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The Good Fairies of New York: With an introduction by Neil Gaiman

The Good Fairies of New York: With an introduction by Neil Gaiman [Kindle Edition]

Martin Millar , Neil Gaiman
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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“Read it now, and then make your friends buy their own copies. You’ll thank me someday.”—Neil Gaiman
“The funniest writer in Britain today.”—"GQ
"“Millar offers fiercely funny (and often inebriated) Scottish fairies, a poignant love story, cultural conflicts, and the plight of the homeless in this fey urban fantasy.”—"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
“Undeniably brilliant.”—"The Guardian "(UK)

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Morag and Heather, two eighteen-inch fairies with swords, green kilts and badly dyed hair fly through the window of the worst violinist in New York, an overweight and antisocial type named Dinnie, and vomit on his carpet.

Who they are, how they came to New York and what this has to do with the lovely Kerry - who lives across the street, and has Crohn's Disease, and is making a flower alphabet - and what this has to do with the other fairies (of all nationalities) of New York, not to mention the poor repressed fairies of Britain, is the subject of this book.

It has a war in it, and a most unusual production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Johnny Thunders' New York Dolls guitar solos. What more could anyone desire from a book?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1857022173
  • Publisher: Piatkus (20 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FN1QNS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Martin Millar was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but has lived in London for a long time. He has written a lot of things - novels and plays and short stories and articles. As Martin Scott, Millar writes the Thraxas series of books; the fist novel in this series won the World Fantasy Award in 2000. Visit him at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ignore the moaners! 27 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Please, please, please, please ignore the heathens who rate this as 1 or 2 stars. Yes it's a challenging read, but there are fairies and drugs involved, but hey Wuthering Heights has got ghosts in it so ...
This is a book that will stay with you for decades.
So go on it's only £4.99 (June 2012) All prices correct at time of going to press.
Now shut up fairies... Stop it.... Don't do that ... it tickles.... my that's large, where did you get it from...!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag. 30 April 2012
This is a very unusual story and to be perfectly honest I'm not entirely sure how much I enjoyed it. It has a fairly interesting plot line and the characters were interesting and varied. However, at times it was very repetitive which I found very disconcerting. I'm not sure if the author was making a point about the nature of life, or if it was just for comic effect but I think that after a while it had just gone a bit far. But overall this is a funny book and a very quick read, so if you're looking for something quirky and light, I'd recommend it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece! 28 Feb 2006
By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a fantastic book that should never have been allowed to go out of print. The two main fairies are banished from Scotland and end up in New York where they cause chaos by declaring open warfare amongst the fairy community there.Sex, drugs and anarchy reign - definitely not your average fairy tale! A masterpiece from Martin Millar, don't miss this chance of buying a copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny!!! 1 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is very funny and had me laughing out loud on the Tube (strange looks coming my way from complete strangers). I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 11 Mar 2012
This is a fantastic, fun uplifting book. Its is gloriously silly in places and had me harping back to my hippyish youth on many an occasion. Despite being about fairies the characters are often identifiable. This book helped me to see a lighter side of life, thanks Martin Miller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A light hearted romp through New York 17 Jan 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
They got cars big as bars, they got rivers of gold, but the wind goes right through you, It's no place for the old.... as the good fairies are about to find out in Martin Millar's latest title to be rereleased. It's definitely quirky, it's got some great twists and the characters really do stand out as he interweaves a whole cross section of society together in this one magical offering.

Add to that a descent plot outline, some great one liners and you have a title that will appeal to Urban Fantasy readers both young and old. A real joy to read and one that we just had to pass on (although if you do be aware of Neil Gaimans warning in his introduction...)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fairie Riotious - Daft and fun 13 Mar 2010
This is a very well-crafted tale, that left me cheerful and amused at the end.

The basic premise is that a disparate group of fairies fleeing from the British Isles for various reasons arrive in New York uncertain of how they got there, and proceed to spread fairie magic and chaos in equal parts, while back in the Old Country, the forces of retribution gather.

There are some neat observations, a convoluted search for an item of beauty, vicious rivalry between friends, and the involvement, with various degrees of willingness, of a number of humans.

The book is written in a very clear visual style, that makes me wonder if Millar originally intended it as a comic or a film. It certainly cries out for a film adaptation, as Neil Gaiman notes in his Introduction.

I agree with an early reviewer (though disagreeing with his overall review) that it is a shame that the pornographic references, even if they do contribute to a plot twist, shut out a younger audience who would appreciate the book.

This is a book for those who want to be amused in an intelligent way. It is not one for those who take their niche music or mythology too seriously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy adventure 11 Feb 2010
I loved this book - I picked it up quite by chance - so much so that I went onto read Loney Werewolf Girl (fab) and then bought the both for my eldest daughter who read them back to back in a week1
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious
One of the funniest books ever written. I've re-read this more times than I can count over the years and I always find something new to laugh at. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Simon Exton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Love it
Excellent. Love it. Characters brilliant. The first Martin Miller Book I ever read. Lent it out a while back and have never seen again.

Serious and funny. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Caroline.Campbell-Breckenridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Tolkien Schmolkien
What should I make of this? Two punkette Scottish fairies (18 inches tall, wings, somewhat ropy magical powers) turn up in a rather seedy district of the Big Apple. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jacw2000
2.0 out of 5 stars A silly mess
I read this book for my book club, so I had to read it all the way through. If that wasn't the case, I think I would have given up early on. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Francine Pefko
2.0 out of 5 stars The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
A Fairie fantasy, that I found very disappointing, the story was just all over the place and hard to get hold of, with fairies in Irland, Fairies in Scotland, Garnaian Fairies and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by P. A. Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent.
There's been a lot of people reviewing this book that don't 'get' it, or taking offence at the broad brush stereotyping of the various fairy clans (who are supposed to be exactly... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it!
I enjoy Neil Gaiman books, and his introduction drew me to buy it.
Martin Millar is up with the best! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs Kindle
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointment
With the intro by an author I respect considerably it was a considerable disappointment to have to give up one quarter of the way through the book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by REED
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Have just read this book - and as I only like to give favourable
reviews, this surely speaks volumes for this novel. Read more
Published on 26 May 2012 by lynne lanson
1.0 out of 5 stars so badly written
I just cant understand what people see in this book. It's badly written, the plot is one dimensional, the charactirsation is stereotyped and unoriginal!
Published on 19 May 2012 by Ms. R. Smith
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