I dropped in at Waterstones after work to pick up The Blood King - the second book in Gail Z. Martin's Chronicles of the Necromancer series. It was meant to be a quick visit to buy a single book. Instead, it turned into a bit of a book-buying frenzy...
In addition to The Blood King, I walked away with the following:
The Red Wolf Conspiracy by V. S. Redick
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
Memories of Ice by, er, Steven Erikson
Fortunately I received several gift cards for Christmas, so this spree technically cost me nothing. Which was nice. Buying books is enjoyable enough, but buying books in the knowledge that your wallet can stay firmly tucked in your pocket is even better.
I'm excited about Red Wolf, as the word on the forums is that this is being hyped as one of the debuts of the year, so I can't wait to find out for myself what the fuss is about. Certainly seems interesting.
As for the Erikson books, I decided it was time to delve deeper into his works. I actually already own a copy of Gardens of the Moon and read it a while back, but the copy I picked up today was only £3.99 ($8) and, well, it has a nice cover. Yes, I know the cover has nothing to do with the story, but like I said in my last post about cover art, as long as the artwork is decent I can understand why publishers put out covers with no relevance to the story. And the new Gardens of the Moon cover is very nice indeed. Come to think of it, most of the new Erikson covers are pretty good.
So, plenty of books to keep me going. Look out for reviews of the above appearing at some point in the (hopefully) near future.