Wizard Libraries and Dragon Archives

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Libraries: where all the words live. In this collection of tales about books and libraries, we meet dragons and wizards who run some unusual libraries, and bibliophiles who are willing to go to great extremes to visit them. And perhaps some cautionary tales about what can happen when we love books not wisely, but too well.
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About Rebecca M. Douglass

After a lifetime of reading and a decade of slinging books at the library and herding cats with the PTA, Rebecca began to turn her experiences into books of her own, publishing her first (The Ninja Librarian) in 2012. That failed to quiet the voices in her head, but seemed to entertain a number of readers, so she wrote some more, which generated still more voices. Despite the unlimited distractions provided by raising sons to the point of leaving home, not to mention the mountains that keep calling (very hard to resist the urging of something the size of the Sierra Nevada), she has managed to produce many more books in the years since.

For those who enjoy murder and mayhem with a sense of humor, Rebecca’s Pismawallops PTA mysteries provide insights into what PTA moms and island life are really like. If you prefer tall tales and even less of a grip on reality, visit Skunk Corners in The Ninja Librarian and its sequels. And for those who’ve always thought that fantasy was a bit too high-minded, a stumble through rescues and escapes with Halitor the Hero, possibly the most hapless hero to ever run in fear from any and all fair maidens, should set you straight.

Through it all, she has continued to pen flash fiction, for a time sharing a new story on her blog nearly every week. Now those stories are getting new life in a series of novella-length ebooks, with an omnibus paperback coming soon.

Why does Rebecca write so many different kinds of books (there’s even an alphabet picture book in the mix!)? It might be because she has a rich lifetime of experience that requires expression in many ways, but it’s probably just that she’s easily distracted.

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Reviews of Wizard Libraries and Dragon Archives by Rebecca M. Douglass

Princelings Publications reviewed on March 13, 2021

Rebecca Douglass used to be a librarian, so it’s not a surprise that stories set in libraries play a large part in her flash fiction… and most of them are rather more like Hogwarts than my local library!

There are characters who recur through the author’s flash fictions, and here we start with the Dragon Library collection. Millicent may not have been born a dragon, but she was raised a dragonhandler, and keeping the Dragon Archives under control becomes second nature to her. Books do weird things: ‘spelled books’ steal letters from other books, and eat unwary goblins. I wasn’t that sorry to leave Millicent and her adventures, and move on to a magnificent library in a deserted city, miles from anywhere. This was, I think, my favourite in the collection. It’s a slightly different style, which lends an air of antique mystery to it. The other I most remember is the one with the spectacles. I shall say no more than that, as I don’t want to ruin it for you.

A fun short collection.

Note: I was a beta reader for this collection, but had read most of the stories on the author's blog over the years, and purchased my own review copy.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
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