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Through Darkest Zymurgia!: A Ripping Yarn (The Known World) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 15, 2017
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Professors Thintwhistle and Carbuncle go on a ripping yarn of exploration and adventure in a world almost — but not quite — entirely unlike our own. When a determined University donor wields his influence, the professors are forced to abandon their planned summer tour of taverns of exotic cities in the Known World. Instead they must go to Zymurgia, where no adventurers have gone before. Not, though, without a certain predictability to their new goal as we find when an admiral falls into conversation with Professor Thintwhistle about their destination:
“Zymurgia is on a plateau,” I said. “There are few paths to the top. It’s possible that the fabled reclusiveness of the Zymurgians simply reflects difficulty of access.”
The admiral sat back in his chair. “What do you expect to find?” he asked.
“Beer,” I said.
“Beer?” asked Wyburn, in surprise.
“Beer,” I said. “That’s what Zymurgia means, you know…the land of brewing. They’ve been selling beer to the Serosans for thousands of years. The trade is only carried on in a small way these days; just with the folk at the base of the plateau.”
“It seems a long way to go to get a drink,” said Wyburn.
This Victorian-style tale of exploration retains genuine mystery and adventure while being infused with humorous whimsy.
Full disclosure: I enjoyed it so much that I volunteered to do the layout. That's because I'll be rereading it in the years to come. This is a thoroughly enjoyable tale and I hope author William Duquette will favor us with many more featuring the famed Professors Thintwhistle and Carbuncle in the future.