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Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My latest work is the Audible Original The Sound at the End. My other books are Things We Say In The Dark, The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

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Top 5 of 2009

21st Jan 2010 in Writing

Okay, so I’m a bit late with this list, but it’s been a busy month.

First, books. I read 86 books last year (30 novels, 11 short story collections, 11 poetry collections, 14 non-fiction, 13 young adult novels, and 7 graphic novels). The following is a short list of my favourites, only a couple of which were actually published in 2009.

Books
  • Rain – Kirsty Gunn (somewhere between poetry, short fiction, and a novel)
  • The Blood of Strangers – Frank Huyler (this should be on everyone’s how-to-learn-to-write list)
  • If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler – Italo Calvino (how is it possible for a book to be so complex yet so fun and easy to read?)
  • Stripping and Other Stories – Pagan Kennedy
  • The Terror – Dan Simmons (this took me seven months to read and is totally ridiculous, but I still can’t stop thinking about it)
Short Stories
  • Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan (on Escape Pod)
  • The Lepidoctor – Mick Jackson (in Ten Sorry Tales)
  • The Black Forest – Pagan Kennedy (in Stripping)
  • Suck, Blow – Lauren Simpson (in Stolen Stories)
  • I Dreamed I Fucked Stephen King While We Were Both on Vacation in the Cayman Islands With Our Spouses – xTx (on Oprah Read This)
Biggest Disappointments
  • Electric Literature
  • Anthem – Ayn Rand
  • The Harrowing – Alexandra Sokoloff (my fault really; I thought this author was far more intelligent than she appears to actually be)
  • The Wire in the Blood – Val McDermid (I tried to like Val because, you know, awesome prolific queer writer; but I just couldn’t handle 480 pages of boredom)
  • The Birthing House – Christopher Ransom (people actually like this masturbatory shit?)

Right, that’s it. I’m ready for 2010.

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