It’s beginning to look like Spring here, with Daffodils and Forsythia blooming and buds and new growth on many shrubs and trees. Spring – it’s good!
After last week’s bonanza of stuff, it was inevitable, and desirable, that there be a reduction this time, which is what happened, though throughout the week things did trickle in, resulting in four books and a classical CD set.
A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda [DAW 2013 trade paper, new] – fantasy novel – Though the cover makes this look like it could be a bodice-ripper, in fact it’s a coming of age, dragons and magic, world calamity must be avoided, dark forces are at work fantasy. Reviews have praised the writing particularly, and since it’s too new for either of the local library systems to have it or even have it on order, I decided to buy it. It’s enough to know that the young woman on the cover is beginning to feel the magic she may someday, with luck, command and some people don’t want her to survive until that time. First in a trilogy, the second volume being written now. I’ve not read anything by this author.
The Charing Cross Mystery by J.S. Fletcher [Oleander Press 2013 trade paper, new] – mystery novel – Oleander Press is beginning, with this book, a series of early 20th century mystery reprints, the series titled London Bound, as shown on the cover. Extensive review on the Pretty Sinister Books blog HERE.
Masters of Science Fiction Volume 6 - Fritz Leiber “Deadly Moon” and other tales [Armchair Fiction 2012 trade paper, new] - single author short story collection – classic science fiction short stories, volume 6 in this re-publication series – I ordered the first 5 volumes from the publisher, but this one was not available so I had to get it from an outside source. It arrived just after the other post went up. I already have most of these stories, but wanted to have all of the first 6 volumes in the set. There are additional volumes in the series, either already published or soon to be.
Masters of Everon by Gordon R. Dickson [Grosset & Dunlap, Book Club Edition, 1979 hardcover, used] – science fiction novel – yet another Dickson I don’t remember reading, so I picked it up on BookSwap. I like the jacket illustration by Mike Hinge.
Wilhelm Stenhammar - Symphonies and Piano Concertos Neeme Jarvi, Gotenburg Symphony, 3 CD [Brilliant Classics, 2011, new] – classical music – edited version of 2008 BIS 4 CD set - Stenhammar was a Swedish pianist and self-taught composer and conductor. His early influences were Liszt, Brahms, and Wagner, but his music is imbued with a Nordic sound without specifically quoting Swedish folk song. Later Stenhammar’s music was modeled on Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart, though still with lots of Nordic color. Stenhammar eventually became one of the most important Scandinavian musicians of his era, turn-of-the-century Sweden. This set contains 2 symphonies, 2 piano concertos and 2 suites for orchestra.
I very much enjoyed Wild, Delicate Moments: 29 Wildlife Encounters by Charles Finn, especially the author’s use of language and his descriptive ability with the wildlife and surroundings. Also, I caught up on a bunch of magazines that had been piling up and read a few short stories. Then Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton came (library), and I’ve started that. More short stories, just what I need, but so far – 3 stories in – the book is great.
What did you get, new, used or from the library?
What have you been reading?