The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest
The Green Man Tales from the Mythic Forest Author:Ellen Datlow (Editor), Terri Windling (Editor), Charles Vess (Illustrator) One of our most enduring, universal myths is that of the Green Man-the spirit who stands for Nature in its most wild and untamed form, a man with leaves for hair who dwells deep within the mythic forest. Through the ages and around the world, the Green Man and other nature spirits have appeared in stories, songs, and artwork, as well as many bel... more »oved fantasy novels, including Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
Now Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, the acclaimed editors of over twenty anthologies, have gathered some of today's finest writers of magical fiction to interpret the spirits of nature in short stories and poetry. Charles Vess (Stardust) brings his stellar eye and brush to the decorations, and Windling provides an introduction exploring Green Man symbolism and forest myth.
The Green Man will become required reading for teenagers and adults alike-not only for fans of fantasy fiction, but for anyone interested in mythology and the mysteries of the wilderness.
Preface by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling --
Introduction by Terri Windling --
Going Wodwo by Neil Gaiman --
Grand Central Park by Delia Sherman --
Daphne by Michael Cadnum --
Somewhere in My Mind There Is a Painting Box by Charles de Lint --
Among the Leaves So Green by Tanith Lee --
Song of the Cailleach Bheur by Jane Yolen --
Hunter's Moon by Patricia A. McKillip --
Charlie's Away by Midori Snyder --
A World Painted by Birds by Katherine Vaz --
Grounded by Nina Kiriki Hoffman --
Overlooking by Carol Emshwiller Fee, Fie, Foe, et Cetera by Gregory Maguire --
Joshua Tree by Emma Bull --
Ali Anugne O Chash (The Boy Who Was) by Carolyn Dunn --
Interesting, if somewhat repetitive collection of stories and poems about the spirit of nature in its many guises. The best efforts are by Neil Gaiman (a lovely poem about becoming the wild man of the woods), Emma Bull (a coming of age tale set in the Californian desert), Michael Cadnum (a retelling of the Greek myth of Daphne), Gregory Maguire (a whimsical version of Jack and the Beanstalk), and Delia Sherman (a teen faces a faery challenge in New York's Central Park).