old, original Battlestar Galactica as a child and then re-watching it as a college student- I guess I liked the Vipers, but gosh, I didn ...more
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Becky
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade Brelsford
Really a 4.5...a deliciously creepy tale of what happens when the Hastings family bump up against the local fairy population, with dark results.

As usual in this type of book, it's the kids who really see what's happening and have to take it upon themselves to do what the adults can't, which makes the story far more effective. The adults were a little two-dimensional, with the character of Mark Blackman in particular being there simply for exposition, but the fairy encounters more than made up fo
Kevin Xu
I love everything about this that does not make it a fantasy. Plus I think this could be a great screeplay for a horror movie.
Nathan Johnson
Jun 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Parts of this book were quite good. It had the makings of a fine story.

However, it was ruined by a few things.

1) Too many Mary-Sue characters. The father is an uber successful author/screenwriter that can afford anything. His wife is a semi-famous actress that could retire early due to husband's wealth. The daughter has a trust fund in the millions, and her boyfriend is somehow also a great screenwriter in the making. Everything about these characters is just too perfect, they have everything go
Peter Chandler
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Clearly some small amount of research has gone into this and the world of Faerie is brought to life with some degree of magic. If only the human world could have been equally lavishly rendered, but with the most tiresomely cardboard thing and wholly unengaging imitations of real people (particularly the women) I can't help but find myself rooting for the insane and twisted Erlking. Add to the mix some hideous clichés and the unforgivable flaw of characters explaining large segments of plot, addi ...more
It was this book that inspired me to adopt my "Amadan na Briona" handle. It's a great story of dark faeries interacting with the modern world that predates the current crop of crappy "urban fantasies." Technically, I suppose you could call this a "horror-fantasy," but the horror elements really aren't that horrific, though the tone of the story is somewhat dark.
Mike (the Paladin)
An excellent read....very close to 5 stars, but I can't really put it among my top reads. In it's favor it's a book that everyone in my family liked, and that can be said about very few books.

The land of Faerie has intersected with the mundane world and the consequences can't be anything but frightening, amazing, fantastic, and at times slightly horrific.
Branwen *of House Targaryen*
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of dark fairy stories
This was a great book, full of lots of beautiful details and engaging characters. It was also downright scary, so I would reccomend it to anyone who enjoys Faerie mythology, particularly the dark kind.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
For about 3/4 of this book it was a strong 2 star only for me, then I got to the end and it became a 4 almost 5 star rating. I started this book under the impression it was horror but quickly learned it was definitely a fantasy. I can best describe my five day affair with this story as a love/hate relationship but I think that is what made this a 4 star instead of a 2 star for me. The author managed to suck me in at first where I was genuinely excited about the plot and the characters and I was ...more
Tracy Smyth
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. We should all remember fairy tales are not sweet stories
Heidi Garrett
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
4.5 stars
This is the first book I've read by Raymond E. Feist and I must say I enjoyed it. As a fan of the fae, I'd say he does a great job of creating a creepy world that is vivid, melancholic, and disturbing. He takes his time in the beginning of the book. No rushing. Sets up the characters and the normal world with twinges of the odd and unsettling. It took me a long time to read the book just because I haven't had a lot of time to read in the past month, but I always looked forward to gettin
Dec 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book! It's been on my "to read" shelf for a really long time and I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading it. The story takes place in modern day but manages to wind in lots of ancient faerie mythology. It is suspenseful, exciting and interesting. I had a difficult time closing it to go to sleep at night. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy!
I used to like Feist when I was in my teens, but got quickly annoyed when formula writing got the better of him and he started pooping out two uninspired books a year. That being said, Faerie Tale is different from his usual works. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this piece of dark fantasy, which turns out to be a pretty entertaining and scary "bonfire tale".
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
This is probably a four and a half as I was a bit disappointed at the end...however, an amazing book! Mixing the devilishness of fairies with a cheeky splendour. This countains moments of laughter, horror, and at times a feeling of something inappropriate. I would recommend to fans who love this genra, and to those who enjoy the far fetched horror of authors like Stephen King.
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Raymond E. Feist was born Raymond E. Gonzales III, but took his adoptive step-father's surname when his mother remarried Felix E. Feist. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts with Honors in 1977 from the University of California at San Diego. During that year Feist had some ideas for a novel about a boy who would be a magician. He wrote the novel two years later, and it was published in 1 ...more
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