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( Feb. 9th, 2016 12:08 am)
Today, I gave back the keys to our old place. The superintendent told me that we would be missed, and I told him that he would be as well.

While I hope to get into something of an exercise pattern, I am glad it need no longer be a pattern of "push carts half a mile, load with stuff, push carts back half a mile". (We did use professional movers. They were very good. There was still a fair amount left over.)

We are still House of Boxes.
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( Feb. 9th, 2016 12:19 am)
3. Flight of Magpies, by K. J. Charles. This kept me sane(r) during the move. I also read the remaining short stories set in that universe available at that point.

4. Wicked Gentlemen, by Ginn Hale. Wow.

5. Radiance, by Catherynne Valente. This is amazing.

6. Jackdaw, by K. J. Charles. This kept me calm(er) during the wait for our Arisia room to be ready. (We'd taken the late bus in, arriving in the wee hours, hence before official check in time by a while.)

7. Alarums & Excursions #483.

8. Indexing: Reflections, by Seanan McGuire. So good. Well worth the wait for the paper version.

9. Widdershins, by Jordan Hawk.

10. Threshold, by Jordan Hawk. Hawk's stuff's not as much to my taste as Charles's, but I run Call of Cthulhu and Trail of Cthulhu, and this is pure gold for that.

11. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley. I bought this on a whim, and after the third or fourth "this is an amazing book" from my social media, I pulled it from the "to be packed" and put it in the "to be read during the long unpacking process". Good call. This is amazing, and part of that is slowly figuring out what kind of a story it is. In a very understated sentence or two, she can make me terrified for the happiness of her characters.

12. Tremontaine, by Ellen Kushner, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo, Joel Derfner, Racheline Maltese, Patty Bryant, and Paul Witcover. This is set 15 years before Swordspoint, and it really opens up the universe. It came out one chapter at a time from Serial Box, so I've been reading it since last year, but it finished last month. Of course I love it.

13. Three Kings, for Achtung Cthulhu.

14. Stormhaven, by Jordan Hawk. Okay, I have figured out why I will likely stick with this series: the tiaras. More precisely, the lovely references that the characters don't understand as well as I do, because, while some of them know what kind of world they're living in, they don't know it completely, and they don't know the implications. As long as there are tiaras, I'm there.

15. The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal, by K. J. Charles. This is a more complicated book that I thought, and it's pointing me at a lot of source material. I'd always meant to read the Carnacki stories, and I've finally started that.

Not numbered: Two of the short stories in Jordan Hawk's Whyborne and Griffin series, and the crossover story done by Jordan Hawk and K. J. Charles using that series and The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal. Also, M. R. James's Casting the Runes, a short story referenced in The Secret Casebook.

I'm currently reading through Kenneth Hite's Thrill of Dracula, William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki the Ghost Finder, and Alarums & Excursions #484.