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( Jan. 9th, 2016 01:29 am)
Last books read in the old year:

97. The Edom Files, a pre-layout collection of sweet, sweet scenarios for Pelgrane Press's Dracula Dossier.

98. Black Butler #21.

99. The Magpie Lord, by K. J. Charles. The blurbs for the books in this series (A Charm of Magpies) amused me enough to try the first one. What the blurbs didn't convey is that there's a lot of plot, and whenever things look even remotely like they might perhaps slow down, there's the magical equivalent of Chandler's guy with a gun coming through the door. A fast read, but fortunately for me, the author has a lot more books.

100. Alarums & Excursions #482.

101. Alraune, by Hans Heniz Ewer, translated by Joe E. Bandel. This was background reading for my Dracula Dossier campaign. It's the second part of a loose trilogy. I bought the first part, translated by the same man. He also has a partial translation of the third one on his website, or at least, I don't think he ever finished translating it. I hope I'm wrong, as I do want to read the rest of the story. It's a bit of a blend of Dracula and Frankenstein, where the monster is female and the sex isn't buried in symbolism.

102. Playtest Draft of Gumshoe One-2-One, aka Cthulhu Confidential, which I keep wanting to call "Cthulhu Cthonfidential". I've managed a playtest session and need to write that up for Pelgrane. Because it's designed for one player and a GM, there are modifications to the usual Gumshoe rules, some of which I'm pondering adapting for multiplayer Gumshoe.

First books read in the new year:

1. The Three Rocketeers, by PK Sullivan. This is one of Evil Hat's Fate settings, and is delightful. Also, many of the important and powerful NPCs are female.

2. A Case of Possession, by K. J. Charles, the second in the Charm of Magpies series.

I am currently reading Catherynne Valente's Radiance, which is amazing. It is a slow read because a) I read her work aloud and b) we're in the throes of packing. But I don't mind if this one lingers for a while.

Not numbered: Two of the short stories in the Charm of Magpies series, and the various episodes of Tremontaine. I am currently up to date that one in both written and audio versions.