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text 2015-12-18 16:00
Fabulous Finds Friday: December 18
Perdido Street Station - China MiƩville
Scarlet - Marissa Meyer
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir - Felicia Day
Krampus: The Yule Lord - Brom
Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari,Eric Klinenberg
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke
The Last Lie - S. Blaise

It's been a little while since I've done a Fab Finds Friday, mostly because my budget/schedule hasn't allowed for many trips to the bookstore or library lately.

 

But I have found some good books lately, both at the store and the library, but I’m particularly happy about my discovery of a $2 paperback copy of Perdido Street Station I found at my used bookstore. I keep meaning to read it, and every time I get it from the library it just sits there, looking at me with reproach. Now I can take my time and get around to it whenever.

 

Other cheap finds:

A 2.99 sale on the e-book version of Marissa Meyers Scarlet was too good to pass up. Never mind I haven’t read the first one yet…

 

Just in time for Christmas I found Brom’s Krampus: The Yule Lord for 1.99

 

A few good library finds: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day, Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke.

 

I also picked up a copy of a friend’s book, The Last Lie, which sounds super interesting (a future where dishonesty or even imagination will kill you), but I’m a little nervous about reading since I do know the author (S.E. Blaise) and I don’t want to be biased.

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text 2015-10-23 16:00
Lady of Devices - Shelley Adina
Brilliant Devices - Shelley Adina
Her Own Devices - Shelley Adina
Magnificent Devices - Shelley Adina
A Lady of Spirit: A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices Book 6) - Shelley Adina
A Lady of Resources - Shelley Adina
A Lady of Integrity: A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices) (Volume 7) - Shelley Adina
A Gentleman of Means: A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices) (Volume 8) - Shelley Adina

Looks like this is my first Fab Finds for October, mostly because I have been trying not to acquire quite so much lately (without much success). However, this week (and last) I've only been worried about collecting a single series: the Magnificent Devices series by Shelley Adina.

 

I heard about it from a "greatest steampunk books" list, though where that list came from I don't remember. It's a fun, lightweight series of adventures. They often stretch credulity-- they are plotted within an inch of their life-- but the characters are so easy to love, and the adventures are so fun, I couldn't help but get caught up in them. They do start to wear a little thin near the end, but I chalk this up to reading them so quickly and without other books in between, rather than any actual lowering in quality of the stories themselves. They have a nice feminist slant, too.

 

I bought them all digitally, the first four in a box set, 5 and 6 in a pair, and the last two individually. (The first standalone volume is actually free- I was expecting disappointment, and ended up buying all of them).

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text 2015-10-02 16:00
Fabulous Finds Friday: September 30: Scribd Edition
The Steampunk Trilogy - Paul Di Filippo
Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches - Cherie Priest
TARDIS Eruditorum - A Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 3: Jon Pertwee - Philip Sandifer
Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld,Keith Thompson
Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-first Century - Matt Hills
Tanglewreck - Jeanette Winterson
The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines - Mike Madrid

You may have heard, but the book subscription service Oyster is getting ready to shut down. (On the plus side, they were pretty much acqui-hired by Google, rather than simply going out of business). The news has prompted me to spend more time on Scribd, lest it should be the next to fall, and I've added a bunch of new and interesting things to my library this week. Here are just a few:

 

The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul di Filipo

 

Maplecroft (audio) by Cherie Priest

 

Tardis Eruditorum (volumes 1-6) by Philip Sandifer

 

The Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

 

Triumph of a Timelord by Matt Hills

 

Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson

 

The Supergirls by Mike Madrid

 

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text 2015-09-25 16:00
Fabulous Finds Friday: September 25
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists - Mur Lafferty,Holly Black,Lev Grossman,Cherie Priest,Jeff VanderMeer,Alex Grossman,S.J. Chambers,Jess Gulbranson,Gio Clairval,Eric Orchard,Ekaterina Sedia,Jayme Lynn Blaschke,Ann VanderMeer,Charles Yu,Will Hindmarch,Ted Chiang,Jeffrey Ford,Michael Moorcock
Fledgling - Octavia E. Butler
Walks With Men: Fiction - Ann Beattie
New Amsterdam - Elizabeth Bear
Phoenix Rising - Philippa Ballantine,Tee Morris
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection - Patricia A. McKillip,James Sallis,Ursula K. Le Guin,Jane Yolen,Geoffrey Brock,Michael Marshall Smith,Douglas E. Winter,Ellen Datlow,Charles de Lint,Susanna Clarke,Gary A. Braunbeck,Gene Wolfe,Peter Crowther,Steven Millhauser,Thomas Canty,Kelly Link,Elizab

I've been on a short story/anthology kick, as well as on a mission to find genuinely good steampunk. There are other things mixed in here, but those items have been on my radar the most during my bookstore missions lately.

 

The Thackery T. Lambstead Cabinet of Curiosities edited by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer

 

Fledgling by Octavia Butler

 

Walks with Men by Ann Beattie

 

New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear

 

Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 1) by Tee Morris and Philipa Ballantine

 

The 13th Annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow (all hail the fantasy anthology queen)

 

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text 2015-09-11 15:41
Fabulous Finds Friday: September 11
Doctor Who: Hunter's Moon - Paul Finch
Sabella - Tanith Lee
The Secret Garden - Alison Lurie,Frances Hodgson Burnett,Jillian Tamaki
Deathless - Catherynne M. Valente
The Shadowed Sun - N.K. Jemisin
Mind of My Mind - Octavia E. Butler
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal - G. Willow Wilson,Adrian Alphona
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why - Jacob Wyatt,G. Willow Wilson,Adrian Alphona

This latest haul is a combination of 50 cent thrift store finds and the library.

 

Doctor Who: Hunter's Moon by Paul Finch

 

Sabella by Tanith Lee

 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (really gorgeous Penguin Threads edition)

 

Deathless by Catherynne Valente

 

The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin

 

Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler

 

Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson (library)

 

Ms. Marvel: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson (library)

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