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Books (Year in Review..kinda) - Cosmic Dolphin
December 25th, 2006
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Books (Year in Review..kinda)
I won't bore you with the book purchases, since we already did those in previous posts...but:

The first few months of the year were rather quiet bookwise. We went to Long Beach Island in NJ in the spring though, and I chugged my way through the first few 'Black Company' books by Glen Cook. pxr5 has read a whole bunch of other Glen Cook, but she hadn't really explored this series probably on account of it being too much like 'Military Porn' ;-) It's a fun series, I'm through the first 5 books, and there are another 5 to go, which I will snack on when I'm next in the mood. It definitely fits into the category guilty pleasure :-)

For my Worldcon reading, I picked 'On 'Basilisk Station' the first 'Honor Harrington' book by David Weber, otherwise known as Hornblower in Space. Damn Good. I had to immediately purchase all remaining books and spin off novels/collections. Hey at least Worldcon was the right place to do that, I picked up the stragglers when I got home. I'm on book 10 out of 11 in the main sequence and temporarily burned out.. 1-6 were a blast, 7 was a Crawl, 8-9 were good. Book 10 is long but good so far.

I had a little burst of non-fiction reading about the Ottoman Empire, and Istanbul, as well as working my way through the biography of 19th Century Adventurer 'Capt Sir Richard Francis Burton'. Busy Guy, 200 pages to go ;-) I stockpiled a mound of non-fiction stuff to read including Teslas biography.

While visiting our friend Jared in London, I noticed his rather pristine set of 'Sax Rohmer' Fu Manchu omnibus editions. Now Sax wrote an interesting selection, of mystery/occult/thriller stuff in the early 20th century, and it's certainly of its time, but it's a blast :-)

I have just read:

The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu
The Devil Doctor
Brood of the Witch-Queen (a HP Lovecraft fave)
Tales of Secret Egypt
The Quest of the Sacred Slipper
The Green Eyes of Bast
Tales of Chinatown
The Haunting of Low Fennel

A delirious mix of Ancient Egyptian magic and seedy Opium dens in the London Limehouse district. Excellent stuff, if you can cope with some of it's anachromisms.


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