Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar

The Good Fairies of New YorkA review by Nalini Haynes

Morag and Heather are supposedly The Good Fairies of New York; they’re on the run and very secretive about the cause for their flight. They crash land in Dinnie’s apartment, hung over and promptly vomit. Dinnie is an anti-social inept lonely busker with a crush on Kerry. Kerry, who lives across the street, is a hippy-type kleptomaniac with Crohn’s disease on a mission to create a flower alphabet and win a prize for her artwork.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and boy do these two fairies have good intentions. New York goes to hell (not literally).

Neil Gaiman wrote the introduction for this re-release, which probably says it all and better than I could. I mean, how do you write a review about a book like this without spoiling it? The roller coaster ride is a journey of discovery and mayhem that deserves a CGI or animated movie and comic book release. I’d collect both.

Read The Good Fairies of New York if you enjoy Neil Gaiman or The Tenth Kingdom and other adult fairy tales but on serious caffeine. Read this if you or someone you know has Crohn’s disease. 4 out of 5 stars.

This article was previously published in Dark Matter issue 3, April 2011, and predated on this website to reflect the original publication date.