||[Aug. 10th, 2009|12:40 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
Back in February, a friend gave me a gift certificate to the Strand Book Store here in NYC for my birthday, and I finally, six months later, found the time to go and browse.* I already have eighty million books on my shelf that I haven't gotten to yet, so I knew walking out of there with any purchases at all would require my finding some special titles indeed.
Luckily, I did, and both of them are classics!
First, I found a 1979 Del Rey mass market paperback of Fritz Leiber's Gather, Darkness! with one of those awesome painted covers they did back then that shows every single plot point in the book all jammed together in glowing orange and moody blue. The cover also includes what appears to be some kind of blue-faced space monkey. Not bad for 98¢!
Then I found a Vintage International trade paperback of Doris Lessing's The Fifth Child, which Sarah Langan has been telling me to read for years now. A steal at $4.95, but what a godawful cover. It looks like some kind of weird found-art decoupage of a young boy's face, shirt and tie. Definitely needs more space monkey!
* This is what happens when you ghostwrite two major books at the same time, with a combined page count of about 950. Seriously, remind me to stick to one project at a time from now on!