A bit more shopping, some mini reviews, and a look through the February reading. Plus, why Vampire Academy fans should try Brent Weeks (and vice versa) and how not to edit a reprint anthology.
First, recent acquisitions:
H. Spencer Jones' Worlds Without End. As our home fills with eclectic old books from Hodder and Stoughton's past, it is hard not to notice how... weird the H&S logo has been over time. I actually thought this was a clever cover design, using the book and the logo as a telescope to fit the content? I was wrong. This is actually just the logo. Embiggened.
C.J. Cherryh's Smuggler's Gold. I picked this up thinking it was the first book in the Cherryh-edited shared world, not the fourth. Oops. This, Thieves World, Heroes in Hell, Wild Cards, Man-Kzin Wars - it feels like there was a 15 year window for shared worlds? Why? And what happened to it?
Norman Mailer's An American Dream and Cannibals and Christians. I'm vaguely into Mailer right now. I liked his short stories, I really like his non-fiction. And he's got a pretty ridiculous body of work that isn't too easy to find - which makes him fun to seek out in used bookstores.