A better month for book purchases, with some interesting additions to my shelves. I really like Edward Gorey’s style and was thrilled to come across a second-hand copy of the War of the Worlds with his illustrations. I confess that I’ve never read the Wells’ story, and my impressions have been formed by the various film versions, trips to Woking (and the Jeff Wayne album as befits an old prog rock fan) and I’m looking forward to trying out the original.

Additions to the crime stacks this month are Winter’s End by John Rickards, a new author to me that I came across on Stuart MacBride’s blog; and the new novel by Craig Russell, Eternal, the third to feature his Hamburg-based detective Jan Fabel. The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy by James Anderson just sounded like good fun.

Dove Grey Reader waxes lyrical about Hesperus paperbacks, and I indulged in two – Edith Wharton’s The Touchstone and Saki’s A Shot in the Dark; I bought the latter as the Book God and I really enjoyed the recent drama-doc about Saki on BBC Four.

I also succumbed to the graphic novel version of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere; I have the original novel and remember the BBC TV version with some fondness although I wish they would make it again now that special effects technology has moved on and could really do it justice.

And finally, the last of this season’s Folio Society purchases, Legends of the Grail, another beautiful addition to my Folio shelves (which are beginning to groan, unfortunately).

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