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About 1998

This is the first year I was logging my reads in a calendar; I started with a little date book I bought at the airport on my way to Oz in April

So, here goes :)

I left Nacogdoches Tx, at 8am the morning of April 1...
4 hr bus drive to Houston
Lunch with my friend Amy and her mom, who then took me to the airport
4 hr flight from Houston to Vegas
I stayed a week with my Aunt and her husband in Pahrump
4 hr flight from Vegas to SanFran. 3 hr layover
17-1/2 hour flight from SanFran to Sidney
4 hr flight from Sidney to Brisbane
1 hr taxi to my grandmother's house
slept for 14 hrs :)

So, here's the reading for the year

11 entire anthologies
16 partial anthologies
6 entire collections
14 partial collections
1 partial magazine
128 novels
13 Omnibuses (complete or partial)
3 essays
244 short stories

January 1998

Though I didn't start logging these in my little calendar, I read at least one short story per day while saying at Mawmaw's and helping with the kids and I logged these on the contents pages of the anthologies/collections...

Wondermakers 2

Jan 1 "The Falcon and the Falconeer" by Barry N. Malzberg

Jan 2 "Computers Don't Argue" by Gordon R. Dickson

Jan 3 "Living Space" by Isaac Asimov

Jan 4 "The Horn of Time the Hunter" by Poul Anderson

Jan 5 "Eastward Ho!" by William Tenn................................................................................................................................

Jan 6 "Caught in the Organ Draft" by Robert Silverberg..............................................................................................................

Jan 7 "Vaster than Empires and More Slow" by Ursula K. LeGuin........................................................................................................

Jan 8 "High Weir" by Samuel R. Delaney

Jan 9 "The Evergreen Library" by Jeffrey Wallmann & Bill Pronzini

Jan 10 "We Never Mention Aunt Nora" by Frederick Pohl

Jan 11 "The Gun Without a Bang" by Robert Sheckley

Jan 12 "Dominions Beyond" by Ward Moore

Jan 13 "The Adventure of the Martian Client" by Manly Wade Wellman & Wade Wellman

Jan 14 "And Miles to Go Before I Sleep" by William F. Nolan

Jan 14 "Report on the Nature of the Lunar Surface" by John Brunner

Jan 15 "The Monster and the Maiden" by Roger Zelazny

Jan 15 "I Have My Vigil" by Harry Harrison

♥Jan 16 "The Twelfth Bed" by Dean R. Koontz.........................................................................................................................

This story is the sole reason I even own this book...

Jan 16 "Xong of Xuxan" by Ray Russell

finishes anthology


Jan 17 "Images of Smoke" by John Goodnow

Jan 17 "The Legend of Slewfoot" by Lawrence Schimel and Mark A. Garland

Jan 17 "All That Glitters" by C.J. Henderson

Jan 18 "The Girl Who Was Taken Into the Hill" by Diana L. Paxson

Jan 18 "Changeling" by Mickey Zucker Reichert

Jan 18 "Bard's Crown" by Andre Norton

Jan 18 "The Law of Man" by Michelle West

Jan 19 "I Sing the Dark Riders" by Dennis L. McKiernan

♥♥♥Jan 19 "A Midsummer Night's Dream Team" by Tanya Huff

Jan 19 "Home Key" by Barbara Delaplace

Jan 20 "Jerlayne" by Lynn Abbey

Jan 20 "Spinning Webs and Telling Lies" by David Niall Wilson

Jan 20 "The Dancing Ring" by Jody Lynn Nye

Jan 20 "Elfarama" by Craig Shaw Gardner

Jan 21 "Sun and Hawk" by Jane Lindskold

Jan 21 "Eine Kleine Elfmuzik" by Karen Haber

Jan 21 "By the Oaks" by Janni Lee Simner

Jan 21 "Jingles the Elf" by Richard Gilliam

Jan 21 "Mercenary of Dreams" by Lawrence C. Connolly

finishes this anthology

The Ultimate Alien

Jan 22 "This is the Universe" by Liz Holliday

Jan 22 "Alien Radio" by Mike Resnick & Nicholas A. DiChario...........................................................................................................

Jan 23 "Before Eden" by Arthur C. Clarke..............................................................................................................................

Jan 23 "The Mallworld Falcon" by S.P. Somptow

Jan 24 "Bride 91" by Robert Silverberg

Jan 24 "The Ghost in the Machine" by Mel Gilden

♥Jan 25 "Duty Calls" by Anne McCaffrey

Jan 25 "The Pick-Up" by Lawrence Watt Evans

Jan 26 "The Brasher Girl" by Ed Gorman

Jan 26 "The Phantom of the Space Opera" by Don D'Ammassa

Jan 27 "The Invasion" by Peter Crowther

Jan 27 "First Contact, Sort Of" by Karen Haber

Jan 28 "Empathos" by Lynn D. Crosson

Jan 28 "Interstellar Love" by Ron Dee

♥Jan 28 "Fast Seeds" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

This story is the sole reason I own this book finishes this anthology

Space Opera

Jan 29 "Bluesberry Jam" by Gene Wolfe

Jan 29 "To Drive the Cold Winter Away" by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Jan 29 "The Last Song of Sirit Byar" by Peter S. Beagle

Jan 30 "Roundelay" by Mary C. Pangborn

Jan 30 "Space Station Annie" by Cynthia McQullian

Jan 30 "Swan Song" by Lynn McConchie

Jan 30 "Heavenside Song" by Warren C. Norwood

Jan 31 "Drift" by Steven Brust

Jan 31 "A Hole in the Sky" by Margaret Ball

Jan 31 "The Impossible Place" by Alan Dean Foster

Jan 31 "Ever After" by Paula Lalish

Jan 31 "Soulfedge Rock" by Suzette Haden Elgin

Jan 31 "Scarborough Fair" by Elizabeth Anne Scarborough

Feb 1 "Thunderbird Road" by Leslie Fish

Feb 1 "Our Father's Gold" by Elisabeth Waters.........................................................................................................................

Feb 1 "A Song of Strange Revenge" by Josepha Sherman

Feb 1 "Songchild" by Robin Wayne Bailey

♥Feb 1 "Saskia" by Charles de Lint

Feb 1 "Calling Them Home" by Jody Lynn Nye

♥Feb 1 "Bird in the Hand" by Anne McCaffrey

Finishing the book

February 1998

I didn't log any more stories (so read books I no longer have...) that month

March 1998

Mar 8 A More Perfect Union by J.A. Jance

on plane from Houston to Vegas

Mar 10 Lying in Wait by J.A. Jance

on plane from Vegas to San Francisco

MAR 13 Child of the Eagle by Esther Friesner

on plane from from San Francisco to Sidney

MAR 14 Lady of Fire by Valerie Vayle

on plane from Sidney to Brisbane/Taxi to my Grandmother's house
Romance Novel

MAR 17 Child of an Ancient City by Nina Kiriki Hoffman & Tad Williams

MAR 18 A Cat of Silvery Hue by Robert Adams

MAR 19 Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell

MAR 20 Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist

MAR 22 Darkfall by Dean Koontz (as Darkness Comes UK/OZ title)

The Compleat Werewolf by Anthony Boucher

Mar 25 "The Compleat Werewolf"

Mar 25 "The Pink Caterpillar"

Mar 26 "Q.U.R."

Mar 26 "Robinc"

Mar 27 "Mr. Lupescu"

funny: Mrs. Lupescu appears in Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book

Mar 28 "Expedition"

Mar 29 "Snulbug"

Mar 29 "They Bite"

Mar 29 "We Print the Truth"

Mar 30 "The Ghost of Me"

finishes collection

MAR 31 Dragonsword by Gaèl Baudino

April 1998

APR 1 Swamp Secrets by Carla Cassidy


Realms of Fantasy #4.3

April 2 "Unicorn Stew" by William R. Eakin

April 3 "Egyptian Motherlode" by Jacob Weisman and David Sandner

Only read two of the shorts in this magazine for now...

APR 4 Storm Breaking by Mercedes Lackey

APR 7 (the new one) Demon Seed by Dean Koontz

APR 8 Yarrow by Charles de Lint

APR 9 Challenge of the Clans by Kenneth C. Flint

APR 10 Tarzan and the Forbidden City by Edgar Rice Burroughs

APR 14 Patriot's Dream by Barbara Michaels

APR 16 Glory Season by David Brin

APR 17 Santa's Twin by Dean Koontz

APR 20 Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz

APR 21 Royal Cat by Garrison Allen

APR 23 X-Files : Ruins by Kevin J. Anderson

APR 25 The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore

APR 26 The Cheshire Cat's Eye by Marcia Müller

Mystery Novel

APR 29 The Walker in Shadows by Barbara Michaels

APR 30 Sons of the Wolf by Barbara Michaels

May 1998

May 1 Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

May 4 Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell

Completing 2-in-1 of The First Scarpetta Collection

May 2 All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell

MAY 5 Heart-Readers by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

MAY 7 Stable Cat by Garrison Allen

MAY 8 "Yrena" by P.D. Cacek (from Blood Muse)

MAY 9 The Silver Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey

MAY 10 The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey

May 11 Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell

MAY 13 Alien Nation by Alan Dean Foster

MAY 14 Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert

MAY 15 "K" is for Killer by Sue Grafton

MAY 16 The Gratitude of Kings by Marion Zimmer Bradley

MAY 17 "L" is for Lawless by Sue Grafton

MAY 17 Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett

MAY 20 The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll

MAY 23 A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

May 25 "Birds" by Charles de Lint (from The Shimmering Door)

May 25 "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Dennis L. McKiernan (from The Shimmering Door)

May 25 "Water Everywhere" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (from The Shimmering Door)

MAY 27 The Stand: Complete & Unabridged by Stephen King

MAY 28 Abuse of Power by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

Mystery Novel

MAY 29 A Means to Evil by John Tranhaile

Mystery Novel

MAY 30 Montana Sky by Nora Roberts

Romance Novel

June 1998

Jun 1 The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell

JUN 2 Witches' Bane by Susan Wittig Albert

JUN 3 Rueful Death by Susan Wittig Albert

Jun 4 From Potter's Field by Patricia Cornwell

JUN 5 Vanish With the Rose by Barbara Michaels

JUN 7 Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

JUN 14 Baseball Cat by Garrison Allen

JUL 6 Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings

JUL 12 Magician's Gambit by David Eddings

JUL 13 Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings

JUL 14 Enchanter's Endgame by David Eddings

JUN 14 Baseball Cat by Garrison Allen

AUG 12 Guardians of the West by David Eddings

AUG 19 King of the Murgos by David Eddings

AUG 21 Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings

AUG 24 Sorceress of Darshiva by David Eddings

AUG 26 Seeress of Kell by David Eddings

SEPT 12 Belgarath the Sorcerer by David Eddings

SEPT 18 Polgara the Sorceress by David Eddings

I picked up this book first b/c of the GORGEOUS cover by Keith Parkinson but it didn't make sense so I went back and read the other 11 so I could read this one. PolgaraTheSorceress.jpg

JUN 8 Haunted by James Herbert

JUN 9 The Blackstone Chronicles by John Saul

Part 1 An Eye for an Eye: The Doll

Part 2 Twist of Fate : The Locket

Part 3 Ashes to Ashes : The Dragon's Flame

Part 4 In the Shadow of Evil : The Handkerchief

Part 5 Day of Reckoning : The Stereoscope

Part 6 Asylum

JUN 10 Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton

Nov 1 Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton

Completing Omnibus Black Moon Inn

JUN 12 OwlFlight by Mercedes Lackey

JUN 16 Acorna's Quest by Anne McCaffrey & Margaret Ball

JUN 22 The Masterharper of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

JUN 23 Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff

Sword & Sorceress I

May 3 "The Valley of the Troll" by Charles de Lint

May 6 "The Rending Dark" by Emma Bull

May 12 "Things Come in Threes" by Dorothy J. Heydt

May 18 "With Four Lean Hounds" by Pat Murphy

May 19 "House in the Forest" by Anodea Judith

May 21 "Daton and the Dead Things" by Michael Ward

May 22 "Gate of the Damned" by Janet Fox

May 24 "Child of Orcus" by Robin Wayne Bailey

June 6 "Taking Heart" by Stephen L. Burns

June 6 "Imperatrix" by Deborah Wheeler

June 11 "Severed Heads" by Glen Cook

June 11 "The Garnet and the Glory" by Phyllis Ann Karr

June 13 "Blood of Sorcery" by Jennifer Roberson

June 15 "Gimmile's Songs" by Charles R. Saunders

June 24 "Sword of Yraine" by Diana L. Paxson

To Finish this anthology

JUN 30 Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

July 1998

Jul 1 Without Due Process by J.A. Jance

JUL 2 Chromosome 6 by Robin Cook

JUL 3 In the Rift by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Holly Lisle

JUL 4 X-FILES : Antibodies by Kevin J. Anderson

JUL 7 The Dancing Floor by Barbara Michaels

JUL 8 Freedom's Challenge by Anne McCaffrey

JUL 9 The Two-Bear Mambo by Joe Lansdale

JUL 10 Bad Chili by Joe Lansdale

JUL 15 Blind Descent by Nevada Barr

Mystery Novel

Jul 16 Improbable Cause by J.A. Jance

Mystery Novel

JUL 19 Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner

JUL 20 Rattlesnake Crossing by J.A. Jance

Mystery Novel

JUL 22 The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt

JUL 30 Hunter's Death by Michelle West

JUL 31 Mall Mayhem & Magic by Holly Lisle & Chris Guin

August 1998

AUG 3 All I Need Is You by Johanna Lindsey

Romance Novel

Aug 5 Hired at Ingram -- finally, a grown-up job :D

AUG 6 Sunglasses After Dark by Nancy Collins

AUG 7 In the Blood by Nancy Collins

AUG 10 Paint It Black by Nancy Collins

Completing Omnibus Midnight Blue: The Sonya Blue Collection

AUG 14 Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordperson by George Alec Effinger

"Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson"

"Maureen Birnbaum at the Earth's Core"

"Maureen Birnbaum on the Art of War"

"Maureen Birnbaum After Dark"

"Maureen Birnbaum Goes Shopynge"

"Maureen Birnbaum and the Saint Graal"

"Maureen Birnbaum at the Looming Awfulness"

"Maureen Birnbaum's Lunar Adventure"

finishes this collection

AUG 29 Point of Origin by Patricia Cornwell

September 1998

SEPT 4 Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light by Tanya Huff

Free Amazons of Darkover

Sept 16 "Growing Pains" by Susan Shwartz

Sept 21 "Girls Will Be Girls" by Patricia Shaw-Mathews

Sept 23 "The Camel's Nose" by Susan Holtzer

Sept 24 "Her Own Blood" by Margaret L. Carter

Sept 25 "This One Time" by Joan Marie Verba

Sept 28 "Tactics"Jane M. H. Bigelow

Sept 29 "Knives" by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Oct 1 "A Different Kind of Courage" by Mercedes Lackey

Oct 2 "Recruits" by Maureen Shannon

Oct 3 "The Oath of the Free Amazons" by Walter Breen (essay)

Oct 6 "Midwife" by Deborah Wheeler

Oct 7 "Child of the Heart" by Elisabeth Waters

Oct 8 "The Mother Quest" by Diana L. Paxson

Oct 9 "The Meeting" by Nina Boal

Oct 13 "On the Trail" by Barbara M. Armistead

Oct 14 "To Open a Door" P. Alexandra Riggs

Oct 16 "The Banshee" by Sherry Kramer

Oct 21 "Cast Off Your Chains" by Margaret Silvestri

Oct 22 "Oath of the Free Amazons: Terran, Techno Period" by Jaida n'ha Sandra (essay)

Oct 23 "The Legend of Lady Bruna" by Marion Zimmer Bradley

This finished this anthology

SEPT 22 Forbidden Magic by Angus Wells

SEPT 30 Dark Magic by Angus Wells

OCT 4 Wild Magic by Angus Wells

October 1998

OCT 5 The Fire's Stone by Tanya Huff

Black Cats and Broken Mirrors

Oct 10 "How It All Began" by Esther M. Friesner

Nov 4 "Shards of Glass" by Kristin Schwengel

Nov 4 "The Cat Who Wasn't Black" by Josepha Sherman

Nov 4 "Thirteen Ways to Water" by Bruce Holland Rogers

Nov 5 "Whirlwinds" by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Nov 18 "Caretaking" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Nov 27 "The Song of a Gift Horse" by Dean Wesley Smith

Nov 30 "Dead Tired"R. Davis

Dec 12 "Something Blue" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Dec 12 "Crossroads" by Genevieve Gorman

Dec 17 "Soul Cages" by Carol Rondou

Dec 18 "Auspicious Stars" by Jane M. Lindskold

Dec 18 "Frogged" by Nancy Springer

Dec 18 "Step on the Crack" by Michelle Sagara West

Dec 19 "Front-Page McGuffin and the Greatest Story Never Told" by Peter Crowther

Dec 19 "To the Edge of the World" by Zane Stillings

Dec 19 "The Pennymen" by Charles de Lint

Finished anthology

OCT 11 Sister to the Rain by Melisa Michaels

I picked this one up solely for the GORGEOUS cover by Julie Bell.

OCT 12 Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

OCT 15 Rules of Prey by John Sandford

Oct 17 The Forbidden Tower by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Oct 24 The Heritage of Hastur by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Oct 25 Sharra's Exile by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Finishing Heritage & Exile 2-in-1

Nov 11 The Bloody Sun by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Dec 1 ReDiscovery by Marion Zimmer Bradley with Mercedes Lackey

Dec 5 The Spell Sword by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Dec 6 Exile's Song by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Dec 9 The Shadow Matrix by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Dec 13 City of Sorcery by Marion Zimmer Bradley

OCT 19 Sword-Born by Jennifer Roberson

Oct 20 Oathblood by Mercedes Lackey



"The Making of a Legend"


"A Woman's Weapon"

"The Talisman"

"A Tale of Heroes"

"Friendly Fire"

"Wings of Fire"

"Spring Plowing at Forst Reach"


Completing this collection

Domains of Darkover

Oct 26 "The Horse Race" by Diann Partridge

Oct 26 "The Plague" by Janet R. Rhodes

Oct 27 "The Tapestry" by Micole Sudberg

Oct 27 "To Serve Kihar" by Judith Sampson

Oct 28 "Our Little Rabbit" by Mary K. Frey

Oct 28 "The Gift From Ardais" by Barbara Denz

Oct 29 "Mind-eater" by Joan Marie Verba

Oct 29 "Mists" by Meg Mac Donald

Nov 2 "Manchild" by L. D. Woeltjen

Nov 2 "Just a Touch..." by Lynne Armstrong-Jones

Nov 6 "An Object Lesson" by Mercedes Lackey

Nov 8 "Firetrap" by Elisabeth Waters and Marion Zimmer Bradley

Nov 8 "Friends" by Judith K. Kobylecky

Nov 9 "Acurrhir Todo; Nada Perdonad" by Deborah Wheeler

Nov 9 "Beginnings" by Cynthia Drolet

Nov 10 "Clingfire" by Patricia Duffy Novak

Nov 10 "Death in Thendara" by Dorothy J. Heydt

finishing anthology

OCT 30 Apaches by Lorenzo Carcaterra

OCT 31 Above the Lower Sky by Tom Deitz

November 1998

Nov 3 The Portal by Sharon Pape


Nov 7 Someplace to Be Flying by Charles de Lint

Nov 12-16 Strange Highways by Dean Koontz

"Strange Highways"

"The Black Pumpkin"

"Miss Attila the Hun"

"Down in the Darkness"

"Ollie's Hands"




"We Three"



"The Night of the Storm"

"Twilight of the Dawn"


finishes collection

Battle Magic

Nov 17 "Bright Streets of Air" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Nov 17 "Ten for the Devil" by Charles de Lint

Dec 24 "The Strangeness of the Day" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Dec 24 "Ladykiller" by Rosemary Edghill

Dec 24 "The Jewel and the Demon" by Lisanne Norman

Dec 26 "Principles of Warfare" by John Helfers

Dec 26 "BattleMagic™ for Morons" by John DeChancie

Dec 26 "The Miracle of Salamis" by Lois Tilton

Dec 27 "Alaric's Gift" by Mickey Zucker Reichert

Dec 27 "Rite of Passage" by Ed Gorman

Dec 27 "Hell's Bane" by Jane Lindskold

Dec 29 "The Fatal Wager" by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Dec 29 "'Ware the Sleeper" by Julie E. Czerneda

Dec 31 "A Matter of Honor" by Josepha Sherman

Dec 31 "Warlord" by Michelle West

finishes anthology

Nov 16-26 Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King

"Dolan's Cadillac"

"The End of the Whole Mess"

"Suffer the Little Children"

"The Night Flier"


"It Grows on You"

"Chattery Teeth"


"The Moving Finger"


"You Know They Got a Hell of a Band"

"Home Delivery"

"Rainy Season"

"My Pretty Pony"

"Sorry, Right Number"

"The Ten O'Clock People"

"Crouch End"

"The House on Maple Street"

"The Fifth Quarter"

"The Doctor's Case"

"Umney's Last Case"

"Head Down" (essay)

"Brooklyn August" (poem)

"The Beggar and the Diamond"

finishes collection

Nov 29 Daughter of Prophecy by Anne Kelleher Bush

December 1998

Dec 3 Lost in Translation by Margaret Ball

Dec 8 "In the House of the Man in the Moon" by Richard Bowes

Dec 11 "In Mysterious Ways" by Tanya Huff

Dec 10 Wildside by Steven Gould

Dec 14 "Runner of Pern" by Anne McCaffrey

DEC 16 Bones of the Past by Holly Lisle

DEC 20 Green Rider by Kristen Britain

so I'm browsing at the book store and see this GORGEOUS Keith Parkinson cover and see that it's a new release/first in a series/author's premier work Gotta buy it GreenRider-Parkinson.jpg

Dec 21-23 Fiddler Fair by Mercedes Lackey

"How I Spent My Summer Vacation" (essay)

"Aliens Ate My Pickup"

"Small Print"

"Last Rights"

"Dumb Feast"

"Dance Track"



"Dragon's Teeth"

"The Cup and the Cauldron"

"Once and Future"

"Fiddler Fair"

"The Enemy of My Enemy"

finishes collection

DEC 25 OwlSight by Mercedes Lackey

DEC 28 Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Mercedes Lackey

DEC 30 The Thread That Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman