Well, a big week. In response to a post on Kage Baker’s In the Company of Thieves that Andrea Johnson put up on her fine blog, Little Red Reviewer, I commented that I loved The Bird of the River. The next day it clicked in my brain that Bird was not a stand-alone, it takes place in a world she wrote about in two other books: The Anvil of the World (2003) and The House of the Stag (2008) (which is a prequel to Anvil of the World).
“Ye gods,” I realized, “I haven’t read those!” Naturally, I had to have them, so they were quickly ordered, along with some other stuff. Then a pre-order, and a couple of fantasy paperbacks. Then – get stoked – the latest Fredrick Nebel collection was published and immediately purchased. As I said, a big week.
MacBride & Kennedy, Volume 1, 1928-1930 by Frederick Nebel [Altus Press November 2013 trade paperback, new. Just published] – mystery short and novelette length stories from Black Mask. This eagerly awaited collection, the first of four planned, has a long and informative foreword by Dave Lewis. He posted on the book with a link to that introduction HERE. I can’t wait to dig into this one.
The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker [TOR 2003 trade paper, new, cover art by Tom Kidd] – fantasy. Baker is a favorite. This should be very good.
The House of the Stag by Kage Baker [TOR 2008 trade paper, new] – fantasy. Prequel to The Anvil of the World. The third book in the series is The Bird of the River, which I read when it came out and liked a lot. Baker is a very good author.
Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs edited by Mike Resnick & Robert Garcia [Baen 2013 trade paper, new] – adventure/SF. I can’t resist these collections of original stories set in the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Johnston McCulley (Zorro) and the like. This has a good line-up of authors.
The Hammer and the Blade by Paul S. Kemp [Angry Robot 2012 mass market paperback, new] – fantasy. My buying these is the result of my reading a review of the second book (see below) on the Fantasy Book Critic blog.
A Discourse in Steel by Paul S. Kemp [Angry Robot 2013 mass market paperback, new] – fantasy. My buying these is the result of my reading a review of it and the first book (see above) on the Fantasy Book Critic blog.
The Wanderers by Cheryl Mahoney [Lucky Cat Press 2013 trade paper, new] – fantasy. I decided to give this a try after a contact with the author and a review I later read. This is her first novel.
What did YOU get, new, used or from the library?
MY CURRENT READING:
I’m still reading at least one short story a day. The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories, is taking forever, in spite of reading at least a story most days. Many of the stories are novelettes, which are much longer than a mere short story. I expect to see that book here each week for a while to come. Other days I’m reading a story from Skirmish: The Great Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak. I expect to finish it this coming week.
Still working on Robert Barnard’s The Case of the Missing Brontë. I’ve had more library books come in to interfere with my off-shelf reading. After watching Dear Mr. Watterson, about Calvin and Hobbes, I got, at the library, Looking for Calvin and Hobbes by Nevin Martell. I’m reading it now, and also continuing with Wordslingers, non-fiction about western pulp fiction. I also got Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson for a future FFB single author read.
BARBARA’S CURRENT READING:
She finished Cross and Burn, the latest Val McDermid, which she liked very much. She’s now reading The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson, the first Repairman Jack novel. She is also in the middle of Persuader by Lee Child, in the Reacher series, and In The Name of God by Cameron Stauth.
So, what have YOU been reading?