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2015: What I Published & Read

It's time for my year-end review post.

Apologies for being quiet of late. I've been dealing with both shingles and sinus-related nastiness for which surgery looms in 2016. Ick. I do hope your holiday season has been more enjoyable!

But back to taking stock of 2015...



What I Published in 2015

In Books

* “Seeking Dumbledore’s Mother: Harry Potter in the Native American Context” in Harry Potter for Nerds II, Kathryn McDaniel and Travis Prinzi, eds.

* “Harry Potter and the Dystopia After Tomorrow” in Ravenclaw Reader: Seeking the Artistry and Meaning of J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts Saga, The St. Andrews University Harry Potter Conference, John Patrick Pazdziora and Micah Snell, eds.

* [Note: Also written in 2015 and accepted for 2016 publication: “His Fordship in the Capitol and Big Brother in the Districts: The Hunger Games and the Modern Dystopian Tradition” in Critical Insights: The Hunger Games, Lana A. Whited, ed., Grey House/Salem Press, forthcoming in 2016]

In Reason Magazine

*“Star Wars, Remixed: George Lucas’ Universe Is a Mashup Masterwork,” Reason (January 2016) online here

* “The Many Resurrections of Sherlock Holmes: Why the Great Detective Is Always in Fashion,” Reason (October 2015) online here

* “Feminism, Frankenstein, and Freedom: The Individualistic Works and Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley,” Reason (June 2015) online here


What I Read in 2015

(Note: I post reviews of what I read on Goodreads.)

Books Read in 2015
Cold Case Reopened: The Princes in the Tower by Mark Garber (2013)
The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III's Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds by Philippa Langley and Michael K. Jones (2013)
Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe by J.W. Ocker (2014)
Golden Son by Pierce Brown (2015)
The Case of the Missing Moonstone (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency) by Jordan Stratford (2013)
The Gospel of Sheba by Lyndsay Faye (2015)
Mary: A Fiction by Mary Wollstonecraft (1788)
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (1962)
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon (2015)
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (1973)
The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin (2005)
Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier (1935)
The New England Grimpendium by J.W. Ocker (2010)
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu and translated by Ken Liu (2014)
The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being by Ronald D. Siegel (2014)
As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality by Michael T. Saler (2012)
This Immortal by Roger Zelazny (1966)
The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons (2015)
The White People by Arthur Machen (1904)
How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by Chris Taylor (2014)
Supernatural Horror in Literature by H.P. Lovecraft (1934)
Dry Bones by Craig Johnson (2015)
The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye (2015)
The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft, edited and annotated by Leslie S. Klinger (2014)
Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller (2013)
Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller (2014)
Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn (1991)
Star Wars: Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn (1992)
Star Wars: The Last Command by Timothy Zahn (1993)
Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales by Kenneth Hite (2008)
The Star Wars Heresies: Interpreting the Themes, Symbols and Philosophies of Episodes I, II and III by Paul F. McDonald (2013)
The Secret History of Star Wars: The Art of Storytelling and the Making of a Modern Epic by Michael Kaminski (2008)
American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest by Hannah Nordhaus (2015)
When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer (1933)
After Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer (1934)
On Night's Shore by Randall Silvis (2000)
Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier by Timothy J. Shannon (2008)
The American Boy by Andrew Taylor (2003)
Aftermath, Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Chuck Wendig (2015)
The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure by Jason Fry (2015)
Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo Adventure by Greg Rucka (2015)
Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure by Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry (2015)
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (1972)
Lost Stars, Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Claudia Gray (2015)
Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold (2015)
The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice by Wilkie Collins (1878)
Dark Equinox and Other Tales of Lovecraftian Horror by Ann K. Schwader (2015)
The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher (2015)
Jane: Starvation, Cannibalism, and Endurance at Jamestown by James Horn, William Kelso, Douglas Owsley, and Beverly Straube (2013)
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (2015)
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (2015)
Star Wars, A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken (2015)
Star Wars: Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka (2015)
The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper edited by Maxim Jakubowski (2008)
Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Special Edition: Deceptions by Jude Watson (2001)
Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Special Edition: The Followers by Jude Watson (2002)
Of Thimble and Threat: The Life of a Ripper Victim by Alan M. Clark (2011)
Star Wars: Legacy of the Jedi by Jude Watson (2003)
Star Wars: Secrets of the Jedi by Jude Watson (2005)
Star Wars Issue #7 by Jason Aaron (2015)
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan (2013)
Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk (2012)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster (2015)
Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka (2015)
Detective Fiction: From Victorian Sleuths to the Present by M. Lee Alexander (2010)
My Dear Watson by Margaret Park Bridges (2011)

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
jan_u_wine
Dec. 30th, 2015 02:08 pm (UTC)
wow, phenomenal, both on the "what I wrote" and "what I read" frontiers! (do you have a TARDIS? I don't know where you find the time, otherwise!)
j_cheney
Dec. 30th, 2015 03:16 pm (UTC)
That's an impressive reading list!
lizziebelle
Dec. 31st, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
Oh dear, I hope you feel better soon! Those are both nasty.

Impressed by your reading list! You must be a speed reader. ;)
gilda_elise
Dec. 31st, 2015 12:10 pm (UTC)
Wow, lots of good books! The King's Grave, of course, but also When Worlds Collide, and After Worlds Collide. I read those two years and years ago, but remember enjoying them immensely. I've been trying to get hold of Of Thimble and Threat, but no luck yet.

And kudos for your published works!
greenhoodloxley
Jan. 1st, 2016 08:32 pm (UTC)
Hope you're feeling up to snuff soon!

What was your favorite out of all the Star Wars books? I adore Timothy Zahn's.
sittingduck1313
Jan. 4th, 2016 12:43 pm (UTC)
Tour de Lovecraft was a good one. I particularly liked how he took down Joshi's objections to The Dunwich Horror and Dreams in the Witch House. The introduction Joshi wrote for Dunwich in the Penguin annotated volume was some of the most contradictory and nonsensical drivel I had ever seen. I suspect his real objection to that one is that's it's Lovecraft's most Derleth-like story.
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