The Folk of the Air

The Folk of the Air While attending the revels of the League for Archaic Pleasurs a group dedicated to the pleasures of the medieval period Joe Farrell comes face to face with Nicholas Bonner a spirit from the past an

  • Title: The Folk of the Air
  • Author: Peter S. Beagle
  • ISBN: 9780345346995
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • While attending the revels of the League for Archaic Pleasurs, a group dedicated to the pleasures of the medieval period, Joe Farrell comes face to face with Nicholas Bonner, a spirit from the past and an ancient evil.

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    1. [9/10] They were playing with time and magic, but time is tricky and magic is dangerous! This is an excellent summary of the novel Peter S Beagle took so many years to write. I read somewhere that "The Folk of the Air" comes after "The Last Unicorn" in his catalogue, so in my mind the action was set somewhere at the tail end of the sixties. Imagine my surprise when I checked the actual publishing date and noticed the almost twenty year gap! This low output (barring a few short stories and non-fi [...]

    2. It's Peter S. Beagle, in true lyrical form, gentle, wry, humorous, melancholic with a little bit of action."The sky was the color of mercury, mushy as a bruise.""As an afterthought, he also screamed "'Kreegaaahh!' at the top of his lungs, for the first time since he was eleven years old, jumping off of his parents' bed, which was the bank of the Limpopo River, onto his cousin Mary Margaret Louise, who was a crocodile.""His mouth was badly swollen, but his style was already beginning to regenerat [...]

    3. Just finished my first re-read of this in years, and I think I will need several future re-reads to even hope to understand this story on more than a few levels. Like anything by Beagle, The Folk of the Air seems to shift and change depending on one's own psychological state at the time of reading, some lines I realised I had memorised (despite last reading this 10 years ago) and others struck me as fresh and new, as if I had never seen them before.This is some of Beagle's best technical writing [...]

    4. Peter Beagle is one of those wonderful writers whose skill with language and imagery provides constant amazement. He casually tosses out phrases that other writers might save up for years ("the house was ordinary, a place where a goddess had never lived") and provides fun, quirky dialog that seems to come from real people.With all that going for him, I don't really look for much else in his novels. Sometimes the plot doesn't show up until half-way through the book and that's fine. If you like yo [...]

    5. A flawed masterpiece. Although parts of the book were less engaging than I might have hoped for, most of it sang to me. The images, characters, and scenes in this book have stayed with me for years, like a distant heartbeat. Like old friends I've lost touch with and would like to check in with.It's one of the only books to use fantasy role playing in an effective manner as a springboard from a contemporary setting to Elsewhere. It combines mysticism, magic, and alchemy without straining.

    6. Kip and I seem to've had somewhat similar reactions to this book. To wit: we are _very_ curious about how it managed to escape its native time stream and crash-land here. _Folk of the Air_ is a flawed but fully-realized specimen of a basically alien subgenre, which resembles urban fantasy in the same way that platypi are kind of like mammals. Joe Farrell, of "Lila the Werewolf" non-fame, comes back home to Avicenna, CA, in his shitty Volkswagen van. He falls back in with his best friend and his [...]

    7. In Which Peter Beagle Discovers the SCA, and Thinks it is Pretty Nifty.Joe Farrell, a hippieish slacker lute player wanders into the super-Berkeley-ish town of Avicenna, California to crash with his old friend Ben for a while. Ben and Joe's old friend-and-lover Julie introduce Joe to the SCA (I mean, the League of Archaic Pleasures), who's delighted to embrace an expert lutenist.Joe is slightly weirded out by his friend's new lover, who's much older than Ben, and rather strange. But he rolls wit [...]

    8. The one where Farrell the lute player gets involved with a Medieval reenactment society that turns out to have an actual witch in it. My chief problem with this was Farrell's characterization, which consisted entirely of other people telling him what his characterization was. "You never get angry, Joe," they say. "You don't connect with anyone. You just come into town and leave town." And then the next one says the same thing. Aiffe and Sia are well realized, but the two other significant charac [...]

    9. This book kind of made me cringe at my faire background. Not bad, but it takes a while for the story to actually materialize.

    10. Where magic meets the mundane, it may be exciting but it's certainly not what you were expecting!I picked this up at the library a few years ago, and found it's a very slow start, The Last Unicorn being my only other Beagle read. Sadly I returned it before finishing, It took me 2 years to find it again (mainly because having not read his work, I forgot both the title and author, just the early premise.) Thank you libraries for "your books are due soon" emails! Safe to say, the style and characte [...]

    11. The characters in this book belong to a medieval re-creation society much like one I once belonged to myself, but along with dressing up in historic garb and re-creating medieval foods and entertainments and so on, they also get mixed up with some actual magic and actual time travel. The author gets the details of that kind of hobby - more than a hobby, really, but an obsession for many - exactly right. There were so many familiar details. One that struck me was how the children of the serious m [...]

    12. The Folk of the Air is my first Peter Beagle book, and I certainly have been remiss in taking this long to get to him. And while I'm given to understand that this is considered to be one of his more flawed works, it's nonetheless a lovely introduction to what the man can do with the written word.There's definite magic for me in this prose. Right out of the gate, I adored that the hero's Volkswagen van was named Madame Schumann-Heink, that the vehicle was very definitely a "she", and that she nor [...]

    13. I've been on a rereading jag lately -- mostly books I have fond but vague memory of. Let me just say that Austen and D.H. Lawrence haven't fared too well, and I haven't had the nerve to pick up my favorite Durrell for fear of the same. Genre fiction, on the other hand, has fared better. I read the Folk of the Air years and years ago -- randomly plucked from the shelf of my local library. Something about its mix of Society for Creative Anachronism, living goddesses and academics possessed by Viki [...]

    14. I love this book, love it. Funny and fantastic and even spiritual (don't be skeered). American professor Ben Kassoy mystically trades places with a ninth-century Norse Viking called Egil Eyvindsson. He tells his friend Farrell that Egil “didn’t think much of our civilization.” He thought it was probably all right for “people who don’t really care about anything.” This is Farrell’s problem, the central problem of the book: There really is nothing to believe in anymore. The League fo [...]

    15. This was the first book I read by Peter Beagle, and it's still my favorite. I was a geek growing up, before geeks were cool, and I loved the description of the SCA-like organization, and the reasons that people participated- something to keep you sane when the world was so very boring and mundane, ironically. Of course, there's the bad side to role-playing, too, the side that seeks power. In this book, a teenage witch discovers that she can actually do magic. She summons an unnatural being, Nich [...]

    16. I loved it. A magical book done pretty much right. Beagle deserves his status as best-fantasy-author-that-you-think-everybody-should-know-about-and-love-but-really-it-seems-nobody-has-ever-heard-of-him-and-how-weird-is-that-?. I do object to the attempt to materialize and de-mystify the whole thing (one deity says to another "Remember, we aren't real."). But stories don't matter if they aren't true, if we are always distancing ourselves from them to remind ourselves, "This isn't true, don't forg [...]

    17. I must say I didn't like this one terribly much. Written in 1977 it has to be one of the earliest urban fantasty style novels I've read. The problem with it was in order to justify the fantasy aspects he had the main characters involved with a pseudo SCA. I found the SCA parts really dull! When the supernatural elements happened they were quite interesting, a young girl playing with dangerous magic, a goddess trapped in her house, a mysterious immortal. The only problem is there wasn't quite eno [...]

    18. It was a bit hard to get into, and there were definitely some lulls. The same basic story, written by any other author, would have likely lost me about 1/3 of the way in. There is just some incredible magic that Peter S. Beagle weaves in his writing that captures my mind and heart and makes me want to finish reading immediately so that I can read more, while also making me hope the book will somehow never end so that I never have to worry about running out of his words.

    19. Although beautifully written, this isn't one of the best stories I've read by this author. I guess if I were a member of the SCA or someone who really studied classical literature/folklore, I might enjoy this book more. Still, the descriptions are beautiful and imaginative, and for that alone it's worth at least three stars.

    20. I'm slowly falling in love with Peter S Beagle. I was slow to find the way to shift my mind to the place of this story, and still came away loving it. I'll have to work on my Fantasy muscle memory by reading more Beagle.

    21. I love his writing, but found the book subtly terrifying, in the side step from this world to another. Excellent writer!!

    22. Obviously I'm just a sucker for anything Peter Beagle writes. But this one, which I had to buy since my library didn't carry it (!), was such fun to read. The story felt familiar in a comfortable rather than repetitive way and yet quite different from other fantasy work I've read. Don't expect it to change your life, but rather to help you escape from the vicious news cycles for a few highly entertaining hours.

    23. When people talk about the books Peter S. Beagle has written, this one usually winds up as a footnote. I ran across a copy at a used bookstore, though, and thought it sounded like something I'd like. Then it languished on my shelves, unread. Hence its inclusion in my 2014 TBR Challenge.The book starts with Joe Farrell returning to his hometown of Avicenna, California. His best friend, Ben, is dating an older woman, and they have a spare bedroom he can borrow until he figures out what his next st [...]

    24. Beagle kann von Anfang an eine Atmosphäre voller Spannung und Mysterium aufbauen, die er mit Ehrfurcht erregender Sprachbeherrschung untermauert – selten gab es gewundenere Metaphern, die aber immer den Punkt treffen. Seine Personen sind fest in den 70er-Jahren verankert und leben noch Hippie-Allüren aus. Auch die Geschichte selbst kann ihren New-Age-Hintergrund nicht verleugnen, und sie ist es auch, die das Buch fast zum Sturz bringt.Irgendjemand muss Beagle nämlich von Mittelalterfesten u [...]

    25. Peter S. Beagle has a way with prose that makes my heart hurt. His descriptions have a vividness to them that makes you feel, and that's why even though this isn't my favorite of his stories, I still feel better for reading it. Saying this isn't my favorite Peter S. Beagle story is kind of like saying chocolate isn't my favorite donut. Doesn't mean I can't enjoy it to pieces anyway."The Folk of the Air" deals a lot with time and a lot with transience. From the LARPers at their tourneys, getting [...]

    26. To preface: I am a HUGE fan of Peter S. Beagle. He is, hands down, the most talented and under appreciated modern author; his sentences border on the perfect, and he nails the endings every time. When I read his work, I feel a lump of some unidentifiable emotion sit squarely on my chest, and it won't go away until long after I've finished. I find his work, frankly, a bit transcendent.That being said, this is not a great book. It is a series of great scenes lashed together loosely, and really ben [...]

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