You might think you know about pookas.
If you know that they’re magical, shape-shifting creatures straight out of Irish folklore, you already know a pretty large percentage of everything that’s known about them.
If you know that sometimes they’re adorable and sometimes they’re mischief-making little shits, you know even more still.
If you know that some of their favorite forms to take are horses, goats, dogs, goblins, and, most importantly, rabbits – then you are a goddamn expert.
But there’s something I can guarantee that you don’t know. And it’s not your fault, really. Pookas have their reps to maintain, and no one’s going to believe that they’re possibly capable of evil if it gets out that they’re nerds, so this fact (up until now) has remained very well hidden. But the truth always has a way of coming out. So here it is:
Pookas have excellent taste in literature.
And their taste might surprise you.
Like everyone, pookas can be very self-involved, and so they (of course) like books where they might make an appearance: books about magic. It doesn’t matter if the book is for a child, a teen, or an adult, a pooka will voraciously consume it. However, they also like books that smack more of the commonly accepted version of reality: books about love, loss, hunger, gender, race, class, culture, disease, hatred and history. A pooka’s absolute favorite story is a combination of the real and the unreal. A story can be moral, immoral, or amoral; it doesn’t really matter to a pooka, so long as the prose is beautiful.
Pookas have been quiet for too long. It’s time for this particular pooka to bring her taste to light. There are some stories that are screaming to be shared. And with the amount of trash that makes it onto bestseller lists, it stands to reason that some of these incredible stories are screaming at a decibel level that can only be heard by supposedly imaginary beings (and very discerning humans). It’s this pooka’s mission to make sure that these stories get the attention that they deserve. Hence, the creation of this book review blog.
You think you know pookas, but you have no idea. Get to know one in 2013. This is “The Pooka Picks…”. (First review coming in January 2013).