Rambling On

Anthony R. Cardno's Fiction and Commentary

I discovered as I was getting ready to go to dinner that there is a Half-Price Books on the other side of my hotel. Hadn’t noticed it because Sunday night I ate in the hotel restaurant, and last night I went across to the Mall where the Cheesecake Factory is and purposefully avoided going into the Borders in the Mall (my excuse was that I was carrying my hardcover IT with me, and didn’t want to deal with explaining to the bookstore staff that it was mine and that I didn’t rip the dustcover of the book off in order to steal it. Plus, I was bloated from dinner and just wanted to come back to the hotel.).

It’s no secret that I have a love affair with the HPB chain. We don’t have them in NJ or NY so the closest to my home are the three locations in Pittsburgh. I tend to end up in HPB stores when I’m in Pittsburgh and Dallas, and one of these days I will get to the locations in Cincinnati and Chicago. And hopefully we’ll keep using this hotel in Seattle and I’ll return to this store as well.

You can guess what I did tonight. Yeah. I skipped going out to dinner in order to wander HPB for an hour. Hey, I had more than half of my dinner from last night in the fridge, and that was essentially a full meal in itself.

I got a pretty decent haul for about $35.

Ever since I started getting interested in the Wold-Newton concept again, thanks to [info]winscotteckert mostly, I’ve been attempting to fill in some old series. August Derleth and Basil Copper’s SOLAR PONS books. Various Edgar Rice Burroughs series, esp. the MARS and VENUS books. Philip Jose Farmer’s various Wold-Newton-connected works. And Sax Rohmer’s FU MANCHU series.

This HPB had 7 Rohmer books: PRESIDENT FU MANCHU, THE ISLAND OF FU MANCHU, THE BRIDE OF FU MANCHU, EMPEROR FU MANCHU, THE DRUMS OF FU MANCHU, THE HAND OF FU MANCHU and THE SHADOW OF FU MANCHU. Picked them all up for about #3 each. also got Farmer’s FLIGHT TO OPAR, LB Greenwood’s SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OFSABIN HALL, John Gardner’s THE REVENGE OF MORIARTY, and a Gardner F. Fox pulp SF book, THE HUNTER OUT OF TIME.

I now have all of Gardner’s three Moriarty books, and two of Greenwood’s three Holmes books. I’m still missing 6 of Rohmer’s original FU books and every Fu Manchu book written by other folks.

So, a Half-Price Books store by my hotel when I don’t have a rental car, and my little “to buy” notebook in my luggage, and the store had stock I was looking for … definitely a harmonic convergence of some kind!

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  1. LindaG Said,

    I don’t see how it could be anything but an omen for sure. 🙂

  2. Kethiri Said,

    Oh, and Bram Stoker’s Jewel of the Seven Stars (I think that’s the title), though it’s not all that good. Definitely not like Greenmantle, which is a riippng yarn. Stoker’s Lady Athlyne is quite good. It’s set in NY and Scotland/Northumbria and full of the influence of Otto Weininger but has a bit of back story from the Boer war (btw, Greenmanlte has a prominent ex-Boer character). You learn from Lady Athlyne that in Scotland at the turn of the century, speeding, as a traffic offense, was called furious driving .

  3. admin Said,

    I love Jewel of the Seven Stars, but struggled with Lady Athelyne.

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