Just two books again this week, but what books! In both size and contents, these babys are imposing. Here we go, here they are, with – as always – the covers first and the descriptions below.
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The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories edited and with a forward by Otto Penzler [Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 2010 oversized trade paperback, new] – mystery / crime fiction short story collection – This is 1116 pages, contents too much to list, of material from Black Mask magazine. A worthy companion to The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps. Heaven only knows how long it will take me to read it.
Helliconia by Brian Aldiss [Gollancz, 2010 oversized trade paperback, new] – omnibus of three science fiction novels – This one is huge, 1302 pages, comprised of Helliconia Spring, Helliconia Summer and Helliconia Winter, with an introduction by Graham Sleight and preface by Brian Aldus. This is one of the Gollanz SF Masterworks series books, published in the U.K. (available at Amazon UK and other British sources). I don’t have any of the other volumes just now, but I found this on sale and snapped it up. I’ve read Aldiss, but not these, which are often considered his best work.
These books combine for more than four inches in spine width. The Black Mask collection looks to be quite sturdy, I’m not so sure about the Aldiss on which the binding is less flexible.