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Books Read 2011

90. "TRSF" edited by Stephen Cass

The review for this has already gone live at Tor.com.

91. "Emma" by Jane Austen

This is one of those books that I grew to enjoy more by the end than I did at the beginning, mostly by virtue of the fact that Emma is infuriating. Austen noted she was a protagonist no one but herself would like, and I can appreciate what she was doing narratively, but it was hard to stick with the novel until the redemptive parts came along. The stand-out bit of Emma is the perfecting of free indirect discourse within it: the ironic, double-edged, multi-meaning indirect narrative voice is fabulous. What a treat, from a compositional standpoint. That alone makes the book worth reading.

92. "The Stranger" by Albert Camus*

For one of my filler classes; you should really hear these poor kids trying to grasp existentialism. It's kind of heart-breaking from an educational standpoint, but also awfully hilarious. The book is the same as I've always found it: stylistically interesting but narratively dull, in the vein of Hemingway what with the misogyny both implied and direct.

93. "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman*

Re-read for a paper entitled "Gender in Neil Gaiman's Coraline(s)," on the removal of feminist thematic freight in Selick's film version of Gaiman's novel. (PS: This is not a hard argument to make.) I'll be giving it in one of my seminar classes, but I might see if Tor.com would be interested in having it put up there, also. It's pretty relevant, and not terribly long, so we'll see.



^ indicates nonfiction
* indicates re-read

1. ^To Write Like a Woman: Essays in Feminism and Science Fiction^ by Joanna Russ
2. ^The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms^ by Helen Merrick
3. ^Creating Short Fiction^ by Damon Knight
4. "Brave New Worlds" ed. by John Joseph Adams
5. ^The Country You Have Never Seen^ by Joanna Russ
6. ^Writers Gone Wild^ by Bill Peschel
7. "Ash" by Malinda Lo
8. "Among Others" by Jo Walton
9. "Secrets of the Demon" by Diana Rowland
10. "A Boy's Own Story" by Edmund White
11. ^Creating Short Fiction^ by Damon Knight*
12. "Grandville" and "Grandville Mon Amour" by Bryan Talbot
13. "Fables v.1-4" by Bill Willingham, various*
14. "The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 5" ed. Jonathan Strahan
15. ^Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminis^ by Mary Daly
16. "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner
17. "The Wise Man's Fear" by Patrick Rothfuss
18. "The Female Man" by Joanna Russ
19. "I Don't Want to Kill You" by Dan Wells
20. "Deathless" by Catherynne Valente
21. ^Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present^ by Neil Miller
22. "Fables" v. 5-8 by Bill Willingham, various*
23. "Huntress" by Malinda Lo
24. "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" by Alison Bechdel
25. ^Steering the Craft^ by Ursula K. Le Guin
26. "The Unwritten: Dead Man's Knock" by Mike Carey & Peter Gross
27. "Ooku: The Inner Chambers" v. 2-5
28. "The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For" by Alison Bechdel
29. "Teeth: Vampire Tales" ed. Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
30. "Red Glove" by Holly Black
31. "The Adventures of Alyx" by Joanna Russ
32. "Eclipse 4" edited by Jonathan Strahan
33. "Pale Demon" by Kim Harrison
34. "Dead Reckoning" by Charlaine Harris
35. "Fantasy & Science Fiction: May/June 2011" edited by Gordon Van Gelder
36. "The Wild Girls, Plus…" by Ursula K. Le Guin
37. "Asimov's Science Fiction: July 2011" edited by Sheila Williams
38. "And Chaos Died" by Joanna Russ
39. "Dust" by Elizabeth Bear
40. "Fables v. 9-12" by Bill Willingham, Various*
41. "Down the Mysterly River" by Bill Willingham (ARC)
42. "Chill" by Elizabeth Bear
43. "Grail" by Elizabeth Bear
44. "Feynman" by Ottaviana & Myrick
45. "We Who Are About to…" by Joanna Russ
46. ^Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing^ by Margaret Atwood
47. "Welcome to Bordertown" edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner
48. "Bullet" by Laurell K. Hamilton*
49. "Hit List" by Laurell K. Hamilton
50. "God's War" by Kameron Hurley
51. ^Creating Short Fiction^ by Damon Knight*
52. "Stories of Your Life and Others" by Ted Chiang
53. "Side Jobs" by Jim Butcher
54. "Anya's Ghost" by Vera Brosgol
55. "Asimov's, August 2011" (ed. Sheila Williams) & "F&SF, July/August 2011" (ed. Gordon Van Gelder)
56. "Fables" v. 13-15 + "1001 Nights of Snowfall" by Bill Willingham & various*
57. "Jack of Fables" v. 1-3 by Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges & various*
58. "Level Up" by Gene Luen Yang & Thien Pham
59. "A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes" edited by Joseph R. G. DeMarco
60. "Kitty's Big Trouble" by Carrie Vaughn
61. ^Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy^ by various
62. "Rule 34" by Charles Stross
63. "The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011" edited by Rich Horton
64. "Naked City" edited by Ellen Datlow
65. "Ghost Story" by Jim Butcher
66. "Kitty's Greatest Hits" by Carrie Vaughn
67. "The Two of Them" by Joanna Russ
68. "Wilde Stories 2011" edited by Steve Berman
69. "Kittatinny: a Tale of Magic" by Joanna Russ
70. "Jack of Fables v. 4-9" by Bill Willingham &Matthew Sturges
71. "The Tempering of Men" by Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear
72. "On Strike Against God" by Joanna Russ
73. "The Uncanny" by Sigmund Freud
74. ^How to Suppress Women's Writing^ by Joanna Russ*
75. "The Zanzibar Cat" by Joanna Russ
76. "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen*
77. "Death in Venice" by Thomas Mann*
78. "All Men of Genius" by Lev A. C. Rosen
79. "Codename Sailor V: #1" & "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: #1" by Naoko Takeuchi
80. "Extra(ordinary) People" by Joanna Russ
81. "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen*
82. "Magic Mommas, Trembling Sisters, Puritans & Perverts: Feminist Essays" by Joanna Russ
83. "Down These Strange Streets" edited by George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
84. "The Ammonite Violin & Others" by Caitlin R. Kiernan
85. ^On Joanna Russ^ edited by Farah Mendlesohn
86. "The Cold Commands" by Richard K. Morgan
87. "Salome" by Oscar Wilde
88. "The Hidden Side of the Moon" by Joanna Russ
89. ^What Are We Fighting For? Sex, Race, Class, and the Future of Feminism^ by Joanna Russ
90. "TRSF" edited by Stephen Cass
91. "Emma" by Jane Austen
92. "The Stranger" by Albert Camus
93. "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman*

Comments

I kinda love the bit where Emma, in pure bitch mode, explains how she just can't possibly talk to nice yeoman farmers since she can't do anything for them and they can't do anything for her, and she literally has no idea how this sounds, although even Harriet is kinda gaping and the author certainly does.
and she literally has no idea how this sounds, although even Harriet is kinda gaping and the author certainly does.

Yes, this. The whole book. *g*
93. "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman*

Re-read for a paper entitled "Gender in Neil Gaiman's Coraline(s)," on the removal of feminist thematic freight in Selick's film version of Gaiman's novel. (PS: This is not a hard argument to make.) I'll be giving it in one of my seminar classes, but I might see if Tor.com would be interested in having it put up there, also. It's pretty relevant, and not terribly long, so we'll see.


Oh I really hope this goes up on Tor.com, because you know I'm dying to read it.

Fwiw, I have never been able to get more than about 10% into Emma so applauding you.
If it doesn't, I'll share anyway. *g*

It's totally worth it, once you get past what a righteously terrible person Emma begins the book as. The prose is phenomenal. But yes, not an easy start.
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