Book Hauls!

Most of these commentaries I've acquired in the past three or four months. I've read the Daniel and Jonah ones and am reading the John volume now. No -- normally I don't have the cat's bed there. Just wanted to add some feline interest to my book hauls photo as I usually do.
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Malcolm Guite gestures towards his Coleridge collection. His book about Coleridge, Mariner, is recommended! You see that there are four shelves? The second from the top -- those look like all being volumes in the Collected Works series (Bollingen/Princeton), of which I have six. The two on the far left are, I'd guess, the two volumes of The Friend.
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Not quite a haul, and it's not sff, but for anyone like me who grew up with a lot of sea influences, and a love of place, this was always going to be a must-buy. I lost an old paperback collection, and this is a reprinted, hardback, complete collection of stories, originally printed in the Glasgow newspapers. And, it comes with notes, and appendices.

For those who don't know, Para Handy is a fictional skipper of a puffer boat -- early 20th Century steam boats plying their trade along the west coast of Scotland (and elsewhere), which were sometimes the fastest and most efficient way of transporting goods. They were also often crewed by 'characters'. It is a blast from the past, but it's also a collection that's close to my heart.

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There have been times I've gotten books simply because of the cover. This wasn't one of them. I got this ridiculous looking thing because it's by Tom Godwin, author if the notorious then and still notorious short story "The Cold Equations." I have two other novels by Godwin, Space Prison and The Space Barbarians, but have heard of this one. So on a Saturday outing so my wife could do some urban sketching in another town it seemed too good a find to walk away from.
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I've just treated myself to five hardback novels of John le Carre. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy/The Honourable Schoolboy/Smiley's People/The Little Drummer Girl/A Perfect Spy.
 
Surely the one to read would be Burton's?
Well yeah, that is the benchmark. I have read quite a lot of the Burton version. I would be interested to see how the Penguin reads. For all his brilliance, Burton was not always the most elegant prose artist.
 
Couple of Ian Rankin books from a charity shop. I had Let it Bleed before but I didn't enjoy it at the time so I moved it on. But I spotted another copy today. Its for a good cause anyway. But these are later books in the Rebus series and I want to find the first Rebus book (Knots and Crosses)
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Just received Finding the Raga An Improvisation on Indian Music by Amit Chaudhuri.

I really enjoyed his book on Calcutta, so ordered this when I saw a review last week. Having enjoyed Indian classical music for years without any real understanding, I hope this book might give me some more insight.
 
That Wollheim/Carr anthology looks great. Terrific lineup:

Sunjammer - Arthur C. Clarke
Calling Dr. Clockwork - Ron Goulart
Becalmed in Hell - Larry Niven
Apartness - Vernor Vinge
Over the River and Through the Woods - Clifford D. Simak
Planet of Forgetting - James H. Schmitz
"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman - Harlan Ellison
The Decision Makers - Joseph Green
Traveler's Rest - David I. Masson
Uncollected Works - Lin Carter
Vanishing Point - Jonathan Brand
In Our Block - R. A. Lafferty
Masque of the Red Shift - Fred Saberhagen
The Captive Djinn - Christopher Anvil
The Good New Days - Fritz Leiber
 

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