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!