I’ve heard a lot about people receiving damaged books from Amazon. It had only happened to me once before, several years ago, until this last week. The box was really beat up, one corner almost torn open. The box came FedEx Two Day. It contained seven books, two hardcovers and a trade paperback were damaged enough for me to want them replaced. I called the next morning and as usual they were nice about it, no hassles, the replacements were shipped to me UPS 1 day. I was given prepaid barcoded labels to send the damaged books back later. I told them, and note here, that both times I’ve had damaged books from Amazon it has been in a box delivered by FedEx. UPS parcels or Post Office packages are fine.
After just two things came last week, I got a bunch this time, most from good old Altus Press.
Complete Casebook of Cardigan, Volumes 2, 3 and 4 by Fredrick Nebel [Altus Press, 2012 trade paper, new] – pulp mystery fiction – 2nd through 4th volumes of the collected short stories by Nebel about private detective Cardigan. These stories are top notch. I’ve been reading the 1st volume and as I got near the end I figured I needed to order these. Volume 4 takes the stories through 1937.
Rust: Visitor in the Field by Royden Lepp [Archania August 2011 hardcover, new] – graphic novel – I read a review of this, perhaps on the Bookgasm blog, and it sounded fascinating. Told with very little text, the delivery of the story is carried by the seemingly simple artwork which communicates volumes.
Rust: Secrets of the Cell by Royden Lepp [Archania December 2012 hardcover, new] – graphic novel – continuation of the story. See above.
The Black Bat Omnibus Volume 2 by Norman A. Daniels [Altus Press April 2013 trade paper, new] – pulp mystery fiction – second set of three short novels. See my review of the first book on the series HERE).
Complete Pulp Adventures of The Green Lama, Volume 1 by Kendell Foster Crossen [Altus Press 2011 trade paper, new] – pulp mystery fiction – An American scholar who becomes a Buddhist monk uses temporal and spiritual powers to fight crime in the U.S. These novel-stories appeared in 1940 in Double Detective magazine. Certainly should be something different…
The Sun Never Sets by L.W. “Bill” Lane Jr. [Stanford General Books (Stanford University Press) April 2013 hardcover, new] – autobiography – Bill Lane founded Lane Publishing, the publisher of Sunset magazine from it’s early days until the mid-1990s. My parents subscribed throughout their lives, and I do now. I have high hopes for this.
I finished Crooked Adam by D.E. Stevenson, a wartime spy novel written in 1942 and enjoyed it. Sure, it’s dated now, but what from 1942 isn’t? With that read, I turned to the short story collections I’ve been reading all year, making good progress on Complete Casebook of Cardigan Volume 1 and the Black Mask collection. Nose to the grindstone…
What did you get, new, used or from the library, and what have you been reading?