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Books 1-10.
Books 11-20.
Books 21-30.
31. Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge.
32. Those Who Walk Away by Patricia Highsmith.
33. The History of the Danes (Gesta Danorum) by Saxo Grammaticus, translation by Peter Fisher, edited by Peter Fisher and Hilda Ellis Davidson.
34. Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin.
35. Edge of Our Lives by Mark Rich.

36. My Mother Gets Married (Mor gifter sig) by Moa Martinson, translated by Margaret S. Lacy. We read a snippet of Martinson's Women and Appletrees back in the first Scandinavian Lit survey course I ever took; I've probably been carrying this novel around since around that time. Martinson (born Helga Maria Swarts; no relation) was a social realist at a time when that label meant something more literal than it does now; she grew up terribly poor, in a society where women were not treated much better than livestock. My Mother Gets Married is, in the larger sense, autobiographical; told from the point of view of "Mia," it follows her and her mother through several moves and varying levels of poverty, with the stepfather alluded to in the title drifting in and out of the picture, leaving them for drink or other women. The characters of Mia and her mother Hedvig are painstakingly and heartbreakingly drawn, as are the relationships between them and the other women in their lives; the husband's adoptive mother, Mia's classmate and best friend who turns out to be her stepfather's illegitimate child, and the young neighbor trapped in a marriage with a similarly jealous and undependable man. Brutal stuff at time, but well worth the read.


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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