Mooching, books and random thoughts
Thankfully I didn’t include any resolutions in my New Year ‘rules I like to break list’ about not adding to my stacks. Phew, that’s a good thing. Yesterday, spent a couple of hours mooching round the shops and in particular a second hand bookstore, very conveniently situated about 10 minutes walk from where I live. And, came away with the following goodies which I’m really pleased with:
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – I’ve already read this but it was the library copy and I obviously wanted my own – I will be reading this again. So I’ve picked up a beautiful copy, hardback illustrated by Dave McKean. What a find! Believe me, Neil Gaiman’s books are very rarely seen in second hand book shops! I sort of did a double take and then quickly snatched if off the shelf before anyone else had the chance!
Haunted by James Herbert – decided I needed to pick up JH after a very long departure from his books. Thought I could save this for this year’s RIP at Stainless Steel Droppings (already downloaded to Kindle Lovecraft’s complete works with this in mind although don’t think I can read all of them!) I’ve just realised that I am just assuming that Carl will be hosting a RIP event this year! Well, I certainly hope so – it’s a massive event (which is why I’m already collecting books!)
The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle – what a very unusual cover this book has, I haven’t the foggiest notion what is going on – who knows maybe the content will reveal all. Hoping to get to this as part of the Vintage Sci fi but realistically might not manage it – it does look rather chunky to say the least! Maybe I’ll just squeeze it into the Sci Fi Experience instead. Funnily the cover price says UK £1.25 – exactly how old is this copy?? The back of the book says ‘a masterpiece to rank with Dune and Stranger in a Strange Land’. Well, time will tell. Anybody out there agree with that??
The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Definitely reading this this month (I almost read a quarter of it in the shop! Standing in the aisle, clutching all my books and smiling at the start of the story). Again, not read this in ages.
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel – this one does seem a little out of character with the books above but apparently this is a ghost story, so, again, RIP.
So, now all I have to do is find some hiding places for these so the hubby doesn’t know I’m sneaking in contraband! (although, I only paid £7.50 for all the lot – it would have been rude not to buy them under the circumstances!)