Saturday, October 25, 2008

New Books!!!

Tonight Krista's parents and my parents teamed up to put the kids to bed and do the dishes while Krista and I zipped off to the bookstore. I've been waiting to buy Michael Connelly's The Brass Verdict since it came out last Tuesday. I almost bought it at the airport leaving NYC but it was a full price hardcover and I was in the middle of another book that was long enough to get me to the West Coast. I love Michael Connelly, especially the Harry Bosch novels. Only two modern authors get the Mikalatos Seal of Approval before I bother to read the books: Michael Connelly and Gene Wolfe. They're the only two authors whose books, when they come out in hardback, I cannot wait for them to become available at the library or to purchase them in a year when they go to paperback. I must have them now.



While poking around at the bookstore I also stumbled across this book:



It's called Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story. Rather than trying to explain it, I will quote the paragraph that caused the book to leap into my hand:
On a hillside near the cozy Irish village of Glennkill, the members of the flock gather around their shepherd, George, whose body lies pinned to the ground with a spade. George has cared for the sheep, reading them a plethora of books every night. The daily exposure to literature has made them far savvier about the workings of the human mind than your average sheep. Led by Miss Maple, the smartest sheep in Glennkill (and possibly the world), they set out to find George's killer.
Question: Is there any way I could have possibly managed to avoid buying this book after reading that paragraph?

Answer: No, there is not. It might as well have said, "This book specifically designed for the strange tastes of Matt Mikalatos." I got a silly little grin on my face and stacked it on top of my Connelly book.

Now I have two books I'm excited about. Yay!