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Before getting to last week's incoming books, some miscellaneous linkage.

Just in time for Denvention, google maps has introduced walking directions. I played around with it a bit for downtown Denver, and as promised, it ignores all the one-way streets, and, when appropriate, suggests using the 16th Street pedestrian mall. Should be quite useful.

These graffiti snails in London are just adorable.

OK, part one of last week's books and magazines:

In the upper left is 78 Stories: A Crossword Novella by Ben Segal from No Record Press. The story is printed in a crossword grid on an enormous fold-out poster, with each square containing one paragraph, and the story proceeding as one reads across or down. A neat piece of experimental writing.

Next are the four cuurently available issues of Doorways Magazine, numbers 0, 1, 3 and 5. Issues 2 and 4 are currently sold out. Doorways started publishing back in 2006, but I had somehow missed it. Looks like it's a good mix of horror and paranormal fiction and reviews.

Black is a new glossy magazine devoted to "Australian Dark Culture." It has a fair bit of media coverage, along with book and game reviews. There is also an original short story by Robert Hood, and a reprint of "Graduation Afternoon" by Stephen King (which originally appears in Postscripts #10).

Prism Comics has put out their 2008 "LGBT Guide to Comics." As usual, it has an assortment of reviews and interviews followed by excerpts from a bunch of different comics.

Next up are four Australian titles. First is Allen & Unwin's Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, edited by Anita Heiss and Peter Minter. This contains poems, essays, short stories, and excerpts (all extremely short) by 79 Aboriginal authors written between 1796 and 2006. I've been dipping into this fairly randomly and finding the selections quite fascinating.

Featuring a gold-on-black title that completely disappears in my cheap camera's photo, Dreaming Again is Jack Dann's follow-up anthology to 1999's Dreaming Down-Under. Like the previous anthology, it's massive: 566 pages of original stories by 35 authors. I'm hoping it will be as good as the previous one, as well.

After that are two new fantasies by Karen Miller. The first is The Accidental Sorcerer, which is the start of a new series called Rogue Agent. For some reason, this has "K. E. Mills" as the author; judging by font size, I gather this is being marketed as more YA. Hammer of God is the conclusion of the Godspeaker trilogy. I won't start reading incomplete series, but now that the trilogy is complete, I'll have to try to find my copies of Empress of Mijak and The Riven Kingdom so I can give it a try.

The September issue of F&SF includes stories by Carolyn Ives Gilman, Paolo Bacigalupi, Eileen Gunn & Michael Swanwick, Jim Aikin and Robert Reed. That's quite an impressive line-up. Following that are issues 3-5 of quirky literary magazine Monkeybicycle (issue 3 is a double, bound back-to-back with issue 3 of equally quirky Hobart).

And last, also from No Record are the two volumes of their Red Anthology of Hitherto-Unknown Writers. The writers included are, indeed, completely unknown to me, but these certainly sound like fun.

So, that's the first half of the books. More to follow later, probably tomorrow.
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I'm a bit behind schedule this week posting my book haul, but I had to go to Milwaukee for three days last week for the funeral of my half-brother's wife's father Don Straub, who died July 12 at the age of 82.

Now, on a much cheerier note, new books!

The Memory of Roses is a collection of 20 short pieces by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, mostly for solo piano, though some add voice or other instruments. Some nice fairly simple music for when I'm in a piano-playing mood.

The Atlantic has published their 2008 Special Fiction Issue, with stories by Wendell Berry, Mark Fabiano, Cristina Henríquez, Aryn Kyle, Jess Row, Julie Schumacher, Carter Simms Benton and Jessica Murphy Moo. I think I preferred it when they published fiction every issue, but I suppose buying one issue a year now is cheaper than subscribing used to be.

Next are the first two poetry chapbooks from Dos Press, which feature a rather complicated binding giving them two covers and two spines and containing work by three poets. The first contains work by Hoa Nguyen, Carter Smith and Andrea Strudensky and the second has work by Michael Cross, Johannes Göransson and Michelle Detorie.

Wilde Stories 2008, edited by Steve Berman ([ profile] mroctober) and published by Lethe Press is the first in what will hopefully be an annual "Best of the Year's Gay Speculative Fiction". I had somehow missed several of these stories, so I'm looking forward to reading this. I don't see a complete contents listing for this online, so I'm including it behind the cut. )

To the right of that, with title-less cover art, is a reprint of Rhys Hughes' collection The Smell of Telescopes from new UK publisher Eibonvale Press (this was originally published by Tartarus Press, but that edition is out of print and I failed to get a copy back in 2000). Hughes writers wonderful weird stories, so I'm glad I was able to grab the new edition of this.

Then there are a few magazines. One Story's 105th issue is "Wilderness" by Jean Thompson. Then there are the September issue of Asimov's and the October(!) issue of Analog. And Cone Zero is the eighth installment of the always fascinating Nemonymous, containing 14 anonymously authored stories, mostly with the title "Cone Zero" or variations thereof.

Off to the right is the new trade paperback edition of Jeffrey Thomas' Thirteen Specimens from Delirium Books, originally published a couple years ago in a limited edition. This collection includes stories set in the worlds of Thomas' novels Boneland and Letters from Hades, as well as a new Punktown story. Bizarre, enjoyable stuff.

Space Vulture is a retro space opera from Gary K. Wolf (who wrote the original version of Roger Rabbit) and his friend and first-time novelist Archbishop John J. Myers. It has enthusiastic blurbs from Stan Lee, Gene Wolfe, and William Tenn. And it was 50% off at Barnes & Noble, so how could I resist?

The Dimension Next Door is the July anthology from DAW and Martin H. Greenberg, this month with Kerrie Hughes as co-editor, featuring stories about alternate dimensions. Hotter Than Hell, edited by Kim Harrison, is a paranormal romance anthlogy from Harper.

Chizine is kicking off a new publishing venture with Brent Hayward's Filaria. I don't know anything about it beyond the description at Horror Mall, but it certainly looks interesting.

This month's installment of Planet Stories is Michael Moorcock's Masters of the Pit, in which American physicist and Eternal Champion incarnation Michael Kane becomes a prince of ancient Mars. This edition includes a new introduction by Samuel R. Delany.

And in the lower-right corner is I Want More Sugar, a poetry collection by James McNaughton from New Zealand publisher Steele Roberts. I'll end tonight's entry with an excerpt from the poem "Esperanto", included in this collection:

The dead try, they really do.
They queue for the only phone on the moon.
You can almost hear their complaints
across the long night of space
when they find that all the numbers have changed.
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First off, via [ profile] cosinejeremiah, for anyone who things LOLcats aren't geeky enough: Lambdacats.

Moving along to this week's incoming books:

First up is the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of Ninth Letter, a lit mag co-published by UIUC's Department of English and School of Art & Design, which is far and away the best-looking lit mag I get. There's an amusing short piece by Steve Tomasula, and lots of other work by new authors to discover.

That's followed by the new issue of the irregularly published fantasy magazine Black Gate. Then there are the first two issues of a new British magazine, Polluto which bills itself as "The Anti-Pop Culture Journal." They've got a nice-looking selection of prose, poetry, and art, including contributions by Jeff VanderMeer and Rhys Hughes.

Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum returned from ALA and re-supplied amazon, so I now have my copy of Frequently Asked Questions, the newest Unshelved collection. Unshelved remains as funny as ever; I read this one cover-to-cover the night it arrived.

Night Shade Books has published the US edition of Greg Egan's new novel Incandescence. I don't know much about it, but I've enjoyed Egan's previous work. The UK edition of this is being published by Gollancz, but thanks are due to Night Shade publisher [ profile] jlassen for doing another affordable US edition of an author unjustly neglected by the big US publishers.

Next up are the three Garnet Lacey books by Tate Hallaway (aka Lyda Morehouse), Tall, Dark & Dead, Dead Sexy, and Romancing the Dead. Comedic paranormal romance with a wiccan heroine. I've only read a few chapters so far, but I'm enjoying it.

Then there's Black Dog, Black Night, an anthology of contemporary Vietnamese poetry edited by Nguyen Do and Paul Hoover, published by Milkweed Editions. That's followed by Mandarins, a collection by Japanese author Ryunosuke Akutagawa from Archipelago Books. These two were reviewed in the last print edition of Rain Taxi and sounded fascinating.

The wax-sealed letter is the latest installment in Catherynne M. Valente ([ profile] yuki_onna)'s [ profile] omikuji_project, a short story mailed out each month to suscribers. Since I happened to read the first couple installments by flashlight during power outages, I think I'll wait for the next power outage to read this one (with all the thunderstorms we've been having this summer, I'm guessing I won't have to wait too long).

The Pisstown Chaos is the third short comedic novel by David Ohle published by Soft Skull Press. Looks like this one features a flesh-eating parasite of some sort.

Ellen Datlow is, of course, one of the best editors working in the sf/f/h genres, so I'm quite looking forward to dipping into her newest anthology, The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Then there are two new novels from Tachyon, Thomas M. Disch's The Word of God and Nancy Kress's Dogs. As I'm sure everybody reading this knows, [ profile] tomsdisch committed suicide last weekend; he has long been one of my favorite authors, so it was a bit sad to receive this this week. If you haven't already, go read the obituaries by John Clute and Elizabeth Hand, and then go buy and read his books. Camp Concentration remains my favorite (it's one of the very few books I've actually read twice), but all of his books and stories and poems are worth reading.

Earthworm Gods: Selected Scenes from the End of the World is the newest collection from Brian Keene and Delirium Books, set in the world of The Conqueror Worms, featuring giant man-eating earthworms. Always fun.

Ed Park's Personal Days is a short novel from Random House, a satire set in corporate America. It's been getting good reviews lots of places.

At Wiscon, I heard David J. Schwartz ([ profile] snurri) give a fantastic reading from his new novel Superpowers. Five college students wake up one morning and discover that they've somehow acquired superpowers like superstrength and invisibility.

The new issue of Jupiter is their 5th-year anniversary special. They name each issue after one of Jupiter's moons; I'd thought they'd have run out by now, but apparently Jupiter has more moons than I thought (Chaldene is moon XXI).

What the Mouse Found is a new Charles de Lint collection from Subterranean Press, bringing together short stories he wrote for nieces, nephews and other children.

Stef Penney's first novel, The Tenderness of Wolves, is a murder mystery set in the Norther Territories in 1867. It won some awards in the UK and looks quite interesting.

And that's it for this week...
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Lately I feel like I'm completely losing track of the new books and magazines arriving at my place. There ends up being a fair bit of lag before I get things entered into librarything, what with needing to scan covers and edit all the data to be accurate, and magazines don't get entered there at all. Plus, there the new arrivals are intermixed with my efforts to catalog my existing library. So, taking a cue from various other bloggers, I'm going to try just taking quick photos of the incoming titles a couple times a week and posting them here. At least that's the plan; we'll see how I do actually carrying it out.

And more beyond the cut... )

So, this week's mail brought me an above average haul, I think. First up there are James Doig's two volumes of Australian gothic and horror stories from mid-19th to mid-20th century. All reprints, but the stories and authors are all completely new to me (and probably to anyone else who doesn't specialize in Australiana).

I had picked up a couple of Graham Roumieu's Bigfoot books from amazon a couple months ago and enjoyed them, so I took advantage of a gold box coupon for In Me Own Words: The Autobiography of Bigfoot, which looks as fun as the others.

A bunch of new lit mags this week: F&SF, Light: A Quarterly of Light Verse (featuring amusing work from John Updike, [ profile] tomsdisch and many others), the Missouri, Kenyon, and New England Reviews, the Canadian Descant (with its charming "Genuine Canadian Magazine" seal on the front cover), and of course, the always wonderful Black Static.

Then we've got the first two books from [ profile] clarkesworld's Wyrm Publishing: Realms, collecting the first year's stories from Clarkesworld Magazine, and Memorare, a new novella by Gene Wolfe.

Leigh Brackett's The Ginger Star is the latest in Paizo's Planet Stories line of pulp reprints.

From Prime, the much-delayed limited edition of Jeff VanderMeer's Secret Lives has finally arrived. My own secret life as a cat-rescuing superhero is included.

From Night Shade, I got my copy of Walter Jon Williams' new "post-singularity" novel Implied Spaces which has been getting some good buzz and I'm quite looking forward to reading. In other hard SF, I also received Charles Stross' new novel Saturn's Children (which has one of the worst covers I've seen recently; if I'd received this month's SFBC catalog before ordering the trade edition, I think I would have gone for the book club edition with its "exclusive cover" instead).

I must admit to having no recollection of ordering Jenny Davidson's The Explosionist, but it looks like it's a YA alternate history from a first-time novelist. I must have read a good review somewhere.

Read Responsibly is last year's new collection of Unshelved, Bill Barnes' and Gene Ambaum's hilarious library comic strip. There's a new collection just out as well, but apparently it's back-ordered at the moment.

The Diving Pool is a collection of three novellas by Yoko Ogawa, translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder, presented in a lavish paperback (complete with French flaps and rough cut edges) from Picador. Two were previous published, in The New Yorker and Zoetrope, one is new (at least in English).

Burning Babies is Noah Cicero's collection of poetry and prose, and Treatise is his new novel, both from A-Head Publishing. I don't know much about either, but I've enjoyed the poems I've sampled so far and the novel looks interesting.

From the Book Depository (who somehow manage to offer free worldwide shipping on UK books), I received the cute little Picador UK edition of Richard Hamblyn's The Invention of Clouds, a biography of Luke Howard, the Quaker and amateur meteorologist who developed the nomenclature for clouds that we still use today.

And lastly, there's the enormous new book from Taschen, publishers of gorgeous coffee-table art books, this one a history of the photography of large penises. A beautiful and fun production all around (and even the cover is a clever two-layer arrangement that allows one to remove the model's underwear...)

There's no mail tomorrow, so that should be all the books for this week.


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