Fairies, Myths, & Magic: Book Review

Colleen Chesebro has a new book of poetry and short stories. The tagline is “A Summer Celebration” and how perfect that it was released on the summer solstice. I snapped it up and read it while the sun lollygagged overhead.  Rather than quiz Colleen, I asked her if I could share my favorite short story from the book, and she agreed. Her gorgeous story “The Pond” struck a deep chord, as if she’d written it just for me. My review for the collection follows. ❤

The Pond

by Colleen Chesebro

My journey brings me to a nearby prairie slough where prescient reflections shimmer under the summer sun. Today, I am in pursuit of mythical enlightenment. You know, the kind where magic resonates in the shriek of a hawk and in the howling yips from the coyote pups that play on the sandy shore under a full moon. The alchemy of the moment is not lost on my hungering soul.

A numinous pack –
as turquoise heavens beseech
Mother Gaia’s goal.
Spirit, water, fire, earth, air,
her connection reigns supreme.

As I gaze into the pond, I see the reflections of the woman I’ve become, Past and future meld as one. For today, the wisdom I seek is my bond with the one.

***

My Review:

The tagline on this book is A Summer Celebration, and what better day to read it than on the summer solstice. Chesebro’s book is a collection of poetry and short stories that celebrates not only the presence of summer, but the connection of the human spirit to the Earth, a bond that is ancient, new, and eternal.

Some of the selections are playful like the mermaid bedtime story “A Fish Tale.” Or endearing like “Just What the Doctor Ordered,” in which two pixies get soused in a pitcher of mojitos. Others like “The Healer” take on mythic proportions and read like ancient legends.

But most delve into the mysterious and magical nature of the world around us and our journey through it. The theme of rebirth and self-discovery appears in both story and poem form, and these were perhaps my favorites because they felt both personal and universal. “The Rebirth” is a gorgeous haibun/tanka poem. “The Fairy Spider’s Lair” is full of Earth magic, and “The Pond” is a story that spoke to my soul. Just gorgeous.

I could go on and on, but you’ll have to pick up this book and read them yourself.

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Bio:

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of YA fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood – or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet.

A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams.

Colleen won the Little and Laugh Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the CarrotRanch Literary Community.com in November 2017 for her piece, called “The Bus Stop.” Her debut novel, “The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy,” won gold in the 2017 AuthorsDB.com cover contest.

Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at www.colleenchesebro.com

167 thoughts on “Fairies, Myths, & Magic: Book Review

  1. Vashti Q says:

    Hello! Lovely short story and tanka, Colleen. And wonderful review! Congratulations! All the best with your new book, my friend! Thanks for hosting, Diana. 😀 xx

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  2. Sarah says:

    Wonderful review, Diana! Makes me want to read more! Who could resist magic and fairies?

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  3. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    A review by D. Wallace Peach of Colleen Chesebro’s new book “Fairies, Myths, & Magic”.

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  4. Great review, Diana. I got it as soon as it was available. 🙂

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  5. mylilplace says:

    Another one added to my list.

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  6. Gorgeous writing…your review has a touch of magic, too, Diana…some of the highlights have left me dreaming…congratulations Colleen!

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  7. olganm says:

    Great review! Congratulations to Colleen and her magical new book.

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  8. Reblogged this on Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer and commented:
    I was thrilled that Diana featured me on her blog, Myths of the Mirror. (A favorite book of mine) Please stop by and say hello. Don’t forget my new book, Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration is on sale for $.99 Kindle, and $5.99 for the paperback through this summer. Hugs on the wing! ❤

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  9. Love the excerpt! This one must go on my TBR. Great review, Diana! Good luck with the release, Colleen.

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    • Thanks for the visit and for checking out the story and review. A lovely read for a sunny afternoon, Julie. I’m a little under the weather so will catch up with your posts tomorrow or Tuesday. Until then…Happy Writing! ❤

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  10. It would seem, Diana, you’ve found a kindred creative spirit in Colleen! Thanks for introducing her…

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Sean. Yes, I think we both recognize that there is more to this planet than meets the scientific eye. Right now we call it magic. Perhaps a century from now, we’ll have the empirical skills to move it into reality. 🙂 Fun to think about! Have a great weekend. ❤

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  11. Jina Bazzar says:

    Wonderful review, Diana. I love funny and endearing books. and it’s magical too!

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  12. You had me at the “lollygagging” sun. And then Colleen’s short story, which pulled me in with wonder. Lovely words. Lovely stories. Lovely review, Diana. And Colleen – to our past, present and future selves, bonded as one. xo

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  13. Christy B says:

    Congratulations Colleen on such a beautiful review! I love The Pond – just read it here in this post 🙂 It’s lovely of Diana to pen this review and for you to know her thoughts on it!

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  14. Annika Perry says:

    Aww…this sounds like pure magic, dreamy and I’m smitten by your review and The Pond! Although a short story, it is lyrical and has a fey-like quality. Wonderful!

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  15. Sounds like a magical book, just perfect for the summer!

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  16. Lovely review Diana and congratulations Colleen, so delighted your new book is here..hugsxx

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  17. Adele Marie says:

    What a beautiful review of Colleen’s magical book, thank you, Diana. xxx

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  18. acflory says:

    For some arcane reason, WP won’t let me click the like button so….LIKE!

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  19. rijanjks says:

    What a wonderful review for Colleen’s new book! A beautiful excerpt to share too.

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  20. A lovely review for Colleen’s lovely new book. I enjoyed it so much too. 🙂

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  21. Lovely review, Diana. 🙂

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  22. Reblogged this on DSM Publications and commented:
    Check out this review of the story collection, Fairies, Myths, & Magic – A Summer Celebration, by Colleen Chesebro, as featured in this post from the Myths of the Mirror blog.

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  23. A fabulous review, Diana. Congrats Colleen! 🙂

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  24. Lovely share from Colleen’s book and a great review! 🙂 Have this one on my klndle…

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  25. balroop2013 says:

    Fantastic review Diana, I agree with you, there is a great variety in this collection. I really enjoyed reading this magical book. 🙂

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  26. dgkaye says:

    What a fabulous review for Colleen’s beautiful book. So glad you enjoyed it as I did Diana. ❤

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  27. Fantastic review! I enjoyed reading the excerpt, too. A big congratulations to Colleen!

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  28. I follow Colleen but rarely get to her site – it’s just a matter of time allowance online – but I love this little excerpt and I love that bio pic of her – and as it appears we have a similar take on life, I really must allow just a little more online time 🙂

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  29. Thank you so very much for sharing “The Pond,” Diana, and your lovely review (which has found its way into the paperback version). You’ve made my day with this lovely post. ❤

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  30. Silent Hour says:

    Lovely story and a sweet review from you! I really like the cover too.

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  31. A lovely review Diana. I am going to read it in a day or two. 🌼

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  32. Lovely excerpt. And good review. I’ll put it on my ‘to read’ list. 🙂

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  33. Lovely review of this book Diane. I hope to get it soon. ♥️

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  34. A wonderful review, Diana! I love the message in the short story above, thanks for sharing and congrats to Colleen!

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  35. Your new book sounds like the perfect summer read, Colleen. Thanks for sharing the short story from the book, and the review, Diana.

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  36. Mae Clair says:

    A great review. Congratulations to Colleen!

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  37. … Mermaids? Pixies soused on margaritas?? Well, you had all the magic words!! It just SCREAMS “pair me with a drink, Nicole!!” 💖💖🍻

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  38. Magic and fantasy are a common thread for both Diana and Colleen, it seems. Nice writing sample. Best of luck with your new book, Colleen.

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