Book haul - March 30, 2018
Deepsix by Jack McDevitt - The second in the Prsiscilla Hutchins series of novels. I'm not done with the first yet - The Engines of God - but I adore it. It's the second sci-fi book I've connected with immediately and deeply in the last five years, the first being the Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. I have yet to see a single copy of Deepsix, anywhere (yep, even online) that matches the design of my copy of The Engines of God. The copy of Chindi I sold had that same design. Yeah, I bought it without knowing it was the third in the series, didn't read it for about seven (?!) years, sold it because I figured I'd not be getting back to it--then thought of it one day, and whether I'd fucked up and bought a book from the middle of a series again (like I did with Matter by Iain M. Banks). No idea what made me think all of that. Glad it happened though.
The Drive In by Joe R. Lansdale - Another long journey to end up with this book. There was a comic adaptation published by Avatar around 10 years ago maybe. It had memorable art, and was totally fucking bonkers sci-fi/horror. I remember not really liking it, but I also know it stuck with me. My tastes in genre have morphed over the years, and I've liked Lansdale since I encountered his stuff (I think through his website, specifically a story he wrote that's maybe called Billie Sue). When I read Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix and Will Errickson, this book popped onto my radar. I'm fairly sure I never knew it was a short story first.
The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis - I've never seen the movie, but I plan on it soon. I have another Walter Tevis novel somewhere on the shelves, but I haven't cataloged it yet so I don't know what/where it is at the moment. Move tie-in covers are horrendous, forever and always, but there's always one or two which show up to break the rule. I have the movie tie-in cover of Alan Turing: An Enigma by Andrew Hodges, the version where Benedict Cumberbatch is actually not showing off his cheeks, chin, and lips (a rarity for any tie-in cover, whether the actors have his bone structure or not). I think they actually did good with font choice, the color of the title, and showing off the Turing Machine. This copy of Tevis's novel transcends the rule of all tie-in covers sucking because of similar reasons: 1: Font and design choices, and 2: David Bowie. He's one of my universal, will-always-look-at-his-face, faces.