Contest Winner: Gratitude

One thing I’m grateful for: Grizzly bear populations are recovering in the US

Greetings, readers. I hope that you all had happy holidays and a joyous new year! At the end of last year, I announced a contest to give away a copy of the ALeP quest The Scouring of the Shire. Thanks to everyone who shared thoughts of gratitude and appreciation. Reading everyone’s comments helped put me in an appropriately happy frame of mind for the holidays. I’m pleased to announce that the winner of the contest is morganbabaarno. Congratulations, and please contact the Hall so we can coordinate delivery of your prize via special Eagle messengers.

As mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been reading more over the pandemic and I thought I might share some of my favorites books of the last few years. We all deal with the stress differently, but for me reading, listening to music, and the companionship of my animal helpers all help keep me sane during trying times. Any who attended Con of the Rings last year should recognize the newest animal helper to the Hall; though it’s debated whether he is more of a “chewer” than a “helper”.

Here is a short list of books and music I’ve particularly enjoyed over the last couple of years. Like all things subjective, some will enjoy my taste and some will not. I make no guarantees, but hope that readers can find something that speaks to them among the odds and ends. Without further ado:


Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
The Travels of Jamie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison


The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin
Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese
Wilmington’s Lie by David Zucchino
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
Tito by Neil Barnett


Fear Inoculum by Tool
Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus
In Rainbows by Radiohead
Izleti by Paraf (Thanks, Marko!)
New Direction by Gene Russell

Contest Winner: Gratitude