Jun. 6th, 2009

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Title: The Necessary Beggar
Author: Susan Palwick
Published: New York: Tor, 2005
Rating: 4 of 5
Page Count: 316
Total Page Count: 78,541
Text Number: 230
Read For: interest in the author after reading "Gestella" in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection, borrowed from the library.
Short Review: When one son is accused of murder, his entire family is exiled from their glorious city of Lémabantuk, sent to a new world—where they find themselves in the Nevada desert. A story of two cultures and faiths blending, The Necessary Beggar is unexpected magical realism, combining gritty but irreverent daily life with glimpses of sentimental magic. The novel has a number of faults, including out of place scifi elements and uneven pacing; nonetheless, it has thoughtful and intelligent (if overwrought) themes, and its combination of mundanity and unexpected magic make it a joy to read. Moderately recommended.

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Review posted here on Amazon.com.

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