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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-09-30 18:33
Subject: 50 Books 2014-46: Here Be Monsters
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The Ratbridge Chronicles, volume 1
by Alan Snow

This book was the inspiration for Laika's latest stop-motion project, The Box Trolls. I read the book first and even without having much knowledge of the film, it was obvious from the first few pages that the story was going to be dramatically altered in the adaptation. The book is described as a YA fantasy and while it has fantastic elements, I think it's more of a whimsical farce. Also, I dislike Snow's style of illustration (his images take up about thirty percent of the book and make the print edition unwieldy).

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-09-22 22:35
Subject: 50 Books 2014-45: One-Eyed Jack
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The Promethean Age, Book 5
by Elizabeth Bear 

Metafictional crossovers are love. Now I want to rewatch all the spy shows.


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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-09-15 20:46
Subject: 50 Books 2014-44: Long Hidden (eBook anthology)
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Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History
Edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older

Table of Contents
Sofia Samatar – “Ogres of East Africa”
Thoraiya Dyer – “The Oud”
Tananarive Due – “Free Jim’s Mine”
S. Lynn – “Ffydd (Faith)”
Sunny Moraine – “Across the Seam”
Rion Amilcar Scott – “Numbers”
Meg Jayanth – “Each Part Without Mercy”
Claire Humphrey – “The Witch of Tarup”
L.S. Johnson – “Marigolds”
Robert William Iveniuk – “Diyu”
Jamey Hatley – “Collected Likenesses”
Michael Janairo – “Angela and the Scar”
Benjamin Parzybok – “The Colts”
Kima Jones – “Nine”
Christina Lynch – “The Heart and the Feather”
Troy L. Wiggins – “A Score of Roses”
Nghi Vo – “Neither Witch Nor Fairy”
David Fuller – “A Deeper Echo”
Ken Liu – “Knotting Grass, Holding Ring”
Kemba Banton – “Jooni”
Sarah Pinsker – “There Will Be One Vacant Chair”
Nnedi Okorafor – “It’s War”
Shanaé Brown – “Find Me Unafraid”
Nicolette Barischoff – “A Wedding in Hungry Days”
Lisa Bolekaja – “Medu”
Victor LaValle – “Lone Women”
Sabrina Vourvoulias – “The Dance of the White Demons”

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-09-08 19:12
Subject: 50 Books 2014-43: Maplecroft
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The Lizzie Borden Dispatches, book 1
by Cherie Priest

Lizzie and Emma Borden's quiet life at Maplecroft following their father and step-mother's murder is not so quiet at all, since they turn out to be inhabiting H.P. Lovecraft's coastal New England. An epistolary novel told largely as entries from the main characters' journals. I think I liked Emma Borden the best and hope to see more of her (as well as Simon Wolf and his mysterious organization).

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-09-05 23:55
Subject: 50 Books 2014-42: The Winter Long
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October Daye, Book 8
By Seanan McGuire

A lot of threads come together as Toby learns more about her past while trying to keep her friends -- and herself -- from being killed.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-07-30 07:45
Subject: 50 Books 2014-38 through 41
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2014-38
Moonheart (unabridged audiobook), by Charles de Lint, read by Paul Michael Garcia. I did not give it quite the attention I needed to come to a conclusion about how successful it was on dealing with the question of European vs Native American culture and the problems of colonialism (I suspect the answer is that it tried hard and was not entirely successful). I also kept getting hung up on small details and the fact that the "beautiful, independently wealthy, orphan heiress with an understanding uncle and a magic house" all sort of smacked of wish-fulfillment juvenilia (at least, Tamson house is just the sort of place that figured heavily in my idea of the perfect place to live -- four-acre cloistered garden and all -- throughout my youth and I wouldn't mind having it now, either, if it came with staff) that made me a bit uncomfortable with the book on the whole. I suspect I would have enjoyed this a lot if I'd encountered it when it first came out (and I was in my middle teens). On the other hand, I really liked that a lot of the conflict came from people of good will coming from vastly different starting points and resolving their conflicts as they came to understand their circumstances, their experiences, and each other better. I wish more books would do this.

2014-39:
Genius Squad (unabridged audiobook), Genius Series, Book 2, by Catherine Jinks, read by Justine Eyre. Despite being physically present for much of the action, Sonia has, literally and figuratively, much less of a voice in this installment, which is disappointing.

2014-40:
Genius Wars (unabridged audiobook), Genius Series, Book 3, by Catherine Jinks, read by Justine Eyre. This book really suffers from being stuck in Cadel's POV which flattens out the other characters in the book considerably.

2014-41:
The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains (unabridged audiobook), written and read by Neil Gaiman with accompaniment by FourPlay String Quartet.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-06-11 06:02
Subject: 50 Books 2014-35 through 37
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2014-35:
Broken Homes (unabridged audiobook), Rivers of London, Book 4, by Ben Aaronovitch, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. I am not at all sure how I feel about the ending. I expect it to be affected significantly by how things play out in the next book(s).

2014-36:
Evil Genius (unabridged audiobook), Genius Series, Book 1, by Catherine Jinks, read by Justine Eyre. I stuck with this despite concerns and it turned out pretty well. 

2014-37:
How to Train Your Dragon (unabridged audiobook), How to Train Your Dragon Series, Book 1, by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant. The movie is almost entirely unlike the book and, surprisingly in such cases, I think the movie is much, much better.
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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-06-04 06:47
Subject: 50 Books 2014-34: Welcome to Bordertown (audiobook)
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2014-34
Welcome to Bordertown (anthology, unabridged audiobook), edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner (2011)
Holly Black: "Introduction"
Terri Windling: "Introduction"
"Bordertown Basics"
Ellen Kushner and Terri Windling: "Welcome to Bordertown"
Cory Doctorow: "Shannon's Law"
Patricia A. McKillip: "Cruel Sister"
Catherynne M. Valente: "A Voice Like a Hole"
Amal El-Mohtar: "Stairs in Her Hair"
Emma Bull: "Incunabulum"
Steven Brust: "Run Back Across the Border"
Alaya Dawn Johnson: "A Prince of Thirteen Days"
Will Shetterly: "The Sages of Elsewhere"
Jane Yolen: "Soulja Grrrl: A Long Line Rap"
Janni Lee Simner: "Crossings"
Sara Ryan (Writer) and Dylan Meconis (Illustrator): "Fair Trade"
Jane Yolen: "Night Song for a Halfie"
Tim Pratt: "Our Stars, Our Selves"
Annette Curtis Klause: "Elf Blood"
Nalo Hopkinson: "Ours Is the Prettiest"
Delia Sherman: "The Wall"
Christopher Barzak: "We Do Not Come in Peace"
Jane Yolen: "A Borderland Jump-Rope Rhyme"
Holly Black and Cassandra Clare: "The Rowan Gentleman"
Neil Gaiman: "The Song of the Song"
Charles de Lint: "A Tangle of Green Men"
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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-05-28 06:39
Subject: 50 Books 2014-31 through 33
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2014-31
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

2014-32
Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid #3) by Seanan McGuire

2014-33
A Confusion of Princes (unabridged audiobook), by Garth Nix, read by Michael Goldstrom

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-05-21 04:54
Subject: 50 Books 2014-27 through 30
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2014-27
Home Improvement: Undead Edition (anthology, unabridged audiobook) edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, read by Amanda Ronconi and MacLeod Andrews.
Contents
“If I Had a Hammer” by Charlaine Harris
“Wizard Home Security” by Victor Gischler
“Gray” by Patricia Briggs
“Squatters’ Rights” by Rochelle Krich
“Blood on the Wall” by Heather Graham
“The Mansion of Imperatives” by James Grady
“The Strength Inside” by Melissa Marr
“Woolsley’s Kitchen Nightmare” by E. E. Knight
“Through This House” by Seanan McGuire
“The Path” by S. J. Rozan
“Rick the Brave” Stacia Kane
“Full-Scale Demolition” Suzanne McLeod
“It’s All in the Rendering” by Simon R. Green
“In Brightest Day” by Toni L.P. Kelner


2014-28
The Element of Fire (Ile-Rien series, unabridged audiobook) by Martha Wells, read by Derek Perkins.

2014-29
How to Catch a Bogle (book one of a projected trilogy, unabridged audiobook) by Catherine Jinks, read by Mandy Williams.

2014-30
My Real Children by Jo Walton
Two roads diverged, not in a yellow wood, but in a phone booth: Patricia Cowan took both of them and that made all the difference.

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