For those of you who have managed to pull yourselves away from the seemingly endless retrospectives of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, here is what found it’s way through my front door this past week. In addition to these, I also got – from the library – The Big Roads, The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways by Earl Swift.
A Trick of Light by Louise Penny [Minotaur 2011 hardcover, new] – mystery – Since I read Penny’s first Three Pines book, Still Life, I have been hooked. The books are now called “Chief Inspector Gamache” novels on their covers, perhaps reflecting that the action takes place in a variety of locations and not all just in the small town of Three Pines. I had the privilege of having breakfast with Penny and her husband at the San Francisco Bouchercon, she is a very, very intelligent, kind, polite and gracious woman who draws you into the conversation and listens, even to fannish babble. It was a delightful half hour, and her books are equally delightful. If you haven’t read Louise Penny yet, you have missed out.
Blackdog by K.V. Johansen [Pyr 2011 trade paper, new] – fantasy – interesting premise of this one drew me in. We’ll see if the writing supports the decision to buy it.
Spindrift by Allen Steele [Ace SF 2008 paperback, used] – science fiction – After reading an excellent rating in a review of this author’s novel Hex, I bought it, only to discover there were many previous books. I’ve bought the first 3 in his Coyote series and also got this one, which I found used on BookSwap, but have yet to read any, though my hand has moved towards that part of the TBR more than once. Soon, soon.