Dharma Punx Houston is having a one-day Soto Zen-style sesshin
in November, so I'm going to check the Zen Center's library while I'm there to see if there's a copy of the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha
at their library...I'm pretty sure I saw one of Ven. Bodhi's Nikaya translations there.
I'd suggest seeing if you can't check out a copy from a library or Buddhist temple/center in your area first before you buy, to make sure it's what you're looking for. Not that you wouldn't want to eventually own a copy, but who knows, maybe the money could be better spent on a different book that may resonate with you more. Personally, as a layman, I have found the AN much more interesting to study daily and reflect on. That's not to say you shouldn't check out all the other Nikayas...I fully intend on buying all of them as a set as soon as I can scrounge up the money. I have to really remember the Buddha's advice on "balanced living" and what not
On an unrelated note, I was almost beside myself with joy to find out that the local Thai wat
has a large collection of old BPS translations of the Suttas in their Tipitaka case. Is it just me, or does anyone else find some of these old-school translations to be endearing? I don't know...I'm really enjoying Bodhi's work, but there's just something about the old-timey language in the BPS volumes that makes me wish I had thousands of dollars to buy a set.