At 75% Off, I Couldn’t Resist

Copy of 20141009_133837The second hand bookstore that’s going out of business has now reduced inventory to 75% off.  This is like offering catnip to cats.  I’ve broken the titles up into 4 loosely related groups.  Makes it easier to see them in a picture that way.

First, Joel Rosenberg.  I’ve never read any of his books, but years ago a friend recommended them.  They look like a lot of fun.  Not all of them are Guardians of the Flame series, but most of them are.  I think I got the whole set.  The other two (D’Shai and Hour of the Octopus) seem to be a blend of fantasy and mystery.

20141009_133650The next group is general fantasy, with an emphasis on sword and sorcery.  The Glen Cook is a reading copy.  The copy I have is signed.   I’m in the process of obtaining more of Kurtz’s Deryni novels.  I’m not sure I’ll read all of them, but I’ve heard the earlier ones are good and aren’t as depressing as the later books.  The Oron books I’m not too sure about.  David C. Smith has written several different S&S series, but I’ve not read any of them.  I know nothing about this series.  The Hour of the Dragon is, of course, something I’ve got other copies of, but I thought I would grab this one on general principles.

20141009_133437I’ve got the Chad Oliver volumes of Classics of Modern Science Fiction, but,  hey, this Chad Oliver.  These were originally published when I was in college, although the first few volumes may have come out when I was in high school.  It’s been too long to be sure.  Not all of the volumes appealed to me at the time (still don’t), so I didn’t try to collect them.  I may try to accumulate a set and see if I can get anything for it on ebay.  The Leinster I hadn’t seen in this edition.  I also love the cover of Medea, although I’ve got a trade paper copy of this one.  It’s hard to go wrong with a Freas cover.

20141009_133932The final selection is science fiction.  I’ve been eyeing the Mike Shepherd/Moscoe books for a while.  (Shepherd and Moscoe are the same person.)  I’ve liked pretty much everything I’ve read by Michael Bishop.  My reading has been confined to short stories mostly, so I thought I would give his novels a try.  Ditto for Robert Thurston.  Simak is always worth reading.  I’ve got this particular title, but still.  Finally, I read some of the shorter pieces that make up The Expediter in high school when they were published in Analog and thought I’d see if they were as good as I remembered.

The store is still open, although some of the best stuff is starting to disappear.  (I missed a set of H. Rider Haggard because I waited.  Blasted cash flow.)  I’m sure I’ll pop in again before too long.

10 thoughts on “At 75% Off, I Couldn’t Resist

    1. Keith West Post author

      Yes. Yes, I am. I will also entertain requests if there’s something you’re looking for. There were duplicates of a few of the titles. Drop me an email at the address for the blog, and if I find it, I’ll let you know.

      1. Woelf Dietrich

        Thanks for the offer, but I’m in New Zealand. The cost of shipping them here would counter the good deal. Sad really. Those two Robert E Howard collections, for instance, look mighty readable. lol

        1. Keith West Post author

          Ah, understood. There’s actually only one Howard collection, The Hour of the Dragon, his sole Conan novel. The other is a pastiche by David C. Smith. Sadly, there weren’t any duplicates of those.

          1. Keith West Post author

            Not bad at all. Have you read any of the Thomas Covenant books? I’d be interested in your thoughts on them.

          2. Woelf Dietrich

            Nope, this will be my first. I remembered hearing about him and about Donaldson, but I couldn’t remember where or when I read about them, but the books were cheap enough to experiment with, plus I’m going through a phase where I want to revisit all the oldies from bygone years. I’ll let you know how it went when I’ve read the first one. As it stands, I have a very long to-read list which means it’ll take a while. I’m currently busy with Elric of Melnibone, along with a number of other books. lol

          3. Keith West Post author

            I read the first trilogy in college. I think I was in grad school when I read the second. That was years ago. I’ve only read the first of the final set, and that was 10 years ago, right after we returned from adopting our son from Kazakhstan. Much from that period is a blur.

            Covenant is definitely an acquired taste. Most people I’ve talked to either love or hate the books, with very little middle ground. I’ve only read a little Elric, and that was quite a while back. I’ve been wanting to work Elric into the queue.

    1. Keith West Post author

      I would rather the place stay in business, but it is what it is. I can understand the owner (and his wife) wanting to retire. Now I just need to figure out when I’m going to have time to read all of them.


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