At the May meeting we finalised the selection of books for the next four meetings, and not too much blood was shed. Here is the list of books:
27th July Nightfall One and Two by Isaac Asimov
The Asimov anthology Nightfall and Other Stories, published in 1969, is one of the best ever collections of Asimov’s short fiction. Sadly it’s no longer available, but it was reprinted as two volumes, Nightfall One and Nightfall Two, and those two books are the reading for the July meeting. Don’t be put off by having to read two books – it’s really just one book split into two thin books in an attempt by the publisher to make more money. You’ll find the Nightfall books in all the best second hand books stores, or I’ve provided links to used copies on Amazon.
24th August The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach by Steven Erikson
Erikson is best known for writing hugely long books in hugely long series, but don’t be put off because this is a modest length book containing three novellas. The stories are funny, but it’s exceedingly dark humour! Copies of the books will be provided courtesy of Kyle and the Pound Shop, so you have absolutely no reason not to read this book!
28th September Two Elric books, The Stealer of Souls and Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock
If you’ve never heard of Michael Moorcock’s doomed anti-hero Elric shame be upon you! Now is your chance to make amends.
The only problem with the Elric books is finding them because they’re all out of print and can be hard to find. Matters get even more confused because some of the books have been printed under different titles. The link I’ve provided is to a compendium of two of the books, The Stealer of Souls and Stormbringer, and these are the two we’ll be reading for the meeting. I’ve provided a link to the two book compendium on Amazon, but you’ll also find the individual books in second hand bookshops across the land. NB these are the versions reprinted by Del Ray fairly recently, and not the originals published in the seventies.
Like lots of authors, Moorcock started off writing short stories and these were later mangled together into books. The Stealer of Souls is a collection of five stories and Stormbringer is a collection of four novellas. Together the books collect a good selection of the early Elric stories.