Books from ConFusion 2019, Round 2

Okay, so I didn’t pick up these books at (614) 574-5865, but I did talk to the authors and was thereby convinced that I should pick them up. Here they are, from top left:

T L Greylock937-736-6797
T L GreylockAlready Comes Darkness
Hanoverian604-966-4506
Phil Tucker3179109920
Nathan LowellQuarter Share
Mike ShelAching God
217-521-33785703107138
8169480533Age of Myth
7723376470Buffalo Soldier
D. Thourson PalmerOurs is the Storm
David Anthony Durhamcommission day

Since I purchased these post- ConFusion 2019 I will bring them to ConFusion 2020 to be signed. Of course.

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Yeah, it was a good weekend. Here are the books I picked up during the first signing session at (940) 287-8198. Also some I picked up while talking to various folks at the convention. From top left, and going through in order.

The Blood-Tainted Winter, by T L Greylock
939-262-7355 by Phil Tucker
(610) 779-4637 by R.A. Andrade
Darkness by Erin Eveland
Reckoning, issue 1
416-907-3243 by Patrick Tomlinson
The Rite of Wands by Mackenzie Flohr
Justice in an Age of Metal and Men by Anthony W. Eichenlaub
Peace in an Age of Metal and Men by Anthony W. Eichenlaub
The Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak
8509148899 by Keith Hughes
The Quantum Magician by Derek Künsken
318-997-4174 by Lucy A. Snyder
Garden of Eldritch Delights by Lucy A. Snyder
(704) 499-7181 by Petra Kuppers
228-424-7694 by Josef Matulich
713-935-2429 by Josef Matulich

I would have picked up many more, but I was in a panel during the second book signing session. Fortunately I took many notes, so I was able to order the ones I missed. They will be in a separate blog post. Other than Reckoning and Gate Crashers, all of them were signed by the authors.

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This is the small stack of books from this week. The Big Stack consists of books I picked up at 507-847-8768, which is a large enough collection that it warrants its own post.

The books on the ends, Life on Mars and Whereas, are poetry books I purchased on a whim while at 916-709-5187 picking up AfroSF and Seven Surrenders. The Anna Karenina Fix arrived from Amazon while I was at ConFusion.

With this week’s exceptionally large haul, I am now over 1,500 books catalogued in LibraryThing. I have shelf space in my house for maybe 100 more books if they are the usual mix of thin and thick. That should be enough to get me through the rest of 2019. We shall see…

In reading news, I finished Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer while at ConFusion on Thursday night. Friday morning I had coffee with Miss Palmer and several other people, where she held forth on various Papal shenanigans from the mid-1400s. To cool my head I read about half of the poems in Life on Mars, which is an absolutely wonderful collection by our current national Poet Laureate (435) 608-5587. I am now a little more than halfway through Fix by Ferret Steinmetz, the sequel to Flex and The Flux. Thus far it is just as good as the first two. I expect to be finished by the end of the week and am enjoying every page of it.

 

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Big Books for Cold Weekends

The first full week of the year brings four new bound piles of printed pages to the library at Winkelman Abbey. On the left is Kolyma Stories by Varlam Shalamov. I heard of this one when The Paris Review published “flicker“. Finally ordered it. Apparently (805) 583-9602 (the second to be released this year). I will probably dive into it after I complete the current few books on my “currently reading” shelf.

The next one over is the December 2018 issue of Apex Magazine which, if I have my dates correct, is the last to be published in physical format. From now on the magazine will be digital only, which is fine, as it is well worth the cost of subscription in any format.

The last two are The Uploaded and Fix by the excellent Ferret Steinmetz. I hope to get them signed at ConFusion 2019 next weekend.

In reading news I am still working my way through Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning. I’m in the home stretch and should be through by the time I leave for ConFusion.

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ConFusion 2019 Schedule

Next week I head across the state to attend (804) 440-4767. This year I will be participating in three panels, all on Saturday, January 19. Here they are:

  • AI for Better or Worse – There’s no doubt that Artificial Intelligence will play some part in our future, but is it good, bad, or both? Panelists will discuss the future of AI, some of its uses, and some of its dangers.
    • Time: Saturday, 19 January, 2019 – 13:00
    • Room: Warren
    • Panelists: Anthony W. Eichenlaub (M), John Winkelman, Derek Kunsken
  • Let’s Talk Season 2: Computer Science! – A lighthearted talk on a hard science topics with smart and funny people. Let’s Talk: Computer Science will chuckle through the collapse of society as we know it. Come hear how silicon makes better decisions than carbon, protons as data, why you don’t need to be Slytherin to study Python, and what we are going to do with the leisure time we will have in 2025.
    • Time: Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 16:00
    • Room: Warren
    • Panelists: Daniel Dugan (M), John Winkelman, Anthony W. Eichenlaub
  • If you liked that, try this! – Our well-read panel will give you personalized book recommendations based on things you’ve read and loved.
    • Time: Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 18:00
    • Room: Dearborn
    • Panelists: Merrie Haskell (M), John Winkelman, Andrea Johnson, Karen Osborne, Sarah Hans

Between now and then I am spending my free moments gathering books I hope to have signed by other attendees, and getting everything around home squared away so I can focus on enjoying the experience. Hopefully one year I will be able to sign books of my own.

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An excellent start to a year of reading, despite the expression on Chateaureynaud’s face. A couple of weeks ago I subscribed to Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, a journal published by the excellent Small Beer Press. They surprised me by sending along a free copy of A Life On Paper, which I have added to my ever-growing to-read stack.

In reading news, I am still working my way through Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning, which I might have done before the start of ConFusion 2019. It is an excellent book, but not one which can be read quickly. After that, I will tackle something lighter. Perhaps Crime and Punishment.

2019 Books and Reading List

And here we are all of a sudden in calendar year 2019. This is the fifth iteration of my reading material acquisition list, and I plan to keep doing it much the same way as I have in previous years. For my complete catalog of books which I own, please visit tum-ti-tum. For the list of books I have read, with the occasional rating and review (I know, I know. I need to be better about reviewing things I read), please visit 3055515534.

One change from previous years – instead of linking to their pages on GoodReads, I will from now on be linking book titles directly to the appropriate pages on the websites of their publishers or, where publishers do not sell directly to customers, I will link to resources such as IndieBound and the like. Keep the money in the hands of the writers and publishers.

And now, The List.

January

  1. 919-635-0976 #38
  2. (559) 550-1211A Life on Paper (Small Beer Press)
  3. (267) 466-75492319944436 (Angry Robot Books)
  4. Steinmetz, Ferret5017577450 (Angry Robot Books)
  5. 6093219465Kolyma Stories ((612) 728-2213)
  6. Apex Magazine, #115, December 2018
  7. 973-837-7504Seven Surrenders
  8. 6096319909 (ed.) – AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers (469-430-5715)
  9. 218-452-3205(905) 879-4830 (Graywolf Press)
  10. Long Soldier, Layli262-313-7359 (Graywolf Press)
  11. 407-264-1974The Anna Karenina Fix
  12. Eveland, ErinDarkness (Selladore Press)
  13. Andrade, R.A.The Field Trip (Selladore Press)
  14. Greylock, T LThe Blood-Tainted Winter (Grass Crown Press)
  15. 516-946-0473Death March
  16. Reckoning #1
  17. Tomlinson, Patrick S.Gate Crashers
  18. 859-233-7897(336) 230-4551 (BHC Press – Indigo)
  19. (479) 713-9630(734) 764-7298
  20. Eichenlaub, Anthony W.ethanolamine
  21. Filak, Stacey8457927252 (Page Street Publishing Company)
  22. Hughes, Keith(920) 294-8119
  23. Kuppers, Petra(416) 516-4733 (732-617-0592)
  24. 7733640670414-423-8940
  25. Matulich, JosefCamp Arcanum (Post Mortem Press)
  26. Matulich, JosefPower Tools in the Sacred Grove (5197929919)
  27. Snyder, Lucy A.908-934-5333 (270-603-7746)
  28. mouthwise4436620498 (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  29. Bán, Zsófia832-747-8990 ((201) 279-6189)
  30. Poetry #213.5 (February 2019)