Well maybe spectacular is going a bit too far, but this was quite a good haul for year's end. Plus I received a bunch of unexpected review copies so I'll be holed up for the rest of the winter with some quality reads.
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America by Robert Charles Wilson - I've been meaning to pick this up for a while, which is why I'm glad my Mother in-law gifted it to me. Wilson's Spin was a lot of fun and I've heard only good things about Julian Comstock so far with Rob talking it up quite a bit..
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett - This one was almost too on the nose for me, but again it is an intriguing look into the world of book collectors and thieves in the vein of The Professor and the Madman. This is non-fiction if you weren't sure.
Under the Dome by Stephen King - Some of you may remember my article debating on whether to read the latest King after basically giving up on him. Well I actually pre-ordered the book, but it never showed up because of a Post Office fiasco involved with my flood a couple months back. My Uncle kindly dragged this book to the tree this year so it looks as though I'll give it a whirl. Expect other reviews to go quiet while I am reading this over 1,000 page monster of a novel next month.
Sandman Vol. 3 Dream Country by Neil Gaiman - Slowly but surely I'm collecting this series. I've actually read all the volumes, but only recently started to get the trades. My hold-up was deciding whether to get the absolute editions, but ultimate I decided to go with transportability over durability. Plus I think my shelves would crack under the weight of all those absolutes.
Gift Card & Other Purchases
WWW: Wake by Robert J. Sawyer - Sawyer is one of my favorite Sci-Fi authors and I've been meaning to give his new series a go. If you haven't tried him before do yourself a favor and pick-up Calculating God, which is his best novel in my opinion. Watch the second volume in the WWW trilogy is due out in a few short months. For those bargain hunters out there Amazon is selling the hardcover of WWW: Wake for under $10.
Just Another Judgement Day by Simon R. Green - I've been following the Nightside for a couple years now, but I always wait to read at least 2 books in a row. That is probably due to their skinny size. That said I've also got a review copy of The Good, The Bad, and The Uncanny waiting to be reviewed after I'm done with this one. I'm actually in the middle of Judgement Day and so far Green has managed to introduce another amazingly powerful enemy for John Taylor.
The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman - I mentioned ordering this one a little while ago. It looks even better in the flesh as the cover paper is a parchment type, which gives it a nice texture that goes well with the art. Also when I flipped through it I noticed the publisher used a larger font than normal so it looks to be a quick read as well.
Sleepless by Charlie Huston - Huston is one of those authors that intrigues me and his takes on Noir have had no small part in reintroducing it for a new generation. The premise is pretty out there as well so I hope to get to it in the next couple of weeks.
I received the first 4 books in Pax Britannia Series, which was a bit unexpected. I thought I'd be getting just the first book, but the kind people at Abbadon Books sent the whole shebang. I'll definitely be trying this Steampunk/Horror series in the near future, which starts with Unnatural History by Jonathan Green.
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