Christmas Swag

note: my Current Reading post will be back next week

Thanks to “wish lists”, friends and family know just what to buy this old fella. Take a look:

The Mistletoe Murder and other Stories by P.D. James. Four stories in a nice smallish hardcover. I haven’t read any James in a long time.

Two soundtracks:
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, music by James Newton Howard, 2 CD. I haven’t seen the film yet, but Howard is a favorite so the music is likely to be great.

Rogue One, music by Michael Giaccino (some of it based on original music by John Williams), music from the film, 21 queues.

More Star Wars: Heir to the Throne by Timothy Zahn. This is the first book of the Thrawn Trilogy, which is well thought of among Star Wars readers. If I like it, I’ll buy the other two.

Some good old fashioned pulp fiction: The Snarl of the Beast by Carroll John Daly. This is Volume 2 of The Collected Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams. I’m part way through Volume 1, and enjoying it, so I wanted this one.

The Complete Cases of The Dean, Volume 1 by Merle Constiner. I haven’t read anything by Constiner, including these Dean stories. Should be interesting. Thank you, Altus Press for these great pulp reprints!

I’m delighted with my gifts. What did you get for Christmas?

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Enjoying life in Portland, OR
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21 Responses to Christmas Swag

  1. Steve Oerkfitz says:

    I got It’s All One Case-a coffee table book about Ross MacDonald. Bruce Springsteens autobiography. Fellini’s Roma and Asphalt Jungle Criterion Blu Rays. American Band by Drive By Truckers CD. The Found and Lost-Collected Novellas by Ursula Le Guin.

  2. Patti Abbott says:

    It’s on my blog. Hope you had a great day. We sure did.

  3. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Nice goodies. No presents here as it is just another [holi]day. I was looking for some short stories so have put the James on library hold. The others look good too. I’ve read a couple of Costiner stories in hardboiled anthologies but have no specific memory of them. I have read some Race Williams. I wouldn’t want it as a steady diet, but once in a while is good.

    • I’m reading the Race Williams collection pretty slowly, maybe one every couple weeks. The first volume is huge, this one not quite so overwhelming. It will take a while.

      • Jeff Meyerson says:

        The James book is ready, and since I don’t have any short story collections on hand that are demanding my attention (the ones I have are mostly longer stories than I want to read right now) I will try and pick it up this afternoon and start reading it.

  4. Deb says:

    I got a usual assortment of lotions, colognes, and shower gels (everyone knows that when you’re stuck about what to get me, you can’t go wrong with stuff from Bath & Body Works), but my big gift is a new laptop or tablet. I really haven’t decided exactly what I want yet, so my husband and I are going to do some comparison shopping in the new year.

  5. The snarl of the beast is sure a great title! I’ve read the first of the Zahn trilogy and liked it pretty well.

  6. I’m a big fan of Altus Press, too! I enjoyed the music from FANTASTIC BEASTS and ROGUE ONE so I’m sure you’ll like those soundtracks!

  7. Steve Oerkfitz says:

    I seldom buy soundtracks. The last one I got was for the movie Drive which I played a lot.

  8. No books or CDs for me, Richard. Instead, the family gifted me a lovely pair of sennheiser headphones.

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