Abuzz for a Triumphant Debut: The Bees by Laline Paull

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TheBees_PhotoThe Bees by Laline Paull
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2014
340 pages, $21.99

“With a fine fierce sound the foragers unlatched their wings and the house bees cheered them on as they ran for the landing board, bright and steaming as the clouds released the sun.”
—Laline Paull

I first read about The Bees by debut novelist Laline Paull in CBC’s “Ultimate Summer 2014 Reading List.” Later, I skimmed feedback for this new title on Goodreads. Two reviewers piqued my curiosity: Elizabeth Fensin described the novel as Richard Adam’s “Watership Down with bees,” and the witty Will Byrnes claimed it “might make one think of [G. R. R. Martin’s] Game of Thrones Drones.” Those comparisons were enough to entice me, the woman who once had a bunny named Pipkin and who loves all things Westeros. What sealed the deal, though, was the golden cover design by Steve Attardo…

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