Sunday, February 25, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Heinlein Paperbacks and Star Trek eBook Overload

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

* Weekly Tidbits *

  • Sorry for being late with this week's post; I've been under the weather the last few days and slept this morning.

  • I hope The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live lives up to expectations and isn't a complete bust tonight.

What Am I Currently Reading?

I read around 4 or 5 pages of Midnight on Beacon Street before falling ill. Given how short the book is—akin to a novella—I want to finish reading it tonight. I want to get to The Nightmare Machine by Monday; it's a long book, and I must post a review for it on Thursday for a blog tour, so I've got my work cut out for me this week. After that, I'll probably move on to Picard: Firewall, a Star Trek novel.

Recent Reviews

Ordinary Angels

What's New in the Mailbox?

Review-related things in the mail are Chasing Endless Summer by V.C. Andrews (ghostwritten by Andrew Neiderman) and Contagion 4K Ultra HD.

What's New on the Shelf?

I bought 19 Robert A. Heinlein paperbacks for 50 cents each at the Humane Society thrift store: Assignment in Eternity, Sixth Column, The Day After Tomorrow (retitle of the Sixth Column), The Man Who Sold the Moon, Starship Troopers, Citizen of the Galaxy, Red Planet, Beyond This Horizon, The Star Beast, Revolt in 2100; Tomorrow, the Stars; Waldo and Magic, Inc.; Methuselah's Children, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Have Space Suit: Will Travel, The Rolling Stones, Farnham's Freehold, Tunnel in the Sky, and Glory Road.

The books have some water damage. I assumed that whoever owned the books had at some point kept them in a garage or basement. I will try to clean them up, but it will require some time. Certain cover stains can be carefully removed by dabbing some rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab, ball, or white cloth, gently fuffing the stain, letting it dry, waiting a few hours, and repeating if needed. The UV light approach is another option, though I haven't tried it yet. If you have any knowledge regarding the removal of water stains from books, kindly leave a comment.

At the Salvation Army thrift store, I picked up Robert Ludlum's The Ares Decision by Kyle Mills and Harmful Intent by Robin Cook. 

At the same store, I also purchased two hardbacks by Tom Clancy: Locked On, co-written with Mark Greaney, and Dead or Alive, co-written with Grant Blackwood. These two were swaps for tattered paperbacks. I donated the paperbacks to the Humane Society thrift store.

I don't recall the exact day, but I received a daily "Kindle" sales email indicating that a Star Trek title was on sale for $3.99; I didn't give it much thought then. Then, on Thursday, I got a second email listing a $1.99 Star Trek title for sale. I started to wonder what was happening because Star Trek eBooks go on sale a few days before or on the first of the month. I checked The Trek BBS, and a Trekkie had put a list of novels on sale for $1.99 to $3.99. Then, on Friday, another batch of titles went on sale. On Saturday morning, the Thursday books returned to their regular price, and I anticipate that the Friday batch will do the same today. I now want to know if the books were on sale for two days only or if someone at Amazon made a mistake and put the March book sale early. I suppose I will find out on March 1st.

Anyway, I bought the books I didn't already have on hardback, paperback, or Kindle. Here are the titles: $1.99: TOS: The Folded World by Jeff Marioette, TNG: Blaze of Glory by Simon Hawke, New Frontier: Excalibur: Renaissance by Peter David, TNG: Boogeymen by Mel Gilden, TNG: The Romulan Stratagem by Robert Greenberger, Voyager: The Black Shore by Greg Cox, TOS: The Final Nexus by Gene DeWeese, TNG: Contamination by John Vornholt, TNG: Requiem by Michael Jan Friedman and Kevin Ryan, The Lost Era: Catalyst of Sorrows by Margaret Wander Bonanno, Enterprise: What Price Honor? by Dave Stern and Stargazer: Gauntlet by Michael Jan Friedman and Kevin Ryan. $2.99: TNG: The Forgotten War by William R. Forstchen, Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows by a variety of authors, TNG: Kahless by Michael Jan Friedman, and TOS: Errand of Vengeance: The Edge of the Sword by Kevin Ryan. $3.99: TOS: Errand of Vengeance: Killing Blow by Kevin Ryan, and TOS: Legacies: Best Defense by David Mack.

Also, I snagged Dead Mountain by Preston & Child when it was on sale earlier in the month for $2.99. Then, a few days ago, I got Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman for $1.99.


  1. Great price on those used books. I sincerely hope that you are able to restore them. I didn’t know some of the tricks that you mentioned.

    1. I don't know about "restoring" them, but I might be able to clean them and reset some of the spines.

  2. Replies
    1. Indeed! Some of these covers are more engaging than others. 😏

  3. Oooh! All of these books look good!

    Oooh! Your flowers look beautiful! Glad you had a nice trip!

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