A Slow Month

January 30, 2008 at 7:24 pm (Acquisitions)

It has, sadly, been a light month for book purchases, with only three new titles.

Simon R. Green – Something from the Nightside
Jeff VanderMeer – Shriek: An Afterword
Gail Z. Martin – The Blood King

Green’s book has already been read and reviewed, as I needed a small break from Devices and Desires, and that was a short book that I read over a weekend. I had intended to dive right into The Blood King next, but I’ve decided to put it off, and, instead, re-read The Summoner first. After all, what use is a review on the sequel if I never put anything up for the first book?

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Christmas Gifts

December 29, 2007 at 5:53 am (Acquisitions)

I hate Christmas.  Spending “quality time” with family?  Throwing my hard earned money on frivolous trinkets for other people?  Increased traffic from so many people clamoring to get to the malls? No thank you.  But the one redeemable quality of the holiday – books.  While all of my own money is locked up buying gifts, I can at least count on some of those people to come through with a new title for me.  Or better still, a gift card to the book store.  It’s better that way, in fact.  First off, I don’t get books that I’m not interested in, or already own.  And second, there is no guilt over dropping a hundred dollars or more on books while there are other bills that need to be taken care of.  I had to spend it that way!

This year was my best yet in terms of book yield, picking up ten new titles:

Daniel Abraham – A Shadow in Summer
Mark J. Ferrari – The Book of Joby
Guy Gavriel Kay – The Lions of Al-Rassan
George R. R. Martin – Dreamsongs Volume I and Dreamsongs Volume II
A. Lee Martinez – Gil’s All Fright Diner
K. J. Parker – Devices and Desires, Evil for Evil and The Escapement
T. A. Pratt – Blood Engines

It was tough deciding which ones to read first (I want to read them all – now), but a few of them have found there way onto my tentative to-be-read pile, knocking other titles out of their way. And Dreamsongs I I have already started (though I’m going to read through it intermittently alongside another, primary, book – so it will probably be a while before I get a review up for it).

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