New Arrivals – four things this time. It would have been five, but the vagaries of delivery times from the Azon mean I’m missing the middle of a trilogy. Possibly it’ll come next week.
Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess A Girl Genius Novel by Phil and Kaja Foglio [Night Shade Books, 2012 trade paper, new] – YA fantasy-adventure – novelization of Girl Genius graphic novels – this is the second novelization of the 8 so far graphic novels. Since the first one covered the first two and a half of those, I’m guessing this one will catch us up to #5 or so. I’m eager to read it. There are entirely too many of those eager-to-read books starting to stack up, not to mention all the other things hanging about…
The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö [Vintage Crime, 2009 trade paperback, new] – mystery – this is the fourth in the Martin Beck series of mysteries about the Scandinavian policeman, who in fact rarely if ever laughs. I haven’t read any of the Beck books, but a mention of this in Books to Die For made me decide it was time. I’m expecting it to be fairly depressing, not a good thing, but I’ll find out sometime soon.
The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory [Tor 2004 mass market paperback, new] – fantasy – after reading a very convincing review of the first book in a new, later installment of this multi-trilogy series, I decided to get the first 3 books. I read some books by Lackey and another collaborator 15 or 20 years ago and was not impressed, but I’ll give these a try.
When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory [Tor 2007 mass market paperback, new] – fantasy – deciding to get this first trilogy meant getting all three books and this is #3. The middle book should arrive soon. Meantime, once I have them all, they will be set to one side while I continue to play catch-up on other reading.
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Current Reading – I finished another one, Bye Bye, Baby by Max Collins and have been reading stories in The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories (just finished Lester Dent’s “Luck”) and have read some more of Gift of Rain. So I’m making continued progress on that pile of partially read books. This will be the last post with the list below in it. The books in blue have now been read:
- Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan (library book)
- The Stainless Steel Rat
- Books to Die For (library book)
- Agatha H and the Airship City
- The Private Practice of Michael Shayne
- The Mother Goose Murders
- Bye Bye, Baby (library book)
- The Gift of Rain
- The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories (short stories – have read 4 more)
- 50 for 50 (short stories – have read 2 more)
- The Uncomplaining Corpses
I’m finding I don’t get as many books read on the weekend now that football is going full bore, especially the college season, where we are following the Oregon Ducks every game. They got beat yesterday by Stanford in an absolutely pathetic effort and who knows what will happen next week. I may be reading more than in recent weekends. I need to turn off the set and read some more on the weekends, or, when it’s dry get outside and do more leaf raking and late Fall clean up.