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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Blocked by Geoff Ryman
A Busy Day at the Farm by Doreen Cronin
Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and Nathan Hale
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss
The Cat Who Wasn't a Dog by Marian Babson
Coolies by Yin
D.A. by Connie Willis
Detective Small and the Amazing Banana Caper by Wong Herbert Yee
Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng Chiang by Terrance Dicks
The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright
The Far Shore by Elizabeth Hand
Ghost Ship by Dietlof Reiche
Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex
Henry the Sailor Cat by Mary Calhoun
Henry's Show and Tell by Nancy Carlson
Her by Laura Zigman
I Love You, Mama, Any Time of the Year by Nancy Whilte Carlstrom
I Spy a School Bus by Jean Marzollo
The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House #2) by Mary Pope Osborne
Little Bo by Julie Andrews Edwards
Lost and Found by Jane Sigaloff
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Monsters vs Aliens: Team Monster by Gale Herman
My First Time Board Book by Elizabeth Hester
Nana Volume 3 by Ai Yazawa
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Olivia Acts Out by Jodie Shepherd
Rules of the Net by Jennifer Guess McKerley
Shadowland (Mediator #1) by Meg Cabot
Shooting an Albatross by Steven R. Lundin
Sugar Time by Jane Adams
Time and Time Again by James Hilton
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 13: Hobgoblin by Brian Michael Bendis
Viking Ships Before Sunrise (Magic Tree House #15) by Mary Pope Osborne
Wally the Walking Fish Meets Madinson and Cooper by Gary Lamit
The Woman Who Wouldn't by Gene Wilder
Why I Will Never Ever Ever Ever Have Enough Time to Read This Book by Remy Charlip
Zak: The One-of-a-Kind Dog by Jane Lidz
Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

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Comments for The Far Shore

FSFThe Far Shore: 02/26/10

With the October / November issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction I decided to integrate my short story reading into my regular review posting. I had been reserving Saturdays to read and review a story from the magazine but my Saturdays recently have been busy and I wanted to take advantage of the pre-written reviews I use throughout the rest of the week. Although I am still reading the stories on a regular basis, their reviews will show up with less regularity as they compete with the book reviews.

The first story in the October / November issue is "The Far Shore" by Elizabeth Hand. The location (a summer camp long past its prime and in the dead of winter) brings its own eerie magic to the story. Philip, a dancer who has been forced into retirement first from dancing and then from teaching dance because of an injury that has left him stiff and requiring a cane, has been given the chance to watch the summer camp while the owners winter in Florida. It's easy to immediately draw connections with The Shining but here the mood is more melancholy than angry.

The resolution is both beautiful and bittersweet. Philip finds a new purpose to his life and a new love. To his friends though, his trip to the woods seems more like tragic end than a new beginning.

"The Far Shore" reminds me in bits and pieces of:

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