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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.

13. Surviving the Siege of Beirut: A Personal Account by Lina Mikdadi. Amazon link this time because this book is hard to find; I had to order my copy used from the UK, and had honestly forgotten about it by the time it arrived. The author also wrote an account of the Lebanese Civil War that was published a few years before this book; I haven't been able to find anything about her fate since these books were written, but she is (or was) half-Palestinian and half-Lebanese, and at the time of the Israeli "Operation Peace for Galilee"--which this book centers on--she was living in West Beirut, having gone through a divorce and an affair with a married man. The book chronicles her struggles to live a normal life amid the falling bombs and the various armies and factions surrounding the city; she tries to keep her two daughters safe and happy, deals with a lack of water and electricity, and bears witness to some horrifying violence, primarily from the constant aerial bombardments designed to drive the PLO and its allies from the city. Not a great deal of political and historical context is provided (though, to be fair, I'm not sure that a straight-line narrative of that period is even possible), and the names of the various power players in the region are thrown around in a way that's rather confusing 30 years down the line and thousands of miles away, but my purpose in reading the book was mostly to get a feel for everyday life during the siege, and this does that.


David J. Schwartz
Mumble Herder

Recent and Forthcoming



US Edition

UK Edition


"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


""Stardust" at Strange Horizons


"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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