The Good Fairies of New York

There's a little bit of history with regards to my reading The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar. Based on a good recommendation (and written introduction) by Neil Gaiman, I chose the book as part of my initial foray back into the fantasy genre. The comments from that post were divided, with one comment really not liking the book, and our own Hagelrat liking it, but much preferring Millar's Lonely Werewolf Girl. But the idea of punk rock fairies, debauched magical wars and a love story between two seemingly incompatible people really struck all the right chords with me, so a few weeks ago I gave the book a whirl.

Heather and Morag are fairies - albeit fairies clad in Doc Martins, ripped kilts and passionate about the Ramones more than anything else their brethren might prefer. After a drunken mishap in which ancient artifacts are desecrated, the two appear in New York, where a nasty bit of bickering leaves the two living with a pair of humans who can see them. Dinnie is an unlikable slob, angry and ungraceful and rude. Kerry is a delicate, beautiful sick and fragile flower. For their own reasons Heather and Morag will do whatever it takes to bring the two together, all while flirting with the native fairies of New York, scrambling to retrieve a rare flower from a mad drunk woman, and learning the guitar parts to all the best New York Dolls song from the ghost of Johnny Thunders.

Oh, and the King of Fairies, fighting a rising fairy revolution back home, is ready to invade New York to get the two back.

Are you dizzy yet? I was. There is A LOT going on in The Good Fairies..., and Millar doesn't leave a lot of time for character development, instead focusing on throwing one madcap episode after another until you're so befuddled by the action you simply give in and go along for the ride. It's not the deepest book you'll ever read, but if you're in the mood for some light fun and you're a fan of the late 70s punk/new wave scene (as I very much am), The Good Fairies of New York is a fun diversion, enough to leave a smile on your face even if it doesn't leap to the top of your Best List.

* As a last note, it does make me very interested in Lonely Werewolf Girl, which seems to be much more substantial in its story and characters.