By K. J. Parker
Academic Exercises is the 1st choice of shorter works via grasp novelist ok. J. Parker, and it's a stunner. Weighing in at over 500 pages, this beneficiant quantity gathers jointly 13 hugely designated tales, essays and novellas. the result's an important publishing occasion, a booklet that belongs at the shelf of each critical reader of imaginitive fiction.
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A Small fee to Pay for Birdsong
A wealthy, complete Week
Amor Vincit Omnia
Let Maps to Others
A Room with a View
Cutting side Technology
Purple and Black
Rich Men's Skins; A Social heritage Of Armour
The solar And I
One Little Room an Everywhere
Blue and Gold
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