Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Stalling for Time

We got a new digital camera and my review writing is going really slowly, so here are some of pictures of recent book acquisitions (for those who like that sort of thing).















These are some of the books I got for Christmas. On the left is The Charmed Sphere, the first book in Catherine Asaro's fantasy series, Misted Cliffs. I got this one from a friend who is also a big fan of Asaro's Skolian saga. We've both been wondering how her other series is, so she sent the first one to me. In the middle is The Oracle Lips, a short story collection by Storm Constantine, one of my favorite authors for her Wraeththu series. Since this one is a numbered, signed book, I was excited about it and it's my favorite Christmas gift. The one of the right is Sea of Wind, the second book in the Twelve Kingdoms series by Fuyumi Ono. One of the few anime series I really liked was based on these books and I enjoyed the first novel.

















Here are some of the recent review copies. From left to right: Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras #1) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Inside Straight edited by George R. R. Martin, and Busted Flush edited by George R. R. Martin. I've never read any of the Dragonlance novels, or anything by Weis and Hickman. My plan is to read Inside Straight after I read my "required read" for this month. I've wanted to read a Wild Cards novel for a while and it has superheroes, George R.R. Martin and various other authors I'm curious about (i.e., Daniel Abraham and Carrie Vaughn).

7 comments:

ediFanoB said...

Don't worry. I think it is quite normal that you spend time to discover new equipment.And nowadays these cameras contain so many functions....

Kristen said...

New toys are always fun!

Dark Wolf said...

Very nice books you got there, Kristen :)
And I hope you'll enjoy your new camera ;)

Benjamin said...

Inside Straight is a great way to get into Wild Cards since it's essentially a reboot of the series. Some of the stories are only about average but it all comes together very well and I thought it was quite good.

Kristen said...

Dark Wolf - Thanks, I'm excited about reading these, especially Wild Cards, the Asaro book and The Oracle Lips (which I am halfway through now).

Benjamin - Glad to hear Inside Straight is a good starting point for Wild Cards. I'm really looking forward to reading it and seeing how all the stories come together.

Thea said...

Wow, nice score with those books! That first group, with Asaro, Constantine and Ono looks wonderful. I'm jealous :) I can't wait to see what you think of them. (Somewhere, my TBR is groaning)

Kristen said...

Hi Thea! The first group does include some books I'm really looking forward to reading. Have you read anything by those authors? I'm halfway through The Oracle Lips now which is good, but I do like Constantine's novels better (I tend to prefer novels to short stories anyway).