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Summerland by Michael Chabon is one of those books that had been sitting on my TBR shelf for so long, I couldn't remember when or where I got it. I liked the cover and was hopeful I'd like the book too
When a cartoon series needs to stall for time because it's lacking plot, it tosses in a base ball game or a beach episode (or an onsen episode if it's anime). Baseball may be the American (and Japanese) pass time but it doesn't make an interesting television show or in this case, fantasy novel.
Clam Island in Puget sound is renowned for its perpetual summer weather and perfect baseball games. Except Ethan Feld can't play. He's terrible at the game and now the safety of the world.
So Ethan ends up being recruited to a fairy baseball team, representing Clem Island. His team is up against a team who if they win will bring about "Rag-Rock." Ugh. Even Ragnarok is cutesy in this book.