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The Bresson is a filmnerd classic that I read way back in university while studying film and I have wanted a copy ever since but it was both rare and expensive. Happily it has been recently reissued by New York Review of Books.
It's great when classics of any form get reissued like that. Similar to the joy of finding an older copy of some text for nothing in a 2nd hand place. :thumbsup:
 

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Have the day off between stopping at one workplace and starting at another so I went for a stroll to my favourite local bookshop that I haven't been to in 5 years and picked these two up and now I'm at a pub patio to enjoy.

The Bresson is a filmnerd classic that I read way back in university while studying film and I have wanted a copy ever since but it was both rare and expensive. Happily it has been recently reissued by New York Review of Books.

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The NYRB Classics re-issues include a lot of good stuff, though not much SF, fantasy, or horror. The Chicago Review Press' Rediscovered Classics line offers more for those genres, like the Strugatskys' work, some Zelzany, etc.

I keep meaning to read some of Anne Applebaum's books on Communist Russia and Eastern Europe, but I've got a stack by other writers to deal with first. I saw in interesting interview with her recently on the First Nation's Network, of all places.
 

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The NYRB Classics re-issues include a lot of good stuff, though not much SF, fantasy, or horror. The Chicago Review Press' Rediscovered Classics line offers more for those genres, like the Strugatskys' work, some Zelzany, etc.

I keep meaning to read some of Anne Applebaum's books on Communist Russia and Eastern Europe, but I've got a stack by other writers to deal with first. I saw in interesting interview with her recently on the First Nation's Network, of all places.

Applebaum is excellent, I read her history on the Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and it is first rate.
 

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Over the weekend I finished The Moon Pool by A. Merritt. It's the first of his books that I've read--he is one of those pulp writers I never got around to when I was younger. I enjoyed it, mainly for the world-building and rather headlong plot. The characterizations, particularly of the hero, were pretty over-the-top: he's a part Irish/part American ex-member of the Royal Flying Corps who has an implicit faith in Gaelic folklore, but it constantly razzing the other characters for their superstitions. But the 'lost world' was an interesting take on the hollow earth idea and made more sense than the Burroughs' version.

Merritt's prose is very descriptive, in fact florid in its style. He's a very visual writer and I couldn't help but picture the story as a kind of 1930s film serial. For all that, though, I found that sometimes he would leave a crucial part out of his (often very long and detailed) descriptions of places and environments that made it difficult for me to picture exactly the setup he had in mind. I wish that I'd had an illustrated edition of the book, but the Hoopla version I was using had no pictures.

I wonder what the copyright status of Merritt's writing is? There seem to be lots of micro-presses publishing his books, which suggests to me that they are out-of-copyright. Only a few of them show up in Project Gutenberg, however; I'd have thought more would be there if they were clearly in the public domain.
 

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Pretty sure Merritt is PD but his literary reputation isn't held in too high of regard due to overwriting and weak characterization so it doesn't seem anyone has prioritized him for the various more prestigious reissue/reprint presses. I haven't read a lot of Merritt (just an excerpt in one of the Adult Fantasy books I think) so I can't comment on his qualities as a writer.

An interesting writer in the decadent, jewelled prose style of Merritt/CAS/Brackett who I think would benefit from a quality reissue is Frank Owens who wrote oriental fantasies for Weird Tales. Moorcock turned me on to him but the only place I could find his stories were the original Weird Tales issues scanned as pdfs online.
 
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An interesting writer in the decadent, jewelled prose style of Merritt/CAS/Brackett who I think would benefit from a quality reissue is Frank Owens who wrote oriental fantasies for Weird Tales. Moorcock turned me on to him but the only place I could find his stories were the original Weird Tales issues scanned as pdfs online.

I should read some of his stuff. It looks like an early collection of his Chinese stories, The Wind That Tramps the World (1929) is available used for a decent price ($15-$22 U.S. on Amazon), but that the fuller collection from Gnome Press (1948) The Porcelain Magician is a lot more pricey ($46+ US). So I may make do with the Internet Archive Weird Tales PDFs.

Another Weird Tales writer I've been meaning to try is Nictzin Dyalhis; it looks like there are a couple of different e-books that collect his stories for a reasonable price (about $3).
 

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Another Weird Tales writer I've been meaning to try is Nictzin Dyalhis; it looks like there are a couple of different e-books that collect his stories for a reasonable price (about $3).
I highly recommend the DMR Books version, The Sapphire Goddess. Not that I've read that particular volume, but I'm a big fan of DMR and their work in reissuing older fantasy works generally.
 

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I highly recommend the DMR Books version, The Sapphire Goddess. Not that I've read that particular volume, but I'm a big fan of DMR and their work in reissuing older fantasy works generally.
DMR is great. They've put together some really good collections of stuff that's otherwise pretty hard to find in print.
 

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Wow, my reading queue has gotten crowded. I'm plowing through both Doc Savage and the Drenai Chronicles, while also reading a couple of books on current theories of mind (in a desultory way), and a book on English history that I just started because I'm a bloody masochist.
 

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I highly recommend the DMR Books version, The Sapphire Goddess. Not that I've read that particular volume, but I'm a big fan of DMR and their work in reissuing older fantasy works generally.
DMR it is then; they are the same price as the alternative, anyway.
A book on English history that I just started because I'm a bloody masochist.

Is it this particular book? The entire subject? Something else?
 

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Wow, my reading queue has gotten crowded. I'm plowing through both Doc Savage and the Drenai Chronicles, while also reading a couple of books on current theories of mind (in a desultory way), and a book on English history that I just started because I'm a bloody masochist.
How do you find Doc Savage?
 

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Over the last week or so, I've read the omnibus collection of Gail Simone's run on Red Sonja--18 issues in all. I don't read much in the way of superhero comics, or any comics for years before I found them on Hoopla, so I wasn't familiar with her work. It was entertaining, though it became more heroic and less morally grey in sword-and-sorcery fashion after the first series. I appreciated that, although the covers almost always showed Sonja in a chainmail bikini, in the books themselves she usually wore something more protective and reasonable.

Today I went onto the Amazon Kindle site thinking I might purchase some fiction by Avram Davidson. Simon & Schuster had reprinted a lot of it electronic format through Prologue Press series, and a month or so ago I read and really enjoyed his Island Underneath the Earth. Simon & Schuster even sent me an email suggesting others of his titles I might like. Imagine my surprise when I found that all of that is gone: Simon & Schuster has apparently dropped his work and it is no longer available in e-format.:thumbsdown:
 

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Over the last week or so, I've read the omnibus collection of Gail Simone's run on Red Sonja--18 issues in all. I don't read much in the way of superhero comics, or any comics for years before I found them on Hoopla, so I wasn't familiar with her work. It was entertaining, though it became more heroic and less morally grey in sword-and-sorcery fashion after the first series. I appreciated that, although the covers almost always showed Sonja in a chainmail bikini, in the books themselves she usually wore something more protective and reasonable.

Today I went onto the Amazon Kindle site thinking I might purchase some fiction by Avram Davidson. Simon & Schuster had reprinted a lot of it electronic format through Prologue Press series, and a month or so ago I read and really enjoyed his Island Underneath the Earth. Simon & Schuster even sent me an email suggesting others of his titles I might like. Imagine my surprise when I found that all of that is gone: Simon & Schuster has apparently dropped his work and it is no longer available in e-format.:thumbsdown:
For some reason ebooks go in and out of availabilty pretty often, just give it some time and it should come back, or if you don't want to wait most of his novels in used paperback are easily available and reasonably priced, within North America at least.
 

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For some reason ebooks go in and out of availabilty pretty often, just give it some time and it should come back, or if you don't want to wait most of his novels in used paperback are easily available and reasonably priced, within North America at least.

That's interesting to learn. I'm still a novice at e-books for fiction; I had no interest in that format until I got an IPad last year. I naively thought that once a publisher had gone to the trouble of creating the e-version of a book, they would keep in in their catalog forever, since there are minimal costs connected to maintaining that 'inventory.'

I wonder if someone will reprint Davidson in paper? Tor did a collection of some of his stories a while back and a tribute collection. It would be nice if some reprint house would pick up his works.
 

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I'm listening to the audiobook of Riley Sager's novel Final Girls.

I'm about halfway through and enjoying it quite a bit so far. Good story & the person they hired to narrate does a good job. I'm finding that listening to audiobooks while I do my long-distance running helps me keep a steady & not-too-fast pace.
 

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That's interesting to learn. I'm still a novice at e-books for fiction; I had no interest in that format until I got an IPad last year. I naively thought that once a publisher had gone to the trouble of creating the e-version of a book, they would keep in in their catalog forever, since there are minimal costs connected to maintaining that 'inventory.'

I wonder if someone will reprint Davidson in paper? Tor did a collection of some of his stories a while back and a tribute collection. It would be nice if some reprint house would pick up his works.
This is a a great collection I found used. Not sure how rare it is.

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That lineup of sf authors doing the intros shows how admired of an author he is. Would be cool if Vintage did some reissues.
 

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This is a a great collection I found used. Not sure how rare it is.

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That lineup of sf authors doing the intros shows how admired of an author he is. Would be cool if Vintage did some reissues.

Yeah, that was the Tor collection I had in mind. It is available on Kindle, but not that hard to get used in hardback or paper. I'm also pondering another Tor anthology of Davidson's stories, which you can actually get cheaper in paper than on Kindle:

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