I don't quite get where all the books come from. I like the sale because I can be choosy and get clean books in really good condition. There are not a lot of library copies or similar that I can see. But every sale starts from scratch, and they end up with thousands of excellent books.
Last week I got:
- The Years Best Science Fiction, Vol. 1 & 21, edited by Gardner Dozois (1983 & 2004, btw). Now I need 2-6, 10-12, 15, & 19.
- The Last Witchfinder, by James Morrow. Looked interesting, good comments on the back cover.
- Grave Goods, by Ariana Franklin. Enjoyed the first book in the series.
- The Difference Engine, William Gibson & Bruce Sterling. I keep missing this one somehow.
- Vellum, by Hal Duncan (a little nervous about this one. Incidently, there is someone in town that gets advance preview copies of a lot of sf books, and donates them afterwards. There are a few in each sale.)
- The Bellini Card, by Jason Goodwin. The Jannisary Tree was good.
- The Absent One, by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Loved the first book.
- Shardik, by Richard Adams (not sure what to think about this one; I took it down and put it back about five times, but a) it seemed OK when I flipped through it, b) I've actually heard of it, and c) Watership Down, people.)
- SHE; King Solomon's Mines; and Allan Quatermain, by H. Rider Haggard. Three novels in one book. Classics.
- The Years Best Fantasy Stories, Vol. 3 & 5. These are from 1977 and 1980.
- The Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic. I think I actually have this, but the older edition and in paperback. This is hardcover. If someone is interested in the other one, PM me.
This week I hit mystery pretty hard. SF/Fantasy tends to get tapped out quickly, but the mystery section is always HUGE.
- The Redbreast, The Snowman, Nemesis - all by Jo Nesbo. I've heard the name but not read him yet.
- The Outfit - Richard Stark. A Parker book. As in, the Parker movie that came out recently is based on this character. So, two-fisted badass criminal quasi-hero, I hope.
- Polar Star - Martin Cruz Smith. Wrote Gorky Park, the title of which has been embedded in my mind for decades for reasons I do not understand. I've never read it.
- The Little Sister - Raymond Chandler. This is one of my two big scores this week. It completes my Raymond Chandler collection.
- Helsinki White - James Thompson. A Goodreads recommendation.
- The Boy In The Suitcase - Lene Kaaberbol & Agnes Friis. I'm thinking of going scandinavian for my pen name. They have awesome names.
- The Fifth Woman, The White Lioness, and Before The Frost - Henning Mankell. Not my favorite Scandinavian author, but good. Although I really didn't like The Man from Bejing.
- The Darkness That Comes Before - R. Scott Bakker. Another Goodreads recommendation, this one fantasy. We shall see.
- Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel. This was my other big score. I've struck out on this for several years; today I found one sitting alone in general fiction.
- Something Rotten - Jasper Fforde. A Thursday Next novel.
- Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm. And another Goodreads recommendation, from SF.
- A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore.
- Undaunted Courage - Stephen E. Ambrose. Lewis & Clark Expedition. My mother has been talking about this book for years.
- Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming - edited by Gardner Dozois. I love anthologies, particularly from Mr. Dozois.
I basically skipped right over general fiction this time, which is fine and intentional except that I just realized I was going to look and see what they had for Michael Chabon. Hrm. I might have to go back.