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Books 1-10.
11. The Imago Sequence and Other Stories by Laird Barron.

12. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith writing as Claire Morgan. Highsmith's lone pseudonymous novel (though she worked uncredited as a comic book writer for a while before her career as a novelist took off) just happens to be the first lesbian love story to be published with a happy ending. This is surprising only because where the Ripley books and Strangers On a Train (all I've read so far of her stuff) are extremely dark and often quite cynical about love relationships; and yet this is one of the better romance novels I've read. (Admittedly, I haven't read that many.) The relationship between Therese and Carol is awkward, euphoric, tentative, and utterly believable; it's not so much about surrendering to passion--although Therese, certainly, is at first overwhelmed--as it is about negotiating the realities of an adult relationship. In part this is because the people in that relationship happen to be two women in the 1950s, and the social and especially legal consequences of them being together are very real; what's most upsetting about the novel is how little has actually changed in the 60 years since it was written. Another excellent book; this has been a good year of reading so far, knock wood.

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susansugarspun
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh! I'm really pleased to hear that this is good--I've been curious about it ever since I read that Highsmith biography, but also wary. I'll keep an eye out for a copy.
snurri
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
I think it's as good as her other stuff, just quite a bit different.
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Novels:

Superpowers:


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Novellas:

"The Sun Inside," part of the Electrum Novella Series from Rabit Transit Press



Short Stories:

"Escape to Bird Island" at The King's English, Winter 2008-9 Issue

"Bear In Contradicting Landscape" in Polyphony 7, Coming Soon

"MonstroCities" in Tumbarumba: A Frolic of Intrusions

"Mike's Place" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #22

"Proof of Zero" in Spicy Slipstream Stories, Out Now!!

"The Somnambulist" in Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, Out Now!!

"Oma Dortchen and the Pillar of Story" in Farrago's Wainscot, Summer 2007

"The Ichthyomancer Writes His Friend with an Account of the Yeti's Birthday Party" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet Number 13, Fall 2003 (Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collecion); Reprinted in The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet

Criticism:

""Stardust" at Strange Horizons

Essay:

"On Making Noise: Confessions of a Quiet Kid" in Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales edited by Kate Bernheimer

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