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Good Faeries [Hardcover]

Brian Froud , Terri Windling
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5 Oct 1998
"Once upon a time, I thought faeries lived only in books, old folktales, and the past. That was before they burst upon my life as vibrant, luminous beings, permeating my art and my everyday existence, causing glorious havoc..."

In the long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller "Faeries", artist Brian Froud rescues pixies, gnomes, and other faeries from the isolation of the nursery and the distance of history, bringing them into the present day with vitality and imagination. In this richly imagined new book, Brian reveals the secrets he has learned from the faeries-- what their noses and shoes look like, what mischief and what gentle assistance they can give, what their souls and their dreams are like.

As it turns out, faeries aren't all sweetness and light. In addition to such good faeries as Dream Weavers and Faery Godmothers, Brian introduces us to a host of less well behaved creatures-- traditional bad faeries like Morgana le Fay, but also the Soul Shrinker and the Gloominous Doom. The faery kingdom, we find, is as subject to good and evil as the human realm. Brilliantly documenting both the dark and the light, "Good Faeries/Bad Faeries" presents a world of enchantment and magic that deeply compels the imagination.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (5 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684847817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684847818
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 24.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,144,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Froud is an artist with a flair for subtly coloured fantasy. Here he revisits the ethereal territory of his art books Faeries (with Alan Lee) and the comic- gruesome Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book (with Terry Jones)--the latter a Hugo award winner. Froud has a whole philosophy of faeries and their reality which some readers may find a bit woozily "New Age", though traditional lore and Jungian archetypes are also discussed. Symbolising his sense that "good" and "bad" can shift with viewpoint, this large-format volume consists of Good Faeries and Bad Faeries bound back to back, each upside down relative to the other. The fine artwork offers more variety than you might expect from this subject: traditional faeries, grotesques and comic figures (in both sections), horrors, abstract energy patterns, and crowded, symbolic scenes reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch or Richard Dadd. Just as in Paradise Lost, the bad guys can be more fun--from their hauntingly imagined Queen, through nasties like the Bigot Bogey and spirits of various dark emotions, to such familiar metaphorical nuisances as the Computer Glitch, Small Pang of Regret and Bad Hair Day Faery. Crammed with Froud's full-colour paintings, this is an attractive gift book. --David Langford --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Brian Froud is an award-winning illustrator, author, and fairy authority. His books include international bestsellers such as 'Faeries', with Alan Lee and 'Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book' --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Faeries have always had a special place in my heart. I grew up with Cicely Barker's Flower Fairies, had my own faery name and even a faery "language" (of sorts), and the inevitable floaty dress with silver shoes and a sparkly wand. I've always been aware of flickers of energy in the edges of my vision in the bluebell woods, and the feeling of being watched amongst the New Forest oaks. For a while I wrote this off as an over-active imagination; but after a recent excursion deep into Faeryland, and the discovery that several of my friends have faery-like qualities, I decided that it was about time I had a "grown-up" faery book to help me understand more about the hidden world of Faery.
Brian Froud's "Good Faeries - Bad Faeries" stood out a mile on the shelf in my local bookshop. The book first fell open to show me Helpful Hob, which immediately made me laugh: just such a faery had been a little over-enthusiastic with my husband's bread-making the previous night, and the beautiful illustration seemed to capture the essence of this flour-throwing, milk-spilling creature. When I eventually got home I spent the rest of the evening gazing at the beautiful pictures - some funny, some grotesque, some peaceful, but all with an incredible vibrancy to them, as if they really have caught a little piece of a faery on paper. Even the rough sketches that skip and tumble around the text are gleaming with magical light.
I had half-expected the text at the beginning of the book (both of the beginnings; there are two, but no end) to be either heavy on folklore or sickly sweet, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is intelligently written, highly personal, and with a quirky humour that can only come from the faery influence itself.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Capturing Hearts, the Faery way! 16 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I walked into a bookshop, looking for a birthday present for my Angel loving friend, I came out with Good Faeries/Bad Faeries. I've always had an inkling of belief in Faeires, joking about with my boyfriend of how they 'bite' him, 'sneeze' on him and other little tricks.
After glancing through Froud's work I was captured, I found myself organising the Faeries into my own categories, looking deeply into the pictures, I thought it would probably be a good idea to read it, and to my amazement Froud's interpretations of the Faeries which have come into his life were very similar to my own. This drew me into the Faery charm and my belief and love for Faeries has become stronger.
After reading this brilliant never ending album of Faeries, I added many more of Froud's titles to my bookshelves and have loved looking through and reading every single one!
If you have just that tiny bit of belief or if you are just wondering about Faeries and what is said about them, this book is certainly worth a chance!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book for Faerie Spotting! 13 Dec 2002
Format:Paperback
This book is definatly one of the greatest faerie books I personally have ever seen! It is rare to find such amazing talent for both drawing and writing the delightful descriptions for each faerie.
Brian Froud's Good Faeries/Bad Faeries is a beautifully presented book for all ages, lovely for childern to look at, and for adults to enjoy!
A definate triumph!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest fairy book out. 26 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read this book at a friends and it was great. it has both good and bad faires and their storys. i think this book really helps one get in touch with the faire world and all the aspects of good/bad because people tend to think all faires are just cute and winged ones. Frouds book lets us see both sides of the faire relm. it is wonderful and the pictures are just the best.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faerie heaven 26 Oct 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is so lovely all pictures are full and beautiful colour (Except some of the sketches and background pics) If you are a fairy fan or just like something different then i serriously recommend this book. It has loads of info on some faries you know some you don't and some you may live with but have never recognised, this book has them all.
Lots of fun and is great to read again and again
Big thumbs up to Brian Froud!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 14 May 2011
By E.M.O
Format:Hardcover
I just recently got Faeries as well, and it seems that all the little "flaws" I noticed in that one were definitely fixed in this one! Good Faeries/Bad Faeries is a breathtaking guide to the faerie world, not just by old stories but through personal experience. I was also happily surprised to see how Froud had included non-British fairies as well. As a Finnish reader I was excited to see our little para creature pictured in the book! And I agree with Mr. Froud, that's most certainly how para looks like! It was also great to see pictures of the Faerie Oracle in larger size. There were so many tiny details that I hadn't even noticed in the oracle. Also, I got much better insight on the faeries of the oracle deck. It almost feels like we have the Holy Trinity of the Faerie here: Faeries, Good/Bad faeries and the Oracle. If these don't open the doors to the magic realms then nothing will!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to have for fantasy art lovers 21 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
compare to "Fairies", the other book of Brian Froud, this is not as stunning, but still full of inspiration. The cover has a very nice linen texture, no dust jacket, but it doesn't matter at all to me. It's divided into 2 parts. 1st is good fairies, and the other half for bad ones, and you have to flip the book vertically. It's a pretty smart design and I find it's good. If you haven't got "Fairies", and consider buy only one, the other one is much better. If you like Brian Froud art and want to collect, this book is a must have in your collection. Imagine looking at these paintings in a cold rainy day, have a cup of tea on your cozy armchair, isn't it wonderful!! I have small problem with amazon delivery service for this book, but except from that, their packaging is still good as always.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book
Superb artwork of Brian Froud
Published 22 days ago by Robert Evans
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Wonderfully illustrated
Published 22 days ago by Penny FitzLyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great books and the Grandchildren love it
Published 1 month ago by Julia Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous.
The drawings are superb and the dialogue very interesting. I have a project to draw some faeries and will find inspiration from this.
Published 10 months ago by sue hogg
4.0 out of 5 stars The good and bad ones
Beautifully illustrated. Brought some very fond memories back of childhood and family now lost.
It's very sad the kids these days have no innocence or imagination and I think... Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Count
5.0 out of 5 stars MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK
A FIRST CLASS BOOK AM INTENDING BUYING MORE IN THE VERY NEAR UTURE..HERBERT SAVORY. STRONGLY RECOMMEND AMAZON FOR ALL THINGS..
Published 12 months ago by HERBERT SAVORY
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable
You can not find a faerie book better than Brian Froud's. This book has stood proudly in my display cabinet along with my faerie collections for years. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Heardz
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
Beautiful book but i am a believer wonderful illustrations inspired me to do some sketching myself i foundthis book very uplifting
Published 20 months ago by joanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Fab illustration and a wonderful gift if your looking for those hard to pleasers. The faeries are excellently crafted and each has a detailed descritption . Read more
Published 20 months ago by mattydean
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book very inspiring beautifully illustrated excellent author
excellent book by an excellent author his illustrations are mesmerizing and captivating top author pleasure to read look forward to more books like these xxxxx
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by katalina
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