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Standard Hero Behavior

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Standard Hero Behavior

By John David Anderson

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618759200, 288pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2007

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Description

Mason Quayle is a bard living in a town whose heroes have long since fled. No heroes = no adventurous tales and nothing for a bard to write about. So when the opportunity arises for Mason to go on a real-life quest--a chance to be a hero himself--he takes it. Following in the footsteps of his long-vanished hero father, Mason and his best friend, Cowel, set out on a journey full of misadventure and run-ins with an unusual cast of characters, among them, a retired hero-cum-shoe-salesman, a somnambulist sword fighter, a swarm of unfriendly (and deadly) pixies, a wholesome young witch, and a werewolf hit man. They also stumble upon the answers to the questions that have haunted Mason for the past 10 years: Where is his father? Why didn't he return to his family? Was he really a hero?



Praise For Standard Hero Behavior

"Anderson ... construct[s] a satisfying story while poking fun at all genre traditions. Fantasy fans are ensured a good laugh." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

A light tone overlays serious undercurrents in this leisurely but entertaining fantasy.
Kirkus Reviews

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