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Old 04-20-2012, 12:48 PM   #16
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It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way, taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:49 PM   #17
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:56 PM   #18
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I nominate The King of Elfland's Daughter by the Anglo-Irish writer Lord Dunsany. You can find it right here in the mobile read library.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36673

In addition there is an excellent general review of the novel from which I will give the following excerpt:

"Much of what we call modern fantasy is a pale, predictable mesh of cliches. It is a bookshelf filled with stories that bear far too much in common with one another. Sometimes indeed it feels that originality, which ought to be the cornerstone of fantasy seems to be all but evaporated. Lord Dunsay is - different. He is one of those illusive pre-Tolkien fantasy writers and you will be shocked at how much of modern fantasy derives from him. And then doubly shocked to find he still did it better. Lord Dunsay writes beautiful and elaborate prose. He weaves stories in which magic is not some work-a-day technology but rather a brooding, powerful and very nearly living force."

From the novel blurb:

"Alveric, Prince of Erl, ventured off through the mists and brought back with hum Lirazel, the shining daughter of the King of Elfland.
"This was an auspicious beginning. But Lirazel was elf, not mortal. There was no malice in her but neither was she suited to the limited ways of man. No elf could ever be content. And certainly not in the fields we know. . ."

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Old 04-20-2012, 01:00 PM   #19
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I'll second the "King of Elfland's Daughter. Sounds interesting.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:44 PM   #20
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I'll nominate Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, as I want to read it anyway .

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When Richard Mayhew stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London pavement, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternative reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:44 PM   #21
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I nominate the fantasy book that as I recall came in third in the humor vote...The Night Life of the Gods by Thorne Smith.

It is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read (back in 1973), and I'd get a kick out of revisiting it.

It is available here at the Patricia Clark MR library.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18528
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18527
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:47 PM   #22
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I'll second Neverwhere and Night Life of the Gods.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:01 PM   #23
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I'll third both.

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Old 04-20-2012, 02:01 PM   #24
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I second The Lightning Thief.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:03 PM   #25
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Wow, lots going on already!

Just quickly read through and one thing I noticed immediately - Wasn't Night Life of the Gods just nominated last month? That would make it ineligible this month, as we have a rule against the same nominations over a six month period.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:09 PM   #26
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I'll third The Lightning Thief with my last vote.
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I'm going to bed now, so the thread may now be updated for a while. Goodnight, everyone.
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Tom, did you miss my last post? Night Life of the Gods is ineligible this month...
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A bit early, Tom?
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