The OF Blog: November 8 Used Book Porn

Sunday, November 08, 2009

November 8 Used Book Porn



Another Sunday, another trip to the local used bookstore to trade in dozens of unwanted book in exchange for buying things for myself and for my students.  Here are the 26 books that I bought with over $200 of store credit (and almost $100 more left to spend some day).  One I already own in another translation, but that book is going to be a gift, plus the enclosed DVD is of the Lon Chaney silent film based on Hugo's novel.  I wonder if I'll hear "SPARTA!" when I open the Frank Miller book.  Two more fine Library of America editions to add to my collection, making it twelve so far.



These are three books for work, plus a high-quality Spanish-English dictionary for me to use with some possible translation projects in the near future.



I love collecting translations of the New Testament/Bible.  I now add Greek and Gullah editions to the English, Latin, Spanish, Haitian, and Serbian translations.  Oh, and some Balzac in French.



My exploration of Shirley Jackson's fiction continues, as well as that of Pat Barker's.  Curious about the Marguerite de Navarre book, but I am confident that the Wallace book will be great, based on reading another novel of his a couple of years ago.



I loved discovering the late Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz last year (again, thanks to Jeff Ford for making me aware of him) and here I have the last two books in his Cairo Trilogy as well as another omnibus of three stories.  Expecting good things out of these.  Also have two Neil Gaiman stories starring Death of the Endless, a George R.R. Martin story I haven't read and one that I have read which was later released in a graphic novel version.  Oh, and the first volume of the mostly-excellent Flight graphic novel story anthology series.



Oh, and that book dealing with da Vinci?  Look closely at the cover.  I wonder if Scott Bakker served as the model for one of the people appearing on the cover...

6 comments:

D said...

I have 300 and Death: The High Cost of Living. Death was a little bit disappointing, I didn't feel it was as good as the rest of the Sandman.

Larry said...

I agree, but the second Death one was a bit better than the first. I can give you that one if you'd like.

D said...

Yes, I would like to read that one.

Larry said...

It's yours, then, whenever I get around to mailing you another package. You must be quite spoiled by now, no? ;)

D said...

Not yet, but I'm very close to being very spoiled. :D

Larry said...

Ha! Well, wait until you receive the one I mailed on Friday. I think some of those might be enough to push you over the edge into being decidedly spoiled ;)

 
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