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Final Part of the Epic Book Haul!!

It’s time for the third and final part of my epic book haul! Don’t worry–if you missed the first two parts, you can check out part one here and part two here.

And now that you’re caught up, let’s jump in to part three!!

The Lost City of Z, David Grann

the lost city of z

A friend of mine raved about this book, so I had to get it. Looking forward to checking it out in more detail.

Machineries of Joy, Ray Bradbury

machineries of joy

I LOVE some Ray Bradbury, and check out that cover! Beautiful!

MongrelsStephen Graham Jones


Witches, Sluts, FeministsKristen J. Sollee

witches sluts feminists

Not sure why I got this one? Check out the back cover:

witches sluts feminists back

Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman

smoke and mirrors

My brother has been after me to read this book for years now, and I finally got it!

Stranger in a Strange LandRobert A. Heinlein

stranger in a strange land

Wicked Charleston, Mark R. Jones

wicked charleston

For those of you who don’t know, I live in Charleston, and I couldn’t pass this book up. “The Dark Side of the Holy City”? Sign me up!

wicked charleston back

The Beginning PlaceUrsula K. LeGuin

the beginning place

Again…that cover! Be still my heart.

Joan of Arc: In Her Own Words

joan of arc in her own words

I’ve been fascinated with Joan of Arc since I was a kid…and that fascination never went away.

Kicking in the WallBarbara Abercrombie

kicking in the wall

This looks like a killer book for writers!

HallucinationsOliver Sacks


What can I say? I like reading about weird shit.

Values & Ethics: From Living Room to BoardroomJason Merchey

values and ethics

values and ethics back

And that’s it for the final part of this epic book haul! Which of these books would you like to crack open?

The above books were purchased via AbeBooks.comAmazon.comeBay, and Collectible Science Fiction.

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

My Totally Epic Book Haul – Part 2 of 3

Missed the first part of my epic book haul? Catch up here.

All right, kiddies, it’s time for the second part of my EPIC BOOK HAUL!

Please, contain your excitement. The books can’t handle it.

In no particular order, here’s another bunch of books I’ve accumulated since the start of the year.

The Writer’s Guide to WeaponsBenjamin Sobieck

epic book haul writers guide to weapons

This is a must-have for writers and editors (in my humble opinion). I mean, look at the kind of information it gives you:

epic book haul writers guide to weapons illustration

epic book haul writers guide to weapons examples

Wimmen’s Comix No. 1

wimmen's comik

I’m a feminist, and this comic book made me laugh my ass off. Here’s a sample:

wimmens comik inside

Pure genius, especially for when it was released (1972).

Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe, Yumi Sakugawa

your illustrated guide to becoming one with the universe

And of course I’m here to give you a sampling of the illustrations:

your illustrated guide to becoming one with the universe illustration

The Subversive Copy EditorCarol Fisher Saller

the subversive copy editor

An invaluable resource for editors such as myself.

Daughters of Hecate, Kimberly B. Stratton and Dayna S. Kalleres

daughters of hecate

I purchased this one for research for one of the books I have brewing in the back of my mind.

Eastern Body, Western MindAnodea Judith

eastern body western mind

I’m something of a crunchy hippie, so this book appealed to me. I mean, duh.

Stardust, Neil Gaiman


I’m a huge Neil Gaiman fan, and this is one I’ve never read. So when my buddy over at Collectible Science Fiction asked me if I wanted him to add it to my pile (yes, that’s how bad my book hoarding is), I answered with a resounding “YES!”

The One Year ManualDr. Israel Regardie

the one year manual

Who doesn’t want spiritual enlightenment in a year?

Learning from Dogs, Paul Handover

learning from dogs

I came across this book shortly after one of my dogs passed away in November. It automatically went on my to-buy/to-read list, and while I haven’t been able to bring myself to read it yet, I know I’ll love it.

All Our Wrongs Today, Elan Mastai

all our wrong todays

Dreamsnake, Vonda N. McIntyre


Essays of E.B. White

essays of eb white

E.B. White is a treasure trove of good advice and nuggets of wisdom. Can’t wait to jump into this well-worn copy.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyDouglas Adams

the ultimate hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

I’ve never read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (I know, I know–so bad). Now I have all five novels in one! Boo-yah!

That’s it, folks! Only one more part of the epic book haul left…

The above books were purchased via,, eBay, and Collectible Science Fiction.

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

Book Haul Time: I’m Obsessed with Online Shopping

By the title, you know what’s coming: a list of books I recently bought in one of my I-don’t-need-this-book-but-I-NEED-this-book moments.

Enjoy the spoils of my latest book haul, via Amazon.

Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman


I fell in love with Neil Gaiman after reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It totally blew my mind and convinced me that this man is a genius.

Since then, I’ve been devouring his books, and Anansi Boys is next. I mean, look at the back cover:


Who wouldn’t be intrigued?



Yeah, yeah, I know: I’m super behind because I have yet to see the film Precious. I decided reading the book first was in order.

HangsamanShirley Jackson


Shirley Jackson. What a master of horror and the bizarre. I’m pretty damned excited to read this novel. Check out the back cover blurb to get an idea of why:

Seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite longs to escape home for college. Her father is a domineering and egotistical writer who keeps a tight rein on Natalie and her long-suffering mother. When Natalie finally does get away, however, college life doesn’t bring the happiness she expected. Little by little, Natalie is no longer certain of anything—even where reality ends and her dark imaginings begin. Chilling and suspenseful, Hangsaman is loosely based on the real-life disappearance of a Bennington College sophomore in 1946.

What’s that you say about Natalie’s father…?


Parable of the TalentsOctavia E. Butler


I first read Octavia Butler when I was fourteen years old, and I immediately loved her. For some reason I don’t understand, though, it’s only now–almost two decades later–that I picked up another book by the sci-fi queen.

I can’t wait to dig in.

Oh, and by the way, Butler predicted Donald Trump’s campaign slogan over twenty years ago in The Parable of the Talents. <Cue creepy music>

The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us AllLaird Barron


I recently joined an online book club run by Dirge Magazine (if you don’t know what Dirge is, I encourage you to check it out), and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All was one of August’s books.

I’m about halfway through it (late, as usual), and so far, it’s…meh. Follow me on Goodreads to find out my final opinion of the short story collection.

The Witches, Stacy Schiff


Another August Dirge Book Club book, The Witches focuses on the Salem witch trials of 1692. Check out the illustrations…


…and the inside cover:


I’m typically a fiction-only reader, but I have always been interested in the Salem witch trials (I blame my childhood field trip to Salem, Massachusetts)…so I’m fairly certain this is one nonfiction tome I’m going to love.

That’s it for this book haul! What books have you purchased or borrowed recently?

And a Little Something Extra…

  • Writers, take note: Michael Cristiano‘s list of fiction clichés should be read…and then those clichés should be avoided like the plague (like what I did there?). Read the post over at A Writer’s Path.
  • Ari Sytner did something that few of us (likely) would even think about: He donated a kidney to a complete stranger in need. During his experience, he realized that kidney donation is quite the taboo topic. For that reason, he wrote The Kidney Donor’s Journey: 100 Questions I Asked Before Donating My Kidney. It’s the first Q&A book on the subject and includes a wealth of information. To support Sytner in the publication of this book, check out his Kickstarter campaign.

*Want to buy any of the books mentioned here? Click on the links to purchase from Amazon; since I’m an affiliate, your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

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