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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Acquisitions: Anniversary Trip

July 14, 2009 at 7:18 pm (Book buying)

Yes, our idea of a great way to celebrate our anniversary was to mount an expedition to the best used book store in the state.  The take:

A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony (discarded from our collection a while ago, but we thought we might try it on Text Jr.)

A Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Ultra Thriller: Time Bomb by “Franklin W. Dixon” (1992.  Come on, you’re staring at that title in horrified fascination too!  And it was only $1.00!)

High Stakes and Slayride by Dick Francis (two of the three or four we didn’t already own)

A Traitor to Memory by Elizabeth George (writer of doorstop-sized mystery/thrillers of extraordinary quality)

Mainspring by Jay Lake (how could we resist a steampunk novel set in New England?)

Lovesong: Becoming a Jew by Julius Lester (a book I’ve been hoping to acquire – score!!)

The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald (our own personal copy, at last!)

Once a Hero by Elizabeth Moon (a volume we’re missing from this series)

The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper (one of my favorite, but most strenuous to read, writers)

I *think* we sold them about nine discard books of our own, so we came away with three fewer than we started with …

Disappointments:  At least six different works about T. S. Eliot, but no volumes of his actual poetry.  Sheesh!  Also, the history section yielded nothing – either the good stuff is for sale online, or we’re just keeping the place picked clean.

And I’m not sure where I’m going to stack all this – my TBR pile has not gotten any smaller, especially since I’ve been having trouble settling to any one book and I’m partway through about eight of them.  So much for the Treatment Program …

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New books!

May 16, 2009 at 8:36 pm (Book buying)

Seriously, actual new books.   I hit Barnes & Noble and picked up one book for each of us:

Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian (last of Percy’s adventures, allegedly)

Laura Anne Gilman, Blood from Stone (I’ve been following this series faithfully)

Stephen Hunt, The Court of the Air (I’ve heard good things about this one, if I’m remembering correctly)

Reviews?  Eventually.   There should be a new monthly roundup post, for April, soon.

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Library book sale!

April 18, 2009 at 6:57 pm (Book buying)

And you know what that means ….

Acquisitions for me:

George Orwell, A Collection of Essays by George Orwell (I know he’s a famous essayist, but I think I’ve only read one of his)

Immanuel Kant, Prologema to Any Future Metaphysics (I keep meaning to read more philosophy; it should be easier with some around)

Sheri Reynolds, A Gracious Plenty (novel, looked interesting)

Scott Douglas, Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian (there are a lot of librarians in my life)

Harold Kushner, When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough: The Search for a Life That Matters (spiritual stuff)

Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery & Cecelia; or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (this is well-liked by friends .. now I have my own copy to read!)

Acquisitions for N:

Rosanne Hooper, Life on the Islands (World Book Ecology)

Elisa Carbone, Blood on the River: James Town 1607 (one of the Nutmeg Award books he read – he wanted his own copy)

Helen Fox, Eager (ditto)

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Latest library additions

March 8, 2009 at 1:31 am (Book buying)

New books purchased in the last month or so:

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson: The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey

Used books purchased at The Best Used Book Store in the State:

The Door Into Fire by Diane Duane

The Door Into Shadow by Diane Duane

The Door Into Sunset by Diane Duane

Keeping Passover by Ira Steingroot

The Search for God at Harvard by Ari L. Goldman

One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

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