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Books 1-10.
Books 11-20.
21. The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin.
22. Rebellion at Christiana by Margaret Hope Bacon.
23. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.
24. This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith.
25. Sandstorm: A Forgotten Realms Novel by Christopher Rowe.
26. The St. Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Patricia Hampl and Dave Page.
27. Thor: The Mighty Avenger Volume 2 by Roger Langridge, Chris Samnee, and Matt Wilson.
28. A Brood of Foxes by Kristin Livdahl.
29. The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin.

30. The Collected Jorkens, Volume Two by Lord Dunsany. I swear that I wrote about the first volume of these stories on here somewhere, but I can't find the entry; bad tagging on my part, I guess. Anyway, I really like the way that Nightshade did these collections; the bindings and the paper are beautiful. The stories themselves are for the most part quite different from Dunsany's The King of Elfland's Daughter and The Charwoman's Shadow. These are club stories, a tad more cynical in tone and significantly moreso in context; namely, in that it's never quite clear whether Jorkens is an outrageous liar or not. The structure of them can feel a bit dated, since many of them are twist or punch-line stories in the O. Henry vein. It does get repetitive at times, and some of the stories are pretty forgettable, but I suspect that it's still better to read them in a collection; on their own I don't know that they would have much impact, whereas the character of Jorkens really comes through in the concatenation of tales. Some of my fave stories here are: "The Neapolitan Ice," "The Lion and the Unicorn," and "The Sultan, the Monkey, and the Banana."


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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