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The Bones of Giants by Yoon Ha Lee
Candy and Me by Hilary Liftin
Color is Everything by Dan Bartges
The Dancers' War (in by N. K. Jemisin
Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House #9) by Mary Pope Osborne
Fairy Hunters, Ink. by Sheila A Dane
Falling into the Sun by Charrie Hazard
Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown
The Frequency of Souls by Mary Kay Zuravleff
The Goddamned Tooth Fairy by Tina Kuzminski
Goldilicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Haunted (Mediator #5) by Meg Cabot
Horrible Harry and the Green Slime by Suzy Kline
Hunchster by Matthew Hughes
I Spy School Days by Jean Marzollo
Icarus Saved from the Sky by Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud
I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts by Larry Wilmore
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G. K. Chesterton
A Matter of Feeling by Janine Boissard
The Navajo (True Books) by Alice Osinski
The Night Villa by Carol Goodman
No Elephants Allowed by Deborah Robinson
On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
The Others by Lawrence C. Connolly
Painting the Invisible Man by Rita Schiano
Precious Jeopardy: A Christmas Story by Lloyd C. Douglas
Real Sofistikashun by Tony Hoagland
Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
The Secret of the Pink Pokémon by Tracey West
The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
The Sky Rained Heroes by Frederick LaCroix
Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening by DCS
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène Du Bois
The Wild Wood by Charles de Lint
Winter Walk by Ann Burg

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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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Comments for the Fairy Hunters, Ink

Fairy Hunters, InkFairy Hunters, Ink: 10/18/09

Fairy Hunters, Ink by Sheila A. Dane is most like Gnomes and the numerous Monstrology books that seem to be coming on the market now. It is presented as an oversized heavily illustrated encyclopedia / fictional memoir of fairy hunting.

The book mostly focuses on fairies in domestic environments: pockets, teacups, sock drawers and so forth. With the bright color illustrations and the inclusion of every day items Fairy Hunters, Ink attempts to bring magic and whimsy into the mundane.

Fairies though outside of Disney and Barrie are usually dangerous and sneaky creatures. Having read a large number of Neil Gaiman books this year, I came to Fairy Hunters, Ink seeing fairies in their traditional fashion.

The "button" fairy ends up being very creepy in light of Coraline. They have an unhealthy fascination with buttons, stealing loose ones off clothing and hoarding them for their own use. Button Fairies only hang out with "True Friends" who are creatures who sport buttons. Can anyone say "button eyes?"

Another unfortunately named type of fairy is the "blue bottle." "Blue Bottles" make me think immediately of a large type of fly whose larvae are often found on corpses and other rotting meat. Again, this may be true to spirit of traditional fairies but probably not the direction the book was aiming for.

If you have a less jaded view of fairies you will probably like this book more than I did. I have since released my review copy to a bookcrossing friend.

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