Seems like a long time since a New Arrivals post, how time flies! Happy New year to everyone! Things here are about the same as far as getting my books out of boxes and onto shelves, but a few new things did trickle in. I must say, I had two disappointments. Used books, graded VG, from ABE sellers, usually aren’t beat-up, corner creased, sticker encrusted, written in ex-lib items with dirty covers. I keep a list of sellers with whom I will not do repeat business and this company is now on it. Also, one book store I went through to get a signed John Scalzi book charged me over $8 shipping on the $15 paperback, which was ordered early December and received January 6th. Sheesh.
Enough of that, here are the new arrivals. As usual, click to see a larger image.
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi [Tor, 2005 trade paper, signed and inscribed, new] – science fiction – I like Scalzi’s writing, voice and plotting.
Epitaph for a Tramp and Epitaph for a Deadbeat by David Markson [S&H (Shoemaker & Hoard) 2007 trade paper, new] – mystery, P.I. – the first of these, Tramp, this recently reviewed by Bill Crider, I just had to have this one, and with both Harry Fannin titles, from 1959 and 1961, in one volume, plus Robert McGinnis covers front and back, it’s a must.
Marvels: Eye of the Camera by Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern, writing, and Jay Anacleto, art [Marvel Publishing 2010 trade paper, new] – graphic novel/collected comic series – recently reviewed by James Reasoner, this is the first sequential art I’ve bought since the move. I like Kurt Busiek’s scripting a lot. I’m not as fond of Anacleto’s style, but it works.
Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping with His Daughter by Barry Lopez [Avon (Harper Perennial) 1990 trade paper, new] – mythology – After having read Lopez’ Of Wolves and Men, River Notes and Desert Notes, I found a paperback copy of this, sometime in the early 1980s, then as by Barry Holston Lopez. It’s a recounting of many Native American creation tales and is subtitled Coyote Builds North America. That copy is long gone, and after a recent conversation with Carl V. at Stainless Steel Droppings reminded me of it, I got this replacement.
Operator # 5: The History of the Purple Wars by Harrison Stievers [Altus Press, 2008 trade paper, new] – look at the series (thanks to Evan Lewis for the correction) – Altus Press books are POD by Lulu Press – Haven’t read any Operator # 5, thought this might be a good starting place.
Selected Short Stories of John O’Hara by John O’Hara, introduction by Louis Begley [Modern Library 2003 trade paper edition (poor quality), used] – general fiction – it’s a pity O’Hara’s short stories aren’t in print, this was the best copy I could find, though this is pretty much only a reading copy. But then, it’s the stories that matter. After reading a Graham Greene collection, I’m eager to compare authors.
Stoner by John McGahern [New York Review Book, 2003 trade paper, new] – general fiction – recently reviewed by Patti Abbott on her blog Pattinase, this sounded so intriguing I bought a copy. Not Williams’ best known work, but a plot I may relate to in some fashion.
TumTum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn, illustrated by Nick Price [Little, Brown, 2009 hardcover omnibus volume, new] – children’s – I enjoyed the second volume of three classic, traditional children’s stories of the simple adventures and happy endings of these mice characters, so I got the first one.