Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday Salon

The Sunday

Happy holidays everyone!

I got 6 new books for Christmas, plus this one as an early Christmas gift, which I will be featuring on this blog over the coming weeks. But first I have to finish Andrei Moscovit's The Judgment Day Archive. It's a Russian novel written in the late '80s, when Moscovit was living in the United States as a political émigré. I picked it up back in November at a used book sale.

I cannot find ANYTHING on the Internet about it. I mean, I can find a few places selling it (Amazon and a few second-hand book dealers) but I can't locate any reviews or commentary. It's like the Novel That Doesn't Exist. Like something you'd find in the Cemetery of Lost Books. Maybe it's my version of Lux Aterna!

Actually, I doubt it. It's an interesting book with some great passages, but as political satire and dark comedy it really falls short. I don't think it ever made much of a splash.

But luckily my Christmas book acquisition was not over yet! My brother gave me a $20 Barnes & Noble giftcard, so I ordered this on Christmas Day:

A vampire novel I've been wanting to read for some time now. And speaking of vampires:

I got this today at Target, where I had gone to buy some Christmas storage boxes. I had heard of excellent post-Christmas sales but had never actually taken advantage of one until today. This is the complete first season of True Blood, on sale for $17.99 instead of $49.99. WOW! Now I'm going to have to watch it, plus the complete first season of Lost my mother got for Christmas, all of which is going to take a considerable chunk out of my reading time. (And to think, just last week I was bragging about how I rarely watched TV anymore.)

What books (and DVD's) did you get for Christmas/Hanukkah?


Frances said...

Have had Octavia Butler on my tbr list for quite a while but never seem to get to it. Am curious to see if you like this one.

Congrats on the great deal and the gifts! But I have no idea about your mystery book. Maybe Richard, the royalty of esoterica among us. Just guesing. :)

E. L. Fay said...

That's what I was thinking too. If there is anyone out there who might know anything about Andrei Moscovit and/or The Judgment Day Archives it would probably be Richard.

JoAnn said...

Glad your Christmas book pile continues to grow! I haven't a clue about the Russian novel but, once you review it, that will be the first thing that pops up when the next person searches. Kindred is the only Octavia Butler I've read - enjoy your books!

Diane said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. Enjoy your gifts.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Wow, the price you paid at Target is fantastic!

It looks to me like Andrei Moscovit is the pen name of Igor Markovich Yefimov (also known s Igor Efimov) who has lived in America since 1978. There is more info on him and on Judgment Day Archives in Amazon if you just do a search for the book name.

E. L. Fay said...

JoAnn: That's an exciting thought? Will my review be, like, the only one on the Web?

Diane: I hope you enjoy your gifts too.

Rhapsody: OMG, thank you! I found him on Wikipedia. Apparently he's a philosopher too.

Anonymous said...

Yay for Fledgling! Can't wait to read your thoughts on that one!

Today's Top Ten said...

Would be interested to know what you think of True Blood. Be sure to post a follow-up review after reading!

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