I think this is my 2nd or 3rd Millar book, and I enjoyed this one as well. The writing style he uses, I want to call it British, but that could just be because the punctuation throws me off. He seems to switch scenes within paragraphs and it’s irksome for a fast reader like me, because I sometimes have to double-back and make sure I understand what I am reading.
I am pretty sure that Millar has not been to New York because of his agoraphobia, and if that’s true, then his geography and “feel” for the city is pretty good, except I haven’t been able to figure out of all the dead bums are some sort of plot device or social commentary that I am missing, or just his perception of my hometown. It also made it hard to figure out the time period, although I think it was supposed to be modern day.
“But what is it about?”
Starred Review. British author Millar offers fiercely funny (and often inebriated) Scottish fairies, a poignant love story as well as insights into the gravity of Crohn’s disease, cultural conflicts and the plight of the homeless in this fey urban fantasy. Due to the machinations of the obnoxious Tala, Cornwall’s fairy king, only a few humans can see the 18-inch-tall fairies who alight in Manhattan: Magenta, a homeless woman who thinks she’s the ancient Greek general Xenophon; Dinnie, an overweight slacker; and Kerry, a poor artist/musician who hopes her Ancient Celtic Flower Alphabet will win a local arts prize. Fairies Heather MacKintosh and Morag MacPherson scheme to put Dinnie and Kerry together, rescue fairy artifacts and prove that in love or war, music is essential. Neil Gaiman provides an appreciative introduction.
It of course, almost certainly goes without saying that anything to that deal with the fairy king totally bored me.