The Choir Boats: Volume One of Longing for Yount

Paperback | August 15, 2009

byDaniel A. RabuzziIllustratorDeborah A. Mills

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London, 1812 | Yount, Year of the OwlWhat would you give to make good on the sins of your past? For merchant Barnabas McDoon, the answer is: everything.When emissaries from a world called Yount offer Barnabas a chance to redeem himself, he accepts their price to voyage to Yount with the key that only he can use to unlock the door to their prison. But bleak forces seek to stop him: Yount's jailer, a oncehuman wizard who craves his own salvation, kidnaps Barnabas's nephew. A fallen angel, a monstrous owl with eyes of fire, will unleash Hell if Yount is freed. And, meanwhile, Barnabas's niece, Sally, and a mysterious pauper named Maggie seek with dreamsongs to wake the sleeping goddess who may be the only hope for Yount and Earth alike.

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London, 1812 | Yount, Year of the OwlWhat would you give to make good on the sins of your past? For merchant Barnabas McDoon, the answer is: everything.When emissaries from a world called Yount offer Barnabas a chance to redeem himself, he accepts their price to voyage to Yount with the key that only he can use to unlock the door to th...

Daniel A. Rabuzzi studied folklore and mythology in college and graduate school, and keeps one foot firmly in the Other Realm. His fiction and poetry have appeared in SYBIL'S GARAGE, SHIMMER, CHIZINE, LADY CHURCHILL'S ROSEBUD WRISTLET, ABYSS & APEX, GOBLIN FRUIT, MANNEQUIN ENVY, and SCHEHEREZADE'S BEQUEST. He has also had twenty schola...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 7.91 × 5.5 × 1.07 inPublished:August 15, 2009Publisher:ChiZineLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0980941075

ISBN - 13:9780980941074

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing cross-genre If you're an impatient person, don't read this book. If you don't love literature, especially classical literature, don't read this book. If you don't have a sense of humour, most definitely do not read this book. If, however, like me you enjoy a brain-teaser, a poke at literary figures, a story that is complex, and a writer who is not afraid to cross boundaries and genres, then by all means treat yourself and cuddle up with The Choir Boats by Daniel A. Rabuzzi. This story is set in a quasi-Napoleonic War Era, part steam-punk, part Victorian gothic literature, part homage to Jules Verne. Throughout the novel there are allusions to literary characters from Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Melville, and more I've now forgotten. The concept (an alternate reality marooned and its people given punishment of Biblical proportions)is a deliciously unique twist on a known trope, and the characters Rabuzzi sculpts, like Pygmalion's creations, are infused with life. The narrative voice rings with period authenticity without being cumbersome, and the tension, for the most part, is kept taught despite a complex plot. I will most definitely seek out more by Rabuzzi. And I exhort you to go and find your own copy of The Choir Boats.
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Praise for The Choir Boats:Longing for Yount, Vol. 1:"According to our reviewer,this is 2009’s most underrated young-adult fantasy. Eccentric, intelligent,funny, and magical – a total winner."—The Ranting Dragon"The Choir Boats is Gulliver's Travels crossed with TheGolden Compass and a dollop of Pride and Prejudice . . . The tale isan instant classic of fantasy."—John Ottinger, Grasping for the Wind"(A) fantastic and deeply entertaining debut novel . . . Part steampunkadventure, part classic fantasy, The Choir Boats might be earmarked foryoung adults, but anyone to whom this sounds like a rich ride will be surprisedand delighted."—Lincoln Cho, January MagazineJanuary Magazine's Best Books of 2009 ListLiviu's Top Ten in 2009Remarkable Small Press Reads (Fantasy Book Critic)A 2009 Top Pick by Faren Miller(Locus Magazine)