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Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
Angels of Interstate 29 by Donald James Parker
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Beyond Another Door by Sonia Levitin
The Boy Who Would Live Forever by Frederik Pohl
Chiggers by Hope Larson
Choosing to Be by Kat Tansey
The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
The Curandero and the Swede: A Tale from the 1001 American Nights by Daniel Abraham
Doctor Who and the War Games by Malcolm Hulke
Dragons, Dragons by Eric Carle
Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto
Feng Shui in Your Garden by Roni Jay
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Anne Mirand and Ed Emberley
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Jellaby Volume 1 by Kean Soo
Kosher by Design Lightens Up by Susie Fishbein
The Last Valentine by James Michael Pratt
Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria and Warren Pleece
Jesus Swept by James Protzman
Overexposed: The Price of Fame by Eliot Tiegel
Quickstone by Marc Laidlaw
Rich Brother, Rich Sister by Robert and Emi Kiyosaki
The Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards
Unstrung Zither by Yoon Ha Lee
A Very Hairy Scary Story by Rick Walton
The View from on High by Steven R. Boyett

Ulysses:
Episode 6: Hades: Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd
Episode 7: Aeolus: J. Jonah Jameson
Episode 8: The Laestrygonians: Earl's Court to Islington
Episode 9: Scylla and Charybdis: If I Had a Hammer

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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 Quickstone

FSFQuickstone: 04/25/09

The bard Gorlen Vizenfirthe first appeared in "Catamount" in 1996. He returned last August in "Childrun" and now makes his third appearance (though more are promised) in "Quickstone."

In "Quickstone" Gorlen finally catches up with the gargoyles he's been seeking and hopes he will find a way to return his stone hand to flesh. The Gargoyles are made of living stone called quickstone and with the help of his own quickstone limb he's able to infiltrate their society briefly.

As with the other two stories, Laidlaw focuses in on the pieces of Gorlen's world that are directly relevant to his current situation. This time, it's the village of Dint, suffering through a depression now that the quarry has run dry, and the gargoyle society just outside of town.

Gorlen's situation reminds me of "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" from Futurama. Unlike Fry, though, Gorlen can't just give back his stone hand and have everything go back to normal. Instead what he gets at the end of this quest is a broken foot and a new traveling companion. I look forward to the continuing adventures of Gorlen Vizenfirthe.

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