Recent Acquisitions

One of the side perks of writing this blog is thinking of fabulous books to buy that can be the subject of future posts. I’ve been feeling a little vintage lately and noticed that the 60s beehive ponytail is coming back in, so I’ve satisfied my Bardot fetish reading-wise by purchasing a copy of Valley of the Dolls.

Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann is all about fame, fortune, and the downward spiral of drugs and depression; the general spaced-out clamity it JUST LOVES to bring. I adored the movie and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the world of sordid 60s stardom. I instantly fell in love with this inexpensive version on Boomerang, if you’re a collector of pretty/girly hardcovers then I suspect you’d sigh over this just as much as I did – it’s the most perfectly pink shade interspersed with the stark black of wrought-iron gates. Dreamy.

I’ve also turned my attention to reading more high fantasy lately. I definitely have to be in a certain ‘mood’ to read high fantasy or full-on science fiction, so expect me to take advantage of this mood, and in later posts I’ll discuss the books which have caught my eye:

Bright of the Sky, by Kay Kenyon

This seventh novel by Kay Kenyon has been compared to Frank Herbert’s work (of Dune fame), commended for its vivid characters, world-building and superior prose. If you’re just interested in the storyline, however: Pilot Titus Quinn, along  with his wife and daughter, are thrust into a parallel world after a simple space travel expedition goes horribly wrong. Titus makes it back to the first world, but he is much changed and his memory is gone, as well as his family. What happened? And how will Titus get his family back? Ooh, suspenseful!

A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

This book’s had such a following since its publication in 1997 that it’s currently being made into a tv series (due to premiere in 2011). What drew me to it, aside from its evident popularity with epic fantasy lovers, is that it pretty much sounds like World of Warcraft. And boy do I love a good computer RPG. Apparently heroes die, the story is steeped in medieval history, there are sub-plots galore…and the writing is apparently pretty awesome too.

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Now I have the books…time to get to reading! Look out for my thoughts on them in future posts.

Any of these you’re interested in, or have read before?