January 2, 2012

Happy New Year with New Books!

I hope all of you had a wonderful, safe, and happy holiday season!  Here it is January 2, 2012, and I am ever so glad to finally be back in our home in sunny southern California.  Susan and I left here on the 21st of December and over the next ten days spent time in El Paso, Texas; Green Valley, Arizona; and Phoenix, Arizona whilst visiting family and friends.  Susan flew to El Paso while I drove hauling all of the packages and luggage.  I actually had to sit in Lordsburg, New Mexico for several hours on Christmas Eve and wait for the New Mexico Department of Transportation to clear Interstate 10 of snow and ice.  It actually snowed on me from Wilcox, Arizona all the way to El Paso, Texas, and made for a very nice Christmas mood for all of us that evening when I finally did arrive in El Paso!  Anyway, 'tis great to be home, car and luggage unpacked, laundry done, and closets cleaned out and reorganized.  But what to do with all of the wonderful new books that I received?  Hmmm, what a great problem to have, eh?  ;-)

Okay, I'm going to take a stab at compiling a list of the books that I received, and I am going to list them by categories--

Fantasy Fiction
The Book of Lost Tales, Part II, J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (single volume 50th Anniversary edition)
The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch
Red Seas Under Red Skies, Scott Lynch
The Dragonbone Chair, Tad Williams
Stone of Farewell, Tad Williams
To Green Angel Tower, Tad Williams
Lord of Snow and Shadows, Sarah Ash
The Prisoner of the Iron Tower, Srah Ash
Children of the Serpent Gate, Sarah Ash

Achilles, Elizabeth Cook
Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
Morality Play, Barry Unsworth

King Lear, Shakespeare
The Tempest, Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare
Phedre, Jean Racine, translated by Ted Hughes

The Riverside Chaucer, Geoffrey Chaucer
Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Wolkstein and Kramer
Flower Fairies of the Spring, Cicely Mary Barker
Flower Fairies of the Summer, Cicely Mary Barker
Flower Fairies of the Autumn, Cicely Mary Barker
Flower Fairies of the Wayside, Cicely Mary Barker
The Alliterative Morte Arthure, The Owl and the Nightingale, translated by John Gardner
Beowulf, translated by Frederick Rebsamen
The Beowulf Poet, edited by Donald K. Fry
Beowulf: A Dual Language Edition, translated by Howell D. Chickering, Jr.
Beowulf, translated by Burton Raffel
Idylls of the King, Alfred Lord Tennyson
Helen in Egypt, H.D.
The Inferno, Dante Alighieri, translated by Stanley Lombardo
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by William Vantuono 
A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver

As you can see, I scored big-time!  I am really looking forward to diving into this huge stack of new reading.  My biggest issue right now is to find the shelf space for all of my new treasures!  I love having a problem like that!

Time to go watch some college football!  Happy New Year!



  1. Happy New Year, Chris! What a great load of books you received! I'm looking forward to your thoughts on many of them, especially the fantasy novels since I have a number of them on my tbr pile.

  2. Happy New Year Chris! Glad to have you back. Sounds like you had a great trip in late December and quite the haul of books!

  3. So many books, I am very jealous. I got a couple of books, a Jane Austen and a William Faulkner but I did get an ereader which is incredible -I already have 411 new books and don't need to find a shelf to put them on!

    Sounds like you had lots of travels and I hope you get a chance to rest and relax now. Happy New Year

  4. Happy New Year! And wow, what a great stack of books to get stuck into :)

    Cold Mountain is something I've been meaning to read for a while, and I've heard good things about The Name of The Wind. Happy reading!

  5. That's quite a haul! I'm excited about the Shakespeare (both of which I own), as well as Cold Mountain (which I also own and want to hold off on until I've read The Odyssey.)

    Cheers, and very Happy Holidays to you, Chris! It's good to see you back. :-)

  6. Oh WoW! -- I envy you! Lovely books, Chris! I can see you're going to have an awesome reading year. :D And thank you very much for the Erickson recommendation. I'd never heard of him until you mentioned him. I did some googling and learnt that he's quite something in this genre! I'll have to hop on over to my library and see if they have him on their shelves. :)

    By the way, I'm reading Beowulf at the moment. A translation by Gunmere...I'm guessing this must be an old one 'cause it's available in the public domain. I find it quite hard. Which translation would you recommend?... I've been browsing through my bookstore, but have been nervous about picking one up without knowing if it would be worth it.

  7. Happy New Year Chris! You obviously were one of the lucky folks who got the snow that us here in Chicagoland have not had so far this winter :-)

    What a great collection of books - it appears you will have many happy hours of reading ahead.

  8. What an incredible list of books, you lucky man. A very happy new year to you and yours, and all the best for a year of fun and exciting reading :)

  9. I wouldn't want to let all that bounty to go to waste, so I'll add more to the pile. I don't know how long the link will last, but Contra Mundum Press has a sizeable chunk of the new translation of Gilgamesh available on line. The translation is by Stuart Kendall.


  10. Hi Chris,

    I'm new to your blog and enjoying it very much.

    Just wanted to comment that I think "Morality Play" is Unsworth's best work, and that you are in for a mighty wonderful read in Elizabeth Cook's prose poem about Achilles (which would make a terrific companion piece to Madeline Miller's "The Song of Achilles," which I recently read in ARC form).

    Pat D'Amico