June 26, 2007
Today I took full advantage of Midway Books‘ annual summer anniversary sale (this year being their 42nd) 30% off already half-priced books. If you live in the Twin Cities area or want to order online I suggest you check it out.
I went there with the express purpose of getting Last of the Celts by Marcus Tanner, which I saw last time I was there. It’s about the decline of Celtic cultures in the modern era. Then I decided what the heck I’ll get some fiction too. So I added to my small but growing Pern collection with All the Weyrs of Pern and The Skies of Pern. With the addition of Winds of Darkover, my Darkover collection is almost complete. Finally I spied a copy of Midnight’s Choice by Kate Thompson- the 2nd of the Switchers trilogy about a young shapeshifter named Tess which I greated enjoyed reading from the library.
I also picked up $1 hardback discarded copy of Lion’s Blood by Stephen Barnes at my local branch library, to go along with it’s sequel, Zulu Heart (which I still need to read!) which I found a year or so ago in Barnes & Noble bargain table.
Two weeks ago while on a foray to Minneapolis I stopped in Dinkytown to check on Cummings‘ selection. For a used bookstore they tend to a very good selection of Pagan and metaphysical books (perhaps because they’re so close to Magus?) Sure enough I found Celtic Tree Mysteries by Steve Blamires and The Witch’s Sabbats- Mike Nichols classic essays on the 8 Neo-Pagan holidays in book form.
And a week before that I got Lammas by Anna Franklin used at Barnes & Nobles, and A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin and The Copper Crown by Patricia Kennealy (1st book of the Keltiad).
So, now you know where I shop!
May 30, 2007
“3 Ps” Tamora Pierce, Phillip Pullman and Christopher Paolini are interviewed on various themes in their books in these 9 podcasts! They are free downloads from Random House. Looks really interesting- Pierce is one of my faves, Pullman is growing on me as I progress through His Dark Materials, but I have not yet read Paolini’s Eragon and Eldest. A friend of mine recently saw the movie (on DVD) and said it was great, so I think I may try to read the book before I see the movie. The sequel, Eldest is going to be a movie as well, though I’m not sure when it will be out. I believe this is a trilogy.
The Golden Compass is going to be a movie too, here’s a trailer for it on YouTube. It’s coming out December 7th. Hmm, this trailer only seems to show pictures- no dialogue. I’m trying to find a better one…But anyway, it looks pretty darn good.
The latest in Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series– Kushiel’s Justice is coming out in June. I’ve heard these are really great, and they are on my list! (A friend told me, run don’t walk to the nearest bookstore). Oh, and just a note since I review a lot of young adult fantasy- these books are _definitely_ adult thematically…
On a sadder note- renowned fantasy novelist Lloyd Alexander passed away on May 17th. May he find his way safely to the Other Side. I _still_ haven’t gotten to his stuff…
March 14, 2006
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