Heather (hasfartogo) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

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Books 31-38

31) Christmas Bestiary Edited by Rosalind M. Greenberg and Martin H. Greenberg. 1992. A collection of winter holiday themed stories. Most of them were good and with the long winter nights, sometimes short stories are not a bad choice for time wasting.

32) Sisters of the Raven by Barbara Hambly. 2005. What happens when men lose the ability to work magic and women start to wield their powers? When you depend on magic to bring the life giving rains, would you adapt or die? I always liked Barbra Hambly, she's always a good reliable read. Will look for the follow up novel Cirle of the Moon in the new year.

33, 34, 35) The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, Vathek by William Beckford, The Vampyre by John Polodori, Three Gothic Novels, and a Fragment of a Novel by Lord Byron. Three Gothic Novels Edited by E. F. Bleire. 1966. This collection of early gothic novels can be very illuminating on the development of style, themes, and format of the new form pf prose.

36) A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens. 1984. Having never read A Christmas Carol, decided I should. The other stories have ghosts, and fragments of stories pulled together under a common theme.

37) Bullfinch's Mythology: The Age of Chivalry/The Legends of Charlemagne. Thomas Bullfinch. 1962. Had this on my bookcase having taken it from my mom's books. The language is archaic and ponderous. But if you want to get into the medieval mindset in it's forms of prose, this is the book to slog through.

38) The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination. Edited by John Joseph Adams. 2013. This delightful short story collection is entertaining, amusing, and sometimes heartbreaking. Well worth the money paid.

Did not get 50 done this year but I am not surprised because I did not have as much free time like I did last year. But that is OK, I still averaged 3 books a month and that's pretty good when you work full time, watch anime and too much TV. So here is hoping I can do 50 books in 2014, and try and get more books out of my bookcase.


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