Sunday, June 30, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Blind Alley, Never Lie, and Thunderball

Weekly Tidbits 

  • I'll attempt to play catch-up on reviews this week. 
  • The KC Royals won back-to-back series but are still seven games behind. 

Song of the Week 

What Am I Reading? 

What am I reading? That is a good question. Hmm. I'm thinking. I'll probably be reading The House That Horror Built by Christina Henry, a library loan I recently checked out with two other books, First Frost by Craig Johnson and The Path to Paradise by Sam Wasson. It's a Gothic horror tale; its premise is intriguing, so it won't take long to read. Then, I'll move on to one of the three ARCs, to one of the library loans, and vice versa.

What's New on the Bookshelf?

I'm starting to realize that I might have a bit of a bookish problem with buying new books I already own. For example, this past week, I bought Brad Taylor's The Devil's Ransom in paperback. I checked the copyright first and concluded that I didn't own it. While I'm not 100% positive, I might've gotten the hardback for free a while back at the library, along with other titles by the author. Also, I might've mistaken Brad Taylor for Brad Thor. Nevertheless, I now have The Devil's Ransom on paperback. 

I bought The Camp by Nancy Bush after reading the blurb, which reminded me of Friday the 13th, though instead of Camp Cyrstal Lake, it's Camp Luf-Shawk (nicknamed Camp Love Shack and later renamed Camp Fog Lake). 

Additionally, I picked up Never Lie by Freida McFadden.

Dollar Tree got in a bunch of former Walmart $5.97 hardbacks. I got Preston & Child's Old Bones, Tom Clancy's Power and Empire by Marc Cameron, Tom Clancy's Line of Sight by Mike Madden, and Tom Clancy's Oath of Office by Marc Cameron. Yes, I'm double-dipping here, but on purpose because I wasn't sure if I had two books, Oath of Office and Old Bones, and the store only had one copy of each title. It turns out that I already have the Oath of Office, but the second copy is in much better shape than the first, so I'll be donating the old one. I'm pretty sure I already have Old Bones, but I haven't gone through my books to find out yet. 

On my second visit to Dollar tree, I picked up All the Broken People by Leah Konen and The Hush by John Hart.

In the "free" section at the library, I found a 1951 hardback of Three by Heinlein: The Puppet Masters, Waldo, and Magic, Inc. by Robert A. Heinlein.

Why am all of a sudden am I finding Star Trek books in my area? I found two 25-cent Star Trek books at the thrift store last week: TNG: Reunion by Michael Jan Friedman and The Nitpickers Guide for Next Generation Trekkers by Phil Farrand. Additionally, I grabbed Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear! by Tom Angleberger. 

For ten cents apiece, I got three old Ian Fleming's 007 paperbacks: Thunderball, Dr. No, and From Russia with Love.

I also got three Dean Koontz paperbacks: Whispers, Shattered, and The House of Thunder. The latter is replacing a battered copy that I'll donate or trash.

I picked up two 25-cent Robin Cook hardbacks: Death Benefit and Chromosome 6.

Lastly, I got three Iris Johansen books: Quicksand, Eight Days to Live, and Blind Alley.

What's New on Billy's Kindle?

New titles on my Kindle are: Up Until Now by William Shatner and David Fisher, The View from the Bridge by Nicholas Meyer, Do Not Disturb by Freida McFadden, and The Perfect Son by Freida McFadden.

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