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The Choir Boats by Daniel A. Rabuzzi
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Aug 10, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009_release_read, genre-fantasy, read_2009, t_notable_books_2009
Read in August, 2009

Very entertaining, well written and with superb characters and lots of inventiveness including made up words that sound just right however convoluted and interior illustrations that are beautiful.

The novel starts in London 1812 and has a somewhat archaic and leisurely style with lots of references to people like "Lucky Jack Aubrey", "Horatio Hornblower" (and several other HH characters - after all we are in the Napoleonic wars period though they do not impinge directly on the story so far), those fellows with the magic ring "Sam and Frodo", all referred to as "real people" of the era or of history...

The story of the 2 middle aged merchants and the niece and nephew of one as they must travel to Yount, the presumed villains, Cretched Man and the boss of the London underground who supposedly comes from Yount and is known as Dr. Silvanus or sometimes Prof Moriarty (!!), and then Maggie the former black slave who escaped with her parents as a child from a Maryland plantation and now is a math prodigy teen working as maid in London and more, Choir Boats is sub-titled volume one of "Longing for Yount" series...

The novel ends on a small cliffhanger and its sequel A Tax from Heaven became another asap book for me.
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