Happy Easter Everyone!
This marks our 42nd post for The Story Siren’s In My Mailbox, a Sunday meme that allows you to geekily feature books that you’ve earned, gained, obtained through dubious means for the past week (or so). This week’s edition is even geekier than usual as I am trying my hand at more hardcore science fiction.
Some of these books were likewise given to me during my birthday month by the best enabler of all times, my dearest husband; the others I bought on sale from Bras Basah here in Singapore. So on to the books.
A Game of Thrones – A Bit of Lovin’ Goes to George R R Martin
Again, my book hunting was rewarded when I discovered these two books by George R. R. Martin (2 books for 5 sgd): A Storm of Swords and Fevre Dream. My husband and I were riveted by the HBO Series, A Game of Thrones (couldn’t wait for the next season) – and so I knew I had to buy Book 3 from the Series.
As a belated birthday gift, my husband decided to just purchase the entire set for me from Kinokuniya: A Game of Thrones, A Feast for Crows, A Clash of Kings, and A Dance with Dragons. Now to find the time to read them all.
More Sci Fi and Fantasy Love
I also discovered a few Orson Scott Card books at 2 sgd: Alvin the Journeyman and Prentice Alvin. Kender, Gully Dwarves and Gnomes is an anthology of fantasy stories by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Since Dragonlance came highly recommended by someone I highly respect when it comes to book tastes, I thought of giving it a try, and it’s not bad for 2 sgd.
And what luck, I found the Collector’s Edition of Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman for only 2.50 sgd (2 books for 5 sgd, 1 book for 2.90). Unbelievable price indeed!
Now these lovelies are still on sale, but a tad more expensive: 3 books for 10 sgd, 1 book for 4 sgd. Still not bad. Finding J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion – The Myths and Legends of Middle Earth was such a high, alongside Cynthia Voigt’s The Wings of a Falcon.
I’ve always been a huge Clive Barker fan: from his Abarat series to Galilee to Weaveworld. While I already have copies of Imajica and Imajica Volume II: The Reconciliation, I remembered a time when I was searching oh so desperately for these books and I could not find them. I have a feeling they’re out of print. I bought them for possible presents to special friends – it’s 3 books for 10 sgd. Can’t go wrong with that.
Book Sale at Singapore Expo
For those of you who are in Singapore and may not know it yet, there’s an ongoing book sale at the Singapore Expo until today. While it is not as dirt-cheap as the books in Bras Basah, these are brand new novels whose price have been cut down at 50% off – hence some of the books are still worth 9 sgd. I found a few pretty good titles though as you can see below.
Finally! I found Book 4 of Tales from the Sinister City series: F. E. Higgins’ The Lunatic’s Curse which I have been looking for since I have Books 1-3. Incendiary by Chris Cleave has also been on my wish list since I have Little Bee in my bookshelf waiting to be read.
These are my daughter’s loot from the Book Sale: Terror Time Toys by Jamie Rix, Book 5 of the Grizzly Tales. Her godmother from New Zealand gave her Books 1 and 2 of the Grizzly Tales and she liked it. She is also into Hank Zipzer, so she bought I got a D in Salami and The Zippity Zinger by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.
While I’ve read the entire Hunger Games Series (as borrowed from our community libraries), I only have a personal copy of Books 1 and 2, and so I had to buy Mockingjay as well by Suzanne Collins since my ten year old daughter is deeply into the series (she just cried heart-rending tears after reading about Rue’s death in Book One yesterday). I have also closely followed and enjoyed the TV series The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett with my husband and I thought that I might as well read the book.