Waiting On: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M. Valente
May 10, 2011
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

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I'm not the type of person to buy a book based on a blurb. But just look at the stack of awesome people who blurbed this:
“A GLORIOUS BALANCING ACT BETWEEN MODERNISM AND THE VICTORIAN FAIRY TALE, DONE WITH HEART AND WISDOM.” -- Neil Gaiman, Newbery Award-winning author of The Graveyard Book
“SEPTEMBER IS A CLEVER, FUN, STRONGHEARTED ADDITION TO THE RANKS OF BOLD, ADVENTUROUS GIRLS. VALENTE’S SUBVERSIVE STORYTELLING IS SHEER MAGIC.” -- Tamora Pierce, author of The Immortals series
“A MAD, TOOTHSOME ROMP OF A FAIRY TALE—FULL OF ODDMENTS, WHIMSY, AND JOY.” -- Holly Black, author of Zombies vs. Unicorns and the Spiderwick Chronicles
“WHEN I SAY THAT THIS BOOK REMINDS ME SIMULTANEOUSLY OF E. NESBIT, JAMES THURBER, AND THE LATE EVA IBBOTSON, I DON’T MEAN TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM ITS ASTONISHING ORIGINALITY. IT’S A CHARMER FROM THE FIRST PAGE, MANAGING THE REMARKABLE PARLAY OF BEING AT ONCE RIDICULOUSLY FUNNY AND SURPRISINGLY SUSPENSEFUL. CATHERYNNE VALENTE IS A FIND, AT ANY AGE!” -- Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn

Holy crap, I totally geeked out when I saw the authors who blurbed this book! Are you kidding me?! I'm definitely buying this. It could be a book about repaving a driveway and if I saw all four of these names on it I'd buy it. Thankfully, though, it seems to be about a girl sailing a ship around a fairy land. It sounds like a really cute and fun read!

What book are you waiting on?

16 comments:

  1. I actually just added this book to my TBR list yesterday. It sounds fantastic. Great pick! By the way, I'm loving the fleur de lis's on your blog.

    Melissa @ SheShines

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  2. Oh neat! Thanks for sharing this one. I don't think I would have given it a second thought, but it sounds good and the blurbs make it sound even better!

    I'll definitely have to add it to my list!

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

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  3. LOL quite a rave to be sure. I am always up for a good fantasy. Great pick!

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  4. This one sounds fantastic, even though it's not typically one I would seek out. Thanks or bringing it to my attention!

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  5. I don't usually buy by the blurbs either, but once in awhile, you'll see some raves and you can't help yourself. This is one of those times. Enjoy!

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  6. This does sound like a unique and exciting book. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's MY WOW POST

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  7. "It could be a book about repaving a driveway and if I saw all four of these names on it I'd buy it." LOL!! Love that!

    Wow, this book sounds really great! I can't believe I hvaen't heard of it before. It's definitely going on my list. :)

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  8. I saw something about this last week, but didn't check it out. Like you said, with the authors that wrote blurbs...it's gonne go on my TBR list lol

    I'm your newest follower, and I look forward to reading more of your posts! =)

    Here's my WoW post

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  9. Whoa..big title..cute book cover. Have a great week reading!
    Joy at Books and Life

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  10. I understand your "geeking out" because of author recs, and those are four top names!!! The book sounds like a winner and the cover is great! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. That book looks different, I will have to read your review when you do it!

    I am following you from WoW.
    http://www.seekreadblog.com

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  12. Oooohh!! This sounds interesting!! Definetely will check it out!! New follower :)

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  13. Ok, the blurbs alone make it worth it. Also, the title, cover and synopsis are all great. I am adding it to my TBR list right now, thanks for sharing!

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  14. The title alone makes it seem awesome...The summary looks interesting too. Enjoy it x

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