Author: Kate Nepveu

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

book cover Item Name & Description: Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (hardcover).

This is a legal thriller in a secondary-world fantasy setting; Publishers Weekly said that “the story remains suspenseful and fast-paced throughout, and the diverse, female-led cast is a joy to follow through the fascinating and unusual landscape.” Liz Bourke at Strange Horizons said that it was “a debut novel to make you sit up and take notice . . . a wild ride that sticks the dismount.” Learn more at the publisher’s site (includes link to an excerpt).

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Wardrobe refresher by Ekaterina Sedia (three available)

Item Name & Description: Wardrobe Refresher

[Posted on behalf of the offeror.]

As some of you know, besides writing I enjoy fashion blogging, and am obsessive about following street style, finding new and strange places to shop, sustainable fashion, and vintage. And I love shopping for other people and making mood boards! So this is the offer: the winner will email me their needs and preferences as well as the budget, and in return you will get either a shopping list or a Pinterest board (your choice) of great items chosen from a variety of online retailers, from Etsy to indie boutiques to more mainstream retailers. I will custom-pick your pieces to suit your lifestyle, budgetary needs and ethical concerns, and in case of Pinterest board will also supplement it with styling suggestions and street style photos for inspiration. Whether you need a whole new wardrobe or just one thing for a special occasion, let me do the digging. All genders and sizes welcome!

Here is a pinterest board I did previously for someone who wanted some styling ideas on androgynous dressing and menswear, so it can give people some ideas regarding the end product.

Starting Bid: $50. Three available, top three consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Bidding now live (and more auctions still coming!)

Bidding is now live on Con or Bust’s annual online auction, which raises funds to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons. All you have to do is leave a comment on the auction offer you’re interested in before bidding closes, on Sunday, February 24 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. (You may also want to subscribe to comments so you’ll know if you are outbid.)

There are already lots of great offers; you can search the site over in the sidebar, or browse the auction tags or the filterable Google Docs index. And there will be more offers posted, so keep checking back. Right now I have about 20 offers to post on behalf of others, and people have promised many more.

Which is to say: it’s not too late to offer things for auction, so please do! Last year we raised about $11,500 from the auction, which funded 28 different trips to cons over twelve months. To keep that going, we need all the auction offers we can get! You can submit an auction offer through a simple web form—no login required—and I’ll even host your pictures for you if necessary.

Learn more about Con or Bust, or leave a comment with questions. Thanks, and please spread the word!


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Heat of Fusion and Other Stories by John M. Ford

book cover Item Name & Description: Heat of Fusion and Other Stories by John M. Ford (hardcover).

This collection is now out of print, difficult to find, and very unlikely to come back into print. Contains 23 stories and poems; Publishers Weekly said they “reaffirm Ford’s position as one of SF’s most versatile craftsmen” and called it “an excellent collection.” Among its contents are the poem “110 Stories”; “Winter Solstice, Camelot Station,” the only poem to win a World Fantasy Award for best short fiction (because then, so the story goes, they changed the rules so that couldn’t happen again); and the short story “Erase/Record/Play,” a favorite of your humble mod.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Pirate Cinema and Homeland by Cory Doctorow

Item Name & Description: Pirate Cinema and Homeland by Cory Doctorow (hardcovers).

Pirate Cinema (excerpt) and Homeland (excerpt) are Doctorow’s most recent novels, both YA. School Library Journal called Pirate Cinema “funny, thought-provoking, and glorious”; Kirkus said Homeland is “Outstanding for its target audience, and even those outside Doctorow’s traditional reach may find themselves moved by its call to action.”

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Starting Bid: $10 for both hardcovers.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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ARC of Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

book cover Item Name & Description: ARC of Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (forthcoming March 19, 2013).

Publishers Weekly says that “Fans of steampunk and Austen-inspired fantasies of manners will be completely enraptured by these stories.”

Table of Contents:

  • “The Fairy Enterprise” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “From the Catalogue of the Pavilion of the Uncanny and Marvelous, Scheduled for Premiere at the Great Exhibition (Before the Fire)” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “The Memory Book” by Maureen McHugh
  • “Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells” by Delia Sherman
  • “La Reine D’Enfer” by Kathe Koja
  • “Briar Rose” by Elizabeth Wein
  • “The Governess” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “Smithfield” by James P. Blaylock
  • “The Unwanted Women of Surrey” by Kaaron Warren
  • “Charged” by Leanna Renee Hieber
  • “Mr. Splitfoot” by Dale Bailey
  • “Phosperous” by Veronica Schanoes
  • “We Without Us Were Shadows” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Vital Importance of the Superficial” by Ellen Kushner and Caroline Stevermer
  • “The Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown” by Jane Yolen
  • “A Few Twigs He Left Behind” by Gregory Maguire
  • “Their Monstrous Minds” by Tanith Lee
  • “Estella Saves the Village” by Theodora Goss

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero by Fred Chao

book cover Item Name & Description: Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero by Fred Chao (trade paperback).

This graphic novel has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards and appeared in Best American Comics 2010. Description:

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.

Read an excerpt at Tor.com.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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The Battle of Blood and Ink by Jared Axelrod and Steve Walker

book cover Item Name & Description: The Battle of Blood and Ink by Jared Axelrod and Steve Walker (hardcover).

This steampunk graphic novel is set in a flying city (with PoC characters!); Booklist says, “With a spunky, headstrong female lead and an abundance of steampunk touches—airships, ray guns, and printing presses—this original graphic novel hits all the right buttons…or should we say levers?” Learn more at the creators’ website or read an excerpt.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Grab bag of Orbit books (2/2)

Item Name & Description: A grab bag of books from Orbit, containing:

  • Gail Carriger’s SOULLESS (mass market paperback). This is the first book in the Parasol Protectorate Series, which is now complete; the author says that the books “feature a soulless spinster confronting Queen Victoria’s grumpy werewolf investigator over the issue of lisping vampires.” In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said that “Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history.” Learn more at the author’s website or read an excerpt.
  • Kate Locke’s GOD SAVE THE QUEEN (hardcover). This is the first book in the ongoing Immortal Empire series, in which Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist. Publishers Weekly said “Locke’s writing is smart and fast-paced, full of sharp dialogue and vivid detail. This stylish, original story is perfectly suited to a wonderfully constructed world.” Learn more at the author’s website.
  • Mira Grant’s FEED (mass market paperback). This is the first book in the Newsflesh Trilogy, set in a post-apocalypitc U.S. with zombies, which is now complete. It was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2011. Learn more at the author’s website.
  • James S.A. Corey’s LEVIATHAN WAKES (trade paperback). This is the first book in the ongoing Expanse series. Publishers Weekly called it a “riveting interplanetary thriller”; learn more at the authors’ website.
  • Brent Weeks’s THE BLACK PRISM (mass market paperback). Written by the author of the New York Times best-selling Night Angel Trilogy, this is the first book in the ongoing Lightbringer series, a secondary world fantasy with intricate magic and politics. Learn more at the author’s website.

Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: Donated by the publisher. Shipping to U.S. and Canada only, please.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Grab bag of Orbit books (1/2)

Item Name & Description: A grab bag of books from Orbit, containing:

  • Kate Elliott’s COLD MAGIC (mass market paperback). This is the first book in the ongoing Spiritwalker series, which the author describes as “an Afro-Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency fantasy adventure,” and which Publishers Weekly called “A wildly imaginative narrative that will ring happy bells for fans of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy.” More information from the author’s site.
  • N.K. Jemisin’s THE KILLING MOON (trade paperback). This is the first book of the complete Dreamblood duology, “a hugely ambitious tale of culture and empire, war and religion…and the realm of dreams,” that received starred reviews from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. More information from the author’s site.
  • Francis Knight’s FADE TO BLACK (trade paperback). This debut fantasy novel was released this month. The publisher says it’s set in “a towering city that rises up from the deep, dark depths of a valley” and combines “the murky atmosphere of Sin City” and “the action and pace of Brent Weeks or Scott Lynch”; Kirkus calls it “Intensely realized and gripping.” Learn more or read an excerpt.
  • Robert Jackson Bennett’s AMERICAN ELSEWHERE (trade paperback). This standalone novel was released this month: “At first glance Wink, New Mexico is a seemingly normal town—except that you won’t find it on any map.” Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, saying that “Through sharp empathetic detail, the horrific becomes both achingly poignant and comic”; learn more or read an excerpt at the publisher’s site.
  • Peter Higgins’s WOLFHOUND CENTURY (hardcover). This standalone fantasy, set in an alternate Stalinist Russia, will be released in March. Publishers Weekly called it a “rich and fascinating tapestry” in a starred review; learn more at the author’s website.

Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: Donated by the publisher. Shipping to U.S. and Canada only, please.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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