73) Sorita d'Este (ed.), Priestesses, Pythonesses and Sybils - a collection of essays on trance, possession and mantic states from women who speak for and with the gods. Does pretty much what it says on the tin, except that you might not realise from the title that it covers ancient as well as modern practices. This is probably the best non-fiction in this haul; all the essays are interesting, although I particularly appreciated Caroline Tully's on the Pythia and Andrea Salgado-Reyes on working with Ogun.
74) Sarah A. Hoyt, Ill-Met By Moonlight. Basically AU Shakespeare RPF in which Midsummer Night's Dream is inspired by a real encounter with fairies; quite nicely done. Bechdel fail - there are several named female characters, but they only talk to each other about the men.
75) W.B. Yeats, Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry.
76) T.W. Rolleston, Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race. Two Victorian-era collections, with a touch of Noble Savagery about them, but interesting nonetheless.
77) Tim McClain, The Fairy King. Christian tract disguised as urban fantasy; Bechdel fail (named female characters never talk to each other). Avoid.
78) Lacy Collison-Morley, Greek and Roman Ghost Stories. The title suggests an anthology, but actually this is more of a scholarly analysis of Greek and Roman tales and beliefs about ghosts and the afterlife. Very interesting.
79) Howard Pease, Border Ghost Stories. This one, on the other hand, is just an anthology and gets a bit samey after a while.
80) K.M. Shea, Enthroned: King Arthur and Her Knights. Arthur has gone AWOL and must be replaced by a US teenager from the 21st-century because Reasons. Obvious Mary Sue problem, and manages to fail Bechdel despite opening with the heroine and her two best (female) friends on a sightseeing trip to London. Entertaining in its way, but I won't be paying to read any sequels.
81) Brijit Reed, Heretic: The Life and Death of Akhenaten. Fictionalised account of the Pharaoh who briefly imposed an early form of monotheism in Egypt. Not bad; fails Bechdel due to the female characters not talking to each other, IIRC.
82) Helen Burns, The Way is a River of Stars: A Buddhist's Journey Through Northern Spain on the Camino Pilgrim Route. Diary of an Australian Buddhist who walked the Camino while trying to resolve a crisis in her marriage. Contained a few interesting tidbits about landmarks along the way that I want to check out, but otherwise didn't greatly appeal to me.
83) Michelle McLaughlin, Changeling Legends from the British Isles, Germany and Scandinavia. Interesting mainly because of the strong similarities between the stories, regardless of the culture of origin.
84) Marsha Pritchard, The Art of Rama. Interviews with a dozen or so of the remaining followers of Rama (Erich Lenz), a controversial Buddhist teacher of the 1990s. Moving and horrifying by turns.
85) Mary Gillgannon, Lady of the Moon. An Iron Age Druid student sets out to learn about the beliefs of the earlier Bronze Age civilisation in Britain. Seems to want to romanticise the latter at the expense of the former, but I enjoyed it enough that I might read the sequel.
86) Jodi Taylor, Just One Damned Thing After Another. This is a bit of a gem, set in a near-future historical institute where historians use time machines to do their research, with a female viewpoint character who manages to be both badass and believable. The writing style reminded me strongly of Christopher Priest, who indeed may well be one of Taylor's influences, given that his A Dream of Wessex has a similar setup in some respects. Really the only thing I didn't like about it was that the romance subplot felt a bit old-fashioned, but it somewhat makes up for that by passing Bechdel easily. I will definitely be reading the sequels to this one.
And that brings me up to date. *relieved sigh*
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