Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The TBR pile topples!

I've just received a huge box from Amazon this morning after a book-buying spree last week. I bought 12 books but in my defence some of them had been on my wish-list for more than six months while I tried to dutifully go through my TBR pile. So I've been snoozing through a lot of Nora Roberts lately (not because her books are boring but because I only seem to read in bed nowadays) and getting a little twitchy for another genre. And then I realised I hadn't read anyting SF for a really long time. A perfect excuse to dust off my credit card.

I had to justify each and every purchase, so this is why I decided to add the following books to my Amazon shopping cart:

Good Deed for the Year
4 Jack Vance books - Lyonesse I, Lyonesse II, Alastor, and Lurulu (sequel to Ports of Call, which was a fantastic book). Vance is my Dad's favourite author, so these are officially birthday presents for him (December 25 - he was a Christmas baby). But there's nothing wrong with a sneak peek. Three months should be enough time...

Everybody's Talking About
JR Ward. Never heard of her before but as she's the latest buzz I thought I'd see what all the fuss was about. Apparently it's an erotic paranormal, so I call this purchase 'keeping up with market trends'. Dark Lover sits at the top of my TBR pile.

Continuing Series
Beyond Varallan and Endurance by S.L. Viehl. I read StarDoc a few months ago and have been waiting for a chance to get my paws on these. After all, you can't leave off reading a series after just one book, it would be rude to the author.

A Classic
The Saga of the Renunciates by Marion Zimmer Bradley. 'A classic Darkover trilogy' - it says so on the cover. So this falls into the 'educational' category.

Writerly Stuff
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King. You can't have too many self-editing books. Also, Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks - his biography which I'm sure is full of sage, writerly advice.

Gabriel's Ghost and Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair. After all those 'good-for-me' purchases, one needs a bit of indulgence to take the edge off.

Bought any good books lately?


Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

My TBR pile is daunting and my wish list at Amazon is always growing. I'll be at the NJRW conference this weekend where they usually give away a bunch of books and they have a book signing at the end of the conference where I plan to drop a chunk of change. SIGH - running out of room in the closet and I read slower than molasses these days. I'll never catch up, but the up side is, I'll never be without something to read!

Skylar Masey said...

I'd say Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair--which was a RITA award winner this year--is a well deserved indulgence!

As for writing books, I'd recommend On Writing by Stephen King. Though he says it isn't an autobiography the first half does tell about his life as it relates to how he works and where he gets ideas. The second half is about what not to do in writing. I thought it was a fabulous book not only because it gives you a glimpse into his head, but also because it's "real".

Cassandra Kane said...

Hey Skylar! Yep, I've got Stephen King's 'On Writing'. It's an amazing book. I love author's bios where they talk about writing, which is why I wanted to get the one by Terry Brooks. Hopefull it'll be just as good.

Bernadette/Jennifer, I know exactly what you mean. I still have loads of books from RT 2005. It cost me $65 to mail to the UK (down from $200 quoted by UPS!) but I don't think I'll get time to read them all as I keep adding to my TBR list...