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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge | M. T. Anderson
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Subverting convention, award-winning creators M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin pair up for an anarchic, outlandish, and deeply political saga of warring elf and goblin kingdoms. Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom -- from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years. Brangwain's host, the goblin archivist Werfel, is delighted to show Brangwain around. They should be the best of friends, but a series of extraordinary double crosses, blunders, and cultural misunderstandings throws these two bumbling scholars into the middle of an international crisis that may spell death for them -- and war for their nations. Witty mixed media illustrations show Brangwain's furtive missives back to the elf kingdom, while Werfel's determinedly unbiased narrative tells an entirely different story. A hilarious and biting social commentary that could only come from the likes of National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson and Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin, this tale is rife with thrilling action and visual humor . . . and a comic disparity that suggests the ultimate victor in a war is perhaps not who won the battles, but who gets to write the history.
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quietjenn
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Raided the ARC/giveaway shelf at work for lunch reading.

LeahBergen What a great cover 👍🏻 2mo
BookNAround That looks like good fun. 2mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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This was so fun! I'll have to borrow the physical copy to look at the illustrations. This is just a run quick fantasy adventure that focuses on two sides overcoming their differences and coming together. No super complicated plot and enjoyable characters. Id also recommend the audiobook--the narration is fantastic.

BooknerdsLife Sounds fantastic 🤗💖 3mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I got a sampler of this book like 2 or 3 years ago at a work conference and just forgot about it. Just noticed the audiobook was available without a hold so...

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aprilpohren
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Just finished this one and greatly enjoyed it! The illustrations are amazing and the story one of a long building friendship that nearly was not. It is a story of how people are quick to judge and how society thrives on misinformation, power and greed. It is also a story full of emotion and satire. A unique but incredibly clever tale!

rather_be_reading omg beautiful!! 5d
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aprilpohren
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Love the satire and humor, lol!

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aprilpohren
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Really enjoying this. Different than what I have read before, but love the amazing illustrations alternating with the story!

Jee_HookedOnBookz Love the illustrations! ❤️ ❤️ 3mo
aprilpohren @Jee_HookedOnBookz They are incredible and bring the story to life! 3mo
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aprilpohren
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Curious if anyone has read this? It caught my eye at the library and looked intriguing.

Palimpsest No, but with that cover I would have picked it up too! 4mo
aprilpohren @Palimpsest the illustrations inside are amazing as well! 4mo
Palimpsest @aprilpohren I love good illustrations. I‘ve stacked this because it looks really intriguing. That‘s one thing I love about Litsy so much is that I see posts about books I might never have known about otherwise! 4mo
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emtobiasz
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Morning coffee with Olive and Brangwain Spurge ☕️

akckitty Awesome photo! Looks like a great time! 5mo
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Scott_BookInvasion
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This book was so much fun! I would recommend checking out the audiobook from the library if you have the physical copy and listening along. The illustrations were great and the action and comedy was strong and entertaining. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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emtobiasz
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Checked this one out on #audio for #hubchallenge19, but when I saw how some of the chapters are pure illustration, I realized I‘d better have it in print too. It‘s a fun way to experience the book, if a little more time consuming a reading experience than I was planning...

wordzie 😎 cover 6mo
Lindy I did this as an audiobook & print combo too. It‘s smart and silly. 👍 6mo
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LaComtesseJamie
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This YA was a quick read and a lot of fun. Familiar themes (especially for YA) but done in a very funny, creative, and engaging way.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 6mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 6mo
Louise Welcome to Litsy! This sounds like a fun book! The cover illustration is hilarious! 6mo
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ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!!💜💙♥️💙💜 6mo
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Ellen_C
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Illustrations by Eugene Yelchin. National Book Award Finalist. Great story about Goblin/Elf diplomacy, prejudice and learning to change one‘s views. Spy thriller and buddy comedy in one! https://cannonballread.com/2019/01/the-assassination-of-brangwain-spurge-elcicco...

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JSW
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Wacky and ridiculous and funny and poignant , this art/text combo is creative and bears a good message underneath it all. Great for kids who don‘t take fantasy too seriously. A little Monty Python, a little epic quest. Fun read.

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JSW
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SAME, TBH

MellieAntoinette Is this book any good? It‘s certainly beautifully designed! 8mo
JSW @MellieAntoinete it‘s wacky and ridiculous and a tad Monty-Python-ish. I liked it but it isn‘t a sweet fairy tale. It‘s a bit gruesome. The art is beautifully done but the subject is often dark 8mo
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JSW
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How could I resist this cover. 😂

zsuzsanna_reads That is just brilliant! 8mo
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Pasteluniverse
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Picked up a copy of this today for the cover alone- so beautiful! Has anyone read it already? Excited to add it to my TBR pile that is getting increasingly large in number...

Scott_BookInvasion This is on my TBR but I haven‘t looked at the physical copy. I‘d like to see the inside- looks fun 9mo
tjwill I thought it was amazing! The way the author and illustrator weave the perspectives together was so unique! 9mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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What a fantastically strange book. Brangwain Spurge is an elfin historian tasked with taking a gift to the goblin king. His host in the goblin kingdom, Werfel the Archivist, tries to make his guest feel at home while he waits for an audience with the king but nothing is as it seems. Propaganda, perceptions & prejudices, history & identity—weighty issues dealt with in story told in words & pictures. Interesting & unusual. Good, not great, read.

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TracyReadsBooks
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This book is also a finalist for the National Book Award. While I might argue the title alone is worth the honor (how can you read the title & not want to read the book?!?) I suspect the judges have other reasons for loving the book. Time to peer under the cover & see what those reasons might be. Anderson‘s books are always interesting & thought-provoking so I‘m expecting something interesting, at the very least, & perhaps something spectacular.

SW-T Love the cover! 10mo
mutlee That is a fantastic title! 10mo
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LibrarianRyan
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I love Anderson. He writes fun purplish capers for kids

Out Now
#coverlove #MGedition

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tjwill
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This book doesn‘t come out until September, but I‘m going to go ahead and recommend it for a #YAWednesday humorous book. It made me laugh out loud several times.

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