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January and February book haul, part 2

The next batch is even more mixed. These are mostly second-hand, although I suspect some have hardly been read.

  • The Amulet of Samarkand: I have been a lifelong reader of fantasy and have had my eye on the Bartimaeus books for some time, so finding one second hand was a piece of good fortune. 
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements: I borrowed this from a library and read it a couple of years ago and thought it would be nice to own a copy, and how I do.
  • The 10 Best of Everything: The subtitle, An ultimate Guide for Travelers, should tell you why I bought it. Not that I ever plan my own travels around such guides, but I like to read them. 
  • When You are Engulfed in Flames: David Sedaris is funny. Nuff said.
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: This is the token new book. Neil Gaiman's books have been a hit or miss for me, but this one sounds good. I am pretty sure I spotted Gaiman in Reykjavík a few weeks ago. I had not heard anything about him being here, so I figured the guy I saw had to be someone who just looks a lot like him, but a few days later I saw a news item about him being here, so I choose to believe it was him I saw. Not that I would have done anything about it even if I had been sure - I believe celebrities have the same right as anyone else to go about their business without being bothered.
  • The two guide books are welcome additions to my guidebook collection.

Final installation tomorrow.


Unknown said…
I have owned a gorgeous copy of The Amulet of Samarkand for ages, the silvery one with the gargoyle. I should give it a go, the footnotes are bit daunting though.
Bibliophile said…
Laure, as a long-time reader of Terry Pratchett, who was a master of footnotes, I have discovered that the best stuff is often found in the footnotes.

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