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14) After the King: Stories in Honor of J.R.R. Tolkein.Edited by Martin H. Greenberg. First Edition 1992, mass market edition 1994. 19 short stories in hoor of Tolkein by the likes of Peter S. Beagle, Stephen R. Donaldson, Patricia A. McKillip and dozens of other well know fantasy and sci-fi. Paul H. Kochner.

15) Master of Middle Earth: The Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkein by Paul H. Kocher. Fourth Printing 1981. If you wondered about Sauron and the Nature of Evil, The Cosmology of Middle-Earth, and who is the most misunderstood hero on Lord of The Rings? This is a series of essays explaining some of the background and thinking that Tolkein put into his epic creation – Middle-Earth.

16) American Gods by Neil Gaiman published by Harper Torch in May 2002. What do you when you're called Shadow, you just got released early from prison because your wife died in a car accident with your best friend/ boss? You get home as fast as you can and Mr. Wednesday and eventual y get hired as his errand boy/bodyguard. And end up on the most interesting road trip over America to rally a very divergent crew of forgotten old gods to fight the new gods.

17) Anno Dracula 1959: Dracula Cha Cha Cha by Kim Newman published in 2012. In an alternative universe where Dracula does not get destroyed by Van Helsing and Crew, and vampires are out of the coffin, he settles near Rome after the Second World War and he chooses to marry again. The guests arrive like jet setters of the late 50's to Rome, only to be killed by The Crimson Executioner. Many of the characters were introduced in Kim Newman's other ANNO DRACULA series but I fell in without too much difficulty. The are so many cameos of real and imagined people, plus tons of references to books, music, theatre, and movies, that you have to read the annotations and smile. My copy also included the novella Anno Dracula 1968: Aquarius. The novella is a murder mystery set in 1968's London and Kate Reed helps the special squad of vampires set up to hunt their brethren who commit the most heinous crimes.

18) School's Out: School’s Out Forever Omnibus by Scott K. Andrews. 2007. What happens after a plague that targets everyone who is not O Negative. Where do you go if you are a survivour? If all you knew was boarding school, Lee Keegan heads back there after his immediate family, friends, and neighbours die. And then you have to make the real hard decisions while dealing with a crazy cannibal cult and your own power hungry peers.

19) Operation Motherland: School’s Out Forever Omnibus by Scott K. Andrews. 2009. Lee Keegan tries to find his father who is stationed in Iraq. But he encounters more problems with the American Armed Forces who want to Prevent Operation Motherland. A wild ride that was hard to put down. And one short story “The Man Who Would Not Be King”. This short story was grim yet sadly funny.

20) Children's Crusade School’s Out Forever Omnibus by Scott K. Andrews. 2010. With a tie in with another book from Abandon Books Post Apocalyptic Series, Lee Keegan takes the fight to the child snatchers based in London that have been terrorizing the English Countryside and snatching children for nefarious reasons.

21) Summon The Keeper by Tanya Huff. 1998 and Omnibus Edition 2012. Considering this book is set in my town Kingston Ontario was a bonus. Our heroine Claire Hansen and her cat Austin get summoned to The Elysian Fields Guest House and are left with the hotel with a particular pair of features – a woman frozen by a spell and a portal to hell in the basement. And Dean who is the cook/handyman is a pleasant isn't hard on the eyes either.

22) The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff. 2001 and Omnibus Edition 2012. Holidays are hard, especially for Claire Hansen when she takes her new boyfriend home. Unfortunately a mis-summoning of a boy angel and a girl demon makes for a hard trip to rectify this situation.

23) Long Hot Summoning by Tanya Huff. 2003 and Omnibus Edition 2012. The last in the series, this book takes to the particular hell of malls, heroes, and villains during a heat wave. And Dean has to deal with a egyptologist and the mummy queen he revived.

24) Coteries: A Source Book for Vampire The Requiem by Ken Blackwelder, Jacob, Klunder, Matthew McFarland, and Will Hindmarch. 2004. The why and wherefores of small groups of vampires surviving the night to night existence by banding together in small mobile groups based on purpose or goals. A good book to help set the mood for a game or spark ideas for stories.

25) Abney Park's Airship Pirates: RPG based on the Songs of Captain Robert Brown by Peter Cakebread and Ken Walton. 2011. This game system is based on the steampunk songs and world of Abney Park. It provides settings, social groups, history, biology, and airship pirates.

26) Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters. Illustrations by Eugene Smith. 2009. This mashing of a Jane Austen with a reality with sea monsters was bit odd but I enjoyed the subtle background action with the servants dealing with emergencies and monsters far better than the main heroes. I guess I should read the original to get a better idea of the diferences.

27) The X Files: Goblins (1994) and Whirlwind (1995) by Charles Grant for Quality Paperback Book Club edition 1995. Goblins has Mulder and Scully investigating some odd murders in a small town near an army base. Whirlwind takes us to American Southwest, where people are killed having been ripped to shreds. It was kinda nice to go back to this icon series with the wonderful intelligent chemistry between Mulder and Scully.

28) A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein. 1981. These poems and drawings have wit and wisdom for all ages.


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