Saturday, October 13, 2018

Book Sale 2018, Part 2: My Son's Books

For the next couple of book sale posts, be prepared for more variety than usual. My son reads mostly fantasy, science fiction, and non-fiction. My husband reads all types of fiction, but also leans toward non-fiction.

This post showcases some of the books that my son found at the book sale, and there are a lot of gorgeous covers here.


Terms of Enlistment is military science fiction, and the first book in a six book series.

The Dragon Never Sleeps is a science fiction standalone book by Glen Cook, who is more well know for his fantasy series (the Garrett P.I series and the Black Company series are examples).


Blindsight is a hard science fiction novel about a First Contact situation, written by Canadian writer Peter Watts, published by Tor Books in 2006.

Archivist Wasp is set in a post-apocalyptic world, with a young female protagonist who is an Archivist. She hunts and studies ghosts and she has her position because she killed the previous person in the position. And every year other young girls try to do the same to her to get her job.
 

From the author's blog:
Meet Edinburgh Detective Inspector Liz Kavanaugh, head of the Innovative Crimes Investigation Unit, otherwise known as the Rule 34 Squad. They monitor the Internet for potential criminal activity, analyzing trends in the extreme fringes of explicit content.
I knew I had heard of Rule 34 before. Margot wrote a Spotlight on this book at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...


Two fantasy novels:

Chasing the Moon is described at Tor.com as:
an unabashedly zany comedic fantasy that combines Douglas Adams-style humor and a protagonist who could be the sister of Bridget Jones with horror in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft.
The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams is described as noir urban fantasy. It is the first in a series and features an earthbound angel who helps souls get to heaven. It is not quite as long as some of his fantasy novels, and I think I am going to have to try it.


This book, The Manual of Detection, is very hard to describe. From what I can gather, it is a very unusual mystery, with elements of fantasy, science fiction, and literary fiction. From the back cover:
In an unnamed city always slick with rain, Charles Unwin toils as a clerk at a huge, imperious detective agency. But when the illustrious detective Travis Sivart turns up murdered, Unwin is suddenly promoted to detective and must solve the mystery himself, aided only by the Manual of Detection.



12 comments:

  1. Just be grateful that they all read. Harder and harder to get boys to read.

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    1. I am very grateful that we all love reading and books, Patti. It is a shared passion and we all share information on books and authors.

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  2. Thank you for the kind mention, Tracy. I really hope your son will enjoy Rule 34. He made some really interesting choices here, I think. And you're right; those covers are terrific. I'll be interested in what your husband chose.

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    1. I think I will enjoy Rule 34, Margot. I had commented at your post that I would be put off by the present tense style of writing but I think it will be worth it.

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  3. Probably Rule 34 would be closest to anything I would want to read from this lot. There are some great covers though.

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    1. I do think current science fiction and fantasy covers are way better than current crime fiction book covers, Col, in general. And I agree, Rule 34 probably comes close to your tastes. I look forward to reading it myself.

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  4. I do not see myself reading any of the above books. I do think it is a good idea I do not live in your area. It would be too hard not to bring home a pile of books from every sale.

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    1. I would like to read most of these books, Bill, and I wish I could read twice as many books as I do.

      It is a great book sale and very tempting. You have more good book stores around you and in cities you visit than we have here though, though.

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  5. Tracy, I like your son's taste in books, also because I enjoy reading fantasy and science fiction. You're right, these are great covers and that would be sufficient for me to pick them up at a sale.

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    1. He does pick some good books, Prashant. I have a backlog of books that he has loaned me. And I find all of these intriguing.

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  6. Interesting to see so many books I have never heard of - not my usual genre. But the wasp one looks good, and the Rule 34.

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    1. Those two are the ones I found most interesting also, Moira, plus for some reason The Dirty Streets of Heaven really appeals.

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