Book Hauls

Discussion in 'Other Literature' started by Boreas, May 2, 2015.

  1. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    What books have you recently procured? Either through spending your own hard earned cash; receiving it as a gift; borrowing from a library; or through dastardly means up to and including thievery, inveigling it out of a weak willed family member/friend or conning a little old woman out of that expensive and hard-to-find copy at a flea market. Whatever the modus operandi, list your acquisitions here.
     
  2. Boreas

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    Got myself a horror, Mr. Shivers, by Robert Jackson Bennett and a psychological thriller, Concrete Jungle, by J. G. Ballard. I'm particularly happy about the very short Ballard novel as I recently read High Rise and it has been the best and most powerful work I've read so far this year.
     
  3. Boreas

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    Got myself Soda Pop Soldier by Nick Cole on @ofer's recommendation. I'll probably be reading this sooner than some of my other buys that have been waiting on my to-be-read pile for many months because the thread 'SF with gaming elements' made me realise how much I love gaming as a theme in genre fiction.
     
  4. Boreas

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    Made three paperback purchases:

    On My Way to Paradise by Dave Wolverton
    Svaha by Charles de Lint
    Mirror for Princes by Tom de Haan
     
  5. Boreas

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    Recently got:

    The Eagle and the Raven by Pauline Gedge
    The Druid King by Norman Spinrad
    Druids by Morgan Llywelyn
    The Iliad (both the Fagles and Lattimore translations)
     
  6. Boreas

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    I've made a number of purchases since Jan/Feb (mostly physical books).

    SF & F
    Celestial Matters by Richard Garfinkle
    Down the Bright Way by Robert Reed
    American Gods by Neil Gaiman (on Kindle and a re-buy - I had the original, edited version that first came out, now I've got the expanded version)
    A Deeper Sea by Alexander Jablokov
    Carve the Sky by Alexander Jablokov

    Other
    The Snow Walker by Farley Mowat (a re-buy)
    The Gospel of Corax by Paul Park
    Endzone by Don DeLillo (Kindle)
    Libra by Don DeLillo (Kindle)
    Post-Captain by Patrick O'Brian (Bk. 2 of Aubrey-Maturin - long overdue, read the first bk. last year and it was one of my highlights)
     
  7. kenubrion

    kenubrion Well-Known Member

    I actually made a bona fide haul a couple days ago, every Kindle edition of Malazan Book of the Fallen. I had forgotten about Amazon's matchbook price thingie if you've bought the hardcopy of a book, so I got all ten of them for $2.99 each. And now I probably will reread them, something I had sworn not to do as the first time was quite enough. Of course I say that now.
     
  8. Boreas

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    My most recent hauls have been late 19th century works of realism: La Regenta by Leopoldo Alas (@Elvira's recommendation) and two works by Giovanni Verga whom I've had marked down to read for some years now, his supposed verismo masterpiece Mastro-don Gesualdo, and the collection Sparrow and Other Stories.
     
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  9. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    Oh! I do hope you enjoy it! It is a wonderful read!
     
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  10. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    In the last couple of days I have bought the following:
    Beginning Operations: A Sector General Omnibus by James White. I have been keeping an eye on these books for a while and this omnibus has hit its lowest so far $6.04
    El Día de las Hormigas by B. Werber sequel to Empire of the Ants.
    Foundation Trilogy by I. Asimov
    I have also completed the Musashi trilogy by E. Yoshikawa with the second and third book.
    Also, as I'm enjoying myself with Age of Myth, I have bought the first three books of The Riyria Revelations.
    Last but not least, The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon #1) by Daniel Silva. This crime series has been highly recommended to me.
    I love summer holiday...:)
     
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  11. Boreas

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    Happy reading, and I hope this is good. I was so wanting to read the sequel for years but still nothing in English *sad face*.
     
  12. Boreas

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    Some paperback books I bought relatively recently, all of them new except for the Jeter novel. Anybody already read any of these titles? I've read the Coetzee and Outram books before.

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  13. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member


    Interesting choices. I haven’t read any but I already had my eye on Fledgling.
    I am familiar with Kehlmann’s Measuring the World. I have a couple of friends who have read it. One loved it, the other one found it disappointing.
    I look forward to reading your opinion.
     
  14. Kanly

    Kanly Well-Known Member

    I just bought Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds and Seveneves by Neal Stephenson.
     
  15. Dtyler99

    Dtyler99 Well-Known Member

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  16. irrlicht

    irrlicht Regular Member

    It's my yearly Zelazny time again. Instead of rereading Lord of Light for the umpteenth time, I decided I'd try to get into some other books he's written.
    I initially wanted to go for more religion stuff, but I realised that's mostly really hard to get, so I looked at Amber. Turned out the first Amber book (in English) is like 15 Euros on German Amazon - and all ten in one edition is about 16. So I now have Zelazny in biblical proportions. Let's hope those books are as good as their reputation!
     
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  17. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    Sinuhé The Egiptian by Finnish author Mika Waltari.
    This classic has been recommended to me many times over and somehow I have never got round to read it.

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    The Werewolf Principle by Clifford Simak.

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    And Octavia Butler Seed to Harvest Patternist #1-4

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  18. Boreas

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    I also had the Amber omnibus. That thing is a certifiable murder weapon. I read the first story-arc which consists of the first five novels. It was very good, but for some reason I never continued to read the second arc.
     
  19. Diziet Sma

    Diziet Sma Administrator Staff Member

    This! It was Saturday after all...

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  20. Boreas

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    Nice! Really interested to hear some of the names of cocktails from the both of them, but especially the "literary twist".
     

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