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Book 21

  1. Portis, Charles — True Grit (215 pages)
  2. Simpson, Joe — Touching the Void (210 pages)
  3. Bardin, John Franklin — The Last of Philip Banter (207 pages)
  4. Millar, Martin — The Good Fairies of New York (278 pages)
  5. Millar, Mark — Kick-Ass (190 pages)
  6. Sachar, Louis — Holes (225 pages)
  7. Baxter, Stephen — Moonseed (523 pages)
  8. Buchan, John — The Thirty-Nine Steps (152 pages)
  9. Bukowski, Charles — Post Office (167 pages)
  10. Palahniuk, Chuck — Fight Club (211 pages)
  11. Bemelmans, Ludwig — Madeline's Rescue (50 pages)
  12. Rennison, Nick — Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide, Eighth Edition (508 pages)
  13. Rucka, Greg & Steve Lieber — Whiteout (120 pages)
  14. Rucka, Greg & Steve Lieber — Whiteout: Melt (106 pages)
  15. Orwell, George — Homage to Catalonia (267 pages)
  16. Moore, Brian — Catholics (87 pages)
  17. Chatwin, Bruce — The Songlines (296 pages)
  18. Funke, Cornelia — Inkheart (555 pages)
  19. Eddison, E.R. — The Worm Ouroboros (521 pages)
  20. Milligan, Spike — Puckoon (152 pages)
  21. Jones, Diana Wynne — Power of Three (293 pages)

Page count: 5333.

Power of Three is exactly what I was looking for when I started reading books 20 and 22, but I didn't yet own Power of Three. I do own Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones but for some reason thought those other books were what I was in the mood for.

Fortunately, after dropping off the 20-year-old hottie at work upon the conclusion of our delightful, unplanned romp, I found myself without a book for my commute home. So, I ducked into the nearby Oxfam store and found a copy of Power of Three. I finally found precisely what I'd been in the mood for!

Power of Three is a magical bildungsroman dealing with "race" relations in our contemporary world. I placed "race" in quotation marks because in this story rather than races we have three different types of beings, each able to harness its own special magic, each mostly misunderstood (or unknown to) the other. The story is simple but powerfully told, a delight to read. And I look forward to reading more Diana Wynne Jones the next time I'm in the mood for magical fantasy.

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