As long as people have been telling stories, playing tunes, and singing songs, other people have had ratyer strongopinions about them. While we are fairly certain that Green Man Review has not been around that long, one of the oldest records in our archives is a scrap of parchment on which some unknown medieval scribe jotted down his thoughts on the character descriptions in Y Gododdin . (Also in our archives are Taliesin’s lament for Arthur and a reel by Queen Orphiana’s fiddling jack, both captured by the Sidhe in strands of twisted glass. We have yet to find a way to transfer these to a more modern audio medium without shattering the glass and losing the music. More’s the pity…)
In fact, our strong ties to both the past and the fey make Green Man Review a lively — and often tantalizing — combination of ancient and modern, darkly realistic and frankly magical. There’s a fiddling jack, a Sidhe archivist/librarian, and a changeling are also on staff. Our present office has a wooden handle on the street door to accommodate the fey, and we’ve developed a back-up set of tunes in MP3 to deal with the pixies who have migrated online and occasionally try to massacre our server.
We share our lease with a troll who lives under the bridge out back. Naturally, the Fair Folk have adapted themselves to industrial vacuum cleaners, street noise and water coolers, although they still demand fresh cream and cake set out on the alley step every night. And we have not only a Welsh dragon who serves as a set of very impressive living bagpipes, and a Celtic goddess who plays a mean set of small pipes. And did I mention the Neverending Session which as far as we know has been going on continually somewhere in the GMR building for centuries now? Not to mention Bela, the violinist who insists he’s from the Ottoman Empire…
GMR provides in-depth reviews of sf, horror, and fantasy books, printed, digital and audio.
Our musical focus, whether CDs or live performances, is on trad music in all its aspects, whether it be the Celtic and English traditions — even American roots music (such as cajun, contradance, bluegrass, old-timey, and country). More modern music and world music can be found over at Sleeping Hedgehog. our sister site.
Our archives contain reviews of over twenty thousand items, including over nine thousand CDs, and far more than eight thousand books, as well as myriad films, live performances, and other cool stuff such as Hungarian tarot decks.
We offer an environment completely free of advertising or any wheedling pressure to buy anything. We’re often told how refreshing that is, with the matrix of pop-up banners at most review zines and the multitude of ads in most print magazines that make it bloody near impossible to actually read anything. We also like our position of reviewer integrity. Our reviewers can identify with the rest of our readers, often joining our staff partly for books, music, videos, and concerts, and to stay on top of new releases. Unless specifically stated, neither Green Man Review, nor Kinrowan Limited, nor any reviewer has any financial interest, period.
While we always provide links to the pages of artists, companies, and vendors where appropriate, we’ve referenced them solely as a matter of convenience for our readers. We receive no monetary subsidies for our work, and do not rely upon online partnerships to defray our costs.
We review books, music, and DVDs that are appropriate to our coverage area. We only request that products be available for Internet purchase (for obvious reasons!) What will we do with your product? We’ll attempt to find an appropriate reviewer who will do a comprehensive write-up of your work. We will put up a review page, mention it in on a blog post, and archive it. It is generally also picked up fairly soon by Web search engines such as Google. It’s far more likely than not that a Green Man Review will be ranked at the top of a search.
It’s as simple as that! We’ll inform you when the review is online, which is usually within three months of the date that we receive your material—but be aware that it can take a bit longer, depending on where the reviewer lives (it takes longer to ship review material to our reviewers over the Border, for example), how fat your book is, or how long the reviewer keeps your CD in their player. If you’ve got any questions, e-mail Cat for a prompt reply. Please note that we do get a lot of product for review, so we are not always able to guarantee that a review will be done. And unlike some ‘zines, we do not apologize for reviews that are not positive. If it’s shite, we’ll say so, period. If we say it’s good, you know it’s bloody good! As we’ve said, we don’t have to do reviews just to sell product in order to underwrite our enterprise.
We will consider reviews of ebooks in ePUP/epub or .pdf. Please contact cat AT greenmanreview.com regarding ebook reviews.
Please note that products that are from vanity presses, or self-publication need not apply. If you think your product is worth us reviewing it and you are self-published, i.e. a chapbook, you must email us before sending it!
Green Man Review reaches around nine hundred thousand readers a month everywhere –readers who attend concerts and buy books, DVDs and CDs! So if you want your product reviewed in a quality magazine that reaches a wide audience, we urge you to consider us. Just send the item(s) to: Green Man Review, POB 18163
Portland ME 04112 USA.
Please note: If possible, send us two copies of anything you wish reviewed as we like to archive a copy when possible. You must send two copies of each CD or DVD that you want reviewed! No exceptions! (Cue sounds of Richard Thompson’s ‘The Bone Man’…)
The Green Man Review staff is collectively responsible for the design and content of this magazine. Without their active participation, this magazine would not exist. Some have been with us a very long time; some have just joined us, but they’re on this staff because they can write very well and because they love what they do! Visit the Staff page for the complete list and bios that reveal just exactly who they are and what they do besides write reviews. If you are interested in reviewing for us, read our Prospective Reviewer Page and then email Cat Eldridge.
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