I finished The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland and Cutthroats and Curses, and enjoyed the books immensely.
The Girl Who Circumvented Fairyland is a somewhat strange, but imaginative and well-written account of September, a girl who lives in Omaha who is taken to Fairyland by a Green Wind and a Leopard of Little Breezes. She encounters good and bad creatures there, and makes some special friends, A-Through-L (or Ell), a book-loving dragon-like creature called a Wyvern or Wyverary, and Saturday, a Marid (genie-like) boy who comes from the sea. Fairyland reminds me of Oz, and the way September goes between worlds reminds me of the Chronicles of Narnia, and there are references to those books. The world in this story is unique, however, although there may be similarities between Fairyland, Oz and Narnia.
I like the relationship between September, the Green Wind, Ell and Saturday, and I like how September is a flawed character learning about making good choices, loyalty and doing the right thing. I do want to read the other books in the series, but I have such a long TBR list, LOL. I will get to the other Fairyland books as soon as I can.
Cutthroats and Curses is an interesting collection of pirate stories by various authors. The stories aren’t as short as I initially thought, they are a little longer than what could be considered a short story, but still engaging. There are the usual pirate ships, treasure, and battles that are found in pirate stories, but some of the stories have underlying otherworldly elements. There are also women in the pirate crews, even several female commanders and captains, and I love that. My favorite stories in this collection are Crow and the Unicorn by Michael Wombat, Paroxysm by Lisa Shambrook, Captain Tea by Boyd Miles, Katra by Marissa Ames and Roaring Dan Seavey by Beth Avery. All of the stories are well-written and worth reading however. Good stuff.