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A Dance for Emilia by Peter S. Beagle
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How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain
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Maggie and the Pirate by Ezra Jack Keats
Natural History by Justina Robson
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
Rust: Secrets of the Cell by Royden Lepp
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A Very Fuddles Christmas by Frans Vischer
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Comments for A Dance for Emilia

A Dance for Emilia: 02/26/14

cover artA Dance for Emilia by Peter S. Beagle is a sentimental ghost story. An actor in California is called home with the news of the death of a long time friend, named Sam.

The trip back east brings him in contact with a cat. Through a combination of flashbacks and other fantasy elements, we learn more about Sam's life. We also get a plot similar to that of the cat's in the anime, Clannad. For a story about unfinished business being given a chance to be completed in the body of a cat, I prefer the Clannad story arc.

A Dance for Emilia is rather ponderous quite a feat for such a slender volume. It requires slow, contemplative reading. It's not a book to be rushed through. It could work for a book club discussion for a group looking for a somewhat older book.

Three stars

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