I turned 24 this past weekend, and so I bought myself a few new books in celebration. I blame Joachim Boaz at Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations, because he introduced me to Marx Books, which has a fantastic selection of used SF/F novels. In fact, I’m probably going to be placing another order from them in the near future, because they have many books that have been on my radar but are hard to track down.
- “Islands” by Marta Randall – Somebody reviewed this one a few months back, and it seemed like something I’d enjoy. I forget who it was though. Ooops.
- “Stand on Zanzibar” by John Brunner – This one was recommended to me by Joachim Boaz at the beginning of the year, and I’ve been planning to read it ever since. However, the used bookstore that I go to never seemed to have a copy in stock.
- “Tarnsman of Gor” by John Norman – Okay, okay. Sometimes I have the reading taste of a 13-year-old boy, particularly if I’ve been having a rough day. I’m expecting something a bit like “A Princess of Mars,” but with more bondage.
- “High Couch of Silistra” by Janet Morris – I bought this one because “Silistra” is part of an inside joke and I was amazed that it was an actual thing, not just a word that I made up. And yes, that’s enough of a reason to make me want to read something while knowing absolutely nothing about the plot.
I went to the library and picked up “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters, which means that I’ve decided to participate in the RIP groupread that began this week. Hopefully I can catch up in time for the first discussion. I also picked up “Mind of My Mind,” which is the next installment in Octavia Butler’s Patternist series.