The OF Blog: December 8-16 Book Porn

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

December 8-16 Book Porn



A mixture of review copies and purchases this time (with a few more packages scheduled to arrive before Christmas). Some of these might be of great interest to readers:

Top: Neal Stephenson, Anathem (I wanted a short, quick read); George R.R. Martin (ed.), Wild Cards: Busted Flush (review copy that follows up on several characters from Inside Straight); Kristin Cashore, Graceling (liking it so far, a little over 30 pages in); David Sherman and Dan Cragg, Starfist: Wings of Hell (military SF; previously received an ARC of this one).


Top: Patricia Rosemoor and Marc Paoletti, The Vampire Agent (I wonder if he sparkles); Juan José Millás, La soledad era esto (intrigued by the title and that it won the Premio Nadal); Hal Duncan, Escape From Hell! (when I read Duncan's description, I thought at first he was joking, but when I heard the book would be a reality, I preordered the book almost a year ago); Ernst Jünger, Storm of Steel (background reading for a World War I unit I'm going to be completing after Christmas Break); Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Persistence of Memory (before there was a Christopher Paolini, there was Atwater-Rhodes getting a book published before turning 15. Apparently she's a bit more talented than Paolini, so I might give this a chance after reading most of the others pictured here); Jordi Soler, Los rojos de ultramar (slight novelization of the author's parents and others who fled Catalonia after Franco's forces triumphed in the Spanish Civil War and their eventual settlement in La Portuguesa, just outside of Veracruz, Mexico. Good, good read.); Carlos Fuentes, La voluntad y la fortuna (published a few months ago, this goes very near the top of the reading list due to my love for Fuentes' stories and because I've heard this might be one of his best in years. Consider me sold on reading it).

4 comments:

Elena said...

there's no way he can sparkle enough to make up for that scene in the movie. i'm making no comments about the books...go look at my blog's sideline if you're wondering why. :)

atwater-rhodes...i've read her den of shadows series (her vampires go to high school books; god i'm undermining any attempt not to look lame here, huh?) and they're not bad. actually kind of good, if you like that sort of thing. i've not read paolini but on a hunch i would say her books ARE much better. i'm curious to know what you think of this one, if you end up reading it. it's way down on my list of books to maybe read sometime when i start reading a lot of books again list.

Larry said...

OK, I'll go look in a bit after I've eaten. As for the Atwater-Rhodes, the random little bits I've read seem to be decent; not great, but decent and worth the time to read a bit further. After all, she's had 10 years and 10 books to hone her writing...

Elena said...

um, yeah, it really just shows what a ridiculous obsession i have with the twilight books, good or bad as they might be as books. the movie was godawful, but the books (1-3 anyway) were awesome. for what they were, which i responded to. :)

S.M.D. said...

Huh, I just got the Martin book too. I guess that's not all that surprising though...or is it? Maybe it's a conspiracy. They're out to get us Larry!

 
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