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The Ivory and the Horn by Charles de Lint. This is the second book of Newford short stories from de Lint. They’re good, but not quite as consistently so as Dreams Underfoot, alas. I’ll still leave my original rating, though. πŸ™‚
Trader by Charles de Lint. Body swapping, Newford style. I found myself wondering if maybe I would give it four instead of five stars upon rereading, but… I couldn’t put it down and stayed up too late, so…
Someplace To Be Flying by Charles de Lint. Crow Girls! Really, that’s it. They make the book for me. πŸ™‚


*derpity derpity derp* -Chaos

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Dreams Underfoot (Newford #1) by Charles de Lint. This collection of short stories was the first of Charles de Lint’s Newford books that I read 20 years ago. I might not rate it quite as high now (perhaps a 4), but at the time – it was immersive and amazing and I could almost (not quite!) see hints of the magical from the corner of my eye after I finished reading. I was happy to discover that de Lint’s Newford tales have retained their own immersive magic all these years later.


“Stupid heat and humidity makes a panther princess sleepy!” -Mayhem

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Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks by Ken Jennings. I found this in a Little Free Library in my neighborhood! πŸ™‚ This was an extremely enjoyable look at many things map-related, from the National Geographic Bee to geocaching to Google Earth to maps in fantasy novels (Brandon Sanderson fans take note, as Sanderson and Jennings were college roommates). Jennings’ writing is filled with delightful footnotes and irresistible tidbits of information and at times definitely reminded me of the writing of Bill Bryson.


May was also traumatized by the same storm that traumatized Chaos. Or she’s having an existential crisis. It’s hard to tell from that expression.

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Art Escapes: Daily Exercises & Inspirations for Discovering Greater Creativity & Artistic Confidence by Dory Kanter. This one’s focused mostly on using watercolors in an art journal, with a little bit about collage. I found some of the watercolor information to be extremely helpful – the author provides detailed information on specific watercolor brands and shades for primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. And although the book was published 13 years ago, the paints are still available.


“I don’t care that it’s nearly 90F, Mom – you should still have our fleecy blanket over your lap so me and the big kitty don’t have to huddle here by your foot instead!” -Mayhem

*sigh* -Chaos

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Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin by Terry Taylor. This has some very clever and unusual projects in it, including making books from old cassette tapes, egg cartons, and mouse pads. Not sure how well a beginner would do with some of the binding instructions, though. And I think that a book about using unusual and extremely non-archival materials should at least mention paper acidity.


“Just passing through, following the sunbeams!!” -Mayhem

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