It’s been a long while since I did a New Arrivals post, but it’s been a busy, chaotic time here. So here is almost 3 weeks worth. I stopped buying things well before we moved, but a few things came just a few days ago, items I couldn’t resist buying for myself (which drives Wife crazy – how can she pick a gift when I keep buying things for myself, she asks). If I’ve included a couple of these before, forgive, it’s been a hectic time. Enough chatter, here are the goods. As usual, click for a larger look.
Baker Street Irregular by Jon Lellenberg [Arkham House, 2010 hardcover, new] – I’m eager to read this one. It’s hard to describe, here’s part of the blurb from the publisher:
“BAKER STREET IRREGULAR is a mystery and espionage tale told by a member of a whimsical Sherlock Holmes club born in a speakeasy, as Woody Hazelbaker undergoes America’s political struggles in the 1930s and Second World War in the ’40s, stretching from the Great Depression’s worst year to the beginning of the Cold War. A young New York lawyer, Woody gets a cold dose of reality from a gangster client he keeps secret from the world, then puts stratagems he learned to use when he and other Baker Street Irregulars react to Hitler’s war against Europe’s democracies. Not only the Irregulars but Woody’s marriage are strongly divided over isolationism when Churchill’s Britain fights on alone.”
Berserkers: The Beginning by Fred Saberhagen [Baen Books 1998 mass market paperback, used copy – previously published as Berserkers (1967) and The Ultimate Enemy (1979)] – science fiction – two Berserker novellas combined.
Cold Magic by Kate Elliot [2010 trade paper, new] – fantasy – good reviews, so I bought it.
The Collected Edmund Hamilton, Volume One: The Metal Giants and Others by Edmund Hamilton, edited by Stephen Haffner [Haffner Press, 2009 hardcover, new] – collection of early science fiction short works – Kudos to Haffner Press for bringing us this and the succeeding volume(s) in this series. The works were/are seminal to the genre, and a heck of a lot of fun to read 85 years after their initial publication. This is a handsome volume, well crafted, and includes photostats of letters from the publisher and additional information. This and the following volume are an early Christmas present to me, from me, and I’m delighted.
The Collected Edmund Hamilton, Volume Two: The Star-Stealers, the complete tales of the Interstellar Patrol by Edmund Hamilton, edited by Stephen Haffner [Haffner Press, 2009 hardcover, new] – second volume in a series collecting Hamilton’s early science fiction short works – again, kudos to Haffner Press for bringing us this and the succeeding volume(s) in this series.
- Damage Time by Colin Harvey [2010 trade paper, new] – science fiction – second volume in the series. I haven’t read the first one yet.
Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain [trade paper, new] reminiscences of travels around the world, both for television show and other.
The Rose Cottage Tales by Emily Bearn [Little, Brown 2010 hardcover, new copy] – children’s fiction – Bearn’s stories of Tumtum and Nutmeg, two comfortably retired house mice, who’d like to just relax and live a simple life but find adventures instead are lovely, both traditional and contemporary. This book has three longer stories, and would be good for an age appropriate child on your list (or as a treat for the child in you!)
Six Gun Doctor by Paul S. Powers [Bantam 1950 mass market paperback, used copy] – biographical/fictional western – a gift from friend and blogger Dave Lewis (thanks, Dave!) – this hard to find book is one I’ve wanted to read for some time.
Sojan the Swordsman by Michael Moorcock and Under the Warrior Star by Joe R. Lansdale [Planet Stories 2010 trade paper, new] – fantasy – two novelettes one from 1957 (the Moorcock) and 2010 (Lansdale). The latest in the Planet Stories series.
Strange Wonders: A Collection of Rare Fritz Leiber Works edited by Benjamin Szumskyj [Subterranean Press 2010 hardcover, new] – a gift from friend and blogger George Kelley (thanks, George!) – fantasy, eerie, horror – stories, fragments, poems and miscellany by Leiber, a favorite author. Fabulous.
The Early Kuttner Volume One: Terror in the House by Henry Kuttner [Haffner Press, 2010 hardcover, new] – collected early works of science fiction and weird by an early mainstay in the genres who influenced writers in his own and many generations afterward. Haffner promises more to come in this series.