Saturday, April 21, 2007

Book Sale

The St. Tammany Parish Library book sale started this weekend. I went. I saw. I failed to conquer my urge to spend. I like to pick up hardback copies of books that I really love at such sales, and this time I found hardback copies of Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard and Peter Straub's Houses Without Doors. I also found a hardback copy of Stephen Gallagher's Red, Red Robin. I've liked Gallagher for a long time but he's a British author and I almost never see his books on the shelves of bookstores here in the States. I'd buy 'em new if I did because he's also a very nice guy.

I've heard some good stuff about Michael Connelly so I picked up something by him called Void Moon. If I like it I'll buy some more of his stuff new. I also picked up a couple of Ed McBain's books of the 87th Precinct, some of the earlier ones in the series. I've only read one book by him but I really liked it. I got some older David Morrell thrillers, and a hardback copy of Binary by John Lange, who is really Michael Crichton before he got big.

Also arriving today, were copies I'd ordered of David Morrell's Lessons From a Lifetime of Writing, and as I delve into this I'll be posting more about it, and a collection of literary essays by Robert Reginald called Xenograffiti.

And now? Time to get reading.

7 comments:

Donnetta Lee said...

Charles, sounds like you are having a great time here. Can't wait to hear more. Love a good book sale.
Donnetta

Spider Girl said...

I just staggered out of the local Friends of the Library annual booksale this morning, weighted down with two shopping bags full of ne acquisitions.

My mom was a librarian---I have no power against the pull of a sale like this.

And the most expensive item there was two dollars...most items were 25 cents. I was in heaven.

Susan Miller said...

Sounds like fun but now is the good part...getting lost in them.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I'd like to hear more about Morrell's experiences as a writer. Can't wait.

Steve Malley said...

If I buy any more books, i'm going to have to move...

But who can resist a library sale?

cs harris said...

Shucks. I didn't know about that one!

Sphinx Ink said...

Charles, although I think highly of Michael Connelly's work, I couldn't finish VOID MOON. I found the main character difficult to identify with, plus I dislike "heist" novels. Of course, I was listening to an audiobook version. Perhaps if I'd been reading the words directly I would have persisted further. As for the other books by him that I've read, I found them excellent. Fortunately, because he has a long backlist, I have a good number more of his books to look forward to reading. I just finished THE LINCOLN LAWYER, which I thought was terrific.