The Order


For a few months, I knew Monday was drawing inexorably closer. Each month, I got a statement from the Visa Rewards program on my debit card, showing how many points I had. Showing, indirectly, how much closer I was to being able to get a $100 Amazon gift card. Showing, even more indirectly, how much closer I was to receiving a box of $100 worth of my Amazon wish list. Which arrived Monday.

And let me tell you, filling my shopping cart with $100 worth of free books was a lot of fun. It didn’t take long, since, like I said, most of it was just a matter of picking and choosing from books I’d accumulated in my wish list. But even that was a lot of fun; a lot of those were things I wanted but couldn’t justify buying at the moment. Shopping without having to worry about justification is a lot of fun, let me tell you.

So, the results of my spree:

Ambassadors from Earth: Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft — This is the fourth book in the University of Nebraska Press’ Outward Odyssey series, which, of course, also includes Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story, by astronauts Owen Garriott and Joe Kerwin and this David Hitt guy. For that reason alone, you should buy Ambassadors. Assuming you’ve already bought Homesteading. Otherwise, buy the latter first.

T-Minus: The Race to the Moon — It’s a comic book. About space. How far wrong can you go? (Well, it’s a comic book about space history, which should be even better. And, technically, I know I should say graphic novel. Anyway …)

These Dreams Keep Me Going These Days: A Bellen! Collection — More comics. This time, comic strips instead of comic books. Or graphic novels. Bellen! is a web comic by Box Brown. We did a guest strip for him once. So I bought his book. (Well, technically, this is the second book I bought; since I also bought the one way back when that featured the strip we did.)

Stargazer — And speaking of personal connections, Stargazer is like Twilight written by someone you went to college with. Well, not you. Just me. Unless you’re one of my readers who also went to college with Claudia Gray, before she was Claudia Gray, the pen name of Amy Vincent. This is the second book in a series, after Evernight. If you like teen vampire romance, or went to college with Amy, check out the Evernight series.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — And speaking of romance and mythical monsters (like how I’ve managed to keep this segues going through this whole post?) … I’ve heard this is good. So I bought it.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot — OK, I have no cool transition to this one. I borrowed a friend’s copy of this book quite a while back. I decided I needed it in my library, so I bought a copy. Earlier this year, I decided someone needed to read it, so I put it in my wish list. As Bruce Springsteen would say, she’s all gone, it’s still here. Or, at least, it’s here now — I went ahead and bought it because it’s one of those books that I know that, at some point in the future, I will want to hand to someone and say, “Here, read this …” (I used to keep a stash of The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel so that I could do just that. Think I’m all out now, though.)

David: A Man of Passion & Destiny — And speaking of books about religious issues (ha, I did it again), I wrote on here a little while back about my meditations on Hosea and David, and that I was buying a book for research on that. This is it.

How to Talk to Girls — My coworker JoCasta shared this book with me, and I had to get it. It’s written by a nine-year-old, and is amusingly perceptive. Funny stuff.

Among the Oak & Ash — The only non-book in the order. I know nothing about it, save that half of the group is Garrison Starr, who I like muchly (and who attended Ole Miss), and so, even though it’s apparently not her usual stuff, was totally willing to spend the nothing it cost me to get this album.

The End. At least, that’s all I got in that order. As a bonus, I’ll throw in that since placing the order, I’ve also bought the following:

xkcd: volume 0 — Another web comic collection. Good stuff. Geek humor, to the extent that I don’t get a lot of it, but with stuff on life and love that is so very true.

And Another Thing… — Yeah, I bought it. I read a few pages at the bookstore, and decided that, OK, I’ll give it a try. We’ll see.

And as yet another bonus, the Outward Odyssey series, thus far:

3 Responses

  1. When you figure out “How To Talk To Girls”, you should fill the rest of your species in………

  2. You know, I’m beginning to think it’s completely random. Doesn’t matter what you say, they’re going to generate what they hear on their own. 🙂

  3. I’ve almost picked up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies a few times. Still may do it. Probably the only way I’ll ever read Pride and Prejudice. If it’s any good, get the follow up Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters. And I think there’s a werewolf one coming at some point.

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