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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Enter, Night by Michael Rowe
Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin
Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby
Heat Rises by Richard Castle
The Homecoming by Ray Bradbury
The Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker
How to Party with a Killer Vampire by Penny Warner
If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black
If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Last Night by Hyewon Yum
Listen to my Trumpet by Mo Willems
Little Bo in France by Julie Andrews Edwards
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart
One Moon, Two Cats by Laura Godwin
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Rise of the Evening Star (audio) by Brandon Mull
Sheep in a Shop by Nancy E. Shaw
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The Southernmost Cat by John Cech
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 04 by CLAMP
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 05 by CLAMP
The Watchlist edited by Jefferey Deaver
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
xxxHolic 11 by CLAMP

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Rating System

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 The Homecoming

The Homecoming: 08/30/12

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)The Homecoming by Ray Bradbury was originally included in The October Country (1955). The version I read was illustrated by Dave McKean and is part of the WISP (Wonderfully Illustrated Short Pieces) series. I read it mostly to see what McKean would do with a Bradbury short story.

The story is about a young boy who is considered sickly and fragile because he is the only mortal in his entire extended family. He is made painfully aware of his difference as his family hosts a reunion.

I have to admit that I had trouble making heads or tails of Bradbury's text. That's pretty typical for me with his short stories. McKean's illustrations help bridge the gap between Bradbury's words and my understanding of them.

On a lighter note, the reunion reminded me of Ruby Gloom, "Misery Loves Company" where Misery hosts a family reunion. While Ruby is as unusual as her relatives, the imagery of her many different female banshee type cousins and aunts, is similar in spirit McKean's illustrations.

Three stars

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