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Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New

New Kindle - hurrah! I've added my "desert island" authors, the complete Mary Shelley, Brontë sisters, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, and much of J.R.R. Tolkien, so it already feels like "home." LOL!

Happy birthday to 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 2012!

And now for a last look back on 2011...

What I Published in 2011

"In Search of Fringe's Literary Ancestors"
in Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips and Mad Scientists
Kevin R. Grazier, ed., Smart Pop Books

"‘Just Get Us a Little Further’: Liberty and the Frontier in Firefly and Serenity"
in The Philosophy of Joss Whedon
Dean Kowalski and S. Evan Kreider, eds., University Press of Kentucky

"Reimagining ‘Magic City’: How the Casts Mythologize Tulsa"
in Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore, and Religion in the P.C. and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series
P.C. Cast, ed., Smart Pop Books

"Top Ten ‘Must Read’ Time Travel Works"
in StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3
Tony C. Smith, ed., StarShipSofa

"H.P. Lovecraft and the Imaginative Tale," Part 1 and Part 2 in Revolution Science Fiction (August)

Works Written in 2011 to be Published in 2012

"If This Is The (Final) Frontier, Where Are The Natives?"
in Star Trek and History
Nancy Reagin, ed., Wiley Blackwell

"Native America and the Prisoner's Dilemma"
in The Enterpri$er (Month TBD)

The Demon of Brockenheim; or The Enchanted Ring by Anonymous (1877)
(Edited, Annotated, and Introduced by Yours Truly), Udolpho Books

Proposal Accepted, to be Written and Published in 2012

"From Both Sides Now: Lois McMaster Bujold and the Fan Fiction Phenomenon"
in Forward Momentum: The Science Fiction and Fantasy of Lois McMaster Bujold
Janet B. Croft, ed., McFarland

First, a disclaimer: Since a great deal of my reading consists of articles, essays, lone book chapters, and short stories, this list of books and novellas doesn't exactly reflect my reading habits as a whole. It's also a shorter list than usual, because I didn't count the weeks I spent reading through the original Herodotus and Thucydides, as I didn't read the works cover-to-cover in order. So it goes.

Second, a link: Last summer I joined Goodreads, and I've left a review of each book I've read since then there.

What I Read in 2011

The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle (1914-1915)
Awakened by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (2011)
His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle (1908-1917)
The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver (2011)
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (1921-1927)
Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818)
Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries and Other Stories by John Taylor (2010)
Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson by Lyndsay Faye (2009)
Frankenstein, Based on the Novel by Mary Shelley by Nick Dear (2011)
The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin (1978)
Bumped by Megan McCafferty (2011)
The Seven-Percent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. by Nicholas Meyer (1974)
The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, M.D. by Nicholas Meyer (1976)
Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell (2011)
The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson by Nicholas Meyer (1995)
The Adventure of the Elusive Emeralds (novella in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #4) by Carla Coupe (2010)
The White Mountains by John Christopher (1967)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)
Jack the Ripper by Mark Whitehead and Miriam Rivett (2006)
The Whitechapel Horrors by Edward B. Hanna (1992)
The Mycroft Memoranda by Ray Walsh (1985)
Lestrade and the Ripper by M.J. Trow (1999)
Someone Cry for the Children: The Unsolved Girl Scout Murders of Oklahoma and the Case of Gene Leroy Hart by Michael and Dick Wilkerson (1981)
Dragon's Oath by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (2011)
The Demon of Brockenheim; or, The Enchanted Ring by Anonymous (1877)
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes edited by John Joseph Adams (2009)
Herodotus: The Father of History by Elizabeth Vandiver (2002)
Greek and Persian Wars by John R. Hale (2008)
Sherlock Holmes and the Apocalypse Murders by Barry Day (2001)
0.4 by Mike A. Lancaster (2011)
Blood Red Road by Moira Young (2011)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (1848)
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz (2011)
Destined by P.C. and Kristin Cast (2011)
Sherlock Holmes and the Seven Deadly Sins Murders by Barry Day (2002)
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (1980)
Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle by Daniel Stashower (1999)
Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper by Robert Bloch (2011)
The Doll: The Lost Short Stories by Daphne du Maurier (2011)

Currently Reading

Sherlock Holmes in Orbit edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg (1995)
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011)

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"


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 31st, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you too!

I'm looking forward to reading:

"If This Is The (Final) Frontier, Where Are The Natives?"

just because it's about Trek, and

"Native America and the Prisoner's Dilemma"

because the reference to the Prisoner's Dilemma intrigues me (being a social psychologist).
Jan. 1st, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
I really appreciate your kind words about my forthcoming articles. For that second one, I did indeed dabble in some game theory - much more your line of work than mine! LOL. Fortunately, it was a general overview kind of piece, so I didn't have to journey too terribly far outside of my comfort zone. It is nice, though, to see how different tools of different disciplines can prove so useful in trying to wrap your mind around an idea!

Happy 2012 to you!
Dec. 31st, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you too *Hugs*

May 2012 be a good year for you and yours.
Jan. 1st, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, my friend! Give Lacey a big hug for me. :D
Dec. 31st, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you as well! And enjoy your Kindle, I love mine!

Did you get the Complete Works of H. P. Lovecraft that Cthulhu Chick put together? It's very nice. And Pixel of Ink does daily free books that you might enjoy: http://www.pixelofink.com/

If you want a case, M-Edge is the way to go. This is the one I use, I like the stand so you can read while hands-free: http://www.medgestore.com/products/kindle3-latitudets.psp?device=kindle3

And if you want a fun way to personalize it and get a screen protector , check out Decal Girl: http://www.decalgirl.com/category.view/Amazon-Kindle-3-Skins

They call their screen protectors "Screen Armor", btw. Took me a while to figure that out. :)

Jan. 1st, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, my friend!

That is indeed the Complete Lovecraft that Cthulhu Chick compiled. It's brilliant! Thanks for double-checking on that.

And thanks also for the heads up re: M-Edge! That looks exactly like what I want/need. You've saved me ages of searching, and I appreciate it.

Cool "screen armor," too! LOL! I'm going to have fun going through all of those. I owe you yet another one.

High fives and hugs!
Dec. 31st, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
I LOVE John Christopher. One of my major influences as a young person. And White Mountains is my fave. Have you read the rest of the series, I assume? If not, let me know.

And given your predilection for Holmesian work, have you ever read Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith? Methinks you'd probably like it powerful much ...
Jan. 1st, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
John Christopher is awesome! The Empty World = wow. To be painfully honest, I'm not sure I ever read the entire series (including the prequel), but I've got it now, and I'm going to remedy the fact ASAP.

I have not read Holmes on the Range. *makes note on "to read" list* Thanks a million for the rec! You always know the best things.
Dec. 31st, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your kindle! Enjoy, enjoy!
Jan. 1st, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm already ridiculously attached to it. How did I manage this long without one? LOL!

Happy 2012!
Jan. 1st, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Same to you :)
Jan. 1st, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
Happy New Year!!!

Did you like Blood Red Road? I got it in my Secret Santa book exchange package on LibraryThing. I just skimmed the first few pages, and I'm hoping the dialect gets easier as you go along.
Jan. 1st, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And to you, too!

I had sort of mixed feelings about Blood Red Road. I thought it was solid, but I didn't love it. I have qualms about some of the world-building and especially the depth of some of the secondary characters, but I appreciate Saba's point of view (I found that the dialect did get easier the more I read), and most especially the fact that her character grows and develops naturally but markedly during the story.

As far as recent young adult dystopias go, I'd say it's not at the level of those I think of as the best (Collins's Hunger Games, Beckett's Genesis, Lancaster's 0.4, or O'Guilin's The Inferior), but I'd rank it above many others that people seem to like a lot, like Snyder's Inside Out or Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker or Ness's The Knife of Never Letting Go.

I'm not certain if I'll be interested enough to read the forthcoming sequel - which is probably a telling reaction - but I understand that it's being adapted as a film, so I'm very glad I read it before the movie hits theaters. (I'd definitely go see the film!)

Sorry for the wishy-washy answer. ;) I'd be very interested to know what you think about it.
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