Book Hauls!

A few for 99 pence on my Kindle.

Irinocally, one of those is Against A Dark Background by Iain M. Banks, which i am currently listening to the audiobook.

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein.

Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden.
Bought the other day and arrived today:

Tintin in Scots.

Frae the Adventurs o Tintin: The Derk Isle:

"Tintin an his faithfu dug, Tarrie, are on the trail o an international gang o conterfaiters. Forby, they themsels are bein follaed by the twa glaikit detectives, Nisbet an Nesbit! The trail leads them til the faur-awa north o Scotland, whaur legend tells o an unco craitur, the Hairy Etin, that bides i the ruins o Corbiecraig Castle, on the dreich an oorie Derk Isle. Unfleggit by tales o beasts an bogles, Tintin an Tarrie are makkin til the isle tae see whit’s gaun on …"
We made another used books store trip, this time to Huntsville, Alabama, about two hours away from home. WE were going to take a hike as well, but it rained all day.

The first place was all bestselling fiction, so we didn't buy anything.

The next was much better, with lots of nonfiction and writings by ancient Greek, Roman, and Chinese authors for my better half. The SF/fantasy section was pretty big, but mostly new stuff; authors unknown to me, endless series, etc. I wound up just buying a copy of Guardian (2002) by Joe Haldeman, which seems to be SF set in Alaska during frontier days.

The last was the downtown library's book store, which was much better than average for that kind of thing. It was in a separate room (so away from the constantly noisy children in the library) and had a good selection. My better half got more nonfiction, while I picked up three items.

The Big Book of New American Humor: The Best of the Past 25 Years (1990) edited by William Novak and Moshe Waldoks. Jokes, fiction, articles, cartoons, and even scripts.

Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?: Debunking Pseudoscience (2001) by Martin Gardner. Like the subtitle says. (A later edition than the one I bought has the subtitle Discourses on Reflexology, Numerology, Urine Therapy, and Other Dubious Subjects.)

Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction (2014) edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi. Like the subtitle says. My copy is an uncorrected proof, so no cover art.
OT:Did anyone like the novel THE TERROR by Dan Simmons?
Or SHRINKS ,by Jeffrey A Lieberman,M.D.?
Postman delivered yesterday a whole bunch of stuff ordered from several different places over the last couple of weeks:

Tintin et les Cigars du pharaons
Tintin et le lac aux requins
Spirou et Fantasio - Volume 4 - Spirou et les héritiers
Jérôme K. Jérôme Bloche - L'intégrale, Tome 2 -

which collects six albums in glorious black and white

and a handful of individual issues of Spirou to fill in a few gaps.

Mrs JunkMonkey's eyebrows still haven't returned to their normal altitude
2nd hand online purchases

Shadow of the Scorpion ( an agent Cormac novel ) Neil Asher

Twisting my Melon Shaun Ryder's autobiography
GUNS OF AVALON,Roger Zelazny.
SHRINKS,Jeffrey A.Lieberman ,MD.Ogi Ogas.

OT:Did anyone like the novel THE TERROR by Dan Simmons?
Or SHRINKS ,by Jeffrey A Lieberman,M.D.?
I read it but had to struggle to complete it. It couldn't grab me and I found the whole story plodding. But perhaps that's perhaps because I am not much of a horror fan.
The TV-series however is excellent.
We made another used book store odyssey, this time to three small towns in northeast Tennessee. (We stayed overnight in a bed and breakfast in Roan Mountain, even further east, nearly in North Carolina. The book stores were visited on the way home the next day.)

Bookworm Books, Elizabethton. A place full of boxes of unsorted books on the floor, so some areas were impossible to reach. I still managed to purchase:

From the Dust Returned (2001) by Ray Bradbury. Incorporates stories of a weird family that date back to the 1940's, along with new material. Sort of like the Addams family without the comedy and with more fantasy.

The Affirmation (1981; my copy is a 2011 SF Masterworks reprint) by Christopher Priest. Part of the Dream Archipelago series, but I otherwise know nothing about it.

Catfantastic (1989) edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Andre Norton. Fantasy stories about cats. First in a series. All female authors.

Dark Stars and Other Illuminations (1981) by Thomas F. Monteleone. Collection of stories from 1974 to 1981.

White Pine Books, White Pine. Pretty big place for a small town. Besides used books, there were new books, movies, games, etc. Lots of newer SF, but I managed to buy:

Sturgeon in Orbit (1964; my copy is a 1978 reprint) by Theodore Sturgeon. Collection of stories from 1951 to 1955.

The Unkind Raven, Dandridge. Small place, a few rooms with a few books. I didn't get anything, but we got a metal plaque to hang up. "Salem Sanctuary for Wayward Cats. Ferals and Familiars Welcome. Est. 1692." A computer search reveals that there are lots and lots of posters with this exact message. I think this is our version.


This arrived in the post the other day and was fantastically disappointing - The only English language book I have come across on the subject of Bande Desinée. (I'm sure there are others but this was the first I had come across).
After a very brief whistle stop tour of the history of Franco-Belge comics, section headings like "The valorization of form over function and of non-representational art" hove into view by page 44, Jaques Derrida is mentioned a few pages later and his Post Modernist "Taking the fun out of everything by analysing it to death" school of anal introspection follows for rest of the book. Humourless bastards.

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