September 2009


This book, which I pre-ordered in February and which has just been published, has arrived here, avoiding major postal strikes. It came all the way from America in about a week or so. The Bob Shaw book I ordered from South Africa – a stone’s throw away compared to America – has yet to arrive, and isn’t expected for another couple of weeks. And I think I paid more in postage for the South African book than the Philip Jose Farmer/Win Scott Eckert book. That’s postal systems for you I suppose.

I bought the limited edition of The Evil in Pemberley House and it arrived with an accompanying chapbook, also limited edition. I’m looking forward to starting to read the novel over the weekend. The limited edition is still available on Subterranean Press and other sites, but I doubt if there are many left: I have number 141. That’s over seventy percent of the number available -  unless they’re posting copies out and not bothering to use the numbering on the 200 limited editions, but I can’t see any reason for doing that.

Both arrived in wrapping and I’m half tempted to leave them unread and pristine.

The book itself is an excellent printing, and as Win Scott Eckert points out the binding on the limited edition is different to the binding on the normal hard back. The novel itself runs to a couple of hundred pages, which is a bit light nowadays but I’m not complaining: I’m not too keen on really long books. (It took me months to wade through David Simon’s Homicide and its’ companion The Corner.)

I did have a brief look through the chapbook. It’s closer to a booklet, running at 50 pages, and has a piece about the Wildman coat of arms, the outline of the novel, a chronology of events relating to the novel and a short piece by Win Scott Eckert.

I was just over at the website of Subterranean Press and noticed that The Evil in Pemberley House is now shipping and for sale. I actually bought the signed version of this way back in February and it’s great to see it finally released. Let’s hope there aren’t any problems shipping my copy over the Atlantic. I bought a Theodore Sturgeon book that took ages to come across the Atlantic, but that was due to the bookseller going with a specific courier.

I made the order on hearing of the passing of Philip Jose Farmer at the beginning of this year. I only have a handful of his works but what I did read impressed me greatly; he was a fine and vivid writer.

I’m really looking forward to reading this book. It is about the daughter of ‘Doc Savage’ and how she visits a house she has inherited. Going from titbits on the official blog it’s a work that Farmer started way back in the seventies but never finished.

I loved the Doc Savage novels too, although I gave away as many as I’ve kept. They’re great fun to read and show a breadth of imagination from the original (main) author Lester Dent. In fact – assuming reasonable prices – I might pick up a few more Doc novels for reading. There are one hundred and eighty of them and I’ve read perhaps twenty to thirty.

As the advertising slogan goes. I haven’t been online much this week either. I really should log into the social network sites I’ve signed up for. It’s been a while since I logged into any of them. I suppose if I’m online more there’s a better chance I’ll get round to logging into them.

The title of this post is in reference to a chocolate snack available in the UK, of which I have been partaking quite a bit this week, mainly because there are now special packs available that have codes inside them giving free music downloads. I’ve signed up and snaffled a few tracks. There is a five song limit but that is restricted to per email address. It has also caused me to nip over to 7digital and buy some more tracks from said artists and others.

I still haven’t got around to reading Iain Bank’s Matter, and I couldn’t get into the Bruno Lipshitz novel, but I did buy a couple of books of short stories and read most of the Robert Silverberg one, Sunrise on Mercury. I devoured Robert Silverberg years ago. I would read anything from him and enjoyed most of what I read.