Ooh, a box of nerd porn…

My box of nerd porn as fluffed by my wife (um, yes, she said that's what I had to write for the caption, you can blame her; I'll blame her for all the spam I receive as a result.).

Yesterday I received a box of 22 books from my friend John, which has turned my reading plans for the next month or two upside down.

Previously, he had sent me the first four of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith and this time, he sent me the fifth, sixth, ninth and 10th books of that series. I can pick up the others at the library when I get to them.

Warner Oland, in yellowface makeup as Charlie Chan

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This time, he also sent me the second, third, fourth and fifth of the Charlie Chan series by Earl Derr Biggers. He had mentioned this series previously and may be the reason when I saw Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang on the new book shelf at our library recently, I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t a little disappointed that he didn’t include the first and final ones of the series, because I was, but I rectified that last night  by ordering the two of them through our local bookstore, From My Shelf Books. I sent a message to one of the owners, Kevin, last night via Facebook and told him I’d like to come in to order it today. Within 20 minutes, he said he already had. Talk about service.

In addition to those series, he sent me a trio each of books from two different series: Where There Is A Will, Little Tiny Teeth and Uneasy Relations from the Gideon Oliver series by Aaron Elkins and Traitor’s Purse, Look for the Lady and Pearls Before Swine from the Albert Campion series by Margery Allingham. Also included in the box were these seven books, some that are parts of series, others that are stand-alones:

Out of the seven, the two that intrigue me the most are the first two I mentioned, because John has mentioned to me one of the novellas, “Sailing to Byzantium” by Robert Silverberg, in the first one and he also mentioned to me about the other one when he was first reading it and I know nothing of the case other than its name.

Needless to say, my plans to read the Pennsylvania-Dutch Mystery with Recipes series by Tamar Myers as originally mentioned in this post back in September are now on hold.The focus now will be on the Charlie Chan books, the collection of novellas and the Sacco & Vanzetti book. I’ll give a run-down of more of my plans for November and December next Wednesday, including a surprise entry thanks to some book blogging friends.

Until then, you’ll just have to wait and see what it is…

Correction: I actually got one other book, not pictured above, which does make 22 books. That book is Wycliffe and the Last Rites by W.J. Burley. The only thing about most of these books, with the exception of the Charlie Chan and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, is that I am going to be sorely tested on my reading rule of reading series in order. I might (gasp) have to break that rule here, at least for a few of these.

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  6. I thought the caption to your picture was funny until I read The Wife’s comment. Hysterical!

    I just started putting together the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency books. I’m interested to see what you think.

    As for the Martin Greenberg edited anthology. I got one of his a while ago. It’s called Women of the Night and contains stories by Stephen King and Neil Gaiman. I’m thinking you’re going to enjoy the anthology you got.

    Sacco and Vanzetti is an interesting part of crime history. I might look that one up myself at the library.

    Enjoy your books!

    P.S. – That is some mighty fine fluffage there. High fives to the fluffer!

    • I’ve already read a couple of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, but it’s taken me a little longer than anticipated (not because they’re not that good, just because I’m a procrastinator). My wife, aka “The Fluffer,” read through all of them right in a row from the library once she got started. To say she devoured them would be an understatement.

  7. Wow. I wish someone would send me a big box of books like that! Good for you!

  8. Just to clarify; he pressed me into service to artfully arrange the books so he could photograph them. The term ‘book fluffer’ came to mind. It degenerated from there.