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December 23: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year.
1. An Artificial Night; Seanan McGuire. This is the last gap I have in a series, so once I have it, I can read straight through if the inclination strikes me.
2. Chasing the Star Garden; Melanie Karsak. Steampunk and airship races, make this a book I’d like to get my hands on.
3. Dirty Magic; Jaye Wells. I feel like this book is taunting me at bookstores, and if I had it, it might stop showing up everywhere. It’s on my library list to check out in that mythical someday when I have time…
4. Fluff Dragon; Platte F. Clark. The first book, Bad Unicorn, was hilarious, but this one isn’t obligingly appearing at my library.
5. Hell Bent; Devon Monk. The first in a series of an author I like, but who is never at the library–and a spin-off with characters I want to know more about.
6. Hound of the Baskervilles; Arthur Conan Doyle. I’m collecting Penguin Hardcovers, and I like Sherlock Holmes, bad traits and all. He’s so sure of the world.
7. Johannes Cabal, The Necromancer; Johnathan L. Howard. I’ve read all the books after this one, but not the first. I want to fix that soon.
8. Railsea; China Mieville. I’m weird enough to like Moby Dick, and this is a spectacular version of it, with trains on a sea of rails, and a captain hunting an ivory colored mole that stole her arm.
9. Robots versus Slime Monsters; A. Lee Martinez. A collection of short stories, from an author that always makes me laugh. And how can you resist that title?
10. Saga (Vol. 1-4); Brian K. Vaughan. Technically several collections–and even more comics, but I would love to be able to read (or re-read) these all at once.