Uh, what happened here? I had just two things last week and I was feeling pretty proud of that. You recall, no more space for books, only the barest essential additions to the library, exercise restraint. Yeah, well… read on.
The biggest thing that happened is that I read the Marvin Kaye-edited Nero Wolfe Files. That was while I was shelving books, just something I started glancing at. Such steps sometimes begin long journeys. I got re-interested in the Wolfe corpus (or canon, if you will), perhaps you could say it went to the front burner. I checked to see what I had, and needed. There are 48 books containing 73 stories and novels. Of the 48 I had about 34 so you can guess what happened The result is below. Well, I warned you last week, when there was one Nero Wolfe paperback, that there would more. But hey, there’s a jazz CD to add some variety.
But really, I have the best of intentions. No, really. So take a look, if you like you can click to enlarge the images and I’ll tell you about the books below.
And Four To Go by Rex Stout [Bantam Books 1974 mass market paperback, used] – mystery – Nero Wolfe, four stories / novelettes: The Christmas Party, Easter Parade, Fourth of July Picnic, and Murder is No Joke. I happen to know some people who are very knowledgeable about Wolfe and one was willing to send me some second copies of paperbacks he had. This is one of them, several of the other books listed below are others. Thanks Eotu.
Before Midnight by Rex Stout [Bantam Books 1965 mass market paperback, used] – mystery – Nero Wolfe – another one.
The Black Mountain by Rex Stout [Bantam Books 1955 mass market paperback, used] – mystery – more Wolfe, see paragraph near top of page.
Full Share by Nathan Lowell [Ridan Publishing May 2011 trade paper, new] – science fiction – the third book in the spacefaring adventures of Ishmael Wang aboard the Lois McKendrick. I read and loved Lowell’s Quarter Share and have the second book, Half Share waiting to be read. This one is very welcome, I like these low-key novels filled with likeable characters – not all of them, of course – and logical world building.
Hex by Allen Steele [Ace 2011 hardcover, new] – science fiction – another book I bought on the strength of very positive reviews, plus I like the cover. I’m not buying many hardcover books these days, but this one just called out to me.
Homicide Trinity by Rex Stout [Bantam Books 1966 mass market paperback, used] – mystery – Nero Wolfe, three stories / novelettes: Eeny Meeny Murder Mo, Death of a Demon, Counterfeit for Murder. Yet more Wolfe.
Kenton’s West Side Story by Stan Kenton Orchestra [Capitol Records 1961 recording remastered for CD, new] – jazz arrangement of film score, recorded at Goldwyn Sound Stage 5, Hollywood, California on March 15 & 16 and April 11, 1961 – When the producers of the film West Side Story heard a sampling of what the Stan Kenton Orchestra had done to their score, they were disappointed that they had not thought to ask the band to play on the soundtrack. This is Johnny Richards’s arrangements of ten of the film’s sound tracks. Soloists include altoist Gabe Baltazar, veteran tenor Sam Donahue and trumpeter Conte Candoli, but it is the raging ensembles that are most memorable about the classic recording. This CD reissue is one I’ve heard about for years, and found on the True Blue Music website. Refreshing.
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey [Orbit June 2011 trade paperback, new] – science fiction – another book purchased on the basis of very strong reviews, and this one is popping up everywhere, it seems. First of a series, The Expanse, but can be read as a standalone (I hope). By the way, this “paperback” is exactly the same dimensions as the hardcover Hex listed above, except this book is considerably thicker at 561 pages plus “extras” (author interview, preview of next book). For me, that means it has to go on the add one, pull one SF-F shelves. Sigh.
The Mountain Cat Murders by Rex Stout [Dell 1958 mass market paperback, used] – mystery, Non-Wolfe – I like the Wolfe books best but got this anyway. It was there, if you know what I mean.
Plot it Yourself by Rex Stout [Bantam Crime Line 1994 mass market paperback, new] – mystery, Nero Wolfe – yes you read that right, this one is new. Some of the Wolfe books are still available new at cover price, and there is a new set now being published by Bantam with two books per paperback. There are five or six of those so far. Another book bought to fill holes in my Wolfe set.
The Sound of Murder by Rex Stout [Pyramid Books 1965 mass market paperback, used] – mystery, Alphabet Hicks – a non-Wolfe book by Rex Stout because it was there, if you know what I mean, and you do.
Three Witnesses by Rex Stout [Bantam Crime Line 1994 mass market paperback, new] – mystery, Nero Wolfe – yes, another one I got new, as I said some are available.
Trio for Blunt Instruments by Rex Stout [Bantam 2002 mass market paperback, new] – mystery, Nero Wolfe – three novellas: Kill Now–Pay Later, Murder is Corny, Blood Will Tell.
Seven Complete Novels by Rex Stout [Avenel 1983 hardcover, used] – mystery, Nero Wolfe – Okay, you’re thinking by now, enough is enough! Well, yes, with the inclusion of these seven novels I’m about 90% there. The novels here are The Silent Speaker, Might As Well Be Dead, If Death Ever Slept, 3 at Wolfe’s Door, Gambit, Please pass the Guilt and A Family Affair. What’s amazing is that I didn’t have a single one of these, so there’s no duplication by buying this one. Except for the price clipping, it’s in excellent shape. At one time these Avenel editions were sneered at and easily found on the remainder shelves at Crown, BookStar and Barnes & Noble. I have a few, and now I wish I’ve gotten more. Plus, they have gotten really expensive on the used market, though I’m not sure why.
That’s it, ladies and gentlemen, and enough by far for the guy who said he’s not buying any books. But then a lot of this is filling out holes in the Wolfe run, and there is still some room on the small paperback shelves. Still, it might be time to pull back again. I’m trying, I really am.