And so the day of my 53rd birthday is coming to an end. I’ve celebrated with a quick jaunt to the last pizza place open in the area, and I’ve had dinner with my brother and a friend. The rest of the day, I spent reading – because it was my birthday, and I received a lot of books as gifts.
And I might as well share, so, here’s a list of all the wonders my friends gave me. In no particular order…
- Justin Humprey’s The Dr Phibes Companion – a learned essay on the ins and outs of the fabled Vincent Price movies.
- Mark Norman’s Telling the Bees and other customs – a compendium of folklore, traditions and superstitions connected with classic rural activities. Great as a source of ideas for future stories.
- Jess Nevins’ The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes – 2000+ pages of pulp characters from a variety of countries and cultures.
- Charles Beaumont’s Perchance to Dream and other stories – a fine collections of short stories from one of the great masters of weird short fiction.
- Vincent Curcio’s Suicide Blonde: The Life of Gloria Grahame – a bio of one of the most iconic actresses of film noir (and one of my earliest screen crushes).
- Angus Wells’ Lords of the Sky: a novel – a fantasy interregnum novel from an author I always wished to get to know better.
- Lindsay Faye’s The Paragon Hotel – a very promising mystery novel.
- Alastair Reynolds’ Beyond the Aquila Rift – a collection of short fiction from one of the modern masters of space opera.
- Various Authors, Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summer – an anthology of solarpunk science fiction, because it’s good to be optimists sometimes.
- Various Authors, The Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly – just what it says on the tin, and a nice addition to my collection.
- Neal Asher’s The Soldier – another author I think I should get to know better, another space opera universe to explore.
- Bradley Beaulieu, Twelve Kings – an Oriental fantasy that I’ll probably save for the hottest days of summer.
- Ann Lekie’s Ancillary Justice – a Hugo-awarded space opera that I missed when it first came out. Time to set that straight.
- Peter Benchley’s Jaws – yes, the novel from which Spielberg made his movie. A perfect summer read.
- Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon of the Ninth – I heard so much about this novel that I really am curious to see what it’s all about.
- Linda Nagata’s Edges – another space opera, which is good because I as it happens every summer, I am on a space opera roll.
And this is almost it – because I also got a steam cooker as a gift for my birthday: I’ll eat particularly healthy food while I read these great books.
There’s a lot to be said about this getting older business …