New Arrivals (late April)

Sargasso of SpaceI got, thanks to Jeff Meyerson, Sargasso of Space, another of the Solar Queen books by Andre Norton, so now there’s just one more I need. I found a copy that last one I need, Plague Ship, the second in the series, but then discovered the paperback had no cover, so I’m still looking.

Shape of WaterSpeaking of Jeff, it was he who suggested I read The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri, the first in the series featuring Inspector Montalbano. I look forward to reading it.

It’s been a while since I mentioned my short story reading here. The reason is I haven’t been reading many. I finished Old Venus early this month and that’s been about it. I’m reading a story in Old Mars now, but I’m far from reading a story every few days I wanted to be reading. (No comments needed from those of you who, haloes glowing softly above your heads, read a story every single day.) Hopefully, I’ll get back to reading more short stories in the month ahead.

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13 Responses to New Arrivals (late April)

  1. Another week of FINAL EXAMS and I’m a free man. The Read Real Soon stack keeps growing!

  2. Jeff Meyerson says:

    At last a couple of books I’ve read! I have OLD VENUS and will get to it after I read the North Carolina Press book of stories TAR HEEL DEAD.

    Unfortunately, I got FIVE more library books yesterday, incuding Hard Case Crime titles by Lawrence Block (I know you don’t like him), Max Allan Collins and (yes, really) Gore Vidal. I also got an Andrea Camilleri non-series book that is a historical mystery set in the same area of Sicily as the series, but in the 1880s. I also got Olen Steinhauer’s THE TOURIST from the library, which sounded good when I read a mention of it in the review of his newest book; and Harold Nicolson’s SOME PEOPLE, touted by Louis Auchincloss in the book of his I just read.

    One thing I have been doing is reading short stories without a letup. I’ll give you the monthly and yearly totals next time. This August will mark TWENTY YEARS of at least one short story a day.

    • Richard says:

      Jeff, keep on, young feller. You give your library a good business, keeping things in circulation. By the way, how did you like that last Jeffrey Sigel book?

      Barbara has decided to read some of the LCC books from last and this year. We sort out the ones we think we’ll read, then they sit…

    • Richard says:

      Twenty years! WOW. When I try it, I wind up reading a collection or anthology and novel reading slides, and these days it seems I always have one or two things from the library sitting here. CONGRATULATIONS on 20 years, assuming you don’t let up between now and August.

  3. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I’ll let you know when I get to it! Like you, I’ve had to read the library books first so the stuff I’ve bought, like the Siger and the latest Camilleri, are still on the shelf waiting.

  4. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Most years I seem to have 2-3 days when I miss either due to illness (generally it would be a severe headache, now that I think of it) or travel but I always make it up the next day, so I have not actually read a story every day. At one point I had read every single short story collection I had in the house but I’ve restocked since.

  5. Richard, I’m planning to read more short stories and short fiction too, partly to make up for all the reading I missed out in the past few weeks,

    • Richard says:

      Prashant, you’ve been busy, but short pieces can be fitted in. I find I have better luck with multiple author anthologies than with single author collections.

  6. Patti Abbott says:

    All my books are packed and I was counting on a library book. When it didn’t work for me, I couldn’t take any more out because we will have a new library. So I went over and bought a few. Hope those work out.

  7. Richard says:

    Patti, sounds like it’s time to go get that new library card!

    We have cards in all three of the local counties, so we can take books from any of them, handy if one doesn’t have the book we want.

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