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100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
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Book of a Thousand Days (audio) by Shannon Hale
The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
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Curious Georges Learns to Count 1 to 100 by H.A. Rey
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Farm by Elisha Cooper
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Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter
Hard Hat Area by Susan L. Roth
Hot X by Danica McKellar
Job Site by Nathan Clement
Mr. Maxwell's Mouse by Frank Asch
The Naked Mole-Rat Letters by Mary Amato
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori
Pirate King by Laurie R. King
The Precedent by Sean McMullan
San Leandro by Cynthia Vrilakas Simons
The Secret Shortcut by Mark Teague
Venues by Richard Bowes
Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
The Wailing Wind (audio) by Tony Hillerman
With Hearts Courageous by Jon Steven Nappa
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Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

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Comments for Book of a Thousand Days

Book of a Thousand Days: 04/04/12

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Told in diary form, Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale follows the life and times of Dashti, ex mucker turned lady in waiting to Lady Saren. It begins with their imprisonment in a sealed tower, through their escape and settlement in Khan Tegus's estate.

The world Dashti lives in is a mixture of western China, Mongolia, Tibet, European, and Native American cultures. The landscape itself seems to be a blend of the steppes and deserts of western China and the mountains and valleys of Utah. It's a fictional realm with its own history and geographic demarcations but it draws the landscape features of those places.

There's a fantasy element to Book of a Thousand Days beyond it's imaginary landscape and mythology. The villain, Lord Khasar, is able to over run cities and armies with some magical help. The how and what he does is a big part of the book. There is also the power of healing power of song, something that Dashti excels at through her mucker upbringing.

As everything is narrated through Dashti's point of view, the strength of the book rests on her voice. In print, her voice is perhaps a bit too earnest in places but is otherwise credible. In the audio done by Full Cast Audio, Dashti's performance is over the top to the point that it cuts into the enjoyment of the book.

The book is a retelling of the Grimms' "Maid Maleen" which I have not read.

Recommended by Manga Mania Cafe

Four stars

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