New Arrivals, February 20-26, 2012

Thanks to the generosity of friends, more than one package showed up this last week. Such unexpected largess is appreciated, even if I am trying to cut down on the book count here. First the images, then the descriptions (as always).

A Confederation of Valor by Tanya Huff [DAW SF 2006 paperback, used, gift] – science fiction omnibus – the first two novels in the Confederation series, Valor’s Choice and The Better Part of Valor. I haven’t read this series, but have enjoyed the short pieces by Huff that I’ve read, so this should be good.

The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer [Titan Books 2012 trade paper, new gift] – adventure-mystery – this is the first of the series of Fu Manchu books Rohmer wrote. Titan is apparently going to re-publish all of them in a uniform edition, which will be darn nice. I have most of them in one edition of another, but not all and not uniform. Time to re-read!

The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer [Titan Books 2012 trade paper, new gift] – adventure-mystery – this is the second of the Fu Manchu books Rohmer wrote, and the second Titan has published. As I said above, I have most of the Fu Manchu books in one edition of another, but not all and not uniform.

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. [Bantam Spectra 2003 paperback, used, gift] – fantasy – the thrid volume in Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire which will no doubt go on for years and a handful or two of books, but I already have the first book, half read, and this one arrives, so I’ve ordered the second book to fill out the initial trilogy.

Trigger and Friends by James H. Schmitz [Ridan 2001 paperback, used, gift] – science fiction – this is the third book in the Telsey series. I read the first couple in short story and novelette form in Astounding SF / Analog a long ago and probably read the contents here too, but have forgotten. No matter, I enjoy Schmitz’ writing and will enjoy this book.

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7 Responses to New Arrivals, February 20-26, 2012

  1. Like you, I have most of the Fu Manchu in various editions. A uniform set would be nice. We’ll see.

    Never read Huff. They look good, but with so much out there I want to read, one must make choices. Not always the best ones I’ll be the first to admit.

    The Martin series: I liked the first, got bogged down on the second, and left it from that point. The problem is probably mine, not the writer’s, as I seem to do the same thing on all such fantasy series(think Brooks, Goodkind, Jordan).

  2. I still have fond memories of my first Fu Manchu. Later I read a couple that weren’t quite so good, I thought. But they didn’t get rid of those early memories. I have a whole bunch of these in ebook.

  3. Carl recommended those Tanya Huff SF novels and he was right! I’ll have to look into acquiring those FU MANCHUs. Like you, I have various editions of those Sax Rohmer books, but a uniform edition sound enticing.

  4. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I’ve read the first Fu Manchu book (years ago) but doubt I’ll read any others. I did read some of Huffs Toronto-set vampire series and have a couple of her other books on the shelf.

  5. Richard says:

    I’m halfway through the Schmitz right now, and so far it’s the prize here. I read almost all of these back in the day in Astounding / Analog, and enjoyed them. Think SF caper stories, really a lot of fun.

  6. Carl V. says:

    You can’t beat generosity, especially when it comes in the form of books! I’m a fan of the Tanya Huff series. Was just looking at book 4 yesterday wondering if it was still too soon after the third to dive back into her universe.

    Very nice haul this week Richard.

  7. Richard says:

    Thanks, Carl, and more to come next week, I already 7 books in hand!

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