I’m so ashamed. Sorta. You see, this last week I bought a book. The dratted Friday Forgotten Books thingie made me do it. Also two things came in from PaperbackSwap, as well as Part 2 of my Fables birthday present. So I slid a little bit, but I’m still feeling okay about the Plan: buy less, start less, finish more. However, it’s the finish more part that’s not coming along too well. I still have a big stack of books I need to tackle.
Here are the new arrivals:
Fables Encyclopedia by Jess Nevins [DC Comics 2013 oversized hardcover, new] – reference, with comments by Bill Willingham (Fables writer) and Mark Buckingham (Fables artist). Willingham’s Fables graphic novels and the spin-off story arcs are complicated and contain a huge number of characters. Here’s the reference to who’s who.
The Warrior Lives by Joel Rosenberg [original (c) 1988. This edition: ROC 1990 mass market paperback, used] – fantasy. The fifth book in the Guardians of the Flame series. I read the first couple of books decades ago and liked them a lot, but never bought any more or got back to them. It’s an enjoyable series I never finished. To remedy that, I’ve decided to pick up used copies and give it another go.
Skirmish – Great Short Fiction of Clifford D. Smiak by Clifford D. Simak [Berkeley Medallion 1977 mass market paperback, used] – science fiction short story collection. Yet another book acquisition resulting from my reading of the Benchmarks: Galaxy Bookshelf columns by Algis Budrys (review soon). Ten stories in this one. I’ve read some of them before, but most will be new to me.
Sugar-Puss on Dorchester Street by Al Palmer [Vehicule Press 2013 mass market paperback, new] – mystery fiction. On October 21 of this year Brian Busby posted about this book and it’s author for Friday Forgotten Books. (If you missed that review, it’s here) It motivated me to buy a copy.
What did YOU get, new, used or from the library?
I finished a couple of things. I really enjoyed The Zebra-Striped Hearse by Ross Macdonald (I’ll post my review of it on November 8th). An Army at Dawn, The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson is excellent. At nearly 800 pages of small print and narrow margins it’s a long book filled with facts and insight. If you have any interest in WWII I recommend it highly.
I’m reading Robert Barnard’s Out of the Blackout which may be my December single-author FFB. If not, I’ll have to read something else by him. Not sure about that yet. I’m also reading one from the library, The Danger Within by Michael Gilbert.
So, what have YOU been reading?