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Subject: Can anyone recommend a book of stories about Leprachauns?
Date Posted: 1/24/2009 5:53 PM ET
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I'm not sure if this is right forum, but I'm looking for stories about Leprachauns, particually of their interaction with humans. Thank you!

Date Posted: 1/24/2009 6:11 PM ET
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Wow I'm pretty well read in the fantasy genre but I'm not coming up with much here...

There is the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer - fantasy set in the "real world" about an extremely intelligent boy who makes a pact with the elves and leprachauns - but they are VERY different from the portrayal of leprachauns that we usually see in myth and literature. These books are YA fantasy, not adult, and I believe there are 6 books in the series now.

I can't recall for sure, but there might be one or two short stories about them in the Irish fantasy anthology, Emerald Magic: Great Tales of Irish Fantasy.

Other than that I can't think of anything right off-hand. There is a good movie - The Magical Legend of the Leprachauns - starring Randy Quaid.

Date Posted: 1/24/2009 11:02 PM ET
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I'll start with the Emerald Magic, thanks!

Daniel T. - ,
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 12:34 AM ET
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Though not specific to Leprechauns, you might enjoy:

The Stolen Child
Author: Keith Donohue
ISBN-13: 9780385516167 - ISBN-10: 0385516169

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Date Posted: 1/25/2009 1:22 AM ET
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Thanks Daniel. I know this may sound weird, but I'm actually doing some research! :) I can't believe how hard it is to find a these stories!
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 8:34 AM ET
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Here are some, I've listed if they're in the system or not and if they're wishlisted.  I wasn't sure if you were looking for books geared exclusively to adults or to all ages.  Hope this helps.

The Leprechaun Book    http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780760704424-The+Leprechaun+Book

Darby 0'Gill and the Good People    http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781928832355-Darby+OGill+and+the+Good+People

Darby O'Gill and the Crocks of Gold and Other Irish Tales    http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781928832850-Darby+OGill+and+the+Crocks+of+Gold+And+Other+Irish+Tales

The Truth About the Leprechaun (wishlisted)    http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780863278006-The+Truth+About+the+Leprechaun

Summer with the Leprechauns  (wishlisted)  http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781577330011-Summer+with+the+Leprechauns

The Leprechaun Companion (not in the system)   http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781862051935-The+Leprechaun+Companion

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 9:54 AM ET
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I'm not sure it's the same thing, but I think Leprechaun's are related to stories of the Irish Sidhee, which are more comon in fantasy...not that I read a ton of fantasy.  The only book I can think of is The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson, which deals with a number of fae species and is very strange indeed.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 1:41 AM ET
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I know I have the series here someplace, but about 1/2 my books (and most of my paperpabcks) are in boxes from moving.

There's a sci-fi fantasy series that involves the Sidhee, elves, saving abused children and auto racing.  I can't think of the names of the books offhand, or the author, but if I find the books over the next few days I'll post the titles.

(Unless someone else can identify the series I'm thinking of?)


Date Posted: 1/26/2009 1:48 AM ET
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Got it!  Wasn't leprechauns, it was elves.  It's a Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon series.

One book is The Chrome Borne (which is actually two books, the first and fourth in the series)




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Date Posted: 1/26/2009 12:23 PM ET
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Wow, thank you all! You folks are all such a wonderful source of information. I ordered a few books, we'll see how it goes.