Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New Additions

I bought the collection of HP Lovecraft stories for $7.98! What a deal. I'm pretty sure some of his stories are in public domain, but I couldn't help buying this collection.

Published: 2012, Fall River Press
600 pages

Goodreads Summary
H.P. Lovecraft wrote horror stories like no other author before of after him. In the pages of Weird Tales and other pulp-fiction magazines of the 1920s and '30s, Lovecraft pioneered a new type of story that fused the thrills of supernatural horror with the visionary concepts of science fiction. His unique style of cosmic horror revolutionized the modern horror tale through its depiction of a vast universe indifferent to human existence and populated by incomprehensibly alien monsters.

This volume collects twenty of Lovecraft's best-known horror stories, including several that laid the foundation for the Cthulhu Mythos, a pattern of myth and lore that represents the high point of his writing and once of the most original contributions to fantastic fiction of the past century. Selections include:

"Pickman's Model" The monsters in Richard Upton Pickman's paintings were so hideously lifelike you might easily believe that they had been painted from real life.

"The Rats in the Walls" The nightly scramblings of foraging rats in the walls were disturbing enough -- but what horror did their destination belowground suggest?

"The Call of Cthulhu" An island risen from the depths of the Pacific Ocean houses a denizen whose emergence in our world portends the end of life as we know it.

"At the Mountains of Madness" In the wastes of Antarctica, an exploration team discovers the remnants of an inconceivably ancient pre-human civilization -- and evidence that whatever wiped it out may still be at large.

H.P. Lovecraft: Great Tales of Horror is your passport to unique worlds of wonder and terror as only one of the greatest horror writers of all time could imagine them.

 Title: Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrated: Tony Harris
Published: 2005, Wildstorm Signature
Collects issues #1-#5

Goodreads Summary
Set in our modern-day real world, Ex Machina tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America's first living, breathing superhero after a strange accident gives him amazing powers. Eventually tiring of risking his life merely to help maintain the status quo, Mitchell retires from masked crime-fighting and runs for Mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide But Mayor Hundred has to worry about more than just budget problems and an antagonistic governor, especially when a mysterious hooded figure begins assassinating plow drivers during the worst snowstorm in the city's history.

This series is by the writer of Saga and Y: The Last Man. Fun fact, Brian is the creator the tv show Under the Dome!

 Title: The Manhattan Projects, Vol. 2: Above Beyond
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Illustrator: Nick Pitarra

Goodreads Summary
The second amazing volume of the SCIENCE, BAD book of the new millennium. The battle for global supremacy is underway and the bad men of the Manhattan Projects will only accept one outcome: World domination.

Title: The Sandman, Vol 3. Dream Country
Writer: Neil Gaiman
 Illustrators: Kelly Jones, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran, Malcom Jones III, Steve Erikson
Published: 1999, Vertigo (first published 1990)
Collects issues #17-20

 Goodreads Summary
The third volume of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus's son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream.

Book update: Almost done with The Black Company. So far: meh...

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