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Books 42-52, December 17, 2012

42) The Last Hero by Terry Prachett Illustrated by Paul Kirby. 2002 It was an OK book with an interesting twist on the whole "What makes a hero?" question. The illustrations are lovely and the dragons are plain cute.

43) Circle of the Crone, Source book for Vampire the Requiem. david Chart, Ray Fawkes, Greg Stolze, and Chuck Wendig with Will Hindmarch. Vampire created by Mark Rein-Hagen. 2006  This is a book for mature players of the table top RPG game system put out by White Wolf Books. It's to inspire a bit more depth into creating vampires who are old style pagan and gives some flavour text and story ideas for players and storytellers.

44) The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett revised edition 1992. Typical Pratchett adventure but on the microscopic scale. It's his debut novel and you get an inkiling of future amusements in this book.

45) The Innkeepers Song by Peter S. Beagle. 1993I usually love Beagle's books but this one did very little for me. I am not sure if it's the style or the characters just don't appeal to me but this book fell flat with me. And this was a re-read.

46) Buddha Karen Armstrong. 2001. a "biography" of a man who made sure his message was more important than himself. Not an easy task but you do get a better sense of the huge shift in humanity's perception of itself during Buddha's lifetime.

47) World War Z by Max Brooks. 2006. I liked this book. It is about the world and the horrible aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. No corner of the world is left unchanged after the zombies spread even worse that the plague. Thank you Max Brooks.

48) Sabriel by Garth Nix. 1995. Undead of a different sort. Well developed world with a believable heroine. The contrast between the Old Kingdom (Magical Medieval Northern Europe) and Ancelstierre (early 20th Century Europe) is very apparent in the descriptions of the people, places, and things in either country.

49) Lirael by Garth Nix.2001. Sequel to Sabriel, it delvel deeper into the Old Kingdom, The future seeing Clayrs and how dark haired fair skinned Lirael does not fir in with her tan blond cousins and aunts. She does find a place for herself and improves certain abilities to make herself useful in the Clayr libraries, which don't just have books in them and not every place is safe. We also follow Sam, Sabriel's son, whose journey into adulthood is marked with some painful realizations.

50) Abhorsen by Garth Nix. 2003. The conclusion to Lirael. Both Lirael and Sam must stop an old powerful force from freeing itself from it's prison after it's been uncovered under horrible circumstances.

51) Across the Wall by Garth Nix. 2005. A collection of short stories, a novella, and a pick your own adventure game.

52) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. 2006 reissue. What could go wrong when Death and Albert fill in for the Hogfather? Hmmmm! Read and find out. This a holiday re-read because in these dark times you need a few laughs to make to Christmas. Or Hogwatch.

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