NEW ARRIVALS – I’m cutting back, I really am. I got several old Perry Mason books from John and George (the other two Beatles didn’t send any) which I won’t list here for reasons of space and laziness. Otherwise, just one book this time, the result of a George Kelley post. The guy is killing me.
A Life in Letters by P.G. Wodehouse, edited by Sophie Ratcliffe. [Norton 2011 hardcover, 542 pages plus references, bibliography and index, new] – autobiographical work of writer told through letters – as I said above, the review by George, and the one he linked to in it, were too tempting for me to ignore.
As I said last week about the John O’Hara collection of Gibbsville stories, I have a hunch it will take me a goodly while to get through this. Books of letters generally take me longer to read than a novel or short story collection. I’ve also been eyeing the Everyman’s Library and various omnibus collections of Wodehouse work, as I don’t have a lot of it on the shelves. I’ll probably wind up getting some of the books from the library and adding just one or two things.
CURRENT READING – I finished the The Night the God’s Smiled which is the first in Eric Wright’s Inspector Salter series. Not as good as the third in the series but enjoyable, and I’ll be picking up the 2nd soon. I’m continuing my reading of Perry Mason novels, with The Case of the Stuttering Bishop up next. I also continue to read short stories, with three more by Eric Wright in A Killing Climate, two more in the Black Mask collection including the first Race Williams story, one more Father Brown story and one more by Harry Harrison. I’m also planning on reading Erle Der Biggers’ The Chinese Parrot which some will notice develops a theme, considering last Friday’s Friday Forgotten book.