Mike’s Prattle


Saturday’s Book Haul +

Posted by Mike on February 14, 2006

Library sale on Saturday, which means cheap. Then back to the bookstore most of last week’s haul came from for a clean up and then over to one more which was an anti-climax. Neither my friend or I found anything at the last place, where some author in house for booksigning was complaining loudly about people who don’t buy books to sign there. Which probably accounts for the fact that noone came to his table the entire time we were in there. Anyway, this is the list recreated after I started putting them on shelves, so I may have missed a couple. I’ve asterixed the library books which were 50 cents for pbs*, $1.50 for trade pbs**, and $2.00 for hbs***:

  • Liz Williams – The Ghost Sister
  • Liz Williams – The Poison Master
  • Robert Charles Wilson – Bios
  • Edgar Allan Poe – The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings*
  • M. R. James – Collected Ghost Stories* (nice find as it has every single one of his ghost stories except 3 published after this book)
  • David Gans – Conversations with the Dead (the band, that is)
  • Scott Freeman – Midnight Riders: The Story of the Allman Brothers Band
  • James George Frazier – The Golden Bough
  • William Shakespeare – The Complete Illustrated Works*** (although possibly the smallest font I’ve ever seen in a book outside of a footnote)
  • Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales*
  • Robertson Davies – The Fifth Business*
  • Rikki Ducornet – The Fan Maker’s Inquisition (uncorrected proof, probably the find of the day)
  • Umberto Eco – The Island of the Day Before (near-perfect tp)
  • A. S. Byatt – The Virgin in the Garden
  • A. S. Byatt – Still Life
  • Jose Saramago – Blindness**
  • Kage Baker – The Anvil of the World
  • Shirley Jackson – The Lottery & Other Stories
  • Brian Aldiss – Starship
  • Kim Newman – Anno Dracula*
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley – The Mists of Avalon**
  • Pat Murphy – The Shadow Hunter** (indy press tp)
  • Michael Bishop ed. – Nebula Awards 25
  • Dan Simmons – Worlds Enough and Time
  • Ed Gorman & Martin H. Greenberg ed. – Stalkers
  • Gardner Dozois ed. – Modern Classics of Science Fiction
  • Harold Bloom – The American Religion

And a couple in the mail:

  • Edward Whittemore – Sinai Tapestry
  • Robert Anton Wilson – Everything Is Under Control

Spent the last couple days cleaning out the closet under my stairs to make more room and find more goodies to e-bay, cleaning off the hard drive, and trying to watch DVDs I am going to sell or return to owner. Managed to get about half way through the Waite book on the Tarot as well. I’m thinking there ought to be an annotated version of the book, to let us in on all these various groups and people he finds inadequate on every page. And his prose … well here’s the opening sentence of the preface for an example:

“It seems rather of necessity than predilection in the sense of apologia that I should put on record in the first place a plain statement of my personal position, as one who for many years of literary life has been, subject to his spiritual and other limitations, an exponent of the higher mystical schools.”

A judicious editor might have phrased that “I am writing this from the viewpoint of an initiate.” A little more humor and it would probably read like Wodehouse.


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