Lest the last few posts give the impression that I only purchase books at conventions, here are some others which arrived in the past week.
On the left is The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark, which has been on my radar for a couple of months now. Next to it is Katherine Arden‘s The Bear and the Nightingale, because Russian folklore. Also about a year ago I wrote most of a Baba Yaga story for an anthology call, and in the research for that story this book came up repeatedly.
The third is The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty, the sequel to her excellent The City of Brass which I read several months ago. Next to it is Friday Black, a collection of short stories by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah which came to my attention when LitHub posted the story “Zimmer Land“.
The bottom row includes reading material from various subscription. First is Night School by Zsófia Bán, then I Am God by Giacomo Sartori, and finally the latest issue of Poetry.
In reading, I finished Fix by Ferret Steinmetz (which Mr. Steinmetz signed at ConFusion 2019!) and am now bouncing between three of my ConFusion acquisitions: Reckoning #1, Death March by Phil Tucker, and The Blood-Tainted Winter by T L Greylock.
For this year I am keeping a list of the books I read, and I plan to write reviews (GoodReads, Amazon, etc.) both to boost the signal of those authors and to give me practice at writing reviews.
That’s all for now. The books continue to accumulate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #38
- Châteaureynaud, Georges-Olivier – A Life on Paper (Small Beer Press)
- Steinmetz, Ferret – Fix (Angry Robot Books)
- Steinmetz, Ferret – The Uploaded (Angry Robot Books)
- Shalamov, Varlam – Kolyma Stories (New York Review Books)
- Apex Magazine, #115, December 2018
- Palmer, Ada – Seven Surrenders
- Hartmann, Ivor W. (ed.) – AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers (StoryTime)
- Smith, Tracy K. – Life on Mars (Graywolf Press)
- Long Soldier, Layli – Whereas (Graywolf Press)
- Groskop, Viv – The Anna Karenina Fix
- Eveland, Erin – Darkness (Selladore Press)
- Andrade, R.A. – The Field Trip (Selladore Press)
- Greylock, T L – The Blood-Tainted Winter (Grass Crown Press)
- Tucker, Phil – Death March
- Reckoning #1
- Tomlinson, Patrick S. – Gate Crashers
- Flohr, Mackenzie – The Rite of Wands (BHC Press – Indigo)
- Eichenlaub, Anthony W. – Justice in an Age of Metal and Men
- Eichenlaub, Anthony W. – Peace in an Age of Metal and Men
- Filak, Stacey – The Queen Underneath (Page Street Publishing Company)
- Hughes, Keith – Timehunt: Borrowed Time
- Kuppers, Petra – Ice Bar (Spuyten Duyvil)
- Künsken, Derek – The Quantum Magician
- Matulich, Josef – Camp Arcanum (Post Mortem Press)
- Matulich, Josef – Power Tools in the Sacred Grove (Post Mortem Press)
- Snyder, Lucy A. – Garden of Eldritch Delights (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
- Snyder, Lucy A. – While the Black Stars Burn (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
- Bán, Zsófia – Night School: A Reader for Grownups (Open Letter Books)
- Poetry #213.5 (February 2019)
- Palmer, D. Thourson – Ours is the Storm
- Broaddus, Maurice – Buffalo Soldier
- Durham, David Anthony – Acacia
- Lowell, Nathan – Quarter Share (Durandus)
- Tucker, Phil – Nightmare Keep
- Tucker, Phil – The Path of Flames
- Greylock, T L – The Hills of Home (Grass Crown Press)
- Greylock, T L – Already Comes the Darkness (Grass Crown Press)
- Sullivan, Michael J. – Age of Myth
- Sullivan, Michael J. – Theft of Swords
- Shel, Mike – Aching God
- Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame – Friday Black
- Sartori, Giacomo – I Am God (Restless Books)
- Arden, Katherine – The Bear and the Nightingale
- Clark, P Djèlí – The Black God’s Drums
- Chakraborty, S.A. – The Kingdom of Copper
- Poniatowska, Elena – Mephisto’s Waltz (Deep Vellum)
- Campbell, Bill (ed.) – Sunspot Jungle, Kickstarter-exclusive 2-volume hardcover set (Rosarium Publishing)
- Rain Taxi 23.4 (Winter 2018)
- Duffy, Damian and Jennings, John – The Hole: Consumer Culture (Front Forty Press)
- James, Marlon – Black Leopard, Red Wolf
- LaValle, Victor, and Adams, John Joseph (eds.) – A People’s Future of the United States
- Noll, João Gilberto – Lord (Two Lines Press)
- Hines, Jim C. – Terminal Uprising
- Sullivan, Susan Abel (ed.) – Cursed: Wickedly Fun Stories (World Weaver Press)
- Wolford, Kate (ed.) – Skull & Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga (World Weaver Press)
- DreamForge #1
- Rosenthal, Olivia – To Leave with the Reindeer (And Other Stories)
- Jacobin #32
- Deleuze, Gilles and Guattari, Felix – A Thousand Plateaus (University of Minnesota Press)
- Willow Springs #83 (Spring 2019)
- Poetry #213.6 (March 2019)
- Emergency Index #7 (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- Berenguer, Amanda – Materia Prima (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- González, Wingston – No Budu Please (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- Ponce, Liliana – Diary (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- Montalbetti, Mario – Language Is a Revolver for Two (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- Feinstein, Rochelle – Pls. Reply (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- Cope, David (ed.) – Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry of the 21st Century (Ridgeway Press)
- Harris, Bill – Birth of a Notion, or The Half Ain’t Never Been Told (Wayne State University Press)
- Evans, CJ – A Penance (New Issues Press)
- Upton, Lee – Undid in the Land of Undone (New Issues Press)
- Kocher, Ruth Ellen – When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering (New Issues Press)
- Daniels, Jim – Night with Drive-By Shooting Stars (New Issues Press)
- Platt, Donald – Dirt Angels (New Issues Press)
- Huey, Amorak – Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress Publications)
- Senkus, Mark – Screaming Like War (Single-Minded Cocktail Press)
- Rahmani, Zahia – “Muslim”: A Novel (Deep Vellum Publishing)
- Two Lines Journal #30
- Rambo, Cat (ed.) – If This Goes On (Parvus Press)
- Frank, Meg (ed.) – Hope in This Timeline (Fireside Fiction)
- Saccomanno, Guillermo – 77 (Open Letter Books)
- Paris Review #228
- James, D.R. – Surreal Expulsion (The Poetry Box)
- Ridl, Jack – Saint Peter and the Goldfinch (Wayne State University Press)
- Malte, Marcus – The Boy (Restless Books)
- Poetry #214.1 (April 2019)
- New Ohio Review #25
- Wolff, Lina – The Polyglot Lovers (And Other Stories)
- Reckoning #2
- Browne, Mahogany L, Simmonds, Idrissa, Woods, Jamila (eds.) – The Breakbeat Poets Vol. II: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books)
- DeMott, Robert (ed.) – Conversations with Jim Harrison (Revised and Updated) (University Press of Mississippi)
- Morey, Chris (ed.) – I Am the Abyss (Dark Regions Press, LLC)
- Oomen, Anne-Marie (ed.) – Elemental (Wayne State University Press)
- Davis, Jean – Trust (Caffeinated Press)
- Pimwana, Duanwad – Bright (Two Lines Press)
- Buckell, Tobias S. – It’s All Just a Draft (Xenowealth LLC, Kickstarter exclusive)
- Poetry #214.2 (May 2019)
- Wellman, Mac – Awe (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- Farrell, Nathaniel – Lost Horizon (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- Osman, Jena – Motion Studies (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- Rodríguez, Reina Maria – The Winter Garden Photograph (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- Steck, Ed – An Interface for a Fractal Landscape (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- Fitterman, Robert – Rob’s Word Shop (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- Peninsula Poets #76.1, Spring 2019
- Levrero, Mario – Empty Words (And Other Stories)
- Scego, Igiaba – Beyond Babylon (Two Lines Press)
- Van Gelder, Gordon (ed.) – Welcome to the Greenhouse (OR Books)
- Duncombe, Stephen – Dream or Nightmare (OR Books)
- Boyd, Andrew – Beautiful Trouble (OR Books)
- Coleman, Elizabeth J. (ed.) – Here: Poems for the Planet (Copper Canyon Press)
- Pulphouse #5, Winter 2019
- Poetry #214.3, June 2019
- Rasmussen, Bjørn – The Skin Is the Elastic Covering That Encases the Entire Body (Two Lines Press)
- Rucker, Rudy – Million Mile Road Trip (Night Shade Books)
- Rucker, Rudy – The Big Aha (Night Shade Books)
- Scholes, Robert, Comley, Nancy R., Ulmer, Gregory L. – Text Book
- Kazin, Alfred – The Open Form
- Waugh, Patricia – Metafiction (Methuen & Co.)
- Fernández, Belén – Exile: Rejecting America and Finding the World (OR Books)
- Jacobin #33, Spring 2019
- Talusan, Grace – The Body Papers (Restless Books)
- Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #39
- Dreamforge #2
- Ellison, Harlan – Dimensions of Harlan Ellison (Edgeworks Abbey)
- Ellison, Harlan – The Book Needs No Introduction (Edgeworks Abbey)
- Ellison, Harlan – The Ephemeral Ellison (Edgeworks Abbey)
- Ellison, Harlan – The Ellison Treatment (Edgeworks Abbey)
- The 3288 Review 5.1 (Caffeinated Press)
- Riekki, Ron and Scarpino, Andrea (eds.) – Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice (Michigan State University Press)
- Klatt, L.S. – The Wilderness After Which (Otis Books)
- Rain Taxi #24.2 (Summer 2019)
- Swanwick, Michael – Dragonskin (Dragon Stairs Press) (signed, #21/50)
- McGookey, Kathleen – Nineteen Letters (BatCat Press), (#11/100)
- Broaddus, Maurice – Pimp My Airship (Apex Book Company)
- Sizemore, Jason and Conner, Lesley (eds.) – Do Not Go Quietly (Apex Book Company)
- Townsend, Tracy – The Fall
- Roanhorse, Rebecca – Storm of Locusts
- Harrison, Jim – The Essential Poems (Copper Canyon Press)
- Asghar, Fatimah and Elhillo, Safia (eds.) – The Breakbeat Poets vol. 3: Halal If You Can Hear Me (Haymarket Books)
- Shiner, Lewis – Outside the Gates of Eden (Subterranean Press)
- The Paris Review #229
- Brace, Kristin – Each Darkness Inside (Finishing Line Press)
- Split Lip Magazine #2
- Burn Collector #14 (Microcosm Publishing)
- Gnade, Adam (ed.) – The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting #6: The Life of Lee Harvey Oswald (Microcosm Publishing)
- Ensminger, David A. – Out of the Basement (Microcosm Publishing)
- Moore, Anne Elizabeth – Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh (Microcosm Publishing)
- Suren, Bob – Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records (Microcosm Publishing)
- Herbert, Alexander – What About Tomorrow? An Oral History of Russian Punk, From the Soviet Era to Pussy Riot (Microcosm Publishing)
- Campbell, John W., Jr. – Frozen Hell (Wildside Press)
- Doyle, Aidan – The Writer’s Book of Doubt (Ate Bit Bear)
- Poetry #214.4
- Reckoning #3
- Yong, Jin – A Hero Born (ARC)
- Silver, Steven H. and Palmatier, Joshua (eds.) – Alternate Peace (Zombies Need Brains LLC)
- Coe, David B. and Palmatier, Joshua (eds.) – Temporally Deactivated (Zombies Need Brains LLC)
- Bray, Patricia and Butler, S.C. (eds.) – Portals (Zombies Need Brains LLC)
- Yideum, Kim – Blood Sisters (Deep Vellum Publishing)
- von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang – The Golden Goblet (Deep Vellum Publishing)
- Amazing Stories 76.4
- Brace, Kristin – Toward the Wild Abundance (Michigan State University Press)
- Jallal, Karim and Zbiciak, Teresa – Mustapha Panda
- Willow Springs #84
- Daáood, Kamau – The Language of Saxophones (City Lights Books)
- Long, Michael G. (ed.) – We the Resistance (City Lights Books)
- Breedlove, Lynn – Forty-Five Thought Crimes (Manic D Press)
- Ivánova, Adelaide – The Hammer (Commune Editions)
- Schatz, Kate and Stahl, Miriam Klein – Rad American Women A-Z (City Lights Books)
- Neidich, Warren (ed.) – The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Part Three (Archive Books)
- Zisson, Steve (ed.) – A Punk Rock Future (Zsenon Publishing)
- Torres, Fernanda – Glory and Its Litany of Horrors (Restless Books)
- Serna, Rudolfo A. – Snow Over Utopia (Apex Publications)
- Poetry #214.5, September 2019
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!
Not a lot new this week for the library at Winkelman Abbey. Here we have the latest issues of Amazing Stories and Apex Magazine. I’m saving my money for the holidays and will probably burn a gift card or two to add to my collection of Russian literature, anarchist literature, and Russian anarchist literature.
Apex Book Company just announced that they will no longer be publishing the print version of their magazine, which makes me sad. It was a year-long experiment on Patreon to see if there was enough interest to keep such an endeavor afloat. According to editor Jason Sizemore, there were just barely enough subscribers to launch the print version for a year, and therefore they are going to return to only publishing electronic versions with possible annual “Best of” collections or the like. If you have not yet experienced Apex Magazine, or the books produced by Apex Book Company, I recommend you hie yourself to their online store post-haste.
In reading news, I completed Flex by Ferret Steinmetz, and immediately started the sequel The Flux, which thus far (two chapters in) is every bit as good as the first. Still about halfway through The Monster Baru Cormorant, and in the spare moments I am reading random entries in Salvage. The most recent was China Mieville’s long essay about social sadism, which is online at Salvage.zone. So it goes.
A few new books with dark and somber covers to match late-autumn Michigan. The first two are the second and third issues of Salvage, which bills itself as “a quarterly of revolutionary arts and letters,” and has the tagline “bleak is the new red.” It is good. Really really good. I first heard about it when researching different *punk literary subgenres, and came across an article about China Miéville wherein he discussed his involvement with Salvage. Miéville has lengthy essays in each of the issues I have so far purchased (2, 3, 5) and likely will have more in the future issues which arrive as part of my subscription. Well, of course I purchased a subscription.
On the right is the latest shipment from Two Lines Press, which continues to surprise me with wonderful books.
On the reading front, I have mostly recovered from the week at the AWS:Reinvent conference in Las Vegas, and am partway through The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson and Flex by Ferret Steinmetz. Both are quite excellent reads and they are absolutely nothing alike. I highly recommend both.