The mythology of faeries is extremely rich. So many cultures have stories and legends about faeries, little people, and other such mystical creatures. Moreover, there are probably as many differing descriptions of these beings as there are stories. Some are beautiful and genial. Others are ugly, deceptive, or downright dangerous.
A Complete Guide to Faeries & Magical Beings is a good overview of the subject. The author not only includes the information contained in a myriad of mythological stories but also touches on contemporary beliefs and recorded incidents in modern times. She even includes exercises that bring one closer to various natural forms often associated with the different types of faeries so that the reader may increase the likelihood of having his or her own experiences. A section called the "A-Z of World Fairies" is included at the back of the book for easy reference.