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My Reading List For 2014

My Reading List For 2014

Last year around this time I posted my reading list, I enjoy reflecting on the books I read, so I figured I’d do it again. I’m not the quickest reader, so I set myself a goal of thirty books. Not only did I hit my goal I surpassed it ending up with thirty-seven. I also took a challenge. In January my editor, Lola Landekic, tweeted:

I dare you to read more books by women than men this year

If you look at my list from last year you’ll see it was pretty bro-heavy and to be honest, an author’s gender isn’t something I’ve paid attention too when selecting a book. But 2014 was the year of reading women, so I took Lola’s challenge and I made an effort. Here at the end it looks like 60% of my reading came from women authors! Not bad.

Since my list is so much longer than last year I’ll avoid reviews, however I will select some of my favorites at the end. Follow me over on Goodreads to see what I thought of others. Links will go to Amazon.

  1. Pallitine Rising (Pallitine’s Path Book #1)
    by Roderick Davidson
  2. Something More Than Night
    by Ian Tregillis
  3. The Strain (The Strain Trilogy Book #1)
    by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan
  4. Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence Book #1)
    by Max Gladstone
  5. The Man in the High Castle
    by Philip K. Dick
  6. The Rithmatist
    by Brandon Sanderson
  7. Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1)
    by Ann Leckie
  8. Dust (Silo Saga #3)
    by Hugh Howey
  9. Vicious
    by V.E. Schwab
  10. The Waking Engine
    by David Edison
  11. Sand: Omnibus Edition
    by Hugh Howey
  12. Bitter Seeds (Milkweed Book #1)
    by Ian Tregillis
  13. Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: A Memoir of a Barefoot Doctor in Vietnam
    by Marjorie Pivar & Quang Van Nguyen
  14. Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy Book #1)
    by Sally Green
  15. Forsworn: A Powder Mage Novella (Powder Mage Trilogy Book #1)
    by Brian McClellan
  16. Range of Ghosts (The Eternal Sky Book #1)
    by Elizabeth Bear
  17. The Mystery Knight (Current Available in Warriors #1)
    by George R.R. Martin
  18. Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles Book #1)
    by Kevin Hearne
  19. A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle Book #1)
    by Ursula K. Le Guin
  20. Promise of Blood (Powder Mage Trilogy Book #1)
    by Brian McClellan
  21. Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel #1)
    by Connie Willis
  22. Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky Trilogy Book #1)
    by Veronica Rossi
  23. A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet Book #1)
    by Madeleine L’Engle
  24. Windhaven
    by George R.R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle
  25. Jagannath: Stories
    by Karin Tidbeck
  26. The Giver (Giver Quartet Book #1)
    by Lois Lowry
  27. One Night in Sixes (The Children of the Drought Book #1)
    by Arianne “Tex” Thompson
  28. Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century Book #1)
    by Cherie Priest
  29. Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate Book #1)
    by Gail Carriger
  30. Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches Book #1)
    by Cherie Priest
  31. Gone Girl
    by Gillian Flynn
  32. The Planet Savers
    by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  33. Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book #1)
    by Robin Hobb
  34. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children, Book #1)
    by Jean M. Auel
  35. The Killing Moon (Dreamblood Book #1)
    by N.K. Jemisin
  36. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone Book #1)
    by Laini Taylor
  37. The Witching Elm (Memento Mori Series Book #1)
    by C.N. Crawford

Favorite novel of 2014:

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le GuinA Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le Guin

This was a tough one, but in the end Le Guin won out. She’s a marvelous writer and A Wizard of Earthsea really shines throughout. I’d easily compare it with The Lord of the Rings or C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.

 


Favorite novel runners-up of 2014:

There’s two other books that really stood out to me and since I didn’t read many short stories or graphic novels this year I figured I’d take some space to hit the two runners up to my favorite novel of 2014.

Doomsday Book by Connie WillisDoomsday Book
by Connie Willis

Time travel + the plague = good reading. Connie Willis’ exploration of a future where historians travel back in time enthralled me from beginning to end. I look forward to reading more in the series.


Maplecroft by Cherie PriestMaplecroft
by Cherie Priest

If there is anyone who could be considered writing proper new mythos it’s Cherie Priest. I had expect Maplecroft to be another alternate history thing similar to Seth Grahame-Smith’s books. Instead I got an enthralling tale of a Lizzie Borden who is fighting an unseen evil, not unlike the protagonists in a Lovecraft’s work. It was hard for me to put this down.


So there’s my list for 2014! If you’re interested you can check out my list from 2013 as well. How was your year of reading? Did anything stand out? Did you discover a new favorite? What’s on queue for next year? Is there a book you’re really excited to read? Leave a comment and let me know!

A terrifying Christmas to all!

A Lovecraftian-Inspired Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us! If you’re a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos or have someone on your list, who is I figured it’d be helpful to put together a little gift guide linking to some of my favorite Lovecraftian merchandise from across the web.

I’ve organized the list by category and ordered them by price. So that should make it easy to browse. Have a favorite new weird or mythos-themed item I left off? Leave a comment and let us know!


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BOOKS:

The Witching ElmThe Witching Elm by C.N. Crawford
$.99 (Digital Pre-order)
I heard about C. M. Crawford’s debut novel recently and while it’s not specifically Lovecraftian it definitely seems like something a reader of mythos and new weird would enjoy. I mean: talking ravens, bone-wardens, and other worlds? Sounds great, sign me up.


The Atrocity Archives by Charles StrossThe Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
$7.99 + Free Shipping (Print) $7.60 (eBook)
Meet Bob Howard, a computer hacker who ends up working for the secret British organization: The Laundry. But this isn’t your typical super secret agency, instead of terrorism The Laundry that faces off against something much stranger.


Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches by Cherie PriestMaplecroft by Cherie Priest
$11.00 + Free Shipping (Print) $7.99 (eBook)
I picked this up on a whim after listening to an interview with Priest on the Seattle Geekly Podcast, and I loved it. Priest’s new-mythos tale spins a yarn about madness, fear, and the sea using the historical character Lizzie Borden as the protagonist. I look forward to more.


The Stars Were Right by K. M. AlexanderThe Stars Were Right by K. M. Alexander
$12.60 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $2.99 (eBook)
Have a Lovecraft fan on your list? Pick them up a copy of my first novel, The Stars Were Right. Let them join Caravan Master Waldo Bell as he goes on the run in the coastal megalopolis of Lovat on a quest to clear his name.


Old Broken Road by K. M. AlexanderOld Broken Road by K. M. Alexander
$12.50 + Free Shipping (Paperback) $5.99 (eBook)
My latest Lovecraft-influenced urban fantasy novel: Old Broken Road picks up a year after the events in the previous book and follows Wal and his friends as they travel down an abandoned road full of dark apparitions, bizarre monsters, and ancient evils.


The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft (Author), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Alan Moore (Introduction)The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft edited by Les Klinger
$25.50 + Free Shipping (Print) $19.24 (eBook)
This gorgeous coffee table book annotated by Les Klinger is now the definitive collection of Lovecraft’s best work. If you have a fan on your list or wanted to spend a little bit of time with Lovecraft’s works, this is the book to get.


MUSIC:

Cthulhu by Cryo Chamber Collaboration

Cthulhu by Cryo Chamber Collaboration
$7.00 (Digital Download) $15.00 + Shipping (CD)
If you’re into ambient music, I highly recommend this collaboration from the dark ambient label Cryo Chamber. Themed around Cthulhu this album is drenched in distant echoes and vast chambers that will put you in the mood for terror.


Reliquiae by Atrium CarceriReliquiae by Atrium Carceri
$7.00 (Digital Download)
This haunting album is the soundscape I’d turn on when writing Old Broken Road. Heavy with mood I found myself loving every minute of it. (It’s also my go-to soundtrack when my friends and I play Mansions of Madness.)


APPAREL:

Bell Caravan Patch Now AvailableBell Caravans Patch
$5.00 + Shipping (Order by Dec. 15th for Christmas Delivery.)
This beautiful 3″ patch, designed by illustrator Sean Cumiskey, is the perfect way of declaring your loyalty to your beloved caravan master. Put it on your backpack, a tote, or display it on the sleeve of your jacket, just make sure the world knows.


Cthulhu Ski MaskCthulhu Ski Mask
$60.00 + Shipping
Winter has settled into the mountains, and the ski resorts are opening. It’s good to protect one’s face while shredding the slopes. Terrify other skiers and snowboarders in a handcrafted ski mask made by the Mad Knitter in a disturbing shade of Cthulhu green.


GAMES:

The Last Door

The Last Door Collectors Edition
$9.99 (Digital Download) FREE (In-Browser)
I don’t play many video games these days, but I absolutely loved this old school adventure game. Heavily influenced by turn-of-the-century horror and the writing of H.P. Lovecraft, The Last Door, places you in the center of a dark mystery.


Mansions of MadnessMansions of Madness
$60.00 + Free Shipping
My wife can attest how obsessed I’ve become with this board game. It’s a blast. Investigators have to solve a mystery while the Keeper tries to kill them off. The perfect blend of Lovecraft and action adventure. A lot of fun.


MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY:

Miskatonic Combo

Miskatonic University Mug
$15.00 + Shipping
One of my favorite mugs in my house, with a beautifully designed Miskatonic University seal. It’s also nice and big and, therefore, holds extra coffee (the secret to my power.) Comes in white or nightgaunt black… naturally.


Miskatonic ComboMiskatonic University Combo Pack
$45.00 + Shipping
Get a Miskatonic U. t-shirt, Miskatonic stickers, the M.U. Course book, an M.U. Library card, a customized letter of acceptance, a customized student ID, the M.U. Mug (for those all night study sessions,) and a customized diploma!


Miskatonic University Class Ring

Miskatonic University Class Ring
$99.99 – $1,773.00 + Shipping
Need a classy engagement ring? Maybe you own everything else on this list and have some money to burn? Why not show some pride in the Ivy League school that never was and get a fancy 24k gold Miskatonic University class ring? Oh, you so fancy!