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Mythed Opportunities

Myth-ion Improbable, by Robert Asprin – This was Asprin’s return to this series after a break of eight years due to trouble with the IRS. And I haven’t read any of the books in the series in a few years, … Continue reading

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A Koschei Deal

Her Majesty’s Wizard, by Christopher Stasheff – I saw this book on a list of recommendations somewhere, and I didn’t realize at the time that the author had just died in June. This is the first book of the Wizard … Continue reading

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Hey, Mr. Eurovision Song Contest Man

Noir, by Christopher Moore – As can be guessed from the title, this is basically Moore’s take on the noir genre, but not the hard-boiled detective variety so much as the normal guy who has stuff happen to him. Set … Continue reading

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It’s Just a Fantasy

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home, by Catherynne Valente – I believe this is officially the last book in the Fairyland series, but who knows what the future will bring? Well, maybe the marids do. Anyway, the … Continue reading

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Changing the Baby

Changelings were once a fairly common part of European folklore, and are still pretty widely known, even if not that many people actually believe in them anymore.  Basically, a changeling was a child that a fairy or troll would leave … Continue reading

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A Troll in Chicago

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente – This is the fourth book in the Fairyland series, and the first to focus on a new protagonist, although the old one does appear. The story involves the concept of … Continue reading

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Spriggan Fever

I’ve covered several sorts of fairy on my blog, but so far I hadn’t said anything about the spriggan, which I believe were mentioned in the most recent Fairyland book. They appear to be a very localized kind of fairy, … Continue reading

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We’re Fairies on the Moon

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, by Catherynne M. Valente – I read the first two books in this series last year, and quite enjoyed them. This one continues the series when September returns … Continue reading

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Who, What, When, Where, Wyvern

While the wyvern is now fairly standard in fantasy fiction, its exact origins are difficult to trace. It seems to have first appeared in medieval bestiaries, and to have been used heavily in heraldry. While often used to represent war … Continue reading

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September Surprise

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente – In these books, a girl named September, who lives in Omaha … Continue reading

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