New arrivals are oldies this time. I expect next week there may be some Christmas goodies in this space. Right now, only Santa knows…
NEW ARRIVALS – Here you go, descriptions and such below the images.
Hammett – Crime Stories and Other Writings by Dashiell Hammett, edited by Library of America [Library of America, new] – mystery short stories and essays – Library of America volume No. 125. I already had almost everything Hammett wrote in my library, but I was missing just a few stories, and this book fills those holes. A few Continental Op stories and other things. I admit I’m late coming to this, but honestly I thought I already had everything Hammett, until Dave Lewis pointed out my error. So thanks, Dave! I like to think now I have the whole of his output, and I’m looking forward to reading the whole darn collection.
To Light a Candle 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. The first and third books in the trilogy arrived a month ago, this one just showed up. Now I can schedule the three books into my reading schedule, probably after the New Year.
The Twelve Deaths of Christmas by Marian Babson [St. Martin’s Dead Letter 1996 mass market paperback, used] – mystery novel originally published in 1979 – classic country house style (in this case a rooming house) – I wanted to read a Christmas themed mystery. I thought I had this one, but it wasn’t on the shelf, so I ordered it from BookSwap. It came Saturday, and I’ll start it today.
CURRENT READING – I’ve finished two books, Cold As Ice (reviewed here) and a book of Christmas novelettes I’ll be home for Christmas. The latter is general fiction and the person who gave it to me neglected to tell me the author, Fern Michaels, wrote romantic fiction. I plowed my way through, but can’t recommend it all unless that’s just what you’re looking for. I just got Twelve Deaths of Christmas and will start it today, and I’ve also started At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson, a short story collection. It will be my first time reading her. Though it’s been out for a little while, the library just got it in. Several of the stories were published earlier. I’m also continuing to work my way through a couple of other short story collections. Looks like I’ll finish up the year reading a novel and a lot of short stories.