ARC of Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney

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Item Name & Description: ARC of Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney. Donated by Mike Allen and Mythic Delirium Books.

Publisher’s description:

“C. S. E. Cooney is one of the most moving, daring, and plainly beautiful voices to come out of recent fantasy. She’s a powerhouse with a wink in her eye and a song in each pocket.”
—Catherynne M. Valente, New York Times-bestselling author of the Fairyland novels

“These stories are a pure joy. C. S. E. Cooney’s imagination is wild and varied, her stories bawdy, horrific, comic, and moving-frequently all at the same time. Her characters are wickedly appealing, and her language-O! her language. Lush, playful, poetic, but never obscure or stilted, it makes her magic more magic, her comedy more comic, and her tragic moments almost unbearable.”
—Delia Sherman, author of Young Woman in a Garden: Stories

Bone Swans is a joy of feathery bones & ghoulish clowns. I adored every word. Like an eyas cries for meat, I cry for more. C.S.E. Cooney’s a major talent and these are major talent stories. Who can resist hero rats, pouting swans, feral children, flying carpets and the Flabberghast? So tongue-tied am I with delight I fall back on the usual cliches: gripping, delightful, insightful, rollicking & lyrical—and yet not one cliche is to be found in Bone Swans, only stories of surpassing delicacy and wit, told by a lady of rare talent. Please, ma’am, might I have some more?”
—Ysabeau S. Wilce, Andre Norton Award wining author of Flora’s Dare

A swan princess hunted for her bones, a broken musician and his silver pipe, and a rat named Maurice bring justice to a town under fell enchantment. A gang of courageous kids confronts both a plague-destroyed world and an afterlife infested with clowns but robbed of laughter. In an island city, the murder of a child unites two lovers, but vengeance will part them. Only human sacrifice will save a city trapped in ice and darkness. Gold spun out of straw has a price, but not the one you expect.

World Fantasy Award winner Ellen Kushner has called Cooney’s writing “stunningly delicious! Cruel, beautiful and irresistible.” Bone Swans, the infernally whimsical debut collection from C. S. E. Cooney, gathers five novellas that in the words of Andre Norton Award winner Delia Sherman are “bawdy, horrific, comic, and moving-frequently all at the same time.” Cooney’s mentor, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Gene Wolfe, proclaims in his introduction that her style is so original it can only be described as “pure Cooney,” and he offers readers a challenge: “Try to define that when you’ve finished the stories in this book.”

More praise for Bone Swans

If your familiarity begins and ends with C.S.E. Cooney’s poetry, do yourself a favor and stick around for these novellas. If you aren’t new to her stories, know that you will find her here at the top of her not inconsiderable game. Highly original, mythic in scope, lyrically told, just plain fun.
—Nicole Kornher-Stace, author of Archivist Wasp

“Like one of her characters, C. S. E. Cooney is a master piper, playing songs within songs. Her stories are wild, theatrical, full of music and murder and magic.”
—James Enge, author of Blood of Ambrose

“C. S. E. Cooney uses words like jewels, stringing them together on gold filigree sentences. Then she adds a beaded fringe of colorful characters-the living, the dead, the wronged, the righteous, the villainous, the vengeful, the divine. It’s a treasure chest of a collection, and it’s full of gems.”
—Sharon Shinn, author of the Elemental Blessings series

“These stories are rich, original fantasy with a sharp edge, peopled by vivid, engaging characters inhabiting fantastic worlds. This is a brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable collection.”
—Martha Wells, author of The Books of the Raksura series

“Cooney drafts lyrical prose that sparkles with brilliant imagery and compelling characters. I can’t wait to see what she does next!”
—Howard Andrew Jones, author of The Desert of Souls

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: I’m willing to cover the cost of international shipping myself at no additional charge to the winning bidder.

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2 Small Beer Press ARCs + T-Shirt

New Small Beer Books + T-Shirt Item Name & Description: 2 advance uncorrected proofs: Ayize Jama-Everett’s The Liminal War (June 2015) and The Entropy of Bones, (August 2015); and a Small Beer Press T-shirt. The shirt is only available in S/L/XL (no Medium sizes, sorry) and is a Gildan Softstyle 90% cotton/10% polyester mix. Donated by Small Beer Press.

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: Ships to the US and Canada only once payment is confirmed and shirt size has been specified (which can be done by email to info at smallbeerpress dot com), thanks.

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ARC of Alice by Christina Henry

book coverItem Name & Description: ARC of Alice by Christina Henry (forthcoming, August 2015). Donated by Ace and Roc Books.

Description:

A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll…

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

Gina Showalter calls this book “a unique spin on a classic and one wild ride”; Brom calls it “a psychotic journey through the bowels of magic and madness” that he “thoroughly enjoyed.”

Starting Bid: $7.

Notes: Donated by Ace and Roc Books, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

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ARC of The Confusion by Neal Stephenson

book coverItem Name & Description: an advance reading copy of The Confusion by Neal Stephenson, the second book in the Baroque Cycle. Donated by HarperCollins.

Description:

In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves — including one Jack Shaftoe, aka King of the Vagabonds, aka Half-Cocked Jack — devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues — a perilous race for an enormous prize of silver … nay, gold … nay, legendary gold.

In Europe, the exquisite and resourceful Eliza, Countess de la Zeur, is stripped of her immense personal fortune by France’s most dashing privateer. Penniless and at risk from those who desire either her or her head (or both), she is caught up in a web of international intrigue, even as she desperately seeks the return of her most precious possession.

Meanwhile, Newton and Leibniz continue to propound their grand theories as their infamous rivalry intensifies, stubborn alchemy does battle with the natural sciences, dastardly plots are set in motion … and Daniel Waterhouse seeks passage to the Massachusetts colony in hopes of escaping the madness into which his world has descended.

Starting Bid: $7.

Notes: Donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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ARC of Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

book coverItem Name & Description: an advance reading copy of Day Shift by Charlaine Harris (forthcoming, May 5, 2015). Donated by Ace and Roc Books.

This is the sequel to Midnight Crossroad.

There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous.

Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred’s regular—and very wealthy—clients dies during a reading.

Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight…

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by Ace and Roc Books, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

In addition, I feel obligated to tell you that that the auction ends until May 3, and thus when you factor in shipping time, you won’t get this before the hardcover is released on May 5 (unless you happen to live near Albany, NY and can come get it in person on the 4th).

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ARC of Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

book coverItem Name & Description: an advance reading copy of Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (forthcoming, July 2015). Donated by Ace and Roc Books.

Description:

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by Ace and Roc Books, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).


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Urban fantasy grab bag from Orbit

Saintcrow_TrailerParkFae-TPItem Name & Description: a grab bag of urban fantasy novels donated by Orbit. It contains:

  • Charming by Elliott James (first novel in a series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale);
  • An advance reading copy (galley) of Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow (first book in the new Gallow and Ragged series, to be published June 2015); and
  • Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler (first book in a series about a cursed jinni living in Pittsburgh).

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Shipping to U.S. and Canada only, because of publishing rights.

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ARC of Updraft by Fran Wilde

book coverItem Name & Description: four-color ARC of Updraft by Fran Wilde. Donated by Tor Books.

Description:

Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother’s side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city’s secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City.

As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever—if it isn’t destroyed outright.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: ships anywhere.

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Signed ARC of The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

book coverItem Name & Description: a signed ARC of The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (forthcoming, August 2015). Donated by Orbit; two available.

Description:

A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, from which enough ash spews to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

And it ends with you. You are the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where orogenes wield the power of the earth as a weapon and are feared far more than the long cold night. And you will have no mercy.

Starting Bid: $10. Two available, two top bids win; consecutive bids must still increase.

Notes: Ships to the U.S and Canada only, because of publishing rights. Personalization available (but may increase the time it takes for you to get it).

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ARC of Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older

Half resurrection Blues GalleyItem Name & Description: an ARC (bound galley) of Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older (January 2015), donated by Diana Pho.

Description:

“Because I’m an inbetweener—and the only one anyone knows of at that—the dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it’s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn’ta been.”

Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents—an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind—until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.

One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld—which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead.

But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life—and death.…

Starting Bid: $5.

Notes: ships anywhere.

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