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WorldCon book haul

I swear I’m still unpacking from Texas…

I came back from WorldCon with a smaller book haul than usual, mostly because my suitcase already weighed a tonne going over and I didn’t much feel like carting a whole library back with me. As it was, this small but perfectly formed pile was bad enough to pack.

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The Ace Double was the only one I actually paid hard cash for at the con – I have a few of these already and I love their pulpy goodness (yes, I have actually read the ones I have). There are also hundreds of the damn things, so they make a nice little convention collectable if I see them on a sales table.

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I’m not 100% sure why this guy looks like Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, but… there you go.

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Murder is Binding was picked up from a nearby Barnes and Noble (I say “nearby”, but one thing that seemed to characterise San Antonio was a total lack of bookstores, necessitating a trip out to a mall). My wife and I are fans of cosy mysteries, and having read this one, she’s already up to book three in the series. I can’t wait to get stuck in!

Supergods, US edition

Speaking of book covers, the other day my US edition of Grant Morrison’s autobiography/analysis of superhero comics, Supergods, arrived. I often pick book purchases based on the cover, and I find myself frequently drawn to US releases in favour of UK ones.

It used to be the case that US covers were generally a little dreary or strange, while UK covers were classy, but over the last couple of years there has been something of a reversal. I also think it is partially due to growing up in New Zealand (and I even worked in a bookstore as my first job!), which is exposed to both American and British design in equal measure, so US design sensibilities are quite familiar to me.

Anyway, the thing that struck me about Supergods is that the US editions comes in an unusual half-dust jacket. I haven’t seen this kind of thing before, so I have no idea how widespread it is. My initial thought is that it would be prone to tearing, but the bold yellow used here is pretty striking (click for full-size).

The UK cover is, to my mind, totally hideous.

Additionally, the cover blurb:

Our world in the age of the superhero

…is lacking an awful lot in comparison to the US cover blurb:

What masked vigilantes, miraculous mutants, and a sun god from Smallville can teach us about being human

All I can say is, thank goodness for Amazon.com!


I am obliged to report that yesterday was my first sub-2k day on Night Pictures, for a variety of reasons which included a tight deadline for the day gig and a fair amount of staring in awe at the cover for Empire State. However, difficult days are what those bonus words in the bank are for, so despite yesterday’s sub-par effort, I’m still ahead. I’ve also crossed the 20% milestone, which I think deserves some nice biscuits this afternoon!

Project: Night Pictures (missing persons, ghost towns and TV hackers)
Words yesterday: 1,509
Words total: 20,157/100,000 (20%)
Word to go: 79,843
Days to go: 52