Saturday, December 18, 2010
With the recent posts about the book culls I'm doing over the next few weeks and months, some might be pardoned if they had concluded that I was no longer buying any books. I am, but I'm concentrating more on buying some higher-quality hardcovers and some non-speculative works, since my interest in spec fic has been flagging for several months now. In this first photo, here are three Easton Press editions of books from their series of the one hundred greatest books ever published. I ordered the last two online a couple of weeks ago, while Hawthorne's book I found at McKay's this morning.
Here are four Folio Society editions of 20th century histories of the four most famous empires of the ancient Near/Middle East. Will be reading those around/after I finish reading Gibbon's classic on Rome.
Each of these I picked up for myself at McKay's today (I bought another two dozen books or so, but those are for my students or for the class and not for my personal use). One dual French/Russian edition of two Gogol stories, one German edition of Kafka, two Spanish editions, and the UK edition of Lauren Beukes' book, which I had originally planned to buy after it was released in the US in 2011.
Three Booker Prize (and one National Book Award) finalists, the beginning to John Julius Norwich's classic three-volume history on the Byzantine Empire, and some book by some Esslemont guy about some fantasy setting called Malazan something or another...
Expect reviews on most, if not all, of these books in the coming weeks and months.