We had a great Thanksgiving with the usual turkey, stuffing, etc. Though it’s just the two of us, we like to have turkey and traditional trimmings, and we like the leftovers. We didn’t do the black Friday thing, but will start our holiday shopping soon.
New Arrivals – just one thing this time: The Further Adventures of Zorro by Johnston McCulley [Zorro Productions 2012 hardcover, new] – adventure – This is the first volume of the “Zorro Masters Edition”, published by a small German group. The goal is to print the McCulley Zorro works not available elsewhere in a uniform edition. It’s by subscription, meaning you order before the printing is done. At just over $25, they may seem pricey to some people, but the lure of a complete edition is strong.
The book has laminated boards featuring an original painting. I find the paper oddly slick, and the paragraph spacing is quite wide since they use internet format with no indents and an extra space between paragraphs. I’m not sure why they chose that format or hardcover instead of trade paper, which may have been slightly less expensive, but it’s good this is in print for now. I haven’t read this before and am looking forward to it.
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Current Reading – I’m still working my way through The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories, I just finished the original serialized version of The Maltese Falcon which was great. I’ve been in the mood for some science fiction, so after a couple of fitful starts on other things decided to reread an old favorite by Charles Sheffield, Cold As Ice.
Our back walk got washed out again even though our gutters were cleaned out just a few days before. We’ll have to get the gutters replaced or come up with another solution for this problem as it’s expensive to keep getting the darn walk repaired and it’s a bigger chore than we can handle.