DICK, PHILIP K. Dr. Futurity. Vintage. 2005. 169p. ISBN 1-4000-3009-9. pap. $10.95. SF
Released by Ace Books in 1960, this volume is signature Dick as it focuses on a skilled doctor finding himself transported to a future society that glorifies death.
DU MAURIER, DAPHNE. I’ll Never Be Young Again. 304p. ISBN 1-84408-069-2.
DU MAURIER, DAPHNE. Rule Britannia. 322p. ISBN 1-84408-063-3.
ea. vol: Virago, dist. by Trafalgar Square. Nov. 2005. pap. $14. F
Released in 1932 and 1970, respectively, these are du Maurier’s second and last novels. Young Again is a typical romantic outing, while Britannia is a dark, futuristic story about a draconian military alliance between England and the United States.
FICKLING, G.G. Honey West: This Girl for Hire. Overlook, dist. by Viking. Oct. 2005. c.224p. ISBN 1-58567-684-5. pap. $13.95. F
West was the female answer to the Mike Hammer – type pulp detectives, with a little James Bond thrown in. This initial 1957 effort finds the curvaceous PI trying to get to the bottom of a murder. Campy fun.
GARDNER, JOHN. October Light. New Directions, dist. by Norton. Oct. 2005. c.440p. ISBN 0-8112-1637-3. pap. $14.95. F
A story within a story, Gardner’s 1976 title finds destitute widow Sally Abbot forced to live with her brother, who, after numerous clashes, locks her in a room with food and a book. The story she reads mimics her own.
HEINEMANN, LARRY. Close Quarters. Vintage. 2005. 348p. ISBN 1-4000-7684-6. pap. $13.95. F
Like his earlier Paco’s Story, Heinemann’s1977 title is another top portrait ofVietnam grunts
HEINLEIN, ROBERT. Podkayne of Mars. Ace: Penguin. 2005. 214p. ISBN 0-441-01298-1. pap. $6.99. F
This 1963 sf adventure with a female protagonist features Podkayne Fries, who just wants to be a starship pilot. Her family’s power, however, makes her a political target.
KING, STEPHEN. ‘Salem’s Lot: Illustrated Edition. Doubleday. Nov. 2005. c.592p. photogs. ISBN 0-385-51648-7. $35. HORROR
This edition of King’s best-selling 1975 vampire novel restores 50 pages edited from the original release, plus numerous alterations the author has since made. The text is buttressed with a new intro by King, eerie photos, and two short stories concerning the dark doings in the New England town of Jerusalem’s Lot. One of King’s scariest creepfests; read this one with the lights on.
WILLEFORD, CHARLES. The Way We Die Now. Vintage Crime. 2005. 245p. ISBN 1-4000-3250-4. pap. $12. MYSTERY
This is the last volume in Willeford’s series starring Miami homicide cop Hoke Moseley.
EISENBERG, EVAN. The Recording Angel: Music, Records, and Culture from Aristotle to Zappa. YaleUniv. 2005. 288p. index. ISBN 0-300-09904-5. pap. $20. MUSIC
Eisenberg updates his 1987 original, which traced the influence of the phonograph and recorded music on culture, to include digital technology and file trading.
LECKIE, ROBERT. From Sea to Shining Sea. 650p. maps. index. ISBN 0-7858-1963-0 [ISBN 978-0-7858-1963-9].
SAJNA, MIKE. Crazy Horse. 367p. photogs. index. ISBN 0-7858-2036-1 [ISBN 978-0-7858-2036-9].
ea. vol: Castle. 2005. $10. HIST
Two more affordable hardcover histories from Castle. Leckie follows America’s expansion from the War of 1812 to the Mexican War. Sajna traces the exploits of the noted Native American.
LEES, GENE. The Musical Worlds of Lerner and Loewe. Univ. of Nebraska. Sept. 2005. 350p. index. ISBN 0-8032-8040-8. pap. $19.95. MUSIC
Critic and journalist Lees offers a highly readable account of lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe, who gave Broadway such hits as My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi, and Paint Your Wagon. Lees not only traces their remarkable careers but also depicts how their turbulent personal lives influenced their art.
LEWIS, FREDERICK. Young at Heart: The Story of John Kelley, Boston’s Marathon Man. Rounder. 2005. 214p. photogs. ISBN 1-57940-113-9. pap. $16.95. SPORTS
From the late 1920s through the early 1990s, Kelley ran the Boston Marathon more than 60 times. This 1992 portrait unfurls his life and his efforts to bolster long-distance running as a national sport. This edition offers a new epilog and many new pix.
MILTON, JOHN. Paradise Lost. Oxford Univ. Sept. 2005. 374p. illus. ISBN 0-19-280619-X [ISBN 978-0-19-280619-2]. $28. LIT
This Oxford edition of the Milton standard sports heavy paper and a ribbon marker, plus an intro by Philip Pullman on the work’s influence on his own writing.
MURPHY, SEAMUS. Stone Mad. Collins, dist. by Dufour. Oct. 2005. 229p. illus. ISBN 1-903464-81-1. pap. $21.95. ART
In this 1966 volume, Murphy, one of Ireland’s great stone masons, tells how he learned the craft.
POUND, EZRA. Early Writings: Poetry and Prose. Penguin. (Classics). 2005. 408p. index. ISBN 0-14-218013-0. pap. $15. LIT
If you didn’t pop for the Library of America’s recent $40 hardcover of Pound’s prose and poetry, this $15 paperback will give you a good selection.