or, Library Sale

So, I went to the library sale on Saturday morning.
I only managed to get the eight books.

A Tupolev Too Far – Brian Aldiss
Ring – Stephen Baxter
Out Of Sight – Elmore Leonard
The Stone Canal – Ken McLeod
Fevre Dream – George RR Martin
Memory Seed – Stephen Palmer
Lunar Descent – Allen Steele
The Wild – David Zindell

God knows when I’m going to read them all, but at 50p for a hardback and 30p for a paperback, it was just too good a deal to pass up.


Has it been that long?


It appears it’s been ten days since I last updated this thing, where does the time go eh?
Anyway, since I’ve been so lax of late, I thought I’d do an update this time.
Since the last entry I’ve bought four books and borrowed another four.
I’ve bought
Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Dream Brother by David Browne
R.E.M. – The Rolling Stone Files by The Editors of Rolling Stone

I’ve borrowed
The Corrections by Johnathan Franzen
Hothouse by Brian Aldiss
King of the City by Michael Moorcock
Deepsix by Jack McDevitt

I’ve currently got five books on the go.
The Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub, which is a sequel of sorts to The Talisman
American Gods by Neil Gaiman, which I’m doing a slow re-read of.
Songs of Earth and Power by Greg Bear An interesting two book fantasy series
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman Supposedly a juvenile fantasy novel. First part of a trilogy, the final part of which has just won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award.
R.E.M. – The Rolling Stone Files by The Editors of Rolling Stone Has articles and reviews on R.E.M. that appeared in Rolling Stone from the start of their career up to the release of the Monster album.

I finished
The Gunslinger by Stephen King Part one of the Dark Tower series, a fantasy that ties in with The Black House to some degree



or, it’s getting light in the mornings again

I finished Neverwhere.

I’m reading Songs of Earth and Power by Greg Bear.
Which is an omnibus collection of his two fantasy books The Infinity Concerto and The Serpent Mage. I first read these when I was still at school (Praise be to Sinclairtown Library). I only read them because I had really enjoyed Blood Music by Bear and I decided to work my way through all of his books I could find in the Library. I think that Bear wrote some powerful Science Fiction when he was starting out, especially Blood Music, and that his later work has been terribly inconsistent. Songs of Earth and Power comes from his early burst of creativity and is an intriguing fantasy.



Outlaw Mythos

Thanks to high winds I had to take a day off work yesterday. I decided to pay another visit to the library to kill some of the time.

I got Country by Nick Tosches. It’s a history of Country music. With Tosches’ reputation I expect that it will be an interesting read.

I’m currently reading The Gunslinger by Stephen King, who I hear has announced plans to retire in a couple of books time, and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

By the way, it’s worth a visit to Gaiman’s online diary, he’s an interesting guy.


Library (again)


Another weekend visit to the library, this time I got three books out and bought a fourth from the booksale.
I took the George RR Martin edited short story anthology back as I never developed the will to read it.

This time round I borrowed:
Shopping Cart Soldiers by John Mulligan, which sounds like a very interesting take on the Vietman experience.
Thorns by Robert Silverberg, which I got because it’s in Gollancz yellow and I’ve not read any Silverberg in ages. I find Silverberg is either excellent or totally forgettable.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, which I had gotten half way through a month or so back, I was going to get it out again but got distracted at the counter and just handed it back in.

And I bought:
Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King, which is the first part of a fantasy sequence. I got it because:
i) it was only 30p
ii) the storyline feeds into The Black House by King and Straub, which is a sequel to The Talisman, and I want to have a clue about the references that book makes when I actually get round to reading it.
iii) it’s the right size for reading on the train.

I almost started reading Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan on Friday night. Luckily I stopped myself in time.



I went to the library on Saturday morning. I surprised myself by only picking up the one book.

Wild Cards vol 1 edited by George RR Martin is an anthology of short stories. I’ll get back with more details when I’ve had a chance to take a proper look.

I’m now about two-thirds of the way through Pyramids, I expect to finish it very soon.

I’m thinking that I might actually get round to reading Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. I’ve had it for ages and I’ve never even started reading it. It’s meant to be very good, so I’ll probably start that next.


See the change?

Yes, I’ve actually updated the look of the page to fit the rest of the site.
I’m astonished. You should be too.

I’m still reading Pyramids and I’m still reading American Gods.

I’m going to the library on Saturday and I shall probably pick up another couple of books then.



I’m really enjoying re-reading American Gods, but the hardback is just too damned bulky to read while commuting.
So I had a quick look in one of the many boxes of books still packed after the move for a light little paperback to read. I managed to pick a box filled with Discworld books. Now, I’m reading Pyramids again. I’ve no idea how many times I’ve read it. I noticed that I’d written my name and the date I bought the book inside the cover – 22/08/1990! I can’t believe it’s that long since I first got it. Mind you the book does look well read now – but totally whole. I take good care of my books. You could never tell that I’m a librarian, eh?

I have to note that I’m terrible for reading several books at one time, you can expect me to be reading up to half a dozen books at once (well not literally of course). I’ve also got a terrible magazine habit and I got my copy of Mojo yesterday (I subscribe) so I spent a while reading that. Funny thing about Mojo is the thing I like the best about it is the crossword. Oh, it’s a very well written magazine, lots of articles, reviews etc. but I prefer Uncut for those things – it’s got a less serious tone and it covers films as well.

I know I haven’t done it yet, but I will start giving a little precis of the plot of books I’m reading, honest. It’s just that I started this thing off with a library book that I really had already given up on, and now I’m re-reading books.

Now, I feel guilty. Damn.

Mr Mee by Andrew Crumey is about an old man who fancies himself as a scholar. He becomes intruiged by the notion of the Xanthic cult (who believe that fire is alive) and starts on a search for Rosiers Encylcopedia, which supposedly formulates an early precursor to quantum theory. Mr Mee buys a computer (fleeced by Dixons) and gets seduced by the internet, porn webcams and all. There is a second story about two scribes working on the Encyclopedia in Paris. But I got bored with it about then, the author introduced a penniless seamstress and I just lost interest in the plot. I suppose it could work out a good book, but I can’t be bothered finding out.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman is an expert fantasy set in contemporary USA. The lead character is Shadow, who starts the book in prison, just before he’s due to be released. He gets released early however when his wife dies in a car accident. The story tells of what happens when Shadow accepts a job offer from the mysterious Wednesday. It really is a book about America and about Gods. Very well written, very involving.

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind tells the story of Hollywood in the 1970’s and takes you behind the scenes of the making of films like The Godfather, Star Wars, The Exorcist, Jaws, etc. Lots of revelations about the personalities and politics of the leading directors of American cinema.

Pyramids by Terry Pratchett is the sixth Discworld book. It’s about Pteppic, the heir to the throne of Djelibeybi, who is called home to rule after being educated as an assassin in Ankh-Morpork. It’s a very funny book, with lots of interesting things to say about identity, tradition and camels.


I’ve given up on Mr Mee. I just lost interest.

I’ve been reading various chapters of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind. Great for bite size reading.
I’ve also started to re-read American Gods by Neil Gaiman. This is a very impressive book, by far and away the best solo work Gaiman has ever done.

I’ve loaned The Amazing Maurice… by Terry Pratchett to MC at my work. No-one should have to wait until paperback release to read Pratchett!

I intend to visit the library on Saturday, so I’ll have some fresh stuff to read in the next few weeks.