- Rhonda Allen
Little Big - by John Crowley
In my opinion on of the most enchanting and readable fantasies I have read. It is in a league of its own. Not a sword and sorcery type of fantasy so I am not comparing it to any of those. On a day in June sometime in the late 1900s, a young man sets out on a journey from the City to a place called Edgewood to get married and the fact that he walked and didn't ride was one of the conditions placed on him to be allowed to come at all. This is an epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood not found on any map to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is the great Tale that is so beautifully written and so intriguing parts of it resonate in our imagination. Its a gentle fairytale of love and loss. The house Edgewood and the "denizens" that live in it and in the woods around are the heart of the story.