It’s been windy and rainy here, the Fall color is quickly blowing away. The maple tree I posted just a few days ago is nearly stripped of leaves and there’s leaf raking to be done everywhere.
New Arrivals - Three things time, plus a library book.
Engineering Infinity edited by Jonathan Strahan [Rebellion/Solaris 2010 mass market paperback, new] – science fiction short story collection – here’s the description from back cover:
“The universe shifts and changes: suddenly you understand, you get it, and are filled with a sense of wonder. That moment of understanding drives the greatest science-fiction stories and lies at the heart of Engineering Infinity. Whether it’s coming up hard against the speed of light and, with it, the enormity of the universe or realizing that terraforming a distant world is harder and more dangerous than you’d ever thought, it’s hard science-fiction where sense of wonder is most often found and where science-fiction’s true heart lies.”
Authors include Stephen Baxter, Charles Stross, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Gwyneth Jones. The reviews have been mixed, but I decided to pick it up anyway. We’ll see. The following collection in this series is Edge of Infinity, available in mass market paperback near the end of this month.
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng [ Weinstein Books 2012 trade paperback, new] – fiction novel – this is the next book Eng has written, a follow-up to The Gift of Rain, of which I’ve read enough to know I’ll want to have this on hand when I finish it.
Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger [Atria 2012 hardcover, new] – mystery – the 12th in the Cork O’Connor series, which happens to be, along with the books of Louise Penny, my very favorite mysteries. This was published in August and somehow I missed it until now. A very welcome addition to the shelves. This and Brin’s Existence will have to duke it out for what gets read first, once I have the backlog cleaned up.
Current Reading - I have finished three of the nine books I had partially read, Nemesis, Jane and Stainless Steel Rat. However another library book showed up: Books to Die For. Since that’s a deadline item I started reading it immediately, and it’s just finished. It was very enjoyable. Now I have returned to Agatha H. and then will go to the Michael Shayne mystery. Following that my plan is to back to The Gift of Rain. Unless another library book shows up; I have several on hold. Whew.