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Reviews:
Abramo's Gift by Donald Greco
American Rifle: A Biography by Alexander Rose
Birdsongs by Betsy Franco and Steve Jenkins
The Boy Who Sang for Others by Michael Meddor
Catamount by Marc Laidlaw
Changeling by Dean Whitlock
Cry of Justice by Jason Pratt
Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes
Does a Kanagroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
An Elvish Sword of Great Antiquity by Jim Aikin
The Elephant Who Liked to Smash Small Cars by Jean Merrill
Fright Night Flight by Laura Krauss Melmed
The Gift of the Deer by Helen Hoover
The Guardian by Jeffrey Konvitz
Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg
I Choose You by Tracey West
Legs Talk by D. E. Boone
Llamas in Pajamas by Teddy Slater
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
100 Years of California Cooking by Martha Lee
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale, Nathan Hale and Dean Hale
The Savage by David Almond and Dave McKean
Shadow of the Valley by Fred Chappell
Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton
When Boston Won the World Series by Bob Ryan

Don Quixote:
Don Quixote: Judge a Book By Its Cover
Try to Remember
Divide and Conquer
Sancho's Big Score

Ulysses:
Episode 1 - Telemachus: Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy

Miscellaneous:
Don't Let the Pigeon Do an Interview

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Shadow of the Valley

FSFShadow of the Valley: 02/22/09

Here it is the last few hours of February and I am only just now starting the February issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Unfortunately for me it starts with another of the shadow stories by Fred Chappell. His shadow world, shadow steeling stories just don't do it for me so I went into reading "Shadow of the Valley" feeling unenthusiastic by the prospect.

Previous stories in the same world I've read are "Dance of the Shadows" and "The Diamond Shadow". The first one had works of art made from shadows or shadows as works of art. The second had a diamond with a magically dark shadow. This time, it's lettuce. That's right, lettuce. Magical and valuable lettuce but it grows in a land plagued by shadow stealing things. Oh no! Call Rapunzel and Jack. They'll get it sorted out lickedy split. Oh wait, that's a different and much better story.

There's really not much more to say except about a quest to pick lettuce in the dark to avoid the shadow stealers. Stuff happens and it's just not my kind of fantasy.

Read more enthusiastic reviews at The Fix, The Barking Dog, and Suite 101.

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Comment #1: Monday, February, 23, 2009 at 04:13:22

Kerrie

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Comment #2: Friday, February 27, 2009 at 13:30:22

Pussreboots

Thank you! How kind of you.