I had a nightmare last night. I was trying to buy some books to complete a series by some author, but every time I saw the couple of books I needed, I was stopped by the forceful voice in my head that said “I can’t buy these, I already have more books than I could ever read.” Whew.
Before that dream, however, I bought these:
Cold in the Light by Charles Gramlich [Invisible College Press, 2002 trade paper, new] – science fiction-horror. Honestly, sometimes I’m not sure how to pigeonhole Gramlich’s books, but “entertaining” always seems to work. I may wait for a stormy night to read this, or maybe that wouldn’t be a good idea at all.
Strange War by Donald E. Keyhoe [Age of Aces Books 2011 trade paper, new] - pulp story reprint. Keyhoe’s Philip Strange stories ran for nine years—from 1931 through 1939—in the pages of Flying Aces magazine. The six stories in this first Phillip Strange collection were originally printed in 1931-1933. Introduction by Sid Bradd. Keyhoe also wrote the novel Earth Against the Flying Saucers which was made into a 1956 film.
Strange Enemies by Donald E. Keyhoe [Age of Aces Books 2012 trade paper, new] - pulp story reprint. This second volume of Phillip Strange weird WWI adventures collects the eight stories, published 1934-1936, featuring Captain Philip Strange’s pre-war love Karol von Marlow who has become the famous “Fraulein Doktor”, Germany’s loveliest and most elusive spy! A third volume, Strange Operators is promised.
Raider of the Seas by Warren Hastings Miller [Black Dog Books 2011 trade paper, new] – pulp story reprint. [from site] “Operating the waters from the Indian Ocean to the South China Seas, Captain Jim Colvin, aided by his partner, Chief Engineer Johnny Pedlow navigate the tramp steamerette Pulo Siburu on a string of adventures. Never above a little smuggling themselves, the Pulo Siburu holds their own against hostile natives, Chinese pirates, smugglers and the underworld lords of Singapore all the while attempting to earn a few bucks themselves by trading and deliver goods between ports of call.”. Introduction by Tom Roberts, foreword by Warren Hastings Miller and cover art by Norman Saunders. Included are:
- The Arab Dhow
- The Missing Lighthouse (with an afterword by the author)
- Port of Battle (with an afterword by the author)
- Raider of the Seas
- The Peach of Pirates
- The Racketeer Rajah
Master of Midnight, the Collected Captain Zero by G.T. Fleming-Roberts [Altus Press 2013 trade paper, new] – pulp reprint. I’ve given you both the front and back covers of the collection so you can read the text and see the original covers on the back. You’re welcome. The question is, can you resist?
In case anyone wonders, the above books total 1,775 pages. That’s a lot of reading.
I read The Ghost of the Hardy Boys which came this last week, and The Rocket’s Shadow as well. I’m two-thirds of the way through Out of the Blackout by the recently deceased Robert Barnard. I’m starting a mystery by Ross Macdonald for the November FFB. I’m still working on a couple of short story collections, still reading Wordslingers. I have a couple books on hold from the library which may pop up at any time. Fact is, I have somehow built up a bedside TBR (as opposed to the whole house, it seems) of about 20 books so it’s time (again, so soon?!?) to stop starting and start finishing.
We have been having absolutely beautiful Fall weather, the trees are turning, it’s been great to be outside, either just enjoying or doing a modest amount of yard work. This has resulted in many afternoons spent away from reading, but that’s fine. I love this time of year. Rain coming next week.
So, any comments on these books? What did YOU get,
new, used or from the library, and
what have you been reading?