It was really hot, setting records, or with highs not seen since the 1940s. Then it was really nice for a few days. Now it’s thunder showers and chilly. Variety is the spice, they say.
For a change, more than one book this time, all used.
All About Collecting Girls’ Series Books and All About Collecting Boy’s Series Books both by John Axe [Hobby House Press 2002 oversized trade paper, used] – nonfiction, book collecting. After reading the review by George Kelley (in case you missed it, you can read it HERE) of these I ordered them. I spent an afternoon per slim volume reading these, and enjoyed them both. The one thing I’ll point out to potential purchasers is that while the girls volume includes brief plot summaries for each book in the major series, the boys series book does not. Having read the book on collecting girls’ series first, I was disappointed, when later reading the boys’ series book, to discover this. These have lots of cover images but are not an in-depth look at the books or their publication.
Persuader by Lee Child [original © 2003, this edition Dell 2010 mass market paperback, used] mystery-thriller. This is the 7th book in the Reacher series, which Barbara is reading in order after having first tried 61 Hours which we got somewhere, possibly the San Francisco Bouchercon book bag. This copy we got from Paperback BookSwap, and have ordered others there as well.
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus edited by Brian Aldiss [Penguin Books 1973 mass market paperback, used] – science fiction short story / novelette collection. While doing some looking into the works of science fiction author H. B. Fyfe I came across mention of this collection, the omnibus of three earlier Penguin Science Fiction collections. It looked good enough to pick up a cheap copy in just “acceptable” condition.
I’ve been reading Wordslingers (new last week) and more of The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories which is enjoyable but seemingly never ending. Read the two collecting books shown here, Collecting Girls’ Series Books and Collecting Boys’ Series Book that came this week. I’m continuing on the Budrys book of reviews, which I continue to enjoy very much. I have a lot of things started and few finished, but I’m enjoying what I’m reading and that’s good.
So, what did YOU get, new, used or from the library, and
what have you been reading?