Barker, Clive. Days of Magic, Nights of War. It is the Second Book of the Abarat; yes, I'm behind on my reading schedule. Also in the queue is Thomas Mullen's The Last Town on Earth, and an unpublished manuscript from a local mystery writer. I'm also preparing to read through Raul Ramos y Sanchez's America Libre a second time in order to review it online in honor of its transfer to Grand Central Publishing. • • • A Note to Tablariddim Nope, not me. Sorry I missed that note for so long. Truth is I've been supposed to write a review of the book for a while, but because I ran into the problem with the narrative voice, I've been reluctant to do so. Ordinarily, I should be jealous that someone else succeeded where I have been failing, except that I cannot explain the "success" of the narrative voice. The fact is that he simply didn't relent; I would have given up somewhere in the first third of that book. I mean, I've met the guy, I've drank with the guy ... (okay, I drank while he sat and patiently listened to me ramble about something) ... and I like the guy. He's smart. And nice. And I've been tripping over this review because ... well ... it's not the review I wanted to give him.