The Green Man

Tales from the Mythic Forest

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Publisher Description

Drawing on the mythology of the Green Man and the power of nature, Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, and others serve up “a tasty treat for fantasy fans” (Booklist).
 
There are some “genuine gems” in this “enticing collection” of fifteen stories and three poems, all featuring “diverse takes on mythical beings associated with the protection of the natural world,” most involving a teen’s coming-of-age. Delia Sherman “takes readers into New York City’s Central Park, where a teenager wins the favor of the park’s Green Queen.” Michael Cadnum offers a “dynamic retelling of the Daphne story.” Charles de Lint presents an “eerie, heartwarming story in which a teenager resists the lure” of the faerie world. Tanith Lee roots her tale in “the myth of Dionysus, a god of the Wild Wood.” Patricia A. McKillip steeps her story in “the legend of Herne, guardian of the forest. Magic realism flavors Katherine Vaz’s haunting story. Gregory Maguire takes on Jack and the Beanstalk, and Emma Bull looks to an unusual Green Man—a Joshua tree in the desert” (Booklist). These enduring works of eco-fantasy by some of the genre’s most popular authors impart “a real sense of how powerful nature can be in its various guises” (School Library Journal).
 
“A treasure trove for teens and teachers exploring themes of ecology and folklore.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“The stories are well-written and manage to speak to both the intellect and the emotions.” —SF Site

GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
2020
March 24
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
393
Pages
PUBLISHER
Open Road Media
SELLER
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
SIZE
15.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Prairie_Dog ,

A great example of a themed anthology done right!

“The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest”

Is an quality anthology edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling that contains stories and poetry that feature the wood spirits, the dryads, and the men and women of the woodlands. These tales of the natural world include some by masters and mistresses of fantasy, like Tainth Lee, Jane Yolen, Neil Gaiman, and Charles de Lint. They also include a variety of tales by writers you might not yet be familiar with.

Some of these tales involve deep dark primal woodlands familiar to readers of fantasy. However, one story involves the Joshua Trees of the southwest deserts. Another story takes place in the urban forest of Central Park. The tone of the stories varies from lighthearted to dark. It’s an impressive and interesting collection that one should expect from the editorial team of Datlow and Windling.

Like any anthology, some stories will resonate with the reader more than others. Like any good anthology, there is plenty of information about the contributors. In this case there is usually a short discussion by the authors on what inspired their contribution.

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