A compendium of short stories. Most are pretty good, some excellent. Few as good as Vance himself, but that's to be expected.
I bought this on Sunday at the South Bank and read it yesterday.
Now I have to declare an interest here. During the sixties and seventies Dad worked for the Express, and I have all the Giles books from '61 onwards, and a few from the fifties too. Dad knew Peter Tory, and I am loathe to criticise....however I do feel he has missed some salient points in his biography of the Giles family: and there are some errors in the text which early cartoons from the fifties rather give away. Nevertheless, as a social record it has many admirable qualities, and as an introduction to Carl Giles' work it more than suffices.
I reread this:
Which was also worth my time.
because I'd been somewhat out-of-it when I read it first time around (some two or so weeks ago). I think we should all hope Pratchett doesn't succumb to his illness before he can finally get a few more good tales finished. IMO Vetinari is one of the best characters in fantasy fiction: though I'm pretty sure that of all the discworld characters, I resemble an unsuccessful Moist von Lipwig more than any other.
I am ploughing through Lindsay Davis' oeuvre again before starting on Robert Harris's
which I picked up from a local charity shop.
But in the meantime I'm trying to get my tax sorted before the 31st of this month, else I'll have to submit it online.
Go well, do good things, and if you come across an exceptionally good read, don't forget to recommend it to me.