Monday, November 15, 2010

This Week's Books


I didn't buy all these books, but this is what came into my house in one week. Todd Mason sent me the first four on the right. (Thanks, Todd). I bought THE HUNGER GAMES (Borders coupon), THE CONTINENTAL OP ($1), FLORIDA GOTHIC STORIES and a book of stories by Chandler (FIVE MURDERS $1) that you can't see. The first three on the left were won Limon, Jones, and THE LOST CITY OF OZ. And I took THE DAMAGE DONE, OCTOBER COUNTRY, and the Sherman Alexie stories from the library.

What's new or are you reading this week?

My Dad fell and broke his hip this morning so I may not be around much to respond. Carry one without me.

19 comments:

David Cranmer said...

I am reading Chris Holm's 8 POUNDS and DISCOUNT NOIR.

George said...

A tsunami of books flowed into my house last week (don't tell Diane!). Someone donated all the Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael books to our local library sale. Great condition! So I bought them all (although I probably have a half dozen duplicates somewhere). Then the UPS guy struggled to deliver another AMAZON box (I haven't opened it yet). So it goes.

Jerry House said...

The Davidson, Sturgeon and Hammett colections are all classics of their kind and well worth your time.

For the past week, I've been plowing through another classic of its time, The Moon Pool (1919) by A. Merritt. I had read and enjoyed the original story (which makes up the first section of the book) a long time ago and had also read one installment of the serialized version of the remainder of the book in a very old magazine more than forty years ago, so I decided it was finally time to read the complete work.

It's a slow read for me; the book has aged far more than I have. The prose is not as purple as it should be (good purple prose can really move a book along). The novel does have some interesting points and reads well in sections, but -- as I said -- it's taken me a week.

Thirty pages to go, then it's off the a Fritz Leiber collection.

Charles Gramlich said...

I just finished a couple of graphic novels. Batman: the Killing JOke, and Killraven, and "What Remains of Heaven" by C. S. Harris.

Anonymous said...

Patti - What a nice variety you've got there!! Like you, I enjoy reader shorter fiction just as much as novels, and Chandler could certainly do both :-). Enjoy your reading!

Ron Scheer said...

Thanks for asking. Just finished A. B. Guthrie's PLAYING CATCH-UP (review today at Buddies in the Saddle) and started Zane Grey's first novel THE HERITAGE OF THE DESERT.

Downloaded four more early westerns yesterday for my new Nook: Frank H. Spearman's WHISPERING SMITH, A. M. Chisholm's PRECIOUS WATERS, George Pattullo's THE UNTAMED, and OVERLAND RED by Henry Herbert Knibbs.

Anonymous said...

Wow - some great choices there!

I'm reading the third in The Hunger Games trilogy now (MOCKINGJAY) and recommend them highly. I see you got the Sherman Alexie title I mentioned, which I'm sure you'll love.

You can't go wrong with the Hammett and Chandler collections (I'm envious you got them) and the Bradbury is a good one too, as is the Davidson collection.

Besides the Collins I'm in the middle of several books of short stories - the humongous Black Mask collection (I was very happy to find that it included the 6 Ramon Decolta/Jo Gar stories by Raoul Whitfield that were left out of the Crippen & Landru collection) and books by Theodore R. Cogswell and Ron Rash - plus a book I'd started before the Collins came in, One Day by David Nicholls.

And my "read next" library shelf has books by Dave Zeltserman (on your recommendation), S. J. Rozan, Roddy Doyle (ss) aand Gerry Boyle.

So...no shortage of reading material here.

I do take comfort that I'm a piker next to George.

Jeff M.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your dad's fall, Patti. My mother has done this several times but fortunately not the hip. She did break her collarbone once and her wrist once.

Hang in there.

Jeff M.

George said...

My Mom uses an ALUMINUM ROLLATOR, essentially a walker with wheels. Falling is a real problem on the Alzheimer's wing of my Mom's nursing home. Hang in there, Patti!

Todd Mason said...

Terribly sorry to read about your father's mishap...may he heal quickly...and may you all have as quick a recovery as possible.

Bill Crider said...

Best wishes to your dad, Patti.

Richard Prosch said...

Hang in there, Patti.

Jerry House said...

Sending my best wishes, thoughts and prayers to your Dad and to you and your family, Patti.

pierre l said...

Very sorry to read about your dad. He will be in my thoughts. Hoping for a good outcome.

PokerBen said...

Hoping everything is ok with your dad Patti.

Cullen Gallagher said...

I really enjoyed the Hunger Games. I read the second book when I was at NoirCon, and just picked up the third.

Laurie Powers said...

My thoughts are with you and your Dad, Patti. I hope that he will be ok.

I'm currently reading LEADVILLE by James Best.

Dorte H said...

I stumbled on the page ManyBooks.Net yesterday where you can download thousands of classics for free so I don´t remember them all. Some Dickens, some Hammett and a few unknown writers I just want to check out as it is free.

Naomi Johnson said...

Here's to a full and rapid recovery, Patti.