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Mythic Resonance is an excellent anthology that includes my short story 'La Belle Dame', together with great stories from Alan Baxter, Donna Maree Hanson, Sue Burstynski, Nike Sulway and nine more fantastic authors! Just $US3.99 from Amazon. Got a Kindle? Check out Mythic Resonance.

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There are still a few paperback copies of Mythic Resonance available, too. Contact me (there's a contact form on my website) if you'd like a copy - $20 including postage within Australia.

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Sunday, 3 January 2010

Reading, 2009

These are the Fantasy and Historical novels I read in 2009. I read a couple of things that don't fall into these two genres, and odd bits of non-fiction as well, but the names of these escape me. I guess that shows where my interests lie! Some of these were read in order to review them, some were recommended by friends and the others are re-reads of old favourites.

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait by K.A. Bedford
The Priestess and the Slave by Jenny Blackford
In Ashes Lie by Marie Brennan
The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan
Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick
The Running Vixen by Elizabeth Chadwick
Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell
The Spell of Rosette by Kim Falconer
Arrows of Time by Kim Falconer
Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
Shadow Queen by Deborah Kalin
Riversend by Sylvia Kelso
How to Ditch your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke
Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin
Subversive Activity by Dave Luckett
Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell
Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
The Road to Camelot (Sophie Masson, ed)
The Reluctant Mage by Karen Miller
Hammer of God by Karen Miller
Witches Incorporated (Rogue Agent 2) by K.E. Mills
Sasha by Joel Shepherd
Petrodor by Joel Shepherd
Tracato by Joel Shepherd
Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliffe
Red Gloves by Beth Vaughan
White Star by Beth Vaughan
Rosa and the Veil of Gold by Kim Wilkins

I haven't included books I couldn't finish - there were half a dozen of those. I get sent a lot of material to review that simply isn't to my taste, and since I review books for the love of it I'd rather not read things I don't enjoy or can't find at least a few things about them to commend! But if you're looking for a good read, stick a pin into the above list. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy in all of them, although having said that, I'll cover my tracks by admitting that reading matter is very much a matter of taste!

I also beta-read, critiqued or edited half a dozen novels or non-fiction works and a considerable number of short stories. My own writing, however, languishes. Again.

And for 2010? I'm looking forward to more from Simon Haynes (of Hal Spacejock fame) Glenda Larke (second book in the Rainlords Trilogy) Juliet Marillier (another "Sevenwaters" book) and Karen Miller (K.A. Mills) who has at least a couple of new works in the pipeline. All these authors are Aussie born or resident and in my top faves list:-)

13 comments:

Jo said...
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Jo said...

Some of those I've read. many not. I have never kept a list of my reading, I get through so many books maybe I should. I just talk about current reading on my blog.

Satima Flavell said...

I've never done it before, Jo, but I noticed a lot of people are making such lists and I thought it might be nice to compare reading matter. This year I'll start a list straight away and add to it week by week so I don't forget what has passed through my hands!

Marilyn Z. Tomlins said...

Jeez, Satima, I've not read one of them!

Jo said...

But then you don't read spec fic do you Marilyn so its unlikely you would have read most of the books that either Satima or I read.

Satima Flavell said...

Yes, different tastes, I guess. I don't read True Crime, either, Marilyn!

Marilyn Z. Tomlins said...

But you will have to read mine,Satima!

Satima Flavell said...

Ah, yes, that's different!

Marilyn Z. Tomlins said...

You would not have to buy a copy; I will send you one. One to Jo too.

Satima Flavell said...

Ooh, I'll look forward to that, Marilyn!

Jo said...

Thanks very much Marilyn, nice of you. Will also look forward to it.

Jo said...

Actually, Marilyn, Matt would enjoy your book. He doesn't read a lot but he does like non-fiction and he was in the Prison Service.

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