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The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison (signed)

book cover Item Name & Description: Four signed hardcovers of The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison.

This is a guide to the world of Harrison’s bestselling Hollows (Rachel Morgan) series, “written” by a character within the novels, a blogger with a grudge against Rachel. The author says it’s

the definitive source for all things Hollows, with spells, character descriptions, species descriptions, interoffice memos, murder and mayhem.

The last two were kind of accidental as I slipped a story line in among the dry facts. It’s not necessary to read it to enjoy the regular Hollows books, but much like the novellas and shorts, it expands your understanding of the characters and world tremendously.

Learn more at the author’s site, or browse the book at the publisher’s site.

Starting Bid: $10. Four signed copies available, top four consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Harper Voyager.

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

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Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill

book coverItem Name & Description: Three hardcovers of Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (February 26, 2013).

Description:

A brilliantly crafted modern tale from acclaimed film critic and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill—part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Toro, part William S. Burroughs—that charts the lives of two boys from their star-crossed childhood in the realm of magic and mystery to their anguished adulthoods

There is another world than our own—one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares—where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same.

Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish. But while Ewan and Colby left the Limestone Kingdom as children, it has never forgotten them. And in a world where angels relax on rooftops, whiskey-swilling genies argue metaphysics with foul-mouthed wizards, and monsters in the shadows feed on fear, you can never outrun your fate.

Dreams and Shadows is a stunning and evocative debut about the magic and monsters in our world and in our self.

Publishers Weekly calls it “beautifully written” and says “The universe is richly detailed, and issues of destiny and sacrifice give the story depth.” Kirkus, in a starred review, said “Exceptional worldbuilding, sure-handed plotting and well-rounded characters, even the nasty ones, abound, and the whole impressive enterprise moves smartly along through a fairy culture with a structure and motivations sharply different from that of humans. A mesmerizing and highly original debut.”

Starting Bid: $10. Three copies available, top three consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Harper Voyager.

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

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A Complete Set of Five Bordertown Anthologies

Item Name & Description: Terri Windling and Deb Manning are offfering a complete set of the five anthologies in the Bordertown Series (YA Urban Fantasy), including three rare out-of-print volumes. The Borderland Series, created by Terri, was one of the pioneering works of Urban Fantasy back in the 1980s, recently updated with a new volume, Welcome to Bordertown, edited by Holly Black & Ellen Kushner (2011).

Here’s what the set includes:

* 1 paperback copy of Borderland (2nd edition, Tor Books, 1992, now out of print). This is a new (not used) copy of the book, but it’s been in storage for many years–it’s not pristine, but it’s in good condition.

* 1 paperback copy of Bordertown (2nd edition, Tor Books, 1996, now out of print). This, too, is new but has been in storage, and is in reasonably good condition.

* 1 paperback copy of Life on the Border (1st edition, Tor Books, 1991, now out of print). This is a used copy of this rare book, with a cracked spine. (It was Terri’s personal copy, and got a lot of use over the years!)

* 1 trade paperback copy of The Essential Bordertown (1st paperback edition, Tor Books, 1998). This is a new copy from storage, in good condition.

* 1 trade paperback copy of Welcome to Bordertown (1st paperback edition, Random House, 2012). This is a new book (one of Terri’s author copies), in very good condition.

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A Complete Set of Five Bordertown Anthologies

“Truthful, realistic, and diverse… More progressive, complicated and adult than many other YA books, and that’s a good thing… Characters deal with everything, from racial tensions (which applies to human constructions of race as well as to fights between elves and humans) to discovering their sexuality to homelessness.This is fantasy for readers who are sick of Eurocentric dragon-and-princess stories. This is fiction for those who want to find characters who are more truthful, realistic and diverse than in mainstream YA.”  – TeenReads

“Bordertown is one of the most important places where Urban Fantasy began.”  – Neil Gaiman

Starting Bid: $25.

Notes: The first four books will be coming from storage in Arizona, and Deb will send them out to the winner. Welcome to Bordertown will be coming from Terri’s studio in Devon, England, and she can personallt inscribe it to the winner (or to whomever) upon request. We’re willing to ship these anywhere.

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

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ARCs of The Lost by Vicki Pettersson

book coverItem Name & Description: Five ARCs of The Lost by Vicki Pettersson (March 19, 2013).

This is book two of the Celestial Blues and the sequel to The Taken (which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it an “irresistibly good yarn proves that there’s still plenty of room for brilliant innovation in urban fantasy”). Description:

Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Now a minor angel, Grif’s been granted permission to solve the mystery of his own death . . . if he helps the Pure angels guide those souls who might otherwise be Lost.

Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life. Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. However, Grif’s mortal lover, reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, isn’t constrained by angelic protocol. If she can stop a death, she will.

But as Kit is about to find out, there are things more traumatic and evil than murder. A strange new drug is literally eating tweakers’ flesh from their bones, and Kit’s crusade to get it off the streets is set to propel her and Grif into a battle with a vicious drug cartel. They’ll have to scramble to stay alive, stay together, and choose their own fate . . . before it’s chosen for them.

Learn more at the author’s site.

Starting Bid: $10. Five copies available, top five consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Harper Voyager.

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

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ARCs of Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey

book coverItem Name & Description: two ARCs of Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey (forthcoming, late March/early April 2013).

Description:

It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying.

It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world.

In each era, a child shall be chosen. Their task is to find a dark messiah known only as the Crowman. But is he our saviour – or the final incarnation of evil?

Stephen King has said, “Joseph D’Lacey rocks!” Alison Littlewood, author of A Cold Season, calls this book “A bold beginning to a new duology from the brilliant D’Lacey.”

Learn more at the publisher’s site.

Starting Bid: $5. Two ARCs available, top two consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Angry Robot Books.

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

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ARCs of The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

book coverItem Name & Description: two collectable ARCs of The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Feb. 2013).

Description:

“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

He looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

Following her acclaimed Young Adult debut for our sister imprint Strange Chemistry, The Assassin’s Curse, the very talented Cassandra Rose Clarke moves on to more adult themes, in a heartbreaking story of love, loss … and robots.

Learn more or read an excerpt at the publisher’s site.

Starting Bid: $5. Two ARCs available, top two consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Angry Robot Books.

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

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Box of Small Beer Press books featuring three translations

Trafalgar coverItem Name & Description: A box of Small Beer Press books featuring three translations—including Angélica Gorodischer’s Trafalgar (trans. by Amalia Gladhart) which just came out this month.

All links to the publisher’s site:

  1. Poppy Z. Brite, Second Line
  2. Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud, A Life on Paper: Stories (hardcover, trans. by Edward Gauvin)
  3. Kelley Eskridge, Solitaire
  4. Karen Joy Fowler, What I Didn’t See and Other Stories (hardcover)
  5. Angélica Gorodischer, Trafalgar (paperback, trans. by Amalia Gladhart)
  6. Julia Holmes, Meeks (paperback)
  7. Eduardo Jimenez Mayo & Chris N. Brown, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic (paperback)
  8. Laurie Marks, Water Logic (paperback)
  9. Benjamin Parzybok, Couch (paperback)

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Starting Bid: $25.

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

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

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GARBAGELAND by Todd Wheeler

Item Name & Description: Trade paperback edition signed by the author.

Starting Bid: $10

About Garbageland: Steve Quiroga is a teacher living in the suburbs of Los Angeles. When Steve loses his deferment from mandatory civil service, he is assigned to the largest landfill on earth. In Kansas.

Tamora Maddox is Director of the landfill known as Garbageland. Fueled by coffee and ambition, she has to handle belligerent unions, Congressional inquiries, and dangerous cargos. But something more sinister is afoot and she suspects her boss is involved.

Facing double crossing ex-lovers, secret agents, and exploding airships, they manage to avoid disaster and stay true to what they believe in most.

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

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The Wood-Gnome Book

Item Name & Description: This is an original hand-bound blank book, one of a kind. The design is inspired by characters and events in the Steerswoman Series.

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The interior paper is handmade by me, from recycled materials.

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Although I treated the paper surface for writing and drawing, it’s very rough-textured and quirky. Works well with fountain pen and illustration pens, if you don’t mind a bumpy ride. Colored pencil uses the texture to good advantage. I have not tested for watercolor.

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I include extra loose scraps of the same paper, for you to test your inks, pens, watercolors or pencils.

The cover is textured art paper, trimmed with frayed silk ribbon and carved wooden beads. Endpapers are papyrus.

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Book size is 4.5 inches x 6 inches (11.43 cm x 15.24 cm)

I include with this book: a sheet of the same handmade paper, printed with a brief tale explaining why this is called the Wood-Gnome Book; and a copy of the British edition of The Steerswoman, in which we first meet the wood-gnomes.

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Starting bid: $25

Note: I will ship anywhere in the world. North America gets Priority Mail; other international will be via first class mail, which will take somewhat longer.

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

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