Thursday, August 20, 2009

And The Stacks Grow Taller ...

Another visit to the local indie used & new bookstore, another four bargains! Here's what I bought recently --

The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope -- After a few recent reviews on other blogs, Trollope was on my "must get to this author" list. This was the best looking used paperback there, a nice Penguin edition. I really want to read the Chronicles of Barsetshire series but I think this will be a good introduction to the author. It's technically the third of a series but they are only grouped together because of a recurring background character so I don't think this will be an issue.

The Unburied by Charles Palliser - This is a Victorian suspense novel set at Cambridge. I read his book The Quincunx and though it stressed me out, I enjoyed the experience. This one is supposedly slower but it should be okay. A couple of the blurbs name drop Wilkie Collins, which is quite the fashion these days, but I am sure they're not really comparable.

The Painter of Battles by Arturo Perez-Reverte - This is about the effect that a Spanish war photographer has on the life of one of the subjects he photographed. I will read anything by Perez-Reverte so this was a no-brain choice.

Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott - I had forgotten about this book but with her new novel, The Coral Thief coming out, I thought I would see how she is. This one is a thriller and focuses on a scholar studying Sir Isaac Newton. Very few people seem to love this book so I hope that it's at least enjoyable.

Have you read any of these books?

Building the stacks to dangerous heights,

1 comment:

  1. I've not read any of the books but I've read Arturo Perez-Reverte ... the one with the sword fighter (can't remember the title now).