Mike’s Prattle


The book onslaught continues

Posted by Mike on March 2, 2006

This haul is an all-timer in the quality department:

  • Lucius Shepard – Eternity and Other Stories
  • Kelly Link – Magic for Beginners
  • Avram Davison – Limekiller
  • Michael Cisco – The San Veneficio Canon
  • Milorad Pavic – Dictionary of the Khazars (M)
  • Jonathan Carroll – Bones of the Moon
  • Angela Carter – The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
  • Vladimir Nabokov – Pale Fire
  • Edward Carey – Observatory Mansions
  • Italo Calvino – If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler
  • Jeff Vandermeer – Veniss Underground
  • Joe R. Lansdale – High Cotton
  • Jeff Vandermeer/Mark Roberts ed. – The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases

This last one is an amazingly great book even flipping through it, it’s a thematic anthology by a bunch of great writers who put together an illustrated fictional book on diseases as in the title. I’d heard great things about it, but it’s even more amazing in my hands, and so well done. I showed it to a family member who flipped through it and then said, there’s something wrong with the book. She showed me the page and the disease listed said paper croup, the bottom of the page looked infected. Amazing, and it’s one book I could say is recommended even before reading it.


4 Responses to “The book onslaught continues”

  1. jaytomio said

    I have read all of those but the Davison, and I have read a lot of Lansdale but not that particular one. All great books, at the very least

  2. Mike said

    The Lansdale is a selected best of title, looked good as an intro. He’s one I rarely ever seem to run across in used stores.

    Enjoyed your blog btw, a lot of the reason I have been grabbing some of these titles is based on a Jeff VanderMeer list I found somewhere.

  3. jaytomio said

    There is a list of the 60 best fantasy titles at his NightShade forum he did a year or so ago that has some good books, a collaborative effort by him and other members there.

    Jeff is a good source for quality books (at least from my own experience).

  4. Mike said

    That sounds like the same list I’m working from, although I always got the impression it was his 60 best rather than a collaboration, so I probably came in on the thread late. It’s making for a good shopping list though.

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