This is documentation and record keeping.
This is a third attempt at archival work.
In no particular order.
Books. Novellas. Short Stories. Scholarly Articles.
The Beasts Who Fought for Fairyland Until the Very End and Further Still: Catherynne M. Valente
Wounded: Laurell K. Hamilton
Guilty Pleasures: Laurell K. Hamilton
The Laughing Corpse: Laurell K. Hamilton
Circus of the Damned: Laurell K. Hamilton
Beauty: Laurell K. Hamilton
Shut Down: Laurell K. Hamilton
Goblin Slayer vols. 1-3: Kumo Kagyu
Daughter of the Blood: Anne Bishop
Battle Angel Alita vols. 5-9: Yukito Kishiro
Battle Angel Alita Mars Chronicle vols. 1-2: Yukito Kishiro
Too Wyrd, Runespells #1: Sarah Buhrman
Magpie: A Collection of Really Short Stories: Carrie Mumford
Pisces-Silver Blood Collection: D.N. Leo
Binti: Nnedi Okorafor
Binti: Home: Nnedi Okorafor
Binti: The Night Masquerade: Nnedi Okorafor
Claymore vols. 1-4: Norihiro Yagi
The Long Walk: Stephen King as Richard Bachman
The Name of the Wind: Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man’s Fear: Patrick Rothfuss
Lists I Left for My Sister: Rosamund Hodge
A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson: H.P. Lovecraft
Polaris: H. P. Lovecraft
The Beast in the Cave: H.P. Lovecraft
The Alchemist: H.P. Lovecraft
The Tomb: H.P. Lovecraft
Dagon: H.P. Lovecraft
Ghost Sniper: David Healy
Hot Head: Damon Suede
Mission: Protect the Ex: Alina Popescu
Strength to Let Go: Tales of the Werewolf Tribes Book One: Alina Popescu
Penal Units in the Red Army: Alex Statiev: Europe-Asia Studies vol. 62 no. 5 (July 2010)
Love in the Time of Global Warming: Francesca Lia Block
The Collector: Titainborn Universe Book Zero: Rhett Bruno
Parable of the Sower: Octavia Butler
The Big Flash: Norman Spinrad
The Cruel Prince: Holly Black
The Lost Sisters: Holly Black
The Wicked King: Holly Black
Red Queen: Victoria Aveyard
Giovanni’s Room: James Baldwin
Relic of the Mad Poet: A Journey to the Tree Of Sorrows Story: E. H. Robinson
Berserk vols. 1-2: Kentaro Miura
Of Children, and Houses, and Hope: Aliette De Bodard
In Morningstar’s Shadow: Aliette De Bodard
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: George R. R. Martin
Every River Runs to Salt: Rachel K. Jones
The Second Wish: Brian Lumley
The Sun, the Sea, and the Silent Scream: Brian Lumley
Favorite Book: Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler
Favorite Novella: Every River Runs to Salt, Rachel K. Jones
Favorite Short Story: Lists I Left for My Sister, Rosamund Hodge
I enjoyed A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and Love in the Time of Global Warming more than I thought I would. I was reminded a lot of Block’s Primavera and thought the writing was much more vivid than in Necklace Of Kisses and Elementals.
I was disappointed with Holly Black’s new Folk of the Air Series. The “bad boy” really isn’t that bad and the heroine falls a bit flat compared to the characters in Tithe, Valiant, and The Darkest Part of the Forest. I don’t know if I’ve just *gasp* grown up a little bit or she intentionally wrote those characters to be less complex (than those in her other series) and more obvious caricatures of tropes for wider accessibility/a specific type of audience. However, I will read all the books because I am invested in all her work and am immensely grateful for her efforts in reviving the Bordertown stories. And the Zombies vs. Unicorns anthology she co-edited with Justine Larbalestier is amazing. Don’t judge me for not making it through the Spiderwick Chronicles yet. I’ll get there eventually.
My godfather gave me his copy of Every River Runs to Salt and I am so glad he did. It will probably have a permanent home in my Re-Read Pile.
I feel like I’ve stepped too far away from poetry this year, writing and reading it. I’ve neglected the work and writers that bouyed me up in grad school. This is bad because poetry is the life blood. I am a salt covered slug without it. I will make an attempt to spend the rest of the year injecting more poetry into my life.