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The Elfin Ship

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

 
 
A trilogy sets sail with a novel that’s charming, light-hearted and funny . . . Feels a little like The Hobbit or The Wind in the Willows” (Fantasy Literature).
 
James P. Blaylock’s 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. Something was definitely amiss.
 
So Jonathan 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.
 
If only the return trip were so simple.
 
“Madcap’s not a word heard much these days, but it’s a great one to apply to the characters and their adventures in The Elfin Ship. From start to finish, Blaylock maintains a high level of inventive goofiness that never lets up. If you want about as great a break as possible from the brutalities and cynicism of much of today’s fantasy, this book is it.” —Black Gate

Genre: Fantasy

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Used availability for James P Blaylock's The Elfin Ship

Paperback Editions

December 1988 : UK Paperback
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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
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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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1983 : Paperback
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Title: Elfin 1: The Elfin Ship
Author(s): James P Blaylock
Publisher: Del Rey
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Audio Editions

December 2015 : USA MP3 CD

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


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


Kindle Editions

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