I had a birthday recently, and, though I’m creaking with age, I still enjoy getting books. So I thought I’d share the ones I got this year. Here they are. I’m not sure why the first book shows smaller in the gallery, but clicking on it will let you see the bigger image and you can scroll through all of them. The JLA image is lousy but the best I could find without hauling the thing downstairs to my scanner.
The Art of Pulp Fiction: An Illustrated History by Ed Hulse, Elephant Book Company September 2021 oversized (11 1/4 x 10 inches) hardcover, non-fiction, heavily illustrated, 240 pages. I’ve already started reading the introduction.
A Surprise For Christmas edited by Martin Edwards, British Library Crime Classics 2021 anthology, introduction and a dozen stories, all holiday themed. I’ll read this next month.
Wednesday Comics by DC Comics, 2010 very oversized (17 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches) hardcover compilation of 2009 issues #1-12. 200 pages, genre: comics. I did not expect this to be so huge! This will need to be read lying on a table, so it will live on the dining room table until finished, I guess.
Guilty Creatures edited by Martin Edwards, British Library Crime Classics 2021 anthology, introduction and a dozen stories, introduction by Edwards and fourteen stories, all featuring to some degree an animal or bird. I love these anthologies.
JLA by Grant Morrison Omnibus published by DC Comics, 2020 hardcover, collected from various comics issues, 1989-2019. This mammoth book (no page numbers, as is common with comics omnibuses), is 11 x 7 1/4 inches and it’s over 2 1/2 inches thick! It’s so heavy (just over 8 lb.) that like the Wednesday Comics listed above, this will probably be read on a lap desk or table. Grant Morrison is an excellent comics writer, one of my favorites along with Kurt Busick and a few others. The Justice League of America, in this iteration, is Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, Aquaman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Aztec, Huntress, Oracle, Plastic Man and Steel. Many other lesser characters and many villains appear, of course.
So that’s the birthday book list. A lot of graphic novel / comics stuff this year, I guess I was in the mood for it, and two of them certainly a surprise, even a shock, at their size. I’ll probably do a post on each of these after I’ve read it.
I hope all who read this blog are well and content.
Happy Birthday Rick.
Thanks, Steve, it was a good one, though the number is getting pretty big. Any of these look interesting to you?
I would love to see you entire collection. It looks like it would be fascinating. Hope you are enjoying the day!
It was a good birthday (last Tuesday), and now that I’ve finished the library books I had here, I can start reading these!
That is quite a haul. Two books of short stories from the British Library Crime Classics! Both look very good.
The Art of Pulp Fiction looks gorgeous. Those two oversized books are very impressive. I do look forward to your posts on these books.
Impressive, yes, but hard to hold and read, I’m finding.
Nice haul, Rick! (And I don’t think you’re creaky old!)
Thanks, Jerry. I feel like it.
Happy belated birthday. (My sister’s is today.) Those Martin Edwards anthologies are always good.
They are, Jeff, I’m looking forward to reading them. I have so, so many anthologies and collections here waiting to be read!
All those books look like winners to me! Like you, I enjoy Martin Edwards’ anthologies. That JLA omnibus tempts me!
Hey, George. The JLA is an absolutely mammoth hardcover. I’ll have to read it on a table or something.
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