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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

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


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

: 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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Orphan Black s.4:  Krystal, Investigative Cosmetician, made for a surprisingly strong character addition to the Leda sisterhood.  Evie was sadly not the strongest antagonist for the season.  Which did serve to accentuate the return of Rachel, Queen of Evil at the end of the season.

Anne With An E s.1: This was a smidgen darker than I was expecting for an adaptation of Canada's most beloved YA book.  Good though.

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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

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


Short Fiction:  This was basically the "Neverless, She Persisted" theme 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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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

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

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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Short FictionAliette de Bodard's "Lullaby For a Lost World", Douglas F Warrick's "Sic Semper, Sic Semper", Justina Ireland's "Aisle 13", Gretchen McNeil's "By the Star-Dogged Moon", Chris McKitterick's "Waking the Predator", Mari Mansusi's "the Princess Can Save Herself", Ninu Allen's "the Art of Space Travel" and Sarn Raasch's "Seven Lifetimes"

New Reads:
Ferret Steinmitz' Flex: An interesting magic-system and world building for his urban fantasy series.  But while pretty good overall, the book didn't really grab me enough to continue on with the series it starts.
Lois McMaster Bujold's Penric & the Shaman:  Continuing on with the Penric stories in her "Chalion" series.
Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue: I think this is the first Chabon book I just didn't like.  Not sure why.
Cecil Castellucci's Stars in the Sky:  Sequel to Castellucci's YA sci-fi/western Tin Star.  Lots of neat "alien" aliens and the space station setting goes from near Ghost Town to Boom Town.
KJ Parker's the Last Witness:  1st person tale of revenge from a very unreliable narrator.
Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves:  Down in the streets with the scum style fantasy.

Alan Dean Foster's Into the Out Of:  I was pretty sure this was one of Foster's books I'd read when first bingeing on him back in high school.  But I honestly couldn't recall any of it until the end and the thing with the eyes.
Tamora Pierce's Rebekah Cooper: Terrier & Bloodhund:  Didn't reread the third book because the ending makes me sad.  And in a depressed kind of way.
Harry Turtledove's the Misplaced Legion & Empoeror for the Legion:  If I recall Amazon had the ebook omnibus edition of these two on sale.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/Rulebooks:
Kate Leth, Brittany L. Williams & Natasha Allegri's Patsy Walker aka Hellcat vol.1: Hooked on a Feline
David Wills' Dumbing of Age vol.5: Hey, Guess What, I'm a Lesbian

Total: 14

Short Fiction:  Annie Cardi's "the Ones Who Survive", Bethany Hagen's "Hearth Stone Rain", Seanan McGuire's "Full of Briars" & "Velveteen vs. Going Home Again", Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling's "Totem Poles" & Dhonielle Clayton's "the Things Our Mothers Tell Us".

New Reads:
Kerryn Offord & RIck Boatwright's 1636: the Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz.  Collecting and expanding the various short pieces into a full novel.  Plus Tom Stone gets yelled at for a being a dick in that one Mercedes Lackey short story which makes me happy.
Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu's the 3-Body Problem
Ann Leckie's Ancillary Sword
RJ Ross' Super Villain Grandpa:  More "Cape High" fluffy junk food.
David Weber/Timothy Zahn/Tom Pope's A Call to Arms:  More "Honor-verse".  Also, I've mentioned a few times before in places that I seem to only really like Zahn when he's playing in someone elses' toybox.
Django Wexler's the Guns of the Empire:  Well that was a nasy twist for "the Shadow Campaigns" series.
A. Lee Martinez' the Last Adventure of Constance Verity:  Trying to retire from a fate-given heroism and adventure.
Johnathan L. Howard's Goon Squad (issues #8-#12):  Sadly the last for awhile until Howard can find a way to make them financially workable.

Harry Turtledove's the Legion of Videssos & Swords of the Legion
Seanan McGuire's Rosemary & Rue
David Weber's A Rising Thunder & Shadow of Freedom

Graphic Novels/TPBs/Rulebooks:
Various writers & artists on the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl & the Great Lakes Avengers.  In addtion to all the fun GLA stuff, has the original Squirrel Girl story where she saves Tony Stark from Dr. Doom.  And canonically kicks Von Doom's metal keister.
David Petersen & various on Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard vol.3
Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's Captain America: the Winter Soldier vol.1 & 2
Jess Fink's Chester 5000 XYV vol. 1 & 2:  Steampunk sexy time comics.
Gurihiru (mostly) & Marc Sumerak, Alex Zalben & Fred Van Lente's Power Pack: Reread my various Power Pack mini-tpbs.  Thor & the Warriors Four, Avengers/Power Pack: Assemble, Power Pack Day One, Power Pack: Pack Attack!, Fantastic Four/Power Pack: Favorite Son, Spider-Man/Power Pack: Big-City Super Heroes & Hulk/Power Pack: Pack Smash! (the only one not drawn by Gurihru, instead having David Williams, Gary Martin and Andy Kuhn).

Total: 20

Short Fiction:   No free standing short stories.

New Reads:
Barbara Hambly's Bride of the Rat God:  Urban fantasy/horror in the Silent Film era of Hollywood
Walt Boyes & Bjorn Hasseler (ed) Grantville Gazette vol. 65-67
Sarah Kuhn's Heroine Complex:  Millenial-age social media exploiting supers.
Adrian Tchaivosky's Spoils of War: A "Shadows of the Apt" short story collection.
Michelle West's the Uncrowned King & the Shining Court:  Books two and three of her "Sun Sword" series.
Seanan McGuire's Once Broken Faith:  Latest "Tobey McGuire", with October having to be diplomatic. Again.
Kai Ashante Wilson's the Sorcerer of the Wildeeps
Ian Thomas Healy's the Neighborhood Watch:  YA entry into Healy's "Just Cause" supers series.
Ilona Andrews' Magic Binds:  Lastest "Kate Daniels", where Kate and her chosen family have to push forward on confronting her ancient super-villain dad.
V.E. Schwab's Viscious.  Supers-style revenge with blurring of villain vs. hero.

David Weber's Shadows of Victory

Graphic Novels/TPBs/Rulebooks:
Stan Lee & Steve Ditko's the Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Masterworks vol.1
Pathfinder's Rise of the Runelords: Anniversary Edition
Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda's Monstress: Awakening vol.1

Total: 15
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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.

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

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.

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

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".

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
lurkerwithout: (Book on bed)
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

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

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
lurkerwithout: (Book on bed)
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)

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

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
Martha Wells' Between Worlds
Cherie Priest's Maplecroft (the further adventures of Lizzie Borden, CoC Investigator)

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

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

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
lurkerwithout: (eastman)
The finale, well perfectly fine, lacked some of the emotional punch of the previous movies.  I mean part of it is knowing several of the big "shock" deaths were coming.  But there wasn't a lot of connection with most of the deaths during the final assault on the Capitol.  I mean I know Katniss' new squad of Army pals had names, but I just thought of them as Expendable NPCs #1-5.  A couple of her returning sidekicks had a little more heft to them.  Oh and the scene towards the end with the cat still got to me, a combination of resonance with the book and Jennifer Lawrence really is an outstanding actor.

As for the action stuff it was mostly ok, with the running battle with Mutt-ghouls in the sewers being the only one that really rose up...
lurkerwithout: (Book on bed)
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

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

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

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

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
lurkerwithout: (sad Death of Rats in snow)
*Gets Shepard's Crown in mail*

*Manages to only cry a little bit while glancing over the complete Discworld book list*

*Gets to bit with Granny Weatherwax*

I'm gonna need a moment.  Or a few moments...
lurkerwithout: (Book on bed)
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


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

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
lurkerwithout: (Book on bed)
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

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

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.

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

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

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 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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Really procrastinating on these now. *sigh*  Anyways, lets start with the free-range short fiction.  Seanan McGuire's IM is part of her "InCyrptid" series.  Sadly it feels more like a pro or post-logue than a full story. Her latest "Velveteen" story, Velveteen vs.Santa Claus, is a much stronger piece.  Even if it makes you want to punch Santa in the junk.  Ken Scholes' Jay Lake & the Temple of the Monkey King is an ok bit of pulp-parody which is likely very moving if you were one of the late Jay Lake's friends.  Ian Daffern & Ho Chi Anderson's Charcoal is a high school based tale of supernatural vengeance.  Chapter 6 by Stephen Graham Jones takes a look at the zombie apocalypse from the viewpoint of a pair of anthropologists.  Gene O'Neill's Skitterbugging is an old Traveller rpg tie-in story I came across in a back issue of Dragon.  And finally Little Knife by Leigh Bardugo is a folk tale about beauty, obsession and poor decisions in magical complusion...

A trio of short fiction anthologies for June as well. Salsa Nocturna Stories is a collection of fiction by Daniel Jose Older, a strong selection of fantasy, horror and near future.  Older has quickly become someone whose name attached to a project can make me take notice.  Like the collection Subversion, edited by Bart R. Leib.  The stories in the anthology are all on the theme of rebellion, both large and small.  The last collection, the Good Fight, edited by Scott Bachman, is by various supers e-book writers.  Some of the writers involved I was already familiar with, while the only one or two of the new to me ones seemed worth looking into.  Still free book...

Actually that should be four collections.  Almost forgot By Chance or Providence a collection of Becky Cloonan written and drawn fantasy stories.  Wonderful stuff and a pleasant surprise when it arrived in the mail as I'd long since forgotten I'd pre-ordered it...

Andy Weir's the Martian is probably one of the best hard scifi books I've read in a while.  The story of an astronaut accidently left behind on the first manned Mars mission and his struggle to survive was funny, poignant, informative and uplifting...

I've had Karen Healy's When We Wake sitting on my Kindle for a bit now.  Sort of Sleeping Beauty story using cryonics and a hard weather Australian setting.  Clever and touching and I'll have to pick up that sequel soon-ish...

Aces Wild is the latest "Capes High" book by R.J. Ross.  The books are still pretty fluffy, but are steadily moving beyond the well-treaded high school romance concepts.  Or at least expanding to be more than just that plus super powers.  Fellow supers writer Drew Hayes' NPCs steps away from the cape-set for a parody of D&D style fiction with a story where a group of village NPCs have to step into the role of quest-taking adventurers...

Doughnut by Tom Holt, explores concepts in quantum many worlds theory and how that can be best exploited for fame and profit.  I liked the Disney character/Planet of the Apes style world best...

Hilldiggers is another "Polity Space" book from Neal Asher, though this story of two warring human-descended worlds is a bit of a bridge between his regular Polity line and the Spatterjay sub-line.  Unlike Polity Agent, which is fimly in the main story-arc, with the Polity A.I.'s, their special agent Cormac and his allies continuing to work against the threat of the Jain super-nano technology...

MIchael Poore's Up Jumps the Devil and Michael Boatman's Last God Standing are both subversions of accepted Christian mythology.  The former has much of American history and expansion being guided in part by the Devil.  Less thru maliciousness, then poor impulse control, heart ache and a mischievous curiosity.  Really he's more Coyote than Lucifer.  Boatman's setting has the various divinities mostly living lives as simple mortals.  Partly because of the strong-arming of the Christian God, who wants a chance to pursue his stand-up career and maybe propose to his girlfriend.  I found myself more interested in the side-lives of the various gods mentioned in passing than the actual story though...

Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small serves as comfort reading.  Like Bujold's lighter books or Pratchett, Keladry's story of obstinate heroism and clever animals serve to balance out some of the darker or less optimistic works...

Like Weston Ochse's Grunt Life where much of humanity has already fallen to an alien invasion of telepathic insectoids.  And only an army made up survivor guilt soldiers might have the key to our survival.  Or the even grimmer and more depressing Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis.  Where Nazi psychic super-soldiers created thru torturous experiments are opposed by British Chthulu-mythos style sorcerers.  It is all pretty crazy bleak.  And apparently the next two books get progressively worse.  I honestly don't have the reserves to find out for myself...

Happily Martin Millar's latest "Werewolf Girl" book, the Anxiety of Kallix the Werewolf is a much happier book.  Which is a testimony to Millar's ability to balance humor and drama, not just how friggen' dark those previously mentioned books were...

Then back into the darkness.  Well, dark-ish, with a pair of black powder fantasies.  Brian McCellan's second "Powder Mage" book the Crimson Campaign, with a new push from the evil empire backed by their possibly mad divine patron.  And Django Wexler's the Thousand Names which follows a sort-of Foreign Legion/Africa Corps company under a new charismatic officer who could be leading them to their doom or salvation...

Total Books: 20


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