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I haven't mentioned purchases since... well it has been awhile. Acquisitions have been made, but they have been few and far between. Indeed Friday evening's purchases were the first of the year. I had anticipating buying a few books from my Winter Preview list, but when the moment presented itself I left the store empty handed.

Drood - Dan Simmons
This is a massive book, and it is a bit daunting. 775 pages is a formidable reading task for this reader. However, I am a sucker for the historical mystery. Plus, the cast of characters is too good. Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens. Com'on....

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
Meant to pick this up upon initial release, but things got in the way. Tons of critical accolades. One day I walked into the bookstore to buy it and exactly zero copies were for sale. I repeated that experience on a number of occasions until Friday.

The Watchman - Robert Crais
The Joe Pike book. I thought the first 20-30 pages of this book were fantastic. The very best kind of thriller writing, some of the best work I think Crais has ever done. For a variety reasons I have waited until now to purchase this book.

Beat the Reaper - Josh Buzzell
Big buzz on this book. Former Mob Hitman turned Doctor has a bad day. At some point maybe mid-January I felt obligated to buy this book, even with my professed burn-out over the New Pulp fiction of the last 3-4 years.

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death - Charlie Huston
Dare I say this is going to be the best title and best dust jacket this year. They both seem to say that greatness lies within. The tiny tiniest of problems is that, again, for one reason or another I have yet to read anything by Mr. Huston yet. Ugh....

- Sean Doolittle
Bless the non-series writer. Why? Because I can read this before I read Mr. Doolittle's fourth book, The Clean Up. This is the book I am most excited to get.... it also shipped separately so I have yet to get it into my hands. Grrrrrrrr. If you are not reading this guy consider our Bromance over......


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