2015 Reading: 64 Books @ 09:43 pm
Current Mood: determined
- Changeless by Gail Carriger (374 pp.)
first line: "'They are what?'"
- The Clearing by Heather Davis (215 pp.)
first line: "Each night I wished for things to be different."
- Me and the Devil Blues 1: The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson by Akira Hiramoto (539 pp.) (graphic novel)
- The Unwritten Vol. 9: Fables by Mike Carey, et al. (graphic novel)
- The Agency 1: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee (335 pp.)
first line (of the prologue): "She should have been listening to the judge."
First line (of the first chapter): "Mary took the attic stairs two by two."
- The Agency 2: The Body at the Tower by Y. S. Lee (337 pp.)
first line (of the prologue): "A sobbing man huddles on a narrow ledge, clawing at his eyes to shield them from the horror far below."
first line (of the first chapter): "The freedoms of being a boy, reflected Mary, were many."
- The Agency 3: The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y. S. Lee (373 pp.)
first line (of the prologue): "The old man was all but barefoot, with only a mismatched pair of leather flaps, much eroded by time and wear, bound to his feet with strips of rags."
first line (of the first chapter): "Her Majesty Victoria, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen, Defender of the Faith, had a lamp shade on her head."
- Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler (209 pp)
first line (of the prologue): "The day Melissa Miller killed her cat, she met the Angel of Death."
first line (of the first chapter): "If Melissa Miller were an artist, she would have painted the world in vicious streaks of red."
favorite line: "[high school]--that dread institution of audacity and hormones, all wrapped in a pretty box and topped with a diploma."
- Fables: Camelot by Bill Willingham, with art by Mark Buckingham, et al. (graphic novel)
- Witch Fantastic ed. by Mike Resnick & Martin H. Greenberg (349 pp.)
stories: Clotilde la Bruja (James Stevens-Arce) / Our Lady of the Toads (Deborah Wheeler) / Dealing in Futures (Judith Tarr) / Circles (Jane Yolen) / In a Yellow Dress (Jo Clayton) / The Witch's Cat (Byron Tetrick) / The Swineherd (Lois Tilton) / Miracle at Devil's Creek (Jeffry Dwight) / Giant Trouble (Katharine Kerr) / Spell Check (Terry McGarry) / Birds of a Feather (Charles von Rospach) / Lose Weight like Magic (Linda J. Dunn) / Witch Doctor (Kate Daniel) / The Trouble with Big Brothers (Nina Kiriki Hoffman) / Witch-Horse (Josepha Sherman) / Glamour Profession (Beth Meacham) / Witch War (L. Emerson Wolfe) Till Death Do Us Part (Sandra Rector & P.M.F. Johnson) / Threefold to You (Deborah Millitello) / Taking Back the Night (Elizabeth Gilligan) / Witch Garden (James Macdonald & Debra Doyle) / An Eye for Acquisitions (Bruce Holland Rogers) / Diddling with Grandmother's Iron Maiden (Nicholas A. DiChario) / The Three Tears (Bryon Tetrick) / That Old Black Magic (Deborah J. Wunder) / The Journal of #3 Honeysuckle Lane (Lea Hernandez) / Wooden Characters (Roland J. Green) / The Witches of Delight (Kathe Koja & Barry N. Malzberg) / Stock Answer (Lea A. Zeldes) / The Hidden Grove (Michelle Sagara West) / An Un-Familiar Magic (Mel. White) / The Spell (David Gerrold)
- The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People ed. by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling (496 pp.)
stories: Island Lake (E. Catherine Tobler) / The Puma's Daughter (Tanith Lee) / Map of Seventeen (Christopher Barzak) / The Selkie Speaks (Delia Sherman) / Bear's Bride (Johanna Sinisalo) / The Abominable Child's Tale (Carol Emshwiller) / The Hikikomori (Hiromi Goto) / The Comeuppance of Creegus Maxin (Gregory Frost) / Ganesha (Jeffrey Ford) / The Elephant's Bride (Jane Yolen) / The Children of Cadmus (Ellen Kushner) / The White Doe: Three Poems (Jeanine Hall Gailey) / Coyote and Valorosa (Terra L. Gearhart-Serna) / One Thin Dime (Stewart Moore) / The Monkey Bride (Midori Snyder) / Pishaach (Shweta Narayan) / The Salamander Fire (Marly Youmans) / The Margay's Children (Richard Bowes) / Thimbleriggery and Fledglings (Steve Berman) / The Flock (Lucius Shepard) / The Children of the Shark God (Peter S. Beagle) / Rosina (Nan Fry)
- The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest ed. by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling (384 pp.)
stories: Going Wodwo (Neil Gaiman) / Grand Central Park (Delia Sherman) / Daphne (Michael Cadnum) / Somewhere in My Mind There Is a Painting Box (Charles de Lint) / Among the Leaves So Green (Tanith Lee) / Song of the Cailleach Bheur (Jane Yolen) / Hunter's Moon (Patricia A. McKillip) / Charlie's Away (Midori Snyder) / A World Painted by Birds (Katherine Vaz) / Grounded (Nina Kiriki Hoffman) / Overlooking (Carol Emshwiller) / Fee, Fie, Foe, et Cetera (Gregory Maguire) / Joshua Tree (Emma Bull) / Ali Anugne O Chash (The Boy Who Was) (Carolyn Dunn) / Remnants (Kathe Koja) / The Pagodas of Ciboure (M. Shayne Bell) / Green Men (Bill Lewis) / The Green Word (Jeffrey Ford)
- Coyote Road: Trickster Tales ed. by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling (518 pp.)
stories: One Odd Shoe (Pat Murphy) / Coyote Woman (Carolyn Dunn) / Wagers of Gold Mountain (Steve Berman) / The Listeners (Nina Kiriki Hoffman) / Realer than You (Christopher Barzak) / The Fiddler of Bayou Teche (Delia Sherman) / A Tale for the Short Days (Richard Bowes) / Friday Night at St. Cecilia's (Ellen Klages) / The Fortune-Teller (Patricia A. McKillip) / How Raven Made his Bride (Theodora Goss) / Crow Roads (Charles de Lint) / The Chamber Music of Animals (Katherine Vaz) / Uncle Bob Visits (Caroline Stevermer) / Uncle Tompa (Midori Snyder) / Cat of the World (Michael Cadnum) / Honored Guest (Ellen Kushner) / Always the Same Story (Elizabeth E. Wein) / The Señorita and the Cactus Thorn (Kim Antieau) / Black Rock Blues (Will Shetterly) / The Constable of Abal (Kelly Link) / A Reversal of Fortune (Holly Black) / God Clown (Carol Emshwiller) / The Other Labyrinth (Jedediah Berry) / The Dreaming Wind (Jeffrey Ford) / Kwaku Anansi Walks the World's Web (Jane Yolen) / The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change (Kij Johnson)
- The Faery Reel ed. by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling (523 pp.)
stories: The Boys of Goose Hill (Charles de Lint) / Catnyp (Delia Sherman) / Elvenbrood (Tanith Lee) / Your Garnet Eyes (Katherine Vaz) / Tengu Mountain (Gregory Frost) / The Faery Handbag (Kelly Link) / The Price of Glamour (Steve Berman) / The Night Market (Holly Black) / Never Never (Bruce Glassco) / Screaming for Faeries (Ellen Steiber) / Immersed in Matter (Nina Kiriki Hoffman) / Undine (Patricia A. Mckillip) / The Oakthing (Gregory Maguire) / Foxwife (Hiromi Goto) / The Dream Eaters (A.M. Dellamonica) / The Faery Reel (Neil Gaiman) / The Shooter at the Heartrock Waterhole (Bill Congreve) / The Annals of Eelin-Ok (Jeffrey Ford) / De la Tierra (Emma Bull) / How to Find Faery (Nan Fry)
- The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action by Wendy Northcutt (312 pp.)
first line: "Most of us know instinctively that the phrase 'trust me, light this fuse' is a recipe for disaster."
- Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction ed. by Sharyn November (416 pp.)
stories: Cotillion (Delia Sherman) / The Baby in the Night Deposit Box (Megan Whalen Turner) / Beauty (Sherwood Smith) / Mariposa (Nancy Springer) / Max Mondrosch (Lloyd Alexander) / The Fall of Ys (Meredith Ann Pierce) / Medusa (Michael Cadnum) / The Black Fox (Emma Bull (adaptation) and Charles Vess (illustration) ) / Byndley (Patricia A. McKillip) / The Lady of the Ice Garden (Kara Dalkey) / Hope Chest (Garth Nix) / Chasing the Wind (Elizabeth E. Wein) / Little Dot (Diana Wynne Jones) / Remember Me (Nancy Farmer) / Flotsam (Nina Kiriki Hoffman) / The Flying Woman (Laurel Winter)
- Strange Attraction ed. by Edward E. Kramer
stories: Introduction: Gopher and the Gilly (Harlan Ellison) / By Turns (Caitlin R. Kiernan) / Many Worlds Are Born Tonight (Charles De Lint) / Harlequin Valentine (Neil Gaiman) / Something October (Lisa Snellings) / Maya (James S. Dorr) / Fallen Angel (Robert J. Sawyer) / Subtle Knowing (Chet Williamson) / Occurence at Owl Street Ridge (John Shirley) / Tithes of Mint and Rue (Michael Bishop) / Thunderbolt’s Daguerreotypes (Alexandra Elizabeth Honigsberg) / Pocketsful of Diamonds (Gene Wolfe) / The Fire-Eater’s Tale (Jack Dann And Janeen Webb) / Mr. Twisted (Edward Bryant) / A Lap Dance with the Lobster Lady (S.P. Somtow) / The Serpent Queen (Nancy A. Collins) / The Call of the Wheel (Jason Miller) / The Whole of the Wideness of Night (Nina K. Hoffman) / Chump Hoist (Brad Linaweaver) / Ten-In-One (Fred Olen Ray) / Peace of Mind (Richard Lee Byers) / Death Has Lost Its Charm For Me (Ray Bradbury) / Deep Blue (David Niall Wilson) / Appeasing the Darkness (Darrell Schweitzer) / Days of the Wheel (Peter Crowther)
- (Cat Crimes I, II, III ed. by Martin H. Greenberg and Ed Gorman)
- Cat Crimes I (260 pp.)
stories: Introduction (Ed Gorman) / Ginger's Waterloo (Peter Lovesey) / Bedeviled: A "Nameless Detective" Story (Bill Pronzini) / A Weekend at Lookout Lodge (Joan E. Hess) / Tea and 'Biscuit (Jon L. Breen) / Horatio Ruminates (Dorothy B. Hughes) / Scat (Barbara Paul) / Blindsided (William J. Reynolds) / The Last Temptation of Tony the C. (Christopher Fahy) / Buster (Bill Crider) / Catnap (David H. Everson) / Last Kiss (Douglas Borton) / Little Cat Feet (Les Roberts) / Finicky (John Lutz) / The Duel (J. A. Lance) / Archimedes and the Doughnuts (Gene Deweese and Barbra Paul) / The Lower Wacker Hilton (Barbara D'Amato) / A Proper Burial (Barbara Collins)
- Cat Crimes II (272 pp.)
stories: Introduction (Ed Gorman) / Remote (John F. Suter) / Saratoga Cat (Edward D. Hoch) / Tom (Bill Pronzini) / The Maltese Double Cross (Carole Nelson Douglas) / All Places Are Alike (June Haydon) / Hunger (Christopher Fahy) / Ailurophobia (B. W. Battin) / The Maggody Files: Hillbilly Cat (Joan Hess) / Every Wednesday (A Novel Idea for a Short Story) (Nancy Pickard) / The Scent of Spiced Oranges (Les Roberts) / The Beast Within (Margaret Maron) / Kitty Litter (Richard Laymon) / A Long Time Sitting (Charlotte Macleod) / Cat Lady (Carolyn Wheat) / The New Black Cat (Bill Crider) / To Kill a Cat (Barbara Collins) / Nine Lives to Live (Sharyn McCrumb) / Five Starving Cats and a Dead Dog (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) / The Winfield Trade (Jeremiah Healy)
- Cat Crimes III (257 pp.)
stories: Introduction (Ed Gorman) / Cat Got Your Tongue (Barbara Collins and Max Allan Collins) / A Few Strokes for Mitzi (Herbert Resnicow) / Next Year, Kankakee (Mark Richard Zubro) / Where's Mittens? (Matthew J. Costello) / No Hard Feelings (Larry Segriff) / Cat Burglar (Bill Crider) / Fat Cat (Nancy Pickard) / Kitty (John Lutz) / The Wall (Lisa Angowski Rogak) / Constant Companion (Peter Crowther) / Dumb Animals (Deloris Stanton Fordes) / Life of Riley (Wendi Lee) / Catnapper (Joe L. Hensley) / Killed in Midstream (William L. Deandrea) / Leaving Cornucopia (D. C. Brod) / Cat House (Melissa Mia Hall) / Neutral about Cats (Jan Grape) / Buster (Arthur Winfield Knight)
- The Folk of the Air by Peter S. Beagle (330 pp.) (reread)
first line: "Farrell arrived in Acivenna at four-thirty in the morning, driving a very old Volkswagen bus named Madame Schumann-Heink."
- The Lords of Misrule by John Tomlinson, et al. (graphic novel)
- The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet: Unexpected Tales of the Fantastic & Other Odd Musings (382 pp.)
contents: A (Parenthetical) Preface / Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet: An Introduction (Dan Chaon) / Travels with the Snow Queen (Kelly Link) / Scotch: An Essay Into A Drink (Gavin J. Grant) / Unrecognizable (David Findlay) / mehitobel was queen of the night (Ian McDowell) / Tan-Tan and Dry Bone (Nalo Hopkinson) / An Open Letter Concerning Sponsorship ( Margaret Muirhead) / I Am Glad (Margaret Muirhead) / Lady Shonagon’s Hateful Things (Margaret Muirhead) / Heartland (Karen Joy Fowler) / What a Difference A Night Makes / Pretending (Ray Vukcevich) / The Film Column: Don’t Look Now (William Smith) / A is for Apple (Amy Beth Forbes) / My Father’s Ghost (Mark Rudolph) / What’s Sure to Come (Jeffrey Ford) / Stoddy Awchaw (Geoffrey Goodwin) / The Rapid Advance of Sorrow (Theodora Goss) / The Wolf’s Story (Nan Fry) / Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland (Sarah Monette) / Tacoma-Fuji (David Moles) / Bay (David Erik Nelson) / How to Make a Martini (Richard Butner) / Happier Days (Jan Lars Jensen) / The Fishie (Philip Raines & Harvey Welles) / Dear Aunt Gwenda, Vol. 2 (Gwenda Bond) / The Film Column: Greaser’s Palace (William Smith) / The Ichthyomancer Writes His Friend with an Account of the Yeti’s Birthday Party (David J. Schwartz) / Serpents (Veronica Schanoes) / Homeland Security (Gavin J. Grant) / For George Romero (David Blair) / Vincent Price (David Blair) / Music Lessons (Douglas Lain) / Two Stories (James Sallis) / Help Wanted (Karen Russell) / "Eft" or "Epic" (Sarah Micklem) / The Red Phone (John Kessel) / The Well-Dressed Wolf (Lawrence Schimel & Sara Rojo) / The Mushroom Duchess (Deborah Roggie) / The Pirate’s True Love (Seana Graham) / You Could Do This Too / The Posthumous Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Sunshine Ison) / And If They Are Not Dead, They May Be Living Still (Sunshine Ison) / This Is the Train the Queen Rides On (Becca De La Rosa) / Dear Aunt Gwenda: Republicans and Chihuahuas Edition (Gwenda Bond) / Bright Waters (John Brown) / How the Burkina Faso Bicycle Fell Apart (K.E. Duffin) / Forwarding Address (K.E. Duffin) / Sliding (D.M. Gordon) / You Were Niehter Not Nor Cold, But Lukewarm, and So I Spit You Out (Cara Spindler & David Erik Nelson)
- Freak Show: Sideshow Banner Art by Carl Hammer and Gideon Bosker (96 pp.)
first line (of the preface): "Little did I know back in 1983 when picking up and browsing through a copy of Life magazine the degree to which my life would be impacted by its contents."
first line (of the intro): "With its retina-searing colors, freak appeal, and bombastic reconstructions of human and animal anatomy, the circus sideshow banner preyed on our inexhaustible curiosity to come face to face with the grotesque and the unimaginable."
- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (235 pp.)
first line: "Mma Ramotswe had a detective agency in Africa, at the food of Kgale Hill."
- The Midnight Queen: A Noctis Magicae Novel by Sylvia Izzo Hunter (417 pp.)
first line (of the prologue): "It was his own fault entirely, Gray reflected later."
first line (of the first chapter): "Gray toiled in the midsummer sun, on his knees among the rhododendrons, through an afternoon that seemed to last a month."
- Illyria by Elizabeth Hand (135 pp.)
first line: "Rogan and I were cousins; our fathers were identical twins."
- The Silver Bough by Lisa Tuttle (457 pp.)
first line (of the prologue): "From the Appleton Advertiser / Ferry Hopes 'On Hold' / The latest attempt to establish a ferry service between Appleton and Northern Ireland has met with no takers."
first line (of the first chapter): "Ashley Kaldis leaned her head against the cool glass and gazed through the bus window at the Glasgow streets."
- The Rumpelstiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde (116 pp)
first line (of the author's note): "There's a game we used to play when I was in school that kids still play, though it has various names."
stories: A Fairy Tale in Bad Taste / Straw into Gold / The Domovoi / Papa Rumpelstiltskin / Ms. Rumpelstiltskin / As Good as Gold
- Elfsong by Ann Turner (165 pp.)
first line (of the prologue): "Everything has a name."
first line (of the first chapter): "Maddy stood on the train platform."
- Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan (344 pp.)
first line: "I wasn't feeling very enthused about education the day the vampire came to school."
- Freaky Tales from Far and Wide by Hugh Lupton with art by Lisa Berkshire
stories: The Blackbird and his Wife (India) / The Gingerbread Man (English) / The Mightiest Mouse that Ever Nibbled Fat (Inuit) / Winter and Summer (Seneca) / The Strange Visitor (Scottish) / Who Lives in the Skull? (Russian) / The Hunter's Five Sons (Nigerian)
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (835 pp.)
first line (of the prologue): "'We should start back,' Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them."
first line (of the first chapter): "The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer."
- In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time by Peter Lovenheim (236 pp.)
first line (of the introduction): "That first evening, as I left the house, the last words I heard before I shut the door were, 'Dad, you're crazy!' from Valerie, my teenage daughter."
first line (of the first chapter): "The alarm on my cell phone rang at 5:50 a.m., and I awoke to find myself in a twin bed in a spare room at my neighbor Lou's house."
- The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff (graphic novel) (430 pp.)
- Bad Apple by Kristi Petersen Schoonover</i> (186 pp.)
first line: "Scarborough. That's my name."
- A Visit to William Blake's Inn by Nancy Willard, with illustrations by Alice and Martin Provensen (45 pp.) (picture book)
first line: "I was seven and starting my second week in bed with the measles when I made the acquaintance of William Blake."
- Red as Blood (or Tales From the Sisters Grimmer) by Tanith Lee (186 pp.)
stories: Paid Piper / Red as Blood / Thorns / When the Clock Strikes / The Golden Rope / The Princess and Her Future / Wolfland / Black as Ink / Beauty
- Tea by Stacey D'Erasmo (317 pp.)
first line: "On Saturday, they found a house."
- James Houston's Treasury of Inuit Legends: Stories and Drawings by James Houston (280 pp.)
stories: Introduction (by Theodore Taylor) / Tiktaliktak / The White Archer / Akavak / Wolf Run
- Moonshine by Rob Thurman (338 pp.)
first line: "I was born a monster."
- Madhouse by Rob Thurman (337 pp.)
first line: "I hated kidnapping cases."
- Deathwish by Rob Thurman (336 pp.)
first line: "Once, when I was seven, I was chased by a dog."
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (410 pp.)
first line: "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."
- The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination ed. By John Joseph Adams (363 pp.)
stories: Foreword (Chris Claremont) / Professor Incognito Apologizes: An Itemized List (Austin Grossman) / Father of the Groom (Harry Turtledove) / Laughter at the Academy (Seanan McGuire ) / Letter to the Editor (David D. Levine) / Instead of a Loving Heart (Jeremiah Tolbert) / The Executor (Daniel H. Wilson) / The Angel of Death Has a Business Plan (Heather Lindsley) / Homo Perfectus (David Farland) / Ancient Equations (L. A. Banks) / Rural Singularity (Alan Dean Foster) / Captain Justice Saves the Day (Genevieve Valentine) / The Mad Scientist’s Daughter (Theodora Goss) / The Space Between (Diana Gabaldon) / Harry and Marlowe Meet the Founder of the Aetherian Revolution (Carrie Vaughn) / Blood and Stardust (Laird Barron) / A More Perfect Union (L. E. Modesitt, Jr. ) / Rocks Fall (Naomi Novik) / We Interrupt This Broadcast (Mary Robinette Kowal) / The Last Dignity of Man (Marjorie M. Liu) / the Pittsburgh Technology (Jeffrey Ford) / Mofongo Knows (Grady Hendrix) / The Food Taster’s Boy (Ben H. Winters)
- Beautiful City of the Dead by Leander Watts (254 pp.)
first line: "It starts with fire."
- Florence & Giles by John Harding (261 pp.)
first line: "It is a curious story I have to tell, one not easily absorbed and understood, so it is fortunate I have the words for the task."
favorite line: "So I grudged an admiration for him that day when I upglanced the drive from the drawing room...and saw him Wenceslasing his way through the drifted snow." (Ch. 4)
- Help for the Haunted by John Searles (360 pp.)
first line: "Whenever the phone rang late at night, I lay in my narrow bed and listened."
- Fog Heart by Thomas Tessier (319 pp.)
first line: "Oona didn't think of it as suicide, exactly."
- Fantasy: The Best of the Year: 2008 Edition ed. by Rich Horton (379 pp.)
stories: Introduction (Rich Horton / Unpossible (Daryl Gregory) / Light (Kelly Link) / The Teashop (Zoran Zivkovic) / The Rope (Noreen Doyle) / Buttons (William Alexander) / Brother of the Moon (Holly Phillips) / A Diorama of the Infernal Regions (Andy Duncan) / Heartstrung (Rachel Swirsky) / The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairy Tale of Economics (Daniel Abraham) / Something in the Mermaid Way (Carrie Laben) / Public Safety (Matthew Johnson) / Stray (Benjamin Rosenbaum and David Ackert) / The Comb (Marly Youmans) / Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again (Garth Nix) / The Last Worders (Karen Joy Fowler) / Singing of Mount Abora (Theodora Goss) / Save Me Plz (David Barr Kirtley) / Bufo Rex (Erik Amundsen) / The Master Miller’s Tale (Ian R. MacLeod)
- Sudden Gravity (A Tale of the Panopticon) by Greg Ruth (graphic novel)
- The Restless Dead: Ten Original Stories of the Supernatural ed. by Deborah Noyes (245 pp.)
stories: Introduction (Deborah Noyes) / The Wrong Grave (Kelly Link) / The House and the Locket (Chris Wooding) / Kissing Dead Boys (Annette Curtis Klause) / The Heart of Another (Marcus Sedgwick) / The Necromancers (Herbie Brennan) / No Visible Power (Deborah Noyes) / Bad Things (Libba Bray) / The Gray Boy's Work (M. T. Anderson) / The Poison Eaters (Holly Black) / Honey in the Wound (Nancy Etchemendy)
- Hopeless, Maine Vol. 1: Personal Demons by Tom & Nimue Brown (graphic novel)
- Lady of Magick: A Noctis Magicae Novel by Sylvia Izzo Hunter (432 pp.)
first line: "Weaving her way slowly through the stacks of the Merlin Library with an armload of histories and grimoires, her chin resting on the dull-green leather of the topmost, Sophie Marshall smiled to herself."
- Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (302 pp.)
first line: "The Ellsworths of Long Parkmead had the regard of their neighbours in every respect."
- Bumper Crop by Joe R. Lansdale (199 pp.)
stories: Foreword: The Remains of My Days... / God of the Razor / The Dump / Fish Night / Chompers / The Fat Man / On a Dark October / The Shaggy House / The Man Who Dreamed / Walks / Last of the Hopeful / Duck Hunt / Down by the Sea Near the Great Big Rock / I tell You It's Love / Pilots (with Dan Lowry) / In the Cold, Dark Time / Bar Talk / Listen / Personality Problem / A Change of Lifestyle (with Karen Lansdale) / The Companion (with Keith Lansdale and Kasey Jo Lansdale) / Old Charlie / Billie Sue / Bestsellers Guaranteed / Fire Dog / Cowboy / Master of Misery
- Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top ed. by Ekaterina Sedia (301 pp.)
stories: Introduction (Ekaterina Sedia) / Something about a Death, Something about a Fire (Peter Straub) / Smoke & Mirrors (Amanda Downum) / Calliope: A Steam Romance (Andrew J. McKiernan) / Welcome to the Greatest Show in the Universe (Deborah Walker) / Vanishing Act (E. Catherine Tobler) / Quin’s Shanghai Circus (Jeff Vandermeer) / Scream Angel (Douglas Smith) / The Vostrasovitch Clockwork Animal and Traveling Forest Show at the End of the World (Jessica Reisman) / Study, for Solo Piano (Genevieve Valentine) / Making My Entrance Again with my Usual Flair (Ken Scholes) / The Quest (Barry B. Longyear) / 26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss (Kij Johnson) / Courting the Queen of Sheba (Amanda C. Davis) / Circus Circus (Eric Witchey) / Phantasy Moste Grotesk (Felicity Dowker) / Learning to Leave (Christopher Barzak) / Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus (Neal Barrerr, Jr.) / The Aarne-Thompson Classification Revue (Holly Black) / Manipulating Paper Birds (Cate Gardner) / Winter Quarters (Howard Waldrop)
- Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano (356 pp.)
first line: "We live encapsulated by the trains."
- The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell (180 pp.)
first line: "Once upon a time, long, long ago, where the forest runs down to the ocean, a hunter lived all alone in a house made of logs he had chopped for himself and shingles he had split for himself."
- The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant (287 pp.)
first line: "My life might have been so different, had I note been known as the girl whose grandmother exploded."
- The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint (289 pp.)
first line: "The town of Fernwillow was the picturesque consequence of centuries of unplanned and disordered growth."
- Snow White, Blood Red ed. by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow (353 pp.)
stories: Introduction: White as Snow: Fairy Tales and Fantasy (Terri Windling) / Red as Blood: Fairy Tales and Horror (Ellen Datlow) / Like a Red, Red Rose (Susan Wade) / The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep (Charles de Lint) ) / The Frog Prince (Gahan Wilson) / Stalking Beans (Nancy Kress) / Snow-Drop (Tanith Lee) / Little Red (Wendy Wheeler) / I Shall Do Thee Mischief in the Wood (Kathe Koja) / The Root of the Matter (Gregory Frost) / The Princess in the Tower (Elizabeth A. Lynn) / Persimmon (Harvey Jacobs) / Little Poucet (Steve Rasnic Tem) / The Changelings (Melanie Tem) / The Springfield Swans (Caroline Stevermer & Ryan Edmonds) / Troll Bridge (Neil Gaiman) / A Sound, Like Angels Singing (Leonard Rysdyk) / Puss (Esther M. Friesner) / The Glass Casket (Jack Dann) / Knives (Jane Yolen) / The Snow Queen (Patricia A. McKillip) / Breadcrumbs and Stones (Lisa Goldstein)
- Harrowing the Dragon by Patricia McKillip (308 pp.)
stories: The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath / A Matter of Music / A Troll and Two Roses / Baba Yaga and the Sorcerer's Son / The Fellowship of the Dragon / Lady of the Skulls / The Snow Queen / Ash, Wood, Fire / The Stranger / Transmutations / The Lion and the Lark / The Witches of Junket / Star-Crossed / Voyage into the Heart / Toad
- Undine by Penni Russon (326 pp.)
first line (of the prologue): "Underneath the sound of the sea, the regular sigh of waves advancing and withdrawing she is there."
first line (of the first chapter): "Undine trailed down the stairs to the bathroom."