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The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (Mythic Anthologies) Kindle Edition
There are some “genuine gems” in this “enticing collection” of fifteen stories and three poems, all featuring “diverse takes on mythical beings associated with the protection of the natural world,” most involving a teen’s coming-of-age. Delia Sherman “takes readers into New York City’s Central Park, where a teenager wins the favor of the park’s Green Queen.” Michael Cadnum offers a “dynamic retelling of the Daphne story.” Charles de Lint presents an “eerie, heartwarming story in which a teenager resists the lure” of the faerie world. Tanith Lee roots her tale in “the myth of Dionysus, a god of the Wild Wood.” Patricia A. McKillip steeps her story in “the legend of Herne, guardian of the forest. Magic realism flavors Katherine Vaz’s haunting story. Gregory Maguire takes on Jack and the Beanstalk, and Emma Bull looks to an unusual Green Man—a Joshua tree in the desert” (Booklist). These enduring works of eco-fantasy by some of the genre’s most popular authors impart “a real sense of how powerful nature can be in its various guises” (School Library Journal).
“A treasure trove for teens and teachers exploring themes of ecology and folklore.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The stories are well-written and manage to speak to both the intellect and the emotions.” —SF Site
- ASIN : B083VT58ST
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (24 March 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 15339 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 307 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #255,709 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I loved the last story in particular. King Pius was a character easily recognized. He thought he was so righteous. Yet he wanted to impose his beliefs on everyone around him. His sole purpose was to convert all those he considered to be heathens. Yet the man that the witch created, who had at his soul a blue heart that contained the word of the creator, was kinder and more righteous, more Christian, than King Pius could ever be. In the end one of the village girls took over The witch’s responsibility of caring for the village.
She discovered the secret of the blue heart of the jewel. The secret was that those who knew how to love could become even more wonderful with the blue heart, while those who did not know how to love we’re saved from their wicked lives by becoming a part of the world around them. To me that seemed like something we already know. Those who know how to love always find love around them. I hope that I am that type of person rather than white king Pius.
The green man from the mythic forest has so many wonderful lessons for all of us. There are lessons of love in this book, there are stories of pain, there are stories of sacrifice. Best of all the tales from the mythic forest contained in this volume are accessible and beautiful and there for the taking. They all reminded me that life is beautiful despite the hardships we go through.
I think that’s one reason why I love books so much. There is always more to learn. Yeah I especially love reading fantasies. I love that good, in the end, conquers evil. It doesn’t mean we don’t suffer or face adversity, but it does mean we can still be happy, we can still find joy, but only if we choose to do so.