In which acclaimed author Frances Hardinge and her editor Michael Stearns (henceforth our heroes) undertake a breathless, breakneck tour across the continent and back—visiting seven cities, seventeen schools, eight libraries and bookstores, and one enormous (and rather interesting) gathering of national booksellers. A thrilling adventure filled with moments of high danger, humor, and courageous acts.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Day Six (May 14)

A well-deserved day of rest. Many meals. Exhaustion and merry-making. Denver's Natural History Museum. Rave reviews.

After several days of touring, not only has the color been drained from the faces of our heroes, but also, it seems, drained out of the very world itself. A hard-earned day of rest is in order.

In lieu of actual visits, instead we give to you the first two (dare we call them "rave"?) reviews of Fly by Night, which coincidentally came in this week. The first is a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which writes: "Hardinge's stylish way with prose gives her sprawling debut a literate yet often silly tone.... Hardinge firmly plants in the novel the heroine's serious love of reading, which informs nearly everything Mosca does." And from Locus, "Every paragraph, sometimes every sentence, is a delight, so much so I'm tempted to quote passage after passage.... [but] I'll let you have the pleasure of discovering this book by yourself. Fly by Night reminded me by turns of Joan Aiken, of Lemony Snicket, of James Thurber's marvelous The Thirteen Clocks, and of Philip Pullman. In the end, though, it is unique, triumphantly itself."

A bit of relaxation, a touch of leisure, and our heroine is not only ready to face tomorrow's challenges, but downright giddy about what is to come.


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