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The Choir Boats by Daniel A. Rabuzzi
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Jun 07, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 07 to 20, 2012

If you're an impatient person, don't read this book. If you don't love literature, especially classical literature, don't read this book. If you don't have a sense of humour, most definitely do not read this book.

If, however, like me you enjoy a brain-teaser, a poke at literary figures, a story that is complex, and a writer who is not afraid to cross boundaries and genres, then by all means treat yourself and cuddle up with The Choir Boats by Daniel A. Rabuzzi.

This story is set in a quasi-Napoleonic War Era, part steam-punk, part Victorian gothic literature, part homage to Jules Verne. Throughout the novel there are allusions to literary characters from Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Melville, and more I've now forgotten.

The concept (an alternate reality marooned and its people given punishment of Biblical proportions)is a deliciously unique twist on a known trope, and the characters Rabuzzi sculpts, like Pygmalion's creations, are infused with life. The narrative voice rings with period authenticity without being cumbersome, and the tension, for the most part, is kept taught despite a complex plot.

I will most definitely seek out more by Rabuzzi. And I exhort you to go and find your own copy of The Choir Boats.
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message 1: by Michèle (new)

Michèle Yea! I am waiting for the sequel...

Lorina Stephens Me too!

message 3: by Deborah (last edited Aug 08, 2012 12:04PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Deborah Mills Thank you, Lorina and Michele, for reading & rating The Choir Boats! (Lorina, Daniel and I were over the moon when we discovered your lovely review!)

ChiZine Publications is bringing out the sequel, THE INDIGO PHEASANT: Longing for Yount Volume 2, next month (Sept. 2012). I illustrated & provided cover art for this one, too.


I think you're going to love it - I sure did!

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