Some fantastic books have made their way into my home over the past two weeks:
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Leslie S. KlingerI think this book and the two companion volumes containing the short stories have been on my wish list longer than anything else. Since I'm planning to re-read both A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles for The Baker Street Challenge this year, I was very glad to finally be able to add this to my library. I've read the first few pages of A Study in Scarlet and have been very impressed by the depth of information contained in the notes.
Femme Fatale by Carole Nelson Douglas
Another Holmes-related book. I've been meaning to read Carole Nelson Douglas' Irene Adler ("The Woman" from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story "A Scandal in Bohemia") series for years, and have started collecting the books in preparation for summer reading. It will be interesting to read these after re-reading Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series.
Paper Towns by John GreenShortly before her death, Dewey of The Hidden Side of a Leaf posted that she was so engrossed in John Green's Paper Towns that she read it while brushing her teeth. I knew then that I had to read it. When I won Sharon's Strand Birthday contest, Paper Towns was my first choice. As part of her birthday celebration, Sharon visited The Strand and agreed to purchase two books of the contest winner's choice.
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
This book came to my attention months ago thanks to Steph at Reviewer X. This was also my other selection from Sharon's contest. In addition to two books from The Strand, Sharon also sent along lots of promotional bookmarks, a Strand button, and a New York state license plate keychain with my name on it. Many thanks to Sharon for the fun and thoughtful package she put together for me.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-SmithQuirk Books is definitely living up to their name with the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Of all of Austen's heroines, I think Elizabeth Bennett would probably be best-suited to fighting off hoards of the living dead. (Emma Woodhouse would be a close second. She did leave a rather well-meaning path of destruction in her wake during most of the book.) Hopefully my slightly warped sense of humor will balance out my tendency towards being a bit of an Austen purist. We'll see.