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New stuff

Posted on: March 1, 2013

Ok, one new book, and everything else is older, but it’s all new-new stuff for. And so very pretty!

prettiest first:

I know they say “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but I have been drooling over this book since I first saw the cover art a few months ago. I’ve read a few Marie Brennan short stories and enjoyed them, and I don’t even know even know what this one is about, I just knew I had to have it. Teh blurb, in case you are interested:

A Natural History of Dragons

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, knows Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light ofmodern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiousity, of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

Wowza!!  When do I get to reward myself with reading this??  I’ll make you a deal: after I review Iain Bank’s Use of Weapons, and finish Athyra by Steven Brust, Seeds of Earth by Michael Cobley, and King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence, I’ll reward myself with this  beautiful book!

ok, on to some other new-to-me goodies:

Husband got me addicted to Fritz Leiber a few months ago, and we’d picked up the first book and the last book in the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series, so it was nice to find all the middle ones in the same printing.  You don’t need to read these in any particular order (book “one” was actually written last), but there is a sort-of chronological order to the lives of the characters.

and speaking of “you don’t need to read them in chronological order because they weren’t written that way”, I’m slowly filling the gaps in my Steven Brust collection. The problem is that I forget what I’ve purchased, so sometimes I end up with duplicates.  I can tell in the first couple pages of a book if I”ve read it before, and at the store I was pretty sure I was missing Athyra, so I grabbed it. I started reading it last night, this one was a good choice, as I”ve read the one that comes right after like 3 times, so it’ll be nice to see how that situation came about.

The Swords Against Tomorrow collection is a little volume of sword and sorcery and sword and planet tales, including a yes, you guessed it, a Fritz Leiber Lankhmar tale, yay!

I couldn’t resist the Rising Stars novel by Arthur Byron Cover. You probably recognize the name J. Michael Straczynski from Babylon 5, but he also wrote a wonder trilogy of graphic novels called Rising Stars. A little like X-Men, but no exactly. I hope I can find more novels in this series, as I LOVED the graphic novels!

For the most part, all this new stuff is rather slim, which means I can cram it into the remaining nooks and crannies in my bookshelves.

16 Responses to "New stuff"

LOL yes. Hence my 3 copies of Jhereg, 2 Taltos, and zero Dragon. So glad to know this series inflicts this on others, too!

Nice Fritz pulls!!!!


It’s like a compulsion – I see a Brust paperback, I must buy it! and then there are those handful of omnibuses, where it’s 2 or 3 shorter Vlad books together, and if I can’t find one title, I might as well get the omnibus, even if I have other titles that are in it. . . sigh. #firstworldproblems indeed!


The Fafhrd books are a lot of fun. I’ve got all the stories in the re-release books that Dark Horse did a few years back. I’ve read the first three or four and enjoyed them very much.


I didn’t know DarkHorse did a rerelease! I’d thought these have been out of print forever! great to know there is new printings floating around. DarkHorse. . . so are they graphic novels?


I love looking at people’s purchases! I’ve been buying as well recently 😀 I love that dragon cover – I think ‘they’ talk too much don’t you – of course you sometimes judge a book by it’s cover. You might not be right but it still happens. Also, Rising Stars is a pretty lovely cover too.
Lynn 😀


ehh, I’m totally shallow when it comes to book covers. really, really, horrifically shallow.

I hope the Rising Stars book is good. Straczynski is another one of those authors I implicitly trust, so I hope this other guy that he entrusted the series with is as good, or at least decent.


I totally want to steal your Dragon book 🙂


there’s a few hours left to enter this giveaway my friend Cecelia is doing:


Oh yes, I too have been judging that dragon book by it’s cover. The biologist in me very much wants to get my hands on it.

Dude! Steven Brust was in my dream the other night. He had a big had on and boots and was drinking some beer with a fancy label…. Perhaps that is the back cover of his album? Hmm….Note to self: Read more Steven Brust!


Steven Brust is the best. I recently found out that some of my favorite authors were largely influenced by Brust’s work. explains why they are my favorites!

and he does wear a big hat in his twitter picture, and i can imagine him enjoying a good beer.


Ooooh, Fafhrd and Mouser books! Pretty! Shiny! Must have… wait I already have them, have read them many times, love them. Wonderful, wonderful books. The Natural History of Dragons is also one I’d love to read, plan on getting from the library as soon as it shows up. Good show this batch, Red, good show!


and now. . . I’m broke. 😉 Especially after a special treat from Subterranean Press.


So you got the grab bag? Good stuff in it this time?


nah, just got a signed and numbered copy of Cat Valente’s Six Gun Snow White. It’s so perty i’m afraid to touch it.


I missed it the first time through your post… RISING STARRS? I read it monthly, or however often the comic came out, not always monthly, and loved every page. I still have those comics in a box somewhere. I don’t think I picked up the collections as I have the individuals copies, but I didn’t realize there were novels based on the series. Yow, now I have to start hunting…


I was able to borrow the graphic novels from a friend, and i enjoyed them so much he let me keep them! if you’re interested, here’s the review I wrote a while ago:

Seeing this novel was the first I’d heard about a novelization series, I’m not sure how many novels were written, if they were all by the same person. . . but if it’s in the Rising Stars universe, I want to read it!


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