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Old 19th March 2012, 11:58 PM   #6496 (permalink)
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...Finally, 2 copies of this annotated, illustrated fantasy classic, to give away (which is practically what they are doing at bookdepository.co.uk):

That looks nice. How are the illustrations?
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Old 20th March 2012, 02:21 AM   #6497 (permalink)
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That looks nice. How are the illustrations?
The Phantastes illustrations in this edition are noteworthy for at least two reasons: they are attractive designs by Arthur Hughes; and Hughes was, in fact, a friend of the George MacDonald family. (In fact I think maybe he married one of GM's daughters.) They should give a pretty good idea of how GM visualized these scenes.

They are printed on good, bright white paper. However, they aren't as crisp and clear sometimes as I'd like them to be. I can't imagine that this edition worked with the originals.
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Old 20th March 2012, 05:20 AM   #6498 (permalink)
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My copy of the Magnalia came over the weekend. I've only had time to browse through it a bit and refresh my memory here and there... but oh, it's a lovely thing to have back on my shelves again!
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Old 20th March 2012, 06:14 AM   #6499 (permalink)
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Exogene by T. C. McCarthy. (Book two of teh Subterrene War.)
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Old 21st March 2012, 06:39 PM   #6500 (permalink)
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I wont use bookdepository site to buy new books ever again! They sent me a copy of Robot Have No Tails by Henry Kuttner that have pages that are sliced around the edges. Slightly torn pages is for okay only when its second hand.

I buy 99% of my book hauls from my real specialist fav bookstore and only use that site sometimes for their discounts. Im pissed....
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Old 23rd March 2012, 07:52 PM   #6501 (permalink)
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Those books take me back years!!!! I remember reading them as a teenager! Thanks for bringing back the memory!
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Old 23rd March 2012, 07:54 PM   #6502 (permalink)
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All this has made me remember two books I loved as a child: "three hearts and three lions" by Poul Anderson, and "the duelling machine" by Ben Bova. Simple stories very well told, which is in my humble opinion, high praise for any book!
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Old 24th March 2012, 12:53 AM   #6503 (permalink)
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I wont use bookdepository site to buy new books ever again! They sent me a copy of Robot Have No Tails by Henry Kuttner that have pages that are sliced around the edges. Slightly torn pages is for okay only when its second hand.

I buy 99% of my book hauls from my real specialist fav bookstore and only use that site sometimes for their discounts. Im pissed....
I've had mostly good luck buying used books online. A few broken bindings, a few wrong books (ordered a discworld book by Pratchett and received a knitting mystery), and once I ordered A Scanner Darkly by Dick they sent me the damn graphic novel.
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Old 26th March 2012, 10:12 PM   #6504 (permalink)
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Cormac McCarthy - The Road
Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy - No Country For Old Men
Philip Roth - American Pastoral
Philip Roth - Sabbath's Theatre
Philip Roth - Portnoy's Complaint

Got some good readin ahead of me I reckon...
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Old 26th March 2012, 10:37 PM   #6505 (permalink)
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Cormac McCarthy - The Road
Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy - No Country For Old Men
Philip Roth - American Pastoral
Philip Roth - Sabbath's Theatre
Philip Roth - Portnoy's Complaint

Got some good readin ahead of me I reckon...
Some really good books there.
Blood Meridian is amazing and terrifying, one of the greatest pieces of American literature out there IMO.
And Sabbath's Theatre has one of the most uncomfortable scenes I've ever read.
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Old 27th March 2012, 11:52 AM   #6506 (permalink)
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Cormac McCarthy - The Road
Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy - No Country For Old Men
Philip Roth - American Pastoral
Philip Roth - Sabbath's Theatre
Philip Roth - Portnoy's Complaint

Got some good readin ahead of me I reckon...
Indeed. I have all of those except for Potnoy's Complaint.

American Pastoral still remains Roth's best work to date...oh and Blood Meridian is a classic most assuredly but I'm yet to read my copy of No Country for Old Men.

You certainly seem to be set on a course away from the more traditional Speculative fiction seen here....
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Old 28th March 2012, 08:52 PM   #6507 (permalink)
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Some really good books there.
Blood Meridian is amazing and terrifying, one of the greatest pieces of American literature out there IMO.
And Sabbath's Theatre has one of the most uncomfortable scenes I've ever read.
Am reading No Country For Old Men, right now. A surprisingly easy read, despite the lack of any speech marks that McCarthy employs, and thus far very similar to the movie. Am picturing more of a Jared Leto type look for Chigurh though.

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Indeed. I have all of those except for Potnoy's Complaint.

American Pastoral still remains Roth's best work to date...oh and Blood Meridian is a classic most assuredly but I'm yet to read my copy of No Country for Old Men.

You certainly seem to be set on a course away from the more traditional Speculative fiction seen here....
I'd've thought McCarthy would've been known by at least a few posters around here. He's very much of the hard boiled school, with I believe a lot of his works veering into Western or crime fiction territory. I haven't read any Roth, yet, but ironically he was recommended to me on another SF forum discussing Gene Wolfe.

I also got a copy of Swords and Dark Magic a short while ago, which I've been steadily working my way through.
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Old 29th March 2012, 12:27 AM   #6508 (permalink)
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I have read Blood Meridian of McCarthy and that turned me of him for years. He is not a good western author thats for sure. Atleast not hardcore westerns. Might be better with All the Pretty Horses type westerns.

I will read The Orchard Keeper and give him a final chance because his prose is pretty damn cool in very hardboiled way.
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Old 30th March 2012, 11:08 PM   #6509 (permalink)
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Found these on the freebie shelf at the public library. The Russian anthology stopped me in my tracks as that's the one Extollager posted a while back with the story he really liked, "Bezhin Meadows". I haven't read it yet will when I get the chance (to see if it's as good as he says).

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Old 31st March 2012, 04:52 PM   #6510 (permalink)
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The Russian anthology stopped me in my tracks as that's the one Extollager posted a while back with the story he really liked, "Bezhin Meadows". I haven't read it yet will when I get the chance (to see if it's as good as he says).
It is, at least in that translation. It is one of my favorite short stories from my whole life of reading.
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