Sunday, January 1, 2023

{Sunday Post}—Her Heart's Desire, Phantasm Compendium, and World Without End

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

Happy New Year!

  • I have had enough of this wacky weather where it's zero degrees one day, and a few days later, it's in the 60s. My allergies have been through the roof for the past few days. 

  • I took a break from writing reviews but will return this week with reviews for Dune: The Lady of Caladan and Dune: The Heir of Caladan

  • I bought the Phantasm movie collection on Blu-ray and watched all five movies over the course of three nights. 

  • I stopped by the local thrift store and got Cell by Stephen King. Yes, I already own it in hardback, but the paperback has a different cover, and I only paid nine cents for it. I got 10% off because my last name begins with a "B."

  • On a Saturday morning, I accompanied my folks to an antique store in the city. I've been there before; the store is huge and takes forever to walk through. I hadn't planned on walking the entire store but ended up doing so after finding a few Star Trek books. To cut a long story short, let's just say that one booth had a slew of $1–2 paperbacks. While there were many titles I probably don't own, I settled on four books: The Entropy Effect by Vonda N. McIntyre (The Original Series), Assignment: Eternity by Greg Cox (The Original Series), Reunion by Michael Jan Friedman (The Next Generation), and Ship of the Line by Diane Carey (The Next Generation). Also, at the same booth, I got the 1999 hardcover reprint of the first Star Trek book, Mission to Horatius, for $3. In other booths, I picked up New Frontier: Missing in Action by Peter David for $2.95 and Signature Edition: Duty, Honor, Redemption by Vonda N. McIntyre for $6 (an omnibus collection of the novelizations of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).

What Am I Currently Reading?

I'm on page 92 of Star Trek: The Dominion War—Book Two by Diane Carey, which is the novelization of the Deep Space Nine episodes Call to Arms, A Time to Stand, and Sons and Daughters. I've read a whopping ten pages of the eBook Phantasm Compendium: A Journey Behind-the-Scenes into the Phantasm Films by Ben Wan. 

What's in the Mailbox?

Somehow, James Patterson's newest children's book, Middle School: Winter Blunderland, went under my radar when it got published in early November. Of course, none of the stores around here had it in stock, so I ordered it from Amazon, and it took forever to get here.

I'm guessing—I must've signed up to review Her Heart's Desire by Shelly Shepard Gray via Revell because a copy arrived in my mailbox yesterday.

My last eBay purchase of 2022 arrived yesterday—Star Trek: Titan: Orion's Hounds by Christopher L. Bennett and World Without End by Joe Haldeman (The Original Series).

What's New on the Shelf?

On Tuesday, I was shopping at a Dollar Tree in a neighboring county and picked up Bluff by Jane Stanton Hitchcock and The Dream Gatherer by Kristen Britain. I also went to a Walmart, where I found Tom Clancy's Oath of Office by Marc Cameron marked down to $5.97—well, not really marked down as it was one of the "bargain" books. Also, I picked up the paperback Sierra Six by Mark Greaney.

Since I've been on Phantasm kick as of late, I bought the eBooks Phantasm Compendium: A Journey Behind-the-Scenes into the Phantasm Films by Ben Wan, Phantasm Exhumed: The Unauthorized Companion and Further Exhumed: The Strange Case of Phantasm: Ravager by Dustin McNeill.

Other new-to-my-Kindle titles are True Believer, Savage Son, and The Devil's Hand by Jack Carr, Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy, Devil House by John Darnielle, Star Wars: The Princess and Scoundrel by Beth Revis, Star Wars: Master and the Apprentice by Claudia Gray, and Hidden Universal Travel Guides: Star Trek: Vulcan by Dayton Ward.


  1. Yeah these temps have been crazy! I'd be happy if it could just stay in winter temps...doesn't need to snow or ice or any of that junk. But I love the colder weather and it always seems to start late and end early these days, thanks global warming.

    Nice new reads! Those are all new to me ones but your deal at the thrift store was awesome! Do they have random/obscure sales like that often? With a percent off if your last name begins with a certain letter? Never encountered a store like that before! Hope you enjoy all of your new reads!

    Here's my StS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. I think they go in alphabetical order, with a different letter every day. I know there are days where senior citizens and veterans can get 20%. There's a board when you walk in that has all the sales for each week; sometimes there's a discount on clothes and knick-knacks. During the summer, there's a "fill a bag full of books" for a dollar deal, which I never do because there are never enough books I want there to fill an entire bag.

  2. Happy New Year!

    I love finding books like that in old stores. You can find real treasures. And I think I had one of McIntyre's books back years ago. Those novelizations of the Trek movies sounds good.

  3. The weather IS pretty nuts at the moment... In the UK, we went from a "big freeze" to torrential rain that refused to let up for over a week... Global warming in action, I guess!

    Happy New Year!

  4. Wow! You sure got a lot of books! Hope you have a great new year!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  5. Happy New Year! May 2023 be a good year of reading.


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