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Like the wanderer

The Farthest Shore  (Earthsea, volume 3)

By Ursula K. Le Guin  

16 Jun, 2024

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You

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1972’s The Farthest Shore is the third novel in Ursula K. le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle.

Having survived sundry adventures as a young man, the elderly Ged is now the wizened archmage on Roke, the island of the mages. Despite being old beyond all imagining, the forty- or fifty-year-old has one final quest waiting.

A prince arrives at Roke with dire news.

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You and Me Together

Navigational Entanglements

By Aliette de Bodard  

14 Jun, 2024

Doing the WFC's Homework

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Aliette de Bodard’s 2024 Navigational Entanglements is an upcoming (unless you’re reading this after July 2024) stand-alone science fantasy novel.

The endlessly bickering navigator clans provide fast, safe, reliable superluminal travel via the Hollows. They also manage extraordinary crises related to the Hollows. In rare cases, the clans cooperate to deal with significant challenges.

Despite being very junior, and in some cases discredited, a quartet of navigators — Hạc Cúc of the Snake Clan, Việt Nhi of the Rooster Clan, Lành of the Ox Clan, and Bảo Duy of the Rat Clan — are seconded to imperial envoy Ly Châu to deal with a pressing crisis.

But first! Exposition about space monsters.


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River Don’t Rise

Trash, Sex, Magic

By Jennifer Stevenson  

13 Jun, 2024

Special Requests

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Jennifer Stevenson’s 2004 Trash, Sex, Magic is a stand-alone modern fantasy novel.

Atlas Properties executive John Fowier has a simple dream: sell every unit in the Berne, Illinois, Foxe Parke Townhouses. To sell the townhouses, the townhouses need to be built. To build the townhouses, the land bordering the Fox River has to be cleared. To clear the land, Atlas needs unquestioned title to the land.

The only impediment is a small ramshackle trailer community located next to the river. Still, how hard could it be to convince no-account poor people to sell out, or if they refuse, find a legal pretext to drive them out?


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Big Fight

Witch Hat Atelier, volume 12

By Kamome Shirahama  

12 Jun, 2024

Translation

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2022’s Witch Hat Atelier, Volume 12 is the twelfth tankōbon of Kamome Shirahama’s Witch Hat Atelier fantasy manga series. Witch Hat Atelier (Tongari Bōshi no Atelier in the original Japanese) has been serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Morning Two magazine since July 2016. The English translation of Volume 12 first appeared in 2024.

Volume 11 was a comparatively quiet volume. Volume 12 is considerably more energetic.

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May Be The Devil

Super Supportive

By Sleyca  

11 Jun, 2024

Special Requests

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Sleyca’s Super Supportive, first launched in 2023, is an on-going LitRPG superhero serial novel.

In 1963 alien space-wizards offered humanity a literally wonderous technology. A chosen few are imbued with superhuman abilities. In return for this, superhumans may be called on to assist Artonans off-world. Almost everyone benefits!

Young Alden wakes in pain; he has become collateral damage in a superhuman battle. Aghast, the superheroes manage to save Alden. Nothing can be done for his parents, both killed in the early stages of the fight.


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Tyrant’s Delight

A Crane Among Wolves

By June Hur  

7 Jun, 2024

Doing the WFC's Homework

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June Hur’s 2024 A Crane Among Wolves is a stand-alone historical thriller.

Iseul didn’t appreciate her sister Suyeon until Suyeon was kidnapped; now she wants her back. Finding Suyeon is easy enough. Getting her back? King Yeonsan’s legions stand between Iseul and Suyeon. Suyeon was kidnapped by the king and is being held prisoner in his harem.

Let me explain.

[Spoilers for Korean history, which by the way is impressively documented in the book.]

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Friends and Neighbors Too

When the Wind Blows

By Jimmy Murakami & Raymond Briggs  

6 Jun, 2024

Big Hair, Big Guns!

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1986’s When the Wind Blows is a Jimmy-Murakami-directed animated film of the Raymond Briggs nuclear war graphic novel of the same title. The score is by Roger Waters.

Retirees Jim (voiced by John Mills) and Hilda (voiced by Peggy Ashcroft) live in a picturesque cottage in rural England. Presumably, their marriage vows included the traditional promise of life-long partnership. Thanks to the rapidly warming Cold War, that promise will be fulfilled.

Note: this is not a feel-good movie.


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Might Be Omens

The Book of Perilous Dishes

By Doina Ruşti  (Translated by James Christian Brown)

5 Jun, 2024

Translation

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Doina Ruşti’s 2017 The Book of Perilous Dishes is a stand-alone historical fantasy. It was originally published as Mâţa Vinerii. The James Christian Brown English translation came out in 2022.

In 18th century Braşov, accusation is followed by swift punishment. Accused of witchcraft, Maxima Tutilina does not waste her time trying to save herself; after all, the accusation is true. Instead, she orders her fourteen-year-old granddaughter Pâtca to flee to her grand-uncle Zăval.


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