April 4, 2011

Chasing Tale in March: Douglas Adams, Gemma Files, Peter Straub ...

Spring cleaning is drawing near. Oh, how I dread having to go through that exercise again. The fair weather has returned, for the most part, and I wound up hitting the used-bookstores with a few exchanges. But, having done that, I've basically accomplished nothing by way of lessening the number of books on my shelf. So much for progress? Have you been spring cleaning your bookshelves, too? Forced yourself to finally part with that book you swore you would re-read, but never got around to actually doing it?

Anyway, here are the books I've added to my shelves:

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams - For some unearthly reason, one of the reviews that continually brings in blog visitors is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I wrote that review almost two years ago, but to this day it still lures visitors. So, I thought I should get around to reading the sequel. I said I would, but I haven't made an effort at all. I saw this ratty paperback for like a buck and thought, fuck it.

Cthulhurotica (anthology) edited by Carrie Cunn - Lovecraftian horror blended with erotic romance. Hunh. I'm game. I've read vampire erotica, werewolf, erotica, and even zombie erotica. So why not Cthulhu erotica? I won this via a book giveaway hosted by Cate Gardner--thanks, Cate!--and given the kind words she afforded it, I think there's a good chance I'll enjoy it too.

A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files (e-book) - At the start of the month I made a pledge to participate in The Ranting Dragon's 2011 Locus Reading Challenge. It spurred me on to read Ted Chiang's Lifecycle of Software Objects and Lavie Tidhar's The Bookman. As part of it, there were a slew of giveaways. I entered one for Gemma Files' debut novel because it struck me as a great premise--and it's published by Chizine. Score.

Strange Men in Pin-Striped Suits (collection) by Cate Gardner - Along with the Cthulhu anthology, Cate was kind enough to send along her own short story collection. I'm really looking forward to checking this one out, as I've been reading her short stories in various places online over the last year or two, since discovering her blog, and am convinced that she is going places. Incidentally, you can snag this at the Kindle Store for a cheap price right now. Think about it.

Borderlands 3 by Thomas Monteleone (editor) - I have another of the Borderlands anthologies sitting on my shelf, but when I saw this one I couldn't resist. This is a prime example of how my to-be-read pile is out of control. I can't even read one anthology in a series without snagging another. Well, I will read one of these before the end of the year. Promise.

Piercing by Ryu Murakami - I can't even remember why I have Murakami on my wish list. I think he penned a novel that was adapted to a very cool Japanese horror film. Audition, maybe? Anyway, I just spied this novel on a shelf and the name caught my eye. So I got in on the cheap and added it to the pile. It's a short novel, so it ought to be a quick read.

The Masks of Our Fathers by Barry Napier (Kindle) - Barry delved into the self-publishing recently with this new novel, so I decided to snag it. Two reasons. One, I like Barry's short fiction. Two, it was only 99 cents. Those are two pretty good reasons. Maybe I can chalk it up as a three-peat by counting it as part of the "Support The Little Guy" campaign, too.

The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff - A mass market paperback of a Sokoloff novel found its way to my neck of the woods. Weird. I've had a few of her books on my wish list, but have never seen one on store shelves in Nova Scotia. This is her debut novel, which was published in 2006, so maybe that gives me a timeline of how long to wait for another of her books to appear around here.

A Dark Matter by Peter Straub - I put this book on my wish list last year, but it wasn't until I saw the recently released paperback in an independent bookstore that I figured I ought to get it. I haven't bought a book from an independent bookstore since Christmas, and the guilt was getting to me--not really, but ... still. Support your indie bookstores, people!

Best New Fantasy (2005) edited by Sean Wallace - I found this amidst a random pile of books. Wasn't too sure about getting it at first, but as soon as I saw the table of contents with authors like Catherynne M. Valente, Kelly Link, Joe Hill, among others, I didn't hesitate in scooping up this anthology from Prime Books.

Those are the books sitting on my bookshelf now. What books did you add to your collection and/or pile?


  1. I well recall all those Borderlands anthologies, and wish my copies were still around. Those mid-'90s White Wolf reprints had such cool, surreal cover art, nothing like the previous editions. Trying to track them all down again for my own blog. Good stuff in 'em!

  2. I really like the cover art on this one. Very creepy.