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Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Happy birthday to elwe and mamomo, and best wishes for many happy returns of the day!

Thanks to all of you for your friendship throughout this past year. Best wishes to you for a very merry New Year's Eve and a fantastic 2010!

And now for a last look back on 2009...


The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko

Essays Published as Book Chapters
-- “When Harry Met Faërie: Rowling’s Hogwarts, Tolkien’s Fairy-Stories, and the Question of Readership” in Hog's Head Conversations: Essays on Harry Potter, Volume 1

-- “Meeting at the Intersection: The Challenges Before Us” in The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko

-- My Review of Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon by K. Dale Koontz in Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopeic Literature, Vol. 27, Numbers 3/4

-- “Early Utopias” in Prometheus: The Newsletter of the Libertarian Futurist Society, Vol. 27, Number 4


First, a disclaimer: Since a great deal of my reading consists of articles, essays, lone book chapters, and short stories, this list doesn't exactly reflect my reading habits as a whole. It also fails to include books I've read completely but out of regular chapter sequence (which happens for various reasons, such as when I've read chapters of books in progress, and then read the other chapters when the books were published). I should also point out that I suffered some serious troubles with my vision earlier in the year during my mystery neurological ailment (which I am grateful is now resolved, no thanks to the neurologists *ahem*), and this also affected significantly how much I read. On the other hand, I am an unrepentant rereader, and I have counted rereads as well as original reads. All that said, I thought it would be nice for me to keep track of those books I've read "cover to cover," and here it goes.

Books I Read in 2009

A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle (1973)
Mary's Country by Harold Mead (1957)
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle (1978)
Madeleine L'Engle: Banned, Challenged, and Censored by Marilyn McClellan (2008)
Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle (1986)
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (2004)
An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle (1989)
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen (2008)
Neptune's Children by Bonnie Dobkin (2008)
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (2000)
Messenger by Lois Lowry (2004)
The Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney (1956)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008)
Bad Faith by Gillian Philip (2008)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson (2008)
Feed by M.T. Anderson (2002)
The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein (1951)
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (1998)
The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle (2008)
The Sharing Knife: Horizon by Lois McMaster Bujold (2009)
Black and White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien by Hilary Tolkien (edited by Angela Gardner) (2009)
The Declaration by Gemma Malley (2007)
Rings, Swords, and Monsters: Exploring Fantasy Literature by Michael Drout (2006)
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (2005)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (2009)
Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works by Eric S. Rabkin (2007)
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (2006)
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer (2008)
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner (2009)
Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon by Melissa Anelli (2008)
Starman Jones by Robert A. Heinlein (1953)
The Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke by Taira Shigesuke, translated by Thomas Cleary (c. 1700, 1999 translation)
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (2002)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (2001)
Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick (2000)
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer (2004)
Star Trek: The Novelization by Alan Dean Foster (2009)
Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr. (1948)
Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (1949)
Science Fiction for Young Readers (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy) edited by C.W. Sullivan III (1993)
Winter by John Marsden (2000)
Niels Klim's Journey Under the Ground by Baron Ludvig Holberg (1741)
House of Night: Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (2007)
House of Night: Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (2007)
House of Night: Chosen by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (2008)
House of Night: Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (2008)
House of Night: Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (2009)
The Inferior by Peadar ó Guilín (2007)
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (2005)
The Scarlet Plague by Jack London (1912)
Young Adult Science Fiction (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy) edited by C.W. Sullivan III (1999)
After London, or Wild England by Richard Jefferies (1885)
Vault of the Ages by Poul Anderson (1952)
My Own Kind of Freedom: A Firefly Novel by Steven Brust (2007)
The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko edited by Amy H. Sturgis and David D. Oberhelman (2009)
We by Yevgeny Zamiatin, translated by Natasha Randall (1924)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (2009)
Genesis by Bernard Beckett (2009)
Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)
Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People by Noga Applebaum (2009)
The White Plague by Frank Herbert (1982)
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (2008)
Candor by Pam Bachorz (2009)
The Creature from Cleveland Depths by Fritz Leiber (1962)
The Wild, Wild West by Richard Wormser (1966)
The Wild, Wild West: The Night of the Iron Tyrants by Mark Ellis (#1-4, complete run) (1990)
House of Night: Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (2009)
The Wild, Wild West: The Novel by Robert Vaughan (1998)
The Time it Never Rained by Elmer Kelton (1973)
The Wild, Wild West: The Night of the Assassin by Robert Vaughan (1998)
The Last Children of Schevenborn by Gudrun Pausewang (1983)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (1870)
The Women of Nell Gwynne's by Kage Baker (2009)
The Wild, Wild West: The Night of the Death Train by Robert Vaughan (1998)
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne (1874)
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (2009)
The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture by Jason Colavito (2005)
The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd (2008)
The Big Life of a Little Man: Michael Dunn Remembered by Sherry Kelly (2009)
The Enemy by Charlie Higson (2009)
Peace Under Earth: Dialogues from the Year 1946 by Beatrice Warde (1937)
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (1955)
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein (1942)

Read Every Day
Arthurian Book of Days: The Greatest Legend in the World Retold Throughout the Year by Caitlin and John Matthews (1990)

Currently Reading
Strange Ports of Call edited by August Derleth (1948)

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

- Alfred Lord Tennyson, "Ring Out, Wild Bells"


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Jan. 1st, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
I quite liked it. The protagonist's voice was really compelling, I thought, and the effects of the war and family separation were chilling. I particularly liked the ending, which was fittingly bleak and also somewhat ambiguous, both of which seemed appropriate for all that the characters had experienced. So overall I thought it was rather effective. What do you think of it?
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Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's wonderful! Yes, I definitely give the book two thumbs up.
Dec. 31st, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
A very Happy New Year to you and your family! I love that poem. Thanks for sharing it.
Jan. 1st, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - and to you, too! I'm so glad you like the poem, too. :)
Dec. 31st, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
If I may be so bold, I recommend adding Ysabeau S. Wilce to your reading list for this year. The books she has out so far are entitled Flora Segunda and Flora's Dare. The third one (entitled Flora's Fury) will hopefully come out sometime during the upcoming year. Not only is it excellent fantasy, but it has some creative use of language as well. My favorite in that respect is how the title character refers to a coffeee house barista as a java-jerk.
Jan. 1st, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
Great - thanks so much for the recommendations! I haven't read Wilce before. *makes notes*
Dec. 31st, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Wishing you a happy new year!

Your posting of Wild Bells caught me by surprise. When I was about 12, I played the part of Lena in a theatre production of The Flattering Word and I had to recite the poem during the play (and with more verses than what you posted). I've always thought of that poem as my own private little trial and tribulation, hah.

Jan. 1st, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you - happy 2010 to you, too!

I've always thought of that poem as my own private little trial and tribulation, hah.

Hah! Sorry for the flashback there. ;)
Dec. 31st, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
I hope the coming New Year rawks your socks off! Be warm, happy & safe! :)
Jan. 1st, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much - right back at you! :)
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
That's such a lovely poem.

I wish you a Very Happy New Year too.

May 2010 be a great year for you.

Jan. 1st, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like the poem, too!

I hope 2010 is a great year for you, as well. *hugs*
Jan. 1st, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
I do, very much.

Thank you. *Hugs*
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Love the poem!

Have a very happy new year with no more mystery neurological problems.

You have inspired me to sort out my 2009 reading list.

Jan. 1st, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :) All the best to you and yours in 2010!
Dec. 31st, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
A Happy New Year to you, too!
Jan. 1st, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Jan. 1st, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
A happy New Year to you!

I like the Tennyson; I haven't come across that poem before.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind... yes. Thank you.
Jan. 1st, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I love that poem. I'm glad it spoke to you. *hugs*
Jan. 1st, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
How much of your "books read" list is for work, research or other obligation, and how much just for sheer pleasure?
Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
To be honest, it's really, really hard for me to separate the two. I only felt obligated to read two of the books on my list - all the rest I considered to be "for fun." But I let my pleasure-reading dictate a lot of my work -- so, for example, I developed some talks/lectures about young adult dystopias after I discovered how much I was loving reading them, and to justify the added research I wanted to do about them, just for my own information. So I try to combine work and pleasure at every opportunity. ;)

Happy 2010, by the way!
Jan. 2nd, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
My, That's a Large List You Have, Granny
Did Freud include "list envy" among the neuroses he identified? I seem to recall reading somewhere that he did . . . in one of the many (many!!) books I read this year.

-The Fredösphere

P.S. --I'm thrilled to hear your vision problems have cleared up. This is the first I've heard of the good news.

Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Re: My, That's a Large List You Have, Granny
ROFLOL! I'll have to remember "list envy." *wink* And thanks.

And thanks also for the kind words about my vision problems. I'm so very grateful that everything's fixed - I now have the C/T scans to prove it!
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