The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland contains a variety of strange magical objects and magical people. This includes a woman made of soap, a blue boy who can potentially grant wishes, and a wyvern who can fly. The magical objects are largely more interesting than useful, but she could read to life a flute that makes everyone listening fall asleep, a bucket of water that never empties, or a mirror that lets you see the person you love most. The book also mentions several large libraries at various points.
These False Stars is the story of a city that was stolen and pulled underground. It tells the story of a surface dweller and their many adventures with the cities various denizens of this place. There is less obvious magic in this story, though if she wished she could acquire a box full of sunlight. Sunlight seems to be mildly addictive, though possibly only for people who have never seen the sun. She could also acquire a talking cat or a golem who obeys any orders they are given. This story would also be a good source of weapons and ships.
Reversals tells the story of a minor god, Kahou. On rare occasions humans will summon minor gods and bind them to human children, to get access to the demon's powers. The children are universally loathed, but tolerated for the advantage they bring. Kahou befriends and comes to love the child he is bound within. When the child is murdered, he chooses to remain in the mortal realm. He goes on a quest to rescue the other children and protect them from those who would use or kill them. There are many descriptions of plant and wildlife in this story along with some descriptions of food. A ladder is used once.
Poisonwood is the story of a missionary and his family. It follows the youngest daughter and describes the discord in the family and the dangers and troubles they endure while living in a place that's very far from home. This book is a good source of food. It also takes the time to describe a lot of everyday objects, soap, hot water, beds, shoes, among others. Rope is used several times. It also mentions cars, which might be a good transportation method.
Periapt tells the story of a world that killed itself with magic. It is possible for anyone in this setting to create powerful magical artifacts, but overreach you turn into a monster. The more powerful the object you tried to create, the more powerful the monster. Several magic users overstretched and became monsters that destroyed civilization. The book contains many potentially useful magical artifacts including a pair of wearable wings that enable flight, a mosaic of the sun that makes it permanently summer in a mile radius, and a pendant that protects the wearer from all decay and injury.
Keter Class Anomaly tells the story of an organization that collects and secures strange and powerful artifacts and people. One of them escapes and threatens to destroy the world. Most of the anomalies mentioned in the book are dangerous and hostile, but there are a few potentially useful ones. These include a bell that summons a perfectly obedient butler named Mr. Deeds, a pizza box that will generate the holder's preferred choice of pizza, and a machine that can or refine or break down anything placed inside, though the exact results are unpredictable.