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Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

I was looking for an audiobook for Miss Adventure and I to listen to as we travel to gymnastics meets. This had shown up on a list of good books for kids. As a bonus, it’s a Discworld book (#30) so I knew it would be good.

Published: 2004

Genre: fantasy

Length: 390 pages

Setting: the Chalk, part of Discworld with preindustrial technology Continue reading

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Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce

This is the second book in the series, following Trickster’s Choice. Miss Curiosity requested it via interlibrary loan, so I had to read it now since it was special order for the library. Pierce had a note at the end of the book commenting on the length of the series. She decided on two long books instead of several shorter books after J. K. Rowling showed that kids are willing to read long books.

Published: 2004

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 444 pages of story, 467 pages total

Setting: Rajmuat, within the Copper Islands, after the events of Trickster’s Choice. Continue reading

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A Fine Balance by Charlotte Ashley

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November-December 2016

Genre: fantasy

Setting: the split city of Onsen and Dushiq, in a medieval setting Continue reading

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Morevi by Tee Morris and Lisa Lee

This was a recommended podiobook way back when. The premise sounded interesting enough to listen it. You can still find it free to listen to at Scribl.

Subtitle: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana

Published: some time before 2007

Genre: fantasy

Length: 1564 minutes

Setting: Britain in the 1500s and Morevi, an alternate world connected to ours by the Rift Continue reading

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Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

Miss Adventure picked this book up and I decided to read it alongside her because the main character is Alanna’s daughter (Alanna from the Song of the Lioness series). It also includes Daine from Pierce’s Immortals series.

Published: 2003

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 403 pages of story, 422 pages total

Setting: mostly the Copper Isles, soon after the events of the Immortals series Continue reading

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A Bird, A Broad, and a Mess of Kyodatsu by Stephen Lickman

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published:January, 2017 in Mothership Zeta: Issue 2

Genre: alternate history fantasy

Setting: Japan, post-WWII

Summary: Our narrator is a Tengu, a mythical Japanese bird soldier. Japan has been conquered, so he’s trying to make a living as a detective. Really, his goal is to make enough money to drink himself into oblivion. But, he’s been hired by a murder of jungle crows to recover a Buddha that was stolen from Crow Castle at the end of the war. He’s slipping into kyodatsu – a general state of depression because Japan lost that can be seen in people across multiple every aspect of Japanese society. However, the crows shame him into trying to recover the Buddha.

Final thoughts: Interesting because of the setting and new mythology. Our narrator was transformed into a Tengu to work off a debt to karma. He’s not doing a very good job at it at the beginning of the story. He’s slipping into despair, like so many people around him. He won’t even fly anymore – the skies are for the victors. But, he decides to do something instead and recover the Buddha and even takes to the sky to do so. We are left hanging – the thief has taken a ship to America, but he’s going to chase her. He’s got a purpose again in life.

Title comes from: The bird is our narrator – a crow-like creature; the broad is the thief of the Buddha; the kyodatsu is the state of mind of everyone around our narrator.

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Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings

It’s the second book in the Belgariad series, but I read it so quickly after the first book mainly because it gets me a Q in my Title Reading the Alphabet Challenge. Now I don’t have to scour the library shelves for Q books!

Published: 1982

Genre: sword and sorcery fantasy

Length: 326 pages

Setting: Arednia, Tolnedra, and Nyissa, immediately following the events of Pawn of Prophecy Continue reading

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