After last week’s landslide of books, things have settled down a good deal. There had been a good deal of talk about reading Ed McBain, especially 87th Precinct books, for Friday Forgotten Books, and I admit I had none. That’s been rectified. My ongoing quest for more James H. Schmitz also continues, and some other goodies as well. Plus, I really am trying to get some reading done! Really. I mean that. Yep. Sigh…
A Killing Frost by R.D. Wingfield [Corgi 2008 mass market paperback, new] – mystery, police procedural – this is the last of the Frost books I ordered for us to read several of the series. Barbara’s on #2, I haven’t started #1 yet.
Ed McBain Omnibus – six 87th Precinct novels by Ed McBain [William Heinemann, Octopus Press 1981 hardcover, used] – mystery, police procedural – 87th Precinct – this omnibus contains six novels: Cop Hater, Give the Boys a Great Big Hand, Doll, Eighty Million Eyes, The Heckler and Ten Plus One. I haven’t read any of McBain, and so obviously none of the 87th Precinct novels. This is where I start. This was the best – most for the money – omnibus I could find.
Eternal Frontier by James H. Schmitz [Baen Books 2004 mass market paperback, used] – science fiction novel and short stories – My quest for Schmitz story collections and novels continues. See last week for more on that. I’m now searching out every paperback Schmitz collection I can get my hands on. This and the following are the first ones to show up, but more are in the pipeline. Sadly, many of the books are OP and silly expensive. One paperback from about 10 years ago was listed by a dealer – the only copy so far – at over $200 smackers. Whoa. After I can get what I can, I may be soliciting other titles from, uh, you.
The Map of All Things by Kevin Anderson [Orbit 2010 mass market paperback, new] – fantasy – this is the second volume of Anderson’s Terra Incognita trilogy. I have liked most all of what I’ve read by Anderson: Star Trek novels and other science fiction so I decided to try this. I got the first book, The Edge of the World last year sometime, and now this one. The third. last in this trilogy, The Key to Creation, came out last Fall and I also have it on order. These are high on my want-to-read list , but there seems to be SO MUCH of that right now!
The Hub: Dangerous Territory by James H. Schmitz [Baen Books 2004 mass market paperback, used] – science fiction novel and short stories – More Schmitz story collections. These – this and the next one – are the last two, at least for now. After all, I need to get back to reading!
TNT – Telzy Amberdon & Trigger Argee Together by James H. Schmitz [Baen Books 2000 mass market paperback, used] – science fiction novel and short stories – My quest for Schmitz story collections and novels continues. See above listing.
World War II Remembered by the Residents of Kendal at Hanover [University Press of New England, 2012 trade paperback, new] – non-fiction, autobiography – We saw a brief piece on this on the NBC Nightly News a couple of months ago and were both very interested, so I tried to order it. It took a little time, but finally it showed up as a pre-order on Amazon and just came a couple of days ago. I’ve already dipped into it and am hooked. It is the reminiscences of elderly residents of the Kendal at Hanover elders living facility, many of whom were participants in the conflict, or were affected by it stateside. These 55 pieces relate the experience of each at one moment or period of the war. Interesting insight into the lives of these people who lived it, recalled nearly seven decades later. Most of the pieces are only a few pages long.