Youtuber BlackMaleASMR, who specializes in soothing speech recordings to “help you fall asleep, relax, or experience tingles” randomly picked up a vintage Ruth Chew book for free and read the first two chapters aloud. You wouldn’t think the story would be engaging, read in a low, slow monotone… but it kind of is! Enjoy.
I’ve updated the foreign editions page to reflect the fact that the series of Japanese translations of Ruth Chew’s books has hit 21 volumes as of April 2015.
I only have the first nine, but apparently it’s possible to shop on Amazon Japan in English, buy with any credit card, and get international shipping, so that situation is temporary. Luckily, even the ones from back in 2010 still seem to be available.
Twelve more books I am completely not able to read, soon to be mine!
To be fair, I did understand the three words of the title of one of them (Witch’s Cat). I know slightly more than absolutely zero Japanese.
Speaking of Google search results… Adrian Harris, I’m truly sorry. Apparently, a domain called secondhandmagic.com is not as interesting to Google users as a page about Ruth Chew’s book by the same name.
The Penguin / Random House website is now linking here! Sort of. That text isn’t clickable. Ah well. I’m happy as long as ruthchew.com beats Wikipedia (and Amazon and Goodreads) in Google search results.
Actually, you know what? I don’t even care about that.
I care that the books are reaching a new generation, thanks to Random House.
Amazon is now displaying jacket art for three more Ruth Chew reissues! The Wednesday Witch and Witch’s Broomwill be released in hardcover, paperback and ebook versions on August 25, 2015. The ebook Three Shrinking Tales, which will be released April 28, 2015, contains Do-It-Yourself Magic, Earthstar Magic, and Mostly Magic.
The release of The Wednesday Witch is particularly exciting: it was Ruth Chew’s first story!
The e-book Three Adventure Tales, which is available for preorder and will be released August 25, 2015, contains Last Chance for Magic, Magic of the Black Mirror, and Summer Magic. I don’t yet know what its cover will look like, though!
My friend downloaded a sample of The Trouble with Magic on her Kindle Voyage. Here’s what it looks like! You can see the cover, a chapter beginning with small text, a chapter beginning with bigger text, and one of the interior illustrations.