Something new, something used and a pre-order arrived. Here they are:
Spectrum 20 edited by Cathy & Arnie Fenner [Underwood Books November 2013 oversized paperbound, new] – art. The 20th volume in the Spectrum series delineating the entrants and award winners of the annual juried show for science fiction and fantasy artwork.
This Alien Shore by C.S. Friedman [DAW 1998 mass market paperback, new] – science fiction. I got this as a result of reading a mini-review on Carl Anderson’s blog Stainless Steel Droppings.
Without Fail by Lee Child [Jove 2003 mass market paperback, used] – mystery / thriller. This is the 6th in the Jack Reacher series which Barbara is reading through. We had all of them through # 10 except this, which for some reason is harder to find, a long list at the library and a long time coming on BookSwap.
What did YOU get, new, used or from the library?
MY CURRENT READING:
I finished Michael Gilbert’s The Danger Within which I found to be just okay. I think I like his short fiction better. I also finished Robert Barnard’s Out of the Blackout a well written novel in which very little seems to happen. I may read another by him for the December single-author FFB. I read Spectrum 20 which is mostly looking more than reading. I usually go through it several times before it goes onto the shelf.
In anticipation of the results of the (sort of) reader’s poll I read four more stories in the Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories: Cleve F. Adams’ “The Key”, William Campbell Gault’s “The Bloody Bokhara”, Brett Halliday’s “A Taste for Cognac” (really enjoyed that one) and by Day Keene, “Sauce for the Gander”. I’m about two-thirds though the very fat book.
Then from the library came The Novels of Ross Macdonald by Michael Kreyling, an 2005 examination of Macdonald’s eighteen detective novels. More correctly an examination of the author’s opinions of the symbolism in the books and influences on the author; most notably Coleridge, Freud, James Fenimore Cooper, and southern California itself. Pretty heavy lit crit with what I believe are some tenuous, even fanciful connections drawn between events, opinions, classical literature and paradise gone wrong. Some interesting insights, lots of surmise. Quick read, though.
Another quick read was the 2013 graphic novel March Book One by John Lewis. Beginning with Lewis growing upon Alabama, his boyhood and high school days, Brown vs. Board of Education, and his involvement in the civil rights movement. The book ends in May 1960. Very well done, but I wish Book Two was available.
BARBARA’S CURRENT READING:
Maisey Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, which she said “wasn’t my kind of book”. Oregon Hill by Howard Owen. Spilled Blood by Brian Freeman, which she liked a lot. After hearing an interview with the author on Oregon Public Radio, she got A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout from the library. She liked it a lot too.
So, what have YOU been reading?