This time it’s Christmas gifts, and a couple things that came at that time, that I think may be of interest to those who read this blog. As usual, click for a larger look.
G-Drive 1 TB External Hard Drive [G-Drive Tech by Hitachi, new, bought on-line] – computer hardware – I use an external hard drive, via the Mac’s Time Machine application, to back up my entire iMac’s drive, including the Mac OS, all system files and applications and my personal files and photos. A fast, reliable drive that can run frequently is mandatory. IN my opinion, G-Tech currently makes the best drives on the market. This one comes formatted for the Mac OS, but can be easily be formatted for Windows. With external drives this large drives, I partition them for more efficient use, one segment for Time Machine, another for backing up larger image and music files.
Complete Short Stories by Graham Greene [Penguin Classics, 2005 trade paper, new] – general fiction – After reading and throughly enjoying 19 Stories earlier this year, I wanted this collection that has those stories and all the rest of Greene’s short work. This will take time to savor, which is a good thing.
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 edited by Harriet Elinor Smith [University of California Press, 2010 hardcover, new, first of 3 projected volumes] – non-fiction autobiography – “Santa” brought me this one, meaning I bought it for myself. This is a mammoth volume, 730+ pages including numerous appendices has received a variety of reviews, mostly positive. I’m looking forward to digging into it, but suspect it will live on the nightstand with a bookmark in it for some time as I work my way through.
The Mistborn Trilogy: Mistborn (2006), The Well of Ascension (2007), The Hero of Ages (2008) [Tor, 2009 mass market paperback boxed set, new] – epic fantasy trilogy – I’ve not read any Sanderson, but after he was selected to complete Robert Jordan’s massive Wheel of Time, I decided I’d like to try his work and this seemed like was the best place to start, so I put it on my Christmas Wish List.
Passage to Samoa by Day Keene [Gold Medal, # 823, November 1958 mass market paperback, used] – mystery – When author and blogger James Reasoner reviews a mystery, I sit up and take notice. When he praises it as much as he did this one (December 10, HERE), I reach for the “buy” button. I was fortunate enough to find this very nice copy of ABE.
Exploits of the Patent Leather Kid by Erle Stanley Gardner [Crippen & Landru, Lost Classics Series, 2010 hardcover, new] – mystery short story collection – okay, this wasn’t really a Christmas present, unless you count Doug Greene at Crippen & Landru sending it out shortly before Christmas, but it is a new arrival I’m eager to read, though I’m sure Jeff Meyerson will beat me to it.
Rumpole of the Bailey complete series on DVD [distributed by A&E, 14 discs, new] – British television mystery series starring Leo McKern – I watched this series from the beginning when it was broadcast on PBS Mystery! and loved every minute, just as I love the books. I missed the last few seasons, so I’m delighted to have this complete set. There are 6 or 7 episodes per disk. In my opinion, there is no other Rumpole that McKern.