I’m finding more and more things at the library lately, between our Multnomah County system and the neighboring Clackimas County one. With two county systems to draw from, plus inter-loan should it become necessary, we’re finding quite a lot of the books I once might have bought. I haven’t been including library books in New Arrivals, only in Current Reading. For now, I’ll continue doing that.
Two books published by Ed Hulse’s Murania Press which is now doing classic pulp reprints. I ordered them at the same time I resubscribed to Blood ‘N’ Thunder, the quarterly periodical I showed here last week. I just couldn’t resist.
Pirates of the Pines by A.M. Chisholm [Murania Press July 2012, new] – pulp fiction reprint. From the publisher’s website:
“This rousing adventure yarn was originally published in the October 20, 1915 issue of Street & Smith’s THE POPULAR MAGAZINE as “Fur Pirates.” Set in the wilderness fringing northwestern Canada’s great Carcajou River, its protagonist and narrator is 18-year-old Bob Cory, who lives with his sister Peggy on their uncle’s modest homestead. While out one day with recovering invalid Jim Dunleath, Bob unearths a long-lost letter written by notorious fur thief Angus McNab to his brother, revealing the location of a fortune in stolen pelts cached on an island in the nearby Burntwood Lakes. Dunleath believes that the treasure must still be there and persuades a wealthy Eastern sportsman to bankroll an expedition to find the cache. Chisholm deliberately patterned his tale on TREASURE ISLAND as an homage to Robert Louis Stevenson. Nearly every element corresponds to something in Stevenson’s novel. And yet Chisholm’s work is not a slavish imitation, it’s a brilliantly executed tour de force. The characters have personalities all their own, the settings are vividly described, and the yarn is suffused with verisimilitude. PIRATES OF THE PINES succeeds on its own terms; you needn’t be familiar with Stevenson’s classic to appreciate Chisholm’s accomplishment.”
Wilderness Trail by H. Bedford-Jones [ [Murania Press March 2013, new] – pulp fiction reprint. H. Bedford-Jones is one of my favorites. From the publisher’s website:
“In 1810, the still-young United States of America continues its westward expansion as a national economy begins to flourish. But the country’s commerce is seriously disrupted in Kentucky, at the juncture of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, by daring pirates who strike from nowhere and then disappear into the wilderness. Captain John Norton, a young military officer working undercover, mounts a secret campaign against the buckskinned brigands, who are led by a mystery man known as Blacknose. Along the way Norton receives aid from such legendary figures of early American history as rugged pioneer Daniel Boone, future President Zachary Taylor, prominent naturalist John J. Audubon, and Shawnee Indian chief Tecumseh. Yet the clever Blacknose and his followers continue to evade their would-be captors. The Wilderness Trail originally appeared in the February 1915 issue of Blue Book and was the first of more than 370 fictional works—novels, novelettes, and short stories—H. Bedford-Jones wrote for that distinguished pulp magazine over a period of 33 years. It was also his first historical novel with an American setting. Issued in hard covers many decades ago by the British firm of Hurst & Blackett, The Wilderness Trail has never been published in the United States as a book—until now.”
As I mentioned at the top, I have a goodly number of library books on hand: six just now. I’ve finished one of them, New Wave a graphic novel with a somewhat sloppy mix of plot lines with Batman, Doc Savage and The Spirit (sort of) working together on different threads of the same problem. I’ve read better stories about each of the characters, but none that had all three so this is – barely – remarkable for that. The rest of the library books are nagging at me, but I’ll get to them. I have started Hammett Unwritten.
I also read and greatly enjoyed that latest issue of Blood ‘N’ Thunder that I mentioned last week. Lots of great articles this time, and a double issue. Only problem is the long wait until the next one shows up. That’s the problem with quarterly mags. I may get less reading done now that the weather has warmed and the garden is calling me outside. That would be fine, but I often need to have shovel, trowel, snippers and a bucket for clippings in hand. We went to a big garden show and sale today (Sunday) and brought home a few things to be put in later today or tomorrow.
Hopefully, I should soon be able to do some peaceful reading on the patio surrounded by roses and snapdragons, conifers and ferns, maples, lavender and dahlias. Also hopefully we get a break from the very high temperatures (89 today) which have come too soon in the year.
What did you get, new, used or from the library, and
what have you been reading?