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Books read in 2016 
2nd-Jan-2016 10:52 pm
Read Irresponsibly

2015 roundup post ... 2014 roundup post ... 2013 roundup post ... 2012 roundup post ... 2011 roundup post ... 2010 link soup
Every book I've blogged about from 2005-2010, with references, alpha by author


New-to-me books and stories
* denotes books published in this year/award eligible for 2016

January
1/2 - Digger Omnibus, by Ursula Vernon. Graphic novel. 860 pages. Keeping it. [omnibus published 11/15/13, vol 1 published 7/21/05]
1/3 - Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew, by Ursula Vernon. Children's book. Hardback, 131 pages. Keeping it. [7/1/08]
* 1/5 - "Heaps of Pearl," by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy. Short story in the October Daye universe, published online here
1/5 - An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, by Ali Almossawi. Non-fiction. Hardback, 55 pages. Keeping it to push around the office. [9/23/14]
*1/5 - "The Tomato Thief", by Ursula Vernon. Short story/Fantasy. E-publication within Apex magazine, available online here.
1/7 - The Seventh Bride, by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon). Fantasy. 226 pages. unsure. [Republished 11/24/15]
1/10 - As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride, by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden. Autobiography. Hardback, 259 pages. Keeping it. [10/14/14]
1/12 - Zen Pencils: Dream the Impossible Dream, by Gavin Aung Than. Graphic collection, Zen Pencils vol 2. Paperback, 175 pages. Keeping it. [10/13/15]
1/15 - Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible, by Ursula Vernon. Children's book. Hardback, 247 pages. Keeping it to loan out. [8/18/15]
1/18 - It Made Sense at the Time, by Ursula Vernon. Art sketchbook. Paperback, 88 pages. Don't know yet. [11/14/04]
1/23 - Cast in Honor, by Michelle Sagara. Fantasy. Paperback, 511 pages. Chronicles of Elantra book 11. Keeping it. [11/24/15]
*1/25 - "Razorback," by Ursula Vernon. Short story/Folk tale. E-publication within Apex magazine, available online here
*1/25 - "The Wolf's Bride," by Sharon Lee. Short story set in the Carousel universe. Published online on the Splinter Universe website here.
*1/30 - "Will-o'-the-wisp," by Sharon Lee. Short story set in the Carousel universe. Published online on the Splinter Universe website here.
*1/31 - Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Science Fiction. Hardback, 340 pages. Book 15 in the Vorkosigan Saga. Keeping it.

February
*2/1 - Munchkin, volume 1, by various. Comic book.
2/2 - Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard. Dystopia. Hardback, 400 pages. First in the Red Queen series. Good, but likely giving it away. [2/10/2015]
2/15 - In Ashes Born, by Nathan Lowell. Science Fiction. e-book/362 page equivalent. Book 7 in the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, though he is calling it book one in a new series - A Seeker's Tale. [9/30/15]
*2/19 - "Swamp Bromeliad," by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy. Short story in the InCryptid universe, published online here
*2/26 - "Velveteen vs. The Consequence of Her Actions," by Seanan McGuire. Urban Fantasy. Epub, short story in the Velveteen universe. Published on LiveJournal here.

March
*3/1 - Chaos Choreography, by Seanan McGuire. Urban Fantasy. Paperback, 320 pages. Book five in the InCryptid series. Keeping it.
*3/9 - Marked in Flesh, by Anne Bishop. Urban Fantasy. Hardback, 399 pages. Book four in the Others series. Keeping it.
*3/13 - Fire Touched, by Patricia Briggs. Urban fantasy. Hardback, 342 pages. Book nine in the Mercedes Thompson series. Keeping it.
*3/16 - Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic, by Ursula Vernon. Children's Fantasy. Hardback, 227 pages. Book 2 in the Harriet series. Keeping it.
3/23 - Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke. Science Fiction. Paperback, 214 pages. Whether I keep it or not is not a question. It will live on in cyberspace due to the Gutenberg Project. [1953]
*3/23 - "Velveteen vs. Going Home Again," by Seanan McGuire. Urban Fantasy. Epub, short story in the Velveteen universe. Published on LiveJournal here.
3/24 - The first eight chapters in Alliance of Equals, the upcoming Liaden book, as posted here at Baen

April
*4/5 - Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire. Urban Fantasy. Hardback, 169 pages. Giveawaybox
4/7 - Good Reputation Is Overrated: Two Lumps Year 11, by Hines and Grant. Comics. Paperback, 158 pages. Book 11 in Two Lumps. Keeping it.
4/19 - Something from the Nightside, by Simon R. Green. Urban fantasy. Paperback, 230 pages. First in the Nightside series. Borrowed. [2003]
*4/23 - Chains of Command, by Marko Kloos. Science Fiction. Paperback, 384 pages. Frontlines book 4. Keeping it.

May
5/7 - "No Known Cure," by Janet Kagan. Republished on the Baen website here.
5/8 - "Love our Lockwood," by Janet Kagan. Republished on the Baen website here.
5/9 - "Space Cadet," by Janet Kagan. Republished on the Baen website here.
5/9 - "How First Woman Stole Language from Tuli-Tuli the Beast," by Janet Kagan. Republished on the Baen website here.
5/9 - "The Last of a Vintage Year," by Janet Kagan. Republished on the Baen website here.
*5/25 - "Waking up in Vegas," by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy. Short story in the InCryptid universe, published online here

June
*6/1 - "Stage of Fools," by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy. Short story in the October Daye universe, published only for Patreon subscribers.
6/11 - Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie. Science Fiction. Paperback, 422 pages. First in a trilogy. Borrowed.
*6/16 - "Wise Child," by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Short story in the Liaden Universe. Published online here
* 6/29 - Penric and the Shaman, by Lois Bujold. E-book, novella. Second in the Penric series in the World of the Five Gods universe.

July
7/7 - Specters Anonymous, by Phil Budahn. Urban Fantasy. Paperback, 201 pages. First in the series. Giveawaybox.
7/11 - Technology Has Betrayed Me: Two Lumps Year 12, by J Grant and Mel Hynes. Comics. Paperback, 156 pages. Keeping it.
*7/14 - Genius Loci, Tales of the Spirit of Place, edited by Jaym Gates. Fantasy anthology. Paperback, 476 pages. (I read it in ePub due to Kickstarter subscription).
7/18 - The Nutcracker Coup, by Janet Kagan. Originally published in the December 1992 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction. 1993 Hugo winner in the Novelette category.
*7/18 - Wickedly Powerful, by Deborah Blake. Urban fantasy. Paperback, 292 pages. Book three in the Baba Yaga series.

August
*8/1 - "In Little Stars," by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy. E-pub only for Patreon backers. Set in the October Daye universe.
*8/2 - "Full of Briars," by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy. E-pub only. Set in the October Daye universe.
8/18 - Ravenwood, by Nathan Lowell. Fantasy. e-pub version. Book one in the Tanyth Fairport Adventure.
8/22 - Silver Shark, by Ilona Andrews. Science Fiction. e-pub version. A Kindsman novella.
*8/24 - "Velveteen vs. Everything You Ever Wanted," by Seanan McGuire. Urban Fantasy. Epub, short story in the Velveteen universe. Published on LiveJournal here.
8/29 - The Awkward Yeti Presents Heart and Brain, by Nick Seluk. Comic book. Paperback, 143 pages. Book 1 of the compiled comics of The Awkward Yeti.
8/29 - Moon Called, Vol 1, by Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence, Amelia Woo, and Zach Matheney. Graphic Novel, 128 pages. Visual adaptation of the Urban Fantasy by the same name, which is book 1 of the Mercy Thompson series.
8/30 - Adulthood is a Myth, by Sarah Anderson. Comics. Paperback, 109 pages. Giveawaybox

September
*9/1 - Urban Allies, edited by Joseph Nassise. Urban fantasy anthology. Paperback, 410 pages.
*9/1 - "The Levee Was Dry," by Seanan McGuire. Science fiction. E-pub. Published only for Patreon subscribers.
*9/3 - Galactic Games, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt. Science Fiction anthology. Paperback, 303 pages.
*9/12 - Once Broken Faith, by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy. Paperback, 420 pages. Book 10 in the October Daye series. Keeping it.
* 9/15 - Night Shift, by Charlaine Harris. Urban Fantasy. Hardback, 320 pages. Book three set in Midnight, Texas.
9/15 - "They're Made out of Meat," by Terry Bisson. Science Fiction. found online, originally published in Omni in 1990.
*9/18 - Scandinavia and the World: 2015 Anthology, by Humon. Comics. 20-something pages.
9/20 - "Never," by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon). Fantasy. Short story posted online on the T. Kingfisher website
9/20 - "Bees," by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon). Fantasy. Short story posted online in December 2015 on Strange Horizons
*9/20 - Magic Binds, by Ilona Andrews. Urban Fantasy. Hardback, 336 pages. Book 9 in the Kate Daniels series. keeping it.
9/21 - "Jackalope Wives," by Ursula Vernon. Urban Fantasy. Short story posted online in 2014 at Apex Magazine.
9/21 - "The Sea Witch Sets the Record Straight," by Ursula Vernon. Fantasy. Short story posted online on the T. Kingfisher website.
9/30 - "Pocosin," by Ursula Vernon. Urban Fantasy. Short story posted online in 2015 at Apex Magazine.

October
10/2 - "Voice of Lions," by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy. E-pub only for Patreon backers. Set in the October Daye universe.
10/18 - "Toad Words," by Ursula Vernon. Fantasy. Short story posted online on the T. Kingfisher website.
10/18 - "Bluebeard's Wife," by Ursula Vernon. Fantasy. Short story posted online on the T. Kingfisher website.
*10/19 - Hamster Princess: Ratpunzel, by Ursula Vernon. Children's book. Hardback, 129 pages. Book three in the Harriet Hamsterbone series. Keeping it.
10/20 - "Elegant and Fine," by Ursula Vernon. Fantasy. Short story posted online on the T. Kingfisher website.
*10/26 - Cast in Flight, by Michelle Sagara. Fantasy. Paperback, 540 pages. Chronicles of Elantra, book 12. keeping it.
*10/30 - One Fell Sweep, by Ilona Andrews. Urban fantasy. Book three in the Innkeeper series. Online serialized chapter postings here.

November
*11/1 - "In the Before, When Legends were True," by Seanan McGuire. Fantasy. E-pub only for Patreon backers.
*11/20 - Unquiet Land, by Sharon Shinn. Fantasy. Hardback, 400 pages. Book four in the Elemental Blessings series. Keeping it.

December
*12/12 - Penric's Mission, by Lois Bujold. Fantasy. E-pub only. Third story in the Penric set of the World of the Five Gods novellas.
*12/22 - "Fall Like Snow," by Seanan McGuire. Fantasy. E-pub only for Patreon backers.
*12/27 - Drive: Act One, by Dave Kellett. E-book, 291 pages. Comics. This is the Kickstarter-patron's pre-release of the first hardcopy compendium (due out in 2017) of his comic strip Drive.
*12/27 - Science: Ruining Everything since 1543, by Zach Weinersmith. Comics. Paperback, 266 pages. Compilation of the most science-themed comics from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal online comic.
*12/29 - Overdue, by Gene Ambaum, Bill Barns, and Chris Hallbeck. E-book, 203 pages. Comics. This is the Kickstarter-patron's pre-release of the final Unshelved comic anthology (due out in 2017).
*12/30 - Summer in Orcus, by Ursula Vernon. Fantasy. Online serialized chapter postings.

Coming soon:
A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl (6/28) - recommended by Seanan McGuire on her 4/7 blog post
* Treachery's Tools - Imager book 10 (10/11)
Shadowed Souls (11/1)


Books abandoned
1/27 - An Ancient Peace, by Tanya Huff
10/26 - Dreamwalker, by C.S. Friedman

Re-reads
1/2 - Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks (Zen Pencils vol 1)
1/7 - Cold Fire
1/11 - Castle Hangnail (skimmed it for the cute parts)
1/17 - Digger
1/19 - Written in Red (skipped the prolonged fight/flight scene)
1/20 - The Rose Daughter (Re-read because I couldn't remember it when FireandEarth was talking about it. It has interesting resonances with McKinley's other Beauty & the Beast story.)
1/30 - "The Night Don't Seem So Lonely"
2/4 - Magic Shifts
2/5 - the middle of Dead Heat
2/6 - the end of Magic Breaks
2/6 - "Magic Tests"
2/8 - later 2/3 of Shadows
2/12 - The Good, The Bad, and The Pugly (Sheldon comics book two)
2/17 - A Blizzard of Lizards (Sheldon comics book four)
2/20 - Penric's Demon
2/26 - "Heaps of Pearl"
2/27 - Digger
2/28 - "Redemption"
2/28 - "Hollow"
2/29 - Rose in Bloom [September, 1876]
3/4 - snippets and fun parts from Magic Breaks ("Are. You. Done!")
3/7 - 62% More Awesome (Sheldon comics book three)
3/11 - ending of Night Broken
3/12 - Nerds on Parade (Sheldon comics book five)
3/13 - second half of Blood Bound
3/14 - In Ashes Born
3/15 - Living Dangerously with Saturated Fats (Sheldon comics book six)
3/18 - Lines of Departure
3/18 - "The Star of David"
3/20 - Still Got It (Sheldon comics book seven)
3/24 - Delightful Jokes for High Class Folks (Sheldon comics book eight)
3/25 - second half of Penric's Demon
3/27 - Kevin & Kell: Quest for Content (K&K comics book one)
3/29 - Angles of Attack
3/30 - Kevin & Kell: Seen Anything Unusual? (K&K comics book two)
3/31 - "Razorback"
4/1 - The Sharing Knife: Horizon
4/3 - Kevin & Kell: Accepting Domestication (K&K comics book three)
4/8 - Quarter Share
4/10 - Kevin & Kell: Run Free (K&K comics book four)
4/12 - Half Share
4/12 - Full Share (yes, same day)
4/14 - Kevin & Kell: For the Birds (K&K comics book five)
4/15 - In Fury Born
4/15 - Kevin & Kell: Election Night Fever (K&K comics book six)
4/15 - The Seventh Bride
4/16 - Kevin & Kell: Booth Bunnies (K&K comics book seven)
4/18 - the second half of Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
4/29 - the second half of Gunmetal Magic
5/1 - Sharing Knife: Beguilement
5/2 - The end of Paladin of Souls
5/5 - The Silvered
5/6 - pieces of Sunshine
5/9 - "Loch Moose Monster" from Mirable (Janet Kagan)
5/13 - Cryoburn
5/13 - The second half of Cry Wolf
5/18 - Imager
5/21 - Imager's Challenge
5/23 - The Ship Who Searched
5/29 - the first half of The Call of the Wild
6/4 - Every Heart a Doorway
6/6 - Imager's Intrigue
6/7 - Penric's Demon
6/7 - "Labyrinth"
6/8 - "Unappreciated Gifts"
6/8 - "A Sufficiently Advanced Christmas"
6/12 - Beauty (McKinley)
6/12 - the first chapters of Sharing Knife: Passage
6/17 - Scholar (minus about 30 pages of fighting towards the end)
6/19 - Princeps
6/21 - Imager's Battalion (skimmed the various battles)
6/23 - Antiagon Fire
6/24 - Rex Regis
6/27 - "Snake in the Glass"
6/27 - "Black as Blood"
6/28 - "White as a Raven's Wing"
7/10 - Silver Ships
7/12 - "The Gift of Music"
7/12 - "Will-o-the-Wisp"
7/18 - "Gray"
7/18 - "In Red, with Pearls"
7/20 - Marked in Flesh
7/25 - Libre
8/1 - "Stage of Fools"
8/1 - Good Reputation is Overrated
8/2 - last third of Magic Breaks
8/7 - the second half of Magic Shifts
8/25 - Joust
9/1 - Moon Called
9/2 - Penric and the Shaman
9/2 - Blood Bound
9/4 - "Alpha and Omega"
9/4 - Iron Kissed
9/5 - Bone Crossed
9/5 - Silver Borne
9/6 - The Curse of Chalion
9/7 - River Marked
9/8 - Sparrow Hill Road
9/9 - Hunting Ground
9/12 - Dead Heat
9/12 - "Heaps of Pearl"
9/17 - Technology Has Betrayed Me (Two Lumps book #12)
9/29 - Bryony and Roses
9/30 - Double Share
10/3 - second half of Enchantment Emporium
10/5 - Clean Sweep
10/7 - "The Nutcracker Coup"
10/7 - "Winterfair Gifts"
10/11 - Deerskin
10/13 - Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
10/19 - The Goblin Emperor
10/26 - Lady Knight
10/31 - "Magic Mourns"
11/2 - Jeweled Fire
11/4 - second half of Dead Heat
11/5 - skimmed The Martian
11/10 - Castle Hangnail
11/11 - Nurk
11/12 - Silver Shark
11/13 - Working for Bigfoot
11/17 - Pure Ducky Goodness (Sheldon #1)
11/24 - The Good, The Bad, and the Pugly (Sheldon #2)
11/26 - Magic Binds
12/4 - Magic Bleeds
12/8 - Literature, unsuccessfully competing against TV since 1956 (a Sheldon collection)
12/12 - Marked in Flesh, the scenes where The Elders stalk the town
12/20 - Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
12/23 - A Blizzard of Lizards (Sheldon #4)
12/24 - "Star of David"
12/24 - "Roses in Winter"
12/28 - "Redemption"
12/29 - Smoke and Shadows
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