The Choir Boats

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HarperCollins, May 1, 2012 - Fiction - 408 pages
21 Reviews

London, 1812 | Yount, Year of the Owl

What would you give to make good on the sins of your past? For merchant Barnabas McDoon, the answer is: everything.

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. A fallen angel, a monstrous owl with eyes of fire, will unleash Hell if Yount is freed. And, meanwhile, Barnabas's niece, Sally, and a mysterious pauper named Maggie seek with dream-songs to wake the sleeping goddess who may be the only hope for Yount and Earth alike.

  

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Daniel Rabuzzi is a very astute and talented writer. - Goodreads
Occasionally the prose gets bogged in detail. - Goodreads
Overall, writing just seems unpolished. - Goodreads
The premise: ~1800's kinda steampunk. - Goodreads

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User Review  - thatotter - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Review: The Choir Boats (Longing for Yount #1)

User Review  - Dryad86 - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Two Streets in London
Drunk with Secret Joy
A Visit to the Piebald Swan
Eyes in the Dark
Hearth and Home
Frozen Algebra on Fire
Theft from the Garden
Surprises Onboard
A Song Out of Silence
Binomials Quoth the CharGirl
Dreams Are the Daughters of Earth
At the Sign of the Ear
Breathing Honied Ashes
Regina Coeli
Endued with Particles of Heavenly Fires
No More Pint o Salt

Starved Mercies
The Moon Waits on the MayStar
Entertaining Angels Unawares
Pious Drops for the Closing Eye
Pilgrims Progress
StoneCorbies on the Quay
Introit for the Days of Lead
About the Author
Copyright

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Daniel A. Rabuzzi studied folklore and mythology in college and graduate school, and keeps one foot firmly in the Other Realm. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Sybilís Garage, Shimmer, ChiZine, Lady Churchillís Rosebud Wristlet, Abyss & Apex, Goblin Fruit, Mannequin Envy and Scheherezadeís Bequest. He has also had twenty scholarly and professional articles published on subjects ranging from fairytale to finance. A former banker, Daniel earned his doctorate in 18th-century history, with a focus on issues of family, gender and commerce in northern Europe. He is now an executive at a global non-profit organization that provides educational materials to children from under-resourced and traditionally marginalized communities. Daniel lives in New York City with his wife and soul-mate, the artist Deborah A. Mills, along with the requisite two cats. Contact Daniel at www.DanielARabuzzi.com.

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