I went to Robert’s Books in Lincoln City while we were over on the coast for a few days. I had a list, mostly of some Mike Shayne novels I’m still missing, of which Robert’s had none. I did pick up some John D. MacDonald stand-alone novels, as per George Kelly’s ongoing Friday Forgotten series on Ed Gorman’s list of favorites. Also some science fiction It was a pleasure to look at the original artwork and browse the musty shelves again, even if I didn’t get a lot of books. Here’s the goods:
Deadly Welcome by John D. MacDonald [Fawcett Gold Medal 1959 paperback, used] – mystery novel – stand-alone novel. This and the other MacDonald books listed this week are on Ed Gorman’s favorite non-McGee novels by JDM. I’ve only read one of the books on the list so I picked up a few. The unattributed cover art is by Robert McGinnis.
Murder in the Wind by John D. MacDonald [Fawcett Gold Medal 1956 paperback, used] – mystery novel – stand-alone novel. This and the other MacDonald books listed this week are on Ed Gorman’s favorite non-McGee novels by JDM. The unattributed cover artwork is by Robert McGinnis.
Soft Touch by John D. MacDonald [Fawcett Gold Medal 1971 paperback, used] – mystery novel – stand-alone novel. This and the other MacDonald books listed this week are on Ed Gorman’s favorite non-McGee novels by JDM. The oh-so-70s artwork is unattributed.
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Readers of this blog may have noticed that I pick up Gordon R. Dickson novels and stories when I come across them in used book stores. Dickson has long been a favorite, since reading his work in Astounding Science Fiction and other digests back in the day.
The Book of Gordon Dickson by Gordon R. Dickson [DAW 1970 paperback, used] – science fiction short stories – originally issued under the title Danger – Human the stories in this are mostly from the Fifties and early Sixties.
Naked to the Stars by Gordon R. Dickson [DAW 1977 paperback, used] – science fiction novel – copyrighted in 1961, this novel pre-dates Joe Haldeman’s Forever War by 13 years but has been compared to it. Some consider this to be Dickson’s best work. I may have read it before I started keeping records of my reading, but don’t remember so it goes on the TBR.
The Court of A Thousand Suns by Allan Cole and Chris Bunch [Del Rey 1986 paperback, used] – science fiction novel – this is the third in the Sten series, and no, I don’t have nor have I read the first two. That’s okay, I’ll read this one and if I like it enough I’ll go back and find the others. Cover art is by David Mattingly.
D-99 by H.B. Fyfe [Pyramid 1962 paperback, used] – science fiction novel – this novel caught my eye on the shelf because of the distinctive yellow Pyramid spine. Though I’ve read some short stories by Fyfe, this is new to me and sounded interesting. It’s one of those secret-agency-that-solves-all-problems SF novels, which are usually a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to seeing what Fyfe does with the scenario. The unfortunate artwork is by Ralph Brillhart.
I took a thick book of pulp stories on our trip last week. It turned out to be a poor choice, or perhaps I wasn’t in the mood to read. I kept staring out the usually rain-spattered window, watching the waves, the people and dogs walking on the beach, the clouds roll in. I think I read half of a story the whole time. I don’t know what would have been a better vacation reading choice, but no matter.
I finished The Honey Thief which I didn’t like much and won’t be reviewing. I finished the 3rd and 4th of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles and while they were fun they were really just fluff. Just now I’m halfway through a Perry Mason novel and am involved in moving books about the house as we finally got some new bookshelves. It’s possible that, for a time, I’ll have more shelves than I need. When’s the last time that happened? I sure don’t remember. [Post on new shelves coming soon].
What did you get, new, used or from the library, and
what have you been reading?