Five books today during a brief visit to the flagship HP Books in Dallas, and oddly, they all came from the same section – the old literature up front. Four are classics, and one adds to my Yarbro collection.
World War II Fiction (Winds of War / South Pacific)
I was so enthralled by Herman Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny that I decided I needed to read his The Winds of War, and there was a handy 1971 hardback dust-jacketed Book Club edition. A few shelves down was what I think was a 1970s facsimile edition of James Michener’s 1947 Tales of the South Pacific, perhaps best known for the musical. I’m interested in both for actual participants’ fictional accounts informed by their service.
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
Another Book Club hardback, this time of John le Carre’s 1963 espionage classic. Sometime recently – I can’t remember where – I saw this referred to an an outstanding example of the subject, so thought I would give it a shot.
Looking Backward 2000-1887
Many years ago I got interested in some of the “sleeper awakens” books by Wells and others written in the late 19th century which sought to explore what the world would look to a 19th century man awoken a century into the future. One the most influential of these “Utopian” books was Edward Bellamy’s 1888 Looking Backward. My copy is a 1946 reprinting as part of the Living Library.
Blood Games – A Historical Horror Novel Set in Nero’s Rome
This is one of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s Sanct’ Germain books, where an immortal has various adventures from his origins in ancient Europe to the early 20th century. This is the third novel in the series, released in 1979, and sees our hero – who is far too noble to be simply described as a “vampire” – saving a woman who will later have her own sub-series.
The book sounded familiar, and it turned out there was a reason – I had read the Kindle version a long time ago. But I collect hard copies of books I like, and am glad to have this one.