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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Borders Sale Acquisitions

February 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm (acquisitions, Book buying)

My local Borders is going out of business, so I ambled over there to take advantage of the 20% discount.  Yes, a measly 20%.  Maybe there’ll be deeper discounts later, but I wanted to get in before the stock was picked over.

Anyway, the fruit of my corpse-picking was as follows:

Game of Cages by Harry Connolly (sequel to the excellent Child of Fire);

The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar (I already own his Hebrewpunk);

Dog Days by Dan Levitt (I was looking for an urban fantasy with a male protagonist who wasn’t Harry Dresden);

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (well reviewed a few years ago);

Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman (high fantasy from one of my fave urban fantasy writers); and

Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot (what?  I’ve wanted a copy of this for ages).

And now, before I dive into any of them, I think I’ll finish up one of the several half-finished reviews lurking in this blog’s “drafts” section …

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October 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm (acquisitions)

Spent a sum of birthday money at Borders today (those discounts really add up):

Norse Code by Greg van Eekhout;
Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon;
Inda by Sherwood Smith; and
The House on Durrow Street by Galen Beckett.

Whee!  I have no tiiiiime to read them!

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Acquisition & Note

September 13, 2009 at 7:14 pm (acquisitions)

I have been really, really busy and, worse, stressed over all the stuff I have to get done by the end of December.   This week, though, I’m going to grab the workload with both hands and wrestle it into submission, then chop it up into manageable, week-sized pieces.  Yeah.

I also hope to find the time to read The Drowning City by Amanda Downum.   An actual new book, from a new book store!

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