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Ahh, the smell  and feel of new books.  Even if they are only new-to-me.  Even if they came from the library and I have to give them back. They are still the physical object known as book, usually smooth on the outside by not always, often shiny and sometimes embossed.  Sometimes with print on three of six faces,  alluring cover art or none at all, dearest book thing how do I love you?

Allow me to introduce you to my latest aquirrings:

Terminal World, by Alastair Reynolds.

I didn’t have much luck with Reynolds’ debut novel, Revelation Space,  it was an “almost” book for me. Almost awesome, but not quite.  So when Terminal World was announced as my local SF group’s October read, I was excited to give Reynolds another shot. I’m about 100 pages in, and so far, so good!

The photo doesn’t do it justice at all, but the cover art is stunning. It’s embossed, so the light reflects of the artwork in all sorts of alluring ways.   and it’s got air ships!  Let’s see if I can get a decent close up of the cover art:

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Well, I guess most of these can’t rightly be called “aquisitions”,  since I got more than half of them from the library:

Wow, that’s a crappy picture! Book pr0n it ain’t!  That’s what I get for taking pictures when half asleep. oh well.

The World House: Restoration, by Guy Adams  is an ARC from Angry Robot books that will hit your local bookshelves in July. It looks wonderfully creepy.  Stay tuned for reviews of Guy Adam’s first book, The World House, and this new one in the next few months.

M John Harrison’s  Viriconium – Three novellas and a handful of short stories taking place in his Viriconium world. A post-post-post apocalyptic Earth where everything but surreality is scarce. Harrison is known for dreamy, surreal prose and storylines that overlap in time and space.  I read this book about five years ago, I hope it’s as good as I remember.

Thanks to recommendations from @Mascheph and some discussions on Gav Reads, I picked up Ellen Kusher’s Swordspoint and Lynn Flewelling’s Luck in the Shadows along with Anthony Burgess’s The Wanting Seed.   On first blush, the Burgess looks the most interesting.

Why is this copy of The Wanting Seed in a zip lock bag, you ask?  Because I got it randomly at a garage sale a few days ago. And wow was it musty and smelly!  Thus the zippy bag and baking soda. Book should be not-to-stinky in a few days.

Don’t tell anyone, but sometimes when I get super cheapo stinky books (this one cost me a quarter), after I read them I throw them out.  If the book is really good, I’ll buy a not-stinky copy or get it from the library.  I just don’t want to fill up my bookshelves with stinky stuff that’s falling apart, you know?

If you have read and or reviewed any of these, please let me know in the comments.

Because I love you, here’s what you can look forward to on LRR in the next little while:

Review of The Sinful Stars*, an anthology based on the Fading Suns role playing game. Edited by Bill Bridges, one of the creators of the Fading Suns universe, of stories I’ve read so far, I’d say about half of them are very good to excellent. If all goes well, the review will post on Saturday. Also, thanks to Sinful Stars, I’ve discovered my new favorite bookish work: bibliothecary.

Any PRG’ers among my readers? Have you read or written fiction based on your table top game of choice? This shared universe thing is pretty cool as well, it’s got me interested in maybe giving the Martin edited Wild Cards a shot.

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It’s been so long since we went to the University Library that my guest card had expired.  That taken care of,  the other half hit the top floor for ancient history, and I headed to the basement where the New Books are showcased (along with vending machines, and apparently soon they are getting a SmoothieKing.  In the library??  A SmoothieKing In the library?!?!?!?!).

If you live anywhere near a university, community college, or tech school, I highly suggest calling their library and inquiring about getting a guest card.

Both are collections of Essays, and both connect to speculative fiction. Or at least I can connect them to speculative fiction. 

We’ve got:

Harem Histories: Envisioning Places and Living Spaces, edited by Marilyn Booth

and

Fundamentalism, Politics, and the Law, edited by Mark J. Rozell and Marci A. Hamilton

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last week I finished two books and decided two other books in my “to be read pile” would be give-aways for one reason or another.

I felt so in control of my TBR pile!  it was so in control in fact, that I said out loud to a number of people “my stack of books is under control!”

then I went to the library.  On the way home I checked the mailbox.

TBR pile under control?

I am a damn liar.

Yes, that stack contains brand spankin’ new stuff, old stuff, even library stuff.  cuz that’s how I roll. Read the rest of this entry »

A few days ago I got an e-mail from my favorite public library:

The material you’ve requested is ready for pick up: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, by Charles Yu.

So I went and picked it up, grinning like a fool the whole time. Yesterday I read the first half of the book. It’s a fast-ish read, much stream of consciousness, social commentary, funny little digs at companies, good stuff. It’s also very, very depressing at times. To the point where half way through, I had to put it down. That’s gonna be an awkward book review to write. How do you say “this book was freaking depressing!” and make it sound like a compliment?

So I picked up Jasper Kent’s Thirteen Years Later instead. I always love me some suspense and scary bad guys. Got about 50 pages into it last night and early this morning. And as to be expected, it’s very good.  No pun intended, but it sucks you right in.

Then, this morning I got one of the best e-mails I’ve ever gotten.

Better than Cory Doctorow’s response to my drunken fanletter, and almost better than Scott Lynch’s response to my drunken fanletter/love letter. BTW, awesome audio interview with Scott Lynch here. The man has a lovely voice, I wonder if he’s ever contemplated a career as a newscaster? 

Back to this mornings awesome e-mail. It was from my favorite Public Library. It read:

 The material you’ve requested is ready for pick up: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.  Read the rest of this entry »

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you love books.

You probably also own a lot of books.

And your friends know you love books and own more than a handful of them.

It’s inevitable.

Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but one day, someday soon, someone is going to say “can I borrow that?”

What kind of lending library is your private collection?

a) I’m happy to lend any book I own to any of my friends.

b) My closest friends get lending privileges, often more than they really want.

c) Some of my books I’m happy to lend out,  with other titles if you want to read it, I’ll buy you a copy instead of lending it.

d) my books!  no touch! get away from my stuff!

And just for kicks, because it’s happened to all of us,  what’s been your worst experience lending out a book?


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