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Down to the Scum Quarter : A Farcical Fantasy Solo Adventure single work   short story   young adult   fantasy   adventure  
First known date: 1989 Issue Details: First known date: 1989... 1989 Down to the Scum Quarter : A Farcical Fantasy Solo Adventure
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'Down to the Scum Quarter' is a fantasy genre parody presented as an elaborate 'choose your own adventure' format. The story, set up in a prologue section, concerns the kidnapping of the beautiful Lady Oiseaux. The reader is given a choice of five objects/weapons to take on his or her rescue quest, with the storyline path being made by a combiantion of dice or preference.


  • 'Down to the Scum Quarter can be accessed on line via an old version of Garth Nix's website ( An attribution statement at the bottom of the online publication indicates a copyright date of 1989.

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    y separately published work icon Across the Wall : A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories Across the Wall : Tales of the Old Kingdom and Elsewhere Garth Nix , New York (City) : EOS , 2005 Z1204749 2005 selected work short story novella fantasy young adult

    'Nicholas Sayre will do anything to get across the Wall. Thoughts of Lirael and Sam haunt his dreams, and he has come to realize that his destiny lies with them, in the Old Kingdom. But here in Ancelstierre, Nick faces an obstacle that is not entirely human, with a strange power that seems to come from Nicholas himself.

    With "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case," Garth Nix continues to explore the magical world of the Abhorsen Trilogy. In additional short stories that range from two widely different takes on the Merlin myth to a gritty urban version of Hansel and Gretel and a heartbreaking story of children and war, Garth Nix displays the range and versatility that has made him one of today's leading writers of fantasy for readers of all ages' (Amazon).

    New York (City) : EOS , 2005
    pg. 213-266
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