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Amor Fugit by Alexandra Duncan
Babymouse: The Musical by Jennifer Holm
The Broken Ear by Georges Remi Hergé
City Makers by Remi A. Nadeau
Cowboy and Octopus by Jon Scieszka
Crow Call by Lois Lowry
The Department of Mad Scientists by Michael Belfiore
Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia
The Fairy Princess by Dennis Danvers
Ground Truth edited by John Pickles
Hell of a Fix by Matthew Hughes
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
I Miss You Everyday by Simms Taback
Inside Job by Connie Willis
King & King by Linda de Haan
The Light, The Dark and Ember Between by J.W. Nicklaus
Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund
Night of the Ninjas (MTH #5) by Mary Pope Osborne
Peppermints in the Parlor by Barbara Brooks Wallace
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
The Real Martian Chronicles by John Sladek
San Francisco Then and Now by Bill Yenne
The Secret Lives of Fairy Tales by Steven Popkes
Selfless by David Michael Slater
Singer of Souls by Adam Stemple
Strange But True America by John Hafnor
Sugar Would Not Eat It by Emily Jenkins
ttyl by Lauren Myracle
Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

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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 Singer of Souls

Singer of Souls: 11/04/10

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Singer of Souls by Adam Stemple caught my attention when I was walking through the science fiction and fantasy offerings at my library. I'd actually eyed the book on a couple of times. I finally grabbed the book because I recognized the author's name; he's Jane Yolen's son.

So Singer of Souls is about a heroin addict and musician named Douglas. He decides to clean up his life and seeks out the help of his grandmother who lives in Edinburgh Scotland.

While there he hones his craft and meets up with the fae who come out amongst the humans during the annual arts festival. Music and lyrics together equal magic in the right hands. Douglas realizes he has power but it comes at a price.

I want to say I loved the book but I can't exactly. It started strong. I loved Grandma McLaren. I loved the blending of magic and urban life. Then things end abruptly. I knew how it had to end because I'd skimmed the first chapter of the second book, Steward of Song but I was expecting a gradual building to that outcome. Instead it's tacked on in the last chapter. What's the fun in that?

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