May 27th, 2008

The Librarian

New goodies

Some of my book orders came in today:

Books on fire : the destruction of libraries throughout history, by Lucien X. Polastron.

and:

The great warming : climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations, by Brian Fagan.

Plus I finally have my very own copy of C.J. Cherryh's classic: Downbelow Station (have read, and loved it, more than once ... just that it was always library copies)

All just nicely timed to replace the three books that I got read and OUT of the to-read pile over the weekend:

Gods and Pawns, by Kage Baker. Very very good!!! (like there's such a thing as a bad Kage Baker book?) Short stories about Doctor Zeus employees that are asides from the main tale told in the novels, featuring Mendoza, Lewis, Joseph, and Porfirio. Includes the tale of how William Randolph Hearst became an immortal.

Also read a couple of ancient Brett Halliday mysteries that I'd picked up at Fair's Fair a while ago ("Bodies Are Where You Find Them" and "Murder by Proxy") ... I got addicted to Halliday (and his character Mike Shayne) in my teens thanks to Mom owning a solitary volume out of the series, "What Really Happened". Was never able to track any other titles down in libraries or used bookstores until the past few years, when I found a couple of hardcovers in the secondhand shop in Claresholm and then more recently found that the Fair's Fair warehouse had a treasure trove of the original Dell paperbacks with their great cover art (I collect a couple more every time I visit and now have nearly an entire shelf full! YAY!!!). Not familiar with the series? Then take a stroll down Flagler Street.