Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Saying Good Bye to Fables...

Every year for Christmas I get a gift card to buy books. It is one of my very favourite traditions. For Christmas 2008, I decided to finally see if all the fuss about Fables applied to me. In 2009 I read and reviewed the first two books in the famous series. And, I was hooked. It took me a bit longer than most to come to the series, but by the end of 2009 I was all caught up and eagerly awaiting the new releases. It became my series. I don't necessarily love the spin-offs as much, but the main series clicked with me and opened up graphic novels to me as a whole. I used to think because they were so short that they were a waste of money. (My pocket book would likely wish for me to still think like that...)
Fables is a graphic novel series written by Bill Willingham and pulled off by a team of talented artists, editors, etc. It takes the fairy tales that we know and completely reinvents them. When the series first opened we meet a group of fairy tale creatures that are displaced to New York because there are wars in their own worlds. The infamous King Cole is the mayor, Snow White is the deputy mayor, and the wolf of many fairy tales is the sheriff, Bigby. Then there is Rose Red, Beauty, Beast, Goldilocks, Cinderella, Brier Rose, and the list goes on... Willingham and his team found a way to include many of the characters that we grew up with in creative ways. And, we leave them in a very different way than we first met them... There were wars, deaths, marriages, births, destruction, heartache, and so much more. The series always kept you on the end of your seat and kept reinventing itself. I didn't necessarily love every character, story-line, or issue; but as a whole I loved the series and looked forward to every new release.

In 2015, Fables came to an end. And, while I am very sad to see it end, I am glad that it went on a high note instead of losing its momentum and not ending as well as it started. When Volume 21 came out I bought it like normal, but then I couldn't bring myself to read it. And, then Volume 22 came out when I was dealing with a broken ankle so it took me a bit to get a copy. When Volume 22 arrived it still took me a few days to sit down and say good-bye.  I was so appreciative of how they ended, though. There was an overall story, but they also took time to bring back characters so they could have their final story. It worked in well and gave us a chance to visit with some old friends. There were a few endings that I would love to express my sadness over, but I won't spoil the series for those that haven't read it yet. I will say that some characters died that I wish hadn't.
I found that Fables pushed the envelope in many ways. For starters, I loved the kick-ass female characters. They were not the damsels in distress that needed the help of their Prince Charming, even though Prince Charming was a character, but were capable of accomplishing things for themselves. I mentioned that in the beginning Snow White was the deputy mayor and her character continued to grow during the series. Her sister, Rose Red, developed as well and became the leader of The Farm. Then, there was Cinderella who was an assassin and earned her own side comics. There was also Goldilocks, Brier Rose, Thumbelina, and the list goes on. They were not the women of old finding themselves in grave peril and needed a male to come to their rescue and marry them. They fought for themselves and were very successful. That is not to say that the men were not there to battle it out or marry them if that was the path taken, but it was more of an equal society than we are used to in the classic tales. And that is just one of the main reasons that I loved the series. There were many others!

And, now, I have had to say good bye to most of these characters. There are still some of the spin-offs being released, so it is not good bye entirely, but it is good bye to the huge cast of characters that I have read since 2009 and loved visiting with a couple times of year. I am sad, though. It was a highlight to my reading and was one of my favourite series ever. I am glad I took a chance on the series in 2009 and there is still time to give it a try for yourself if you were initially reluctant.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

In Which I Break My Ankle and Watch Tonnes of TV

*waves*

I am not even sure if I am a blogger any more. I keep my blog, but I always seem to fizzle about updating it any more. I start doing other things and then reading and blogging take a back burner. It's weird, to be honest. I must be changing as I get older because reading has always been a constant in my life. And, now, I can go days without reading anything. I used to blame reading slumps, but I just think it is the progression of things. There are times when I am big into reading... and then there are times when I am into other things. At the moment, thanks to being laid up with a broken ankle, it is all about TV (and some movies). So, in an attempt to show that I am actually still alive, I thought I would talk about some of the things that I have watched since falling.

I actually started to watch Game of Thrones when it first came on the air, but it just didn't grab me. I wasn't a huge fan of the first book either. I find that George R.R. Martin goes a bit too crazy with the surprise factor. The show (and books) should just be called 'Everyone Dies'. But, I was bored and it was there so I decided to give it another try. I am now officially caught up in the show. Did I love it? Nope. Will I watch season 6? Yep. It's watchable and I did like it, but I didn't love it. You would think after 5 seasons I would be able to tell you why I don't love it, but there is just something that doesn't click with me. I like a bunch of the characters and the story-lines... I think the only reason I gave it another try at all is I am a fantasy fan typically and I want to like it. I do want to see where things go next, though, and maybe one day will read the rest of the books.

Banshee is a show that my brother-in-law really likes and has been saying to watch. So, I finally did. It is a crime show meets cop show and I love it. I cannot wait to see what happens next! (Which means a new season because I am caught up on the three seasons that are out there now.) Banshee is a small town where insane things happen. The main character, Lucas, gets beat up in almost every episode. You would think that it would get to be a bit insane, but there are story-lines and back-stories that keep you watching. Plus, I love Job. He is one of the best characters in TV! So, if you haven't checked out Banshee you should!

Okay, folks, drop everything and watch Penny Dreadful. I had no idea what this show was about, but it was recommended to me and I have lots of time on my hands. I still had no idea what it was about when I sat down to watch the first episode. It is set in 1891 and it is literary! Frankenstein and Dorian Gray are in it! There are vampires, werewolves, demons, witches. There is a kick-ass female lead, Vanessa; plus some really creepy kick-ass other female characters. All I have to say is that I love this show and cannot wait to see what is going to happen next. There are only 2 seasons, but they are definitely worth checking out.

My mother's boyfriend, and most of the rest of the world, really like House of Cards, so that is where I went next. Kevin Spacey has long been an actor who I enjoy their work, so I was curious to see him play a role in a TV show. I was not disappointed! It is not my typical show, but I am glad I took a chance on it. Firstly, I love Claire. She is a ruthless, strong female character. Robin Wright plays Claire perfectly. I definitely look forward to seeing more from her in Season 4. Kevin Spacey plays a ruthless politician and makes it believable. And, I like the background characters like Doug Stamper. I enjoy shows that give the rest of the characters a backstory so that they are not just background characters, but they are people that you become interested in. I am glad I went outside my comfort zone and watched this. I look forward to season 4.

Next up... Sense8.  I have only just started this today and only seen one episode... We will see what I think when it is over.

What shows do you recommend for someone who is watching a lot of TV?

Friday, May 01, 2015

April in Review


Mackie and Henry (my mother's dog) - April, 2015
What I Learned

That I am not entirely without reading slumps. April was quiet compared to how the rest of the year had been. And, it was all comics. I never even really picked anything else up. I am hoping to get back on track in May. I also didn't blog very much... But, that's the norm for the last few years. I have considered quitting entirely, but when I am away for a while I find that it distances me from people that I met through blogging. So, I reappear...

The Books

101. Ms. Marvel - Volume 4: Monster Smash by Brian Reed
102. Ms. Marvel - Volume 5: Secret Invasion by Brian Reed
103. Ms. Marvel - Volume 6: Ascension by Brian Reed
104. Ms. Marvel - Volume 7: Dark Reign by Brian Reed
105. Ms. Marvel - Volume 8: War of the Marvels by Brian Reed
106. Ms. Marvel - Volume 9: Best You Can Be by Brian Reed
107. House of Mystery - Volume 2: Love Stories for Dead People by Matthew Sturges
108. Mystique - Ultimate Collection - Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn
109. Hawkeye - Volume 3: L.A. Woman by Matt Fraction
110. American Vampire - Volume 2 by Scott Snyder
111. Shutter - Volume 1: Wanderlust by Joe Keatinge

The Source

Marvel Unlimited - 7
Bought - 4

New To Me Authors

Joe Keatinge (Shutter)

Series Talk

Ms. Marvel - 9/9 - FINISHED!
House of Mystery - 2/8
Mystique - 1/2
Hawkeye - 3/3 - CAUGHT UP!
American Vampire - 2/9
Shutter - 1/1 - CAUGHT UP!

Books Added to the TBR Pile

American Vampire - Volume 2
House of Mystery - Volume 2: Love Stories for Dead People
Hexed
Shutter - Volume 1: Wanderlust
Captain Marvel - Volume 2: Stay Fly
Ms. Marvel - Volume 2: Generation Why

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Week in Review (15 & 16) - I Have Been...

Writing... Well, I made it 3 months before I didn't post at all for a week. That's better than some years, so I won't beat myself up too much about it....
Reading... It was bound to happen that my reading would slow down a bit and other things would take my interest. I did finish reading the Ms. Marvel series, though, and that was an accomplishment. Otherwise, I read stuff, but never really finished anything. I am hoping to get back on track soon!

Listening... Well, I was getting back to walking outside with Mackie, but the weather has decided cooperating is not an option. I hadn't worked audiobooks back in anyway. I was concentrating more on getting the dog to listen on the walks. I am hoping the weather will get better in the next few days and then I am going to start listening again!

Looking... At spring meeting winter! We still have snow almost covering our backyard, but there are flowers coming up in the neighbours garden! So, I guess that it is finally spring. We even have the rainy weather to show for it!

Learning... That dog ownership is not without its headaches. We live on a busy road and I tie Mackie out so that he can run around... but not in front of a car. He got loose once again last night and it was another scary experience! Everything is just made so badly. Over the winter the lead we were tying him to broke, so we had to wait until the snow melted enough to attach a new one in the backyard. That finally happened! But, last night the tie out post broke. There is a ring that you attach the leash on and it snapped, so I had a dog loose with a 30 foot lead trailing behind him. He always comes back when he gets loose, but I think he got stuck on something and we live basically in the country so not a lot of lights to see by. It was a bad experience. I am just glad he runs away from the road and not towards it most of the time.

Anticipating... The weekend. I am dog-sitting! It will likely be stressful at times, but I am looking forward to Mackie having a playmate for two weeks. They seem to get along okay, so hopefully that will continue while the other dog is here. My mother wound up getting a dog that needed to be re-homed and they all ready had a trip booked, so this was the only way they could get the dog.
Meet Henry!
Loving... Quiet mornings. Coffee. The fact that the snow is melting. The fact that I can see grass. The fact that things are growing! The fact that after a scary evening, I still have a dog!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Week in Review (14) - Days Late

Random Thoughts

Well, I almost didn't accomplish my goal of posting at least once a week for 2015. I got a bit distracted from reading and blogging the last week or so, but I made myself sit down today and catch up!

Graphic Novel Year

Hawkeye - Volume 2: Little Hits
Ms. Marvel - Volume 1: Best of the Best
Ms. Marvel - Volume 2: Civil War
Ms. Marvel - Volume 3: Operation Lightning Storm
Ms. Marvel - Volume 4: Monster Smash
Ms. Marvel - Volume 5: Secret Invasion

Audiobooks

Still not really listening at the moment.

Currently Reading

I was reading a bunch of short story collections and things. The last week, though, it has been Ms. Marvel and I feel like I am kind of stuck. Not that I don't like the series, just that I would like to have some variety in my reading and I slacked on that.

Weekly Reading

Yay, more Hawkeye! Enjoying this series so far.









I read Volumes 1-5 of the older Ms. Marvel series. Very different from the newer one that I read at the beginning of the year. This is actually a series that relates to the Captain Marvel series by Kelly Sue DeConnick. It was just before she became Captain Marvel. I like it, but a bit more emphasis on sex appeal than in the later series. I like Carol more as a down-to-earth character like she is now. But, it is interesting to see the evolution of her character.


Weekly Posts


New Additions

Nothing this week!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

March in Review

What I Learned

That I have obsessive tendencies. I think I knew that, but I joined Marvel Unlimited on the 16th of March and have been cranking out the comics ever since! I sit down to write posts about what I have read so far this year and the words just never seem to flow. I would like to talk about some of the stuff that I read at some point! Because, well, I have read a lot of good stuff! March was essentially all about comic books. I am hoping to get back to longer stuff in April. We will see how the year goes!

The Books

56. Black Maria by Diana Wynne Jones (reread)
57. American Vampire - Volume 1 by Scott Snyder
58. A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends by Robin Layton
59. 100 Bullets - Volume 1: First Shot, Last Call by Brian Azzarello
60. The Woods - Issues 7-10 by James Tynion IV
61. Lumberjanes - Issues 1-10 by Noelle Stevenson
62. Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones
63. Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
64. Bee and Puppycat Issues 1-6 by Various
65.Wild's End Issues 1-6 by Dan Abnett
66. Hawkeye - Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction
67. Fabled Kingdom - Volume 1 of 9 by Queenie Chan
68. Fabled Kingdom - Volume 2 of 9 by Queenie Chan
69. Hexed Issues 1-7 by Michael Alan Nelson
70. Alex + Ada Volume 2 by Jonathan Luna
71. The Wicked + The Divine - Volume 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen
72. Fall of Cthulhu Volumes 1-6 by Michael Alan Nelson
73. All-New X-Men - Volume 1: Yesterday's X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis
74. All-New X-Men - Volume 2: Here to Stay by Brian Michael Bendis
75. All-New X-Men - Volume 3: Out of their Depth by Brian Michael Bendis
76. All-New X-Men - Volume 4: All-Different by Brian Michael Bendis
77. All-New X-Men - Volume 5: One Down by Brian Michael Bendis
78. The Amazing Spider-Girl - Volume 1: Whatever Happened to the Daughter of Spider-Man by Tom DeFalco
79. Monster on the Hill  by Rob Harrell
80. Day Men - Volume 1 by Matt Gagnon
81. She-Hulk - Volume 1: Law and Disorder by Charles Soule
82. Captain Marvel - Volume 1: In Pursuit of Flight by Kelly Sue DeConnick
83. Captain Marvel - Volume 2: Down by Kelly Sue DeConnick
84. Secret Skull by Steve Niles
85. Mystery Society Special 2013 by Steve Niles
86. Marvels by Kurt Busiek
87. Young Avengers - Volume 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen
88. Young Avengers - Volume 2: Alternate Cultures by Kieron Gillen
89. Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice by G. Willow Wilson
90. Doctor Strange: Beginnings and Endings by J. Michael Straczynski
91. Young Avengers - Volume 1: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg
92. X-Men: Fairy Tales by C.B. Cebulski
93. Young Avengers - Volume 2: Family Matters by Allan Heinberg
94. Young Avengers - Volume 3: Mic-Drop at the Edge of Time and Space by Allan Heinberg
95. Arana - Volume 1: Heart of the Spider by Fiona Kai Avery
96. Young Avengers Presents by Ed Brubaker
97. Hawkeye - Volume 2: Little Hits by Matt Faction
98. Ms. Marvel - Volume 1: The Best of the Best by Brian Reed
99. Ms. Marvel - Volume 2: Civil War by Brian Reed
100. Ms. Marvel - Volume 3: Operation Lightening Storm by Brian Reed

The Source

Scribd - 15
Gift - 1
Bought - 6
Marvel Unlimited - 21

New to Me Authors

Scott Snyder (American Vampire)
Robin Layton (Letters to my Dog)
Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets)
Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes)
Dan Abnett (Wild's End)
Matt Fraction (Hawkeye)
Michael Alan Nelson (Hexed)
Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine)
Brian Michael Bendis (The All-New X-Men)
Tom DeFalco (The Amazing Spider-Girl)
Rob Harrell (Monster on the Hill)
Charles Soule (She-Hulk)
Kurt Busiek (Marvels)
J. Michael Straczynski (Doctor Strange)
C.B. Cebulski (X-Men Fairy Tales)
Allan Heinberg (Young Avengers)
Fiona Kai Avery (Arana)
Ed Brubaker (Young Avengers Presents)
Brian Reed (Ms. Marvel)

Series Talk

American Vampire - 1/9
100 Bullets - 1/13
The Woods - 2/2 - Caught up! (In trades)
Lumberjanes - 1/1 - Caught up! (In trades)
Hawkeye - 2/3
Fabled Kingdom - 2/2 - Caught up!
Alex + Ada - 2/2 - Caught up!
The Wicked + The Divine - 1/1 - Caught up!
Fall of Cthulhu - 6/6 - FINISHED!
All-New X-Men - 5/5 - Caught up! (Counting on what is on Marvel Unlimited.)
Spider-Girl - 1/12
Day Men - 1/1 - Caught up!
She-Hulk - 1/1 - Caught up! (Only on Marvel Unlimited)
Captain Marvel - 2/2 - FINISHED!
Young Avengers Take 1 - 2/2 - FINISHED!
Young Avengers Take 2 - 3/3 - FINISHED!
Arana - 1/3
Ms. Marvel - 3/9 

Books Added to the TBR Pile

Hawkeye - Volume 2: Little Hits
Hawkeye - Volume 3: L.A. Woman
Fall of Cthulhu Omnibus
Alex + Ada Volume 2
Hawkeye - Volume 1: My Life As A Weapon
The Wicked + The Divine Volume 1
Shadow Scale: A Companion to Seraphina
Dead Heat

Monday, March 30, 2015

Week in Review (13)

Random Thoughts

This last week was all about the comic books. I am just accepting that is what is working for me this year and not pushing anything else on myself. I am just happy to be reading! And, well, I am not sure what I am doing with Marvel Unlimited long-term, so I am going to enjoy this month!

Graphic Novel Year

Captain Marvel Volume 1
Secret Skull
Mystery Society Special 2013
Captain Marvel Volume 2
And then some random Captain Marvel's that would make up Volume 3, but I didn't find that...
Marvels
Young Avengers - Volume 1 - Style > Substance
Young Avengers - Volume 2
Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice
Doctor Strange: Beginnings and Endings
Young Avengers - Volume 1: Sidekicks
X-Men: Fairy Tales
Young Avengers - Volume 2: Family Matters
Young Avengers - Volume 3: Mic-Drop at the Edge of Time and Space
Arana - Volume 1 - Heart of the Spider
Young Avengers Present

Audiobooks

Really slacking...

Currently Reading

Comics!

Weekly Reading

I decided to revisit the older series since I am reading the newer series. I am not sure why they did it this way... The series that is out now is really a continuation of this one!







Then I read Volume 2 and a bunch of various comics that were crossovers and I am assuming Volume 3 potential. I am really like this series and Carol!







I really liked The Mystery Society and look, another series! This one seems to come first and explains a character that will appear in the latter series. It was a great read and I wish it was longer!






Another spin-off! Short, but good! I wish this series had done better.








I read this because Memory recommended it. Good stuff!









I was a bit worried about this series. I haven't had good luck with younger characters in series, but this worked for me. I look forward to more!







So I read, and enjoyed, more!









Why is this series so short!!!! It was really good and I love fantasy and it should have been longer!








More Memory recommended goodness!









More! Yay! I am discovering so much good stuff at Marvel.









So, I have discovered I really like X-Men. Then we add Fairy Tales. YAY! 








More Avengers good stuff!









The end of another Young Avengers mini-series. I am hopeful that this series will get another revamp and maybe go a bit longer. You are kind of left feeling like you hardly got to know the new characters.






It had a female lead so I randomly read it. Good, but didn't knock my socks off.








This series gives a chance to meet the older characters and get to know them a bit better. Hopefully they do some issues on the newer characters. And then I am sure there are crossovers.







Weekly Posts


New Additions

Nothing this week!









Monday, March 23, 2015

Week in Review (12)

Random Thoughts

I joined Marvel Unlimited... Scribd wasn't enough... I needed another toy! I have read what works out to 7 trades so far, so I am excited! I am all about the comics this year. I just have accepted that is how my year is going. I am not complaining. I have read so much good stuff this year.

Graphic Novel Year

Fall of Cthulhu
The All-New X-Men Issues 1-32
The Amazing Spider-Girl Volume 1
Monster on the Hill
Day Men Volume 1
She-Hulk Issues 1-8

Audiobooks

I really need to get back on track with audio books...

Currently Reading

I have been dipping into some short story and essay collections, but actually haven't had much time to read the last couple days.

Weekly Reading

Volumes 1-6 - This is by the same author as Hexed. I really liked Hexed so went looking for some more by this author and find the e-book of this for a decent price. Not my typical way to read comic books that I buy, but sometimes money is the deciding factor!





Issues 1-32 - This was my first foray into Marvel Unlimited and I really liked it! I have always been curious about X-Men comics and now I am getting a chance to read them!







Volume 1 - I read some issues of this on Marvel Unlimited. It was okay, but I haven't finished what they have on there yet. I am drawn to comics about women, so this was mostly just a whim. I will likely read more soon!






Just a fun comic that I read on Scribd. It has monsters and adventures in it. Worth checking out!








Volume 1 - Another comic by the author of Hexed. This time we are in the land of vampires. It was an interesting take on them and I am looking forward to more in this series!







Issues 1-8 - I have heard a lot of good things about this series, so I felt the need to give a try. Another 'drawn to women in comics' scenario. This was really good! I can't wait until Marvel Unlimited adds more in the series.






Weekly Posts

Once Upon a Time IX - Pool of Possibilities 

New Additions

Hawkeye - Volume 2: Little Hits
Hawkeye - Volume 3: L.A. Woman

Friday, March 20, 2015

Because It's All About the Books...

...START READING!

Is that all ready a parody?

I tend to have obsessive moments... When I first re-joined the library in 2009 I read tonnes from the library and that lead to my best reading year ever. It was also the year my obsession with graphic novels started because I read Fables in 2009.

Fast forward to 2015... I hardly read in 2013 or 2014. But, 2015 I added some new 'toys' and it is sort of like 2009 all over again.

Firstly, I joined Scribd. Since joining my reading has increased insanely and I have read so much awesome stuff! (*cough* Counting single issues, 56 things apparently!*cough*)
I started with Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. I loved this book! And, I just keep on finding awesome things on there!

If you want some suggestions, I recommend:
March: Book 1 by John Robert Lewis (Graphic Novel)
The Mystery Society by Steve Niles (Graphic Novel)
Anthem by Ayn Rand (Novella)
The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire (Graphic Novel)
The Woods by James Tynion IV (Graphic Novel)
Bizenghast by M. Alice LeGrow (Manga)
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson (Graphic Novel)
Wild's End by Dan Abnett (Graphic Novel)
The Fabled Kingdom by Queenie Chan (Manga)
Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson (Graphic Novel)
Day Men by Michael Alan Nelson (Graphic Novel)
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell (Graphic Novel)

It is only March and I all ready know I am going to have a very hard time picking my favourite reads of the year...

Then, I finally decided to get Marvel Unlimited. I am just starting with a month and then will decide from there, but I am all ready having so much fun with it...

So far I have read:
All-New X-Men - There are 32 issues on there which works out to Volumes 1-5 if you were reading them in trade. I haven't really read much from X-Men before; but I have always wanted to! This was a fun start. It includes time travel, space adventures, and kick-ass action. There are crossovers with The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. As a result of the time travel the characters we spend the most time with are teenagers, but it doesn't seem like a real problem. I am looking forward to more in this series and more from X-Men in general!

The Amazing Spider-Girl - This was just a whim because I like comics with girls or women in them. I read what works out to be about the first Volume of the series. It is not my favourite, but I do plan to read all that Marvel has in the series and see how things play out for the daughter of Spider-Man. 

She-Hulk - I have been hearing the buzz about this one, so I had to give it a read! There are 8 issues on Marvel Unlimited, which works out to be the first Volume in trade and part of the next one. I really liked this one! Jennifer Walters is the She-Hulk and I thought she was written really well. I understand this series has ended, so I will be sad to see it conclude on Marvel Unlimited.

2015 is shaping up to be an awesome reading year!

Once Upon a Time IX - Pool of Possibilities

It is a bit of a tradition to post a pool of books I am thinking about reading for the Once Upon a Time Challenge hosted at Stainless Steel Droppings... With the way my reading is going recently, I am not sure if I will follow it, but list making is fun!

1. The Very Best of Kate Elliott
2. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
3. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
4. Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
5. Black Thorn, White Rose Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
6. The Devil's Diadem by Sara Douglass
7. Instead of Three Wishes by Megan Whalen Turner
8. Fire & Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
9. Black Swan, White Raven Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
10. Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
11. Silver Birch, Blood Moon Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
12. Black Ivory, Ivory Bones Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
13. Poison Study by Maria Snyder
14. The Little Country by Charles de Lint
15. The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
16. Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

... And probably a whole score of books not on this list...