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Old 12th August 2010, 12:28 PM   #5131 (permalink)
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Yesterday's haul....

A Ghost At Noon (also known as Contempt) - Alberto Moravia. *Probably Italian novelist Moravia's best known novel and his acknowledged masterpiece and outstanding contribution to World Literature. Blurb: Contempt is a brilliant and unsettling work by one of the revolutionary masters of modern European literature. All the qualities for which Alberto Moravia is justly famous—his cool clarity of expression, his exacting attention to psychological complexity and social pretension, his still-striking openness about sex—are evident in this story of a failing marriage. Contempt (which was to inspire Jean-Luc Godard’s no-less-celebrated film) is an unflinching examination of desperation and self-deception in the emotional vacuum of modern consumer society.

Mysteries - Knut Hamsun *Alongside Hunger, which I have already read and positively reviewed and Pan and of course Growth of the Soil, this is generally accepted as Norway's Nobel Prize winner's early great novel. Blurb: The main character, like the title says, is a mysterious guy. Nagel arrives in a Norwegian town with plenty of money and goodwill, and though kind of an eccentric, seems to start to fit in with the local crowd. But it's almost as if Nagel only just landed on Earth, and while he wishes to live correctly, has no idea how to do it. Published at the end of the last century, Mysteries is an existentialist novel, very strange, often very funny, often sad and largely asking the question, "Why live?
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Old 12th August 2010, 12:56 PM   #5132 (permalink)
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Just picked up Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" for £1 (although it does look like the cover will fall off by the time I'm finished with it).

Also picked up "Rendevous with Rama" by Arthur C Clark yesterday.
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Old 12th August 2010, 08:31 PM   #5133 (permalink)
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'Metro 2033' picked up today at the post office. Surprised to see it's quite a large book (was expecting a much smaller format)...but I'm still all giddy to read it. I'm going through 'Harry Potter 4' and 'Jhereg' like a steamroller on steroids right now, so that I can clear my reading calendar for it.
If there's even a trace of the mood from the game in the book...I'll be one happy Chrons member.
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Old 12th August 2010, 11:32 PM   #5134 (permalink)
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Just picked up Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" for £1 (although it does look like the cover will fall off by the time I'm finished with it).

Also picked up "Rendevous with Rama" by Arthur C Clark yesterday.
Couple of good ones there Simon, tho I'm still waiting for a copy of the Heinlein to become available.
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Old 13th August 2010, 07:05 AM   #5135 (permalink)
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I haven't been around for quite a while, and haven't read very much either (still on Dies The Fire). Anyways, I haven't really stopped buying books though.

Picked all these up for $6

The Foundation Trilogy
by Isaac Asimov (also includes The Stars, Like Dust, The Naked Sun and I, Robot)
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy by Douglas Adams
Rama II by Arthur C Clarke and Gentry Lee (1st H/C)
2001 + 2010 by Arthur C Clarke (both 1st H/C)
After Many a Summer by Aldous Huxley
Island by Aldous Huxley
Two Harry Potter Books (They were only 50c each)
Men Like Gods by H.G. Wells
Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein
Thigmoo by Eugene Byrne

Now I just need to spend more time reading!
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Old 13th August 2010, 04:42 PM   #5136 (permalink)
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Hawkwood and the Kings and Century of the Soldier, both by Paul Kearney. These are the omnibus books for his Monarchies of God series published back in 2000-2002.

Very much looking forward to reading these, and his second in the Macht series, Corvus, coming out in November.
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Old 14th August 2010, 11:05 AM   #5137 (permalink)
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Having a copy of the original Monarchies of God series, I can safely say this is good introduction to Kearney's abilities as a writer of military fiction.

Today....

Pedro Parama - Juan Rulfo *One of the great novels of pre-magic realism Latin America from one of its forgotten masters, I was particularly happy to source a copy of this from the local book market. Blurb: A masterpiece of the surreal, this stunning novel from Mexico depicts a man's strange quest for his heritage. Beseeched by his dying mother to locate his father, Pedro Paramo, whom they fled from years ago, Juan Preciado sets out for Comala. Comala is a town alive with whispers and shadows--a place seemingly populated only by memory and hallucinations. Built on the tyranny of the Paramo family, its barren and broken-down streets echo the voices of tormented spirits sharing the secrets of the past. First published to both critical and popular acclaim in 1955, Pedro Paramo represented a distinct break with earlier, largely "realist" novels from Latin America. Rulfo's entrancing mixture of vivid sensory images, violent passions, and inexplicable sorcery--a style that has come to be known as "magical realism"--has exerted a profound influence on subsequent Latin American writers, from Jose Donoso and Carlos Fuentes to Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brien *According to my book agent an even greater masterpiece than Swim-at-Two_Birds. Blurb: A masterpiece of black humour from the renown comic and acclaimed author of 'At Swim-Two-Birds' -- Flann O'Brien. A thriller, a hilarious comic satire about an archetypal village police force, a surrealistic vision of eternity, the story of a tender, brief, unrequited love affair between a man and his bicycle, and a chilling fable of unending guilt, 'The Third Policeman' is comparable only to 'Alice in Wonderland' as an allegory of the absurd. Distinguished by endless comic invention and its delicate balancing of logic and fantasy, 'The Third Policeman' is unique in the English language.
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Old 14th August 2010, 12:40 PM   #5138 (permalink)
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Hawkwood and the Kings and Century of the Soldier, both by Paul Kearney. These are the omnibus books for his Monarchies of God series published back in 2000-2002.

Very much looking forward to reading these, and his second in the Macht series, Corvus, coming out in November.
I thought his Sea Beggars series was better written but that series is unfinished. I have the first two books of Monarchies so im only getting the second omnibus.

You will like it more than me, im strictly heroic fantasy fan and not epic traditional fantasy that Monarchies of God series is. Its unlike the rest of his works.
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Old 15th August 2010, 09:44 PM   #5139 (permalink)
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Just got The One Hundred and One Dalmatians and The Starlight Barking by Dodie Smith. I thought I already owned them, but apparently I don't. Had to rectify that!
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Recently...

The Go-Between - L.P. Hartley *Hartley's best known novel. He's also known as an exponent of the ghost story.
Sixty Stories - Donald Barthelme *Looking forward to this weird and surreal story collection by one of the best regarded crop of contemporary American writers.

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Arriving at my house tomorrow will be:

Storm Front by Jim Butcher, artwork by Ardian Syar (graphic novel for my grandson)
Blameless by Gail Carriger (third in the series that started with Souless)
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
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Old 18th August 2010, 12:00 AM   #5142 (permalink)
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The Best of Robert Westall Volume One
Rhoda Broughton's Ghost Stories
Imaginary Worlds by Lin Carter
The Penguin Book of Witches and Warlocks
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The Best of Robert Westall Volume One
Rhoda Broughton's Ghost Stories
Imaginary Worlds by Lin Carter
The Penguin Book of Witches and Warlocks
I'm going to have to try to track down a copy of the Broughton. She was one of the staples of the ghostly tale in her time, often quite good....
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From bookmooch:

Read it years ago but dont have a copy, or rather I didnt!
He has a third David Ash book coming out in October/November too!
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It was time for yet another bi-monthly book sale. I walked out with a huge load this time, so be ready to read the book haul equivelant of War and Peace.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Riddley Walker by Russel Hoban
Macbeth by Shakespeare
The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton
Breakdown by William W. Johnstone
The Werewolf Principle by Clifford Simak
The School by T.M. Wright
Misery
The Bachman Books
Dolores Claiborne
by Stephen King
Rose Madder
Desperation

The Wall Around Eden by Joan Slonczewski
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
The Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven
Blade Vampire Strike/Pipeline Strike by David Robbins
Protectorate by Mick Farren
Prince of Chaos by Roger Zelazny (one to store till I find the others)
The Sinister Twilight by J.S. Forrester
The Exploration of Space by Arthur C. Clarke
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Peterson
New Terrors 1 edited by Ramsey Campbell
Forerunner Foray by Andre Norton
Red Limit Freeway by John DeChancie
Rogue Angels by Peter Cave (pulp trash 60's biker gang fluff... Woot!)
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Odyssey by Homer
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Master of the World by Jules Verne
One Eye + Three-Eyes by Stuart Gordon
Politician by Piers Anthony
Wheel of Time books 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 by Robert Jordan
The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant 1-3 by Stephen Donaldson
The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant 2-3 by Stephen Donaldson
Star Wars Heir to the Empire + Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn
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