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What I read in 2016 (plus some video selections)

Here is my reading and viewing list for 2016. I recently signed up at Goodreads, so am tempted to migrate or switch over to using that for tracking reading. I’m not sure if they support webcomics, podcasts, short stories, or video content…and they’re run by a commercial entity, so longterm data preservation might be questionable.

Another note: For awards consideration (e.g., Hugos), not all of these were published in 2016; a quick web search should let you know the publication dates, if you’re curious. As usual, 💡 (lightbulb icon) indicates a recommendation on my part, with the exception of the shorts section.

To jump to a section:

Film and television

Film: Impressed by Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Zootopia, and the best thing ever, Ghostbusters (2016).

TV: iZombie (first season), Agents of SHIELD, Elementary, AND Lucifer. So happy to have finally watch the last season(s) of Lost Girl, too. The fourth season had been a letdown, so the fifth season (and sixth, depending on how your video vendor portions out the episodes) wrapped things up in the usual warm, open manner as earlier seasons.

Comics & Art Monographs

Andersen, Sarah. Adulthood Is a Myth.

Ari (walking north). Always Human (ongoing).

Bellwood, Lucy. Definitely-Not-Filthy Sailing Terminology (completed; slightly NSFW).

Campbell, Sophie. Can’t Look Back (completed).

Catuallie (M.C.) and Kurzz (Payton). Honey & Venom (ongoing).

Craig, Jimmy. They Can Talk.

Cotter, Joshua W. Nod Away.

Edwards, Dylan. Valley of the Silk Sky (ongoing) and Nothing Wrong with Me (complete).

Farris, Cat. The Last Diploma (ongoing).

Fleuter, Ben. The Sword Interval (ongoing).

Fortson, Ashanti. Galanthus (ongoing).

Fraction, Matt and Chip Zdarsky. Sex Criminals: One Weird Trick (volume 3, ongoing).

Gigi D.G. Lady of the Shard (completed).

💡 L.R. Hale. The Night Belongs to Us (on hiatus?).

Halla, Valerie. Goodbye to Halos (ongoing).

💡 Hicks, Faith Erin. The Nameless City.

💡 Houser, Jody et al. Faith (volume 1).

Hughes, Kiku (Bee). Gravity Assist (completed).

💡 Larson, Hope and Rebecca Mock. Compass South.

Leth, Kate et al. Patsy Walker, a.k.a., Helcat.

Like, Caitlin. Maiden of the Machine (ongoing).

Meade, Heather. Dream*scar (ongoing).

💡 Montclare, Brandon et al. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (volume 1).

Moon Cabal. Astral Aves (ongoing).

Nina V. (SirPangur). Lilith’s Word (ongoing).

North, Ryan and Erica Henderson. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (volume 1).

💡 O’Neill, Katie. Don’t Let Go (completed).

💡 Panagariya-Hirsch, Ananth and Yuko Ota. The Girl with the Skeleton Hand (completed) and Lucky Penny.

💡 Pandya, Aatmaja. Baker’s Dozen (completed).

Pullman, Philip and Clément Oubrerie. The Golden Compass graphic novel (volume 1).

💡 Reiss, Natalie. Space Battle Lunchtime (volume one).

Revoy, David. Pepper and Carrot (ongoing).

Robin, Taylor. Never Satisfied (ongoing)

💡 Samanci, Özge. Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in Turkey (complete).

💡 Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis.

Schutz, Diana (editor). Sexy Chix.

💡 Syv, Meg and Jessica Weaver. Daughter of the Lillies (ongoing).

💡 van Eekhout, Greg and Sarah Winifred Searle. Till Her Final Breath (completed).

💡 Vaughan, Brian K. and Fiona Staples. Saga, volume 6 (ongoing).

💡 Wells, Jasmine et al. Fated (completed), Monsters Anonymous (completed), and The Bakeshop (completed)

💡 Wimberley, Ronald. Lighten Up (completed).

Ying, Victoria. Il Lupo (completed).

Longer Fiction

I somehow managed to read quite a few full-length books, at least during the first half of 2016.

Andrews, Ilona. Innkeeper series: Clean Sweep and Sweep in Peace. One the Edge and Bayou Moon. 💡 Magic (Kate Daniels) series.

💡 Bardugo, Leigh. Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising.

💡 Brook, Meljean. The Iron Duke.

💡 Carrier, Gail. Prudence and Imprudence.

💡 Cruisie, Jennifer and Bob Mayer. Wild Ride.

💡 Dawson, Delilah S. Wicked as They Come.

💡 Electronic Frontier Foundation (editors). Pwning Tomorrow.

💡 French, Lee. Damsel in Distress.

💡 Gilman, Laura Anne. Silver on the Road.

💡 M.J. Haag. Depravity, Deceit, and Devastation.

💡 Hao Jingfang, Folding Beijing.

💡 Ire, Elle E. Vicious Circle.

Jones, Michael M. and Cecilia Tan (editors). Like a Cunning Plan.

Jewel, Carolyn. Dead Drop and My Wicked Enemy.

Keller, Madison. The Dragon Tax.

💡 T. Kingfisher. The Raven and the Reindeer.

💡 Lafferty, Mur. The Shambling Guide to New York City and Ghost Train to New Orleans.

Liu, Marjorie M. Iron Hunt and Darkness Rises. 💡 Tiger Eye.

💡 Lord, Karen. The Best of All Possible Worlds and Redemption in Indigo.

💡 McKinley, Robin. Shadows.

💡 Milan, Courtney. Trade Me and Year of the Crocodile.

💡 Novik, Naomi. Uprooted.

💡 Okorafor, Nnedi. Binti.

Rai, Alisha. Hot as Hades.

Rocha, Kit. Beyond series (10 books).

Scalzi, John. The End of All Things.

Singh, Nalini. Archangel series and Wild Embrace anthology.

Shorter Fiction

New podcast to recommend, Within the Wires, by the charming folks who brought us Welcome to Night Vale. Again, I typically listen (or read) shorts from the following:

Allen, Mike. “The Cruelest Team Will Win.”

Ashby, Madeline. “A Stopped Clock.”

Ashley, Charlotte. “La Héron.”

Bailey, Matthew. “The Birth Will Take Place on a Mutually Acceptable Research Vessel.”

Baker, David John. “The Hunter Captain.”

Balder, Bo. “Follow the White Line.”

Barischoff, Nicolette. “In the Woods Behind My House.”

Bear, Elizabeth. “In Libres.”

Bell, Helena. “Needle on Bone.”

Berkow, Evan. “The Winter Festival.”

Blattberg, Benjamin. “Archibald Defeats the Churlish Shark-Gods”

Bowles, Jeff. Tumbleweeds and Little Girls.”

Bradley, Lisa M. “Bilingual, or Mouth to Mouth.”

Brooke, Keith. “Beyond the Heliopause.”

Buckell, Tobias S. “The Fish Merchant.”

Bunker, Karl. “Gray Wings.”

Campbell-Hicks, Jennifer. “Aphrodite’s Blood, Decanted.”

Castro, Adam-Troy. “The Assassin’s Secret.”

Chan, Nick T. “Salto Mortal.”

Chiang, Ted. “Story of Your Life.”

Cixin, Liu. “Yuanyuan’s Bubbles.”

Connolly, Tina. “That Seriously Obnoxious Time I Was Stuck at Witch Rimelda’s One Hundredth Birthday Party.”

Cornell, Paul. “Find a Way Home.”

Craig, Nan. “Scrapmetal.”

de Bodard, Aliette. “A Hundred and Seventy Storms” and “A Salvaging of Ghosts.”

Devenport, Emily. “Now is the Hour.”

Dovey, Matt. “Squalor and Sympathy.”

Dreadful, Jilly. “5×5.”

Edelstein, Jonathan. “Abere and the Poisoner,” “First Do No Harm,” and “The Starsmith.”

Edwards, Malon. “The Half Dark Promise.”

Finelli, Jen. “Brain Worms and White Whales.”

Flynn, Michael. “The Promise of God.”

Fulda, Nancy. “Recollection.”

García-Rosas, Nelly Geraldine. “Where Water Joins.”

Gilman, Carolyn Ives. “Touring with the Alien.”

Gladstone, Max. “Big Thrull and the Askin’ Man.”

Goder, Beth. “Windows..”

Goh, Jaymee. “Liminal Grid”

Goldsmith, Michelle E. “The Jellyfish Collector.”

Hand, Elizabeth. “Winter’s Wife.”

Harris, Nin. “What The Stories Steal.”

Headley, Maria Dahvana. The Cellar Dweller.”

Heartfield, Kate. “The Semaphore Society” and “The Wedding of Snow, Earth, and Salt.”

M.K. Hobson. The Last Unenlightened.”

Hopkinson, Nalo. “Left Foot, Right.”

Hosein, Kevin Jared. “Hiranyagarbha.”

Hossein, Rokheya Shekhawat. “Sultana’s Dream.”

Howard, Kat. “The Key to St. Medusa’s.”

Huggins, G. Scott. “Responsibility Descending.”

Hui, Chi. “The Calculations of Artificials.”

Hunt, Kurt. “Chatter the Teeth.”

M.K. Hutchins. “Dragon-Smoked Barbeque” and “Golden Chaos.”

Hykes, Jennifer. “Harlequin Moon.”

Iriarte, José Pablo. “Life in Stone, Glass, and Plastic.”

Jones, Gareth D. “Squirrels, Foxes and Other Fine Specimens.”

Jones, Rachael K. “Charlotte Incorporated” and “The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptile.”

S.E. Jones. “Bride Price.”

Jordan, Rebecca Ann. “We Have a Cultural Difference, Can I Taste You?”

K.J. Kabza. “This Is a Letter to My Son.”

Kanakia, Rahul. “Here is My Thinking on a Situation That Affects Us All.”

Kelly, James Patrick. “One Sister, Two Sisters, Three.”

Khaw, Cassandra. “In the Rustle of Pages.”

Kimble, Jason. “Broken.”

King, Michelle Ann. “Send in the Ninjas.”

Kinney, Benjamin C. “Meltwater.”

Kloster, Gary. “Saints, Beasts and Zombies.”

Kowal, Mary Robinette. “Midnight Hour.”

Kress, Nancy. “Pathways.”

Larson, Rich. “The Green Man Cometh” and “Sparks Fly.”

Leahy, Krista Hoeppner. “The Hexagonal Bolero of Honeybees.”

Lee, Yoon Ha. “Shadow’s Weave.”

Lindholm, Megan. “Old Paint.”

Linsteadt, Sylvia V. “Whale-Oil.”

Lowachee, Karin. “A Good Home.”

Mandel, Leo. “Fifty Years in the Virtuous City.”

Markov, Haralambi. “The Drowning Line.”

Marshall, Kate. “Stone Prayers.”

McDonald, Ian. “An Eligible Boy.”

McFall, Alana. “Singing to the Stars.”

McIntosh, Will. “The Savannah Liars Tour.”

Mears, Stefon. “Conjure Man.”

Mehrotra, Rati. “Hatyasin.”

Mohanraj, Mary Anne. “Plea.”

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia. “Them Ships.”

J.D. Moyer. “The Beef.”

Muir, Tamsyn. “Union.”

Murray, Samantha. “Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart.”

Odell, Sandra M. “Telling Stories.”

Owomoyela, An. “Three Points Masculine” and “Unauthorized Access.”

Owomoyela, An and Rachel Swirsky. “Between Dragons and Their Wrath.”

Palmer, Suzanne. “Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken.”

Parsons, Sandy. “Joolie & Irdl.”

Pi, Tony. “The Gold Silkworm” and “The Sweetest Skill.”

Pinsker, Sarah. “When the Circus Lights Down.”

Pratt, Tim and Heather Shaw. “Winter Jinni.”

Rambo, Cat. “Call and Answer, Plant and Harvest” and “Left Behind.”

Ratkovic, Bojan. “Ride the Dragon.”

Rivera, Mercurio D. “Those Brighter Stars.”

Ronald, Margaret. “The Witch’s Knives.”

Rosenblum, Mary. “Lion Walk.”

Rucker, Rudy. “The Knobby Giraffe.”

A. Merc. Rustad. “This is Not a Wardrobe Door.”

Samatar, Sofia. “The Red Thread.”

Sandner, David. “Old Foss is the Name of His Cat.”

Sandoval, Kelly. “The Right Sort of Monsters.”

Scarber, Shawn. “The Opening of the Bayou Saint John.”

Shi, Gu. “Chimera.”

Singh, Vandana. Delhi.”

Skerry, Cory. “Bloodless.”

Staffin-Wiebe, Abra. “In Their Image.”

Sullivan, Tim. “Way Down East.”

Sulway, Nike. “The Karen Joy Fowler Book Club.”

Takács, Bogi. “Toward the Luminous Towers”

Taylor, Terence. “Wilson’s Singularity.”

Thakrar, Shveta. “The Shadow Collector.”

D.K. Thompson. “All Things to All People.”

Tidbeck, Karin. “A Call to Arms for Deceased Authors’ Rights.”

Tolbert, Jeremiah. “The Cavern of the Screaming Eye,” “Not by Wardrobe, Tornado, or Looking Glass,” and “Taste the Singularity at the Food Truck Circus.”

Valente, Catherynne M. “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery.”

Valentine, Genevieve. “Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home.”

Vardomskaya, Tamara. “The Three Dancers of Gizari.”

Vo, Nghi. “Dragon Brides,” “Lotus Face and the Fox,” and “The Ghost Years.”

Wells, Martha. “Night at the Opera.”

Wilde, Fran. Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud.”

Wright, Tristina. “The Siren Son.”

J.Y. Yang. “Old Domes.”

Yoachim, Caroline M. “Betty and the Squelchy Saurus.”


💡 Puckette, Madeline and Justin Hammock. Wine Folly.

Banis, David and Hunter Shobe. Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas.

Brewer, Stephen. Pacific Northwest (2015).

Clark, Robert. Feathers: Displays of Brilliant Plumage.

Conlon, Abraham and Adrienne Lo. Adventures in Fat Rice.

💡 Ha, Robin. Cook Korean!

💡 Lewis, Sara M. Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflie.

Nabhan, Gary Paul. Gathering the Desert.

💡 Newton, Kylee. The Modern Preserver.

💡 Norman, Jill (ed.). The Cook’s Book, UK edition.

💡 Ovenden, Mark. Transit Maps of the World.

💡 Puckette, Madeline et al. Wine Folly.

Sortun, Ana and Maura Kilpatrick. Soframiz.


Aït-Kaci, Jayd (Chira) and Alex Singer (Muun). Steer Theory (ongoing).

Alexander, Cosmic and Cecilia Tan (editors). Like a Breath of Flame.

Barker, Emily Croy. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic.

Baudar, Pascal. The New Wildcrafted Cuisine.

J. Blackmore and Cecilia Tan (editors). Whispers in the Darkness.

Choo, Yangtze. The Ghost Bride.

Fitzpatrick, Anna. Between Worlds.

Harrison, Thea. Dragon Bound.

Hoelzemann, Robin. Curia Regis (ongoing).

Holliday, Graham. Eating Viêt Nam: Dispatches from the Blue Plastic Table.

N.K. Jemisin. The Fifth Season. I’d like to give this one another try, but as with Leckie’s Ancillary series, it’s on the back burner for the nonce.

Jewel, Carolyn. Whispers.

Knoke, David and Song Yang. Social Network Analysis.

Koyanagi, Jacqueline. Ascension. Would also like to give this one another try later on.

Lockwood, Todd. The Summer Dragon.

López-Alt, J. Kenji. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science.

Manguel, Alberto. The Library at Night.

McGuire, Seanan. Discount Armageddon.

McOmie, Grant. Grant’s Getaways: 101 Oregon Adventures.

💡 Nabhan, Gary Paul. Food, Genes, and Culture: Eating right for Your Origins.

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