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Friday, April 25, 2008

Book Porn: Crossgenre Purchases



Having a bit more money than I expected at this point in the month and with payday next week, I decided to drive into town and go to the local Davis-Kidd and look for some interesting books that may or may not have been shelved as "Fantasy and Science Fiction," but which would meet many of the criteria. What I decided on ultimately were these six books, some of which I have meant to buy for a long time.

The first book was an anthology of Russian fantasy and SF from the 18th to 20th century, edited by Alexander Levitsky, called Worlds Apart: An Anthology of Russian Fantasy and Science Fiction. That was the only one of these books that I found in the SFF section. Next I picked up the Spanish-language edition of Chilean author Isabel Allende's memoirs, called La suma de los días, that was published in Spain last year and which recently was released in the United States. Then came Italo Calvino's The Nonexistent Knight/The Cloven Viscount, which I see I forgot to photograph, instead repeating Keven Brockmeier's The Brief History of the Dead. I picked up this book in part due to remembering he not only had a story in last year's Best American Fantasy but also he will be the guest editor for Best American Fantasy 3 next year. Then I selected a slim volume of Angela Carter's short fiction, called The Bloody Chamber, followed by finally getting around to owning a copy of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass. Some things only increase in importance as one ages and this is one of those stories.

Should be receiving more books in the next few days, including a book that is one of my most highly-anticipated upcoming releases, but more on that in the coming weeks.

3 comments:

Si- said...

I'm glad you got a copy of Carrol's masterwork-its one of my favourites and most read books.
the characters are always surprising and the poems I find especially delicious.

Brian said...

I read the Brockmier when it came out and was underwhelmed. The original story ( the first chapter of the book) was great though.

Do love that cover shot though.

Larry said...

Brian, I'll keep that in mind when I read it. I was actually looking for another book of his, but that was practically the only one of his available, outside of a story collection, I believe. Si, it's been too many years since I last read Carroll, so it's certainly past time to re-read it, no? :D

 
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