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Quick Meme: What Was the Last Book You Bought?

In lieu of any real content, here’s a quick meme: What was the last book you bought?

The last book I bought was the short story collection Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds. I probably did not maximize by book-buying dollar here since (A) I bought it in a supermarket, and (B) I’ve already read many of the stories in it. But I enjoy his stories so much I couldn’t pass it up. Especially when I saw it in a supermarket…it was like a message from the sf gods.

Your turn: What was the last book you bought?

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65 Comments on Quick Meme: What Was the Last Book You Bought?

  1. It’s Sagramanda by Alan Dean Foster

  2. Starfish by Peter Watts, the new reprint. i somehow managed to miss it the first time

  3. Steampunk, an anthology edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer. With stories by Neal Stephenson, Michael Chabon, James Blaylock, and others. Delicious!

  4. Troy: Shield of Thunder, by David Gemmell.

  5. The Blood Knight, by Greg Keyes. E-book for my Sony Reader.

  6. Mary Doria Russell’s “Children of God”. An eBook for my Palm Centro.

  7. Jonathan Strahan // June 25, 2008 at 8:03 am //

    Jay Lake’s Escapement and Charlie Stross’s Saturn’s Children.

  8. Not counting the Science Fiction Book Club edition of my own novel, it was Dreamquake, “Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet” by Elizabeth Knox. YA fantasy, great book.

  9. Weyland-Yutani // June 25, 2008 at 8:14 am //

    Jonathan Lethem’s Girl in Landscape

    I’ve always meant to read something by Lethem and stumbled on this copy on a bargain rack (spine abnormality). Looks good, although I just got my latest box from Amazon, so it is under a few in the stack.

  10. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

  11. Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History by Xiaoming Wang

  12. I just ordered The Batman Encyclopedia by Robert Greenberger. Does that count? (Previous to that, a bunch of books about the Dover evolution trial.) Or were you only interested in last SF novel/story collection?

  13. When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger. brutal stuff.

  14. Joe Parrish // June 25, 2008 at 8:42 am //

    The last book I bought was Infoquake by David Louis Edleman, about two thirds of the way through it and enjoying it a lot. I however am waiting for the book I ordered from amazon House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds, ordered it before Infoquake but have yet to receive it, and am really wanting to read it after finishing The Prefect which was one of his best and reading 1000th Night and enjoying it to.

  15. The Velvet Chair and The Bearskin Rug by Jennifer Stephenson – since I bought them both at the same time at her signing last night, I have no idea which one was the last book I bought.

  16. I’m pretty sure it was back in January, and if so it was 3 books at once:

    Undertow – Elizabeth Bear

    Dust – Elizabeth Bear

    Farthing – Jo Walton

  17. The massive eBook collection of stories by Leigh Brackett, courtesty of Baen Books and Webscriptions. this would be the second massive eBook collection of Brackett’s stuff. I am in seventh heaven.


  18. Mark Stephenson // June 25, 2008 at 9:02 am //

    Why, it was “Galactic North” also! Also, Allan Steele’s “Spindrift” and Jack Campbell’s “Valiant” and Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Recovery Man” and … should I go on or stop now? Oh, I would recommend James Howard Kunstler’s “World Made by Hand.” Not really SF but a pretty good post-apocalypse novel of post-peak oil life in a small town in Upstate New York later in the early 21st century after our oil-based economy crashes. Notice gas prices lately…?

  19. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

  20. Dennis Sorensen // June 25, 2008 at 9:19 am //

    To be honest I buy quite a few more books than I have time to read at the moment, but I also quite like to have a bunch of books on the shelf to choose from.

    I just recieved the following books from Amazon UK (I live in Denmark):

    Jay Lake: Mainspring (The main idea in the book really sounds like fun and the reviews have been quite strong)

    Leigh Brackett: Sea-Kings of Mars And Other Wordly Stories (I have never read anything by Brackett and this seems like a good collection of stories to start out with)

    Robert Heinlein: Citizen of the Galaxy (The only other of Heinlein’s “Juveniles” I have read is Podkayne of Mars so I thought it was about time to do something about that)

    Philip Reeve: Larklight (Never read any of his books either but this series sounds really good and can’t wait to read it)

    I really need to thank you guys for a great site. I have found so many good authors and novels in the time that I have read the site (and followed the many links you provide every day) that I really can’t imagine not having the Signal turned on every day. So thanks for a great job!

  21. Amazon just delivered “Year’s Best SF 13” and “Year’s Best Fantasy 8” by David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer.

  22. It will be ages before I can read them, but I just bought John Scalzi’s THE ANDROID’S DREAM and Greg Keyes’ THE BORN QUEEN. Before that I got Swanwick’s THE DRAGONS OF BABEL.

  23. Ragamuffin by Tobias Buckell……could have been Saturns Children but I’m moving and need to wait till Im setteled to get it……

  24. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

    Saturn Returns by Sean Williams

  25. Edward Milewski // June 25, 2008 at 10:19 am //

    Galactic Empires edited by Gardner Dozois. Just got it yesterday.

  26. Just got the Uglies trilogy yesterday. Still have a few days on Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a female utopia from 1915.

  27. Wow, I turn around for a few hours and everyone shows up!

    @Pierre: I enjoyed Sagaramanda very much.

    @Mervius: Long time no hear!

    @Jason: I have a Centro as well. I do sometimes wish the screen was a little bigger for reading, but the other features are way too cool to complain and I love that I can fit it easily into my pocket.

    @Jonathan: Your tastes seem to align with JP’s.

    @Edward Willett: The SFBC made you buy a copy of their edition of your own book? Yikes!

    @Weyland-Yutani: Good luck with Girl in Landscape. I really enjoyed Lethem’s Amnesia Moon.

    @Myra: Little brother rocked.

    @Michael: Any book counts!

    @Dave: When Gravity Fails was awesome!

    @Joe P.: That’s two books I’d love to read.

    @Joe S.: Good authors!

    @Fred K: What, no reference to “Mount To-Be-Read”? 😉

    @Mark S: I have Spindrift as well. Steele’s Coyote universe is another set of books I’d love to read.

    @Nick: World War Z is one of those buzz books I’ve been looking forward to.

    @Dennis S.: Thanks for the kind words!

    @Lou: You read for a living. Snap to it, you lucky dog!

    @Edward M: Galactic Empires was pretty darned good.

    @Frank: Year’s Best SF 13…Another one on my actual shelf (as opposed to archive of boxes!)

    @Everyone Else: Just about all the books mentioned sound cool. I even have a few of them on my ever-growing to-read mountain.

  28. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. Believe it or not it’s the first time I’m reading it. Glad I am!

  29. Mainspring by Jay Lake. Of course at the same time I also picked up Pig Island by Mo Hayder. I always seem to buy more than one book at a time. Must be why my to be read pile is teatering on the brink of insanity.

  30. Book 3 of the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell

    Book 2 of the Dresden Files

  31. I think Resolution by Robert B. Parker, as a birthday gift for my father. The day I bought it, the copy he’d bought for himself came from Amazon.

    For myself, I’m not sure what the last book was. Possibly Jon Armstrong’s Grey, which I’m reading now.

  32. The Thames: Sacred River by Peter Ackroyd (his London: The Biography is one of my all-time faves). In fiction it would be The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick.


  33. Marty Halpern // June 25, 2008 at 11:14 am //

    Transworld/Bantam UK edition of Steven Erikson’s latest Malazan book, Toll the Hounds, which I have been informed, has just shipped!

  34. “The Dirty Secrets Club” by Meg Gardiner and “Small Favor” by Jim Butcher — I had a spending spree on Amazon.



  35. Just went to B&N for a friend’s reading last night and walked away with:

    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

    The Iron Hunt by Marjorie Liu

    Homicide by David Simon

    All We Every Wanted Was Everything by Janelle Brown (this was the book the friend was reading from)

  36. Does requesting books for my b-day presents count? If so, the 3rd HonorHarrington book (David Weber) and book in Elizabeth Moon’s Vatta series…(H)

  37. “Where the Wild Things Are.” A small child influences many of my purchasing decisions these days.

    My last SF purchase was John Brunner’s “Catch a Falling Star.”

  38. Shadow Year by Jeffrey Ford and Small Favor by Jim Butcher

  39. “@Fred K: What, no reference to “Mount To-Be-Read”?”

    Hey, I’ve always wanted to be an “@”!

    Since it is an eBook bundle and not a pile of deadtrees, it is more an addition to “Mount Tobeviewed” than “Mount Toberead”.


  40. Actually, Mount Toberead has a new addition today. Went out and got the second “Black Company” omnibus from Tor. Then there’s the new edition of “Princess Bride”, what the heck, if I keep buying new editions, maybe he’ll finish THE FREAKING SEQUEL ALREADY. And to finish it off, several of David Sherman/Dan Cragg’s Starfist books (Firestorm, Flashfire, School of Fire and Steel Gauntlet). Series fiction. It’s a plague.


  41. “Knight Errant” by Anthony Reynolds. A Warhammer novel.

  42. Wally Conger // June 25, 2008 at 2:16 pm //

    Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow

  43. Glen Cook’s latest Garrett P.I. novel, Cruel Zinc Melodies.

    Yeah, that fangirly squeal was me. 😀

  44. Maze of Death + Dr. Bloodmoney by Philip K Dick

    Loved the former, but thought the latter was a bit iffy.

    – Steve :-@

  45. CONSIDER PHLEBAS by Iain Banks

  46. The Naked God, part 1 from Peter F. Hamilton’s Night’s dawn trilogy, I found it in a used bookstore after unsuccessfully searching the big chain’s for a copy. I expect part II will be the next purchase.

    Another idea would be books that readers recommend and why.

  47. Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher.

  48. General X // June 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm //

    Ilium by Simmons

  49. The Dragon’s Nine Sons, by Chris Robertson

  50. Cory Doctor’s Little Brother

  51. Matte Lozenge // June 25, 2008 at 6:47 pm //

    Pump Six by Paolo Bacigalupi. I was hoping it would be a keeper and I was right. So nice when that happens!

  52. b harper // June 25, 2008 at 7:30 pm //

    “The Prefect” by Alastair Reynolds.

  53. Shadow & Claw: The First Half of ‘The Book of the New Sun’ by Gene Wolfe

  54. The Prefect, Alastair Reynolds.

  55. Seeker (on by Jack McDevitt

  56. Ragamuffin by Tobias S. Buckell. I won an advanced copy of his forthcoming Sly Mongoose, and wanted to read them in order. Glad I did.

  57. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

  58. Anonymous // June 26, 2008 at 2:31 am //

    Omega Sol-Scott Mackay

  59. Year Million, edited by Damien Broderick

  60. Man, is it just me, or do other people feel envious of all the good books that other people are reading that they themselves haven’t read yet?

  61. Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets (non-fiction gardening book)

  62. Kathryn, you might be interested in The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart. More history and natural history, but related, I should think.


  63. Ah, Mr. Postman was good to me today. He brought me my super-deluxe-fanboy edition of Project Moonbase and Others by Robert A. Heinlein (I could not afford the ultra-deluxe-fanboy edition) and The Jack Vance Reader, both from Subterranean Press.

    Not the most recent books bought, but most recently delivered. I had ordered them a while back, but it looks like Subterranean is doing a lot of printing this summer!


  64. Jim Shannon // June 27, 2008 at 4:12 am //

    Add The Warcraft book “Rise of the Horde” by Christie Golden to the Scott Mackay book. I bought both at the same time.

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