Ok so I'm not in sunny Seattle right now. We left on Wednesday night and are back in cold and foggy SSF. However, because the husband was in Seattle for meetings, I spent Tuesday and Wednesday wandering around this lovely city myself. Of course my first stop was the Central Library for it is big and it is beautiful and I spent several happy hours strolling through the different sections, checking out the view and of course, the many many many books. So this week's finds are those I discovered at this brilliant library.
The Colour Out of Space: Tales of Cosmic Horror by Lovecraft, Blackwood, Machen, Poe, and Other Masters of the Weird
This new collection features some of the greatest masters of extreme terror, among them Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Bram Stoker, and Henry James, and includes such classic works as Arthur Machen's "The White People," Algernon Blackwood's "The Willows," and of course Lovecraft's own weird and hideous "The Colour Out of Space."Outside the Dog Museum by Jonathan Carroll
A novel of love,death,and architecture H arry Radcliffe is a prize-winning architect, witty and remarkable. He's also a self-serving opportunist, ready to take advantage of whatever situations-and women-come his way. But now, newly divorced after an inexplicable nervous breakdown, Harry is being wooed by the wealthy Sultan of Saru to design a billion-dollar dog museum. In Saru,he finds himself in a world even madder and more unreal than the one he left behind, and as his obsession grows, the powers of magic weave around him, and the implications of his strange undertaking grow more ominous and astounding. Outside the Dog Museum is a novel to surprise, provoke the mind, and haunt the imagination.
The Line Between by Peter S Beagle
The long-awaited sequel to the popular classic The Last Unicorn is the centerpiece of this powerful collection of new tales from a fantasy master. As longtime fans have come to expect, the stories are written with a grace and style similar to fantasy's most original voices, such as J. R. R. Tolkien, Fritz Leiber, and Kurt Vonnegut. Traditional themes are typically infused with modern sensibilities—reincarnated lovers and waning kings rub shoulders with heroic waifs; Schmendrick the Magician returns to adventure, as does the ghost of an off-Broadway actor and a dream-stealing shapeshifter; and Gordon, the delightfully charming "self-made cat," appears for the first time in print, taking his place alongside Stuart Little as a new favorite of the young at heart. This wide-ranging compilation contains sly humor and a resounding depth that will charm fans of literary fantasy.