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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

08/31/05 WED:
---Here today from PS Publishing:
POSTSCRIPTS #4, sum/05, PS, (Alastair Reynolds, Eric Brown, Lawrence Person, Malzberg & Di Filippo, Adam Roberts, Jack Dann, Zoran Zivcovic stories; Prather interview), as new 10.00
---And sure enough, the Wellman slipcases arrived today also. I was able to put together one set with one of the couple extras I have. They fit very nicely and I offer it:
Wellman, Manly Wade THE SELECTED STORIES OF…, Night Shade '00-3, the complete five-volume set in slipcase, as new 195.00
---Dealt with 30-volume “Library of the World’s Best Literature: Ancient and Modern” published in 1896 by Peale & Hill picked up at a library sale a few years ago. The thing has 16,330 pages in its first 28 volumes. Volume 29 is the Biographical Dictionary and vol. 30 is Synopses of Books and General Index. The bindings are all crumbling but the pages are okay. I wonder if anyone has this thing scanned in on the Internet. Since it is public domain I think I would be a great thing to have on a disc. A lot of work doing it, though. But it would be a lot easier accessing the material if it were on a disc or up on the Internet--and it does look like a legitimate library of great literature circa the end of the 19th century.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

08/30/05 TUE:
---Good news from Night Shade about the Wellman slipcases I was starting to wonder about:
Hi Chris,

The slipcases went out last week, so you should have them soon.


Monday, August 29, 2005

08/29/05 MON:
---Here today from PS Publishing:
Aldiss, Brian W. SANITY AND THE LADY, PS, 8/05, 1st, one of 700 SIGNED copies, (SF novel salted with philosophical undertones, both comical and chilling; Ian R. MacLeod intro; 218 pages), new in dj 45.00

Bishop, Michael A REVERIE FOR MISTER RAY: Reflections on Life, Death and Speculative Fiction, PS, 4/05, 1st, one of 700 SIGNED copies, (astonishing compendium ranges far and wide with unflinching often self-critical honesty; VanderMeer intro; edited and with preface by Michael H. Hutchins; 611 pp), new in dj 50.00

Brown, Eric THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE OF JULES VERNE, PS, 5/05, 1st, one of 800 SIGNED copies, (sprightly novella; Ian Watson intro; 137 pages), new $18

Joyce, Graham TWOC, PS, 5/05, 1st, one of 700 SIGNED copies, (sometimes hilarious, sometimes tender, a fast-paced blending of supernatural fantasy and gritty psychological thriller by an award-winning author; Rob Grant intro; 205 pages), new in dj 50.00

Swanwick, Michael THE PERIODIC TABLE OF SCIENCE FICTION, PS, 8/05, 1st, one of 700 SIGNED copies, (118 short-short stories originally published on Sci Fiction website; new afterword by author; intro by Theodore W. Gray), new in dj 45.00
---another copy of the preceding, one of 200 SIGNED copies, BOXED, new in dj $90
---Back in stock:
Hodgson, William Hope THE WANDERING SOUL: Glimpses of a Life, PS/Tartarus '05, 1st edn, one of 500 numbered copies, (A Compendium of Rare and Unpublished Works; Compiled and Introduced by Jane Frank; 384 pages), new in dj 50.00
---There are also $90 boxed limited editions of most of the above (comprising 200 of the typically 700 numbered printrun). I have special ordered a few of these but did not get extras to catalog at this point. Anyone wanting any, beyond who I have already heard from, let me know and I will tack them on to my next order. Also, I have not stocked these (or any other UK title I get) in great depth, so I might not have these actual copies for long. But I do hope to be able to re-order as demand dictates.
---Discount is 20% on hardcovers and 15% for trade paperbacks. Only the Eric Brown title is a softcover in the current batch.

Friday, August 26, 2005

08/26/05 FRI:
---Some used--though many barely--books catalogued:
Crossen, Kendell Foster (ed) ADVENTURES IN TOMORROW, Greenberg, 2nd(4/51), (preview of what Tomorrow might be like), g-vg in fr dj (in plastic protector) 15.00
Crossen, Kendell Foster (ed) FUTURE TENSE, Greenberg ('52), (1st) g-vg in fr dj (in plastic protector) 15.00
L'Engle, Madeleine A WIND IN THE DOOR, FSG, 4th('75), (Meg Murry fantasy; companion piece, not a sequel, to A Wrinkle In Time), vg+ in dj 8.00
L'Engle, Madeleine A WRINKLE IN TIME, FSG, 26th('69), vg in price-clipped dj 6.00
MacDonald, John D. FREE FALL IN CRIMSON, Harper & Row '81, 1st edn, (Travis McGee mystery), vg in dj $10
McAuley, Paul WHITE DEVILS, Simon & Schuster UK, 2nd, (hard-edged near-future biotech thriller ; thought-provoking heart-stopping white-knuckle ride), vg-f in dj 16.00
Pangborn, Edgar THE JUDGMENT OF EVE: A Novel of Human Inquiry, Simon & Schuster ('66), 1st, (after the Holocaust), ex-libr else g-vg / vg dj $10
Wharton, William BIRDY, Knopf, 3rd(1/79), (boy with extraordinary mind and inspired obsession is focused on his desire for flight and fascination with birds; author's first novel), vg in dj 7.50
book club:
Niven THE RINGWORLD ENGINEERS, vg in dj 3.00

misc. softcovers:
Altman, Steven-Elliot DEPRIVERS, Ace, 12/03, 1st, (beware their touch; SDS--Sensory Deprivation Syndrome--SF), vg-f 8.00
Asher, Neal COWL, Tor UK '04, 1st, (He is the ultimate in human evolution...more vicious than any prehistoric beast), vg-f 15.00
Asher, Neal THE LINE OF POLITY, Tor UK, 2nd, (Visit a planet where you cannot draw breath...even if the horrifying wildlife would let you), vg-f 12.00
Ballantyne, Tony RECURSION, Tor UK '04, 1st, (suave intruder materializes on Herb’s spacecraft; author's first novel), vg-f 12.00
BATMAN: The Complete Knightfall Saga, DC, (full-cast audio drama), 3 CDs, shrinkwrapped, as new 12.00
Ford, Jeffrey THE GIRL IN THE GLASS, Dark Alley '05, 1st edn, (dark and haunting literary thriller; at once a hypnotically compelling mystery and a stunningly evocative portrait of Depression-era New York), publicity release laid in, vg-f 12.00
Gibson, Gary ANGEL STATIONS, Tor UK '04, 1st, (super-scientific culture aeons ago left incomprehensible relics all over the galaxy; author's first novel), vg-f 12.00
Levy, Roger DARK HEAVENS, Gollancz '03, 1st, (...await the Willing Dead; shades of PKD), vg-f 10.00
McIntosh, Fiona MYRREN'S GIFT, Eos '05, 1st US edn, (The Quickening #1; dazzling & remarkable epic fantasy), PR release laid in, f 8.00
Moorcock, Michael GLORIANA or, The Unfulfill'd Queen, Aspect, 8/04, (new afterword by author as well as both the original, controversial ending and the later revised version; a darkly erotic fable; multi-award winner in 1978), publicity release laid in, vg-f 8.00
Moriarty, Chris SPIN STATE, Spectra, 10/03, 1st, (stunning new voice in hard SF; plausible speculative physics), vg-f 8.00
Niffenegger, Audrey THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, Harvest '04, (soaring celebration of the victory of love over time; a National Bestseller & a Today Show Book Club Selection), vg-f 10.00
Russ, Joanna THE TWO OF THEM, Wesleyan '05, (Sarah LeFanu foreword), press release laid in, f 10.00
Russ, Joanna WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO…, Wesleyan '05, (Delany intro), f 12.00
Sketchley, Martin THE AFFINITY TRAP, Simon & Schuster UK '04, 1st, (set in 24th century; gripping narrative highlights the contrast between what we perceive ourselves to be, and what we really are; author’s first novel), vg-f 12.00
Sullivan, Tricia MAUL, Orbit '03, 1st (UK), (SF novel of sex, shopping & terrorbugs), vg-f 12.00
SUPERMAN LIVES!, DC, (full-cast audio drama), 3CDs, as new (shrinkwrapped) 12.00
Thomson, Amy STORYTELLER, Ace, 12/03, 1st edn, (thoughtful SF by JWC Award winner), vg-f $10

Baen 65640 Heinlein, Robert A. THE MENACE FROM EARTH, 5/87, (Future History stories), vg 2.50
---Covershots of the above can be found on my Catalog Data CD in the Images folder in the “Catalogueds 8-26-05” folder.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

08/25/05 THU:
---Here today from Haffner:
Hamilton, Edmond & Leigh Brackett STARK AND THE STAR KINGS, Haffner '05, 1st edn, (648-page collection of classic adventures, including previously unpublshed title story; Jakes intro; Alex Ebel illus), new in dj 45.00

Saturday, August 20, 2005

08/20/05 SAT:
---Picked up 100-disc blank DVD-R spindle plus another one for free using coupon at Costco. So now I can burn Catalog Data and Covershots 1-4--what would require five CD-Rs--all on one disc. Here is the listing in New Arrivals now:
Drumm, Chris (compiler) CATALOG DATA & COVERSHOTS 1-4, DVD-R, (five CDs worth of JPEG covershots and complete catalog data all on one disc) 5.00
---I thought about making it be a free add-in with orders when requested, but I’m thinking it will take a lot of computer time to burn the things, plus it has taken more of my own time than I probably should be spending putting the thing together, so I figure it ought to be worth at least something. The covershots represent all the books I have freed up from their deep-space storage in the cellar, more than 5000 so far--not all of them perhaps all that desirable or even photo-worthy--but I know I am glad to be able to see them again now after all these years, and I think others with an interest in books might enjoy seeing them too. They are largely uncatalogued yet, but I should be able to do so by request. This is largely a work in progress and likely will remain one--gradually perhaps adding catalog entries to the directory--as well as more covershots as they emerge that will still fit on the disc.

Friday, August 19, 2005

08/19/05 FRI:
---Here today from Ash-Tree:
Hunt, Violet MORE TALES OF THE UNEASY, Ash-Tree '05, (completes series of author’s supernatural fiction; four tales originally published in 1925; Pelan intro), new in dj 47.50
---Back in stock:
Benson, E.F. SEA MIST, Ash-Tree '05, 1st, (Collected Spook Stories #5), new in dj 48.50

Doyle, Arthur Conan THE CAPTAIN OF THE 'POLE-STAR', Ash-Tree '04, (most complete volume of ACD’s weird fiction ever published; 470 pp), new / dj $46

Le Fanu, Sheridan MR JUSTICE HARBOTTLE and Others: Ghost Stories 1870-73, Ash-Tree '05, 1st, (third and final volume in series), new in dj 47.50

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

08/17/05 WED:
---Here today from Tartarus:
Woodhouse, Adrian BERESFORD EGAN, Tartarus '05, 1st, one of 750 numbered copies, (centenary celebration of famous art deco exponent; art book and biography), oversize, new in dj 90.00

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

08/16/05 TUE:
---Here today from Night Shade:
Hodgson, William Hope THE GHOST PIRATES and Other Revenants of the Sea, Night Shade '05, 1st edn, (The Collected Fiction Vol 3; Jeremy Lassen [ed & intro]), new no dj as issued 35.00
---Last night’s big box up from cellar: some bound volumes of 1870s-80s magazines (The Century, Lippincott’s, Scribner’s Monthly), with such things as an “episode taken from an unpublished book called ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer’s Comrade’”.

Monday, August 15, 2005

08/15/05 MON:
---Another batch of paperbacks catalogued:
9 • • NEW ARRIVALS (& re-arrivals): 7/4/2005—8/15/2005 • •
Bal F555 Aldiss, Brian THE PRIMAL URGE, ('61), (orig; when British cast off their traditional reserve), fr 2.50
Dell pb 18804 Alexander, Karl TIME AFTER TIME, 10/79, (orig; dazzling romantic thriller; movie tie), vg 2.50
Berkley F712 Anonymous (ed) BEYOND, 1/63, (the best from '53-4 magazine edited by Damon Knight), g-vg 3.50
Pocket 880 Armstrong, Charlotte THE BLACK-EYED STRANGER, 7/52, (mys), vg 4.00
Bantam A1731 Asimov, Isaac THE NAKED SUN, 3/58, (robot novel; Elijah Baley), vg 4.00
Fabian Z101 Bates, Marsha EACH WON TWO, ('59), (lesbian softcore), g 5.00
Pyramid R1711 Bernard, Rafe THE INVADERS #3: Army of the Undead, 12/67, (orig; TV tie), g-vg 3.00
Bantam S1931 Bester, Alfred THE STARS MY DESTINATION, 3rd(4/61), (the incredible 25th century), vg+ 3.00
Bal U 5060 Bradbury, Ray FAHRENHEIT 451, 10th(7/67), (movie), vg+ 2.50
Bantam A1546 Brown, Fredric MARTIANS, GO HOME, 12/56, (invasion-of-earth), g 4.00
Bantam 1285 Brown, Fredric THE LIGHTS IN THE SKY ARE STARS, 12/54, vg+ 6.00
Pyramid G339 Budrys, Algis WHO?, '58, (orig; Monster Man...), g 3.50
Bal F747 Burroughs, Edgar Rice THE BEASTS OF TARZAN, 7/63, (#3), vg+ 3.00
Ace F- 203 Burroughs, Edgar Rice THE BEASTS OF TARZAN, nd, g-vg 2.50
Bal F748 Burroughs, Edgar Rice THE SON OF TARZAN, 7/63, (#4), vg 2.50
Warner 88343 Butterworth, Michael SPACE 1999 #3: The Space Jackers, 5/77, vg+ 3.00
Bantam 1684 Carr, John Dickson HE WHO WHISPERS, 2nd(11/57), (Dr. Fell mys), vg+ 3.50
Ace F- 383 Carter, Lin THONGOR OF LEMURIA, ('66), (jungle terrors of Lost Continent), vg 3.00
Pap Lib 54656 Cayce, Edgar Evans EDGAR CAYCE ON ATLANTIS, 2nd(4/68), (authentic, amazing story), vg 2.50
Berkley 09839 Christie, Agatha APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH, 10th, (Hercule Poirot mystery), vg+ 2.00
Pocket 82681 Christie, Agatha PERIL AT END HOUSE, 35th, (Hercule Poirot murder mystery), vg 1.50
Bantam 13774 Christie, Agatha THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES, 30th(1/80), (Hercule Poirot's first case), vg 2.00
Bantam 26477 Christie, Agatha THE SECRET ADVERSARY, 24th, (murder most British; A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery), vg 2.00
Avn S 288 Christopher, John NO BLADE OF GRASS, 6/67, (dystopic future), vg+ 3.50
Del Rey 28065 del Rey, Judy-Lynn (ed) STELLAR #5, 5/80, (orig; OA; Dick, etc.), vg+ 4.00
Pap Lib 66658 Delany, Samuel R. & Marilyn Hacker (eds) QUARK/4, 8/71, (orig; OA), g 3.00
Berkley 08656 Dick, Philip K. THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, 13th(4/85), g 2.50
Berkley X819 Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, 9/63, vg 2.50
Signet Y6041 Ellison, Harlan ELLISON WONDERLAND, 8/74, (excursions into fantastic universe), g-vg 3.00
Avn V 2300 Ellison, Harlan THE BEAST THAT SHOUTED LOVE AT THE HEART OF THE WORLD, 7/69, (orig; stories), vg 8.00
Ace pb 36516 Ellison, Harlan THE ILLUSTRATED HARLAN ELLISON, 6/80, (specially abridged edn), vg 3.50
Berkley N2828 Elwood, Roger (ed) CONTINUUM 1, 5/75, (OA; series stories by Wolfe, Koontz, etc.), vg 3.00
Ace F- 412 Farmer, Philip José THE GATES OF CREATION, ('66). (orig), vg+ 3.00
Spectra 27531 Farmer, Philip José VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL, 9/88, (new intro), vg-f 4.00
Ball 24532 Foster, Alan Dean STAR TREK: Log Five, 8/75, (orig; cartoon tie), vg 2.50
Ball 24965 Foster, Alan Dean STAR TREK: Log Seven, 6/76, (orig; cartoon tie), vg+ 2.50
Ball 24184 Foster, Alan Dean STAR TREK: Log Two, 9/74, (orig; cartoon tie), vg 2.50
Signet Y6116 Fraser, George MacDonald FLASHMAN, 2nd, (great dirty fun), vg+ 3.00
Pop Lib 662 Gordon, Ian DEEP IS MY DESIRE, 5/55, (=The Whip Hand; She Knew How To Handle Men Too Well), g 3.00
Berkley D2202 Heinlein, Robert A. STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND, 36th, g-vg 2.50
Dell pb 6918 Himes, Chester PINKTOES, 7/66, (the original Paris edition; tanned Candy), g 3.00
Signet P3384 Hoyle, Fred THE BLACK CLOUD, 4th, (Earth was dyiing...). vg 2.00
Faw GM P3460 Jahn, Michael THE INVISIBLE MAN, 11/75, (based on the thrilling NBC TV series starring David McCallum), vg+ 3.00
Bantam 14259 Le Guin, Ursula K. THE BEGINNING PLACE, 2/81, (fantasy-romance), vg-f 3.00
Bal U 6108 McCaffrey, Anne RESTOREE, 9/67, (orig; she knew she was human), vg+ 5.00
Warner 75273 Miall, Robert UFO-1: Flesh Hunters, 5/73, (based on TV series; Spaceship Earth's #1 enemy), vg+ 3.00
Pop Libr 0417 Monteleone, Thomas F. THE TIME CONNECTION, 11/76, (orig; nightmare future earth), vg 3.00
Ball 02046 Niven, Larry RINGWORLD, 10/70, (orig; Hugo winner), vg 8.00
Berkley X1414 Norton, Alden (ed) HORROR TIMES TEN, 6/67, (orig; with special notes by Sam Moskowitz), vg+ 4.00
Barnes & Noble 465106 Parry, Michel (ed) REIGN OF TERROR: Great Victorian Horror Stories, '80, as new 2.00
Graphic G219 Pei, Mario SWORDS FOR CHARLEMAGNE, 2nd('57). (=Swords of Anjou; epic drama), vg 4.00
Timescape 47627 Pournelle, Jerry THE MERCENARY, 8th, (Falkenberg far-future adventure), vg 2.00
Pocket 80392 Rankine, John SPACE: 1999 #6: Astral Quest, 4/76, (TV tie), vg+ 2.50
Signet 11358 Resnick, Mike BIRTHRIGHT: The Book of Man, 2/82, g 2.00
Bantam E2854 Robeson, Kenneth DOC SAVAGE #2: The Thousand-Headed Man, 4th, g 1.50
Bantam H5406 Robeson, Kenneth DOC SAVAGE #49: The Sea Angel, 6/70, g-vg 2.00
Bantam S5838 Robeson, Kenneth DOC SAVAGE #59: The Yellow Cloud, 2nd, vg 2.00
Ace sp 63780 Shaw, Bob ORBITSVILLE, 1/77, (Ace SF Special #10), vg+ 4.50
Pap Lib 52944 Shiel, M.P. THE PURPLE CLOUD, 2nd(4/66), (darkly splendid blazing phantasmal world), g 2.00
Ace sp 71435 Sladek, John T. MECHASM, nd, (=The Reproductive System), g-vg 4.00
Bantam 1059 Symons, Julian THE 31st OF FEBRUARY, 1/53, (mys; brilliant, powerful, sordid & unnerving), g-vg 3.00
Pocket 80274 Tubb, E.C. SPACE: 1999 #4: Collision Course, 2/76, (TV tie), vg+` 3.00
Bantam 10879 Watson, Ian THE JOHAH KIT, 2/78, (dazzling exploration of inner space), g 2.00
Pocket pb 54144 Weiner, Ellis NATIONAL LAMPOON'S DOON, 11/84, (orig), vg-f 4.00
Ace D- 309 Wells, H.G. THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, nd, (They were neither men nor beasts), fr-g 2.50
Arrow 90586 Wheatley, Dennis GATEWAY TO HELL, 2nd(9/74), (A Black Magic Story), g 3.00
Pyramid X1787 White, Ted & Dave Van Arnam SIDESLIP, 4/68, (orig; angels from space), vg+ 3.00
Signet Q5503 Wilson, Robin Scott (ed) CLARION III, 10/73, (orig; speculative fiction and criticism), g-vg 2.00
Harvest 68770 Zebrwoski, George (ed) SYNERGY: New Science Fictioin, Vol. 1, '87, (orig; OA), remainder mark, vg 4.00
---Also this Ace Double:
M-139a/b Purdom/ Delany THE TREE LORD OF IMETEN / EMPIRE STAR, ('66), vg-f 6.00
---View JPEG covershots of many if not most of the above now in the “pbs catalogued 8-15-05” or the “catalogueds 8-11-05” folders in the “images” folder on my “Catalog Data” CD.

---Still not making much headway beyond the continued bringing up of books from cellar storage. This is proving to be a lure that I can’t seem to resist. This is definitely to the detriment of other things I should be doing instead, but I am hoping that in the long run it will prove beneficial to at least have everything where I/we can see what it is and know where to find it.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

08/11/05 THU:
---Here are a few used books I have just managed to get catalogued:
Aldiss, Brian W. BILLION YEAR SPREE: The True History of Science Fiction, Doubleday '73, (detailed and thoroghly entertaining look), vg (previous owner’s name snipped from FFEP) in dj $20
Anthony, Patricia BROTHER TERMITE, Harcourt Brace '93, 1st edn, (Aliens in the White House; They are in charge), vg+ in dj 10.00
Bardin, John Franklin PURLOINING TINY, Harper & Row '78, 1st edn, (A Joan Kahn Book; suspense; bizarre, wicked and wonderful), remainder mark, vg / dj 8.50
Bear, Greg MOVING MARS, Tor, 11/93, 1st edn, (colonization of Mars), vg+ in dj $8
Chesbro, George C. SHADOW OF A BROKEN MAN, Simon & Schuster '77, 1st, (Mongo; author's first novel), ex-libr else g in dj 6.00
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan THE LOST WORLD, Triangle, 8/45, (Professor Challenger), g in dj 7.50
Estleman, Loren D. (as told by) DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HOLMES, by John H. Watson, M.D., Doubleday '79, 1st edn, (hitherto secret account), remainder speckling, g-vg in dj 5.00
Gibson, William MONA LISA OVERDRIVE, Spectra, 11/88, 1st US, g-vg in dj $6
Hunter, Jessie Prichard BLOOD MUSIC, Turtle Bay '93, 1st edn, (unique, mesmerizing debut about NYC serial killer; a true tale of suspense), vg-f in dj 5.00
Lantigua, John TWISTER, Simon & Schuster '92, 1st, (suspense thriller of immorality and murder), vg+ in dj 8.00
Leonard, Elmore TOUCH, Arbor House '87, 1st, (crime novel), vg+ in dj 5.00
Oppenheim, E. Phillips THE GRASSLEYES MYSTERY, Little Brown, 7/40, 1st edn, (suave and exciting murder mystery by "The King of Storytellers"), ex-libr else g in dj 5.00
Panshin, Alexei FAREWELL TO YESTERDAY'S TOMORROW, Berkley Putnam '75, (1st), (stories), vg (previous owner's name snipped from FEP) in dj 10.00
Rosen, Richard SATURDAY NIGHT DEAD, Viking '88, 1st, (Harvey Blissberg mystery set in the competitive world of television people who are funny for money--a comedy of bad manners), vg+ in dj 5.00
Seuss, Dr. YOU'RE ONLY OLD ONCE!: A Book for Obsolete Children, Random House, 6th, (inimitably illustrated), vg-f in dj 5.00
Sladek, John INVISIBLE GREEN, Walker '79, 1st US, (A Thackeray Phin Mystery), ex-libr else g in dj 7.00
Smith, Carl QUIZ KIDS AND THE CRAZY QUESTION MYSTERY, Whitman ('46), (young-adult; known for their superior intelligence), fr in dj $4
Strugatsky, Arkady & Boris Strugatsky ROADSIDE PICNIC/TALE OF THE TROIKA, Macmillan '77, 1st, (in Best of Soviet SF series; Sturgeon intro), vg in price-clipped dj 10.00
Wallace, Edgar WHEN THE GANGS CAME TO LONDON, Crime Club ('32), vg 5.00
Westbrook, Robert LADY LEFT, Crown '91, 1st edn, (A Left-Handed Policeman Novel), vg+ in dj 4.00
Winwar, Frances THE HAUNTED PALACE: A Life of Edgar Allan Poe, Harper ('59), 1st edn, (psychologically fascinating story), ex-libr else g-vg in dj 5.00
Woolrich, Cornell VIOLENCE, Dodd Mead/Red Badge Detective ('58), ex-libr else fr-g in dj 25.00
Zahn, Timothy SPINNERET, Bluejay, 11/85, 1st, (we are not alone in the universe), vg in dj 10.00
book club:
• Dorothy Cannell FEMMES FATALES (Ellie Haskell mys) listed at $3 but $2 might be more like it (if that)
misc. softcovers:
Farmer, Richard N. ISLANDIA REVISITED, Cedarwood ('83), (set in 1944), vg 6.00
King, Stephen THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER, Plume, 9/88, vg $5
Rice, Anne THE WITCHING HOUR, Ballantine, 11/91, vg $4
Strugatsky, Arkady & Boris Strugatsky FAR RAINBOW/THE SECOND INVASION FROM MARS, Collier '80, (in Best of Soviet SF series; Sturgeon intro), vg $6
---Covershots of these are presently in the “images” folder of Catalog Data CD-R as “catalogueds 8-11-05”.

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

08/08/05 MON:
---My preoccupation with the used books still emanating from my cellar continues unabated, causing me to go the week without any actual new-book arrivals, maybe for the first time ever, even from before I started bookselling and was “only” a collector (with the same thirst for bound printed matter), while the piles of used books to be actually catalogued still stand tauntingly beside me. My slackness in getting new books in, however, hasn’t stopped the various publishers from continuing their output, thus I do have a couple publishers’ email “word”s to pass along. Also I might mention that along with other things my need to get orders sent out to a number of publishers is becoming quite pressing--notably right now: NESFA.

---Word from Earthling:
Dear kind booksellers,

The latest book from Earthling has just been
published: RIVERSIDE BLUES, an original limited
edition novella by upcoming author Erik Tomblin, which
is getting great reviews... see link for more info:

I also welcome preorders for Dan
James A. Moore's newest novel BLOOD RED ("required
does what all the best vampire novels do; it shitcans
the stereotype and digs for blood beneath the skin."
new introduction by Simmons; BLOOD RED has an intro by
Simon Clark.
---Word from Stark House:
Hello Mystery Booksellers:

This is a first.

The next two Stark House Press books will be coming out at the same time. Many of you have already ordered Day Keene's FRAMED IN GUILT / MY FLESH IS SWEET, a couple of noir mysteries from the early 50's that we announced last month. That publication was delayed, so we will be issuing it simultaneously with the next Stark House book:

THE HAM REPORTER / THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PENNY by Robert J Randisi (0-9749438-9-4, $19.95, trade pb).

This pairs up Randisi's first published novel, THE DISAPPEARANCE, with his mystery "western", THE HAM REPORTER, featuring Bat Masterson in New York City. The latter novel is set in 1911, after Masterson has left the Wild West behind to write a sports column for a NY newspaper. One of his fellow newspapermen disappears, and he enlists the aid of young Damon Runyon to solve the mystery.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PENNY, on the other hand, is a contemporary mystery (well, contemporary to 1980) that features investigator Henry Po in a mystery set at a New York horserace track.

This marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of DISAPPEARANCE, and since then Randisi has written and edited over 400 books.

This new edition offers a full bibliography of all of Randisi's books, collections and stories, as well as a new introduction by the author.

As always, thanks so much for your continued support, and I hope you do well with the books!

Sunday, August 7, 2005

08/07/05 SUN:
---Word from Golden Gryphon:
Greeting from the Gryphon!

"The Concrete Jungle" by Charles Stross, has won the Hugo Award for Best
Novella. "The Concrete Jungle" is only available in THE ATROCITY ARCHIVES

First Editions of THE ATROCITY ARCHIVES are still available.

Saturday, August 6, 2005

08/06/05 SAT:
---Word from Haffner:




This long-promised book has been completed and available for delivery.

A collection of the classic adventures of Edmond Hamilton and Leigh
Brackett's signature characters, together for the first time. And with
good reason--the final story of this collection (which has remained
unpublished for nearly 30 years) brings the far-future heroes of
Hamilton's THE STAR KINGS into an alliance with Brackett's stellar
adventurer Eric John Stark. Here's a preview:

"Those ships," said Aarl, "those very powerful ships that
travel with such speed, are the ships of the Star Kings."

That name, heard for the first time, rang in Stark's mind like
the strident call of a bugle.

"The Star Kings?"

"The men who rule that future universe, each in his own
kingdom, principality, or barony."

"Ha," said Stark, and looked again. "That is right and
fitting. The starlands are too bright for grubby clerks, and
bureaucrats in rumpled suits each trying to be more common
than the next.

"Yes. Let there be Star Kings."


The Star Kings
Queen of the Martian Catacombs
Enchantress of Venus
Black Amazon of Mars
Return to the Stars
Stark and the Star Kings

Best-selling author John Jakes provides an informative introduction,
and the dustjacket & >six<>

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

08/02/05 TUE:
---Word from Hippocampus:
Dear Bookseller,

The long-delayed TALES OUT OF DUNWICH is coming soon ($20.00 retail). We are also launching a paperback version of Dunsany's last novel, THE PLEASURES OF A FUTUROSCOPE, priced at $15.00 retail. Full blurbs are below.

Edited by Robert M. Price
August 2005: ISBN 097487899: Paperback: $20.00

H. P. Lovecraft's fictional locale of Dunwich has proved to be among the most enduring and popular of his creations, alongside witch-haunted Arkham and even Great Cthulhu himself. This anthology provides ample testimony of the richness of Lovecraft’s creation and its ability to inspire such legendary authors as Jack Williamson, Stanley C. Sargent, Brian McNaughton, Richard A. Lupoff, Don D'Ammassa, Nancy A. Collins, Gerard E. Giannattasio, Eddy C. Bertin, and Bob Price. Not just modern retellings of the classic tale, the stories explore much new ground, while retaining the mind-blasting spirit of the original. Also included is the complete 1924 novel by Harper Williams, The Thing in the Woods, which directly inspired Lovecraft's original trip to the terror town of Dunwich.


Praise for...


By Lord Dunsany: Edited by S. T. Joshi: 200 pages: $15.00

"When a master fabulist like Dunsany reflects on time, he is hypnotic. When he evokes the old practices of England, his love of them, and of England, ring out. And when a mind like this reflects on the nature of man, it is worth reading -- and absorbing, to boot. Pick it up!"
-- Strange Horizons

This exciting and philosophically profound novel, Lord Dunsany’s last major work, reveals an awful fate for humanity: a nuclear holocaust has destroyed nearly all human life on the planet. The narrator, obsessively looking through the futuroscope, focuses upon the plight of a single family in their struggles to survive and fend off the many enemies, both animal and human, that surround them. When one of their number is kidnapped by a band of gypsies, we can only wonder at her fate in this brave new world of the distant future.

Monday, August 1, 2005

08/01/05 MON:
---A couple magazines here today:
CEMETERY DANCE #52, '05, (Laymon, Piccirilli, Carol Serling, Harry Shannon, Tamara Thorne, etc.), new 5.00

INTERZONE #199, 8/05, (slick UK magazine; Charles Stross, Neal Asher, etc.), new $6
---I have sent my order in to PS Publishing for the following, but if anyone who hasn’t already asked me to get any wants some, let me know:

We've got the new issue (# 4) of POSTSCRIPTS magazine coming up (150 hardcovers at £50/$80 and regular digest-sized paperback at £6/$10); plus SANITY AND THE LADY by Brian Aldiss (500 regular hardcovers at £25/$45 and 200 slipcased hardcovers at £60/$90) and THE PERIODIC TABLE OF SCIENCE FICTION by Michael Swanwick (500 regular hardcovers at £25/$45 and 200 slipcased hardcovers at £60/$90). PLEASE NOTE NEW LOWER PRICES ON OUR REGULAR TRADE HARDCOVERS. Let me know how many copies you'd like of each title.

The same goes for our other recent titles, TWOC by Graham Joyce (500 hardcovers at £35/$50 and 200 slipcases at £60/$90) and THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE OF JULES VERNE by Eric Brown (500 paperbacks at £10/$18 and 300 hardcovers at £25/$45).
---Working on August update of Catalog Data for burning on CD, adding to New Arrivals intro a bit about my continuing fetish with taking digital covershots of books dredged up from the cellar--a project that has metastasized in to something larger than my ability to control it. Here is what I came up with:
And be sure to check out the JPEG covershots of catalogued (or being-catalogued) books in the images folder on this disc. Additional covershots of books not yet catalogued, or catalogued earlier and taken out of Catalog Data to make room for newer images, are available on the CD-Rs for Covershots 1, 2 & 3 (in progress). All of this will soon be available on a single DVD-R. If you are interested in receiving it, let me know.
Also on this disc is a directory of jpeg images, listing merely article-less book titles. This directory is in tab-separated text format sorted both by title and by place to be found. You could easily export this to a database of your own: there are merely three fields (folder, title & disc). If I ever can finally get all the books at least with their covershots, I hope I can go back and list them more properly. Until then, if you see something you want and can't find a catalog listing for it, let me know and I will get it out and send you a quote.

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