Stacking the Shelves

Posted May 31, 2014 by Nicky in General / 41 Comments

It’s been a busy week! I’ve been saving up for this, since I went to the Hay Literary Festival this week, and wanted to explore some of the many bookshops in Hay (which is, after all, called “the town of books”). I didn’t buy much while I was in Hay, though, ’cause it was raining and I needed the bus back, etc, etc, so I ended up spending the money I saved on other books which I wanted to read/reread.

Hay Haul

Cover of Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams Cover of The Praxis by Walter Jon Williams Cover of Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke Cover of A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke Cover of The King of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany

I haven’t actually read anything by Walter Jon Williams yet, I think, but people I trust have been very enthusiastic about his work, so now I seem to have a backlog. Whoops! Arthur C. Clarke is a classic, of course, and 2001: A Space Odyssey was much more fun that I expected, so I’m looking forward to these. And as for Lord Dunsany, well, I’ve read one of his books and snatched that one as soon as I saw it.


Cover of Black Wine by Candas Jane Dorsey Cover of Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots by Seanan Mcguire Cover of Sacrifice of Fools by Ian McDonald Cover of Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey Cover of Saints Astray by Jacqueline Carey Cover of Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey Cover of Godslayer by Jacqueline Carey Cover of Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey Cover of Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey Cover of Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey

Yep, I am a big fan of Jacqueline Carey’s work (though I know it isn’t for everyone). Most of these are rereads, apart from Saints Astray. I’m not sure what I think of the new covers for the Kushiel books, though. I think the first and third ones look like they’re supposed to be for a vampire book of some kind, which… these definitely are not. I’m very fond of the old covers…

Original covers of the first three Kushiel books by Jacqueline Carey

Ah well.

Review copies

Cover of The Gas Sealing by Andrew Leon Hudson Cover of A Call to Arms by P.G. Nagle

The Glass Sealing was sent to me by the author, very kindly, and A Call to Arms was sent to me after winning it on LibraryThing Early Reviewers. Can’t remember what it’s about, but look forward to finding out…

Last but not least, a new issue of Ms. Marvel is out!

Cover of Ms Marvel issue four

And of course, the entire Hugo Voter Packet, which of course is far too huge to list here.

So what’s everyone else been getting their hands on? Anyone else been to Hay? I was at the Gillian Clarke/Carol Ann Duffy poetry reading, loved it.

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41 responses to “Stacking the Shelves

  1. What an amazing haul! King of Elfland’s Daughter is one of my favourite classic fantasy books so glad to see someone else who’s read his books! I’m a huge Jacqueline Carey fan as well and I do not like those new covers! I’m in the middle of replacing my Kushiel books as they got ‘misplaced’ in the great moving debacle a couple of years ago, will have to make sure I get all the old covers.

    Happy reading 🙂

    • I’m really enjoying Dunsany’s work, I don’t understand people who don’t like it when they like, say, Tolkien. Weird people! Oh well. Re: the new covers, they might just be the ebook versions? I don’t know. I still have my old paperbacks, thank goodness, though they’re not here (hence nabbing the ebooks for ~£2 each).

  2. UnderMountainBooks

    Ooh, I love those vintage sci-fi/fantasy covers! Vontage covers are always fun. I really like the centaur lady, you usually only see men… at least I hope that’s a lady.

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Under The Mountain

  3. jenniferbielman

    I like the new cover of Carey’s books. I am in love with that series. Like you said, not for everyone. But I loved everything about them. I cried at so many parts.

    • I think if it didn’t make her look so washed out and pale, I’d like it more. But to me it looks like an urban fantasy cover for a vampire book, haha. And yeah, I love them to bits too.

  4. It’s pretty cool that you like Jacqueline Carey’s books! I’ve read the Santa Olivia, and the sequel, and also her new series Agent of Hel. Maybe I’ll get around to reading her other series as well. Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. One of the things I love about STS is seeing all kinds of books you might not normally hear about and thats the case today. never heard of them but quite a few sound really good. Enjoy

    • Yep, I’m planning to read a lot of classics at the moment. I love the SF/Fantasy Masterworks line by Gollancz: all interesting choices, even if they aren’t all to my taste.

  6. Phedre’s trilogy: I love that series. I’ve been meaning to pick up Kushiel’s Scion, but the books are so daunting… It looks like you got a good bit of sci-fi and fantasy reads. Happy reading!

    Thanks for visiting my haul.

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