Inside the Tall, Thick Book of Tales

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It's sometime in the modern era -- modern enough for cell phones, medical scanners, and virtual reality vacations, anyway. In an unnamed technological backwater lives an old man named Jacob who is the last known Caretaker of Magic. Jacob has two purposes in life: to preserve magical knowledge until the world needs it, and to train the apprentice who will take over as Caretaker after Jacob is gone.

Jacob's apprentice is a bumbling, devious genius named Palmer who has been studying under Jacob for eight years. Palmer has learned just enough magic to be dangerous, and has become impatient. Tired of learning at the slow pace Jacob has set, Palmer constructs a powerful spell which he uses to trap both Jacob and his young neighbor Lucy, holding them hostage against Jacob transferring all magical knowledge to him.

The spell is in an old book of fairy tales Palmer has enchanted. Writing in the magically wiped pages, he creates scenes which affect not only Jacob and Lucy, but also the book's original characters, now trapped in the margins of the book.

Palmer soon tires of harassing Jacob, and goes into town, where the local community is trying to find the missing Lucy. The weather, the loss of local communication services, and other circumstances separate him from the book, and as time passes, Jacob and Lucy try to escape, and the book's original characters try to return their world to its former state.
Does Palmer get what he wants? Does Jacob escape? Read it and find out.

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Jacob, the 3,234th Caretaker of Magic, is trapped by his impatient apprentice Palmer in a magical book from which there is no escape. The cost of resistance? Become a permanent character in a decaying book of fairy tales. The price of freedom? Teach Palmer more magic, and betray the beliefs passed down to him by generations of Caretakers. As Jacob tries to rescue himself and his young neighbor Lucy, the local sheriff chases Palmer, the local press chases the sheriff, a wizardly bookworm gives sage advice, and book's original characters fight to drive the intruders from their home.

About the Author:

A.C. Birdsong wrote the first draft of Inside the Tall, Thick Book of Tales during the unseasonably cold winter of 1992 in Athens, Greece. "I spent all my time between writing the story and searching for a reasonably warm place to write it," he says. "Usually this left me huddled near tepid steam heaters in dingy hotel rooms, wrapped in scratchy wool blankets and drinking endless cups of Nes to stay warm. Eventually the weather turned, which was fortunate for Jacob and Palmer, because they probably would still be fighting it out inside that book otherwise." A.C. lives in Seattle, where people voluntarily allow themselves to be trapped in books on a regular basis. This is his first book.

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A C Birdsong
Published by Cape Buffalo Publishing (2013)
ISBN 10: 0615851053 ISBN 13: 9780615851051
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