Ah, the beauty of pre-ordering: things just show up and always a happy surprise. So it is this time with the new A. Bertram Chandler omnibus. Also new are a graphic novel and a soundtrack CD. Read on, MacDuff.
Astro City Dark Age – 2: Brothers in Arms by Busik (writer), Anderson (pencils), Ross (covers), Sinclair (color), Comiccraft (lettering). [DC Comics 2011 trade paper, new] – graphic novel / comic – the Astro City series is one the best written, drawn and most entertaining comic/graphic novel around and has been since the first issue. It’s ben a while since the last collection came out, so I’ll be re-reading that before digging into this.
Galactic Courier by A. Bertram Chandler [Baen 2011 trade paperback, new] – classic science fiction, space opera omnibus – this was just published, I received it on December 6th, having pre-ordered it. This one contains four novels: Star Courier, To Keep the Ship, Matilda’s Stepchildren and Star Loot. (What a great title on that last one!) To be honest, I’ve barely scratched the surface of the first of these three omnibus volumes collecting the John Grimes Saga, and really need to get going on these because they are fast, fun entertainment, perfect for this time of year. There are always SF-F reading challenges at the beginning oft he year, so these will give me a head start, if only I get reading.
Lost Horizon: The Classic Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin performed by Charles Gerhardt and the National Philharmonic Orchestra [Sony 2009 CD, new] – film music – this contains the symphonic suite for Lost Horizon, prelude to Guns of Navarone, Suite for The Big Sky, overture for The Fourposter, incidental music for Friendly Persuasion, finale music for Search for Paradise. Though I prefer complete soundtracks or full symphonic treatments of the full film music, these “the film scores of” collections sometimes have to do.