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Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories by Garth Nix-finished 8-3-05

I loved it! A collection of short stories by the author of Lireal and Sabriel, Nix has put together a bunch of odds and ends for this collection. not that that's a bad thing. i like short stories.

stories of note include:
"Down to the Scum Quarter," a hilarious parody of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, complete with pages that clearly state that if you are reading them, then you must be cheating. 8^) highly amusing!

"Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case," is the only story that deals with the Old Kingdom and Ancelstierre. Mostly, it's an adventure with Nick Sayre after the events in Lireal and Abhorsen.

"From the Lighthouse," is a story i wish Nix had written more of, because i want to know what happens. i can't describe it without giving away the entire story. it's just way too short.

"Hope Chest," is a magical western about a young orphan girl who learns of her heritage that comes inside a mysertious steamer truck that was left with her when she was an infant, which no one can open. she comes of age in an era of fear and hatred marked by the Servents of the State.

"My Really New Epic Fantasy Series," is a humorous essay poking fun at the fantasy genre. In it, Nix outlines his new series of books. very entertaining.

currently reading:.
#Creative Mythology: The Masks of God, Book 4 by Joseph Campbell
#Across the Wall by Garth Nix
to read:.
*Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (thanks for this one, c!)
The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats, a Journey into the Feline Heart by Jefferey Moussaieff Masson
Eygptian Magic by E. A. Wallis Budge
The Library of Alexandria, Centre of Learning in the Ancient World edited by Roy MacLeod
Alexandria Rediscovered by Jean-Yves Empereur, translated by Margaret Maehler
Ghosts: Appearances of the Dead and Cultural Transformation by by R.C. Finucane
Libraries of the Ancient World by Lionel Casson
*Red Land, Black Land by Barbara Mertz

* denotes books that have been reread.
# denotes a series of books or a trilogy.
‡ denotes an electronic book

recommended reading:.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
Sabriel by Garth Nix

fav authors:.
Terry Pratchett
Neil Gaiman
William Gibson
Guy Gavriel Kay
Charles de Lint
Ursula K. LeGuin
more to come!

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