We’ve had smashing weather here the last week or more. This is the best April in Portland, OR in many a year.
Two gifts this time and not much else, which is fine as way too much has been flowing this direction.
Blood ‘N’ Thunder issue 36-37 edited by Ed Hulse [Murania Press April 2013, new] – pulp fiction and classic films periodical, published 4 times per year – this time it’s a double issue. I enjoy this periodical a lot and always look forward to it arriving in the mailbox. Hulse does a great job with this (nearly) one man labor of love.
Boccherini Guitar Quintets Danubius String Quartet and Zoltan Tokos, guitar [Naxos 3 CD set, new] – classical music – though I like a great deal of fully orchestrated classical music, I also like chamber music. This set has been around for a while but I just picked this up. Very relaxing, but rewards careful listening.
The Kassa Gambit by M.C. Plank [TOR 2012 hardcover, used, gift] – science fiction – friend George Kelly sent this along after I commented to his review of the book that I’d like to read it. Thanks, George, for this and for the next book listed!
Rescue Run by Anne McCaffrey [Wildside Press edition, hardcover, used, gift] – another science fiction novel (novelette?) – I already have this, but not in this edition. I pretty much put anything by Anne McCaffrey on the shelf.
I read an interesting short article on line about books that every child should own. I found I hadn’t read a few of them so got them from the library. One of them was Matilda by the wonderful Roald Dahl, with equally wonderful illustrations by Quentin Blake. Another was Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede, about a princess who chooses to go live with a dragon instead of marrying a numbskull prince. They were fun and made a nice break from my push to read all of the TBR (thousands) books. Now I’ll get back to those. I started with The Song of the Sky by Guy Murchie (1954), (Kirkus review HERE) which was a favorite of my mother’s, a book I’ve been meaning to read for forty years or more. I have her copy and turn the pages with a certain amount of reverence.
What did you get, new, used or from the library, and
what have you been reading?