Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Book Shopping

It's May, it's nice weather, the mood is good and got even better as I visited a few book stores today. I came away with 5 books and pretty happy with my purchases. Here's what I picked up:

1. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks. This is the second book in the set of Culture novels. I believe it's a standalone set in the same world as Consider Phlebas. It's commonly mentioned as one of the best Culture novels and given my enjoyment of the prior novel, this was not a difficult choice.

2. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi. This is the continuation of the Old Man's War. Another easy pick since I really liked the previous book.

3. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge. I've never read anything by Vinge before, but the book came highly recommended. It's an alien-contact type sci-fi and not my typical fare, but I think I may find it interesting.

4. The House on Durrow Street by Galen Beckett. Another instance of second-in-series buy. This is a fantasy novel that continues The Magician's and Mrs. Quent.

5. Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem. This is another pick of an author I've never read before. However, I got a strong recommendation from a co-worker and flipping through the book in the store made me even more curious to try it. Looking forward to reading it.

Now that I have replenished my TBR pile, time to get reading :)


  1. Looks like May is sci-fi month, eh? I've read Gun, with Occasional Music but won't say anything about it until you've read it. At the very least, it's a great title.

    Lethem is someone I'd like to look into further.

  2. My shopping made May look like sci-fi month, but now I am on a YA fender-bender instead :)

  3. I haven't read Vinge either but that is the book I keep reading about and will no doubt be my first Vinge experience when it comes.

    Glad to know you'll be continuing with the Old Man's War novels. I really liked Ghost Brigades a lot. I re-read OMW last year and am thinking I'd like to try to squeeze in a re-reading of Ghost Brigades this year.

  4. I am about half-way through A Fire Upon the Deep and it's pretty epic! I am enjoying it and I think you would probably like it too.

  5. Good to know, I'll be waiting to see if you end up liking it once its wrapped up. I think my local comic book shop has used copy of this that I may have to liberate from their shelves.