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…and continues…

Posted by Mike on March 4, 2006

Lot of stuff arrived in the mail today, including the greater half of the Night Shade sale stuff and two smaller Amazon orders. Popped over to a book store this afternoon to check on some pulp paperbacks that were to be priced and put a few Davdison and Leiber rarities on hold and picked up a few things.

Night Shade

  • Lord Dunsany – The Collected Jorkens Volume 3
  • William Hope Hodgson – The Ghost Pirates… (Collected Vol. 3)
  • William Hope Hodgson – The Night Land… (Collected Vol. 4)
  • Manly Wade Wellman – Third Cry to Legba… (Selected Vol. 1)
  • Manly Wade Wellman – Fearful Rock (Selected Vol. 3) [gets me current on all 3 hb sets]
  • Lucius Shepard – Trujillo (limited hb ed with signature and VCD bonus)
  • Liz Williams – Snake Agent (limited hb ed with signature and extra story)
  • Liz Williams – The Banquet of the Lords of Night & Other Stories (hb. these two Liz Williams books are visually stunning, amazing artwork)
  • Tim Lebbon – White & Other… (hb)
  • Iain M. Banks – The State of the Art (hb)
  • Clark Ashton Smith – Red World of Polaris (hb)
  • Zoran Zivkovic – The Fourth Circle (hb)
  • Kage Baker – Mother Aegypt (hb)
  • Nick Mamatas – Mover Under Ground (hb)
  • Manly Wade Wellman – Strangers on the Heights (hb)
  • Manly Wade Wellman – Giants from Eternity (hb)

Other mail orders:

  • Cordwainer Smith – The Rediscover of Man (Complete Stories) (hb)
  • Iain M. Banks – The Player of Games (pb)
  • Lucius Shepard – The Jaguar Hunter (tpb)
  • Tamar Yellin – The Genizah at the House of Shepher (hb)
  • Bradley Denton – The Calvin Coolidge Home for Dead Comedians (tpb)

and a few at the store:

  • Datlow/Windling ed. – The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Third Annual Collection (tpb)
  • Larry Niven – Convergent Series
  • Steven Erikson – Gardens of the Moon (I’m almost scared off of all epic fantasy that isn’t GRR Martin or Robin Hobb at this point, but this series looks like it could be great, so I’m trying it out on someone else first :D)

Looks like I’m getting a private look at some similar rarities later today, so am hoping to find a goodie or two I might not be able to find affordably.

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2 Responses to “…and continues…”

  1. jaytomio said

    Another solid haul. I haven’t read the Denton or all the works by Wellman but everything else is quality IMHO. Cordwainer Smith is criminaly underrated.

    ‘Gardens of the Moon’ will be loved or hated. It has it’s flaws, loses a seamless quality to a narrative, and has some bumps, but the weaknesss in the book are admitted by the author, and to be fair it was written/conceived much earlier than the second installment and other subsequent works. For myself, I think it uses elements I long considered irrelevant in terms of fantasy I wanted to read, but this series is by far the most ambitious epic fantasy series ever written – the scale of it is simply impressive- and the writing, I think shows vast improvement in the second and third books and puts Erikson with Martin and Bakker as the 3 major current epic fantasists (I put Hobb on the rung below – a distant rung below).

  2. Mike said

    I might rate Hobb a little higher given that I haven’t gotten around to starting the Ship trilogy due to hearing how slow it is at first, but I enjoyed the Assassin trilogy quite a bit. Thanks for the comments on the Erikson though, I’m wondering a little if it might not be approaching him through the novella series on Night Shade.

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