I anticipate getting a decent number of books for Christmas (what else would one give to the Bookworm as a gift?), but I’ve also acquired quite a few new ones this month due to travels, holiday sales, and complimentary review copies (which will be appearing here on the blog in January). I got to go to the warehouse location of Second Story Books in Rockville, MD, which I hadn’t been able to visit in years, so that led to some excellent finds. So here’s what I’ve picked up since the last acquisitions update:
Codex Derynianus by Katherine Kurtz and Robert Reginald: At long last, I have the companion to the classic Deryni series.
Two novels by Talbot Mundy: Caesar Dies and Tros of Samothrace, Volume 1: Lud of Lunden.
Two of the UK editions of Hugh Cook’s Chronicles of an Age of Darkness: The Wishstone and the Wonderworkers (Vol. 6) and The Witchlord and the Weaponmaster (Vol. 10). Very hard to find and very, very good.
Invasion! Earth vs. the Aliens (omnibus) by Robert Reginald: A modern retelling and expansion of H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.
Two by Jack Vance: Space Opera and The Killing Machine. I already owned copies of both, but not in these editions.
Swan Song by Brian Stableford.
The Nine Unknown (omnibus) by Talbot Mundy: I have been looking for this one for a long time and can’t wait to read it.
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle by ERB: One of the last remaining Tarzans I didn’t already own.
The Black Magic Omnibus, edited by Peter Haining, Prologue by Dennis Wheatley, Epilogue by Ray Bradbury: Obscure, a very nice find. I am very excited about plunging into this one.
Choice Words, edited by Robert Reginald: A collection of essays by writers writing about writing. (I’ve started reading this one already and am enjoying it.)
The Complete Jack the Ripper by Donald Rumbelow: I’ve always found the case fascinating, so this one goes into my small collection of books about Jack.
The Stephen King Universe by Stanley Wiater, Christopher Golden, and Hank Wagner: Looks like some interesting commentary on King’s work.
Spy Fiction: A Connoisseur’s Guide by Donald McCormick and Katy Fletcher: Only covers up to 1990, but this looks like a great guide to the genre.
Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan by Irwin Porges: Massive hardbound, coffeetable book-like tome on ERB and his work.
Three short supplements for the WWII-with-paranormals RPG Godlike: Will to Power; Saipan; and the Game Moderator’s Screen.
Dreadful Secrets of Candlewick Manor for the Monsters and Other Childish Things RPG (about creepy kids and their strange monster companions).
Two supplements for the Traveller science fiction RPG: Power Projection: Fleet and Project Steel.