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The Boy Who Was Mistaken for a Fairy King by H.L. Fullerton

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in return for my honest review. It comes from Annorlunda Press, who specializes in entertaining books that make you think. The book was published today.

Published: today! 2019

Genre: fantasy novella

Length: 122 pages

Setting: the Catskills, NY, present day

Summary: Short version: Carl seems to be usurping the erlking’s role, which leads to consequences Continue reading

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The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society by T. Kingfisher

Now that I finished my book of short stories, I need a new source of short stories to review on Mondays. I thought I’d finish reviewing the short stories that were nominated for the Hugo Awards. I got all the Locus Award nominees reviewed, so it’s on to another award.

Published: some time in 2018 at Uncanny Magazine, where you can either read or listen to the story for free

Genre: fantasy short story

Setting: fairyland and the British Isles, some time ago

Summary: Short version: Rose MacGregor’s fairy lovers meet to remember her

Long version: The story is told as a series of reminiscences between a group of fae. Each on of them was Rose MacGregor’s lover at some point. They’re all used to loving and leaving behind a woman who pines after them. Instead they’re pining after Rose, even the pooka and the bull selkie. She used them all soundly, usually enticing them with a story about a lost sheep, and then sent them on their way.

Final thoughts: Oh such a fun story. Definitely for the adults among us, since all the sex is implied. If you’re too young and read the story, you’re going to miss most of the underlying threads since it’s all innuendo. Kingfisher (who is the pseudonym of Ursula Vernon when she’s writing for adults) puts in delightful bits of humor like this line:

“Excuse me! I am a pooka! We drown people! None of this waiting around for them to die of a broken heart! We are efficient!”

I’ve reread the story three more times just writing this review and it continues to be delightful. There’s even a bit at the end where we meet Rose in her 60s with a granddaughter who can probably trace her lineage back to the selkie. Go do yourself a favor and check it out – it’s short and free online.

Title comes from: A group of fae get together every year and drink to the memory of Rose MacGregor

 

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I heard about the book on a Pop Culture Happy Hour book talk and added it to my TBR because of the Western African flavor of fantasy. It was also available as an audiobook, which I was looking for.

Published: 2018

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 544 pages

Setting: various locations in the pre-industrial world of Orisha

Summary: Short version: Zelie goes on a quest to return magic to Orisha Continue reading

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Day One by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the eleventh story in that collection.

Published: originally in 2018 in Unfettered II

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 28 pages

Setting: Chicago, after the events of Skin Game

Summary: Short version: Butters gets his first Call as a Knight to help someone Continue reading

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Jury Duty by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the tenth story in that collection.

Published: originally in 2015 in Unbound

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 28 pages

Setting: Chicago, after the events of Skin Game

Summary: Short version: Dresden turns jury duty into a chance to screw over the bad guys Continue reading

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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte by Jaclyn Moriarty

I saw this reviewed on a GeekMom post and thought it would be a good read aloud to start off the school year. I was not disappointed.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 377 pages

Setting: various locations of a make-believe industrial (but not cell-phone) level world

Summary: Short version: Bronte travels to all her aunts’ houses after her parents die Continue reading

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Child of a Hidden Sea by A. M. Dellamonica

I had seen the third book in the series in a list of good pirate stories. I’d much rather start at the beginning of a series than in the middle and picked up this one.

Published: 2014

Genre: portal fantasy

Length: 331 pages

Setting: San Francisco and parts of Stormwrack, a connected alternate Earth, present day

Summary: Short version: Sophie prevents war from breaking out in a parallel water world Continue reading

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