Weds Aug 19, US and Canada, George's short novel "Those Gentle Voices" and one of my favorite collections of his short stories, "A Thousand Deaths," both $1.99. My recollections of "Gentle Voices" are dim, but "A Thousand Deaths" is the collection of his stories about the hapless Sandor Courane - the poor schlub who gets killed in EVERY short story he's in.
It's no secret that George pictured himself as Sandor, the eternal screw-ee of Fate. In fact, I was very pleased when Sandor makes a quick guest appearance in one of the Budayeen books - I think it's Fire in the Sun, but I'm not sure - as the owner of a bar in the Budayeen, and DOESN'T get killed. George's wistful hopes for happily-ever-after, I think.
Still frying-hot here in South California; 109 yesterday. Taking walks at sunrise, I see the whole neighborhood out, scurrying to get their air-time in before the thermometer hits 90. Even the Giant Tortoise (who lives up the street) is staying under shelter.