Every Heart a Doorway: Seanan McGuire's subversive, gorgeous tale of the rejects from the realms of faerie

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I’ll have to take a look at that. I’ll see if my library has it.

I have to admit, after devouring Susanna Clarke’s novel and shortstories and Gaiman’s ‘Stardust’, I am hungry for faerie and sidhe stories and folklore. There is surprisingly little available (that a 39 year old would choose to read); even folklore or historical/cultural info is hard to find.


Looks interesting. I hadn’t realized Myra Grant was a nom de plume for Ms. McGuire. Until now I was worried all she could write were post-apocalyptic zombie/infestation stories.

Looks like mine does not and due to the wonders of the modern bookstore the closest one that does is a 30 min drive away.

Mine has it, but the hold list looks like it’s months long.

Once I could get back to my library I thought I had some humble recommendations that I could make to you. I liked Changling by Delia Sherman about a changling in a New York Between run by the Fairy Folk. I might also recommend Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente which combines Russian folklore with a secret history of Russia in the twentieth century. Valente also writes the Girl who verbed Fairyland series, a young adult series about a girl who travels to fairyland, which I have enjoyed, but they are not steeped in the kind of faerie folklore that I am guessing you are looking for.

You wouldn’t go wrong with American Gods Not necessarily faeire but well researched folklore and internally consistent magical beings with great stories.

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Nice, thanks for the recommendations. You intuited pretty accurately what it is I am hoping to find. Fiction based on Faerie folklore (and compilations of actual faerie tale folklore). I might be just looking in the wrong places, but I have found literally almost nothing about European faerie folklore. I am interested in Scandinavian troll/forest, English faerie tales, Sidhe folklore, etc. I know so little about the topic that I don’t really even know what to look for, which is probably what’s hindering my searches, actually. Thanks again.


Another thing to look at is the Faery books by Dennis L. McKiernan (Once Upon a Winter’s Night/Summer Day/Autumn Eve/Spring Morn/Dreadful Time), which are largely based off of welded-together stories from the Colour Fairy Books.

If you’re actually looking for the old European fairy tales, you might want those books themselves:

Edit: Get the text for free at Project Gutenberg:


I just found the Andrew Lang collections yesterday randomly. I guess I wasn’t looking very hard, because all the sudden I’ve added another 4-5k pages to my backlog of reading material. Thanks for the recs, much much appreciated, many big-ups to ye sir. Espech the free text online, my library only had a few volumes.

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Glad to be of service!

You might like Seanan McGuire’s October Daye books. Her website has handy links and some downloadable short stories, so you get a feel for her work.


Dunno if this will help, but I’ve read several of the authors on this list and personally like the genre.

My wife gave me his first three a month ago - I really enjoyed them.

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Not tried that author yet, I should probably get through my to read list before I buy more books, but I’ll put recommended authors higher up the to buy list.

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