2021 Sir Julius Vogel Award Winner for Best Collection
Dapper. Lesbian. Capybara. Pirate.
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 found family, and exploring the greatest secrets of the deep. Also, dapperness.
The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper includes seven stories about Cinrak and her crew:
•“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.
Fitzwater's fanciful and optimistic debut collection follows the whimsical adventures of Cinrak, a lesbian capybara pirate. Cinrak first takes to the high seas in "Young Cinrak," and the plucky capybara rises the ranks of the newly unionized crew between stories, leaving readers to fill in the blanks of how she went from cabin kit, this universe's equivalent of cabin boy, to captain of the Impolite Fortune. Cinrak's subsequent adventures see her finding romance and entering into a three-way relationship with a queen and an actor in "The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars," befriending the kraken in "Search for the Heart of the Ocean," and witnessing oceanic wonders in "Cetaceous Secrets of the Jewelled Nadir" and "Flight of the Hydro Chorus." Colorful nautical exclamations ("skittering baby seahorses!") add to the fun, and Cinrak's wisdom, kindness, and loyalty are on display throughout, making her an easy heroine to root for. This delightful diversion will reel in anyone in need of a quirky break from reality.