After my good behavior of one book a week or less for a while, then a batch of mysteries last week, I’ve gone a bit overboard. Bad me. Here’s the arrivals:
A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller [Minotaur Books 2013 trade paper, new] – mystery. This was shortlisted for the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and sounded good. I’m looking forward to reading it.
Nova by Samuel R. Delany [Bantam Science Fiction 1968 mass market paperback, used] – science fiction. Algys Budrys called this the best science fiction novel of 1968 and one of the best he’d ever read. The author is greatly underrated and supremely skilled (says Budrys). I had to get a copy.
Star Soldiers by Andre Norton [Baen SF 2001 mass market paperback, used] – science fiction. This book contains two Norton novels: Star Guard and Star Rangers. Norton is a dependable author with a good sense of timing and plot who is always fun to read. I got this after a recent comment Jerry House made here about his own new arrivals and current reading.
The 9th Annual Edition of The Year’s Best S-F edited by Judith Merril [Dell 1964 mass market paperback, used] – science fiction short story collection. Another book recommended by Budrys, with reservations about Merril’s introductions, but the lineup of stories and authors tempted me enough to seek out an inexpensive copy.
The Blank Wall and The Innocent Mrs. Duff by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding [Academy Chicago 1991 trade paper, new] – mystery novels. Printed back-to-back like the old Ace doubles. I read something on Friday Forgotten Books about this author, and her mystery novels sound really good. I had no books by Holding nor had I read any. I remedied that with this double novel book and the next one:
The Strange Crime in Bermuda and Too Many Bottles by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding [Stark House 2005 trade paper, new] – mystery novels. A Stark House two-novel volume.
The Big Book of Western Action Stories edited by John Tuska [Castle Books 2000 hardcover, new] – western story collection. I wish sometimes I kept better track of where on the internet I see things. This time I believe it was Walker Martin who made a comment on James Reasoner’s blog, mentioning collections edited by Tuska. I looked into that and found this one and ordered up a copy. There is a wide range of original copyright dates on the contents, from the early 1930s into the 1990s, but many of these made their first appearance in western pulps.
Ghost of the Hardy Boys by Leslie McFarlane [Methuen Publications 1976 hardcover, used] – non-fiction, autobiography. McFarlane was the ghost writer for the majority of the Hardy Boys books which were published as by Franklin W. Dixon. Already read, review soon.
Gerald and Elizabeth by D. E. Stevenson [Holt, Rinehart, Winston 1969 hardcover, used] – fiction novel. Scottish author Stevenson has written upwards of fifty novels and has been vastly popular in Great Britain over the years with her generational novels. This got a descriptive review on the Captive Reader blog and I was tempted enough to find a copy.
I May Be Wrong, But I Doubt It! by Mike Royko [Henry Regnery Co. 1968 hardcover, used] – Chicago themed columns from The Chicago Daily News. Good newspaper columnists are worth reading anytime, whether the contents are current or not. Such is the case with Royko’s columns.
As if that wasn’t enough – and it is enough, but that’s not the point – I enjoyed reading The Lost City that I got a few weeks back so much that looked on eBay and found these. They’re just fair copies with fair dust jackets, but they were reasonably priced.
I read The Ghost of the Hardy Boys which came this last week, and The Rocket’s Shadow as well as about half of a mystery by the recently deceased Robert Barnard. I’m not quite finished with the SF collection I’ve been reading, the pulp collection is still far from finished. I have several books on hold from the library which may pop up at any time including one by the also recently deceased Tom Clancy, whom I have not read.
Beautiful Fall weather and a modest amount of yard work have resulted in afternoons spent away from reading, but that’s fine as I love this time of year. Rain coming next week.
So, any comments on these books? What did YOU get,
new, used or from the library, and
what have you been reading?