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Author Topic: Cassandra Eason?? Or Any Faery/Folklore Book Recomendations.  (Read 4457 times)
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« Topic Start: January 15, 2008, 12:02:35 pm »

I am looking for a book for a Christmahanukwanzayule (late I know, I am exchanging gifts when I get back to college) gift for a friend of mine on Faery folklore. I am looking around Amazon.com and have found a few that look promising. The one I am on at the moment is A Complete Guide to Faeries and Magical Beings by Cassandra Eason which appears to be about what I am looking for, a relatively beginner book which gives accurate information not the fluffy smiles and light stuff, and has very good reviews. But I was just wondering what others think of this book/her writing and if it is accurate and informative. If you don't recommend her then who would you recommend? And if you do recommend her is there anyone you think is better?
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« Reply #1: January 15, 2008, 02:47:44 pm »

I am looking for a book for a Christmahanukwanzayule (late I know, I am exchanging gifts when I get back to college) gift for a friend of mine on Faery folklore. I am looking around Amazon.com and have found a few that look promising. The one I am on at the moment is A Complete Guide to Faeries and Magical Beings by Cassandra Eason which appears to be about what I am looking for, a relatively beginner book which gives accurate information not the fluffy smiles and light stuff, and has very good reviews. But I was just wondering what others think of this book/her writing and if it is accurate and informative. If you don't recommend her then who would you recommend? And if you do recommend her is there anyone you think is better?

If you want accurate folklore information, you're MUCH better off looking at books by actual folklorists.  I haven't read Eason's fairy book, but I've looked through some of her other stuff, and haven't been too impressed; in general, folklore books produced and sold in the NeoPagan section are often far more dedicated to shaping folklore to fit their worldview than reporting folklore in any kind of accurate, honest way.  Since you said you wanted folklore, not fluffy drivel, that's what I'll recommend.  Smiley

For easy-to-read info that is actually *solid*, one can't go wrong with Katharine Briggs's Encyclopedia of Fairies.  Most of the NeoPagan books that talk about fairies seem to do a quick glance through Briggs, then overlay her information with a bunch of nonsense.  Go straight to the source, and forget the NeoPagan-produced crap.     
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« Reply #2: January 15, 2008, 02:59:03 pm »



Also, pay attention to spellings in titles:  while this is by no means a hard and fast rule, I've noticed that books that use the term "faery" are more likely to be filled with fluff than books that say "fairy."  Again, not a hard and fast rule, but folklorists tend to use "fairy" for the general category, while variant spellings like "faery," "faerie," and "fae" tend to be favored by the fantasy/mystical crowd, so draw your own conclusions. 

There are exceptions, like Duffy's Erotic World of Faery and Tolkien's concept of "Faerie," but they're standouts; it may be just a coincidence, but both of those writers are concerned with the idea of  "faery" as a *concept*, rather than fairies as *beings*, if that makes sense.  But the majority of straight-up *folklore* work uses the "fairy" spelling.   
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« Reply #3: January 15, 2008, 03:58:41 pm »

For easy-to-read info that is actually *solid*, one can't go wrong with Katharine Briggs's Encyclopedia of Fairies.  Most of the NeoPagan books that talk about fairies seem to do a quick glance through Briggs, then overlay her information with a bunch of nonsense.  Go straight to the source, and forget the NeoPagan-produced crap.     

Amazon doesn't seem to have any new versions of Encyclopedia of Fairies for anything less than $100, but I found a used version. It also shows some other stuff by Briggs, The Fairies in Tradition and Literature and something called Abby Lubbers, Banshees, and Bogarts: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fairies (which I'm hoping might be the same thing as Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies, & Other Supernatural Creatures) both of which are more affordable at better conditions. Do any of these sound promising to you?
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« Reply #4: January 15, 2008, 05:13:17 pm »

Amazon doesn't seem to have any new versions of Encyclopedia of Fairies for anything less than $100, but I found a used version. It also shows some other stuff by Briggs, The Fairies in Tradition and Literature and something called Abby Lubbers, Banshees, and Bogarts: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fairies (which I'm hoping might be the same thing as Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies, & Other Supernatural Creatures) both of which are more affordable at better conditions. Do any of these sound promising to you?

I'm seeing used copies for $34.00; I don't know if it will be back in print anytime soon, so if it were me, I'd grab it at that price, because it really is the best and most useful book on fairies out there.  _The Fairies in Tradition and Literature_ is a booklength study of, well, fairies in tradition and literature.  It's very useful, if a touch dated.  _Abbey Lubbers_ is for children.  If it can't be the _Encyclopedia_, go with _The Fairies in Tradition and Literature_.  The Encyclopedia, though, is an easier read. 
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« Reply #5: January 15, 2008, 05:32:16 pm »

I'm seeing used copies for $34.00; I don't know if it will be back in print anytime soon, so if it were me, I'd grab it at that price, because it really is the best and most useful book on fairies out there.  _The Fairies in Tradition and Literature_ is a booklength study of, well, fairies in tradition and literature.  It's very useful, if a touch dated.  _Abbey Lubbers_ is for children.  If it can't be the _Encyclopedia_, go with _The Fairies in Tradition and Literature_.  The Encyclopedia, though, is an easier read. 

I found a used copy for $13 of Encyclopedia and went with that. It is in good condition and is winging its way to me Smiley . Thanks so much for your help!
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