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The Elfin Ship

(1982)
(The first book in the Elfin series)
A novel by

 
James P Blaylock's 1982 debut novel The Elfin Ship has become a classic of whimsical fantasy. With echoes of Kenneth Graham and Mark Twain, it's a gentle, eccentric and hilarious novel that will delight readers of all ages.

Trading with the elves used to be so simple. Every year Master Cheeser Jonathan Bing would send his very best cheeses downriver to traders who would eventually return with Elfin wonders for the people of Twombly Town.

But no more...

First, the trading post at Willowood Station was mysteriously destroyed. Then a magical elfin airship began making forays overhead: Jonathan knew something was definitely amiss.

So he set off downriver to deliver the cheeses himself, accompanied by the amazing Professor Wurzle, the irrepressible Dooly, and his faithful dog Ahab. It would have been such a pleasant trip, if not for the weeping skeleton, mad goblins, magic coins, an evil dwarf, a cloak of invisibility - and a watch that stopped time.

Of course, the return trip was not so simple.

Genre: Fantasy
 
Used availability for James P Blaylock's The Elfin Ship


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Paperback Editions

January 1988 : UK Paperback
Title: The Elfin Ship
Author(s): James P Blaylock
ISBN: 0-586-20172-6 / 978-0-586-20172-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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July 1982 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Elfin Ship
Author(s): James P Blaylock
ISBN: 0-345-29491-2 / 978-0-345-29491-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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Audio Editions

December 2015 : MP3 CD
Title: The Elfin Ship (Balumnia)
Author(s): James P Blaylock
ISBN: 1-5113-3948-9 / 978-1-5113-3948-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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April 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Elfin Ship: Balumnia, Book 1
Author(s): James P Blaylock
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

April 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Elfin Ship: Balumnia, Book 1
Author(s): James P Blaylock
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

June 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Elfin Ship (Balumnia Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): James P Blaylock
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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