Hope everyone had a wonderful holidays season and the new year is starting off great for you! I’m certainly feeling better, though the rib is still a long way from healed.
I thought I’d give you a look at the new stuff that arrived here from about December 20 until now: some gifts, some I bought new, used or some that just came in the mail. Here goes.
The Adventures of Tintin, Season One – English language version from the French television series – 5 hours, animated adventure [Shout Factory 2 DVD set, new] – I love Tintin. I’ve been a big fan for a long time, since I discovered one of the books in a Brentano’s book store while browsing one afternoon. (Side note: that was a wonderful book store for a chain. The stock, employees and layout were better than most chains.) I loved the book, I think it was Cigars of the Pharaoh and immediately went back and bought all the rest of the volumes they had, then ordered the rest – they were all in print then and may still be. This French animated television series was highly acclaimed, and I’ve been waiting for the English language version – completely re-recorded with English speaking voice actors, not just dubbed, for a long time. Finally this is out and Season Two is coming in a few months.
Blood ‘N’ Thunder magazine, issues 29 and 30 – Ed Hulse, editor [monthly magazine, by subscription]- I’ve subscribed to this magazine about pulps, old time radio and film for a couple of years, and bought all of the available back issues to cover as much of the previous years as I could. Hulse does an outstanding job of editing and writing and he knows whereof he speaks. He has a huge amount of expertise and it shows. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in these topics. Due to a missed issue, I got issue 30 before 29, which came on Christmas Eve. That’s a great present!
Good Eats 3 by Alton Brown [Stewart, Tabori & Chang hardcover, September 2011, new] – cookbook – I love the show, watch the reruns when I catch them, have thought of buying the whole thing on DVD and now have the three volume set of the books. I believe in Brown, use his application (it’s what he calls the recipes), learn from his books.
Horticulture magazine – [monthly magazine, by subscription] – gardening and plants – my wife and I are both fairly avid amateur gardeners, and so it’s always a treat to sit down and read a gardening magazine. This was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law.
Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. [Tor paperback, new] – fantasy – 1st in the Imager series – this got good reviews and sounds interesting. A Christmas gift I haven’t gotten to yet.
Model Railroader – [monthly magazine, by subscription] – Okay, I admit it: I’ve been interested in model railroading to a greater or lesser since I can remember. The Christmas I came downstairs and found a train circling the tree was one of the most memorable of my life. That was an American Flyer, and I loved it, made a small layout in a tiny bunk room and ran the trains around and around. Later I changed my interest to HO scale trains and they are great. I tried building a layout while I was in college but was defeated by the complexities of the wiring. I have at one time or other collected – and gotten rid of – hand made brass steam locomotives, old diesel locos, a few boxcars and other rolling stock, and even thought about building a small diorama. Most of the time, the bug bites for a while, then it fades for a few years until something triggers it again. That’s when I re-subscribe to Model Railroader, which I did a couple of months ago. This is the current issue that came just before Christmas.
Nikkor AF-S DX 55-300 f:4.5 ED VR and Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 40mm f:2.8G – camera lenses for my Nikon D40x D-SLR camera [new, from local camera store] – I already had two lenses for the camera, the 55-100 stock lens and a 85-200 zoom. But I found that wasn’t long enough and wanted a telephoto. The 55-300 here has an actual zoom reach of 450, long enough to shoot wildlife, fast enough that a fast shutter speed is possible to freeze movement. A big lens like this can be difficult to hold steady, this one has VR, Vibration Reduction built in. I’ll turn that off when I use a tripod, which will be most of the time with this lens. The micro lens is a mid-distance fixed focal lens that can focus as close as 2 inches for macro shots, provided a tripod is used. In fact, a new tripod is next on the list, as I learn to use both of these superb new lenses.
The Pruning Book by Lee Reich [Taunton Press hardcover, Revised 2nd Edition, January 2010, new] – gardening, tree, shrub and plant maintenance – this is the kind of resource every serious gardner needs. I’ve already learned a lot just glancing through it.
Santa With His Trains – jigsaw puzzle – The holidays always seem like the time to get out a jigsaw puzzle, and when we spotted this one a couple weeks before Christmas we had to bring it home. We also bought another one which we’ve done, and will start this one within a day or two.
Starbridge Book Two – Silent Dances by A.C. Crispin and Kathleen O’Malley [Ace mass market paperback, used] – science fiction – 2nd in series – I enjoyed the first book in the series, Starbridge by Crispin. It’s light fare, YA science fiction about a particularly bright almost adult teenager and a dedicated young doctor and their adventures in discovering a new-to-them sentient race, and then another. The ending left plenty of room for sequels and I knew when I read it that there were several more books. This and the next one are the 2nd and 3rd in the series.
Starbridge Book Three – Shadow World by A.C. Crispin and Jannean Elliot [Ace mass market paperback, used] – science fiction – 3rd in series – I enjoyed the first book in the series, Starbridge by Crispin. It’s light fare, YA science fiction about a particularly bright almost adult teenager and a dedicated young doctor and their adventures in discovering a new-to-them sentient race, and then another. The ending left plenty of room for sequels and I knew when I read it that there were several more books. This and the previous book listed are the 2nd and 3rd in the series.