The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland For a Little While This original short story tells the tale of how a girl named Mallow defeated King Goldmouth with the help of the Red Wind Mr Map and many fairyland friends new and old from Catherynne M Valente aut

  • Title: The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland — For a Little While
  • Author: Catherynne M. Valente
  • ISBN: 9781429957915
  • Page: 283
  • Format: ebook
  • This original short story tells the tale of how a girl named Mallow defeated King Goldmouth with the help of the Red Wind, Mr Map, and many fairyland friends new and old from Catherynne M Valente, author of the children s fantasy sensation The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

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    1. Reread, January 2018. A lovely, magic-filled novella, filled with whimsy, and bittersweet. I'm upping my rating from 4.5 to 5 stars on reread.This is one of my favorite free Tor online short stories, a highly whimsical fantasy from Catherynne Valente, which you can read here. So, I was complaining to a couple of GR friends that I was convinced I should love The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, but I had read a few chapters of it and it just wasn't grabbing me. At a [...]

    2. As it has become customary in Valente's Fairyland books, this one is made of wistful melancholy and whimsical sadness dressed up as children's story. “Temptation likes best those who think they have a natural immunity, for it may laugh all the harder when they succumb.”Temptation to make things better can lead you down a dangerous road, and having a pure and practical heart thirsty for knowledge and peace is not always the shield from badness. The big fat cat of History preys on hearts just [...]

    3. She is a practical girl and will get the job done. One terrible job. He is a greedy king and would eat the world if he could. Many worlds.Valente is a witch with the words, an enchantress. She made a layered trifle of surprising richness: the top a dreamy wisp of airy gauze, the bottom a corrugated sheet of metal; between them some brightly-colored ribbons of whimsy, spicy bits of savory and sugary bits of sweet, daintily shaped but stone-hard filigree, and a fragile flake of vellum heartbreak c [...]

    4. Rating: 4.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: In which a young girl named Mallow leaves the country for the city, meets a number of Winds, Cats, and handsome folk, sees something dreadful, and engages, much against her will, in Politicks of the most muddled kind.My Review: How can anyone not fall a little in love with characters like Valente's? Don't ask me, I am one of the smitten. Since I don't support censorship-ridden sites, you'll have to read my review at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud. I hope you [...]

    5. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:

      And she does it again, in a short story this time!This is ever so slightly shy of a 5, but that is merely because I wanted just a touch more out of it. What a wonderful world Valente's fairyland is! As in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making, I found myself struck by the paganist vibe within her magical world. This short may be just a smidgen more fantastical in it's language - many of the words she uses do not exist in our world - but not to such an extent that it [...]

    6. Fantasy. It covers a wide variety of worlds, doesn't it? You have the Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones variety of complex worlds, long-faced wizards, dark and ancient magic, burned scrolls, and buried secrets. Then comes the Neil Gaiman/Tim Burton kind chock-full of colorful underworlds, parallel universes, new and creative beings parading the streets of the unknown. The Harry Potter realm with good vs evil thematic elements, magic and goblins, fire-breathing dragons, and a reinvention of c [...]

    7. Once upon a time, a girl named Mallow grew very tired indeed of her little country house, where she grew the same enormous luckfigs and love-plantains every summer, slept on the same talking bed, and studied the same tame and amiable magic. Her friends would visit her from time to time, for she lived on the shores of a whiskey lake where trifle-trees hung heavy with raisin and soursop tarts, but they had their own quite thrilling lives, and Mallow did not insist that they stay just to make her h [...]

    8. “Listen,” Mallow interrupted. “I haven’t any interest in following you to a stash of gold in the hills or dancing at a Fairy ball or answering riddles or meeting any eligible Fairy dukes who have a castle just on the other side of a curtain of mist—no. I am a magician—mostly—and I am on my way to the Foul like everyone else. Don’t try to charm me, please. I am a practical girl.” Practical girl, my ass.Started interesting but lost me at ''But ducks must always have the last word [...]

    9. Really a 3.5 - I gave this one four stars mostly because I was happy to return to Valente's Fairyland. This is a short story prequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and it won't make much sense if you don't read that first. On its own merits, the short story is good but light. Valente's style - which I very much enjoy - is evident but the story does not have the substance of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland.That being said, I think Valente's style gene [...]

    10. I was between books and needed a little something. Like a scoop of sorbet between courses. This was utterly perfect. Quick. Beautiful. Charming. Lovely. Magic. It made me feel like I was 7 or 8 and sitting on the carpeted floor of the school library, listening to a story. Yet it resonated with me as an adult. The language was amazing: as you read you could feel the words in your mouth. This books begs to be read out loud.I highly recommend this one-sitting jewel of a book to take you someplace e [...]

    11. It's not often books captivate me with the first sentence - this book did just that: History is a funny little creature It then goes on to explain that history is like a bitch-ass cat, which in my opinion is totally accurate. Yeah, this is my jam! I haven't read any other books in the Fairyland series, but I'm already sensing a strong liking towards them - if they're anything like this little number. This odd story has such a individualistic element to it, I couldn't even relate it to any other [...]

    12. Well this was different. Not bad, not by far. But different.Considering that this is the origin story of how Mallow became Queen, I expected more. And considering that this is also the story of how Fairyland was before Queen Mallow's reign and before the Marquess took over, I expected Fairyland to be more as well.I did love the story of the Great Cats of Nephelo though and of how one can become one of the winds. So all in all, this was a nice little interlude to pass the time with until the sec [...]

    13. When I posted my review for Valente's The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, I knew I had to take the time and read the short story Valente published on Tor last year. I didn't know how it fit into the book I'd read for December's book club, but I did know it was all a part of the same world, and I didn't want to read it until I had the book firmly under my belt.You can read "The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland -- For a Little While" for free on Tor. However, it looked like [...]

    14. I enjoy the whimsy -- the mournful cast-iron ducks who love their mistress, the talking bed that composes poetry, the wrathful clouds -- so much.

    15. *fangirl gibberish* The aesthetic I just can't even. *melts*An excellent intro to Mallow. This should be assigned in any lit classes that discuss how to write sympathetic villains. Because this does so PER.FECT."I have all the books I could need, and what more could I need than books?"

    16. What have I read just now? faeries , magicians ,a house on the shores of a whiskey lake ,a talking bed,and pet metal ducks,lively hairpins , and that just the beginning. The heroine Mallow is on her way to the drifting capital of Fairyland riding inside a the Carriageless Horse my head is spinning.This short story makes me feel like I landend in OZ or Wonderland all shades of weird.It's my first encounter with Catherynne M. Valente , and it won't be the last (I so love quirky stuff). " “Liste [...]

    17. Long before the events of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, Mallow lives a quiet life on the edge of a fairy village--until a grand event in the capital draws her into the wider world and its dread Politicks. Valente's voice is particularly lovely in short form, where her distinctive imagery and rich language can run rampant. Fairyland is the perfect setting for that style, and tolerant of prequels with their cameos and backstories; the bittersweet tone keeps the whimsy in check. Mallow, r [...]

    18. A prequel to the excellent The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, this story is pleasant but too slight to stand up on comparison. It does its job and provides some backstory for those who wondered how Mallow became queen of Fairyland. It crams a whole lot of fancy into a relatively small space. It's a stylistic match to the full length book, but without room to breathe the whimsy becomes a little overpowering. Still enjoyable.

    19. 10/8/12Ambitiously quirky, perhaps too much so. "But ducks must always have the last word, and they are very much heavier than hairpins."What now? Short story? I skimmed. ***Update 7/12/15Now being so very familiar with Fairyland it calls me friend, I still think this short story drowned in its own quirk and mess. Too much telling, not enough showing and very little dialogue. Stick with the novels, they are superb.

    20. Not quite what I was expecting from Mallow. And where was Lye?. I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn't expected something different. Read it for yourself here:tor/2011/07/27/the-gir

    21. I love the world Valente's created, so it's not surprising that I loved reading about its history. I hope she writes more short stories set in Fairyland.I'm not saying this series should be made into moviesbut if it were, it should be made my Terry Gilliam.

    22. A very short and wildly imaginative story from Valente's fairyland. I don't know where the author gets her ideas from, it's like Grimm on acid.

    23. Bittersweet and lovely. Must be read after The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, but it might well be good to re-read after this story.

    24. 4 whimsical starsThis book came highly recommended. Disclaimer: I haven't read a fairytale since I was 9 or 10; I don't usually read fantasy, I don't even read vampire books. But anyway, I decided to give this one a try. I was grabbed, charmed and mesmerised from the very first paragraph. Lots of "holy shit" and "wow" were going through my head (because I am "articulate" like that ;-) ) as I was reading my way through the story. Since I don't have much experience with fantasy, saying that I have [...]

    25. Who doesn't love a good reluctant-leader story?This one involves a girl who lives by a lake of whiskey and hangs out with iron ducks. Like you do. But the god-king of fairyland called for a census, and everyone had to travel for it, and we all know how that turns out for the god-king. (hint: poorly). As a fairy story, it's very whimsical and full of lovely details. As a parable about the corruption inherent in power, it's a little obvious, but still full of lovely details. The moment when Mallow [...]

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