New books in my life

I’ve been spending a ton of time over the last few months developing and entering data into TagShadow. Some of what I’ve entered are the sundry books that have entered my life. Walk with me.

Book Mooch

I found about a dozen duplicate books on my shelf, so I tossed them up on Book Mooch. I ended up scattering them around the globe and I got back 2 books:

Tor

Numerous publishers have been forthcoming when I inquired about a advanced copy to review, but Tor is the publisher that, like clockwork sends me something review worthy every month. While my reading schedule is limited, these immediately make there way onto the Tor TagShadow and I’ve pictured a few here.

  • Warriors edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois was a great multi-genre anthology to start the year with. I’ve read about half of it and highly recommended it.
  • Spellwright by Blake Charlton. I’ve encountered the Author’s inspiring story around the web and this is firmly in my to read pile.
  • Pleasure Model by Christopher Rowley. 240 pages with large type and illustrations, this is not a book that’s easy to take seriously at first glance, but that pulp cover art is by the wonderful Gregory Manchess. I have to wonder if there are other subtleties hidden in this garish tome.
  • Keeper of Dreams (this was hiding when I did my photo shoot) is a career and genre spanning collection of Orson Scott Card’s short fiction. Card was one of my early inspirations as a writer and it’s intriguing to see a collection with science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction and Mormon fiction.
  • Pinion by Jay Lake shows up later in this post.

Los Angeles Public Library

I grew up with bookmobiles and an intimate relationship with the WYSE terminal at small regional branches in rural Virginia, so I’m in library patron nirvana here in Los Angeles county. Currently I have out

Somewhere a clockwork god wants me to read Jay Lake

I’ve been intrigued by this series for a very long time. I’ll eventually get around to reading it. A friend brought me Escapement back from World Fantasy Con last year. I then went out and bought Mainspring. Tor was kind enough to send me a copy of Pinion. Little did they know they’re likely to get a review of the full series. Eventually.

Also, I got a new cat.

Piper, the one with the collar, is new. Fuller, is also a cat.

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~ by mentatjack on April 24, 2010.

5 Responses to “New books in my life”

  1. I’m completely jealous of Warriors! I love anthos and really want that one.
    I also bought the Dozois 23rd, but only because it had Ted Chiang’s The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate in it!

  2. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy…my favorite novel, like, ever!

    I remember reading the Anthony series when it came out. Loved “On a Pale Horse” at the time (not sure how I’d like it now!) but each one after that got slightly less interesting.

    I had a good time with Infoquake, but haven’t kept up with the series. Happy reading!

  3. As far as I’m concerned, TTSS is the #$# bible. Probably had as big an influence on my books as all of science fiction. Hope you enjoy it MJ . .

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