Book Haul & Kudos

 

The problem with reading books is that a lot of the time that leads to ACQUIRING books. For those of us who don’t live in McMansions this can lead to inevitable space issues. Mrs B & I live in a sub-1000sqft condo so space is at a premium. That leads to things like Book (un)Hauls.  A Book (un)Haul doesn’t mean that suddenly you have more general space, oh no! It means you have more space for MORE BOOKS! As a dedicated bookworm, I take that responsibility seriously. 

 

 

 

Books, Vertigo & Tea did an audio review of The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume One about 3 weeks ago and I immediately ordered it, used, from Amazon. I got the trade paperback copy because it was only $4. I just started it today as my work lunch read and if it keeps up to its promise I’ll be buying it in hardcover.

 

Now I present my pièce de résistance.  Loose Logic put me onto the fact that the 35th Anniversary set of Akira was in hardcover. I am a big Akira Manga fan so I was pretty ecstatic about finding out about such a find. However, it was out of stock on Amazon and all the 3rd party sellers priced it WAY out of my price range. I was bemoaning this on Loose’s post when he informed me that it was in stock at Amazon Canada and below msrp. I grabbed it!

 

 

 

 

 

I turned the book around on the hardcover so the spines were facing the same way, but the hardcover is now right to left, the way it was meant to be. 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo also highlights why I don’t recommend this manga to just anybody. There are some caveats. 

 

So there you have it. All that room I made by getting rid of Terry Brooks’ books? Gone.

And once again, a big thankyou and kudos to both BVT & LL for bringing these to my attention.

 

 

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A Book (Un)Haul – The Terry Brooks Edition

I have had some of these books in my possession since the late 90’s and haven’t read them since then either. So when my cousin told me her step-son was participating in a fund-raiser that used the weight of the item to generate funds, I knew I could kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Get rid of almost 25 books and since they are hardcovers, they are bricks and should generate some serious money.

I’ve got an actual Book Haul post coming in the next couple of days (yep, those books never stop coming in) so I figured why not do an Un-Haul post? I’ve mentioned Terry Brooks and his plethora of books to several of you so I know you’re deeply interested, hahahahahaa.

Here we go!

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The Word and the Void trilogy. It was Brook’s first Urban Fantasy and everyone thought it was a standalone, until he decided to tie it into his Shannara series. Very filled with his Dualism philosophy.

 

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The original Shannara trilogy with its after the-fact prequel.  Sword was a Tolkien clone. I enjoyed Elfstones the most of these four.

 

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This tetralogy cemented Brooks’ plot formula. Adventure, stop the bad guys, the decay of some long standing authority structure. It’s all downhill and bleh.

 

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Meh…..

 

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And this is where Brooks tied his Word and Void directly into the Shannara world.

 

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I can’t even tell you ONE THING about this trilogy  *shoulder shrug*

 

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Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold.  Another series by Brooks and I really enjoyed this first book. Thank goodness for ebooks though *wink*

 

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Each book gets progressively less appealing.

 

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Then they get bad. There’s another book after these that I read but didn’t even bother to buy. It was that bad.

 

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And here are all the books stacked up, with Earth: Final Conflict playing in the background.  I’m going to have to load these up into cardboard boxes and cart them downstairs. 3 flights of stairs, sigh. Well, better doing this little lot now than in another 10 years when there is 10 times as much.

And that’s what I call a serious Book (Un)Haul. I will leave you with this suitable quote from Vash the Stampede because I just love you all so much *wink*

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Previous Book Haul Posts

Book Haul … ♪In a Winter♪ Wonderland♪ – Part II

 

 

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Nothing says post-Christmas, post-New Years like a snowstorm and lots of goodies from Amazon.

 

Finishing up collecting Zahn’s latest Cobra trilogy.  Right now, I’m collecting more out of a need for completion than any real interest. The original trilogy was pretty good but everything else after hasn’t really grabbed my attention.

Under the Red Hood was a purchase inspired by Lashaan at Bookidote.

Superman: Action Comics: Path of Doom was definitely all Bookwraith’s fault. We’ll see if this is a self-collected storyline or if I need to buy a couple more volumes. I need something to restore my faith in Supes after the debacle that was Doomed.

Spiderman: Homecoming is a movie that I’ve been wanting to watch despite me approaching maximum Super Hero Movie burnout. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I’ll watch it and put up a review. My first movie review for ’18. Oh the joy :-/

 

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Book Haul – The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter + Bonus Content

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Smexylicious!

I participated in the Kickstarter for this hardcover of the jolly Riyria Chronicles series by Michael Sullivan.  It arrived Wednesday and it immediately went on my shelf next to all my other hardcover Riyria books by Sullivan.

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Is that not a veritable vision of beauty?

Dang, I do love me some hardcover pictures, Mmmm, mmmmmm, good! That is all, carry on.

 

Bonus Content:

Not really, but this way I get to blab and you are tricked into reading it. Am I a smooth operator or what?

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Back in 2015 I also participated in his Death of Dulgath kickstarter, which is book 3 of the Riyria Chronicles. I have come to realize that Sullivan is one of the few authors that I’m willing to pay $35+ for a hardcover just so that the book will exist. Both Winter and Daughter were great successes on Kickstarter and while it has been 2 years between books, I don’t have any problems with that wait.  I wonder if I’d be willing to fund more Kickstarters if they were handled like Sullivan handles his?

My recent Surviving a Bad Book post brought Michael Stackpole back to mind and his fantastic book Talion: RevenantThere has been a push over the years to get a sequel but Stackpole doesn’t seem to have ever really wanted to, for various reasons. That would be a Kickstarter I’d be willing to back just for an ebook edition, much less a hardcover. It just makes me wonder why he doesn’t try a Kickstarter though? Winter’s Daughter had 2000 backers and over $80K raised. Of course, Sullivan is always out there interacting with his fans and mugging for more. One of those ineffable mysteries I guess?

 

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Book Haul … ♪In a Winter♪ Wonderland♪

Well, it is a good thing I climbed that mountain on Sunday. I got in to work today and this is what I saw:

 

 

Winter is no longer coming. It is HERE!

 

Thankfully, today was also the release of Deadhouse Landing by Ian Esslemont. I loved Dancer’s Lament so much and read a couple of reviews that put Deadhouse Landing on the same level that I pulled the trigger and bought them both at our local bookstore after work today.

 

 

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These are going to look good on my shelf with all the other Malazan books I own.

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In the running for Best Book of the Year. 

 

 

Yep. Helping keep our local book store in business. Which brings up another story. Have patience if you’d heard me ramble about this store. The employees at this bookstore ACT like they want to go out of business. Every time I go in there I feel like I’m a bother and a nuisance. When I ordered these 2 books last week, the lady at the register actually had the gall to ask me for the isbn of the books when I asked her if she wanted the author or titles. Next time I go in, I swear I’m going to ask for “That red cover book about that famous guy. You know, the one everyone is talking about? Maybe it had a green cover and was about a women? But you know, that famous one I saw on The View 2 months ago”. Serve them right if I did that.  Same place that told me to go look on amazon for a specific hard cover edition of a book. But anyway….

Always glad to plunk down some hard cash, or plastic as the case may be, for some quality story in a dead tree.

 

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Book Haul & Kudos

Recently, I won a contest put on by The Orangutan Librarian,  for my review of A Tropic of Serpents. My prize came in the mail today:

 

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Yep,  nothing says “I’m a Winner” like a Science Fiction book 😀

I started reading the Cobra books by Timothy Zahn in the early 90’s when I found them at our local library. At the time, there was only the original Cobra trilogy. It wasn’t until almost 20 years later, in ’09, that Zahn began writing in the Cobra universe again. Since then though, he’s put out a respectable 5 books [Cobra Outlaw is the second book in the 3rd trilogy] while keeping up with his other writings. While I’m not as enthusiastic about these later books as the former ones, I still look forward to each one as they came out and have been slowing buying them so I can own a paper copy.

So, Thank You Orangutan Librarian! I always appreciate free-to-me books.

 

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#Bibliotheca Book Haul

2 1/2 years ago I came across a Kickstarter for a Bible version that was without chapter or verse, and had all sorts of other “artsy” things [ie, formatting of the page and text, not pictures and silly junk].

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Offical Bibliotheca Website from 2016

It exploded. It’s goal was $20K and maybe 500 copies. It went over the Million Dollar mark and took about 24 months longer than expected due to the huge increase. It ended up being made from wood free paper, so the pages will never simply rot away. They are actually made from stone. How cool is that!?!?

So today, they arrived. I had ordered a full set and so had my brother and father. They have broken up the Bible into 4 volumes:

The Books of Moses & the Former Prophets

The Latter Prophets

The Writings

The New Testament.

I also ordered the Apocrypha JUST so I could get the slipcase 🙂 I read it once back in Bibleschool and remember not being very impressed with it.

So a big thanks to #Adam Greene, Kickstarter & General Project Manager and all the crew at #Bibliotheca.

I am including several pictures, but I don’t know how well they will come out. Phones are a terrible replacement for a camera, but they’re so dang convenient! This is also my first time adding multiple pictures to a wordpress post, so things might change in the couple of minutes after I post this.