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New Orders 8-13-2018

I’m less than 100 pages away from finishing Steven Erikson’s House of Chains. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m going to skip Midnight Tides and move ahead to The Bonehunters, which I bought last night off of eBay. Finding a hard cover in good condition was a challenge. The U.S. cover art is not great (as detailed in a post on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist) – it looks like a long-lost Darrell K. Sweet Wheel of Time cover – and although I would have preferred the UK cover, the prices of those are nearly $100, with some asking $300+. Ultimately the cover art is not something I greatly care about when price plays a significant factor.

bonehunters

 

I also wanted to pre-order Glen Cook’s Port of Shadows, so to get free shipping I tied that in with a purchase of Erikson’s¬†Reaper’s Gale. That leaves only Toll the Hounds, Dust of Dreams, and The Crippled God¬†remaining to be purchased in order to complete the road that my Malazan reading path will travel…

Port_of_Shadows_Cover

reapers gale

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August 13, 2018 Posted by | Orders and Arrivals | , | Leave a comment

New Arrivals 6-20-18

Summer is here and as expected, the nice weather has led to yard work (maintaining 5 acres is no small task), some much-needed vacation time, and getting projects done, which leaves little time for reading right now. To fill in the gap until I can post my next review, I present the following books, which have arrived and are being added to the growing queue.

After the difficulties I had in finding Ian C. Esslemont’s Return of the Crimson Guard in hard cover, I thought I better go get the others I was missing. The price seems to be getting higher for each title in trying to find a nice, non-library copy…

Orb, Sceptre, Throne

orb sceptre throne

Stonewielder

stonewielder

Assail

assail

 

Being impressed with Will Wight’s House of Swords, I ordered the sequels…

The Crimson Vault

crimson vault

City of Light

city of light

 

I also picked up the rest of Phil Tucker’s Chronicles of the Black Gate that I have not yet read…

The Siege of Abythos

siege of abythos

The Iron Circlet

iron circlet

The White Song

white song

 

Reading rave reviews about Jonathon French’s The Grey Bastards, which won the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off in 2016, I decided to give it a chance, especially since it was released in hard cover.

grey bastards

 

Finally I picked up James Islington’s An Echo of Things to Come, the second book in his Licanius trilogy, even though I had not yet read the first book, The Shadow of What Was Lost. The price was just too good to pass up.

echo of things to come

 

June 20, 2018 Posted by | Orders and Arrivals | Leave a comment

New Arrivals and Orders 5-16-18

The following books have arrived on my doorstep and will eventually make their way to the queue:

death of dulgath

After I finished the Rose and the Thorn, The Death of Dulgath was a no-brainer. That led into…

theft of swords

rise of empire

heir of novron

I was surprised by the heftiness of these volumes, for some reason the page counts didn’t register in my pea brain and they are much, much meatier than the books in the Riyria Chronicles.

 

midnight tides

return crimson guard

A couple of Malazan novels added to the growing collection. RotCG is impossible to find in hard cover for a reasonable price and will probably only get worse.

 

king of thorns

I’m curious to see where Mark Lawrence takes this series. I’m holding off on purchasing Emperor of Thorns until I can fairly assess King of Thorns.

 

fools quest

I was going to get this anyway but I included it to reach the free shipping plateau when I was ordering some other stuff from Amazon…

 

Ordered but not yet received:

arm of sphinx

May 16, 2018 Posted by | Orders and Arrivals | Leave a comment