Oh na Morrigna, help me!
Teach me to fight an enemy no sword can pierce
To fell an enemy that neither bleeds nor breathes!
On what battlefield can we make our last stand
When our enemy is everywhere and nowhere?
Oh na Morrigna, guide me!
I long for the simplicity of steel on steel
The clean finality of victory or death!
Yet how can we ever achieve a lasting peace
When the evil we fight is so systemic?
Oh na Morrigna, free me!
Tear off my chains of fear and hopelessness
And transform my impotent rage into energy!
How can I squander my privilege with inaction
When so many less fortunate fight to their last breath?
Another year, another book list! Some of this year’s gems included Dread Nation, The Rise of Kyoshi, An Unkindness of Ghosts, and the Jacob’s Ladder trilogy. On the other hand, The Abominable was frankly quite abominable. Only 23 books with queer characters, though, so I gotta do better next year!
The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
The Machineries of Joy – Ray Bradbury
The Spoon River Anthology – Edgar Lee Masters
The Terror: A Novel – Dan Simmons
S Is For Space – Ray Bradbury
Long After Midnight – Ray Bradbury
The October Country – Ray Bradbury
The Ruins – Scott Smith
The Cat’s Pajamas Stories – Ray Bradbury
Death In The Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition – Karen Ryan
The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth By Day – Dr. Ogden Goelet
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Troop – Nick Cutter
The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R Tolkien
The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien
Dust (Jacob’s Ladder Book 1) – Elizabeth Bear
The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
Mutiny on the Bounty – Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
Men Against the Sea – Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
Pitcairn’sIsland – Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
Chill (Jacob’s Ladder Book 2) – Elizabeth Bear
The Archer’s Heart Book 1 – Astrid Amara
The Archer’s Heart Book 2 – Astrid Amara
The Archer’s Heart Book 3 – Astrid Amara
Dread Nation – Justina Ireland
An Unkindness of Ghosts – Rivers Solomon
The House of Dust: A Symphony – Conrad Aiken
The Fur Person – May Sarton
Grail (Jacob’s Ladder Book 3) – Elizabeth Bear
The Oathbound (Vows and Honor Book 1) – Mercedes Lackey
Oathbreakers (Vows and Honor Book 2) – Mercedes Lackey
The Ancient Egyptian Prayer Book – Tamara Siuda
The Buying of Lot 37 (Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 3) – Joseph Fink
Oathblood (Vows and Honor Book 3) – Mercedes Lackey
Magic in Ancient Egypt – Geraldine Pinch
Dreamdark Book 1: Blackbringer – Laini Taylor
Revered and Reviled: A Complete History of the Domestic Cat – L.A. Vocelle
Hathor: A Reintroduction to an Ancient Egyptian Goddess – Lesley Jackson
The Wicker King – K. Ancrum
Who’s A Good Boy? (Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 4) – Joseph Fink
My Name Is Inanna – Tamara Albanna
My Name Is The Morrigan – Tamara Albanna
From a Cat’s View: An Anthology of Stories Told By Cats – Robin Praytor, et. al.
Avatar the Last Airbender: The Rise ofKyoshi (The Kyoshi Novels) – F. C. Yee
The Abominable: A Novel – Dan Simmons
Sekhmet and Bast: The Feline Powers of Egypt – Lesley Jackson
Mesopotamian Goddesses: Unveiling Your Feminine Power – Weam Namou
Cleopatra’s Daughter: A Novel – Michelle Moran
Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns Book 4) – Kendare Blake
The Heretic Queen: A Novel – Michelle Moran
Nefertiti: A Novel – Michelle Moran
Remember Me – Christopher Pike
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt – Kara Cooney
The Wicked and the Divine Vol. 9: Okay – Gillen McKelvie
Tremontaine: Season 1 – Ellen Kushner, et. al.
The Hidden Life of Deer: Lessons From the Natural World – Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World – Vicki Myron
Tremontaine: Season 2 – Ellen Kushner, et. al.
Tremontaine: Season 3 – Ellen Kushner, et. al.
Tremontaine: Season 4 – Ellen Kushner, et. al.
Swordspoint – Ellen Kushner
Heathen, Volume 1 – Natasha Alterici
Heathen, Volume 2 – Natasha Alterici
The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part 1 – Brian Konietzko and Michael Dante Dimartino
The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part 2 – Brian Konietzko and Michael Dante Dimartino
100 Cats Who Changed History: History’s Most Influential Felines – Sam Stall
Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl – Mary Mycio
I am known as a goddess of love And yes, I am a lover, a mother, a teacher Yes, I can be gentle and kind But do not forget my claws and teeth Or the blood I have shed on the battlefield. I have always been a goddess of war; There is a reason my children are born knowing how to eviscerate their prey, after all. I have always been a goddess of war; The war between life and death Between survival and failure Between order and chaos. Love makes life worth living, But war is how you defend it.