I didn’t buy any books. I didn’t have any pre-orders arrive. So, good for me on my buy less, start less, finish more plan.
However, I had a birthday. For a reader that means at least one book; in this case three books and a CD.
Pirate King by Laurie R. King [Bantam 2012 trade paper, new] – mystery fiction. This series has gotten somewhat uneven in recent volumes, but I wanted this in spite of some weak reviews. I’m a couple of books behind on these Russell-Holmes books, and after I’ve caught up I’ll decide if I want to continue past this one.
Fairest Volume 2: The Hidden Kingdom by Bill Willingham and Lauren Beukes, writers, Inaki Miranda and Barry Kitson, artists [Vertigo comic-sized 2013 trade paper, new] – I’m a great fan of Fables graphic novels by Willingham, and have just about all of them. This is the second volume in one of the spin-off series. Entertaining, and not as sexy as the cover makes it look.
The Green Lama – Complete Pulp Adventures Volume 3 by Kendell Foster Crossen [Altus Press 2012 trade paperback, new] – pulp fiction reprint. I have the first two volumes (unread) and this is the thrid. I’ll get to these one of these days, meanwhile they grace the pulp shelves.
Gravity original motion picture soundtrack music by Steven Price [Warner Brothers Watertower Music, 2013 CD, new] – motion picture sountrack. Much of the music on this, as you know if you’ve seen the film, is electronic / synthesized / studio effect. Interesting, moody, but I’d call it more background than foreground.
What did YOU get, new, used or from the library?
I finished and enjoyed The Zebra-Striped Hearse by Ross Macdonald. I’ll post my review of it on November 8th for the single-author Friday Forgotten Books post.
It’s been a long time since I read any Ross Macdonald and I enjoyed it a lot. I realized there are several more I haven’t read, so I’ll be reading another. Before that, I have several other things to read, including finishing Robert Barnard’s Out of the Blackout which is for a December single-author FFB.
From the library just came An Army at Dawn, The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson, which won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for History. At 768 pages it will take me a while to get through, and it’s dense in fact and physically, with narrow margins and small print. Because it’s a library book, all else gets put on hold. I’m trying to get a little ahead on the Friday Forgotten book write-ups, but it’s a tough slog for this slower reader.
So, what have YOU been reading?