March 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm (acquisitions)

We went to the bookstore yesterday, because we belatedly realized the latest volume of Elizabeth Moon’s Paladin’s Legacy series (Echoes of Betrayal) has come out.  We scored one of the last two copies of it on the shelf there.

And it occurred to me that this series and we, as readers of it, are the kinds of things that justify publishers’ printing of hardcover editions first: we don’t want to wait for it to come out in paperback, and are willing to pay hardcover prices for it.  In fact, I’ve already read it.  (Short review: more good character development (poor Arvid!), more fascinating developments, some tragedy, and one heckuva shocker at the end. Yes, more shocking than the dragon.)

Then I selected The Legend of Eli Monpress, an omnibus of three books by Rachel Aaron.  I plucked it off the shelf because I vaguely remembered reading something positive about it on the Internet somewhere.  Then I read the first scene of it there in the bookstore and said, “I have to have this book!”  (The Booklist cover plug that claims it’s similar to The Lies of Locke Lamora also helped.)

Then it came down to two other next-in-series books.  Decisions, decisions – despite the small financial windfall that underwrote this expedition, three books was our limit.  It was either Tricks of the Trade by Laura Anne Gilman, or The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells.  I want to read – and own – both!  Finally I decided that Wells’ career needs sales more than Gilman’s, so The Serpent Sea came home with us.

We also bought some stuff for book repair and bookbinding yesterday, but that’s really a topic for a different blog.  In the meantime: Whee!  New reading material!


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