This Week’s Books, Part I: Small Stack

This is the small stack of books from this week. The Big Stack consists of books I picked up at ConFusion 2019, which is a large enough collection that it warrants its own post.

The books on the ends, Life on Mars and Whereas, are poetry books I purchased on a whim while at Books and Mortar picking up AfroSF and Seven Surrenders. The Anna Karenina Fix arrived from Amazon while I was at ConFusion.

With this week’s exceptionally large haul, I am now over 1,500 books catalogued in LibraryThing. I have shelf space in my house for maybe 100 more books if they are the usual mix of thin and thick. That should be enough to get me through the rest of 2019. We shall see…

In reading news, I finished Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer while at ConFusion on Thursday night. Friday morning I had coffee with Miss Palmer and several other people, where she held forth on various Papal shenanigans from the mid-1400s. To cool my head I read about half of the poems in Life on Mars, which is an absolutely wonderful collection by our current national Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. I am now a little more than halfway through Fix by Ferret Steinmetz, the sequel to Flex and The Flux. Thus far it is just as good as the first two. I expect to be finished by the end of the week and am enjoying every page of it.

 

Links and Notes for the Week of January 13, 2019

Links and Notes for the Week of January 6, 2019

Big Books for Cold Weekends

The first full week of the year brings four new bound piles of printed pages to the library at Winkelman Abbey. On the left is Kolyma Stories by Varlam Shalamov. I heard of this one when The Paris Review published “Forty-Five Things I Learned in the Gulag“. Finally ordered it. Apparently this is the first of two volumes to be published (the second to be released this year). I will probably dive into it after I complete the current few books on my “currently reading” shelf.

The next one over is the December 2018 issue of Apex Magazine which, if I have my dates correct, is the last to be published in physical format. From now on the magazine will be digital only, which is fine, as it is well worth the cost of subscription in any format.

The last two are The Uploaded and Fix by the excellent Ferret Steinmetz. I hope to get them signed at ConFusion 2019 next weekend.

In reading news I am still working my way through Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning. I’m in the home stretch and should be through by the time I leave for ConFusion.

Selah!

ConFusion 2019 Schedule

Next week I head across the state to attend ConFusion 2019. This year I will be participating in three panels, all on Saturday, January 19. Here they are:

  • AI for Better or Worse – There’s no doubt that Artificial Intelligence will play some part in our future, but is it good, bad, or both? Panelists will discuss the future of AI, some of its uses, and some of its dangers.
    • Time: Saturday, 19 January, 2019 – 13:00
    • Room: Warren
    • Panelists: Anthony W. Eichenlaub (M), John Winkelman, Derek Kunsken
  • Let’s Talk Season 2: Computer Science! – A lighthearted talk on a hard science topics with smart and funny people. Let’s Talk: Computer Science will chuckle through the collapse of society as we know it. Come hear how silicon makes better decisions than carbon, protons as data, why you don’t need to be Slytherin to study Python, and what we are going to do with the leisure time we will have in 2025.
    • Time: Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 16:00
    • Room: Warren
    • Panelists: Daniel Dugan (M), John Winkelman, Anthony W. Eichenlaub
  • If you liked that, try this! – Our well-read panel will give you personalized book recommendations based on things you’ve read and loved.
    • Time: Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 18:00
    • Room: Dearborn
    • Panelists: Merrie Haskell (M), John Winkelman, Andrea Johnson, Karen Osborne, Sarah Hans

Between now and then I am spending my free moments gathering books I hope to have signed by other attendees, and getting everything around home squared away so I can focus on enjoying the experience. Hopefully one year I will be able to sign books of my own.

Links and Notes for the Week of December 30, 2018

Reading at the Start of the Year

An excellent start to a year of reading, despite the expression on Chateaureynaud’s face. A couple of weeks ago I subscribed to Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, a journal published by the excellent Small Beer Press. They surprised me by sending along a free copy of A Life On Paper, which I have added to my ever-growing to-read stack.

In reading news, I am still working my way through Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning, which I might have done before the start of ConFusion 2019. It is an excellent book, but not one which can be read quickly. After that, I will tackle something lighter. Perhaps Crime and Punishment.

2019 Books and Reading List

And here we are all of a sudden in calendar year 2019. This is the fifth iteration of my reading material acquisition list, and I plan to keep doing it much the same way as I have in previous years. For my complete catalog of books which I own, please visit LibraryThing. For the list of books I have read, with the occasional rating and review (I know, I know. I need to be better about reviewing things I read), please visit GoodReads.

One change from previous years – instead of linking to their pages on GoodReads, I will from now on be linking book titles directly to the appropriate pages on the websites of their publishers or, where publishers do not sell directly to customers, I will link to resources such as IndieBound and the like. Keep the money in the hands of the writers and publishers.

And now, The List.

January (49)

  1. Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #38
  2. Châteaureynaud, Georges-OlivierA Life on Paper (Small Beer Press)
  3. Steinmetz, FerretFix (Angry Robot Books)
  4. Steinmetz, FerretThe Uploaded (Angry Robot Books)
  5. Shalamov, VarlamKolyma Stories (New York Review Books)
  6. Apex Magazine, #115, December 2018
  7. Palmer, AdaSeven Surrenders
  8. Hartmann, Ivor W. (ed.) – AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers (StoryTime)
  9. Smith, Tracy K.Life on Mars (Graywolf Press)
  10. Long Soldier, LayliWhereas (Graywolf Press)
  11. Groskop, VivThe Anna Karenina Fix
  12. Eveland, ErinDarkness (Selladore Press)
  13. Andrade, R.A.The Field Trip (Selladore Press)
  14. Greylock, T LThe Blood-Tainted Winter (Grass Crown Press)
  15. Tucker, PhilDeath March
  16. Reckoning #1
  17. Tomlinson, Patrick S.Gate Crashers
  18. Flohr, MackenzieThe Rite of Wands (BHC Press – Indigo)
  19. Eichenlaub, Anthony W.Justice in an Age of Metal and Men
  20. Eichenlaub, Anthony W.Peace in an Age of Metal and Men
  21. Filak, StaceyThe Queen Underneath (Page Street Publishing Company)
  22. Hughes, KeithTimehunt: Borrowed Time
  23. Kuppers, PetraIce Bar (Spuyten Duyvil)
  24. Künsken, DerekThe Quantum Magician
  25. Matulich, JosefCamp Arcanum (Post Mortem Press)
  26. Matulich, JosefPower Tools in the Sacred Grove (Post Mortem Press)
  27. Snyder, Lucy A.Garden of Eldritch Delights (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  28. Snyder, Lucy A.While the Black Stars Burn (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  29. Bán, ZsófiaNight School: A Reader for Grownups (Open Letter Books)
  30. Poetry #213.5 (February 2019)
  31. Palmer, D. ThoursonOurs is the Storm
  32. Broaddus, MauriceBuffalo Soldier
  33. Durham, David AnthonyAcacia
  34. Lowell, NathanQuarter Share (Durandus)
  35. Tucker, PhilNightmare Keep
  36. Tucker, PhilThe Path of Flames
  37. Greylock, T LThe Hills of Home (Grass Crown Press)
  38. Greylock, T LAlready Comes the Darkness (Grass Crown Press)
  39. Sullivan, Michael J.Age of Myth
  40. Sullivan, Michael J.Theft of Swords
  41. Shel, MikeAching God
  42. Adjei-Brenyah, Nana KwameFriday Black
  43. Sartori, GiacomoI Am God (Restless Books)
  44. Arden, KatherineThe Bear and the Nightingale
  45. Clark, P DjèlíThe Black God’s Drums
  46. Chakraborty, S.A.The Kingdom of Copper
  47. Poniatowska, ElenaMephisto’s Waltz (Deep Vellum)
  48. Campbell, Bill (ed.) – Sunspot Jungle, Kickstarter-exclusive 2-volume hardcover set (Rosarium Publishing)
  49. Rain Taxi 23.4 (Winter 2018)

February (27)

  1. Duffy, Damian and Jennings, JohnThe Hole: Consumer Culture (Front Forty Press)
  2. James, MarlonBlack Leopard, Red Wolf
  3. LaValle, Victor, and Adams, John Joseph (eds.) – A People’s Future of the United States
  4. Noll, João GilbertoLord (Two Lines Press)
  5. Hines, Jim C.Terminal Uprising
  6. Sullivan, Susan Abel (ed.) – Cursed: Wickedly Fun Stories (World Weaver Press)
  7. Wolford, Kate (ed.) – Skull & Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga (World Weaver Press)
  8. DreamForge #1
  9. Rosenthal, OliviaTo Leave with the Reindeer (And Other Stories)
  10. Jacobin #32
  11. Deleuze, Gilles and Guattari, FelixA Thousand Plateaus (University of Minnesota Press)
  12. Willow Springs #83 (Spring 2019)
  13. Poetry #213.6 (March 2019)
  14. Emergency Index #7 (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  15. Berenguer, AmandaMateria Prima (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  16. González, WingstonNo Budu Please (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  17. Ponce, Liliana – Diary (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  18. Montalbetti, MarioLanguage Is a Revolver for Two (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  19. Feinstein, RochellePls. Reply (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  20. Cope, David (ed.) – Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry of the 21st Century (Ridgeway Press)
  21. Harris, BillBirth of a Notion, or The Half Ain’t Never Been Told (Wayne State University Press)
  22. Evans, CJA Penance (New Issues Press)
  23. Upton, LeeUndid in the Land of Undone (New Issues Press)
  24. Kocher, Ruth EllenWhen the Moon Knows You’re Wandering (New Issues Press)
  25. Daniels, JimNight with Drive-By Shooting Stars (New Issues Press)
  26. Platt, DonaldDirt Angels (New Issues Press)
  27. Huey, AmorakHa Ha Ha Thump (Sundress Publications)

March (13)

  1. Senkus, MarkScreaming Like War (Single-Minded Cocktail Press)
  2. Rahmani, Zahia“Muslim”: A Novel (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  3. Two Lines Journal #30
  4. Rambo, Cat (ed.) – If This Goes On (Parvus Press)
  5. Frank, Meg (ed.) – Hope in This Timeline (Fireside Fiction)
  6. Saccomanno, Guillermo77 (Open Letter Books)
  7. Paris Review #228
  8. James, D.R.Surreal Expulsion (The Poetry Box)
  9. Ridl, JackSaint Peter and the Goldfinch (Wayne State University Press)
  10. Malte, MarcusThe Boy (Restless Books)
  11. Poetry #214.1 (April 2019)
  12. New Ohio Review #25
  13. Wolff, LinaThe Polyglot Lovers (And Other Stories)

April (16)

  1. Reckoning #2
  2. Browne, Mahogany L, Simmonds, Idrissa, Woods, Jamila (eds.) – The Breakbeat Poets Vol. II: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books)
  3. DeMott, Robert (ed.) – Conversations with Jim Harrison (Revised and Updated) (University Press of Mississippi)
  4. Morey, Chris (ed.) – I Am the Abyss (Dark Regions Press, LLC)
  5. Oomen, Anne-Marie (ed.) – Elemental (Wayne State University Press)
  6. Davis, JeanTrust (Caffeinated Press)
  7. Pimwana, DuanwadBright (Two Lines Press)
  8. Buckell, Tobias S.It’s All Just a Draft (Xenowealth LLC, Kickstarter exclusive)
  9. Poetry #214.2 (May 2019)
  10. Wellman, MacAwe (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  11. Farrell, NathanielLost Horizon (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  12. Osman, JenaMotion Studies (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  13. Rodríguez, Reina MariaThe Winter Garden Photograph (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  14. Steck, EdAn Interface for a Fractal Landscape (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  15. Fitterman, RobertRob’s Word Shop (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  16. Peninsula Poets #76.1, Spring 2019

May (16)

  1. Levrero, MarioEmpty Words (And Other Stories)
  2. Scego, IgiabaBeyond Babylon (Two Lines Press)
  3. Van Gelder, Gordon (ed.) – Welcome to the Greenhouse (OR Books)
  4. Duncombe, StephenDream or Nightmare (OR Books)
  5. Boyd, AndrewBeautiful Trouble (OR Books)
  6. Coleman, Elizabeth J. (ed.) – Here: Poems for the Planet (Copper Canyon Press)
  7. Pulphouse #5, Winter 2019
  8. Poetry #214.3, June 2019
  9. Rasmussen, BjørnThe Skin Is the Elastic Covering That Encases the Entire Body (Two Lines Press)
  10. Rucker, RudyMillion Mile Road Trip (Night Shade Books)
  11. Rucker, RudyThe Big Aha (Night Shade Books)
  12. Scholes, Robert, Comley, Nancy R., Ulmer, Gregory L.Text Book
  13. Kazin, AlfredThe Open Form
  14. Waugh, PatriciaMetafiction (Methuen & Co.)
  15. Fernández, BelénExile: Rejecting America and Finding the World (OR Books)
  16. Jacobin #33, Spring 2019

June (39)

  1. Talusan, GraceThe Body Papers (Restless Books)
  2. Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #39
  3. Dreamforge #2
  4. Ellison, HarlanDimensions of Harlan Ellison (Edgeworks Abbey)
  5. Ellison, HarlanThe Book Needs No Introduction (Edgeworks Abbey)
  6. Ellison, HarlanThe Ephemeral Ellison (Edgeworks Abbey)
  7. Ellison, HarlanThe Ellison Treatment (Edgeworks Abbey)
  8. The 3288 Review 5.1 (Caffeinated Press)
  9. Riekki, Ron and Scarpino, Andrea (eds.) – Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice (Michigan State University Press)
  10. Klatt, L.S.The Wilderness After Which (Otis Books)
  11. Rain Taxi #24.2 (Summer 2019)
  12. Swanwick, MichaelDragonskin (Dragon Stairs Press) (signed, #21/50)
  13. McGookey, KathleenNineteen Letters (BatCat Press), (#11/100)
  14. Broaddus, MauricePimp My Airship (Apex Book Company)
  15. Sizemore, Jason and Conner, Lesley (eds.) – Do Not Go Quietly (Apex Book Company)
  16. Townsend, TracyThe Fall
  17. Roanhorse, RebeccaStorm of Locusts
  18. Harrison, JimThe Essential Poems (Copper Canyon Press)
  19. Asghar, Fatimah and Elhillo, Safia (eds.) – The Breakbeat Poets vol. 3: Halal If You Can Hear Me (Haymarket Books)
  20. Shiner, LewisOutside the Gates of Eden (Subterranean Press)
  21. The Paris Review #229
  22. Brace, KristinEach Darkness Inside (Finishing Line Press)
  23. Split Lip Magazine #2
  24. Burn Collector #14 (Microcosm Publishing)
  25. Gnade, Adam (ed.) – The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting #6: The Life of Lee Harvey Oswald (Microcosm Publishing)
  26. Ensminger, David A. – Out of the Basement (Microcosm Publishing)
  27. Moore, Anne ElizabethCambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh (Microcosm Publishing)
  28. Suren, BobCrate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records (Microcosm Publishing)
  29. Herbert, AlexanderWhat About Tomorrow? An Oral History of Russian Punk, From the Soviet Era to Pussy Riot (Microcosm Publishing)
  30. Campbell, John W., Jr.Frozen Hell (Wildside Press)
  31. Doyle, AidanThe Writer’s Book of Doubt (Ate Bit Bear)
  32. Poetry #214.4
  33. Reckoning #3
  34. Yong, JinA Hero Born (ARC)
  35. Silver, Steven H. and Palmatier, Joshua (eds.) – Alternate Peace (Zombies Need Brains LLC)
  36. Coe, David B. and Palmatier, Joshua (eds.) – Temporally Deactivated (Zombies Need Brains LLC)
  37. Bray, Patricia and Butler, S.C. (eds.) – Portals (Zombies Need Brains LLC)
  38. Yideum, KimBlood Sisters (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  39. von Goethe, Johann WolfgangThe Golden Goblet (Deep Vellum Publishing)

July (12)

  1. Amazing Stories 76.4
  2. Brace, KristinToward the Wild Abundance (Michigan State University Press)
  3. Jallal, Karim and Zbiciak, Teresa – Mustapha Panda
  4. Willow Springs #84
  5. Daáood, KamauThe Language of Saxophones (City Lights Books)
  6. Long, Michael G. (ed.) – We the Resistance (City Lights Books)
  7. Breedlove, LynnForty-Five Thought Crimes (Manic D Press)
  8. Ivánova, AdelaideThe Hammer (Commune Editions)
  9. Schatz, Kate and Stahl, Miriam KleinRad American Women A-Z (City Lights Books)
  10. Neidich, Warren (ed.) – The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Part Three (Archive Books)
  11. Zisson, Steve (ed.) – A Punk Rock Future (Zsenon Publishing)
  12. Torres, FernandaGlory and Its Litany of Horrors (Restless Books)

August (3)

  1. Serna, Rudolfo A. – Snow Over Utopia (Apex Publications)
  2. Poetry #214.5, September 2019
  3. Fellous, ColetteThis Tilting World (Two Lines Press)

September (11)

  1. Two Lines #31
  2. Paris Review #230
  3. Yang, JyThe Ascent to Godhood
  4. Chiang, TedExhalation
  5. Hossain, Saad ZThe Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday
  6. Luff, Cody T.Ration (Apex Publications)
  7. Harjo, JoyShe Had Some Horses
  8. Kendi, Ibram X.How to Be an Antiracist
  9. Rain Taxi 14.3, Fall 2019
  10. Dreamforge #3, September 2019
  11. Poetry #215.1 (October 2019)

October (20)

  1. Perlman, Jim, Cooper, Deborah, Hart, Mara and Mittelfehldt, Pamela (eds.) – Amethyst and Agate: Poems of Lake Superior (Holy Cow! Press)
  2. Lauchlan, MichaelTrumbull Ave. (Wayne State University Press)
  3. Lynch, ThomasStill Life in Milford
  4. Gerber, DanA Last Bridge Home (Clark City Press)
  5. Liebler, M.L. (ed.) – Brooding the Heartlands: Poets of the Midwest (Bottom Dog Press)
  6. Hilberry, ConradAfter-Music (Wayne State University Press)
  7. Hinrichsen, DennisKurosawa’s Dog (Oberlin College Press)
  8. Clark, Patricia and Jenkins, Jinny (eds.) – Great Lakes: Image & Word (Grand Valley State University)
  9. Mréjen, ValérieBlack Forest (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  10. Masłowska, DorotaHoney, I Killed the Cats (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  11. Pulphouse Fiction Magazine #6, Spring 2019
  12. Straczynski, J. MichaelBecoming Superman
  13. Defoe, DanielRobinson Crusoe (300th Anniversary Edition) – Restless Books
  14. Etchells, TimEndland (And Other Stories)
  15. Zafón, Carlos RuizThe Labyrinth of the Spirits (Subterranean Press)
  16. Poetry #215.2 (November 2019)
  17. Erin, AlexandraFirst Dates, Last Calls
  18. Ono, MasatsuguLion Cross Point (Two Lines Press)
  19. Anyuru, JohannesThey Will Drown in Their Mothers’ Tears (Two Lines Press)
  20. Peninsula Poets, Fall 2019

November (13)

  1. Tidhar, LavieHebrew Punk (Apex Publications)
  2. New Ohio Review #26
  3. Patel, ShenazSilence of the Chagos (Restless Books)
  4. Conner, LesleyThe Weight of Chains (Sinister Grin Press)
  5. Burmeister-Brown, Susan and Swanson-Davies, Linda B. (eds) The Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction, Vol. I: Building Blocks
  6. Poetry #215.3 (December 2019)
  7. Pulphouse Fiction Magazine #7 (Summer 2019)
  8. Steffen, David (ed.) – The Long List Anthology, vol. 5 (Diabolical Plots LLC)
  9. Meadors, Melanie R. (ed.) – Scoundrels (Outland Entertainment)
  10. Meadors, Melanie and Abbott, Alana Joli (eds.) – Brigands (Outland Entertainment)
  11. Meadors, Melanie and Abbott, Alana Joli (eds.) – Knaves (Outland Entertainment)
  12. Wang, JackieCarceral Capitalism (Semiotext(e))
  13. Valencia, SayakGore Capitalism (Semiotext(e))

December (12)

  1. The Paris Review #231, Winter 2019
  2. Fisher, MarkCapitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (Zero Books)
  3. Choi, FrannySoft Science (Alice James Books)
  4. Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #40
  5. Rain Taxi #24.4 (Winter 2019)
  6. Dreamforge #4 (December 2019)
  7. A Creative Sojourn, vol. 2
  8. Burstein, MichaelI Remember the Future (Apex Book Company)
  9. Jung Young MoonSeven Samurai Swept Away in a River (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  10. Sentsov, OlegLife Went On Anyway: Stories (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  11. Salvage #7 (Autumn/Winter 2019)
  12. Brown, LukeTheft (And Other Stories)

Reading at the End of the Year

Here we are at the end of 2018, and here are the last additions to the library before we ring in the new year. On the left is the January 2019 issue of Poetry, and on the right is Decals by Oliverio Girondo, the latest from my subscription to the catalog of Open Letter Books.

The holidays have been hectic as always, but I have made good progress in Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning. I hope to have it completed before ConFusion 2019, where Palmer will be the Guest of Honor.

And with that, Happy New Year!