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This week our featured fiction includes Beast and Crown, by Joel Ross, and Uncommon Type, by Tom Hanks.
Beast and Crown is a children’s fantasy novel about a young boy named Ji, and his group of friends as they risk everything to free themselves from the harsh life of servitude they’ve known so far. Taking a huge chance, Ji and his friends accompany a young nobleman to the Diadem Rite, a ceremony which will determine the country’s next ruler. What Ji doesn’t know is that the Diadem Rite will require more of him than he ever expected, and that this journey will change all of their lives forever…
Actor Tom Hanks’ Uncommon Type is a collection of seventeen short stories of life and humor, with plots ranging from the story of a gentle immigrant arriving in New York after a life ravaged by his country’s civil war, to that of four friends headed for the moon in a rocketship constructed in their backyard. The Sunday Mirror describes it as “full of heart”, and is written with “a powerful sense of other lives imagined at a level that goes deeper than writerly research” according to The Guardian.