After a zilch last week, a few more things this time, of various types and topics, information and explainations on each follow the gallery. As usual, click to enlarge.
A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants by The American Horticultural Society [Covent Garden Books, 2006 oversized hardcover, new] – reference, gardening, plants, horticulture – I’m almost always a sucker for big gardening books, especially if they have a lot of information and a lot of photos, which this one does. And extra especially when Spring is just starting to show in a very tempting way. This is one of those almost-made-for-the-remaindered-shelf, with a $75 price almost no one will ever pay. Mine was right where you’d expect me to find it, plus a 40% off coupon, so I paid just over $20. This double-doorstop sized leviathan will keep me browsing for many hours.
A Question of Proof by Nicholas Blake [Rue Morgue Press 2008 trade paper, new] – fiction, mystery, classic English type – Blake wrote this in 1935, it’s about as much a classic British mystery as you could ask for, or so I think before reading it. Based on a review by John Norris of this and another novel by Blake.
Thou Shell of Death by Nicholas Blake [Rue Morgue Press 2009 trade paper, new] – fiction, mystery, classic English type – Blake wrote this in 1936, it’s the second in the series of mysteries featuring Nigel Strangeways. Christmas house party, a murder predicted by letters, a houseful of suspects. Classic stuff.
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells [Night Shade Books 2011 trade paper, new) – fantasy – You’ve heard me say this before, and whether it’s wise or foolish, it’s true: I tend to buy books about which I have read several strong, positive reviews. This is another one, and will be the first of Wells books I’ve tried.
Hidden Cities by Daniel Fox [Del Rey 2011 Trade Paperback original, new copy] – fantasy – This is the third and final volume of Fox’s Moshui: The Books of Stone and Water trilogy. I have the first two, Dragon in Chains and Jade Man’s Skin, also trade editions, on the shelf having bought the first two in the wake of strong reviews, and now plan to read the three books as a set in the near future. I posted on this blog not too long ago that I had no TBR. Now I do; these three books.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss [DAW Books 2007 hardcover (first edition, 9th printing), new] – fantasy – Okay, okay, I did something I rarely do. I bought a book I already have, knowingly, on purpose. I have a brand new unread copy of this book. Well, actually I read about 15 pages of it and stopped. You see I had thought it was a stand-alone novel and about the time I started reading it I found out that it was the first book in a trilogy. Usually I wait to read these when the work is complete, so I stopped. But then I started seeing the reviews; not the initial ones that got me to buy it in the first place, no. It was the ones by people who had waited, and finally read it, and said, in different ways “this is one of the best fantasy novels ever written and if you’ve waiting, well, wait no more. Then the second book came out, just a couple of months ago, and the raves reached stunning decibel levels. So I bought the 2nd book (below) and I bought the first one in hardcover, so I would have matched format. That’s scary, isn’t it?
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss [DAW Books 2011 hardcover (first edition, 2nd printing), new] – fantasy – So as I was saying, I bought this one. The question is will I be able to wait the 3 or possibly more years it will be before the third and final book comes out, or will I cave in and read The Name of the Wind and this book? I don’t know.