Visions of Paradise

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Satan's World

Poul Anderson’s Satan’s World is a 1968 Polesotechnic League novel in which the unlikely group of heroes–fat, rich old merchant Nicholas Van Rijn, Kirk-like young explorer David Falkayn, Buddhist dragon Adzel, and predatory feeline Chee Lan-encounter a race of vicious herbivores resembling minotaurs. The novel contains mystery, adventure, and Anderson’s typical strong world and culture-building. Good fun.

I’ve gone on a bit of a shopping spree since school began a month ago. Here are my recent still un-read purchases:

Use of Weapons: A Culture novel by Iain Banks which I bought at a used bookstore on Fenwick Island

She, King Solomon’s Mines, Allan Quartermain: a three-in-one from Dover Publications

Showcase Presents Adam Strange / Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown / Showcase Presents House of Mystery: three 550 page trade paperbacks collection of vintage DC comics in black-and-white

Roma: Steven Saylor’s historical novel purchased through the Discovery Channel Book Club

The Yiddish Policemen's Union: Michael Chabon’s recent acclaimed novel, purchased through a 50% Deal at the History Book Club

Collected Stories of Louis L’Amour, Vol. 4: the Adventure Fiction: another 50% Deal, this time through the Discovery Channel Book Club


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