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Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My 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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Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My 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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