This is the Christmas edition of NACR, so it’s no surprise that these are gifts from and to Barbara and me. I have a habit of buying things months ahead and asking Barbara to put them away for Christmas, so some of these were purchased months ago but never touched until now. We had a great Christmas day, and hope you did too.
A Darkness More Than Light by Michael Connelly [Grand Central 2002 mass market paperback, new] – mystery featuring both Terry McCaleb and Harry Bosch, a gift for Barbara though I’ll read it too.
Legacies by F. Paul Wilson [Tor Forge 1998 mass market paperback, new] – mystery. Second Repairman Jack novel. A gift for Barbara.
Scratch One and Easy Go by Michael Crichton writing as John Lange [Hard Case Crime trade paper, new] – mystery-adventure. After reading several positive reviews of the John Lange books, I decided to put some on my wish list and got these.
Walt Kelly, The Life and Art of the Creator of Pogo by Thomas Andrae and Carsten Laqua [Hermes Press 2012 oversize hardcover, new] – biography. I’ve loved Pogo since I was a tad, and this looks like it will be a great book to read.
Pogo – Bona Fide Balderdash, The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips, volume 2 - series edited by Karen Kelly and Kim Thompson, foreword by Stan Freberg [Fantagraphics 2012 oversized hardcover, new] – graphic comics collection. I have the first volume and have read it with great amusement, this will be read with equal joy.
The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen [Berkley Prime Crime 2013 mass market paperback, new] – mystery. It’s not too late to read a Christmas novel and this light and easy novel is the one I’m going to read.
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries edited and with an introduction by Otto Penzler [Vintage Crime 2013 trade paper, new] – mystery story collection. I learned of this fat (650 page) collection from George Kelley. A mention to “Santa” and it was under the tree. I’m not sure if I’ll start on it now or save it for the 2014 Christmas season.
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, Volume Two edited by David Peterson [Archania Press 2013 hardcover, new] – graphic novel stories. My love of David Peterson’s Mouse Guard is only tempered by the glacial pace of new material. These Mouse Guard stories by other writer-illustrators help fill the gaps.
Back in the Garden with Dulcy by Dulcy Mahar, compiled and edited by Ted Mahar [Carpe Diem Books 2013 hardcover, new] – collection of gardening columns. Dulcy Mahar was a weekly gardening columnist for The Oregonian for years, blending a practical view of everyday gardening with wit and common sense wisdom. After her death in 2011, her husband and the newspaper worked together to produce this collection of her columns, which was published in November. I only wish it was thicker.
Grasses by Nancy J. Ondra [Storey 2002 trade paper, new] – gardening, specifically on ornamental grasses. Both of us appreciate the role grasses play in our garden and added new ones this last Summer to enhance the overall design. Now we can learn – perhaps add – more.
The Williams-Sonoma Cookbook [OP Press 2008 hardcover, new] – cookbook. We have a handful of “standards” we use, mostly healthy heart, Weight Watchers, casserole and the indispensable Joy of Cooking and Alton Brown Good Eats books, but every now and then we like to pick up something a little different. Cookbooks are a lot of fun!
MY CURRENT READING:
I finished the Mouse Guard Legends of the Guard right away. I’m halfway through Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs edited by Mike Resnick, and enjoying it. I’m going to treat myself with one of the Christmas gift books and will keep on truckin’ with the books at hand.
Did you get anything new? What have you been reading?