Eight things this time, half of them bought based on reviews or blog posts I read. Man, reading blogs is killing the budget. Then three books are from Black Dog Books, and the flyer in the box shows more irresistible things coming by the end of Summer. Dang, Tom Roberts is trying to bankrupt me. The other thing you’ll see three of is something completely new to me, the Longarm books. Author, blogger and gentleman James Reasoner has written many of them, and upon seeing a list of those, I decided to try some and bought the three you see here.
I read 2 books this last week, and got 8 in, so I’m minus 6 for the week. Let’s see, that would be 312 more books bought than read, in a year. Either I have to buy less or learn to read faster. Maybe both. Here are the goods. Click the image to see it larger, if you dare.
Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler [Vintage 2010 trade paper, new] – fiction, literature/mystery – When Kevin Burton Smith (who is guilty of running the Thrilling Detective Website and blog) says a book is very good, I take notice. When he says
“What I really want to say is that Barney’s Version is by far the best book I’ve ever read. It’s got everything in it. Tears. Laughter. Murder. Family. Children. Bars. Honour. Love. Montreal.”
I leap for the car keys and race to the book store. So here it is, new to the house and waiting to be read. I see it has pushed the other books from the TBR pile, not gently, and is now whispering threats to read me NOW. Or maybe those threats are coming from Lancaster or wherever the hell it is Smith lives, out in the California high desert. Regardless, I’ll pay attention and read this one soon.
The Green Spider and Other Forgotten Tales of Mystery and Suspense by Sax Rohmer [Black Dog Books 2011 trade paper, new] – fiction, mystery – adventure – I have several volumes of stories by Rohmer and am always glad to add to them. These 13 tales have been out of print for a long time, and 4 of them have never been published in the U.S.
King Corrigan’s Treasure by H.D. Couzens [Black Dog Books 2011 trade paper, new] – fiction, pulp adventure – these 7 stories plus introduction should be just the ticket for enjoying with a tall glass of lemonade on a warn Summer afternoon (when we finally have one of those, it’s been a chilly, wet year so far).
Longarm and the Bloody Relic by Tabor Evans [Jove 2011 paperback, new]
Longarm and the Pine Box Payoff by Tabor Evans [Jove 2008 paperback, used
Longarm and the Scarlet Rider by Tabor Evans [Jove 2011 paperback, new]
There are the three Longarm books I bought (see opening paragraph), all written, I believe, by James Reason under the series penname of Tabor Evans. I don’t even know what the formula for these is, but I’m sure as I read them I’ll figure it out.
Windy City Pulp Stories # 11 edited and compiled by Tom Roberts [Black Dog Books, 2011 trade paper, new] – non-fiction – The 2011 Windy City Pulp Con celebrated the 80th anniversary of Popular Publications. This is an interesting mix of material about that company and it’s publications that I couldn’t resist.
Zorro by Isabel Allende [Harper Perennial 2006 trade paper, new] note: originally published in the U.S. by Harper Collins in 2005, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden – historical fiction – I recently read Tales of Zorro, edited by Richard Dean Starr and it was great. (Look for a review here soon) In it, there was mention of this book and I decided to buy it. Zorro is a fascinating character.