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Adventure on Whalebone Island by M.A. Wilson
Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event by Jeff Lemire
The Dark Lady by Irene Adler
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening
Habibi by Craig Thompson
If You Find This by Matthew Baker
Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
Koko Be Good by Jen Wang
The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant
Locke & Key, Volume 2: Head Games by Joe Hill
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
The Magician's Secret by Carolyn Keene
Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett
Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long
Patina by Jason Reynolds
Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone by Hiro Kamigaki
A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace
The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente
Sabotage at Willow Woods by Carolyn Keene
Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 by N. Griffin
Speedy in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson
Sunflower House by Eve Bunting
Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham
The Terrible Two Go Wild by Mac Barnett, Jory John, and Kevin Cornell
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught
Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks
Welcome to the Real World by Angela Melick
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

Miscellaneous
December 2017 Sources
December 2017 Summary
Five stars in 2017
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 01)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 08)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 15)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 22)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 29)

Road Essays
The transformative power of the cornfield: magic in the Marvelous Land of Oz

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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


Waiting for Unicorns: 01/29/18

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Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala is set in the arctic during the summer. Talia McQuinn is there with her father, a whale researcher. She's there because her mother is dead and there's really no where else to go. So she spends her time listening to their Inuit housekeeper tell stories about narwhales and learning how to grieve.

Or something like that.

You have to understand, I first read this book in the middle of the 2015-6 Cybils and it was a death heavy selection that year. Seriously, I could do a Venn diagram showing where each book sits based on the plot elements.

This one would go into: marine biology, remote northern location, dead mother, culture clash.

It's a perfectly fine execution of that kind of story. But it's competing against a large number of similar stories. It did also have the unfortunate effect of making me think of Futurama, both the Mushu episode and the longer one where Fry ends up being a narwhale trainer. It also got the narwhal song stuck in my head.

So rather than drag on this review: here's a Youtube sampling of what this book made me think of.


Whale biologist


Narwhal on Futurama


The Narwhal song

Three stars

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Comment #1: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 11:23:16

Angela

I've passed this book several times in the bookstore and I always wondered if it was good. It sounds like one I should skip. Thanks for sharing the review!



Comment #2: Friday, February 02, 2018 at 09:25:00

Pussreboots

If you're still curious about the book, you could borrow it from the library.