One of the most pleasant ways I've found to fill an hour or so on a Saturday is to browse my way through a handful of charity shops. I would make a conservative estimate and say around 40% of the books I own come from charity shops. I have no issues with pre-owned books (although I know some people prefer brand new books - do you? Can you not bear the bent spines and dog-eared pages of a well-loved book?) I like the warm fuzzies I get from knowing that every book I take home also puts a little cash in the charity coffers. Today I made an admirable haul.
First up, the two R's - Remic and Reynolds. Still not read anything by either of these authors, but somehow managing to collect my way to virtually their whole back catalogue! Any ardent sci fi fans care to comment on these books? Any good? Should I read other books before these i.e. are they part of a sequence?
Next is a neat little triumvirate of titles: The Truth by Terry Pratchett (which fits neatly into a gap I had of his Discworld work); The Warrior Prophet by R Scott Bakker (second volume in the Prince of Nothing trilogy, of which I have the first book) and Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper (book one of the Vampirates series, which just seems like too much fun to miss!)
Here are the other three (all six from the same shop! Good pickings!): The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan (I have read this series before, but have decided to collect again and then review them this time around); 2666 by Robert Bolano (this book is *huge* - I couldn't resist the sheer heft!); and Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgewick (a YA/children's author who is receiving a great deal of buzz at the moment).
And because eight books just isn't enough for this gal, when I wandered into Waterstone's I found myself picking up four more. Hmm, do I really need to sleep? If I don't sleep, maybe I would finish reading the number of books I now own.....?
First up, The Ninth Circle by Alex Bell (read Lex Trent, which I loved, and I'm now curious about her adult work) and Raven Blood Eye by Giles Kristian (I really enjoy historical fiction, and I'm a sucker for the cover on this one and the second in the series)
Lastly, I picked up Blood of the Mantis (the third in the series by Adrian Tchaikovsky - I have the first, second and fourth; I am preparing a read of this series since the guy persists in releasing books ultra quickly! *grin*) and Shogun by James Clavell (recommended frequently and often by Sam Sykes to me as the one piece of non-genre fiction that I really MUST read - so I have now picked it up. It'd better be good!)
Any of the above you particularly interested in? Are there any that you would like to see me review? Comments always very welcome!