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The Urban Green Man: An Archetype of Renewal Paperback – Jun 28 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing (June 28 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 177053038X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770530386
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 14 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #914,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Adria laycraft is a grateful member of IFWA and a proud survivor of the six-week Odyssey Writers Workshop. She works as a freelancer and ghostwriter, and is the co-editor of an Urban Green Man anthology and author of Be a Freelance Writer Now. Adria lives in Calgary with her husband and son, where she invests far too much time and money into her garden.
Janice Blaine is a professional commercial artist. Throughout her career she has worked on a wide variety of projects, ranging from pre-production animation to design & illustration of children's books. She was recently nominated for an Aurora Award.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird Wood April 3 2014
By Christina Paige - Published on
Format: Paperback
These 31 stories and poems about the spirit of the wild wood, be it Green Man or Green Woman, in urban settings are fabulously illustrated, and cover a wide range of imagination. While many of them express a degree of anger at the extent of nature’s plight, some of them take unusual tacks and go in surprising directions. A variety of legends and myths make their way into these stories, so while there is a unifying theme, there is remarkable diversity in the story-telling. And since the subject matter is so close at hand, while the issues at stake are literally ones of life and death, this collection has considerable heft to it. The faces reflected in these stories are so palpably our own.

Some of my favorites are: “Buried in the Green” by Heather M. O’Connor, in part because it reminded me of the Joan Aiken stories I grew up reading: a little macabre, a bit wistful, wryly humorous; Nu Yang’s “The Ring of Life” which movingly deals with aging, death, memory, and the passing of tradition; “Neither Slumber Nor Sleep” by Kim Goldberg, quite possibly the funniest golem story ever told; “Abandon All …” by Goldeen Ogawa for its sublime paradigm shift; and Satyros Phil Brucato’s splendid “Johnny Serious” for how it starts: “Once, there was a boy with a hole in his heart. All the joy ran out of that hole, and all the sadness of the world seeped in…” and for every word and image through to the end of that story.
Other contributions I appreciated for the wealth of lore or fact they contained: “Waking the Holly Kin” by Eileen Donaldson and “Green Man She Restless” by Billie Milholland, for example. There are love stories as well as tales of terror and horror. If these stories do their work, they will act like the snakes that licked the ears of Menelaus so clean that ever afterward he could understand the speech of animals: attuning readers to the voice of Green Man, the song of Green Woman. What story will you hear?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish there was more to the stories! Oct. 2 2013
By Linda W. - Published on
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I was plesently surprised with all of the stories and poems in the book. I will be looking up the authors to see what else I can find that they have written. They all had their own take on the Urban Green Man, all of the stories will make you think and watch for the Green Man in the city.