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Time and Again
Jack Finney
This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death
Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, David Malki, Nathan Burgoine, Toby W. Rush, Rhiannon Kelly, Ryan Estrada, George Page III, Chandler Kaiden, Tom Francis, Grace Seybold, D.L.E. Roger, Daliso Chaponda, John Takis, Ada Hoffmann, Rebecca Black, Karen Stay Ahlstrom, Gord Sellar, M
The Last of the High Kings - Kate Thompson And so The Last of the High Kings becomes my last book of 2008!

This is the sequel to The New Policeman. The main character of that book, J.J. Liddy, has grown and has a family of his own, including one special member.

The book brings back more interaction between the human and fantastical worlds of ghosts, fairies and pukas. There is an environmental message that was also present to a lesser extent in the previous book – that humans are destroying one of the most beautiful worlds in existence, and that is having effects on the other worlds and the beings that inhabit them.

The author was excellent at blending the various beings and making a conversation with a ghost seem perfectly natural. There’s a really nice quality to both of the books, but overall, I think The New Policeman is a bit more magical than The Last of the High Kings. Both were enjoyable reads.