The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper
Cinrak the Dapper is a keeper of secrets, a righter of wrongs, the saltiest capybara on the sea and a rider of both falling stars and a great glass whale. Join her, her beloveds, the rat Queen Orvilia and the marmot diva Loquolchi, lead soprano of the Theatre Rat-oyal, her loyal cabin kit, Benj the chinchilla, and Agnes, last of the great krakens, as they hunt for treasures of all kinds and find adventures beyond their wildest dreams. Let Sir Julius Vogel Award-winning storyteller A.J. Fitzwater take you on a glorious journey about finding yourself, discovering true love and exploring the greatest secrets of the deep. Also, dapperness.
The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper includes seven stories about Cinrak and her crew:
- "Young Cinrak"
- "Perfidy at the Felidae Isles
- "The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars"
- "Search for the Heart of the Ocean"
- "The Hirsute Pursuit"
- "Cetaceous Secrets of the Jewelled Nadit"
- "Flight of the Hydro Chorus"
This is the second volume of the Queen of Swords Press Mini Series.
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About the AuthorA.J. Fitzwater can be found living between the cracks of Christchurch, New Zealand. They survived the Clarion workshop in 2014, added two Sir Julius Vogel Awards to their shelf, and have gone on to have work published in Clarkesworld, Shimmer Magazine, Giganotosaurus, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Glittership, Capricious Magazine, and other venues and anthologies of repute. Their WW2 NZ Land Girls shape-shifter novella "No Man's Land" will be published by Paper Road Press in early 2020. They Twitter at @AJFitzwater.
Reviewer Paul Weimer says: "Fitzwater winningly returns to the character of Cinrak the Dipper, star of several previous stories, in a collection that spans the titular Capybara Pirate's career. From dreams of a life away from the orphanage where she was raised, to full fledged leading member of the IRATE pirate union, these stories of found family, finding oneself, and having adventures across the ocean are funny, poignant, colorful, and a lot of bloody good fun. Raise the mainsail and join Captain Cinrak's crew as she wins hearts, finds precious treasures both tangible and ephemeral, and grows from new to the sea into a seasoned salt."
Author Robyn Bennis says: "The most original fantasy fiction I've read in a long time. Don't miss these delightful, progressive sea tales."
Editor Sigrid Ellis says: "Cinrak the Dapper is completely charming from the start. It wasn't until I was further in that I appreciated how thoughtful, ambitious, and kind this book is. The world and characters unite to create a world based on entirely different values than the capitalist and patriarchal reality we currently occupy. The stories inspire impulses of cooperation, of harmony, of compassion, and of curiosity. Cinrak and her crew do not shy from hard work, nor do their tales hide the dangers inherent in choosing to be one's best self. But in the end, the journey is worth the adventure. I personally would not object to find that, at the end of my life, I sailed a path similar to Cinrak's."
Author A.C. Wise says: "The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper is delightfully queer, full of adventure, romance, and sparkling prose. You truly can't go wrong with this daring capybara pirate."