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Recent book buys

Time, once again, for some bookporn. The majority of my book buys recently have been secondhand - either charity shop or Amazon Marketplace. These stretch back a few weeks as I've been trying not to add too much to my tbr mountain... not that you'd notice any particular success in that area. *coughspluttercough*

A bit of a mixed bag really.

Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik is book four in her 'Temeraire' historical fantasy series. I haven't even started this series yet. I own book one and no others and yet I simply couldn't leave this in the charity shop. Yep... I really do realise how sad and pathetic that is...

Asta's Book by Barbara Vine is a book I've been looking for for ages and comes well recommended by readers who like her work.

The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker is another one that I've been waiting to find in a charity shop for some while. Wait long enough and you're usually lucky.

Our Spoons came from Woolworths by Barbara Comyns is a Virago that I think I've seen blogged about. And anyway, how could I possibly leave a book with a title like that behind?

Out of the Blackout by Robert barnard I saw blogged about somewhere. It's a WW2 story about an evacuee who is never claimed and goes back to London to discover his identity when he's an adult. Crime yarn I think.

Fete Fatale is by the same author - Robert Barnard - It's an English town/church fete type of crime yarn, and I thought it sounded good fun.

Death at the President's Lodging by Michael Innes is a complete unknown. I saw it in a charity shop in Exeter, read that it was a university/college type crime yarn, saw that it was almost pristine and decided that at 70p I couldn't really leave it behind.

Seven new (to me) books, four of them crime yarns. Of course, I never read crime fiction...


Hee! Barnard came highly recommended to me, but I was disappointed with the one or two I read -- I thought they were nothing special. Haven't read the two on your list, though.

I bought the first Naomi Novik on the recommendation of verito295 but haven't read it yet.
I'm going to read Temeraire pretty soon I think, so will report back. I don't think I've seen any bad reviews, the series is pretty much universally loved as far as I can see.

Someone on my Blogspot journal recced the Barnard book (Out of the Blackout). Thinking about it our tastes don't always match - she's a bit precious about books sometimes, so it could be that I'll be with you on this author. We shall see.

Is Michael Innes familiar to you?
Be very interested to hear what you make of Barnard. The ones I read I classify as a shrug -- OK, but . . .

Haven't read any Innes that I can remember.
Let me know what you think of lair of the white worm.

As for the Temeraire book...well, I just wished I liked Naomi's pro work as much as I like her fanfiction.
What fandom does she write?
lots. http://www.intimations.org/fanfic/

Keep in mind that she very much wants to keep her pro and fanfic lives apart (understandably.)
I'll have a look at your link later - I had no idea she was a fanfiction writer. Oddly enough the author of a recent read of mine, Rosy Thornton (Crossed Wires), started out as a fanfic writer too. Her thing was costume dramas I think.