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What You Should Read #2

October 23, 2013

What You Should Read is a series I started ages ago and then never got back to.  I’m hoping to make these my Wednesday posts from now on.  These will be books I desperately want people to read.  Some of them may be brand new, but they’ll probably be older books that I adore and have re-read many times.  Please tell me what are some of the books you recommend to everyone?


Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog 

by Ysebeau S. Wilce

Let me make a full disclosure – I love books with incredibly long titles.  Some of my other favorites include The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After: Being the Private Correspondence Between Two Prominent FamiliesRegarding a Scandal Touching the Highest Levels of Government and the Security of the Realm by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.  (You have to actually turn to the title page of both these books to get the complete title.)

I can’t really explain Flora Segunda without making it sound like A) I am on drugs, or B) the book is very silly and should not be read.  Neither of these things is true.  I haven’t even taken any Advil today.  I can say that if you’re the sort of person who reads the title and things “What the #*&%?” then this book is probably not for you.  Nor are the two sequels.  But, honestly, if you’re that sort of person, I’m not exactly sure why you’re here.  Because I am the sort of person who reads that title and thinks “Yes please!  May I have some more?” and so those are the kinds of things I write about.  (Also, pink fuzzy books, but that’s neither here nor there.)
I can tell you that Flora Segunda is set in a sort of fantasy California called Califa.  The time period is somewhat fluid, encompassing features from the 17th – 19th centuries.  Also, ice cream parlors.  Because if I could design a fantasy world, you’d better believe that there would be ice cream parlors in it.  The Huitzel Empire is Califa’s main antagonist, being a sort of super-charged, mystical Aztec empire.  Turning fourteen is no joke, and never, every trust your butler.  I think those are the main points…  I can tell that you’re rushing out to get your copy today!
And lucky you!  You shan’t have to wait several years for book three like I did.  But that’s ok.  It was worth it.

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