The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar

Despite the length of time that it took me to finish this relatively short book, I loved it. This is my first experience with Martin Millar and it certainly won’t be my last. In fact, Lonely Werewolf Girl is ranked pretty high on my wishlist right now. The Good Fairies of New York is a book that I can see becoming a cult classic someday. It reminds me much of the already cult status, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It has a wonderful offbeat humor that had me laughing aloud many times and also has a very sweet and endearing undertone to it that just blends in perfectly.

The book opens with two fairies by the name of Heather and Morag who fly into a man named Dinnie’s bedroom and then proceed to vomit on his floor. Fear not though, they insist that fairy vomit smells pleasant to humans. After freaking out for a few moments, Dinnie eventually comes to accept that he is indeed seeing fairies despite his annoyance with them. Upon learning that Dinnie has the same last name as Heather, Heather instantly wants to be assured that he can play the fiddle as well as she can. So she stays with him. Morag on the other hand has a blow out fight with Heather because she insists that her family name has the proper rights to “best fiddler,” so she leaves and finds a companion to stay with across the street.

That companion is Kerry, a young lady who happens to have Crohn’s disease and has to wear a colostomy bag. Heather is tres chic though. She’s an artist at heart who is currently compiling a flower alphabet based on the Gaelic alphabet where flowers represent different letters. The reason for doing so is to win a competition against Cal (who happens to be producing a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream) who once refused to teach her all of the New York Doll’s guitar solos basically because she wore a colostomy bag.

Confused yet? Well throw in a schizophrenic homeless woman who swears that she is in a constant war, some Asian fairies, Black fairies, and Italian fairies, some fairy disapprovement from over seas, and a Welsh Poppy and you have the rest of the story :p Oh, and Heather and Morag are both trying to get Dinnie and Kerry together as well despite the fact that Dinnie’s personality is polar opposite of Kerry’s.

My love for this book has no bounds. I know that it sounds horribly confusing, but it’s really not at all. It’s just my review :p It was a wonderful book that had me laughing and surprisingly a little misty eyed at times. I loved Kerry’s character and the dynamics between the fairies Heather and Morag. Everything about this book just worked perfectly for me. This one had been on my TBR shelf for so long now, but I’m glad to have finally read it. That seems to happen often with this book. Neil Gaiman says in the introduction that he had this book sitting on his shelf for 5 years before he read it. He loved it too. Don’t make the same mistake as me and Neil…read it now.

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15 Responses

  1. I think I saw the first line of this one in someone’s pre-read-a-thon post, and even that much made me giggle… I’ll have to add it to the wishlist. Thanks for the review!

  2. “I know that it sounds horribly confusing, but it’s really not at all. It’s just my review :p ”

    lol, don’t worry, you don’t make it sound confusing. But I know just how you feel, because I felt the exact same when trying to describe Lonely Werewolf Girl. There’s just so much going on in his books. Yet it all flows so well that you don’t even notice until you try to describe them 😛

    Anyway, welcome to the Martin Millar fan club 😀 My love for this book has no bounds either, and you highlighted so many of the reasons why. The humour, the moving bits, the underlying sweetness. You have to read Lonely Werewolf Girl now! I promise you’ll love it too.

  3. You had me at Good Omens. Yet another book to add to the list of must reads. *sigh*

  4. I have never before heard of Martin Miller, but if you and Neil both recommend him, I’ll have to add this one to my wishlist. 🙂

  5. It sounds confusing, but in a good way. Sometimes a book has to be random like that to be as good as it is.

  6. Now this one has been on my wishlist for a while now, and I want to try and find a copy even more now!

  7. 3 days down 27 to go ! hehehe.. always good to hear you enjoyed your “last book”, but it’s only surprising when you DON’T like them! :o)

  8. I’ve had this one for less than a year, so I guess I hopefully I can beat you and Neil on this one. But perhaps I should move it to the nightstand so I don’t forget, huh? Seriously, I really, really do want to get to this one soon…it sounds just fabulous. And I don’t think I’ve ever read a better first line than that book has!

  9. Awesome review! It may be a bit confusing but it comes across in a very good way – as though your thoughts about the book are scattered from hyperness, excitement and enjoyment 🙂

    I’ve had this on my TBR pile for probably 2 months, but I think I’m gonna bump it up a bit – your review makes me really want to give it a read!

  10. Sounds very cool! (Though slightly confusing…) I’ll have to add it to the wish list.

  11. Lonely Werewolf Girl is even better. Cross my heart. Plus – added bonus – he wrote it because he felt sad that Buffy got canceled, which, hey, I can really identify with. 🙂

  12. I really really really want to read this next year. I am hoping Nymeth does put it on our challenge next year, but I will probably read it either way anyway!

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  15. I’m very afraid about crohn’s disease. I have some symtoms in abdominal pain, often in the lower right area, and diarrhea. Should I go to see the doctor? Please help.

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