Showcase Sunday #9

Showcase Sunday is a feature on Vicki's blog, Books, Biscuits and Tea, which shows off the books which one has acquired in the past week, from any and all sources. Whether purchased online as an ebook or in hardback from a brick and mortar store, received for review or as a gift, it's just another way to make all your blogging acquaintances jelly.

It's been a while! (Over a year in fact, yeesh) Of course I continued to buy books (far too many, not enough, whatever) but I'll limit myself to December's and January's acquisitions.

First of all, or latest, is the impulsive purchase of the first three books in the Nightrunner series. It's been in my sights for a while, so when I couldn't find it in my library's catalog, I felt justified in getting it from Powell's. They're kind of old school (90s) fantasy adventure, those thick mass market paperbacks I used to drool over at every yard sale I passed as a kid. The draw to this series specifically is that the main characters are more than just partners in crime.

Next, I got involved in LibraryThing's Secret Santa (finally!) called SantaThing. I went all out and paid 50 dollars into the system and asked for history about Northern Europe, powerful women, and maybe an epic space opera for when I get around to finishing Herbert's Dune series. I got these:

Women in Old Norse Society by Jenny Jochens
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia by Christopher Clark
(That last one is the one I'm most excited about. It's huge! Covers over 300 years!)

And for good measure, I enrolled my brother in this as well, because I certainly don't know what books to get him. I said he liked most of the classics he had to read for school and that he liked another book I got him last year, Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody. (In fact, I think it's currently making the rounds among his friends.) I didn't say he was 16, but they somehow managed to surmise he likes video games. That all his books feature male protagonists is a given, even though he doesn't strike me as that picky, many young male readers (and older too--sigh) seem to need that. He got:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Steelheart by Brandon Anderson
The Martian by Andy Weir
(I hear that a book I previously gave him, American Gods by Neil Gaiman was also considered.) He decided to read The Martian for his independent reading project in school and his friends are vying to steal it from him. I've heard nothing but good things about it.

Ah! I've neglected my dear friend's Birthday present:
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
She posits that I absolutely must read it, so she's made sure I have a copy so I can. Fair is fair, I gave her a copy of a book I think she absolutely has to read for Christmas. (A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass)

What do you think, have you read any of these?