Purple Convertible Shawl

Item Name & Description: Purple Convertible Shawl This gorgeous shawl was knitted using Knitty.com’s Convertible pattern. The yarn is a sequined acrylic, mohair, wool blend. The shawl measures about 50×18 inches, but is very stretchy. I’ll include a yarn wrapper so that you have the laundering instructions. My house is smoke-free, but cat occupied. I have tried to keep the item as cat-fur free as possible, but it does get into everything.

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Starting Bid: $20

Notes: I will ship internationally.

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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Crash course in mid-20th-century Japanese literature

Item Name & Description: Six paperback volumes of Japanese literature in English translation. There are five novels:

  • Kokoro by Natsume Soseki (tr. Edwin McClellan)
  • Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata (tr. Edward Seidensticker)
  • No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai (tr. Donald Keene)
  • After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima (tr. Donald Keene)
  • The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (tr. Edward Seidensticker)

And, for a sense of perspective:

  • Anthology of Japanese Literature: from the earliest era to the mid-nineteenth century, compiled by Donald Keene

These have all been read, but are in decent shape. The anthology has spine creases.

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Starting Bid: $10

Notes: I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (it would probably cost more than the books will go for – sorry!). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

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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YA or MG SF/F manuscript critique

Item Name & Description: Critique of an unpublished YA or MG speculative fiction manuscript, up to 100,000 words.

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: I am an editor for Month9Books, a small publisher of speculative fiction for children; please note that this critique is not an offer of publication. I’m happy to receive your manuscript at any time in the next year. I will write you a letter similar to what I would write for an author whose book I have in development, covering plot, character, voice, pacing, and so on. You’re more than welcome to offer a YA or MG manuscript that isn’t in the speculative realm, or a speculative fiction manuscript for adults, but please be aware that I’m not as knowledgeable about those markets. Please allow two months for the completed critique. If your winning bid is over $150, I will also review your query letter or a revision of up to 1/3 of the book.

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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Signed Copy of The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

Signed Copy of The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

First printing of The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, (link is to a starred PW review) edited by Sean Wallace, with an introduction by Ekaterina Sedia. Signed by Amal El-Mohtar, whose story “To Follow the Waves” appears in the book. Can be inscribed on request. See the rest of the ToC here.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: Will ship to anywhere the UK’s Royal Mail delivers.

EDIT 2013-02-14: If bidding reaches $50, I’ll throw in an art postcard by Nimat Badawi, a Damascene artist; if bidding reaches $75, I’ll write an original (very spontaneous) poem on the back of it.

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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Snow Crash first edition plus other Stephenson

Item Name & Description: First, there’s a first edition, first printing copy of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. Before anyone gets too excited I should note that this is the trade paperback version of the book; it was published simultaneously with the hardcover and so is just as much a first edition, but sells for less. Which doesn’t mean it’s not worth anything – a first edition hardcover will set you back around $200 for an ex-library copy, and for a pristine copy it’s more like $600. The paperback generally goes for less than $100, although there are some optimistic dealers charging more.

The book has clearly been read. The covers have a little wear around the edges and are very slightly curled. The spine is also somewhat curled (in the natural way). The pages have some age darkening on the exposed edges and have minor edgewear.

In addition, this lot includes a first printing hardcover of The Diamond Age and a first edition of Zodiac, Stephenson’s second novel. The Diamond Age has minor scuffing to the jacket but is otherwise nice. Zodiac has some wear, but nothing too bad (it’s a paperback – it didn’t have a hardcover edition, at least not back then).

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Starting Bid: $50

Notes: I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (it would probably cost more than the books will go for – sorry!). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

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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Collection of Sandman graphic novels

Item Name & Description:
Volumes 1–10 of the Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman and various artists. Publication dates 1990–1996.

Gently used. Not a matched or boxed set. Not the Absolute edition. All books are softcover except for A Game of You, which is hardcover.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: I will ship within the US for free. For international shipping, you must donate to Con or Bust an additional $50 (Canada) or $75 (elsewhere). (This is the actual cost of shipping outside the US, as far as I can determine.) Shipping will be within a few days of auction close.

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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signed first edition of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

book cover Item Name & Description: signed first edition, first printing/impression hardcover of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.

Donated by the author but shipped by me, so no personalization unless you meet the author at a con.

Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: I will ship worldwide, but will ask an additional donation to Con or Bust for shipping outside North America; please inquire if interested.

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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signed first edition of Among Others by Jo Walton

Item Name & Description: Signed first edition of Among Others by Jo Walton, winner of the Nebula and Hugo Awards. (Please note: this is a first edition, i.e., the text is what was originally printed, but it is from the second printing/impression, i.e., the little row of numbers on the copyright page starts with 2.)

Personalization only available if you’re willing to wait until the end of May, as the book was donated by the author but is being shipped by me.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: I will ship worldwide, but will ask an additional donation to Con or Bust for shipping outside North America; please inquire if interested.

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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Signed Jonathan Lethem first editions

Item Name & Description: Three books by Jonathan Lethem. All are first edition, first printing hardcovers in very good condition – they have very little if any wear.

  • Gun, With Occasional Music. This is signed (no inscription, just a signature). The jacket is in a Mylar cover. Note that the creases and so forth on the cover are part of the painting, not damage to the jacket.
  • Amnesia Moon. This is also signed, in the same way, and is also in Mylar. This has a tiny flaw the first book does not – you can see the faint remains of a price (written in pencil) on the first page.
  • The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye. This is not signed, but I’m including it anyway. It’s not in Mylar, either.

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Starting Bid: $50

Notes: I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (it would probably cost more than the books will go for – sorry!). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

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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More boxes o’ books (fiction) (2/2)

Item Name & Description: A box of random assorted fiction (2/2). Reading copies, condition varies from rather worn to reasonable.

This box: Chronicles: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, and Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman; Legends: Time of the Twins, War of the Twins, and Test of the Twins by Weis & Hickman; The Reign of Istar, ed. Weis & Hickman; Golden Witchbreed and Ancient Light by Mary Gentle.

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: Due to shipping costs, continental USA only. I will ship via media mail.

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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