Some new acquisitions


So there I was at the 2011 Eastercon, Illustrious, over the weekend, having multiple fascinating, deep and inspiring conversations about SFF literature.  And there was the usual dealers’ room, where I could always find friends.  Some dealers are friends, and not just because I give them money. 
Now back home, I unpack the bags and count up.  Thirty acquisitions by 28 authors of whom 15 were male, 13 female.

In alphabetical order:
Neal Barrett JrA Different Vintage; Through Darkest America; Slightly Off Center.
If there is a more underrated living SFF author on this pile than Barrett I’ll be surprised.  Two collections, both signed.  A Different Vintage covering 1960-79, and Slightly Off Center mostly 80s.  These stories include quirky SF, straight-ish fantasy, all points in-between and most typically Barrett, stories you can’t categorise because they change as you read them, or afterwards as you try to walk away.
Through Darkest America is a 1986 post-apocalypse novel that comes with cover quotes from Tim Powers, Lewis Shiner and Howard Waldrop.

Terry Bisson – Talking Man
This was a gift for a friend.  Nobody talks about Rural Fantasy but the opening of this surely fits.  It’s also a great SF road trip to *a* north pole. For charm, concision and imaginative power you should read this.

D.G. Compton – Chronocules
Ian Sales has been praising Compton for a while, so I thought I’d take a chance on a cheap copy of this near forgotten British SF novel of experimental time travel and post-catastrophe Britain.

Avram Davidson – The Phoenix & The Mirror; The Boss In The Wall (with Grania Davis)
A fantasy novel about Vergil, the poet believed to be a Sorcerer, and a short darker work about House Devils.  Davidson was a writer of wondrous talents to combine mundane words, scenes to truly fantastical effect.  His body of short fiction should be read by all who love words.

Paul Di Filippo – Fuzzy Dice ARC
Of which I know nothing, but I used to read PDF a lot at one time.  Bought in a deal that got me a real bargain on another book, of which more later.

Bernadine Evaristo – Blonde Roots. I read this last year, so picked it up in another bulk buy for a friend.  It’s a satirical role reversal where White people are the slaves.  What could be clumsy though is saved by thoughtful working through the conceit.

Mary Gentle – Under The Penitance.
Signed, limited novella linked to her award-winning Ash.  This was another case of getting several interesting novellas together cheaply.

(To be continued)

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About Kev McVeigh

Review of literary matters, mostly but not all SFF , and digressions into music and other arts. Engagement welcomed.
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One Response to Some new acquisitions

  1. Joachim Boaz says:

    I see many great novels! Fourth Mansions, Dreamsnake, Chronocules, etc. I’ve followed Ian Sales lead as well and read/reviewed a bunch of Compton’s lesser known works — The Quality of Mercy, The Missionaries, and The Steel Crocodile. He’s pretty good at presenting strong female characters who are often tread the higher moral ground than their male characters, are more intelligent, and ultimately gardner the reader’s complete sympathy.

    You have a wonderful blog here with a treasure trove of fascinating reviews! I’ve enjoyed browsing and I’ll definitely be back! Thanks again.

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