Summer in Orcus

When the witch Baba Yaga walks her house into the backyard, eleven year old Summer enters into a bargain for her heart s desire Her search will take her to the strange, surreal world of Orcus, where birds talk, women change their shape, and frogs sometimes grow on trees But underneath the whimsy of Orcus lies a persistent darkness, and Summer finds herself hunted by theWhen the witch Baba Yaga walks her house into the backyard, eleven year old Summer enters into a bargain for her heart s desire Her search will take her to the strange, surreal world of Orcus, where birds talk, women change their shape, and frogs sometimes grow on trees But underneath the whimsy of Orcus lies a persistent darkness, and Summer finds herself hunted by the monstrous Houndbreaker, who serves the distant, mysterious Queen in Chains From the Hugo and Nebula award winning author of Digger and Jackalope Wives comes a story of adventure, betrayal, and heart s desire T Kingfisher, who writes for children as Ursula Vernon, weaves together a story of darkness, whimsy, hope and growing things, for all the adults still looking for a door to someplace else It s Wes Craven meets L Frank Baum, or Narnia for those of us who thought Narnia smiled without showing enough of its teeth KB Spangler, i Digital Divide i
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  • Title: Summer in Orcus
  • Author: T. Kingfisher
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  • Page: 459
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  • Summer in Orcus eBook T Kingfisher Kindle Store I have loved every T Kingfisher book and this was no exception Summer is a girl with an overbearing to the point of smothering mother, who finds the Baba Yaga in her back yard and gets sent to Orcus to find her heart s desire though she doesn t know what it is. The Inn on Orcas Island Charming luxury Welcome to the Inn on Orcas Island in beautiful, sunny Deer Harbor Open year round, the Inn is a charming, luxurious haven for that special summer adventure, serene winter retreat, or Cities Skylines Trainer Money iNvIcTUs DOWNLOAD . Mb After downloading.zips file rename the file to.zip and open it with any compression program NEW PLAYMAKERS SUMMER THEATER BLAST NEW PLAYMAKERS SUMMER THEATER BLAST Postponed to Summer Ages Monday Friday, am pm at Playmakers Theater Our new Summer Theater Blast will be an exciting learning experience for young performers to get hands on training from GuruD Today, we review the Terra Master F bay NAS solution Terra Master is a company that specializes in network storage solutions This is the first NAS unit we have received from Terra Master Summer project Build a radio telescope at home A thoroughly sporadic column from astronomer Mike Brown on space and science, planets and dwarf planets, the sun, the moon, the stars, and the joys and frustrations of search, discovery, and life. Ursula Vernon Ursula Vernon born May , is an American freelance writer, artist and illustrator She is best known for her Hugo Award winning graphic novel Digger and for the children s books Dragonbreath and Nurk The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a Somewhat Brave Shrew.Vernon is the creator of The Biting Pear of Salamanca, a digital work of art which became an internet meme in Nechryael RuneScape Wiki FANDOM powered by Wikia Jan , Nechryael are Chthonian demons that require level Slayer to kill They are found on the top floor, northwest corner of the Slayer Tower in Morytania and in the Chaos Tunnels They are the only monster to drop rune boots Cannons cannot be used as a means to kill them as cannons are not Nine Goblins eBook T Kingfisher Kindle Store Nine Goblins Kindle edition by T Kingfisher Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Nine Goblins. Hellhound RuneScape Wiki FANDOM powered by Wikia Hellhounds are mid to high level demons often given as a Slayer assignment to mid to high level players The introduction of the Summoning skill brought about a rise in players killing them due to their gold charm drop rate They have the third highest combat level of any monster outside of

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    T. Kingfisher

    T Kingfisher is the vaguely absurd pen name of Ursula Vernon In another life, she writes children s books and weird comics, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half dozen Junior Library Guild selections.This is the name she uses when writing things for grown ups.When she is not writing, she is probably out in the garden, trying to make eye contact with butterflies.

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    • Athena said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      “It would be a good day for the world if I could not find a child who knew terrible adult things. But I will be a great deal older before that day comes, I think.” Not quite a beginning quote but it may be why so many rightly say this is a middle-school portal fantasy for adults, though it is equally an adult portal fantasy for those middle-schoolers comfortable in classic adult fantasy (I know you're out there, lurking on GR: I was once you).T.Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) is a rare author. Sh [...]

    • Sigrid Ellis said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      This is for everyone who hasn't forgiven Aslan, or Glinda, but understands now what was really happening.

    • Kara said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      Due to the just-two-chapters-a-week release schedule of this book that I stumbled on just as Chapter One was posted (Arghhh! That it is NOT how I read! I do not eat my stories in dainty little bites! I gorge myself on books whole!) I had plenty of time to work on the review, and it quickly morphed into a recap with annotations. So bear with me, or skip, if you fear elongated spoilers.This story is a homage to the subgenre of "portal fantasy" – a young person who travels through a magical porta [...]

    • Denise said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      Great beginnings and decent end, just wish the middle had been reduced.

    • Maija said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      So far my least favourite T. Kingfisher book. The reason why this book didn't work for me is just a big personal preference thing, so keep that in mind.Summer in Orcus is a portal fantasy book that reads a lot younger than T. Kingfisher's other books. During the first half I was wondering why she didn't publish this as Ursula Vernon, T. Kingfisher being the name she uses for adult fiction. With time I did realize that the 11-year-old protagonist would probably have been more hopeful and action-r [...]

    • Joanna said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      Sweet, nuanced, and a ton of fun. This is a book for everyone who wonders if I would have had what it took to get through Narnia.

    • Mikhail said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      Excellent, as all Vernon books are.

    • Melani said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      I love portal fantasies. I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember, from Narnia to Oz to Wonderland to Amber and even for a brief moment Xanth, I have loved stories of someone from this mundane world transported to a world full of magic and wonder. Summer in Orcus is an offering in this category from T. Kingfisher, aka Ursula Vernon, and it is marvelous. The best I can describe it is a middlegrade fantasy for adults, and much like Catherynne Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyla [...]

    • Nikki said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      Summer in Orcus is just lovely; a portal fantasy with something of the whimsy and warmth of Valente’s Fairyland, and likely to appeal to a similar audience. Some of the characters could’ve come straight from Fairyland, in the best possible way: Reginald the society hoopoe, with his Regency slang; Glorious the were-house, who is a wolf during the day and a house by night; Boarskin, Deerskin and Bearskin, who warn Summer of the cancer at the heart of the world; even the Frog Tree and its dryad [...]

    • Christine said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      How perfectly lovely <3

    • Suz Thackston said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      That was the loveliest beginning to a day I've had since I was Summer's age. I'm utterly enthralled. THIS is how I want to write.

    • Pete W said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      I start reading this on the website as Ms. Vernon being to serialized it. But I stopped as they arrived at Fen-town and now just finish reading it as e-book today. It was, as always, a wonderful read from T. Kingfisher aka Ursula Vernon.The execution, the prose, her unique style really resonate with me and I have read much of her contents, from the artwork blurbs on DeviantArts to Digger to Hamster Princess. So you may call this a bias review but this is really good.The story started out with Su [...]

    • Rene Sears said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      I have loved every T. Kingfisher book and this was no exception. Summer is a girl with an overbearing to the point of smothering mother, who finds the Baba Yaga in her back yard and gets sent to Orcus to find her heart's desire--though she doesn't know what it is. Charming, delightful, with a dark bite to it, this is a portal fantasy done wonderfully. Summer meets birds, a were-house, a dragon, and a deeply creepy bad guy. I loved the resolution of the Big Bad, and I really really loved how King [...]

    • Janice said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      Another lovely story from T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon). Any story that starts with seeing a house walk down your alley on bird legs, and doesn't end with a huge battle or the heroine falling in love with someone works quite well for me. Summer in Orcus sounds like a season spent somewhere else. It's not. Summer is the heroine's name. She's a fine character. She doesn't have all the answers for what needs to be done, but she's determined and plucky. I gave it four stars because the story has [...]

    • Gabriella said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      What a great story!!!Loved this adventure that Summer had and all that she met while on her journey!!!Looking forward to reading more from T Kingfisher

    • Vegetable Princess said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      Very enjoyable, especially the cheese sword. I only wished it were longer!

    • Brigid Keely said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      T. Kingfisher, aka Ursula Vernon, is an utterly fantastic author whether she's writing for kids, teens, or adults. I'm always excited to buy one of her books, even if I don't know anything about them. I've never been let down. "Summer in Orcus," which features Baba Yaga and Quests and Shape Shifting Women and Adventure and Dapper Birds, and that special subtle form of child abuse that most people don't recognize as abuse. And puns! Oh lord the puns. Including the title which I didn't realize was [...]

    • William Leight said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      “Summer in Orcus” is, according to its author, an attempt to introduce more realism to portal fantasy. Which sounds self-contradictory, but the realism Vernon is interested in is not of scene or setting but rather of character and, especially, place. In the introduction, she refers to the “terrible, fascinating darkness underneath the fantasy world,” but I think the real crux of the matter is not so much how dark the world is but to what extent it has its own existence independent of its [...]

    • Elana said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      This is a book I would have loved when I was twelve and I still love it today. A fairy tale gone wild, with a cast of characters as strange as they are unforgettable: the Queen-in-Chains, masked dogs, evil antelope womenIt avoids the worst pitfall of literary fairy tales: cuteness. There is nothing cute or sweet about it. Indeed, it is quite dark as all good fairy tales should be (just reread "Donkeyskin" or "The Little Mermaid" - incest, violence, tragedy, and damnation are stock-in-trade of bo [...]

    • Abigail said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      There are so many things i want to say about this book, but i don't know where to start, so excuse me if i ramble. I cried, a lot. But in a good way - not happy, necessarily, but, the story, the writing, everything just so perfectly put together. And, listen, sad things happen, but good too, and hope and, it was good. I read a review or a blurb somewhere that said that usually, adventures really aren't all that fun when you are in the middle of them, and that's true here but Summer keeps going e [...]

    • Ian said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      Will I ever stop adoring everything Ursula writes? Probably not. This is a portal fantasy with a girl who is wise beyond her years but still gets scared and doesn't know how to fight and has to rely on her friends and the goodwill of others for most things.This is a story where the bad guy razes villages to the ground but also wants the time to read some more books before the end.This is a story with a frog tree and antelope women and phoenix hedgehogs and a glorious wolf who turns into a house [...]

    • Susan said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      I really enjoyed this. Summer was much closer to what I would expect a nine year old girl to be, than some novels give you. She makes mistakes, she makes friends, and she makes choices, hard choices. I can only hope that we will get a chance to follow along with Summer on her next visit to Orcus.

    • Justin said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      This book made me both sad and happy at the same time. Those are the best kinds of books.

    • Julie said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      A lovely story you can read for free on her website.

    • AJ said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      If you're looking for a sweet escapist read, this book is for you.Originally published as a serial for the author's Patreon backers, this is a novel-length story that flows well and doesn't give away its episodic past. It's a more emotionally mature, nuanced take on the portal fantasies we all grew up with (you know, Narnia and Alice in Wonderland and all those other "normal kid finds a secret passage to a magical world" stories).Summer is 11, almost 12, and she's been raised by her very anxious [...]

    • Jenevieve said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      Review first published on My Blog.Summer has spent all of her 11yrs of life under the thumb of her mother's love. It's not easy being so loved and she tries not to be resentful of it but some days she just wants to break out and do something just a teeny bit dangerous just to prove that she won't die from it. Then one day a strange house walks into the neighborhood on chicken legs and she meets Baba Yaga who, in a generous mood that day, promises to grant her heart's desire. Having been so shelt [...]

    • Heather said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      I absolutely love Summer in Orcus. It has a taste of Narnia, but it’s on a smaller scale. Summer isn’t a queen; she isn’t meant to save entire worlds. She’s lost and tired and scared. Her friends include a wolf (who turns into a house when night falls–he’s a were-house), a dandy of a hoopoe bird who owes people money, and a weasel who’s just as scared as she is. Early on she stumbles into a dying dryad and finds she feels a sense of need to help that dryad, but she has no idea how. [...]

    • Miramira Endevall said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      This right here is the best explanation I've ever seen of what having a concussion was like for me:(TW: violence)"The world stuttered. There was a bright flash. Summer had been up on her knees and then she was falling and she realized this just as she landed on her side in the dirt. Her head, previously full of panic, seemed suddenly blank…someone…hit me…? Her thoughts, when they came, were slow and sloggy. It hadn’t hurt the way she understood hurting. Maybe the pain had all happened wh [...]

    • sage said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      Splitting the difference between quibbles and delight with 4 stars. This book is really hard to categorize, and I kept having to go back and reread sections to catch words my brain had missed, but I adore the 'verse.It's a little like what you might get if you crossed Valente's Fairyland series with a kid-friendly version of King's The Dark Tower and aimed it at older kids and adults who survived controlling/smothering parents. It doesn't pretend horrible things don't happen, but it's wise about [...]

    • Ozsaur said:
      Oct 17, 2018 - 18:40 PM

      Four stars for the sheer inventiveness of this novel. I loved all the fantastical elements that worked together and connected to each other in unusual ways. I especially enjoyed how many of the typical fairy tale tropes were subverted, or approached from a different angle. The story starts with Summer, a middle school girl who lives with a mother who is always fearful and smothering. Because of this, Summer leads a sort of double life, an outer life where she complies with her mother's will, and [...]

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