Saturday, October 08, 2016

Incoming Books: October 5th

Up to last night -- that being Friday evening -- I was planning to slot these books into my regular Monday "Reviewing the Mail" post, since I hadn't gotten any review books this week but I did get a big box of books I'd ordered.

But then a largish box of review copies came in Friday evening, and ruined that plan. It's so horrible when free stuff makes you change your plans, right? My life is horrible, he said with deep sarcasm.

Anyway, most of this stuff was from the fine remainder-books dealers at -- I recommend them whole-heartedly to any of you who like to buy books for really low prices. (It's not a referral deal or anything -- I've just been buying books from them for 20+ years and have always loved the prices and service.)

Borderline -- an early novel by Lawrence Block, reprinted in hardcover by the great pulpeteers at Hard Case Crime. They've done a number of early Block books, and I need to get off the stick and search for them.

This Census-Taker by China Mieville -- I've gotten out of the habit of reading Mieville's books in the last few years, pretty much inadvertently. It can be hard to catch up (especially with my reading life these days), but this is a nice short book, and I hope it'll put me back in the mood to read more Mieville. I think he has a recent collection; I may look for that next.

Anno-Dracula: Johnny Alucard by Kim Newman -- I was a huge fan of the original Anno-Dracula back in the '90s, though I haven't read all of the books since then. (I think I bailed on the one with "Cha Cha Cha" in the title, for obvious reasons.) Maybe this can get be back up on the horse.

Declare by Tim Powers -- this is one of the great fantasy novels of our time, and one of the great espionage novels of our time. So it was annoying not to have a copy. I might make my younger son read a Powers book once he gets out the other end of Pratchett (for a complete change of pace). Maybe this one, maybe not.

Young Men in Spats and Louder and Funnier by P.G. Wodehouse -- two more of those glorious little hardcovers from Overlook. I think they've now reprinted all of Wodehouse's books, so I just have to keep at my list and get them all for myself. (It's what I chase rather than Pokemon.)

The Someday Funnies edited by Michel Choquette -- This is that gigantic collection of comics by a huge number of famous global cartoonists and other art folks, mostly from the '70s, that was supposed to be published then but didn't end up coming out until around 2011. (I detect a slight Last Dangerous Visions vibe, here -- we may yet have hope.)

Herbie Archives, Vol. 1 -- the outside of this still-shrinkwrapped book doesn't credit any people, and I don't remember who did them. But these are the first batch of stories about Herbie Popnecker, the fat fury, one of the oddest characters in comics. I've seen bits and pieces various places, but never read a bunch of Herbie stories through -- and now I can.

Garden of the Flesh by Gilbert Hernandez -- So apparently this is a small, short porno comic from the Bible by Beto. He's done interesting sex in his comics since Birdland (more than twenty years ago!), though this looks weirder than even his usual level of weird.

Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 3 and 4 and 7 and 11 -- I used to have all thirteen volumes, before the flood. And I was the closest to being a Legion fan of all of the various superhero comics fandoms -- at least up to the first reboot, when I dropped out. (I believe there have been several reboots since, but they lost me then, and they won't get me back.) But there's still forty years of comics I can re-read; at some point I'll run through the silly old Silver Age stuff again and see what it looks like now.

DC Universe by Alan Moore -- this is the hardcover edition collecting basically everything Ol' Original Writer did in the DC Universe, back when he was young and slightly less grumpy and had been screwed over five or six fewer times. (I don't remember if it was this or the paperback that had the misprint -- I don't remember the details either, though I think it was a big misprint, like missing entire pages -- but I guess I'll find out when I read it.) It's good to have a copy of "For the Man Who Has Everything" again -- and "The Jungle Line" as well.

The New Yorker Book of Mom Cartoons edited by apparently no one -- another clump of NYer cartoons on a single subject. I like to get and read these when they're cheap.

VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch by Jonathan Barli -- a big oblong collection of the cartoons and illustration work of the title artist, in what I think is a biographical format.

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