The OF Blog: June 24-27 Book Porn

Friday, June 27, 2008

June 24-27 Book Porn

This is my largest weekly book porn haul yet. Six of the 15 books I've received so far this week were bought, 7 were sent by a single publisher, and two others are from two other publishers. I've divided this into three groupings to make it easier to read the book titles and to see the cover art. Most of these I hope to review over the next month and a half, so be on the lookout for these titles.

In this picture are seven books, all of them finished editions, that Mark Newton from Solaris Books sent me for review purposes. From the top-left: Eric Brown, Kéthani, Adam Roberts, Splinter, Lou Anders (ed.), Sideways in Crime. From the bottom-left: Paul Kearney, The Ten Thousand, George Mann (ed.), The Solaris Book of New Fantasy; The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction; The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume Two.


This group of four includes books that I bought Wednesday after a (likely successful) job interview, from the top-left: Thomas Pynchon, V., Tony Morrison, Beloved, and from the bottom-left: Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men.

This group represents two Advance Review Copies and two online purchases that arrived this week: Top-left: Nick Harkaway, The Gone-Away World (ARC), Robert Bolaño, 2666 (Spanish edition). Bottom-left: Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History, John Scalzi, Zoe's Tale: An Old Man's War Novel (ARC). I plan on referencing Darnton's book in a few other reviews and I needed a replacement copy after I gifted it to an overseas friend of mine months ago. Bolaño's book will again be out in the US in English translation in November and apparently will be receiving quite a bit of publicity, as is Harkaway's book, from what I understand. Scalzi is merely up for a Hugo for Best Novel for another book.

I'm hoping to have two limited-edition books arrive either this weekend or early next month and I'll blog about those later, but in the meantime, I have a lot of good reading ahead of me.

7 comments:

Jeff C said...

Nice haul, Larry. Looks like most of you guys are getting that new Kearney book. Will be interested to see if you like it as much as everyone else so far. I was hoping to see the Eldon Thompson on your pile. Maybe they just dont plan on sending that one out :) I am 220 pages into it, and enjoying it (though it reminds me of Sword of Shanarra..but that is an ok thing in my book).

Larry said...

Yeah, I personally requested it in addition to a few others are a bit different in tone/focus. Mark chose the others for me, knowing that I wanted a bunch of anthologies for review purposes near the end of the year. Besides, I've read the first Sea Beggers book of Kearney's and I thought he had some talent there, so it'll be curious to see what I'll make of this new one.

ThRiNiDiR said...

*drool*

I'll be glad to hear your thoughts on the new Scalzi and Kearney.

Larry said...

It'll be a while on the Scalzi, as I'll have to get copies of the previous books. The Kearney I hope to read/review by mid-July.

Gabriele C. said...

*sneaks in and steals The Ten Thousand* :)

Gabriele C. said...

Btw, here's a book you should give a try. I mentioned Gustafsson in a previous comment, and that one is his most interesting.

Larry said...

I'll add it to my Shopping Cart for a future purchase. Going to be buying fewer books for the next couple of months as I transition from one job to the next.

 
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