Books read: 89
New-to-me authors: 34
Books by women: 46 (+ 2 which have both a male and a female writer)
Short story collections: 4 (+1 written by one author)
Science fiction books: 39
Fantasy books: 27
Most read authors this year: Kristine Kathryn Rusch (7), Carol Berg (4), and E. R. Burroughs (4)
This duology blew me away with its originality and creativity. But it’s not an easy read; to get the most out of it, reader has to keep thinking and make connections between the nested stories. And keeping track of the stories within stories within stories wasn’t easy, too. I’m going to read a lot more from Valente this year.
Myth, mystery, and history in Ancient Rome.
Alternate Elizabethan history with magic. I already have the next books and plan to read them soon.
One of the first reads last year, this was almost an opposite to Orphan’s Tales; a fun and easy read.
What can I say; I love the witches.
A young woman’s survival tale during Stone Age, with a little bit of magic.
Best science fiction:
Very ambitious book with lots of high concepts and original stuff.
It’s heavily based on Midsummer Night’s Dream with lots of gags and lines for Shakespeare fans. Another fun and light-hearted read.
A thoughtful exploration of war and cultures meshing, from the POV of a troubled, orphaned teenager.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Masterminds
I loved how Rusch ended her long-running Retrieval Artist series.
Favorite non-SFF books:
This 1800c retelling (for kids) gathers up the most famous tales and a couple I don’t remember encountering before. It’s available at Gutenberg.org.
Historical fiction with Alexander the Great!
Rusch writing historical mystery set in the turbulent times of Chicago in the 1960s.
Comics read: 35 (I actually read a lot more comics but didn’t review them.)
Elfquest: Fire and Flight
Elfquest: 2: The Forbidden Grove
Elfquest: vol. 3: Captives of Blue Mountain
Complete Elfquest vol. 4: Quest’s End
The original ElfQuest comics are still one of the best I’ve ever read. And they’re available online for free: elfquest.com
I saw only 16 movies in theatres in 2015, somewhat less than I’d intended.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Biggest movie disappointment:
Words fail me with this.