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Zoo Day by Jim Butcher

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

Published: 2018 in Brief Cases

Genre: urban fantasy short story

Length: 58 pages

Setting: Chicago, after the events of Changes

Summary: Short version: A trip to the zoo from the viewpoint of Dresden, Maggie, and Mouse 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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Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

I had The Scar on my TBR list, but it turns out I’d already read it. This is the first book in the New Crobuzon series.

Published: 2000

Genre: fantasy

Length: 710 pages

Setting: New Crobuzon, in a pre-Industrial Revolution-technology world

Summary: Short version: Isaac feels responsible for releasing slake-moths on the city Continue reading

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Battling Boy by Paul Pope

It’s been a while since we’ve read any graphic novels, so I checked out Common Sense’s list of recommended graphic novels for any we hadn’t read that our library had. This was probably one of the first I came across that fit both characteristics.

Colors: Hilary Sycamore

Published: 2013

Genre: fantasy graphic novel

Length: 202 pages

Setting: mostly the city of Arcopolis on a multiverse Earth

Summary: Short version: Battling Boy heads to Arcopolis to fight monsters during his rambling Continue reading

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Apex by Mercedes Lackey

This is the third book in the Hunter series that we’re listening to as a family. We started it over the summer and finally got around to finishing it.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 304 pages

Setting: mostly around Apex City, soon after the events of Elite

Summary: Short version: The monster-fighting ramps up to a final confrontation Continue reading

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Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye

I gave this to Miss Adventure to read while Mr. Curiosity and I were reading Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf. I’m still following many suggestions in The Well-Trained Mind for homeschooling, and Bauer and Wise recommend having middle-schoolers read some of the original literature. They recommended this version of Beowulf for the younger audience. After I talked to Miss Adventure about the book, I realized there were some significant differences between the two versions. I decided to read this version to compare to Heaney’s.

Published: 1968

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 92 pages

Setting: Scandinavia, some time before it was written

SummaryShort version: Beowulf defeats the monsters Continue reading

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Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney

This is one of Mr. Curiosity’s Great Books of the medieval period he’s reading this year. I like to read along with him so we can discuss the book together. I’m pretty sure I read the book in high school, but I only remembered that Beowulf fights the monster Grendel.

Published: this edition in 2000, originally between the seventh and tenth centuries, CE

Genre: epic poetry

Length: 213 pages, but for each two-page spread, the right page is the original middle English, and the left page is the translation, so you’re most likely only going to read half of that

Setting: Scandinavia, some time before it was written

Summary: Short version: Beowulf is awesome and defeats all the monsters Continue reading

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