A few new books

I’ve acquired several books over the past week:

I received an ARC in the mail of Patricia McKillip’s short story collection Wonders of the Invisible World, which comes out in October.  I love McKillip’s ethereal writing style, and I’ve been looking forward to reading this one for months.  Even the cover art is stunning.  This one’s certain to be full of magic, and I can’t wait to start reading it.

I visited the library a few days ago for the new Books & Bites event, which features food trucks outside of the MLK Memorial Library in DC on Wednesdays at lunchtime.  I’m a fan of the event; it’s a nice break from the routine and it’s a good way to draw people who work in the area to come to the library on their lunch break.  While I was there, I checked out Jo Walton’s “Among Others,” because I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it lately.

The next book is one that I only sort of acquired.  I ordered a copy of K. J. Parker’s “Devices and Desires,” which is the first book in the Engineer Trilogy.  I’ve come close to buying it every time I’ve gone to Barnes & Noble for the past year, and when I saw it on Amazon for $5, I decided that it was finally time.  The only problem is that I was an idiot and had it shipped to the wrong address, so it’s sitting on the dining room table of my parents’ house in PA.  Oops.

When I went to the library, I had originally hoped to find the next book in Octavia Butler’s Patternist series, but it was checked out.  However, I was out shopping with friends in Old Town Alexandria this weekend and did find two of Octavia Butler’s novels at the used bookstore:  Clay’s Ark and Parable of the Sower.  “Clay’s Ark” is the third book of the Patternist series.  I still need to track down the second book, but if I don’t find it then I can always get the e-book version.  “The Parable of the Sower” is the first book in a different series, but the series is only two books, which is nice.  Octavia Butler has quickly become one of my favorite authors, so I’m always on the lookout for more of her books.

So much for not buying new books for a while… it’s hard to resist the temptation!

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13 comments

  1. I love Patricia A. McKillip. I’ll definitely be getting the book, and the cover is great, but I’m sad to see it is not one by Kinuko Y. Craft, whose work is much better in my opinion.

    Among Others was my favorite book last year. I read it twice in a row, the second time aloud to my wife. I do hope you enjoy it and if/when you get to it I look forward to your thoughts.

    I’ve looked at those Parker books each time I go to the bookstore too. Great covers and they look so intriguing. Again, look forward to your thoughts when you get to it.

    1. I’ve only read two of McKillip’s books so far, but both are among my favorites. Her writing is sophisticated and evokes fairy-tale nostalgia.

      I should be reading Among Others relatively soon, because it’s a library book and I’ll have to give it back eventually. 😉

      I’ve been regretting not buying the Parker books for the better part of a year now. The premise seems interesting; I like the idea of fantasy in an industrialized setting. I’m hoping it’s as good as I want it to be.

  2. Every time you mention Old Town Alexandria I get jealous. Such a neat little place full of history. Currently I’m on a book buying ban. I have to avoid all stores. I find I’m struggling even in the grocery story. I want to wander upstairs to look through the bookstore, which isn’t that great, but can satisfy a bookstore craving in a pinch.

    1. Old Town Alexandria reminds me a lot of Europe, which I think is why I like it so much.
      I’ve been having a hard time stopping myself from buying new books, especially because bookstores make me feel so much better when I’m stressed. 🙂

    1. Reading all the Hugo finalists would be really cool to do one year. I haven’t read any of this year’s, but I did notice that a couple of them are sequels, which is interesting.

  3. I want to try one of the Books & Bites events. Hopefully one of my holds will come in on a Wednesday which would make it the perfect excuse to get down there. 🙂

    Octavia Butler has been on my list of authors to read for some time now. I should check and see what the library has.

    1. This week they even had a steel band, although I don’t know if they music scheduled for any of the other ones… either way, it’s a nice break in the routine. 🙂

    1. So far I’ve only read “Kindred” and “Wild Seed,” but I’ve already decided that I’m going to read everything that she ever wrote. She’s such a wonderful writer.

    1. I can’t wait to read them. I’ve loved everything that I’ve read by her thus far; her writing reminds me of why I fell in love with reading as a child.