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Ben Babcock

Somehow I continue to acquire books

New book arrivals, all lined up

I've fallen in love with Subterranean Press, a specialty science fiction publisher. They release gorgeous limited editions of books by fantastic authors. Recently I bought an awesome special hardcover edition of Grave Peril, the fourth Dresden Files book. And a few weeks ago, I was weak-willed enough to spend money on four additional books from them!

Courtesy of BookMooch, All Tomorrow's Parties, by William Gibson, and The Stolen One, by Suzanne Crowley, arrived in the mail last week. I am slowly collecting Gibson's novels and hope to read them in some kind of order, so I probably won't get around to All Tomorrow's Parties any time soon. The Stolen One is Elizabethan-era fiction, marketed for young adults; I entered a giveaway for it on Goodreads and didn't win, but it looked interesting enough to put on my BookMooch wishlist.

One of my discussion groups on Goodreads is reading N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms this November. It looks like exactly the kind of fantasy I love, but I've been trying to reduce the number of books I buy until I get through my backlog. (As this post indicates, I'm failing miserably at this!) But I had to go to Chapters last week to buy a birthday book for a friend, so I used that as an excuse to acquire this book--and only this book--for myself. As soon as I entered the store, I put my hands up to either side of my head like blinders and ran for the fantasy section.

So, what about these special books from Subterranean Press? Well, we've got:

  • The Lifecycle of Software Objects, a novella by Ted Chiang. I read a review of this on io9. Since Subterranean Press books have a way of selling out quite quickly, I decided to snatch a copy while I was placing an order.
  • The Sky that Wraps, an anthology by Jay Lake. Funny story: I actually haven't read anything by Jay Lake, ever, yet I now own four of his books--this one, and his Clockwork Earth trilogy. He first caught my eye when I saw the release announcement for Green, which I haven't actually bought yet (and hopefully won't until I read these four books).
  • Journeys, an anthology by Ian R. MacLeod. Like Lake, I haven't actually read anything by MacLeod. The book just looked so nice and tempting, and I've heard so many good things about him.
  • Toast, an anthology by Charles Stross. I've had Stross on my radar for quite some time now, and I had the opportunity not just to read Singularity Sky but study it in an English class last year. Stross has some great insight into possible avenues of the development of artificial intelligence, and I'm eager to read more of his short stories.

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I’m a 26-year-old math and English teacher back in Canada after two years teaching in England. In my free time, I read books! When I’m not reading, I’m writing, coding, or knitting.

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