New Arrivals: A few things that slipped into the house over the last couple of weeks.
Santa Rita Stories by Andrew J. Rodriguez [Outskirts Press 2014 trade paper, purchased new] – general fiction. I came across a recent review of this on Kirkus, and it sounded like something I’d enjoy, so I got a copy.
“A collection of short stories centering on a young boy coming of age in a small fishing community during the mid-1950s in pre-Castro Cuba.
In 10 linked stories, Rodriguez charmingly conjures life in Santa Rita, a coastal town in Cuba, before Castro’s revolution. The townspeople are seen mainly through the eyes of Carlos, a young boy growing up surrounded by his colorful neighbors. Chief among them is Pedro, a homeless man who makes the wharf his home and who relates to a wide-eyed Carlos the rich history of their town.”
– Kirkus Review
Four Doc Savage books, Python Isle, The Phantom Lagoon, White Eyes and The Ice Genius, numbers 8, 9, 10 and 12 in the New Wild Adventures of Doc Savage, published by Altus Press. I now have the first 12, missing only the most recent one. The books are written by Will Murray, as by Kenneth Robeson.
Veiled Alliances by Kevin Anderson [Wildfire Press 2011 trade paper, purchased new] – fantasy-SF. Anderson’s Saga of the Seven Suns is up to seven books, plus this prequel to the series. I generally like Anderson’s science fiction writing, and have decided to try this. I already have the first book in the series, so decided to get this lead-in, also done as a graphic novel, to get me up to speed.This edition includes both the novella and the script for the graphic novel. If I like this, and the first book, I’ll keep reading, otherwise, on to something else. The series:
- Book 1: Hidden Empire (2002)
- Book 2: A Forest of Stars (2003)
- Book 3: Horizon Storms (2004)
- Book 4: Scattered Suns (2005)
- Book 5: Of Fire and Night (2006)
- Book 6: Metal Swarm (2007)
- Book 7: The Ashes of Worlds (2008)
- Prequel: Veiled Alliances (novella & graphic novel) (2011)
Any comments on these books or this author? Have you read any of these?