The Choir Boats

The Choir Boats When emissaries from a world called Yount offer Barnabas a chance to redeem himself he accepts their price to voyage to Yount with the key that only he can use to unlock the door to their prison But

  • Title: The Choir Boats
  • Author: Daniel A. Rabuzzi DeborahA. Mills
  • ISBN: 9780980941074
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • When emissaries from a world called Yount offer Barnabas a chance to redeem himself, he accepts their price to voyage to Yount with the key that only he can use to unlock the door to their prison But bleak forces seek to stop him Yount s jailer, a once human wizard who craves his own salvation, kidnaps Barnabas s nephew.

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    1. 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-Napol [...]

    2. With a mixture of epic fantasy and steampunk, this story is unique and enjoyable. There are prophecies, quests, adventures, along with magic that is run by mathematical equations and science. This is exactly the sort of story I love. The world Rabuzzi creates in The Choir Boats is fascinating. I love Yount, its customs, and its history. My only complaint is that I didn't see enough of this new world.There are definitely a lot of twists and turns throughout this story, which I greatly enjoyed. Th [...]

    3. The Choir Boats was both a challenging and highly pleasurable read for me. I have little experience in this genre of writing so I felt like I was cutting my teeth on a very densely plotted tangible/intangible world by an extremely articulate and keen-minded author. I would highly recommend this book for readers interested in fantasy and who appreciate detail for historical and literary nods and references. So much was beyond my scope of knowledge but the telling and imagination of this story is [...]

    4. Historical fantasy, set in 1812-14 in London and in another land connected to our world through partly physical and partly mystical gates that require sailing far to the south to reach. The language has a sort of Austen/Dickens flavor, with lots of unusual words (and maybe coinages) and strange names---reminded me of D.M. Cornish's MONSTER BLOOD TATTOO books, with a Jack Vance flavor in there too. Many of the characters have complex pasts and capabilities too. The writing is mannered enough to b [...]

    5. Ok, now I understand why people read (and why I've been avoiding) multi-volume fantasy books (I am probably wrong in calling it fantasy, I don't have these genre-types down yet): because the act of reading the book creates an immediate need for MORE. But what if the next one isn't written yet? Then you have to wait! Booooo. I hate waiting! I want to know what happens next!Anyway.Book is good. Characters are excellent, with fun and feminist twists and turns.More, please.

    6. My review of this book appeared in The New York Review of Science Fiction in November 2010. The Choir Boatsby Daniel A. RabuzziChizine Publications$18.95 Trade Paperback408 pagesISBN-13: 978-0-9809410-7-4Review by Ursula Pflug1110 words The saga begins as wealthy London merchant Barnabas McDoon receives a mysterious box which contains a book, a letter and a key. The writer of the letter urges Barnabas to come to a coffeehouse in Wapping. It is hinted that if he chooses to go to a magical country [...]

    7. rantingdragon/the-choiThe Choir Boats starts off Daniel A. Rabuzzi’s Longing for Yount, a new pre-steampunk fantasy series for young adults. Set in London, 1812, this novel follows the adventures of merchant Barnabas McDoon, his nephew Tom and niece Sally, and, far, far away, a mathematical genius named Maggie who recently escaped from slavery. The adventure begins when Barnabas receives in the post a key, a book, and an invitation to “find his heart’s desire” – which he immediately le [...]

    8. The Choir Boats is an excellent example of great but flawed book.I was taken aback when I saw this novel classified as YA. It feels nothing like modern YA. I was reminded of Verne when I was reading it. It's not exactly copying anything, but the general atmosphere just feels like it. Another great influence seems to be Tolkien, and it's Tolkien's influence as it should be; inspiration, not direct copying of tropes. There is no pseudo-medieval world or Hero's Quest here. Rabuzzi just took notes a [...]

    9. 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), thos [...]

    10. I couldn't finish it. I really, really wanted to, but every time I picked the book up, I couldn't help thinking, 'I wish I was done with this already."My main complaint is that the author spent waaaaaaaay too much time on inconsequential details. A person walked down the street, and the authror described every building, every shop name, the owner, and what country the owner was from. Another person picked up a newspaper, and the following paragraph listed all the headlines, word for word. I thin [...]

    11. I really enjoyed this very clever fantasy. (I think it's been mischaracterized as steampunk and as YA--I don't really think it's either one.) It doesn't follow any predictable pattern--it's not a "chosen one emerges" type of book, or a "quest for the magickal thingy" type of book, though I guess it has both of those elements. There's an excellent adventure here, but there's also depth of characterization and a lot to chew on about regret and forgiveness. Also, I always appreciate a book where ev [...]

    12. This book has a lot going on--a lot of characters, a lot of back-story, a lot of complex relationships and plot devices. It had some interesting details. I'm on the fence about the writing, which I'd describe as children's book-style laced with vocabulary words. I liked it enough to read future books in the series (though by the time they're published, I think I'll have a hard time remembering everything that occurred in this one).

    13. Another book about people who dream of another world, and whose desire opens a way for them to go there. This is the first of a trilogy, and I liked where it seemed to be going - I'm certainly looking forward to the second installment. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that the author graduated from the same Masters program as I did. I harbor a fond hope that someday we will become friends.

    14. A fresh, robust and charming fantasy. Rabuzzi's vocabulary is wonderful, and the world-building an entirely believable amalgam of Napoleonic England and the mysterious lost continent of Yount. I especially loved the way that math and music are interwoven in the story.

    15. Full disclaimer - this was written by a relative. Still, it was a very enjoyable read, even though fantasy is not my #1 choice of subject. The characters were amusingly developed, the plot held together well and set things up for the next book which I eagerly look forward to reading.

    16. The Choir Boats, published by Chizine Publications, is volume one in a new fantasy series Longing For Yount. In the pre-publication material it is described as “dark fantasy”, but if that is the case volume one does not reveal the series in its true colours because The Choir Boats comes across as a richly embroidered brocade of many colours amongst which black is not necessarily pre-eminent.Full review at neonbooks.

    17. Absolutely captivating, although frustrating because I didn't realize it was he first in a series and thus the ending would not not be satisfying.

    18. I received a copy of this novel from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.The Choir Boats is an interesting and ambitious first novel in Daniel A. Rabuzzi's series. The author brings early nineteenth century European society to life and introduces a unique but complex world with Yount. Although the setting was very interesting, I did find myself having difficult fully immersing myself and engaging with the story which is strange because the novel has all of the elements that would gra [...]

    19. Daniel Rabuzzi takes sympathetic characters, a lost land beyond the seas, Napoleonic London, and a mysterious quest and wraps them all in lovely language full of description and allusion (I'm sure I missed some of the literary references, but enjoyed the ones I caught). My only quibble was the ending-or lack thereof. But the sequel just came out, so I'll be able to continue the adventures of the McDoons and company.

    20. The premise: ~1800's kinda steampunk. Starting in London, a merchant family is approached by otherworlders (in a Mists of Avalon sense, not aliens) to go on a mysterious journey. Period piece with a bit of mystism/Prester John/Bermuda Triangle.Remininencent of: Around the world in 80 days and Eco's Baudilino (I KNOW I've misspelled that).Other comments: A bit 'Young Adult' and not particularly action packed, but an interesting mix of elements.

    21. This YA fantasy is being offered in PDF format in the month of July - for free! Link to Layers of Thought and click on the picture on the right hand side to access the download site!

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