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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
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2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for the Bones of Giants

FSFThe Bones of Giants: 10/17/09

Today's story from Fantasy & Science Fiction is "The Bones of Giants" by Yoon Ha Lee. Her visual writing style always takes me a few pages to fall in step with her story.

Lee's stories seem to be ones filled with extremes. In The Bones of Giants there is an abundance of death to the point that necromancy has become a means of adding bodies to the work force. Ghouls are used as servants. Ghoul steads take the places of long dead horses. There is so much death that there seems to be little reason for the main character to live.

His suicide though is prevented by a mysterious woman who offers him a job. She also offers him an education, teaching him reading, writing, math, the arts and of course, ultimately necromancy. He has all these skills already but they are primative. In their time together he learns the reason behind her advanced skills and her specific interest in him.

If they work together they might be able to put a stop to this over abundance of the living dead and make room for life itself.

While reading "The Bones of Giants" I was most reminded of Poe and Lovecraft. There's a tiny bit of Pratchett and Gaiman in there too.

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