We’re Fairies on the Moon


The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, by Catherynne M. Valente – I read the first two books in this series last year, and quite enjoyed them. This one continues the series when September returns to Fairyland in the company of an argumentative Blue Wind and a Model A Ford, and journeys to the Moon. Not only does the Fairyland Moon include several population centers, including a city growing on the shell of a giant whelk and a town devoted to photography, but it’s apparently under siege by a giant yeti named Ciderskin. Valente plays on the idea of pictures of yetis always being blurry by explaining that they’re able to manipulate time, and a group of fairies once used a yeti’s paw to speed along their own lives. With the help of her old friends, A-Through-L the Wyverary (a cross between a wyvern and a library) and Saturday the Marid, she must confront Ciderskin. She also learns why there’s a dearth of actual fairies in Fairyland. The whole thing ends with a cliffhanger, and now that September has gone around, below, and over Fairyland, I have to wonder what she’ll be doing next. Drilling through Fairyland? I appreciate how the magical land is inhabited by both creatures of classical folklore and mythology and Valente’s own inventions, with the two blending together better than you might think. One of the characters in this book is a Buraq, the kind of animal that Muhammad rode to Jerusalem in Islamic lore.

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