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Martin Millar’s writing is consistently funny and entertaining. And while The Good Fairies of New York is upbeat and comedic, it also has a layer of tragedy that the author manages to juggle and incorporate seamlessly. The pace is quick and precise so that by the time you’re laughing or crying over a particular scene, you’re already on to the next one.

Millar manages to thrown in a lot of disparate elements in this novel (rock music, Maoist teachings, exotic diseases) and make them work. The writing is strong — it’s easy to get into and there’s no room for confusion, even when Millar is juggling a dozen interweaving characters from two distinct parts of the world.
His characters are another asset — whether it’s the fairies who consistently get into trouble despite their best efforts, or the human characters who each have distinct personalities (some would call them “character flaws”) and voices.

If you want to read something that’ll hook you immediately, The Good Fairies of New York does the job. There’s never a dull moment and I couldn’t put it down, even reading into the wee hours of the morning. The Good Fairies of New York is light and fun reading that’s recommendable to virtually anyone, unless you’re the type that doesn’t think that drunken multiracial fairies makes for excellent reading.

FanLit thanks Charles Tan from Bibliophile Stalker for contributing this guest review.

The Good Fairies of New York — (1992) Publisher: Tells of the adventures of a group of punk fairies who get drunk one night and are air-freighted to New York city.