Worlds & Time

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Buying Books

Okay, I just splurged on Amazon a little bit. It isn't like I don't have 40 books to read from scrounging in Book Mountain (my local paperback exchange) for Hugo nominees and other notable works of science fiction.

The books that I bought today fall into two main categories: Pre-orders by my favorite authors and anthologies containing short stories by Michelle West.

If you've read this blog, you probably have guessed that one of the books is Little Brother. The other two are Jhegaala by Steven Brust and The Hidden City by Michelle West. I just want to pimp them momentarily cause I really love them.

I'm also looking forward to the short story anthologies, although I won't bother to list them here. Michelle West wrote one of my favorite short stories "Legacy," and the thing that all of the anthologies that I just purchased have in common is her work, so I'm looking forward to those as well.

I'm also really ticked off at the moment because I went out and actually bought a brand new copy of Accelerando by Charlie Stross at Borders. It was supposed to sneak up to the top of my reading list, but uh . . . I can't find it. I took it to Albuquerque with me on Valentine's Day, but I haven't seen it since then. I'm not imagining buying it because I've got the receipt but just not the book.

(Note: I later bought another copy at Book Mountain, and then found the original copy. If you want to read it, I returned the Book Mountain copy.)

I think one of the hardest things about buying books right now is that I know that I'm not going to get to them right away. With such a massive backlog of books I'm always in the middle of something, so it's hard to really buy a book in anticipation of reading it right away.

I think I'm done for a while though. No more books for a bit.

Well . . . I should check Book Mountain tomorrow anyway.

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