After quite a while resting on my more or less laurels (past listings) it's time to get a move on and put up some more listings. My goal is five books every day from now on. This should be achievable, but not according to my past performance.

These books get listed in three places: on Amazon, Biblio, and Half. Books without ISBNs (older books) generally will not be listed on half. My prices might vary between these three places. Amazon and Half tell me competing prices, so I peg mine on them. Thus, if the lowest price for Deadly Percheron is $98 on Amazon, I might peg mine at $95. If it weren't my only copy maybe I'd be more reasonable. In fact, I think my Biblio listing is more reasonable.

Going forward (and possibly backward), links to titles of books will send you to the main Amazon listing. My listing will be somewhere amidst the other maybe 237 listings. This is where my photo of the book can be seen, which will probably be a better one than the one Amazon features. Half doesn't let me attach my own photo—at least I don't think it does. Photos are also at biblio. Lots of older listings still don't have photos. Nor updated prices.

I've been lousy at selling direct via email. Sorry about that, if you've tried me. Listing through the major portals keeps me honest—also prompt and reliable.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

07/30/05 SAT:
---Here today from Stark House:
Blackwood, Algernon JULIUS LE VALLON & the exciting sequel THE BRIGHT MESSENGER, Stark House, 6/05, (two complete novels; Mike Ashley intro), new 19.95
---Discount: 20%.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

07/26/05 TUE:
---Finally an at least temporary break in the excessive heat and humidity, which I know has had a lot of people in its grip and still will for a while. I don’t know if it is much to blame for my continuing torpor, since we have air conditioning and a strategically placed phalanx of fans--perhaps not enough to make the upstairs okay for sleeping, but certainly enough to keep me from dripping sweat on the computer. (Can’t say the same for the digital camera, though.)

Monday, July 25, 2005

07/25/05 MON:
---Here today from Talebones:
TALEBONES #30, sum/05, (A Magazine fo Science Fiction & Dark Fantasy; Anne Harris, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, James Van Pelt, Ray Vukcevich; The Ken Rand Interview: Ben Bova; Reviews by Ed Bryant), new 6.00
---And from Tachyon:
Bechet, Sidney OMAR, Tachyon '04, 1st edn, (voodoo, love, music, death; dark fantasy/jazz history story by acclaimed jazzman; reprinted from Treat It Gentle, 1960), 42-page booklet, new 6.00

Powers, Tim STRANGE ITINERARIES, Tachyon '05, 1st edn, one of 100 SIGNED Special Preview Edition copies, (comprehensive short fiction collection), new 25.00
---The regular edition of the Powers book is on order and assumedly will get here when it comes out (presently).

Saturday, July 23, 2005

07/23/05 SAT:
---Here today from Darkside:
Simak, Clifford D. ETERNITY LOST: The Collected Stories of..., Volume 1, Darkside '04, one of 520 numbered copies, (Pelan intro; Stephensen-Payne story notes), new in dj 45.00
---It was starting to look like I might go through the whole week without any new-book arrivals. Seems I have been getting enough of a charge from the rediscovery of books being brought up from the cellar for their covershot closeups, which project I continue with off and on, although the heat/humidity here now prevent me from doing as much as I might otherwise, since I like to take the shots in our solarium with its ample natural light, but where these days now it is mostly a place more for sweat induction than anything else.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

07/21/05 THU:
---Phonecall from Jacob Weisman at Tachyon selling me on a few copies of a special 100-copy edition of their new Tim Powers book coming out presently--essentially the galleys with a new cover put on them, selling for $25 instead of the list $16. And a booklet (“in the Chris Drumm tradition”) with a story by jazzist Sidney Bechet that is not available through their regular distributor.They also have signed copies of their Carol Emshwiller book available.

Monday, July 18, 2005

07/18/05 MON:
---Still trying to get out of the vacation mode. As if I needed another diversion, I am experimenting with burning my two covershot and my Catalog Data CD-Rs onto a DVD-R. First try-out contains 1.84 GB, less than 40% of capacity--but still what would take three CD-Rs to contain. If it works I should have another thing to offer which might not add to my bottom line to the degree that expenditure of effort might aspire to, but which could be something that would make it easier for anyone interested to see what I have here beyond catalog listings--and see them in a way that catalog listings don’t show and without having to swap among three or more CD-Rs. Seems like it will take a little longer to burn these things each time, so it won’t be something I will be including with every order from anyone who shows signs of having a computer at their disposal. But starting next month, when Costco has their DVD-R spindle sale coupon, I should be able to make the things available. I’m still thinking “free with order” and maybe $5 separately, with that $5 attached as a credit to your account for future use.
---This is occurring about when I am finished up with hopefully the about-final iteration of the Covershots 2 CD-R, which contains JPEGs of more uncatalogued books in all genres as well as outtakes from the Catalog Data CD-R (to make room for newer images).

Thursday, July 14, 2005

07/14/05 THU:
---Here today from Small Beer:
Link, Kelly MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS, Small Beer ('05), 1st edn, (author’s highly anticipated second collection of stories), new / dj $24

McHugh, Maureen F. MOTHERS & Other Monsters, Small Beer ('05), 1st edn, (luminous long-awaited debut collection of stories), new in dj 24.00

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

07/13/05 WED:
---Here today from TTA (in future to be called Black Static):
THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE #42, sum/05, (Transmissions from the Edge; widely recognized as the UK’s most influential fiction magazine; Meloy, etc.), new 7.00

Monday, July 11, 2005

07/11/05 MON:
---Have received impetus to get an order out to Tor/St. Martin’s now, especially for this year’s Dozois and Datlow Year’s Best annuals, so I will be trying to make it a point to get that done in the next couple days, if anyone has anything they want from these publishers (as well as FSG, Holt, Picador, Minotaur, Forge). Don’t forget the discount (30%).

---Gradually working my way back into the routine, which is not all that impressive to begin with--but from not realizing until subsequent days just how tired our “vacation” had left me, being not accustomed to being out in the world much, driving on highways a lot, and all the rest of it, the low-grade adrenaline drip doubtless making me feel alert and capable at the time but leaving me with a debt to be repaid later...or maybe it was the heat and humidity returning last week...or maybe the stack of NY Times proving too tempting too often--whatever it was, I am still trying to get myself to put in a better performance than what I have been exhibiting lately. (Those who are bearing with me, I appreciate it.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

07/06/05 WED:
---Here today from Sarob:
Glasby, John THE DARK DESTROYER, Sarob '05, 1st, (the dead walk and the moors, woods, the village and the church ooze evil like a sore in this novel), new no dj as issued (pictorial boards) 47.50

Richards, Tony GHOST DANCE, Sarob '05, 1st, (stories; Graham Joyce intro), new no dj as issued (pictorial boards) 47.50

Monday, July 4, 2005

07/04/05 MON:
---Another batch of paperbacks catalogued:
8 • • NEW ARRIVALS (& re-arrivals): 5/25/2005—7/4/2005 • •
Pop Lib 426 Adams, Cleve F. THE BLACK DOOR, 2nd(11/52), (A Hard-Boiled Detective Novel), g-vg 5.00
HarperPrism 05620 Anderson, Kevin J. THE X-FILES: Ground Zero, 12/95, (orig; TV tie), g 2.00
Belmont 606 Anonymous (ed) MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION, 10/64, (orig), g 2.00
Del Rey 31389 Asimov, Isaac THE CAVES OF STEEL, 12/83, (A Lije Bailey & R. Daneel Olivaw Novel), vg+ 2.50
Lancer 73702 Asimov, Isaac THE NAKED SUN, 3rd('68), vg 2.00
Pocket 80198 Ball, Brian SPACE 1999: The Space Guardians, 11/75, (TV tie), vg+ 3.00
Berkley S1980 Ballard, J.G. VERMILION SANDS, 4/71, (orig; stories), g-vg 4.00
Dell pb 13999 Benford, Gregory IN THE OCEAN OF NIGHT, 8/78, vg 3.50
Berkley 04173 Benford, Gregory THE STARS IN SHROUD, 8/79, vg+ 2.50
Bantam F3439 Blish, James (adapter) STAR TREK 2, 2/68, (orig; TV tie), g-vg 2.50
Bantam sp 068 Blish, James (adapter) STAR TREK 3, 4/69, (Special Edition edn), vg+ 4.00
Bantam S7364 Blish, James (adapter) STAR TREK 6, 4/72, (orig; TV tie-in), vg+ 3.00
Bantam SP7808 Blish, James (adapter) STAR TREK 9, 8/73, (orig; TV tie-in), g-vg 2.00
Bantam 13312 Brin, David SUNDIVER, 2/80, (orig; the ulitmate voyage), vg+ 5.00
Questar 20314 Budrys, Algis WHO?, 2/87, (classic masterwork), vg-f 3.50
Bal F749 Burroughs, Edgar Rice TARZAN AND THE JEWELS OF OPAR, 7/63, vg 3.00
Bal F745 Burroughs, Edgar Rice TARZAN OF THE APES, 7/63, (Tarzan #1), vg 3.00
Warner 88342 Butterworth, Michael SPACE 1999 #2: Mind-Breaks of Space, 4/77, vg+ 3.50
Bantam F3277 Carr, John Dickson PATRICK BUTLER FOR THE DEFENSE, 2nd(12/66), (murder mystery), g-vg 2.00
Tor 53286 Chalker, Jack L. SOUL RIDER #5: Children of Flux & Anchor, 10/86, vg 2.50
Del Rey 35879 Clarke, Arthur C. 2061: ODYSSEY THREE, 5/89, g-vg 2.00
Dolphin C303 Collins, Wilkie THE WOMAN IN WHITE, nd, (mystery), g-vg 3.00
Faw GM d1549 Conklin, Groff (ed) 5 UNEARTHLY VISIONS, ('65). (novelettes), vg+ 4.00
Roc 45041 Costello, Matthew J. TIME OF THE FOX, 11/90, (Time Warrior #1), vg+ 2.50
Dell pb 9200 Dick, Philip K. UBIK, 5/70, g 3.00
Moby 4502 Doyle, A. Conan SHERLOCK HOLMES and the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles, ('77), (adaptatiion; Illustrated Classic Edition), g 2.00
Pap Lib 63078 Elwood, Roger (ed) INVASION OF THE ROBOTS, 2nd(3/69), ex-lib, g 1.50
Tor 57069 Farland, David BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF, 9/00, (Runelords #2), vg 3.00
Berkley 04208 Farmer, Philip José RIVERWORLD & Other Stories, 11/79, (orig), vg 3.50
Lancer 74616 Farmer, Philip José TIMESTOP!, nd, (=A Wpmam a Day), vg+ 4.00
Ball 25557 Foster, Alan Dean STAR TREK: Log Nine, 2/77, (orig; cartoon tie), vg+ 3.50
Ball 27212 Foster, Alan Dean STAR TREK: Log Ten, 1/78, (orig; cartoon tie), vg 3.00
HarperPrism 05415 Grant, Charles THE X-FILES: Whirlywind, 6/95, (orig; TV tie), g 2.00
Signet AJ2654 Harvard Lampoon BORED OF THE RINGS, 18th, (parody), g (looks dogbit) 1.50
Dell F 125 Hitchcock, Alfred (presents) 14 OF MY FAVORITES IN SUSPENSE, 2nd(3/61), g-vg 2.00
DAW 1085 Huff, Tanya SUMMON THE KEEPER, 3rd, (the cat and the keeper), vg 3.00
Macfadden 100 Kornbluth, C.M. A MILE BEYOND THE MOON, '62 (stories), g-vg 3.50
Pinnacle 42170 Larson, Glen A. & Roger Hill KNIGHT RIDER, 11/83, (orig; TV tie), vg+ 3.50
Monarch 330 Laurence, Will THE GO GIRLS, 2/63, (orig; A Contemporary Novel; in Women Of The World Fiction Series), vg+ 8.00
HarperPrism 05400 Le Guin, Ursula K. SEAROAD: Chronicles of Klatsand, 11/94, vg-f 4.00
Bantam 20132 Le Guin, Ursula K. THE WIND'S TWELVE QUARTERS, 5th(3/81), (stories), vg-f 3.50
Berkley D3279 Le Guin, Ursula K. THE WORD FOR WORLD IS FOREST, 12/76, vg 2.50
Faw GM s751 Leinster, Murray WAR WITH THE GIZMOS, 3/58, (orig), vg 8.00
Avn S 392 Matheson, Richard A STIR OF ECHOES, 4/69, (unholy presence), g 2.50
Bal F626 Miller, Walter M. CONDITIONALLY HUMAN, ('62), (3 SF novellas), g-vg 3.00
Avn V 2394 O'Donnell, K.M. (=Malzberg) UNIVERSE DAY, 4/71, (orig), vg 4.00
Bal 113 Oliver, Chad ANOTHER KIND, ('55). (orig; stories), fr-g 4.00
Ace pb 65979 PERRY RHODAN #10: THE GHOSTS OF GOL, ('71), (Mahr), vg 2.50
Pocket 83266 Pournelle, Jerry HIGH JUSTICE, 2nd, (interplanetary power play), vg+ 2.50
Ace pb 62686 Powers, Tim ON STRANGER TIDES, 11/88, vg-f 6.00
Bantam 11191 Robeson, Kenneth DOC SAVAGE #93: Tunnel Terror, 2/79, g-vg 2.50
Ace pb 35854 Robinson, Kim Stanley ICHENGE, 10/84, (orig), vg 5.00
Tor 55259 Russo, Richard Paul SUBTERRANEAN GALLERY, 7/89, (orig; day-after-tomorrow SF), vg+ 3.50
Vintage V447 Silverberg BORN WITH THE DEAD: Three Novellas About the Spirit of Man, 6/75, vg 3.00
Penguin 1999 Stapledon, Olaf SIRIUS, '64, (dog born with the mind of a man), g-vg 4.00
Sphere 8117 Steele, Addison BUCK ROGERS #2: That Man on Beta, '79, vg 4.00
DAW 270 Swann, Thomas Burnett CRY SILVER BELLS, 12/77, (orig), vg-f 4.00
Ace pb 13921 Swann, Thomas Burnett DAY OF THE MINOTAUR, 2nd(3/78), vg+ 3.00
Ace sp 81900 Swann, Thomas Burnett THE TOURNAMENT OF THORNS, 7/76, (orig), vg+ 4.00
Bantam A1766 Tenn, William TIME IN ADVANCE, 6/58, (orig; four prophetic novelettes), vg 5.00
Pocket pb 88341 Thompson, W.R. STAR TREK The Next Generation #30: Debtor's Planet, 5/94, vg+ 2.50
Ace A- 4 Tolkien, J.R.R. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, nd, (unauthorized), g-vg 5.00
Zebra 449 Torgeson, Roy (ed) CHRYSALIS 4, 2/79, (orig; OA), vg-f 5.00
Pocket 80184 Tubb, E.C. SPACE 1999: Breakaway, 9/75, (TV novelization; photo section), vg 4.00
Ace F- 240 Wells, H.G. WHEN THE SLEEPER WAKES, nd, (Gernsback intro), vg 3.00
Chicago Paperback House B120 Willeford, Charles COCKFIGHTER, ('62), (orig), vg+ 50.00
Laser 9 Wolfe, Aaron (=Koontz) INVASION, '75, (Malzberg intro), vg-f 8.00
Avn S 385 Wollheim (ed) THE 2nd AVON FANTASY READER, 2/69, (orig), g-vg 3.00
Signet Y7080 Zelazny, Roger BRIDGE OF ASHES, 7/76, (orig), vg-f 5.00

Saturday, July 2, 2005

07/02/05 SAT:
---”Weekly” blogmail is being sent four days late owing to camping trip I got hauled off on. Turned out to be a nice vacation, despite a couple weather events that put a damper on things. Probably won’t send a blogmail on the usual Monday or Tuesday next week. It is a holiday anyway--one that I noticed many Minnesotans leaving the Twin Cities heading north were getting off to a bad start on, with a huge amount of traffic stop-and-go the other way, while we had smooth sailing heading south back to Iowa and the pea-soup of heat and humidity--though for the moment we found it much improved when we made it home last night.
---I was able to check email once at the public library in Two Harbors, weeding out all the offers, audio advisor clearance updates, netflix advisories, etc. etc. etc. I was unable to answer any pertinent emails on the clunky connection (and I thought mine was bad) in the time alotted--but that was my fault because I sat down at the library’s card-catalog computer without bothering to look at the clearly marked sign, replacing the library’s pre-set with the URL for AOL and getting to my email that way. It worked, but not very well.
---Now that I am back I will endeavor to get myself back on track. The worse part of vacations, I’ve found, is not the time away but the time spent running around in circles before finding the way to get back in the harness--which I am never that good with anyway--in the days after returning.

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