It’s cooled off, as I write this on Sunday afternoon it’s a beautiful Fall day, with that special, magical light. We’ve had some misting, not really rain, and the temperature has stayed in the mid-70s and below. There may well be more warm weather in the weeks ahead, and there is still no real rain in the forecast. I’m feeling better and got out in the yard to plant the tulips and daffodils, which we add some of to every year. This year it was two dozen tulips and 50 daffodils.
New Arrivals – Tom Roberts of Black Dog Books has come through with a box of goodies, I got a graphic novel collection and a mystery from BookSwap. Goodness, all.
Birds of Prey Volume 1, Trouble in Mind by Duane Swierczynski (writer), Jesus Saiz (artist) [DC Comics 2012 oversized trade paper, new] – graphic novel collecting issues 1-7 of the revised series – A year or more ago, DC decided to revamp their line of comics to better compete with Marvel. I was and remain skeptical of this, as I enjoyed many of the DC characters and character groups as they were, but the collected first issues of The New 52 are now coming out so I’ve ordered a few of them to try. This is the second of them I’ve received (the other one is cleverly languishing where I put it now can’t find). I used to read BoP, had a ton of the issues, didn’t even wait for the collections. This is a remade group, different players and different backstory. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m leery based only on the blurb on the back. We’ll see.
Bring ’em Back Dead by George Fielding Eliot [Black Dog Books 2012 trade paperback, new] – pulp mystery reprint – I just can’t resist this stuff, if it does take me a while to read through it sometimes. This one contains the first 3 assignments of G-Man Dan Fowler.
Dusty Ayres, Invasion of the Black Lightening by Robert Sidney Bowen [Black Dog Books 2012 trade paperback, new] – pulp war – air stories reprint – This one contains three novels. I have never read any of the Dusty Ayres stories, so this will be an introduction for me. Cool cover, too.
In the Name of Honor by Albert Payson Terhune [Black Dog Books 2012 trade paperback, new] – historical adventure novel – first book publication – I read every Terhune dog book I could get my hands on when I was a kid, but I had no idea he wrote historical adventure novels! I’m eager to see if he can captivate me in the genre.
Queen in Danger by Adam Hall [Harper paperbacks 1990 mass market paperback, used] – mystery – After reading a review of this one on Sergio Angelini‘s site – review at link – during Friday Forgotten Books last week, I decided to pick it up and found it on BookSwap (yay!) it came a day or two ago, now so all I have to do is, um, find a spot for it in the toppling TBR.
The Rajah from Hell by H. Bedford Jones [Black Dog Books 2012 trade paper, new] – historical adventure-mystery, first book publication – this thin offering, once again by Tom Robert’s Black Dog Books, should be a fun, fast one. Murder, revenge, ships, Hindu prince, a little horror…
Current Reading – Last time I told you of my plan to begin The Gift of Rain. I did that, and already I can see the beauty of the writing and language. However, I found I was only in the mood for a certain amount of it at the time, so after about 20 pages I set it aside for a fantasy adventure, The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schaffer. Now I’m sort of reading them both, switching from one to the other as the mood indicates. One of the books from Black Dog books (above) may join the rotation. I almost never do this and suddenly I’m reading several things. Maybe it’s the coming of Fall, which as a reason makes no sense at all. Anyway, more on this next time.