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    Thursday, May 12, 2005

    War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
    Neil Gaiman said it well when he said: "Emma Bull is really good." Because she is. After dumping her boyfriend and ditching her band, Eddi McCandry one late night is suddenly running down dark streets being chased by a huge dog and a sinister man -- only to come to find out that they are one in the same. Upon being captured, Eddi begins her experience with Faerie, becoming the pawn in the everlasting war between the Seelie and the Unseelie Courts. But Eddi isn't interested -- she's a musician and she wants a band. So she and her best friend Carla start one, with musicians who are so good and so unknown, they don't seem quite human....
    This is an excellent read, another urban fantasy with love, rock 'n roll, war, and motorcycles. The more of Emma Bull I experience, the more I like!
    YPB B

    Book of Ballads by Charles Vess
    And, while we're on the subject of fantastic fantasy, don't hesitate to pick up The Book of Ballads. This graphic novel is a collection of folk poetry rewritten by some of the great fantasy writers of our day (including Emma Bull, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Smith, and more) and illustrated by Charles Vess. Detailed black & white illustrations accompany the poetic text and is a must for those who delight in Faerie.

    Oh, and I wanted to make sure to mention that we now have Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in Portuguese -- and Coraline, as well!

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