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April:
Short Fiction:  Jo Walton's a Burden Shared & Sharon Lee/Steve Miller's Cutting Corners.

New Read:  Joe Hill's the Fireman.  Apocalyptic-Dystopia involving self-combustion plague.
  • Joanne Harris' Jigs & Reels.  Anthology, decent not great.
  • Richard Castle's Driving Heat.  I actually bought like 4 or 5 more of these at once, all fairly cheap e-editions.  But this was the only one I finished as I just got bored with the series.  Kind of like how I skipped the final season or two of Castle.
  • John Wick's Daughter of Fate7th Sea tie-in novel I got for free as part of kickstarter-ing the new edition of the rpg.  Pretty good and like the better tie-in novels makes me want to play the game (again).
  • Ian Thomas Haley's the Bulletproof Badge.  Short fiction collection that ties into Haley's "Just Cause" supers series.
  • Poul Anderson's Midsummer's Tempest.  Combo Shakespeare fanfic and Roundhead English Civil War historical romance.
  • Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking.  I think this was Fisher's last memoir.  Funny if dark, like her.
  • Michael Swanwick's Not So Much, Said the Cat.  Another short story collection, all very good.

Reread:  M. Magdalene's Curvy vol.1-3.  This nekkid magical adventure webcomic is actually finishing up right now.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs:  Faith Erin Hicks/Jordie Bellaire's the Nameless City: vol.2: the Stone Heart
  • Kristen Gudsnuk's Henchgirl
Total:13


May:
Short Fiction:  Allen Steele's Sanctuary Ramsey Shehadeh's Red & Rich Burlew's How the Paladin Got His Scar

New Reads: Adam Christopher's Standard Hollywood Depravity.  I keep trying and yet something about Christopher just never clicks with me.  This one is robots + noir + free will issues = ennh.
  • T. Kingfisher's Jackalope Wives & Other Stories.  Anthology of Ursula Vernon short fiction.
  • Marko Kloos' Fields of Fire.  Mission to Mars!
  • Walt Boyes/Bjorn Hasseler (ed) Grantville Gazette vol. 68-70
  • Megan Abbott's You Will Know Me
  • Ellen Datlow/Terri Windling (ed)  Black Swan, White Raven.  One of several of their fairy tale short fiction anthologies.
  • Avery Duff's Beach Lawyer.  Sometimes you just want to try stuff outside your normal wheelhouse.  And sometimes that just means reading an ok legal thriller full of lying liars who lie.
  • Foz Meadows' a Tyranny of Queens.  Sequel to An Accident of Stars and hopefully not the last visit to the setting and characters.
  • S.J. Delos' Some Kind of Hero.  Reformed villain supers fic.
  • Ian Thomas Healy's Just Cause Stories vol. 2 & Jackrabbit: Big in Japan.  The humor in this second Jackrabbit book feels a bit forced.  Especially the older ladies lust for Jackrabbit bits.
  • Joan Aiken's the Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Reread:  Terry Pratchett's the 5th Elephant, the Truth, Nightwatch, Going Postal, Thud!, Monstrous Regiment, Making Money, Unseen Academicals, Snuff & Raising Steam.  Just went on a big Pratchett binge to start off May.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs:  Ben Fleuter's Sword Interval vol.1
  • Kieron Gillen/Salador Larroca/Leinel Francis Yu's Darth Vader: the Shu-Toran War
  • Kieron Gillen/Salvador Larroca's Darth Vader: vol.2: Shadows and Secrets.  Gillen and company's Darth Vader series was really, really good.  Successfully works with an evil lead and one who's early and final story has already been set.
  • Ryan North/Erica Henderson's the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe.  Squirrel-Girl beats up everyone!  Even Squirrel-Girl!
  • Chris Claremont/Brent Anderson's  X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills

Total:28



June:
Short Fiction: Jessica Reisman's Bourbon, Sugar, Grace & Shira Glassman's Knit One, Girl Two.

New Read: Seanan McGuire's Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, Every Heart a DoorwayVelveteen Vs. the Seasons.  The first is about ghosts and moving on.  Then the start of her new-ish "Wayward Children" series about kids who travel to magical worlds (and sometimes come back) and the last is the latest collection of her "Velveteen" stories.
  • R.J. Ross' Rocky Road.  More "Cape High" popcorn.
  • Maggie Stiefvater's the Raven Boys & the Dream Thieves.  Modern fantasy centered around the search for sleeping Welsh king in Virginia.
  • Ellen Klages' Passing Strange.  1940s San Francisco lesbian counter-culture with a dash of magic.
  • Chuck Wendig's Thunderbird.  Latest "MIriam Black" book.  With south-western doomsday prepper cult.
  • Charlie N. Holmberg's the Paper Magician, the Glass Magician & the Master Magician.  Enjoyable, if a little slight, trilogy of magical historical/romance/adventure.
  • Karen Diem's Human.  Second of her "Arca" supers series.
  • Sharon Lee/Steve Miller's the Gathering Edge.  Most recent "Liaden" book.
  • Rachel Manjic/Sherwood Smith's Rebel.  Third of their "the Change" books.  Still the best Gamma World game setting.
  • V.E. Schwab's a Darker Shade of Magic
  • Pen & Cape Society (ed) the Good Fight 3: Sidekicks

Reread
: Michael Stackpole's  X-Wing: Rogue Squadron; Wedge's Gamble; the Krytos Trap & the Bacta War.  One of my favorite bits of the Star Wars 90s EU book line.
  • Jeffrey Brown's Incredible Change-Bots Two.  I know I'd read this before but everything about it seemed unfamiliar.
  • Kate Beaton's Never Learn Anything From History
  • Rick Remender/Daniel Way/Marjorie Liu's Punisher: Franken-Castle.  This is exactly the kind of crazy that I like to see when mixing Punisher with a supers setting.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs
:  Christopher Hastings/Irene Stychalski/Gurihiru's the Unbelievable Gwenpool: Head of M.O.D.O.K.  Hasting's is a great comedic writer and I just adore Gurihiru's art.
  • Brandon Montclare/Amy Reeder/Marco Failla's Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur: Cosmic Cooties.
  • Jason Aaron/Kieron Gillen/Mike Deodato/Salvador Larroca/Mark Brooks' Vader Down.  Vader is just super scarily competent in this one.  Like end of Rogue One scary.
  • Kieron Gillen/Salvador Larroca/Juan Gimenez' Darth Vader: vol.4: End of Game.
  • Faith Erin Hicks' the Adventures of Superhero Girl (Expanded Edition).  Just enough new material for me not to count this as a reread.
  • Ben Aaronovitch/Andrew Cautmel/Lee Sullivan/Luis Guerrero's Rivers of London: Body Work
  • Mike Maihack's Cleopatra in Space: the Golden Lion.
  • Rick Remender/Jerome Opena/Matt Hollingsworth's Seven to Eternity: vol. 1: the Godwhisperers.  I know this new Remender series gets a bit of positive buzz, but it didn't connect with me at all.
Total: 32
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January:
Short Fiction:  Seanan McGuire's My Last Name, Velveteen vs. the Retroactive Continuity & Velveteen Presents Jacqueline Claus vs. the Lost & Found; Stephen Leigh's the Atonement Tango

New Read:  Eric Flint/Griffen Barber's 1636: Mission to the Mughals
Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: Aftermath
Yuya Sato's Dendera: Old ladies vs. enviroment.  And a marauding bear.
Mira Grant's Parasite
Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl:  Coming of age/starting college for the fanfic writer set.
Douglas Hulick's Sworn in Steel
Foz Meadows' An Accident of Stars.  Teen travel to magical worlds now with PTSD.
Paula Goodlett/Gorg Hoff's Bartley's Man: "Ring of Fire" sidestory, specifically the Sewing Circle/OPM/Barbies bit.
Grady Hendrix' Horrorstor:  There should be an umlaut over that 3rd o.  Haunt at not-Ikea.
Evan Curie's Into the Black
Rachel Aaron's No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished

Rereads: Eric Flint's 1635: the Eastern Front, 1636: the Saxon Uprising & 1636: the Ottoman Onslaught

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs:  Chris Hastings & Guhiru's the Unbelievable Gwenpool vol.1: Believe It
Stjepan Sejic's Sunstone vol.5:  Final volume of the best bdsm-lesbian-romance comic.
John Layman/Rob Guillory's Chew vol.12: Sour Grapes: More than a bit of a downer ending.  Not Ex Machina levels, but still.

Total: 18


February:
Short Fiction: Seanan McGuire's Lay of the Land & Velveteen vs. Recovery, Yoon Ha Lee's Extra Curricular Activities.

New Read:  Robin McKinley's Deerskin
Tim Pratt's Liar's Blade: Pathfinder tie-in novel.
David Drake's Death's Bright Day:  Latest "Lt. Leary".
April Daniel's Dreadnaught: Nemesis:  Cape fiction with trans-female lead.
T. Kingfisher's Summer in Orcus  YA magical quest from one of the best in the genre.
Ben Aaronovitch's the Hanging Tree:  Latest "Rivers of London" with visits the American & Russian magic heritages.
Becky Chambers' the Long Way to the Small, Angry Planet (I'm not crying you're crying shut up) & a Closed and Common Orbit
Daniel Jose Older's Battle Hill Bolero
Jasper Fforde's the Eye of Zoltar
Jack Weathford's the Secret History of the Mongol Queens:  Non-fiction history on the female Mongol leaders.

Rereads:  -

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs:  Jennifer Doyle's Knights Errant
Tom Neely/Keenan Marshall Keller's the Humans vol.1: Humans For Life:  Planet of the Apes meets outlaw biker gangs

Total:14


March:
Short Fiction:  This was basically the "Neverless, She Persisted" theme Tor.com did.  With stories by Seanan McGuire, Kameron Hurley, Hyssa Wong, Carrie Vaughn, Chalie Jane Anders, Nisi Shawl, Brooke Bolander, Jo Walton, Amal El-Mohter, Catherynne M. Valente.

New Read:  Jo Walton's the Just City: Athena & Apollo attempt to create Plato's "perfect" Just City.  Shockingly the actual and the theoretical do not mesh perfectly.
Chuck Wendig's Invasive.  Sequel to the Zer0es.  With this second volume its very much supers type bad guy in an espionage/adventure setting.
Chuck Wendig's Atlanta Burns: the Hunt: 2nd of his YA white-trash pulp.  "Winter's Bone" meets Veronica Mars I guess.
RJ Ross' Coyote's Howl:  Latest "Cape High" book.
C.B. Lee's Not Your Sidekick: YA semi-dystopian with supers.
Seanan McGuire's Magic For Nothing:  Latest "InCryptid", with youngest sibling Antimony this time.
Patricia Brigg's Silence Fallen:  Latest "Mercy Thompson", with Mercy kidnapped to Europe 'cause vampire politics.  And the vamps are really the last interesting part of Brigg's urban fantasy series.
Jim Butcher/Kerrie L. Hughes' (ed) Shadowed Souls:  Urban fantasy anthology.
Louis McMaster Bujold's Mira's Last Dance
Anne Leckie's Ancillary Mercy
Matt Dunn's A Day at the Office
Clifford D. Simak's City
George R.R. Martin/Melinda Snodgrass' (ed) High Stakes:  This "Wild Cards" volume was actually a bit too dark even for me.  I'm looking forward to at least slightly more upbeat future books.


Rereads:  John Scalzi's Lock In & Redshirts
Douglas Adams' the Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.  Rereading this I'm suddenly left with the feeling Adams just gave up around the final act.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs:  G. Willow Wilson/Adrian Alphona/Tekeshi Miyezawa/Cameron Stewart's Ms. Marvel vol.6: Civil War II:  Carole is in an idjit, out-idioting Tony from the first one.
Gwenda Bond/Kate Leth's Girl Over Paris: Lady high-wire walker vs. ghost mystery.
Marguerite Bennett/Ming Doyle/Marguerite Sauvage/Laura Bragen's Bombshells vol.1: Enlisted
Kate Leth/Brittany Williams' Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! vol.2: Don't Stop Me-ow.  Now with teen mom/vampire Jubilee.
Tom King/Michael Walsh/Gabriel Walte/Mike Del Muado's Vision vol.2: Better Than a Beast
Jason Bulmahn's (et al) Pathfinder: Horror Adventures
Sandy Petersen's (et al) Call of Cthulhu: Keeper's Handbook

Total: 24

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October:
Short Fiction: No free range fiction at all that month.

New Reads: Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker.
Eric Flint's 1636: the Ottoman Onslaught

Rereads:  So I started rereading all of the Ring of Fire books (not including the semipro Gazettes)
Eric Flint's 1632
Eric Flint (ed) Ring of Fire vol. 1-3, Grantville Gazette vol. 1-6
Eric Flint/David Weber's 1633 & 1634: the Baltic War
Eric Flint/Virginia DeMarce's 1634: the Ram Rebellion, 1634: the Bavarian Crisis & 1635: the Dreeson Incident
Eric Flint/Andrew Dennis' 1634: the Galileo Affair & 1635: the Cannon Law
Eric Flint/Charles Gannon's 1635: the Papal Stakes
Virginia DeMarce's 1635: the Tangled Web

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs7th Sea 2nd Edition
G. Willow Wilson & various artists' Ms. Marvel Vol. 5: Super Famous
Tom King, Gabriel Walta & Mike Del Mundo's Vision Vol.1: Little Worse Than a Man

Total: 24


November
Short Fiction: Drew Hayes' Supervillain Apology Letter, Johnathan Carroll's the Loud Table, Chuck Wendig's Beware of Owner & This Guy.

New Reads: Drew Hayes' Going Rogue (more NPCs turned Adventurers)
Maggie Stiefvater's Sinner (Coming of age while trying to date a werewolf rock star)
Bob Defendi's Death by Cliche (Unfunny garbage I only got several chapters in before metaphorically tossing it)
Stephen King's Joyland
David Weber's At the Sign of the Triumph (9th and final "Safehold" book.  At least until Weber decides to do another arc)
Lois McMaster Bujold's Penric's Mission
Poul Anderson's 3 Hearts & 3 Lions (enh, I've liked other P. Anderson, but not this time)
R.J. Ross' Mic Drop (newest "Cape High")
K.D. Spengler's Brute Force (latest "Rachel Peng")

Rereads: Eric Flint/Andrew Dennis' 1635: Parcel of Rogues
Eric Flint/David Carrico's 1636: the Devil's Opera
Eric Flint/Charles Gannon's 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies
Eric Flint (ed) Ring of Fire 4

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs: Shaenon Garrity & Jeffrey G. Well's Skin Horse Vol.6
Roger Stern, Gerry Conway, Bill Mantlo, Mike Magnola, Kevin Nowlan & Gene Colan's Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment (Strange and Von Doom team up to breach Hell and rescue Doom's mom)
Chris Claremont & John Byrne's X-Men: Days of Future Past
Steve Englehart, Roy Thomas, Ross Andru, Sal Buscema & Neal Adams' Defenders Masterworks Vol.1

Total: 18


December:
Short Fiction: Catherynne M. Valente's the Beasts Who Fought For Fairyland, Mavisela Navarro Reverse Documentary & Carrie Vaughn's the Thing About Growing Up in Jokertown

New Reads: James S.A. Corey's Caliban's War (2nd "Expanse" book.  I will likely be able to juuuuust keep ahead of the tv show)
Catherynne M. Valente's the Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Lexie Dunne's How to Save the World
Blythe Woolston's MARTians (box store service industry slow slide into dystopia/apocalypse.  extra depressing thanks to election, even with hopeful ending)
Michael Wallace's Queen of the Void (nice enough milspec scifi, but milspec scifi writers a suggestion.  there are era's OTHER than Napoleonic Europe and Victorian Colonialism to base your future societys on.  just sayin'.)
Anne Pederson's 1635: the War for the Rhine
Jay M. Gates/Andrew Liptak (ed) War Stories
Karen Diem's Super
Emma Cline's the Girls (this got a lot of positive buzz last year but it did nothing for me.  i quit like halfway)
Marion G. Harmon's Team Ups & Crossovers (newest "Wearing the Cape" with the lead going on a cross-dimension journey and interacting with other writer's supers universes)

Rereads:Eric Flint (ed) Grantville Gazette 7
Eric Flint/Walter H. Hunt's 1636: the Cardinal Virtues
Eric Flint/Paula Goodlett/Georg Huff's 1636: the Kremlin Games
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (Christmas tradition)

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs:  Mark Waid, Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson's Star Wars: Princess Leia
Kieron Gillen & Salvador Larroca's Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol.1 (i can't say for the rest of the Marvel run, but these two were both VERY good and I'll probably get more of the Vader series)
Eiichiro Oda's One Piece: New World (finished vol.82 which seemed to finish up this arc)
Tony Isabella, Bill Mantlo, George Tuska & John Byrne's the Champions Marvel Masterworks vol.1
Christopher Baldwin's Anna Galactic
Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos' Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur vol.1: BFF
Nick Spencer, Ramon Rosanas & Mark Brooks' the Astonishing Ant-Man vol.1: Everybody Loves Team-Ups (i like Spencer's lower tier comedy books but do not care for his take on Captain America.  or his strange no punching nazi positions.)

Total: 22
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April
Short Fiction: Marie Brennan's "From the Editorial Page of the Falchester Weekly Review", Glenn Hirshberg's "Freedom is Space for the Spirit", Tara Isabella Burton's "the Destroyer" & Genevieve Valentine's "La Beaute Sans Vertu".

New Reads:
Brandon Sanderson's Calamity and the Bands of Mourning.  The first finishes up his supers' trilogy and the latter is part of his steampunk-era "Mistborn" series.
Steven James' Blur.  An ok YA paranormal mystery.
Daniel Jose Older's Midnight TaxiTango.  2nd novel of his "Bone Street Rumbo" series.
Tim Dorsey's Florida Roadkill.  First foray into Dorsey's  modern crime/pulp stuff.  A bit too wide a spread of characters and plots for me.
Adrian Tchaivosky's Guns of the Dawn.  A black powder-fantasy book where one of the two warring nations begins conscripting female soldiers to shore up its manpower shortages.  Feels a little like of an Austen character was the lead in a Bernard Cornwell Napoleonic book.
Elizabeth Bear/Sarah Monette's a Companion to Wolves.  Monette is the writer of the Goblin Emperor under a pseudonym and Elizabeth Bear is Elizabeth Bear.  So this is very well written.  It also has a LOT of really graphic gay sex, much that borders on the edge of non-consensual.
Daniel Abraham's the Spider's War.  The final to "the Dagger & the Coin" epic fantasy series which features the heroism of the banking system and using it to fight mad, religious tyrants.
Seanan McGuire's Indexing: Reflections.
Charlie Higson's the Enemy
Sherwood Smith's Remnala's Children.  Some follow-up stories to the Crown/Court Duel books.
Michael Shea's the Extra.  Future dystopia where filmmakers can literally kill off their extras in movies.
Emmie Mears' the Masked Songbird.  First of Mears' "Shrike" supers series.

Rereads:
Eric Flint/George Huff/Paula Goodlett's 1636: the Kremlin Games, 1636: the Barbie Consortium & 1636: the Viennese Waltz
Iver Cooper's 1636: Seas of Fortune
Lois McMaster Bujold's Captain Vorpatril's Alliance & Gentelman Jole & the Red Queen

Graphic Novels/TPBs/Rulebooks:  I'm moving rpgs and other non-fiction here since I don't really go thru enough of it for its own category.
Faith Erin Hicks's the Nameless City.  Alt history in a pseduo-China/Mongolia border setting.
Ultimate Intrigue (Pathfinder).  I liked this sourcebook quite a bit.  The roommate fell in love with the evil version of the Leadership feat and other new rules for his wizard/rogue crime boss.

Total books: 22


May
Short Fiction: Theodora Goss' "Red as Blood and White as Bone", Emmie Mears' "Uncaged", Brit Mandelo's "the Pigeon Summer", P. Djeli Clark's "a Dead Djinn in Cairo", K.B. Spangler's "Who Tells Your Story", Dennis Danvers' "Orphan Pirates of the Spanish Main" and Seanan McGuire's "Waking in Las Vegas".

New Reads:
Sharon Lee/Steve Miller's Alliance of Equals.  Their most recent "Liaden" novel.  Actually an eARC for the most recent.
Elizabeth Bear's Karen Memory.  Steampunk/Western with a bisexual female prostitute as the lead.
Emmie Mears' Rampant.  2nd "Shrike" novel which are set in Edinburgh.
Kameron Hurley's Mirror Empire.  Super-grim and violent fantasy series about parallel worlds and invasions between them.
Marko Kloos' Chain of Command
R.J. Ross' Cape High Christmas
Kate Elliot's Jaran, An Earthly Crown, His Conquering Sword & the Law of Becoming.  Both a pseudo-Mongolion horde "fantasy" and a Conquered Humanity sci fi series.
Alex Shvartsman (ed) Funny Fantasy.  What it says on the box.  A collection of previously published comedy fantasy stories.
Nick Mamatas/Masumi Washington (ed) Hanzai Japan.  Japan-set scifi, much with a noir or horror slant to it.
Amy Poehler's Yes Please.  Poehler's autobio.

Rereads:
Andre Norton's Gryphon in Glory.  While this was a reread, I honestly couldn't remember anything at all going in.
Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small

Graphic Novels/TPBs/Rulebooks:
XCrawl (d20).  Picked up on the cheap with a stack of other rpgs from Bookmans.  Competitive reality show dungeon crawling works better in concept than the actual execution.
Mike Maihack's Cleopatra in Space vol. 3: Secret of the Time Tablets.  Caps off the trilogy with a reveal of the origin of the big bad and some idea of why Cleopatra of all historical figures.
Scott Snyder/Jock's Wytches.  This was honestly one of the more disturbing horror comics I've read in awhile.
John Layman/Rob Guillory's Chew vol.11: the Last Suppers & Chew vol. 10: Blood Puddin'.  I actually ordered and read vol. 11 and then realized I'd skipped the 10th volume.
Krazy Krow/Rocio Zuchhi's Spinnarette: Crisis in a Bunch of Ohios.  Latest print collection of the supers/humor webcomic.
Kiyohiko Azuma's Yotsuba&! vol.13.  We get to meet Yotsuba's grandmother.

Total: 24


June:
Short Fiction: Harry Turtledove's "Typecasting", A.J. Hartley's "Chains" and Monica Byrne's "Traumphysik".

New Reads:
Cat Valente's Speakeasy.  Roaring 20s plus Faires with Valente lyrical-style.
Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver.  Paranatural-YA with external temparture triggered werewolves.
Ian Thomas Healy's Tusks & the Lion & the Five Deadly Serpents.  "Inception" style dream adventure and 70's era kung fu in Healy's "Just Cause" supers setting.
Naomi Novak's League of Dragons.  The finale for the "Tremaire" series.
Jim Hines' Revisionary.  And another finale, this time for the "Libriomancer" series.
Drew Hayes' Corpies.  I like Hayes' supers books, but they all feel like they could use another editorial pass once they're collected together from his original free chapters online source.
Jennifer Henshaw/Allison Lin (ed) Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft.  There are some really good scifi stories in this collection.  No really.
Ryan North's Romeo and/or Juliet.  I do like that several of the ending options involved the teens just talking to their parents and avoiding a whole lot of deaths.
Andre Norton Cat'seye. Human/animal psychic partnerships.  Different from the "Beastmaster" ones.
Chuck Wendig's Atlanta Burns.  Kind of white-trash "Veronica Mars".  Or maybe Really Angry and VIolent "Nancy Drew".

Reread:
Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men, a Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall Midnight & Shepard's Crown.  Shut up, I'm not crying.  You're crying.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/Rulebooks:
the Dresden Files RPG: Your Story (FATE)
Evan Dahm's Vattu: the Sword & the Sacrament
C. Spike Trotman (ed) New World: An Anthology of Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Jim Zub/Steve Cummings' Wayward vol. 3
Tony Cliff's Delilah Dirk & the King's Shilling.  To England!

Total: 22
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January:
Short Fiction: Seanan McGuire's Snake in the Glass, Ursula Vernon's Razorback and Jim C. Hines' Chupacabra's Song

New Reads:
Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Stairs
Josh Fruhlinger's The Enthusiast
(editors) John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey's the End Has Come:  Third in a triptych of apocalypse-themed short fiction anthologies.  The last focused on post-apoc survival and rebuilding.
Ilona Andrews' Magic Stars: A "Kate Daniels" series novella focused on Derek and Julie.
Tanya Huff's Third Time Lucky: Collection of short comic works about an immortal wizard.
Lexie Dunne's Superheroes Anonymous & Supervillains Anonymous: Gail is nicknamed "Hostage Girl" because villains think she's super-hero Blaze's girlfriend.  And then we he leaves town she ends up getting super-powers herself.
Michelle West's The Broken Crown
Andre Norton's Tales From the High Hallack vol.1: Collection of "Witch World" short stories.
Delilah Dawson/Kevin Hearne/Chuck Wendig's Three Slices:  A short story from each writer's setting.  All with a cheese divination theme.
Kevin Hearne's Staked: Latest "Iron Druid" book with, shockingly, many vampire opponents.

Rereads: None

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Garth Ennis/Jonh Mcrea's The Demon: Hell's Hitman

Total: 13

Febuary:
Short Fiction:  Django Wexler's the Shadow of Elysium, Delia Sherman's the Great Detective, Joe Abercrombie's Two's Company, Seanan McGuire's Velveteen Presents: Action Dude Vs. Doing the Right Thing and Brian McCellan's Ghosts of the Tristan Basin

New Reads:
C.E. Murphy's Baba Yaga's Daughter the Tales of the Old Races:  World building short fiction for Murphy's "Old Races/Negotiatior" series.
N.K. Jemison's the Fifth Season:  Excellent read, even if the flash-back part of the story somewhat overwhelms the "now" bits.
Daniel Polansky's the Builders:  Like if Sam Peckinpah directed a "Redwall" movie.
Peter Clines' Ex-Isle:  Supers vs. zombies AT SEA.
Nicola Griffith's Hild:  Iron age Britain historical fiction yumminess.
Greg Van Eekhout's Dragon Coast:  One more crazy heist, one more group of nasty cannibal wizards.
Michael McCloskey's Trilisk Supersedure
T. Kingfisher's the Raven & the Reindeer: Ursula Vernon's Snow Queen adaptation.
Daniel O'Malley's the Rook:  What if you woke up with no memories of your life but were told you were one of the leaders of England's super-powered, super-secret spy orginization.  Oh and some of your co-workers wanted to kill you for what you used to know.
(editor) Eric Flint's Ring of Fire IV:  Most recent pro-anthology for the "Ring of Fire" series.
Georgette Heyer's the Quiet Gentleman:  I've liked other Regency Romance style books, but this one didn't really work for me.
Sherwood Smith's Whispered Magics:  Collection of Smith's short fiction.
Joe Haldeman's All My Sins Remembered:  Such a depressing ending.  Soooo bleak.

Rereads: None

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
G. Willow Wilson/Adrian Alphona/Dan Slott/Christos Gage/Guiseppe Camuncoli's Ms. Marvel: Last Days vol. 4:  Short arc leading into whatever last year's summer crossover event was, with some Spider-Man team-up filler.
Joe Hill/Gabriel Rodriguez' Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega:  Used part of the tax refund to finally finish up the series.
Stjepan Šejić's Sunstone vol.4:  Argh!  Open lines of communication people!
Joe Casey/Nick Dragotta/Brad Simpson's Vengeance:  Better than average Marvel mini-series that got lost in the Big Events.

Total: 19

March:
Short Fiction:  Seanan McGuire's Swamp Bromeliad & Velveteen Vs. the Consequences of Her Actions, Alyssa Wong's a Fist of Permutations in Lightning & Wildflowers, Melissa Marr's the Maiden Thief, Carrie Vaughn's That Game We Played in War Time, Caighlan Smith's the Weather, Dave Freer's the Changeling & the Phooka and David D. Levine's Discards.

New Reads:
Stephen Leather's Once Bitten:  Meh vampire fic.
Seanan McGuire's Chaos Choreography:  Latest "InCryptid" novel, going back to Verity Price and a reality dance show reuinion.
R.J. Ross' Shadow Boy:  Most recent "Cape High" book that wraps up the Evil Presidential Canidate arc.
(editors) Walt Boyes/Bjorn Hasseler's Grantville Gazette vol.62-64
Ken Liu's Grace of Kings.  The rise from peasant gangster to Emperor.
Orest Stelmuch's the Boy From Reactor 4:  Ukrainian and Russian gangsters, Chernobyl and hockey.
George R.R. Martin's A Knight the 7 Kingdoms:  Collection of the Duncan & Egg/Hedge Knight stories.
Tamora Pierce's Magic Steps, Street Magic, Cold Fire, Shatterglass, the Will of the Empress & Melting Stones.  Bingeing on nearly all the remaining "Circle of Magic"
(editors) Will Shetterly/Emma Bull's Liakek 1:  First in a shared-world anthology series.
Joe K. Lansdale's Savage Season.  Stupid Sundance preview week making me think I could record all of Hap & Leonard so I had to read the book instead.  Good book though.
Jeff Vandameer's Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance:  I heard there was a television adaptation for this trilogy in the works.  If they get it right it will be super-creepy and amazing.
K.J. Parker's Downfall of the Gods.  One goddess' long scam against her pantheon, though I'm unclear as to her motivation.

Rereads: None

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Shannon, Dean & Nathan Hale's Calamity Jack:  Steampunk/fairy tale mash-up sequel to Rapunzel's Revenge
Ananth Hirsh/Yuko Ota's Lucky Penny

Total: 22
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October
Short Fiction: Michael Swanwick's Pyramid of Krakow, Yoon Ha Lee's Variations on an Apple, John Chu's Hold-Time Violations, Malka Older's Tear Tracks, Maria Dahvana Headley's Some Gods of El Paso & Seanan McGuire's the Way Home & Velveteen vs. a Disturbing Number of Crows

New Reads:
Marion G. Harmon's Ronin Games (supers in Japan fighting ghosts and gangsters and kaiju)
Emma Bull's Falcon
Elizabeth Bear's Steles of the Sky (finishing up the Eternal Sky trilogy)
Eric Flint & Andrew Dennis' 1635: Parcel of Rogues (back to England and Scottland and the outlaw Oliver Cromwell)
David Weber's Hell's Fondations Quiver
Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy
Lois McMaster Bujold's Gentleman Jole & the Red Queen (romantic life of the widowed Cordelia Vorksogion)
Steven Gould's Exo (the uses of personal teleportation in furthering the Earth's space programs)
K.B. Spangler's Greek Key (FINALLY KOALA)

Rereads:
Roger Zelazny/Jane Lindskold's Lord Demon

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Kevin Eastman/Tom Waitz/Mateus Santolouco's TMNT: Monsters, Misfits and Madmen: vol. 9
Eric Stephenson/Simon Gane/Jordie Bellaire's They're Not Like Us: Black Holes for the Young: vol.1

Total: 13

November
Short Fiction: Marissa K. Lingren's Point of Origin & Jenna Helland's the Freedom of Navid Leahy

New Reads:
Drew Hayes' Split the Party (more with D&D NPCs turned adventurers)
Sherwood Smith's Rondo Allegro (Austen-ish romance in the Napoleonic war era)
Patrick Weekes' the Paladin Con (I swear this trilogy could have been the D&D campaign John Rogers ran on the set of Leverage)
Amy Plum's After the End (sort of post Apoc psychic YA romance)
Chris A. Jackson's Pirate's Honor (I just recently spotted that there is a sequel to this Pathfinder novel about a pirate and his snake-lady girlfriend)
Jim Butcher's the Aeronauts' Windlass
S.J. Delos' So Not a Hero
A.M. Dellamonica's Indigo Springs
Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice (takes a bit to get going, but once it starts..wow)
Martha Wells' Between Worlds
Cherie Priest's Maplecroft (the further adventures of Lizzie Borden, CoC Investigator)

Rereads:
John DeChancie's Castle Perilous (this was one of those books where I couldn't remember anything about it, but with a couple pages everything came rushing back)
Martha Wells's the Death of the Necromancer (and ditto for this one)

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Dwayne McDuffie/Various artists' Damage Control: Complete Collection (McDuffie, gone too soon)
Jim Zub/Steve Cummings/Ludwig Olimba/Marshall Dillon's Wayward: String Theory: vol.1 & Wayward: Ties That Bind: vol.2
E.K. Weaver's the Less Than Epic Adventures of T.J. and Amal
One Yusuke Murata (John Werry translation)  One-Punch Man vol.1 (cute but didn't manage to really catch hold with me)

Total: 19

December
Short fiction: Kim Stanley Robinson's Oral Agreement, Michael Swanwick's the Phantom in the Maze, Brian Stavely's the Log Goblin & Sean McGuire's Fiber & Velveteen vs. Trick or Treat

New Reads: Sherwood Smith & Rachel Marija Brown's Stranger & Hostage (Bestest Gamma World campaign)
Kate Elliot's Court of Fives
Gail Carriger's Manners & Mutiny (explosively finishing up her Finishing School series)
K.J. Parker's the Folding Knife
Brandon Sanderson's Shadows of Self (more Mist-world Western adventure)
Harry Connolly's Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths (collection of short fiction, including a couple 20 Palaces related works)
Chuck Wendig's Zer0es (like if CSI: Cyber or Skorpion weren't total garbage)
R.J. Ross' Super Girls (more Cape High popcorn)
Jennifer Brozek's (ed)  Human Tales (idea is of fairy tales/urban fantasy stories being told by the monsters.  Nominally with humans as the villains.  Some good stuff in it)
Joel Burdick's No Master Plan Here
Holly Black's Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Rereads:
Andre Norton's the Crystal Gryphon (I scooped up a bunch of classic Norton during some e-sale last year)

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Josh Ulrich's Newman vol.1 (webcomic collection the roommate picked up.  Cute and funny modern fantasy)
John Ostander/Keith Giffen/Various others' Suicide Squad: the Nightshade Odessy: vol.2

Total: 16
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JULY
Short Fiction: John Chu's the Water That Falls On You From Nowhere, David Herter's Islands Off the Coast of Capitola, 1978, Seanan McGuire's Velveteen Presents: Polychrome Vs. the Court of Public Opinion & Not Punching Anyone, Alan Gratz' Join, or Die & Kelly McCullough's the Totally Secret Origin of Foxman.

New Reads:
Katherine Addison's the Goblin Emperor (This quiet and slow-moving book avoids all the normal trappings of fantasy, high politics and yet its so good)
David Drake's the Sea Without a Shore
Paul Cornell's Severed Streets (craziest celebrity cameo ever)
Marie Brennan's A Natural History of Dragons: a Memoir by Lady Trent
Daniel Jose Older's Half Resurrection Blues
Lois McMaster Bujold's Penric's Demon (a Chalion novella)
Rachel Aaron's Nice Dragons Finish Last
Andre Norton's Beastmaster's World (an omnibus of the first two books for the series.  I was surprised that not counting animal companions there are literally no women appearing outside the background in either story)
Harry Turtledove's the Wisdom of the Fox
Django Wexler's the Price of Valor

Rereads:
Sherwood Smith & Dave Trowbridge's Phoenix in Flight, Ruler of Naught & a Prison Unsought (revised e-book editions of Smith & Trowbridge's Exordium series.  The revisions are more noticeable in the first couple books.  Mostly in that originally the series had more of a drop you into everything and just get motivations and much of the world-bullding by inference.  A bit more on the inner voice and exposition this time.  Also dogs.  Additional stuff involving dogs)

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Shaeon Garrity/Jeffrey Wells' Skin Horse Vol. 5 (more mad science fall-out social work.  Also cute, theme park robots)
Kurt Busiek/Benjamin Dewey/Jordie Bellaise/John Roshell's the Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw
David Schlner/Aaron Ginsburg/Wade McIntyre/Juan Jose Ryp's Clone: Second Generation
Dan Slott/Mike & Laura Allred's Silver Surfer: New Dawn (cute and funny cosmic adventures)
Various writers/artists collected in Deadpool Classic vol. 1 (the first couple mini-series and the early New Mutants appearance)
Brian Psehn/Gerry Duggan/Tony Moore's Deadpool: Dead Presidents (right there in the title.  Wade vs. the undead Presidents of the United States)
Ann Nocenti/John Romita Jr/Al Williamson's Daredevil: Lone Stranger (Nocenti's Daredevil run is just straight up bonkers.  This bit has the "Inferno" tie-in where New York literally goes to Hell.  And later Daredevil & Spider-Man fight Mephisto.  Also stuff with the Inhumans going on in the background.  I'm a bit saddened that it doesn't have the issue where Daredevil fights Ultron while armed with a tree branch.)

Total: 21

AUGUST
Short Fiction: Isabel Yap's Milagroso & Michael Swanwick's the Night of the Salamander (Man, Tor better do a collection of these at some point)

New Reads:
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Liaden Universe Constellation Vol. 3 (I'd actually read a couple of these thru Baen's free collections)
Mike Carey's the Girl With All the Gifts (this is both one of the sadder & most hopefull at the same time apocalypse stories I can recall)
Naomi Novik's Uprooted
Brandon Sanderson's Sixth of Dusk
Jason Bulmahn (editor) Pathfinder Occult Adventures (Decided to start including rpg sourcebooks.  At least the fatter main rules and supplements)
Rachel Aaron's One Good Dragon Deserves Another
Ilona Andrews' Magic Shift (Kate & Curran trying to begin their new life seperate from the Pack)
John Scalzi's the End of Everything
Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven (I take it back, THIS is the perfect balance of sadness/hope apocalypse story)
Larry Correia's Monster Hunter Nemesis (Correia may be more than a bit of cry-baby Liberterian butt head, but he writes good pulpy action.)
Lee Goldberg's the Walk
Marko Kloos' Terms of Enlistment, Lines of Departure & Angles of Attack (Some excellent shoot-em-up milfSF)
RJ Ross' Guitar Hero
Joe Abercrombie's Half a War

Rereads:
Sherwood Smith & Dave Trowbridge's the Rifter's Convenant & Throne of Kronos
Kim Newman's Anno-Dracula ($1 e-book sale, plus this edition has a partial annotation of some of the sources)

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
G. Willow Wilson/Takeshi Miyagawa/Maguerite Sauvage's Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed
Gene Luen Yang/Sonny Liew's the Shadow Hero
Pénélope Bagieu/Alexis Siegel (translator) Exquisite Corpse
Matt Fraction/Chris Eliopoulos/David Aja/Jordie Bellaire/Matt Hollingsworth/Francesco Francavilla's Hawkeye: Rio Bravo (with Clints' brother Barney)
Matt Fraction/Gabriel Bá/Cris Peter/Dustin Harbin's Casanova: Avarita
Paul Allor/Andy Kuhn/Nick Filardi/Ronda Pattison/Shawn Lee's TMNT: Mutanimals (A mutant cat & his mutant snapping turtle buddy decide to build a mutant animal army to stop an evil corporation (whose boss looks she is the literal Devil) from mutant animal experiments.)
Brian Clevinger/Scott Wegener/Anthony Clark/Jeff Powell's Atomic Robo Vol. 9: Knights of the Godlen Circle (A Steampunk/Western plus Doc Holiday)
Stjepan Sejic's Sunstone Vol. 3 (D'aaaaaaaw.  Such adorable widdle BDSM lesbians)

Total: 28

SEPTEMBER
Short Fiction: Kendare Blake's the Dogs of Athens, Seth Dickinson's Please Undo This Hurt, Jeff Provine's Kiss From a Queen, Lindsay Smith's Kingmaker & Seanan McGuire's Velveteen Vs. the Melancholy of Autumn.

New Reads:
Scott Meyer's An Unwelcome Quest (three books in and I just lost interest in this series)
Terry Pratchett's the Shepard's Crown (GNU)
Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Saves the World (final "Kitty Norville" book ended up feeling a little too rushed and crammed)
Seanan McGuire's a Red-Rose Chain (Toby Daye: Diplomat is an odd concept)
Paul Cornell's Witches of Lytchford
Elaine Cunningham's Winter Witch (a Pathfinder tie-in novel.  Her romantic pairing here feels a bit more forced than ones in previous D&D tie-in books)
Victor Milan's the Dinosaur Lords (feudal knights riding around on dinosaurs)
Ken St.Andre/Liz Danforth/James Peters (editors) Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls (I'm not sure what edition this actuall ends up being, sixth, seventh?)

Paula Goodlett/Walt Boyes (editor) Grantville Gazette vol. 59-61 (Volume 61 saw Goodlett stepping down to concentrate more on writing for Boyes)
Arianne "Tex" Thompson's Medicine For the Dead
Seth Dickinson's the Traitor Baru Comorant (I'm not sure what about this made me dislike it so much.  But boy did it end up leaving me cold)
Ilona Andrews' Small Magics (an anthology of their short fiction)

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Adam Warren's Empowered Vol. 9 (Emp gets summoned to sit before the Grand Super-Hero Leader Council over the fallout from her and Sistah Spooky's trip to Hell.  Not surprisingly they are mostly a pack of assholes)
Christopher Priest/Various' Black Panther: the Complete Collection (Too. Many. Artistic. Changes.)
Ray Fawkes/Ben Templesmith/Dezi Sienty/Saida Temofonte's Gotham by Midnight: We Do Not Sleep (Gotham's supernatural occurance police squad.  Also I really miss Fell)
Kate Beaton's Step Aside, Pops
David Willis' Dumbing of Age Vol. 4: Amazi-Girl Is Always Prepared For Anything
Josh Lesnick's You Suck

Total: 19
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APR
Short Fiction: Veronica Schanoes' Ballroom Blitz & Usman Malik's the Pauper Prince & the Eucalyptus Jinn

New Reads: Kat Richardson's Sea Witch
Ian Thomas Healy (ed) the Good Fight 2: Villains
Eric Flint/Paula Goodlett (ed) Grantville Gazette VII
Eric Flint/Walter H. Hunt's 1636: the Cardinal Virtues (royal sucession shenannigans all up in France)
Ed McBain's the Last Dance
Harry Connely's a Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark
various authors' Mongoliad vol.2
Diana Wynne Jones' Castle in the Air (I can't believe I never got into Jones as a kid.  She seems like she'd have been right in my wheelhouse)
Bobby Cole's the Rented Mule (too many players meandering over an overcomplicated scheme)

Rereads: George R.R. Martin (ed) Aces Abroad (I do love these reprints with the new stories added in)
Eric Flint/Virginia DeMarce 1634: the Bavarian Crisis
Alan Dean Foster's Icerigger, Mission to Moulikin & the Deluge Drivers (a frozen world with cat people aliens with ice-sailling physical traits)

Graphic Novels/TPBs: various creators - Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman
Adam Warren & various artists - Empowered Unchained
Krazy Krow - Spinerette: Shattered: Vol. 4
Grace Ellis/Noelle Stevenson/Brooke Allen - Lumberjanes: Vol. 1
Mike Maihack - Cleopatra in Space: Vol. 2: the Thief & the Sword

Total:20


MAY
Short Fiction: Lois McMaster Bujold's Winterfair Gifts, Kameron Hurley's Elephants & Corpses, Daniel Jose Older's Ginga, Eric Burns-White's Nemesid & the Sky over L.A. is Yellow/Grey, Sharon Lee & Steven Miller's Chimera & Sherwood Smith's Zapped

New Reads:Jody Lynn Nye's Advanced Mythology
Greg Van Eekhout's Pacific Fire
Matthew Cody/Brian Clevenger's the Pharoah of Hong Kong
Ian Thomas Healy's Champion & Castles
K.B. Spangler's State Machine (more PTSD cyborgs and D.C. politics and yet still no talking koala)
Joe Abercrombie's Half a World
Elizabeth Moon's Deeds of Honor (a collection of Paksworld short stories)
Ruth Downie's Medicus
Peter Brett's the Skull Throne
Judith Tarr's Forgotten Suns (well worth the long wait from when the Kickstarter funded)

Rereads: Lois McMaster Bujold's a Civil Cmapaign, Cryoburn & Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Graphic Novels/TPBs: Paul Tobin/Colleen Coover - Bandette: Vol. 2 Stealers Keepers
G. Willow Wilson/Jacob Wyatt/Adrian Alphona - Ms. Marvel: Vol. 2: Generation Why
Noelle Stevenson - Nimona
Stjepan Sejic - Sunstone: Vol. 2
Kurtis J. Wiebe/Roc Upchurch/Stepan Sejic - Rat Queens: Vol. 2: the Far Reaching Tentacles of N'RyGoth

Total: 20

JUNE
Short Fiction: Courtney Alameda's Trigger, Seanan McGuire's the Star of New Mexico & Velveteen vs.Spring Cleaning, Kelly Ribson's Waters of Versailles & K.B. Rylander's We Fly

New Reads: Wesley Chu's the Deaths of Tao (my only main issue with this series is that real world vs. secret alien masters world are exactly the same.  Meaning the ancient super-genius aliens seem to have zero real effect on anything)
Michael J. Martinez's the Daedalus Incident (a neat mash-up of some near future hard SF with someones Best Ever Space: 1889 campaign.  Because of quantum)
R.J. Ross' Life Light
T. Kingfisher's Bryony & Roses
Lincoln Crisler (ed) Corrupts Absolutely (this anthology of "bad" super-heroes was just a tad too cynical for me)
Paolo Bacigalupi's the Water Knife (and this drought-dystopia was way too grim and cynical for me)
Carrie Harris' Dinopacalypse Forever
Drew Hayes' Superpowereds: Year 3
Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic #1: Sandry, Circle of Magic #2: Tris, Circle of Magic #3: Deja & Circle of Magic #4: Briar
Rereads: David Weber (ed) Beginings
David Weber's the Shadow of Saganami, At All Costs, Storm From the Shadows, Mission of Honor, a Rising Thunder & Shadows of Freedom
David Weber/Eric Flint's Cauldron of Ghosts

Graphic Novels/TPBs: Jeremy Whitley/M. Goodwin/Jung Ha Kim - Princeless: Vol. 1: Save Yourself
J. Whtley/Emily Martin/Kelly Lawrence/Dave Dwonch -  Princeless: Vol. 2: Get Over Yourself
Sabura Uta -Citrus: Vol. 2
Ben Fleuter -  Derelict
Kate Leyh - Supercakes
Jay Faeber/Scott Godlewski/Ron Riley/Thomas Mauer - Copperhead: Vol. 1

Total: 27
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JAN:
Short Fiction:Daniel Jose Older's Kia & Gio, Benjuan Sridvangkavew's And the Burned Moths Remain, David Levine's Damage, Seanan McGuire's Velveteen vs. the Thaw, Forbid the Sea, In Sea-Salt Tears and No Sooner Met; and Cecil Castellucci's Useless Wings

New: Paula Goodlet (editor) on Grantville Gazette vol. 43-45
Jay Kristoff's Stormdancer
Weston Ochs' Reign of Blood (more Seal Team 666, now with Werewolves in Mexico)
Carrie Vaughn's Low Midnight (He's an ex-con monster hunter.  She's the ghost of an adventuress and paranormal investigator living in his head.  They fight crime.)
Warren Hammond'd Kop
Cherie Priest's Jacaranda (a haunted hotel story and post-script to the "Clockwork Century" series)
C,J. Stevens' Shadow Sight
Ben Aaronovitch's Foxglove Summer
C.E. Murphy's Stone's Throe (another "Spirit of the Century" novel.  Featuring Josephine Baker and motorcycle races down the streets of Paris)
Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner (editors) on Games Creatures Play
Patricia Wrede's Caught in Crystal
R.J. Ross' Ditto Ditto
Jim Bernheimer's Secrets of a D-List Super-Villain
David Wesley HIll's At Drake's Command

Rereads:Seanan McGuire's Half-Off Ragnarok
David Weber's A Mighty Army
Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5

Graphic Novels/TPBs:  Michel Fife's Copra: Round One
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa/Francesco Francavilla's Afterlife With Archie: Book 1
Chris Dimess/Matthew Roberts/Owen Gieni's Manifest Destiny: Flora & Fauna (the Lewis & Clark expedition if the journey west involved lots and lots of monsters)
Rick Remender/Matteo Scalera/Dean White's Black Science vol.1 (Extreme Sliders)

Total: 22


FEB:
Short Fiction:Brian McClellan's Return to Honor, Peter Orullian's the Hell of It, Seanan McGuire's Broken Paper Hearts and White as a Raven's Wing and Cat Rambo's Ms. Liberty Gets a Haircut

New: Patricia Wrede's the Raven Ring
Steven Brust's Hawk
Jennifer Matarese's Heroine Addiction
Various Authors' Carniepunk (I can not figure out who is the editor on this excellent urban fantasy anthology is.  Is it Rachel Caine?  Or is she just listed first.)
Jim Hines' Unbound (the finale for his "Libriomancer" trilogy)
Chelsea Quinn Yarbo's Hotel Transylvania (I'd always meant to eventually get around to trying out Yarbo's St. Germain)
Sharon Lee/Steve Miller's Dragon in Exile
Brian McClellan's the Autumn Republic
Terry Pratchett's the Dragons at Crumbling Castle (a collection of his early short fiction)
Erin Hunter's Survivors: the Empty City (a dog point of view post apocalypse story was not as interesting as I'd hoped.  At least not Hunter's version)
Brandon Sanderson's the Rithmatist (another Cosmere world, another magic system)
Harry Connolly's the Way into Chaos
Patrica Brigg's Night Broken

Rereads: none

Graphic Novels/TPBs: Rich Young (editor) Pathfinder Goblins
Kazu Kibuishi (editor) Flight vol. 5 (I'll admit I pretty much bought this just to have a physical copy of Svetlana Chmkova's "On the Importance of Space Travel)
Naomi Novik/Yishari Li's Will Supervillans Be on the Final vol. 1
Saburoata's Citrus vol. 1
Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds
Tom Scioli/John Barber Transformers vs. G.I.Joe vol.1
Arthur DePins' Zombillenium: Gretchen
Kevin Eastman/Tom Watz/Mateus Santojouco/Sophie Campbell's TMNT: City Fell part 2 and TMNT: Northhampton

Total: 22


MARCH:
Short Fiction: Eric Burns-White's Prosperina, Brandon Sanderson's Mitosis and Seanan McGuire's Velveteen vs. the Balance

New: Jody Lynn Nye's Strong Arm Tactics
Seanan McGuire's Pocket Apocalypse (Australia: Extra Deadly Edition)
Patrica Briggs' Dead Heat
Joe Selby's What's Through the Crooked Door? (Sadly the first of Joe's books I beta read and didn't care for)
Paula Goodlett (editor) on Grantville Gazette vol. 56-58 (I'm enjoying these later anthologies more reading them in sets of three)
Brandon Sanderson's Firefight
Alex Bledsoe's He Drank and Saw the Spider
Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes
Scott Westerfeld's Afterworlds
R.J. Ross' Sunny Daze
Heather O'Malley's 300 Rains (Why does no one use contractions Heather?  WHHHHHHHY?)
Blake Petit's the Pyrite War
Phil & Kaja Foglio's Agatha H & the Voice of the Castle

Rereads:Terry Pratchett's Small Gods and Nation (*sniffle*)

Graphic Novels/TPBs:James Tynion IV/Michael Dialynas' the Woods vol.1
John Layman/Rob Guillory's Chew: Chicken Tenders vol.9 (Just DAMN at the ending)
Various creators' TMNT: Villains Micro-Series vol.1 & 2
Christopher Baldwin's Little Dee Anthology vol.1 & 2

Total: 20
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Fell behind on doing these while having the computer problems.  So just a quick listing for the final three months, rather than the regular thumbnails.

OCT:
Short fiction: Kelly Barnhill's Mrs. Sorensen & the Sasquatch, Tim Roesch's Letters Home, Elizabeth Bear's This Chance Planet and Max Gladstone's a Kiss With Teeth.

New: Carolyn McCray's Plain Jane - Brunettes Beware.
Timothy Zahn's the Backlash Mission
Brandon Sanderson's the Emperor's Soul and Steelheart
Chris Wooding's Retribution Falls
Tim Power's the Stress of Her Regard
RJ Ross' Fire Hazard
Marion Harmon's Small Town Heroes
David Weber/Zahn's a Call to Duty
Flint/David Drake's In the Heart of Darkness, Destiny's Shield, Fortune's Stroke, the Tide of Victory and the Dance of Time
Michael Stackpole's Crusader's Road

Rereads: Eric Flint's 1635: the Eastern Front, 1636: the Saxon Uprising
Flint/David Carrico's 1636: the Devil's Opera
Terry Pratchett's Raising Steam
Brandon Sanderson's Elantris
G.R.R. Martin's (ed) Fort Freak

Graphic Novels/TPB: Paul Pope/Jt Petty/David Rubin's the Rise of Aurora West
Chris Schweizer's Crogan's Loyalty
Spike Trotman & Johanna Draper Carlson's (ed) Smut Peddler 2014
Brennan Lee Mulligan & Molly Ostertag's Strong Female Protaganist v.1
Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnado's Blacksad: Amarillo

Total: 27


NOV:
Short fiction: Seanan McGuire's Velveteen vs. Global Warming, Oh Pretty Bird, Bury Me in Satin and Snakes & Ladders
Carrie Vaugh's Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza
John L. Howard's Goon Squad #7: Dead Man Tells Tale

New:  Richard Morgan's the Dark Defiles
G.R.R.Martin & Melissa Snodgrass' (ed) Lowball
Elizabeth Bear & Emma Bull's (ed) Shadow Unit vol. 1 -15
Jim Bernheimer's Rider & Sorceress
Paula Goodlett & Gorg Huff's 1636: the Barbie Consortium
Neal Asher's Line War
Martha Wells' Element of Fire
T. Kingfisher's the 7th Bride

Rereads: Flint/Goodlett/Huff's 1636: the Vienna Waltz
Flint/Charles Gannon's 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies

Graphic Novels/TPB: G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona's Ms. Marvel: No Normal
Jeff Lemire's Essex County
Eichiro Oda's One Piece, East Blue, Baroque Works, Skypiea, Water 7, Thriller Bark, Sabaody, Impel Down and Paramount War

Total: 37


DEC:
Short Fiction: Walter Jon Williams' Prompt. Professional. Pop!
Seanan McGuire's Velveteen Presents - the Princess vs. Public Relations
Sabrina Vourvoulias' Skin in the Game

New: Martha Wells' Death of the Necromancer
Gail Carriger's Waistcoats & Weaponry
Patricia Wrede's Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches and Harp Imach Thyssel
Joan Samson's the Auctioneer
Brian McCellan's Murder at the Kinnen Hotel
Ben H. Winter's Bedbugs
Jaye Wells' Cursed Moon
Elliot James' Charming

Graphic Novels/TPB: Ted Naifeh's Princess Ugg vol.1
Reed Waller, Kate Worley & James Vance's Complete Omaha the Cat Dancer vol.8
Rich Burlew's Order of the Stick: Blood Runs in the Family
Stepjan Sejic's Sunstone vol.1

Total: 15
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Only three free-range short pieces for September.  The GOON Squad Summer Special 2014 by Jonathan L. Howard is several short shorts showcasing brief interludes for the main characters of his "GOON Squad" series.  Kendare Blake's When Gods & Vampires Roamed Miami has a retired goddess being mistaken for a vampire by would-be child-of-the-night.  And finally Lavie Tidhar's Selfie is a quick little horror piece involving a cell-phone haunt...

Of Limited Loyalty is the second of Michael Stackpole's "Crown Colonies" books, an alt history of the American Revolution with magic and dragons and necromantic pre-human races.  Well building up to the American Revolution.at least...

Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings and Words of Radiance are the first two of his "Stormlight Archive" books.  Where he goes all-out for the Big Epic Fantasy, with these being the first of a ten-book series, as well as having them tie-in to a many worlds "Cosmere" setting that seems to involve the majority of his other fiction.  Sanderson delivers perfectly on the Epic Fantasy with a sprawling cast, betrayals, mysteries and of course plenty of Big Damn Hero moments for his leads...

C.M. Priest's Maplecroft takes the Lizzie Borden story drops it into a Call of Cthulu campaign.  Let us just say that she had some very defensible reasons for taking an axe to her father and stepmother...

Seanan McGuire continues her "Tobey Daye" series with the Winter Long.  Where someone thought dead returns, old alliances and friendships are shaken and beliefs about her enemies motivations are torn down...

It has been many years since I'd last read Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Moving Castle and I'd forgotten how really, really good it was...

Conservation of Shadow is a collection of scifi and fantasy stories by Yoon Ha Lee.  All heavy on the metaphor and stylistic reintirpitation of South Asian history...

Arianne "Tex" Thompson's One NIght in Sixes is another alternate American history.  This time with her fantasy setting being the American Old West and a dangerous border town...

Stephen Baxter's Stone Spring has an interesting setting, a lush forested area now under the waters of the North Sea.  But his prehistoric peoples can kind of be summed up by saying life was short and often brutal and everything smelled like farts.  I just couldn't invest myself in any of his characters...

Orbus is another of Neal Asher's "Polity" books with increased focus on the alien Prador and dangerous secrets revealed on the history of the world of Spatterjay.  Plus lots of high end scifi gun fights...

Carla Speed McNeal's latest "Finder" trade is mostly a collection of the shorter pieces she did for Dark Horse Presents.  But Finder: Third World includes a few new sections, plus her usual in-depth footnoting and, BONUS, all in color...

Patrick Weekes follows up his delightful fantasy/caper book, the Palace Job, with the Prophecy Con.  The sequel also manages to both be a Epic Stakes fantasy story as well as a fast-paced caper story...

Dis Enchanted by Robert Kroese is a moderately entertaining fantasy story that wants to be a boffo fantasy comedy.  It was a cheap e-book and a fairly quick read...

Total Books: 14
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Short Fiction: Ray Wood's In the Sight of Akresa is a fairly depressing story about denying your true self and letting your lies damn those you care about.  Then issues four thru six of John L. Howard's supers series Goon Squad.  And finally Hero of Five Points by Alan Gratz is an entertaining bit of "Gangs of New York" steampunk style that serves as an intro to his full length novel series...

Jaye Wells' Dirty Magic is a better-than-average urban fantasy/police procedural.  With the War on Potions replacing the War on Drugs...

At the Queen's Command is the first in a trilogy by Michael Stackpole, a fantasy alt history for the American Colonial period.  The conflict here is the equivilant to the French/Indian War with the names changed...

The latest Ring of Fire  book is from the team of Eric Flint, Georg Huff and Paula Goodlett, 1636: the Vienna Waltz.  Mostly set up for bigger events still to come and shake out from mainline events.  Still I enjoyed seeing the mostly grown up Barbie Consortium and Sewing Circle entranpeneurs...

The Illana Andrews finally have Kate meet her dad in the latest "Kate Daniels" novel, Magic Breaks.  Where I think the main lesson is that he's basically an asshole DM who likes to show off his latest crazy-ass dungeon design...

The Widow's House continues Daniel Abraham's "the Dagger and the Coin", with more heroic bankers vs. the evil empire and its mad priest hood.  Also a depressive dragon...

Bluebell Hall by Kayla Basha is a cute little YA romance set at a magical girls school...

I think what draws me to the cheaper self-puplished supers stuff like R.J. Ross's Steampunk Time (latest "Cape High") is nostalgia for being college age and part of the "Superguy" mailing list.  Though this latest of Ross' fluffy supers series does go a beat deeper into the world building..

The weirdest/intresting-est bit of old Ed McBain "87th Precinct" crime books like Fuzz is police work data tracking in a pre-computerized era...

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins is difficult to sumarize.  Its a bit magical alt history with what seems to be a Russian perspective.  And some spies vs. revolutionaries with alien god-like beings in the background.  Intriguing but not a quick read...

T. Kingfisher is a pen name for Ursula Vernon, creator of the great ended webcomic DiggerToad Words & other Stories is a wonderful collection of her fairy tale inspired short fiction...

Scott Meyer's Off to be the Wizard and Spell or High Water are fantasy books where wizards are all people who basically stumbled onto the computer cheat codes for reality...

Finally Chris Moriarty's Spin State is the start of a scifi trilogy where the main FTL transportation slowly degrades your memory.  Leaving people dependant on electronic back-ups to maintain the accuracy of their own past.  This book concentrates on a military commando forced to confront the past she hoped to have buried in order to solve a murder and keep a political crisis from blowing up...


Total Books: 14
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Looking over the non-collected short fiction to start, beginning with N.K. Jemisin's Playing Nice With God's Bowling Ball which is about a police investigation of some super-science gone wrong involving young kids.  Steve White's the Last Secret of Mary Bowser is a sort of side story to what I think is his normal time travel war series.  I think.  What I do know is it doesn't feature near enough Mary Bowser, an African-Amercian woman who served as Union spy in the home of Jefferson Davis during the Civil War.  The Penitent Damned is a prequel to Django Wexler's "Shadow Campaigns" series.  And the Face in the Window and Servant of the Crown are more prequel stories for Brian McCellan's "Powder Mage" trilogy.  Max Gladstone's the Angelus Guns is a high concept story involving many worlds theory, an angelic civil war and a sister trying to save her brother.  Ursula Vernon examines modern living as a supernatural woman with the Day My Grandmother Exploded.  I'm not normally a fan of Adam Christopher, but I do enjoy noir stories involving robots like his Brisk Money.  Jonathan L Howard's Goon Squad stories are a mostly monthly supers serial done all in prose.  Enjoyable government cape squad stuff, and I finished the first three in July...

Sophie Goldstein & Jenn Jordan's webcomic Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell was a wonderful sometimes dark comedy in a world where the mythological and fantastic mixes with the everyday.  And where protagonist Darwin Carmichael has to work constantly to try and improve his karmic balance after accidently giving the reincarnated Dali Lama brain damage.  Glad to have kickstarted and recieved the print collected omnibus...

Greg VanEekhaut's California Bones is a creepy urban fantasy where magicians can gain powers by ingesting the bones of extinct magical creatures.  And others take that further by ingesting the flesh and bones of other magicians.  The book is a heist story with a talented magician having to re-assemble his old crew to rob the vault of the ruthless and deadly ruler of California...

Adrian Tchaikovsky finishes up his "Shadows of the Apt" series with Warmaster's Gate where the Wasp Empire again goes after Collegium, while the Empress investigates an ancient power.  And then it all comes to a giant climax with Seal of the Worm with everyone, Imperial, Collegiate, Apt, InApt falling under the returned threat of the Centipedes...

I'm glad Robots Vs. Slime Monsters popped up on my kindle recommended list.  Because I'd manage to totally miss A. Lee Martinez doing a kickstarter to fund this collection of short fiction sequels to many of his books...

Shattered is the latest in Kevin Hearne's "Iron Druid" series.  The main focus this time is split between Atticus helping his original teacher adapt to the modern age and his apprentice investigating the death of her archeologist father.  Plus Loki.  And a traitor among the Tuath(a) Dé Danann...

John Scalzi's latest is Lock In a near future murder mystery where the lead character telecommutes from their totally paralyzed body to a robot drone to work as an FBI agent...

Probably the best of the short stories in Tanya Huff's He Said, Sidhe Said anthology is the title one, a retelling of Tam Lin involving skate punks and the Fae...

After reading Jim Bernheimer's prequel Origins of a D-List Super Villain, I of course had to go back and re-read his Confessions of a D-List Super Villain...

Django Wexler's second "Shadow Campaigns" novel, the Shadow Throne has Crown Princess with a deadly secret, student revolutionaries, dockside gangs, an evil spymaster and a female soldier disguised as a male disguised as a woman...

Another prequel, this time Twenty Palaces by Harry Connolly, to his "Twenty Palaces" urban fantasy series.  Got this one as a kickstarter reward for his Epic Fantasy With No Dull Bits project...

I liked that short story way up at the top by N.K. Jemisin that I picked up her the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.  Great book and great setting.  Big, epic stuff...

Pair of finales.  Ben Winter's finishes up his "Last Policeman" trilogy with World of Trouble.  Which manages to be as uplifting and sad as a series where the Earth gets hit by a comet at the end can be.  C.E. Murphy finishes up her "Urban Shaman" series with Shaman Rising, which has the final confrontation against the Dark God culminating back in Seattle and has call-backs and cameos by pretty much everyone from the whole series...

Weston Ochse's Velvet Dogma is an old school style cyberpunk novel.  With the main twist being that people are essentially born owing their bodies after death for organ donation...

Darryl Gregory's We Are All Completely Fine centers around a support group for the survivors of what are essentially horror movies...

Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales: Africa Edition, is a wonderful collection of comics telling fables and folk stories from various African traditions, edited by Kel McDonald and Taneka Stotts...

And finally I was surprised and how well Joe Abercrombie does YA-Fantasy with Half a King.  It still has that distinctive Abercrombie mud & blood flavor but with a lighter touch for a younger target reader...

Total books: 20
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Short story wise for back in May we had the Litany of the Earth by Ruthanna Emyrs a CoC mythos story on faith from the perspective of the near human.  The Steel Soldiers' Gambit by Ian Thomas Haley, part of reading the remainder of his "Just Cause" supers series, where a robot bluffs a mentalist at a poker game.  And then a tale of artistry, obsession and justice with Walking Stick Forest by Anna Tambour...

Decided to start adding in a few of the trade/graphic novels for the month.  At least the ones that feel note-worthy.  Starting with Andre the Giant: Life & Legend by Box Brown.  Excellent biography, well worth getting.  Then we've got The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by Gerard Way & Shaun Simon (words) and Becky Cloonan (draws).  Which is a story of rebellion and sex robots and humanity vs. safety.  And finally Mike Maihack gets a collection of his webcomic Cleopatra in Space.  Well, more an expansion then a collection.  This (hopefully) first volume covers the origin of the time-plucked space heroine...

John Allyn's 47 Ronin is far from the first adaptation of the Japanese historical folk-tale.  But at least his doesn't have Keanu Reeves as a half-breed wizard.  Or whatever the movie was about.  Ok book though...

I may start putting off getting the Goodlett edited Grantville Gazette's until I can buy them in big blocks once or twice a year.  Because once again I can't remember much of anything from this volume without pulling up my copy...

Sparrow Hill Road by Sean McGuire is a ghost story and a collection of road stories and a love story.  Also sort-of an "InCryptid" novel, but only a bit...

After reading Neil Gaiman's M is for Magic collection I swear I'd already read it.  I've probably just run across several of the stories in other collections.  The one about the cat and the devil I've definitely read somewhere else...

Blake Crouch's Grab (though my copy says Snatch) is the third "Letty Dobesh" story.  This time recovering addict Letty ends up in Vegas recruited as part of a multi-million job targeting a legendary thief...

I ended up giving up on Chad Leito's the Academy, some kind of dystopian future, super-soldier training, deadly cabal yadda yadda thing.  Nothing in the first third managed to really hold my interest...

So after reading the prequel to Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel, Stranger to Command, I reread the former.  Again.  Because I'm always curious to see if more information on the antagonist of the first half of the book makes me want to smack them in the gob less.  And because this reread involved the expanded e-edition, which adds several viewpoint changes of pivotal scenes, this actually happened.  Mostly because you can know see the character thinking about how he is completely fucking up every encounter he has with book's female lead...

As mentioned earlier, I grabbed up the remainder of Ian Thomas Healy's "Just Cause" supers series.  Day of the Destroyer, the Archmage, Just Cause Omnibus and Jackrabbit.  I think I liked the last one the most, where a teen has to fight an alien invasion after getting divinely empowered by the god Rabbit.  Giving him super-rabbit powers...

Chuck Wendig's psychic heroine "Mirriam Black" takes a visit to the Florida Keys to face another crazy with their own twisted psychic gift in Commorant...

Bonnie Shimko's You Know What You Have to Do left me feeling sad and unsatisfied.  Mostly because the ending didn't feel..finished really...

Elizabeth Bear's Shattered Pillars very much scales up the tension and conflict of her "Eternal Sky" series.  As a middle book should...

Jim Butcher's latest "Dresden Files" book Skin Game brings back the Denarians, with Harry forced by his service to Winter to work with them on a heist of the vault of Hades...

I sort of feel that Elizabeth Moon's Crown of Renewal shouldn't have quite so many unfinished plot hooks lieing around in it, if its actually meant a finale for her "Paksworld" series...

I'm not sure what lead me to backing Kelly Thompson's Kickstarter for her Storykiller book.  Its a good book, one of those All Stories are Real kind of things.  Mashed up with some Chosen Girl butt-kickery.  Sort of a Fables meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I just wasn't familiar with any of her previous work.  Probably did it from a rec from someone whose work I follow more closely...

And finally finished the month with another rereading of Lois McMaster Bujold's Captain Vorpatrill's Alliance.  Of the various "Vor" books I'd say I still like A Civil Campaign best, but CVA is the one I've been going back to the most frequently.  Flustered Ivan is even better than flustered Miles I guess...

Total Books: 22
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I don't know what it was about that month, but I barely read anything.  And its not like I was stuck on some door-stopper of a book.  So starting with the free-range short fiction is Kai Ashante Wilson's the Devil in America a depressing look at white-on-black violence.  And I mean wiping out entire towns level of violence.  Then Something Going Around by Harry Turtledove, which posits a parasitic infection causing unexpected suicides.  Sad and creepy.  Carrie Vaughn's the Best We Can presents the difficulty of science funding and global cooperation even in the face of potentially world changing opportunities.  Cold Wind by NIcola Griffith is old myths in the modern world and the relationship of predator and prey.  Finally Dale Bailey's the End of the End of Everything looks at the very concept of art at the end of the world.  Which actually ends up being a little hopeful despite all the nihilism...

The Girl Who Would Be King by Kelly Thompson is split between two super-powered women, linked together and forced to fill roles of Good vs. Evil.  Got it as part of a kickstarter for another book by Thompson...

Blackcollar is a military scifi story from Timothy Zahn.  With the titular group being super-ninja commandos brought out of hiding to continue the fight against mankinds alien conquerors.  I do literally mean super-ninjas 'cause their elite combat skills involve bypassing weapons detection using nunchaku and throwing stars.  Still enjoyable enough that I'll eventually pick up more of the series...

Daddy's Girl is another of R.J. Ross' "Super High" books.  With another super-villain daughter, though this one is definitely more Real Bad Guy than some of the previous bad guy parents.  Also time travel...

John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids is an old-school scifi/horror end of the world story.  With a disaster that turns much of the world blind and thus easy prey for the killer mutant plants that had been grown everywhere as a fuel source...

Beyond Dinopacalypse by Chuck Wendig is the middle part of the tie-in book trilogy for Evil Hat's "Spirit of the Century" rpg.  With the various pulp heroes getting to see the resulting psychic dinosaur overrun world that results of them not stopping the bad guys in the 1st book.  But time travel.  Because of crystals or something.  Meaning another chance to stop it all from happening.  Though I was a little sad to learn that Wendig's growing success means he won't be able to finish up the trilogy.  He's very positive on his replacement though.  Also from the "Spirit of the Century"  tie-in is Stephen Blackmoore's Khan of Mars which is basically what if Gorilla Grodd's Hero Son Went to a E.R.Burrough's style Mars to fight a Evil Witch.  Or maybe its a more Flash Gordon-esque Mars.  Very, very pulpy either way....

Treecat Wars is the next in David Weber and Jane Lindskold's Honor-verse prequels.  This one is more teen angst than the first, but still plenty of treecats.  Also debates on interactions between researchers and their groups studied and risks and cross-cultural contamination...

Max Gladstone's Three Parts Dead is a pretty darn good murder mystery, high fantasy.  Looking foward to grabbing more of the series when I've got some extra cash again.  Though I read that the number of the titles indicates where in the setting's timeline each individual book is set.   Meaning this first novel, chronologically is somewhere in the middle of the series...

And finally Rags & Bones, edited by Melissa Marr and Timothy Pratt, is a collection of short fiction writes a story springing from a Classic story that inspired them.  Plus some excellent page-spreads by Charles Vess doing the same, except more visually...

Total Books:10
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The majority of the short fiction this time around comes from me finally getting around to putting all of Sean McGuire's free stories on the old Kindle.  All pretty good, though a few could have used some extra work going from opening chapter to complete but related story.  But still, lot of free stories; One Hell of a Ride, No Place Like Home, Married in Green, Sweet Poison Wine, the First Fall, Loch & Key, We Both Go Down Together, Ghosts of Bourbon Street, Blocked and Black as Blood.  All are part of her InCryptid series.  The latest novel of which, Half-Off Ragnarok, is what got me jonesing to grab all the tie-in stories I hadn't gotten around to...

R.J. Ross' Cape High is, not to surprisingly, another supers e-series.  And like a lot of them, they start out rocky but improve as the books progress.  Each book of teen-age supers branches to a new view point character.  I got the first four; Super-Villain Dad, America's Grandson, Hello Kitty and Don't Know Jack along with the start of a tie-in short story series, Black Cat Files: the Trial...

And I only read one of Tor.com's free fiction pieces in April, Anyway Angie by Daniel Jose Older.  Very nice near future dystopia/horror story.  Manages that whole introduce a potential series thing without just feeling like an overstuffed introductory chapter.  I'm hoping Older does put out more of this...

David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt's Heaven's War continues their trilogy of a mixed group of humans kidnapped during a first contact situation.  This second book moves around in focus a lot between the various stolen people from both the American and Indian space centers.  And gives up the motivations of the conflicting alien groups...

Maker Space is K.B. Spengler's latest e-novel bridging the time jump gap of her webcomic, a Girl & Her Fed.  More conspiracies, cyborgs and police work.  Though still no talking koala...

I've know read enough of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liaden series that I can mostly figure out where the various stories in their second Constellation omnibus should fit in the greater narrative.  Which is a plus, since most of them drop you into their space opera setting pretty cold...

Another ok volume of the Grantville Gazette edited by Paula Goodlett.  But nothing in this 53rd volume that captured my interest like the musicians, Russian, Americas colonies or Sewing Circle/Barbie Consortium series.  I was more pleased with the e-arc of 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies by Eric Flint & Charles Gannon.  Lots of pirates and politics and naval battling...

Mur Lafferty's Ghost Train to New Orleans is an enjoyable second novel in her Shambling Guide series.  Good mix of world-building and character driven drama...

I picked up Ruth Downie's Persona Non Grata on a whim when it was a Kindle Daily Deal I believe.  Its an enjoyable mystery in a Roman Empire setting.  I could see picking up more of them if I find them on the cheap.  And I didn't have a giant electronic pile of unread books still...

Raising Steam is not one of Pratchett's better Discworld books.  But neither is among the least.  Like many of the recent in the series it has a feeling that the author wants to get as much down and into the series before he can't write anymore.  And while Moist doesn't seem to have the focus of his previous two books, that fits a character whose base motivations have changed so drastically from his original introduction.  Andof course even average Pratchett is better than no Pratchett...

Finished up the final part of Debra Doyle and James McDonald's original MageWorlds trilogy.  And while their space opera setting was nice enough I don't think I'll be picking up more of the expanded series.  I may eventually take a look at some of their other fiction series...

I very much liked Tad Williams Celestial noir novel the Dirty Streets of Heaven.  And when I have the extra funds its' sequel is definitely on my list of books to pick up.  It is a somewhat lengthy list though...

Finished out the month with the most recent door blocker anthology from editors George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, Dangerous Women.  Generally good to excellent collection of fiction.  And I definitely got thru it faster than I did their Jack Vance tribute anthology...

Total Books: 17
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And another year of just getting these under the wire of my own self-imposed time limit.  First finished book of the year was Kate Elliott's Cold Steel, which finished up her alt history/fantasy "Cold Magic" trilogy.  With gods and ghouls and dragons and rebellions...

Did a reread of Snuff after picking up a cheap e-copy.  Still fun but definitely the weakest of the "Vimes/Watch" books of Pratchett's Discworld...

Another new Grantville Gazette e-book, with volume 51 still edited by Paula Goodlett.  And the current cycle of stories continues to really catch hold of me.  I mean I like the polygamous German noble and his family and friends, but not where I want the stories collected or to have full length books like I did with the Sewing Circle/Barbie Consortium, Musicians or Russians...

Then got into a new supers writer, Kevin Hardman.  Sensation introduces his teen hero (from another highly regulated supers setting) Kid Sensation who is trying to have a second attempt at joining the high school hero community.  After a disaster of a first go.  Mutation has Kid Sensation at the supers high school in its own pocket dimension.  And Infiltration has him going undercover with a new super-villain mob.  Enjoyable, but the writer is constantly having to handicap his lead after loading him down with half the super-powers out there...

Six-Gun Snow White is a Western revamp of the classic fairy tale by Catherynne M. Valente.  Full of Valente's rich, evocative descriptions and vibrant setting and heart-breaking characters...

The John Joseph Adams & Douglas Cohen edited Reimagined Oz is a strong collection of new takes on the Oz setting.  I'm glad I'd read more of the original Oz series before though.  Also a lot of dystopian Oz stories in the collection...

Finally got around to On Stranger Tides the Tim Powers novel they loosely adapted into both the first and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  Great stuff for those wanting pirates and magic and revenge and Blackbeard and sword fights and such...

Francessco Marciuliano's two collections of poetry written by pets, I Could Pee on This and I Could Chew on This are quick, little fun books.  Like poem versions of those voiced-over cat or dog YouTube videos...

A new "Ex" supers vs. zombies book from Peter Clines, Ex-Communication with the heroes of the previous volumes living in a world with neither supers or zombies...

After the disappointing sort of Twin Peaks/Prisoner book from Blake Crouch I was much happier with Sunset Key.  A very noir-ish about a ex-junkie thief who gets hired to seduce and rob a wealthy investment banker type on his private island before he goes to federal prison...

I honestly don't know what prompted me to get the e-book of Tales From the Cobra Wars, a G.I. Joe anthology edited by Max Brooks.  Some of the stories were dumb, some were interesting  and all leave you frustrated with how in a military/espionage series the main terrorist bad guys are uncatchable or kill-able.  Still the bonus story at the end with the Joe's PTSD therapist almost makes it worth the 4 or 5 bucks I probably paid for the book...

You know what is disappointing about Karin Lowachee's Gaslight Dogs?  Not the alt earth/fantasy setting.  Or the characters.  Or the magic.  Or the mysterious church gunslingers hinted at.  No, its that apparently the book wasn't popular enough that the writer thinks she'll ever go back to the series to put out a second book...

Cauldron of Ghosts is the soon to be latest of the Eric Flint/David Weber "Honorverse" books from the super-spy section of that setting.  Good if you're a fan of the series, definitely not the book to introduce or win back someone who isn't though...

Countdown City is Ben H. Winter's sequel to his Last Policeman.  In this one Hank Palace agrees to try and find a missing husband even though he's no longer a cop and the world is set for an apocalyptic asteroid collision in 74 days...

Seanan McGuire into the modern fairy tale style of urban fantasy with Indexing, about a government agency of people afflicted with storybook lives who try to keep the rest of the world safe from same.  Secretly.  My favorite throwaway line was probably how the agency made sure to never make a payday error for the young woman who was Indexed as a Pied Piper...

Chuck Wendig's Under the Empyrean Sky is a dystopian future, where America is a blighted wasteland covered in mutated corn.  With various villages eking out an existence while being overlorded by flying city people...

Mike Shevdon's latest "Feyre" novel the Eighth Court ends up being a Break the Board and Restart the Game kind of book...

And ended the month with Jasper Fforde's the Song of the Quarkbeast, a sequel to his Last Dragonslayer YA book.  Offbeat and very Jasper Ffordery...

Also in January the usual collection of of uncollected short fiction.  Extraction is Kid Sensation story from Hardman, with his lead and friends rescuing some kids from a super-secret government facility.  And Jessica Brody's the Intelligence Director is a similar story, but feels more like the opening chapter to full-length book.  Which always annoys me with a short story.  The Pain of Others by Blake Crouch is a prequel to previously mentioned Sunset Key, with a murder-for-hire story where the actual bad guy changes up during the story.  Ken Liu's Reborn is post-alien invasion story of the benevolent conqueror style.  And the Cartography of Sudden Death by Charlie Jane Anders is future setting time travel adventure...

Total: 21
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Jan: 27 + Feb: 16 + Mar: 22 + Apr: 11 + May: 21 + June: 23 + July: 17 + Aug: 18 + Sept: 17 + Oct: 18 + Nov: 21 + Dec: 15 =
Total: 226

Second smallest total.

Previous Year Past Totals -
'06: 246
'07: 211
'08: 247
'09: 296
'10: 272
'11: 294
'12: 268

Looking back over the year I don't think I've ever got into and then burned out on a series as quickly as I did binging on the "Kris Longknife" books.  I still like that idea of using actual ice as space armor vs. lasers...

Ben H. Winters' Last Policeman and Daniel Abraham's "the Dagger & the Coin" are probably the two stand-outs for new finds from the year, though there were quite a few other good books...

From the free range short fiction the ones that still stick with me the most are probably Joe Hill's Twittering From the Circus of the Dead which still creeps me out, the steampunk/Western Terrain, by Genevieve Valentine is one where I most want to see a full length story or series and Eric Burns-White Prosperina reminds me how much I wish he didn't so frequently fade away from writing online...
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Time to get the final list for '13 done.  Starting with the free range short fiction.  John Scalzi gives a tale of obsession and science with Muse of Fire.  Mari Ness' In the Greenwood gives a new slant on the Sherwood myth.  Hope's End and the Girl of Hrusch Avenue are a pair of "Gunpowder Magic" stories by Brian McClellan (read to wait for the arrival of the 2nd book in that series).  The Christmas Show by Pat Cadigan is probably the most upbeat of the seasonal short stories, despite the ghosts and unexpected death.  Though for a "Laundry Files" story Charles Stross' Overtime manages a bit of cheer amidst the forebodings of world destroying doom.  Jim Hines gives a bloody and grim follow up to all those Rankin-Bass specials with Crimson Frost.  Then Sean McGuire's Velveteen vs. Hypothermia checks in with her titular super-hero as she begins her time paying back the Holidays for their help.  And finally a non-seasonal piece from Neil Gaiman gives an almost whimsical Cthulu mythos tale with I, Cthulu...

Started the month by finally getting to Brian McClellan's Promise of Blood the first of his "Gunpowder Magic" novels.  A grim look at overthrowing monarchies and ignoring old prophecies.  But gripping and I'm impatiently awaiting the next book's release...

Then got around to catching up on C.E. Murphy's "Urban Shaman" series.  Spirit Dance has mechanic-turned cop-turned shaman Walker gets a magical night out seeing a dance troupe that gets weird even by her standards.  And then involves murder and a possible werewolf.  Then in Raven Calls its back to Ireland and her dead mom plus time travel and the Celtic pantheon.  No Dominion is a short story collection, concentrating on various side characters throughout the series.  And then the latest, Mountain Echoes, with Walker going back to her "home" on the Rez to help in the search for missing father, ex-boyfriend and the son she gave up as a teenager...

Janet Evanovich's latest "Stephanie Plum" book, Takedown Twenty, is a stronger entry than the previous in this sereis, though its still one of the weaker books.  Even with a giraffe running around in it...

Exodus Towers and the Plague Forge complete Jason M. Hough's "Dire Earth Cycle" trilogy.  With several game changing alien mysteries, regime changes, Immune raiders and final reveal of Why for the alien motivations that makes a certain amount of sense and draws things to a close while leaving a window open for follow up stories...

Two more "Oz" stories by Baum and adapted by Shanowar and Young with Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz and the Road to Oz.  The first has Dorothy reuniting with the Wizard to take a journey thru neighboring fairy lands to return to Oz thanks to an earthquake during a trip to California. The latter has Dorothy and Toto making another return trip, this time alongside magical hobo the Shaggy Man...

The first of Debra Doyle and James McDonald's "MageWorld" books, the Price of the Stars, read kind of like an adaptation of Star Wars if someone had only gotten a synopsis of the original poster art after being translated thru several languages.  Luckily that ends up being pretty great space opera and hopefully the rest of the series is as enjoyable...

The Kerrie L. Hughes edited Hex in the CIty is part of the "Fiction River" e-anthology line.  With an InCryptid tale from Seanan McGuire, as well as Jay Lake, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Nancy Holder and others...

C.M. Priest finishes up her "Clockwork Century" series with Fiddlehead.  Where a ramshackle A.I's predictions may lead to peace between the Union and Confederacy if it isn't derailed by war profiteers.  And if it isn't all too late in the growing menace of the shambling undead...

And I finished the month with the disappointing Pines by Blake Crouch.  A bit Twin Peaks, a bit of the Prisoner and maybe even some Bioshock.  Which may be the perfect mash-up for someone else.  Me I found the science dumb, the reveal aggravating and the epilogue frustrating.  My Crouch book, Run, was good enough that I'm going to try one of his other series a chance.  But I'm done with this one...

Total books: 15
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Looking over my November list I'm only seeing four free-range short stories.  Andy Merino's grotesque transformation story of a pioneer journey in the Oregon Trail Diary of Willa Porter.  Then Benjamin Rosenbaum's bureaucracy and social media during the zombie apocalypse in Feature Development for Social Networking.  Su Yee Lin has a dreamscape style quest in 13 Steps in the Underworld.  And finally Michael Swanwick has another of his "Mongolian Wizard" stories set in a fantasy alternate history World War with House of Dreams...

Actually started the month with Paolo Bacigalupi's YA zombies & the meat packing industry book, Zombie Baseball Beatdown.  Followed by volume 50 of the Grantville Gazette (edited by Paula Godlett) one of the less memorable and slight collections.  I honestly had to go back and look to remember any of the stories in it...

Veteran mystery writer Janet Evanovich teams with long time tv and novel mystery writer Lee Goldberg with the Heist.  The pair craft a competent and entertaing (if overused concept) cop and crook team up to take down a bigger Bad...

American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett is creepy and gripping mix of small town Americana, Cthulhu-style alien entities and dysfunctional families...

Another entry in Baen's "Ring of Fire" e-books, 1635: Music & Murder by David Carrico collects the various Gazette stories that lead into 1636: the Devil's Opera.  I do like the "modern" music influencing the downtime art forms stories, so it was nice to have them collected in one spot...

Gail Carriger's "Finishing School" was a new one for me.  The two books in the series so far, Etiquette & Espionage and Courtesies & Conspiracies combine Victorian-era steampunk, vampires, werewolves, espionage and girl's finishing schools...

Finally got around to Suzanne Collin' 'pre-"Hunger Games" book Gregor the Overlander.  Turns out its the start of a kidlet series, of the hidden magical world stumbled into by a "normal" hero.  I will give Collins this, she had me crying over the heroic death of giant cockroach.  And roaches freak me the fuck out, so high bar there...

I was less than impressed with the pair of horror novels by Joey Compeau.  One Bloody Thing After Another feels unfinished, like it ends about 3/4 of the way thru the story.  And I could not bring myself to wade thru the wholesale slaughter and murder of kids with the Summer is Ended & We are Not Saved...

I was happily surprised by Drew Hayes' Super Powereds and Super Powereds 2.  He writes the books one chapter at a time and posts them on his site, then publishes the whole thing when they're done.  I've been avoiding checking the individual chapers for volume 3 as I want to read it as a whole.  But you can actually see his writing craft improve chapter by chapter.  I'll also admit I picked up the first one hoping it was by the still-missed late Drew Hayes of Poison Elves.  Sadly, no...

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's latest "Liaden" book, Trade Secret, took me a few chapters to get hooked into.  Mostly trying to recall which sub-story line and short fiction it was mainly connect into...

Sharpe's Prey by Bernard Cornwell takes place in 1807 and Denmark, in between the India and Spain campaigns for Wellington and Sharpe.  Not one of the most memorable in the series, but picking it up filled one of the holes in my collection of the series...

I've been mixing together reading the Frank L. Baum "Oz" series after getting a complete omnibus e-edition and picking up the recent Marvel comics' adaptations by Eric Shanowar and Skottie Young.  For November I read the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz.  The expanded Oz setting is a trip and a half...

The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe is another YA/End of Civilization book.  Its also a touching, melancholy and yet hopeful book.  Crewe's makes a great choice in focusing on a small isolated coastal island struggling with the civilization-breaking plague outbreak.  I need to get the sequel sometime soon...

Beta read another book for my friend Joe Selby.  Family Jewels is a future scifi/noir mash-up with detectives and teleportation and planets owned by decendents of todays mega-wealthy and a jewel heist.  I had a few quibbles with some parts of the set-up, but as always I wish Joe had a publisher so more people could get a chance to read his work...

You're Jonah Yu is a Choose Your Own Adventure book by Jeffrey C. Wells, that ties into his and Shaennon K. Garrity's webcomic Skin Horse...

And finally, ended the month with a reread of Lois McMaster Bujold's Captain Vorpatrill's Alliance.  I just really like this and a Civil Campaign and just can't get enough of either...

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