Library Loot: a small haul

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I still have two and a half books left over from last week’s haul so I didn’t do any browsing this time. Just picked up the two books I already had on hold:

Oh *giggle* I am excited for this one. I had completely forgotten that I ordered it. It was an interlibrary loan, which meant that the email notice didn’t list the title, just that the ILL had come in. When the librarian handed it to me I took one look, burst out laughing, and had to tell her all about it. :-) This series is classic sci-fi at its finest and most fun. I read one of these many years ago and always remembered it. Here’s the blurb: “Sector General: A massive deep-space hospital station on the Galactic Rim, where human and alien medicine meet. Its 384 levels and thousands of staff members are supposedly able to meet the needs of any conceivable alien patient–though that capacity is always being strained as more (and stranger) alien races turn up to join the galactic community. Sentient viruses, interspecies romances, undreamed-of institutional catering problems–it all lands on Sector General’s doorstep. And the only thing weirder than a hitherto unknown alien species is having a member of that species turn up in your Emergency Room.” Hoo boy!!!

I learned about this book from Alex at The Sleepless Reader. Southern fiction, which should be a nice change after The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay, which is extremely… northern. Here’s the blurb: “Marvelously funny, bittersweet, and beautifully evocative, the original publication of A Short History of a Small Place announced the arrival of one of our great Southern voices. Although T. R. Pearson’s Neely, North Carolina, doesn’t appear on any map of the state, it has already earned a secure place on the literary landscape of the South. In this introduction to Neely, the young narrator, Louis Benfield, recounts the tragic last days of Miss Myra Angelique Pettigrew, a local spinster and former town belle who, after years of total seclusion, returns flamboyantly to public view-with her pet monkey, Mr. Britches. Here is a teeming human comedy inhabited by some of the most eccentric and endearing characters ever encountered in literature.”

Teeming human comedy… eccentric and endearing characters… I’ll take it!

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  1. I hope you like it Rachel, looking forward to knowing what you thought! :)

  2. Thanks! I’m looking forward to reading it!

  3. I was reading the summary for A Short History of Small Places, feeling quite intrigued, until mention was made of the pet monkey. Terrifying. It might not be a logical fear, but there it is none the less. I do hope you enjoy it as much as Alex did!


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