Novels, novellas, short stories, poems, manga, comics, and audiobooks read during the pandemic. I recently finished a U.S. History course: 1619-1877. I have included the chapters and scholarly articles from the class because the subject matter is very timely. I feel extremely fortunate that I was able to take a history course that heavily analyzed the origins of slavery and the roots of systemic racism in this country. I am not an expert by any means now, but I have a deeper understanding of the conflicts (to say the least) that persist into today.
From the history class:
Note: There is dated and inappropriate terminology in some of these article and journal titles. They illustrate the necessity for academia as a whole to update the language we use and the language we preserve.
Columbus and the Recovery of Jerusalem: Abbas Hamdani, Journal of the American Oriental Society vol. 99 no. 1 1979.
The Ohio Indians and the Coming of the American Revolution in Virginia: Woody Holton, The Journal of Southern History vol. 60 no. 3 August 1994.
“Rebel against Rebel”: Enslaved Virginians and the Coming of the American Revolution: Woody Horton. The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography vol. 105 no. 2 Spring 1997.
Did Democracy Cause the Recession that Led to the Constitution: Woody Holton.
An “Excess of Democracy”: Or a Shortage?: The Federalists’ Earliest Adversaries: Woody Holton. Journal of the Early Republic vol. 25 no. 3 Fall 2005.
“From the Labours of Others”: The War Bonds Controversy and the Origins of the Constitution in New England: Woody Holton. The William and Mary Quarterly vol. 61 no. 2 April 2004.
Evangelicalism and the Meaning of the Proslavery Argument: The Reverend Thornton Stringfellow of Virginia: Drew Gilpin Faust. The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography vol 85 no. 1 1977.
The General Strike and The Coming of the Lord from Black Reconstruction in America: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America: W. E. B. Du Bois.
Our Laborers Are Our Property and Each Person Works for Himself: the Ideal and Reality of Free Labor from Half Slave and Half Free: Bruce Levine.
1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy: James Horn.
Reading for fun:
Gazpacho: Elena Georgiou (short story)
Cells at Work vol. 1: Akane Shimizu
Vengeance of Vampirella vol. 1, 2: Thomas Sniegoski
Guilt by Association: Gregory Ashe
Made in Abyss vol. 7, 8: Akihito Tsukushi
Heir to the Shadows: Anne Bishop
Another manuscript by my awesome writer friend Kathy 🙂
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection vol. 1: Peter Laird
Shadow Prowler: Alexey Pehov, read by MacLeod Andrews (audiobook)
Stone of Fire: JF Penn, read by Veronica Giguere (audiobook)
Crypt of Stone: JF Penn, read by Veronica Giguere (audiobook)
Ark of Blood: JF Penn, read by Veronica Giguere (audiobook)
Necroscope: Brian Lumley, read by James Langton (audiobook)
Attack of the Necron: Cavan Scott, read by David Tennant (audiobook)
I Am Slaughter: Dan Abnett, read by Gareth Armstrong (audiobook)
Crusade: Andy Clark, read by John Banks (audiobook)
Brotherhood of Secrets: Christie Stratos
Inceptio: Alison Morton
When Worlds Begin: Megan O’Russell
The Girl from the Market: Alison Morton
Conrad and Carina’s Roman Holiday: Alison Morton
Rogue Skies: Missy de Graff et. al. (anthology)
The Masque of Vyle: Andy Chambers
Through My Fingertips: Cristina-Monica Moldoveanu (poetry collection)
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo: Marlon Bundo
The Sandman: Master of Dreams #1: Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth
Shadow Prowler by Alexey Pehov. Hands down. This is a re-read so that tells you something. This high fantasy, sword and sorcery adventure is not another stereotypical cliche. The characters are fully developed, diverse, and do not follow the standard tropes…well, the protagonist is a snarky asshole…that’s kind of a trope. But he’s an entertaining snarky asshole who is a snarky asshole because that’s who he is, not because the author needs him to be one to move the plot along.
Attack of the Necron. Because David Tennant. David Tennant reading Warhammer 40K.
TNMT. Because childhood. And seriously, there are so many adult jokes I missed when I read this as a kid.
Favorite short piece:
Gazpatcho by Elena Georgio. From her short fiction collection The Immigrant’s Refrigerator. I’m working on reading the rest of the stories in this collection. I love this particular one because it illustrates the value of human life and the boundlessness of compassion through the dangers of border crossing. And the writing is heart wrenchingly stellar.