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THE ACCIDENTAL HIGHWAYMAN : Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons BesidesThe Good News:  the title of this book is so long that I don’t even need to write a description. I mean, seriously — ” The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides” — that’s awesome.

The Bad News: The title says it all. I can’t think of anything else to say. Except maybe that I stayed up all night reading this book because it was THAT good.

The Good News: This is the first book in a trilogy.

The Bad News: This is the first book in a trilogy. Patiently waiting for Book 2 is going to be terrible!

The Good News: Seriously, this book has it all. Daring rescues! Guilty consciences! Threats from man and fairy! True love that cannot be! Disappointments and deaths! Happy endings and cliffhangers!
Memorable bad guys! Equally memorable good guys!

The Bad News: Even when you have it all, you will still want more. Beware: this book could turn you into an insatiable, voracious reader.

The Good News: This isn’t a picture book for preschoolers.

The Bad News: The illustrations are quirky and delightful and you will wish that there were drawings on every single page.

The Good News:  While this book has frequent footnotes, it is not an academic text.

The Bad News: The footnotes are often educational. But you will probably still enjoy them.

The Good News: This is one of the best fairy-tale fantasies I’ve read in a long time. You might also enjoy The princess bride: S. Morgenstern’s classic tale of true love and high adventure: the ‘good parts’ version by William Goldman, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, and The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle.

The Bad News: Books this wonderful don’t come along every day. Did I mention how hard it will be to wait for Book 2 in this trilogy?

The Good News: You can check out The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides by Ben Tripp from your library.

The Bad News: With a book this awesome, you might have to add your name to the waiting list!

 

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book discussion leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She loves her kids, being a librarian, living in Topeka, and helping people form connections and community. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed the audiobook of "Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc." by Jeff Tweedy, which a library customer recommended to her.