Anuja Chauhan box set

Item Name & Description: box set of Anuja Chauhan’s novels, including Those Pricey Thakur Girls, Battle for Bittora and The Zoya Factor

book covers

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Last year, Deepa started The Anuja Chauhan Reading Club, where she passed out copies of Anuja Chauhan’s three published novels, which are currently only available for purchase in India. Each person read the book and then sent it on to the next person in the club. I got to read all three (my reviews: The Zoya Factor, Battle for Bittora, and Those Pricey Thakur Girls) and enjoyed them very much! I thought I’d like to give more people outside India an opportunity to read and enjoy these books, which is why I’m offering this box set up for auction. Please note that I ordered the books from an online retailer in India, and I’m getting a friend to receive the delivery and ship them to the winning bidder, so it may take a while to receive the books. However, I will cover all shipping costs.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Starters and Enders, YA series, signed to you

Item Name & Description: Signed and inscribed to you, a paperback copy of STARTERS, a YA science fiction thriller published by Random House Children’s Books, Delacorte, and the sequel, ENDERS, in hardcover, first printing, first edition (Starters is in the 8th printing).

Desperate teens rent out their bodies to seniors, so they can enjoy being young again temporarily. Ages 12 and up.

Starters and Enders, YA series signed to you
Starters and Enders, YA series signed to you
Starters and Enders, a YA series signed to you
Starters and Enders, a YA series signed to you

An international bestseller published in over 30 countries, winner of several awards, Best of Lists (B&N, Chicago Library, LA Library, YALSA Quick Pick, IRA, state reading lists). Dean Koontz said “Starters is a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story.”

Signed bookmarks, two buttons (limited) and a cover postcard with a personal note to you will be included. This paperback includes an exclusive short story, “Portrait of a Spore,” that is not in the original hardcover.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: US only. Other countries can bid, but we reserve the right to determine the winner and/or alter the prize after consultation.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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The Steerswoman Series, by Rosemary Kirstein, with map and jewel-like object

Item Name & Description: Trade paperback editions of The Steerswoman’s Road, The Lost Steersman and The Language of Power, with framed map, including jewel-like object

The complete Steerswoman Series, in trade paperback, including The Steerswoman’s Road (which combines Volume 1, The Steerswoman and Volume 2,The Outskirter’s Secret in a single book); Volume 3, The Lost Steersman; and Volume 4, The Language of Power. I will autograph with or without personalization, as you request.

Also included: a framed map, with attached “jewel” as referred to in the series — an actual example of the actual object from the books.

Steerswoman series, map, jewel
Steerswoman series, map, jewel
Steerswoman page edge damage
Steerswoman page edge damage

Please note: the copy of The Steerswoman’s Road, while unused, does have some some page-edge folding, due to being stored after shifting during shipping.

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: I will ship within two weeks of end of auction, to any location in the Northern Hemisphere.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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An uncorrected proof of Benjamin Parzybok’s Sept. 2014 novel Sherwood Nation

Item Name & Description: In drought-stricken Portland, Oregon, a Robin Hood-esque water thief is caught on camera redistributing an illegal truckload of water to those in need. Nicknamed Maid Marian—real name: Renee, a 20-something barista and eternal part-time college student—she is an instant folk hero. Renee rides her swelling popularity and the public’s disgust at how the city has abandoned its people, raises an army . . . and secedes a quarter of the city.

Even as Maid Marian and her compatriots build their community one neighbor at a time, they are making powerful enemies amongst the city government and the National Guard. Sherwood is an idealistic dream too soon caught in a brutal fight for survival.

Sherwood Nation is the story of the rise and fall of a micronation within a city. It is a love story, a war story, a grand social experiment, a treatise on hacking and remaking government, on freedom and necessity, on individualism and community.

And, it is not out until September!

Benjamin Parzybok is the author of the novel Couch and has been the creator/co-creator of many other projects, includingGumball Poetry, The Black Magic Insurance Agency (city-wide, one night alternate reality game), and Project Hamad. He lives in Portland with the artist Laura Moulton and their two kids.

[Admin edit: in comments, the author offers to send the winner “the winner a lovely postcard, probably with a drawing or two, that may be used as the book’s bookmark.”]

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: US/Canada only

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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The Brian Lumley Companion – Special Collector’s Boxed Edition

Item Name & Description: The Brian Lumley Companion – Special Collector’s Boxed Edition, donated by Tor Books.

book cover
Brian Lumley Companion – cover
book package
Brian Lumley Companion – as packaged

Description:

Edited by Brian Lumley and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner Stanley Wiater,  The Brian Lumley Companion is an indispensable guide to the life and works of Brian Lumley.

In The Brian Lumley Companion, Lumley aficionados will find an overview of the author’s career; essays comparing Lumley and H.P. Lovecraft; a lengthy interview with Brian Lumley which delves into the heart of his relationships with the writers and editors who inspired him and the fans who support him; and analyses of Lumley’s short fiction and novels. An interview with Bob Eggleton gives insight into the development of his striking covers for the Necroscope series and other Lumley works.

The Companion also includes complete listings of the first publications of each of Lumley’s novels, short fiction, and poetry. Major attractions are the detailed concordances that focus on individual novels and series, including the three Psychomech titles, the Dreamlands and Primal Lands series, and each volume in the Necroscope series.

This is a limited-run clothbound edition in a collector’s boxed casing. This edition is now out of print.

Starting Bid: $30.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Dolly and the Cookie Bird by Dorothy Dunnett

bookItem Name & Description: a paperback of Dolly and the Cookie Bird by Dorothy Dunnett.

This is the second-published of Dunnett’s Johnson Johnson mystery series. The copyright page of the book says “First Vintage Books Edition, September 1982”; the ISBN is 0-394-71164-5. The book is comprehensively out of print in the US; used copies appear to be going for $20 and up online.

Starting Bid: $3.

Notes: will ship in the US for free; outside the US, please ask.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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ARC of Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal (plus custom stationery)

Valour and Vanity cover
Valour and Vanity cover
Item Name & Description: advance reading copy of Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal, plus 15 pages of custom stationery, donated by Tor Books.

Description:

Valour in Vanity is a Regency version of a heist movie with a healthy dose of magic sprinkled in.

After Melody’s wedding, the Ellsworths and Vincents accompany the young couple on the their tour of the continent. Jane and Vincent plan to separate from the party and travel to Murano to study with glassblowers there, but their ship is set upon by Barbary corsairs while en route. It is their good fortune that they are not enslaved, but they lose everything to the pirates and arrive in Murano destitute.
Fortunately, one of the gentlemen from the ship is a local banker and arranges for a line of credit and a place to live. Relieved, the Vincents begin the work for which they have come to Italy.

All is proceeding apace until a solicitor arrives at their house and charges them with illegal trespass. Jane and Vincent produce letters from their banking friend, but they are all forgeries, and worse, he has used their forged letters to clean out their funds in England. Now, Jane and Vincent owe money to a number of people in town and are forbidden from travel. They manage to find some small work, but it is obvious to both of them that this path will not maintain them for long.

Instead, Vincent hatches a reckless plan to get their money back. The ensuing adventure is a glorious envisioning of all the best parts of heist narratives, but in a Regency setting with magic.

This book will be published on April 29, 2014. The ARC is pictured below with the custom stationery (click to enlarge):

ARC and stationery
ARC and stationery

Starting Bid: $25.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Johnny Hiro: Half-Asian, All Hero & Johnny Hiro: Skills to Pay the Bills by Fred Chao

Item Name & Description: Johnny Hiro: Half-Asian, All Hero & Johnny Hiro: Skills to Pay the Bills by Fred Chao (two volumes), donated by Tor Books.

Cover of Half-Asian, All Hero
Cover of Half-Asian, All Hero
Cover of The Skills to Pay the Bills
Cover of The Skills to Pay the Bills

Description of Half-Asian, All Hero:

Johnny Hiro, a hardworking busboy, lives in Brooklyn with his flighty but lovable girlfriend Mayumi. Every day, he struggles to make ends meet while fighting giant monsters, running over rooftops from crazed waiters, fending off businessmen-turned-samurai, or having the occasional conversation with Judge Judy, Coolio, or Alton Brown. With Fred Chao’s signature style and laugh-out-loud humor, Johnny Hiro presents the quirky trials and misadventures of a modern-day hero trying to find his slice of the good life.

This delightfully absurdist romp through the trials and chores of living in New York was nominated for four Eisner Awards, including for best new series, and for the Russ Manning Award. It was selected for the anthology Best American Comics 2010. Prepare to be blown away by the greatest adventure of them all: being an adult.

Description of The Skills to Pay the Bills:

After a couple of years as an underpaid sushi chef for his incredibly stingy and negative boss, Mr. Masago, Johnny Hiro doubts his abilities to provide his girlfriend Mayumi with the kind of life he thinks she deserves. Though their relationship is happy, he wonders if he can create something more stable for the long term: a partnership she can find a lasting happiness in.

Throw in the aftereffects of Johnny’s past relationships and Mr. Masago’s prior business ventures with his current rival Shinto Pete, and it’s all a big case study in how each decision influences the next and can create vast differences in the way life develops. Figuring all of this out is even harder in New York City, with its giant gorillas, sumo wrestlers, Japanese gangsters, and rogue catering companies.

And within this crazy day-to-day existence, Hiro must find a way to look beyond the fact that he can barely make rent…and figure out how to have faith in his future.

Starting Bid: $20.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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ARC of The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer

Item Name & Description: an advance reading copy of The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer, donated by Tor Books.

Time Travelers Almanac ARC
Time Travelers Almanac ARC
Time Travelers Almanac cover
Time Travelers Almanac cover

Description:

The Time Traveler’s Almanac is the largest and most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, this book compiles more than a century’s worth of literary travels into the past and the future that will serve to reacquaint readers with beloved classics of the time travel genre and introduce them to thrilling contemporary innovations.

This marvelous volume includes nearly seventy journeys through time from authors such as Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, H. G. Wells, and Connie Willis, as well as helpful non-fiction articles original to this volume (such as Charles Yu’s “Top Ten Tips For Time Travelers”).

In fact, this book is like a time machine of its very own, covering millions of years of Earth’s history from the age of the dinosaurs through to strange and fascinating futures, spanning the ages from the beginning of time to its very end. The Time Traveler’s Almanac is the ultimate anthology for the time traveler in your life.

This book will be published on March 18, 2014.

Starting Bid: $20.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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ARC of Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson

Item Name & Description: an advance reading copy of Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson, donated by Tor Books.

Unwrapped Sky cover
Unwrapped Sky cover
Unwrapped Sky ARC
Unwrapped Sky ARC

Description:

A hundred years ago, the Minotaurs saved Caeli-Amur from conquest. Now, three very different people may hold the keys to the city’s survival.

Once, it is said, gods used magic to create reality, with powers that defied explanation. But the magic—or science, if one believes those who try to master the dangers of thaumaturgy—now seems more like a dream. Industrial workers for House Technis, farmers for House Arbor, and fisher folk of House Marin eke out a living and hope for a better future. But the philosopher-assassin Kata plots a betrayal that will cost the lives of godlike Minotaurs; the ambitious bureaucrat Boris Autec rises through the ranks as his private life turns to ashes; and the idealistic seditionist Maximilian hatches a mad plot to unlock the vaunted secrets of the Great Library of Caeli-Enas, drowned in the fabled city at the bottom of the sea, its strangeness visible from the skies above.

In a novel of startling originality and riveting suspense, these three people, reflecting all the hopes and dreams of the ancient city, risk everything for a future that they can create only by throwing off the shackles of tradition and superstition, as their destinies collide at ground zero of a conflagration that will transform the world . . . or destroy it.

This book will be published on April 15, 2014.

Starting Bid: $20.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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