I've just bought.... (Fantasy, version VI)

Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by AuntiePam, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. AuntiePam

    AuntiePam Cranky old broad

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    The old thread was 11 pages long, so . . .

    I went to Amazon to check out a title mentioned in the October reading thread. I didn't buy that one but I did buy Locke and Key, a new novel by Joe Hill (I loved 20th Century Ghosts and Heart-Shaped Box), and two horror collections -- Wastelands (apocalyptic stuff) and The Living Dead (zombies).

    I suspect I have some of those short stories in other books, but I don't care, because I was in the mood for some horror. It's been awhile.
     
  2. Hobbit

    Hobbit Now.. A Seriously Likeable Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks Auntie P for the update: the old thread is HERE if anyone needs it.

    I bought The Living Dead based on Rob's recommendation, just in time for Halloween. Looks good.

    Isn't Locke and Key a graphic novel?

    Mark / Hobbit
     
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  3. AuntiePam

    AuntiePam Cranky old broad

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    Apparently so. I didn't know that. I thought it was just a regular novel. There's gonna be artwork -- cool!
     
  4. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    Locke & Key was terrific, I picked it up in single issues. The art was appropriately creepy.

    My review for The Living Dead will be going up next week in time for Hallowe'en.
     
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    Aurian Dragon Lady

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    I picked up a big o pile from my local library Monday:

    The Almost Moon by Alice Seabold (I loved Lovely Bones, and her autobiographical novel Lucky was moving as well. I didn`t buy this due to bad reviews, but I saw it on the shelf.

    Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (Not my usual thing, but its been topping my local bestseller lists for months, so I got curious)

    City at the End of Time by Greg Bear (Started this, but after about 100+ pages, I found I was getting bored, and not really caring about the characters. So its my to return pile already.)

    Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear Reading now and loving it.

    Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear (Yeah, reason for all the Greg Bear ones is that I am trying out sci-fi authors and someone here recommended him)

    Dark Moon by David Gemmel

    Jonathan Strange and Dr. Norrel Found some recommendations here!

    Spook by Mary Roach (Non-fiction science book - I loved her book about sex, Bonk. Humourous science, my fav.)

    Cast in Shadow by Michelle West
     
  6. Luke_B

    Luke_B Diamond Dog Staff Member

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    I agree. It's a strange and beautiful (comic) book.
     
  7. Esmenet

    Esmenet Hell is other people

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    I just bought another copy of "The Princess Bride" I lost the original copy my dad bought for me when I was about 6. :( I was so scared to tell him, because that particular copy has a special place in my heart. But he went out and bought me another one, although it isn't as cool looking. I hate new covers. Oh well, now I can reread it for the upteenth time. It never gets old.
     
  8. Randy M.

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    The Man with the Barbed-Wire Fists by Norman Partridge (story col.)

    I enjoyed Dark Harvest enough that when I saw this at a bargain price, I snatched it up.

    Randy M.
     
  9. AuntiePam

    AuntiePam Cranky old broad

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    The art was awesomely perfect. How's that for hyperbole?

    I'm really getting my money's worth out of Amazon Prime. I ordered the book on Monday and it arrived today (Wednesday).

    Anyone know if there will be more stories about this family and that thing? I wouldn't mind a prequel.
     
  10. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    Locke & Key is continuing, don't you worry. Here's Joe Hill's blog with all the Locke & Key entries. The second series launches in January. Here's the page from publisher IDW.
     
  11. AuntiePam

    AuntiePam Cranky old broad

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    Rob, thanks. That's great news. :D

    I don't live anywhere close to a store that sells "comics", so I'll have to wait until the next series comes out in hardcover.
     
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    Eventine Uh, Staff Member

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    Latest order from the Book Depository (although the plummeting Aussie dollar is smashing my value for money. Damn you credit crisis!!!):
    Seeds of Change edited by John Joseph Adams: Yet another anthology in what has been a big year for them. This guy seems to have a deft hand in producing them - Wastelands was excellent and I'm loooking forward to The Living Dead.
    Fables by Bill Willingham: I liked the concept of this graphic novel, with traditional fictional characters shunted into the real world.
    Old Man's War by John Scalzi: Enjoyed the blog so much I figured I'd see what the fuss was about.
    Air by Geoff Ryman: Got this after seeing numerous references around the traps. The only Ryman I've read before this was WAS.
    The Affirmation, The Glamour, The Extremes by Christopher Priest: Ordered all of these after being blown away by The Separation, and before that The Prestige. Brilliant author.
    Hellboy: Strange Places by Mike Mignola: What can I say, I'm addicted to these.
    Thirteen, : I bought this off Suicul's mention of it here recently. looked like my kind of book.
    Caine Black Knife, Matt Stover: What more needs to be said? Probably the best writer of action scenes I've had the benefit of reading, coupled with more thought and intelligence than we often see in this genre. Stover takes names, kicks arse and knows more than you the whole time. Read his books. Please. They're cool, intelligent and exciting to boot.
     
  14. Randy M.

    Randy M. Registered User

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    Ran into a sale and picked up,

    My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
    The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
    and a trilogy by John Wright:
    Orphans of Chaos
    Fugitives of Chaos
    Titans of Chaos



    I saw, but couldn't afford, Poe's Children, an anthology of previously published short stories edited by Peter Straub. His premise is that horror needn't be bound by conventional plotting, that creative writers have found ways to write fresh stories, and he offers these as examples. His selections are interesting, and I was pleased to see he included "The Great God Pan" by M. John Harrison and "The Sadness of Details" by Jonathan Carroll.

    Randy M.
     
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    Randy M. Registered User

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    I've been at it again.

    Banquet of the Damned by Adam L. G. Neville -- this looks like a good ghost story for the holidays

    The Spiral Labyrinth by Matthew Hughes -- second in a series about Henghis Hapthorn, free-lance discriminator, or, as the cover blurb says, "Sherlock Holmes meets Jack Vance's Dying Earth"

    A Whisper of Blood ed. by Ellen Datlow -- Barnes & Noble reissued this one combined with the follow-up volume, Blood is Not Enough. The contents include quite a strong cross-section of sf/fantasy/horror writers: Suzy McKee Charnas, Robert Silverberg, Kathe Koja, Jonathan Carroll, Elizabeth Massie, Thomas Ligotti, Pat Cadigan, K. W. Jeter, Robert Holdstock & Gary Kilworth, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Dan Simmons, Harvey Jacobs, Ed Bryant, Harlan Ellison, Tanith Lee, Susan Casper, Steve Rasnic Tem, Gardner Dozois ...


    Randy M. (not a continuation of the above list of names, darn it)
     
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  16. Eventine

    Eventine Uh, Staff Member

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    Recently ordered:
    The Last Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko
    Fast Ships, Black Sails - Ann and Jeff Vandermeer (ed)
    The Living Dead - John Joseph Adams (ed)
    The Affinity Bridge - George Mann (I got this based on Suicul's rec)
    Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury
    Scarlet Traces - Ian Edington
    Dark Tower: The Long Road Home - Peter David
    Birmingham, 35 Miles - James Braziel (Pretty sure this is post apocalytpic SF)
    Storm Front - Jim Butcher (This si the book club's February selection)

    And non-genre, non-fiction:
    Mind Hacks - Tom Stafford, Matt Webb
    Paranoia: The 21st Century Fear - Daniel Freeman, James Freeman
     
  17. DailyRich

    DailyRich Damn fool idealist

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    Most recent haul, thanks to cashing in some Barnes and Noble gift cards I got for Christmas:

    Inda - Sherwood Smith
    An Unexpected Apprentice - Jody Lynn Nye
    Gotrek and Felix: The First Omnibus - William King

    And not fantasy:
    The Dragon's Nine Sons - Chris Roberson
    Killing Floor - Lee Child
    The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War - David Halberstam
     
  18. Obtuse

    Obtuse ‪Ominous, I'm In Us

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    A couple months ago I finally finished (finished as it can be) my comprehensive fantasy to-buy list and ended up with nearly 700 books on it. Figuring I had to start somewhere, I started by asking everyone for books for Christmas, and received...

    The Blade Itself - Abercrombie
    Before They Are Hanged - Abercrombie
    Last Argument of Kings - Abercrombie
    Prisoner of the Iron Tower - Ash
    Children of the Serpent Gate - Ash
    Flesh and Spirit - Berg
    Kushiel's Scion - Carey
    Kushiel's Justice - Carey
    Hidden Truth - Cook, D.
    First Truth - Cook, D.
    Phantom - Goodkind
    Confessor - Goodkind
    A Sword From Red Ice - Jones
    The Gold Falcon - Kerr
    The Spirit Stone - Kerr
    Natural Ordermage - Modesitt Jr.
    Road of the Patriarch - Salvatore

    Not a bad haul by any means, but given the large number of books on my list I did not feel that it made a big enough dent. So I went to my local Half Price Books and went crazy. I bought...

    Guardians of the Keep - Berg
    The Soul Weaver - Berg
    Duaghter of Ancients - Berg
    The First Betrayal - Bray
    Beguilement - Bujold
    Corsair - Bunch
    Godslayer - Carey
    The Paladin - Cherryh
    The Decoy Princess - Cook, D.
    The Wayfarer Redemption - Douglass
    The Gilded Chain - Duncan
    Medalon - Fallon
    The Runelords - Farland
    The Ladies of Mandrigyn - Hambly
    Shaman's Crossing - Hobb
    Forest Mage - Hobb
    Fool's Errand - Hobb
    Golden Fool - Hobb
    Fool's Fate - Hobb
    The Lions of Al-Rassan - Kay
    Tigana - Kay
    The Briar King - Keyes
    The Glasswright's Progress - Klasky
    Fires of the Faithful - Kritzer
    The Eyes of God - Marco
    The Thief's Gamble - McKenna
    The Riddle Master of Hed - McKillip
    Legacies - Modesitt Jr.
    Beneath Vaunted Hills - Russell
    Gatherer of Clouds - Russell
    The First Book of Swords - Saberhagen
    The Lure of the Basilisk - Watt-Evans
    Hunter's Oath - West (Sagara)
    The Lost Prince - Zimmer

    God, I love that store.
     
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  19. Eldanuumea

    Eldanuumea Mod Lady

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    Obtuse, I HATE you! What is this store? Is it a big chain? Could there be one anywhere in Mississippi?:eek:

    I am so glad to see The Wayfarer Redemption on your list. The six books in that series are incredible......I reread them every year or so.

    My latest buys are Ysabel (Kay), the last five Sookie Stackhouse books (Charlaine Harris), the latest Merry Gentry Book (Hamilton), The Twisted Citadel (Douglass), Hero of Ages (Sanderson), and Anathem (Stephenson.
     
  20. Obtuse

    Obtuse ‪Ominous, I'm In Us

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    Don't hate me too much, this haul is atypical and likely a one time thing.

    Half Price Books is a chain of large, used book stores with pretty good selections and great prices. I live not too far from you, in Texas, so it's conceivable that there are some in MS. I was born and raised in MS, however, and never saw one. Of course I've been gone from MS for 16 yrs, so...