Eastercon 2013 Book Haul

The Eastercon 2013 Book Haul
The Eastercon 2013 Book Haul

Ah Eastercon... your freebies, your signings, your dealers' room. Such a wonderful supplier of additional material for my ever-increasing to-read mountain.

This is this year's haul... smaller than previous years, but still pretty good 8-)

So what's in there? First up, we have the new Chris Beckett anthology The Peacock Cloak from NewCon Press. Blame a handful of groats for this one... well, I say "blame"... I did enjoy what I read of his first anthology so picking this up was a no-brainer except for...

The Mercurio D. Rivera collection Across The Horizon also newly out from NewCon Press. I've enjoyed Rivera's work in Interzone and so this was the no-brainer. Add that the author was there to deface it... except that I didn't find him at all after buying it and carrying it around the rest of the weekend...

Next up, Aliette de Bodard's Obsidian and Blood omnibus. I bought this as part of a 4-for-3 offer. I hadn't realised that the Aliette de Bodard book I'd picked up from the freebie table was the first of this omnibus at the time. Again, I love her short story work so am excited about getting to grips with something bigger.

Mike Shevdon's Sixty-One Nails. Shevdon was on a few panels talking intelligently and the book was disappearing quickly (too quick for me) from the freebie table so this was also part of the 4-for-3 offer. The blurb describes it as an even more modern Neverwhere... Hope it's good... certainly can't be worse than Un Lun Dun...

Babylon Steel from Gaie Sebold. From the cover, I wouldn't have picked this one up. From Gaie and the rest of the panel describing it as an interplaner brothel owning heroine how could I not?

Anne Lyle's The Alchemist of Souls and Adrian Tchaikovsky's Empire in Black and Gold both looked good and lonely on the freebie table at various points. They both also made some interesting contributions on various panels. *shrugs*

Cory Doctorow and Charlie Stross' Rapture of the Nerds - this one is defaced by Cory Doctorow. Only just launched I gotta say Cory didn't enamour me to it with his reading, but I have higher hopes than that.

Freda Warrington (Guest of Honour) with Elfland. Not one I would have picked up had I not heard her discussing it: see, Eastercon expands horizons...

Finally, Stanislaw Lem's^W^W Ijon Tichy's The Star Diaries, the book I instantly chose as the book to dip into while waiting for various things. I love Lem and can wax lyrical on his writing, Michael Kandel's translating skills, the humour, the poetry, the humour a bit more... Yeah, my find of the con 8-)

This, of course, does not include the huge list of things I want (more Brunner, any Russ, many of the things in the sexuality and gender panel...)

Comments

Sorry I missed you at Eastercon--I was only there Thursday through Saturday! Thank you for buying Across the Event Horizon. I appreciate the support and hope you enjoy it!

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