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Books Received: January 26, 2009

Here are the books and magazines we received this past week.

Q: If you could only read one of these titles, which would it be and why?

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12 Comments on Books Received: January 26, 2009

  1. I’d go with the Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Vol. 3 — mainly because it has a couple of short stories so if I don’t like a story, I can move on to the next one!

  2. Either the Solaris book, for reasons that Charles mentions above, or Irons in the Fire, since I’ve heard very good things about it.

  3. I’d go with Dan Simmons’ Drood. He’s a master writer currently at the top of his game, and his delving into Dickens’ life and giving it a fantasy and horror sheen with the Victorian full press sounds like a rich mixture. Some of the others sound interesting, though.

  4. Janice in GA // January 26, 2009 at 9:15 am //

    I’d also pick up Drood.  Because it’s Dan Simmons and I like his writing, and because I’m curious about what he says about Dickens and Drood.

  5. I’ve always wanted to start a Science Fiction review/blog for the sole purpose of getting free advance copy. My book budget is considerable even after restraining myself from buying any scifi I think is good as soon as it comes out. Now I try to buy proven classics or the hot new stuff just much later when the hardcover is on surplus sale or a paperback is out.

    Sigh, someday.

  6. I’ll pick up the Solaris volume when I see it (even though I haven’t finished the first two, too many books!). I’ll probably pick up most of the WH40K volumes, they are a lot of fun. I mean, how can an ex-tanker not buy a book called Gunheads?

  7. I would probably go for the Birmingham as I enjoyed his previous books and generally have little truck with fantasy or Star Wars novels.

  8. My first choice would definitely be the Solaris Book. I am really into sci fi short stories right now and the cover is amazing.  My second choice would be the latest issue of Interzone for those same reasons.

  9. Mike Diggs // January 26, 2009 at 8:19 pm //

    Drood,  because it’s by Dan Simmons – a guarantee of a good read.


    I don’t recognize any of the other authors, except Brian Lumley, and I read very little horror.

  10. Earl Hill // January 26, 2009 at 8:36 pm //

    Definitely the Dan Simmons. The rest of the books seem pretty derivative, especially the Warhammer 40K. You can count on Simmons for tense original writing.

  11. Eric Brown’s Kethani looks good. I read his book, Helix and loved it. I’m currently reading William C. Dietz’s Runner. I’m bassically in the same boat Martin is in when it comes to books on a budget.

  12. Weyland Yutani // January 27, 2009 at 6:08 am //

    The graphic cover to The Accord looks very nice.  Great art for Interzone and the Solaris comp as well.

    Am I the only one that wishes Simmons would get back to space?  I’d love to see a Moravec novel that deals with those characters outside of the Illum story.  A sort-of Moravec prequel?  

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