One new arrival this week, and it’s not a book. It’s a digest, the January 1960 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. The cover story, serialized in three issues (Jan, Feb and Mar 1960), is Deathworld by Harry Harrison. I decided to find this issue and re-read the novel in it’s original serialized appearance with the original illustrations. I found a very nice copy, especially considering the age of the issue. I have tracked down the February and March issues, and they are on the way. Also on the way and expected this week is the new (8th) Louise Penny book.
Current Reading – I finished Louise Penny’s Still Life and also the second book in the series, A Fatal Grace. I decided to take a break from the series before continuing. Just then a library book arrived, The Seven Wonders by Steven Saylor. It’s his latest, called on the cover a novel but is actually a set of short stories, as young Gordinius travels with his Greek tutor to visit the seven wonders of the ancient world, with a mystery to be solved at each location by the fellow who will one day become The Finder. I haven’t read a Saylor in a while, and it’s delightful to get back to his work.
I said last time I was going to launch myself into the story collection, The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories. I haven’t done so, as the Penny books caught my full attention, not unexpectedly, and I couldn’t put them down, and now the Saylor has done the same thing. I’ve been having a quite enjoyable Summer of reading, even if I haven’t read any of the things on my tentative Summer Reading List for this year. Those things are always suggestions and guesses anyway.