Book sale haul, day 2

Back to the library, this time with my brother and a friend. More goodies.

The Dark Design (Riverworld #3)

The dark design / Philip Jose Farmer. (another Riverworld novel; still waiting to start them till I get the first one)

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Njal’s Saga (Penguin classics; I’ve read a lot of Viking sagas but not this one, even though it must be the most famous of them all)

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The song of Roland (Penguin classics)

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The end of the beginning /Avi (for my daughter mostly)

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The slynx / Tatyan Tolstaya (Looks like an interesting one: a satire about Russia, it involves an underground society, after s nuclear war, that uses mice for food, clothes, commerce, and entertainment)

Doctor Rat

Doctor rat / Willaim Kotzwinkle (another oddball; looks like something Doris Lessing would write as a follow-up for Briefing for a descent into Hell, which was a great book come to think of it)

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The best of Frederic Brown (another book club edition)

and

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The encyclopedia of Hell

And afterward we checked out a neat little craft beer bar with the clever name Craft Beer Bar. There we knocked a few back while opening up a grab bag of 20 more sci-fi paperbacks I got for a dollar!

There were some classics ( 2 by HG Wells, as well as Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon by Spider Robinson, A stainless steel rat is born by Harry Harrison) as well a several others I’ll give a shot; about 2/3 were dross though (Piers Anthony, number X in a series, Star Wars novels, and similar). It was a lot of fun.

The only downside is that I need to clear shelf space now. The wife strictly enforces a “one book in, one book out” policy that I have to admit is for my own good.

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  1. Weird. I was just talking to a customer about Fredric Brown yesterday. I think I used to have The Best of… but with a different (inferior) cover. I’m liking that Rich Corben painting a lot.

    I read Doctor Rat decades ago. I remember it being disturbing, in a good way.

    Njal’s Saga… What can I say? It’s the King Lear of Icelandic sagas, and (in my not-unduly-humble opinion) one of the finest books ever written. If you like the sagas, you will love it.

    I’m moving house in a few weeks and trying to “downsize” my library in preparation. I’m trying to be ruthless but getting rid of books is really difficult…

    • Nowadays I try to keep a book only if I am pretty sure I’ll read it, and if I’ve read it, I’ll keep it only if it is a reference book I can be reasonably sure I’ll consult again or a great book I’ll want to read again. Reference mostly means histories, mythology & the occult, or about weapons, miniatures, or games. Can’t make myself part with anything by Avram Davidson, Dunsany, and a handful of others.


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