Library book sale score!

I love going to library book sales, both to support libraries, which are chronically underfunded, and to get cheap books.  I usually can spend several hours at a book sale, but since I had somewhere else to go, and I really wanted to get in & out in a few minutes, I focused on the history and sci-fi sections of the sale, since I know more or less what I’m interested in there.  When I have more time I check out he children’s section and the “premium books” (more recent/collectible.coffee-table type stuff the Friends of the Library feel they can get more than the usual fifty cents or a dollar for — this is where I would usually find RPG books).  In the past I’ve scored all sorts of great books, although I particularly prize books on war gaming/miniatures, RPGs, and solid reference books.   I usually come away with a pile of history books, ranging from the ancient world to modern times, and a few other interesting tidbits.

All hardbacks, except as noted.

The early history of Rome (Livy, books 1-5, Penguin Classics pbk.)

The silmarillion (Ballantine 1979 pbk.) Can’t believe I’ve never read more than few passages of this.

The beast that shouted love at the heart of the world (stories by Harlan Ellison, including “A boy and his dog”)

Beyond the beyond (stories) and War of the gods by Poul Anderson (I’d already read the second but will probably read it again…)

Masterpieces of fantasy and enchantment (stories, some of them by Appendix N authors)

Kull, exile of Atlantis by R.E. Howard (Del Rey paperback)

Smart dragons, foolish elves (comedy/fantasy collection of stories, mostly from 1950s-1980s)

Weird tales, edited by Marvin Kay, a compilation of 44 stories from the pulp magazine

And the cherry on top:

Heroic Worlds by Lawrence Schick (a discarded library paperback, but in great shape with a reinforced cover)

$4.70

Even so, I’m still busy reading Ben Thompson’s Badass (a spinoff from this Badass of the Week blog), Zak Smith’s We did porn (a compelling read so far), and H.P. Lovecraft and the modernist grotesque by Sean E.Martin, which I’ll review when I’m finished.  This one looks at HPL as literature/his place in literature, and avoids the “biography as literary criticism” trap so many books about authors fall into.

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  1. Wow, that’s quite the haul. ‘Heroic Worlds’ is an excellent resource. Like yours, mine is a reinforced ex-library copy. It’s from Ithaca College and I’m pretty sure it was never opened until it found its way into my hands.

  2. Ah, to be back in the days when I could just buy any bargain book that looked good. Now the house is so crammmed with bookish treasures that I’m constantly looking for ways to reduce the mass instead of expanding it. You have some great stuff there, but the prize of the package is the Heroic Worlds book on the origins of gaming. Look closely and you’ll find a couple of my early essays on the subject inside it. (grin)
    –Ken St. Andre

    • Well, I try to get rid of as many as I buy each time. I’ve been getting more ruthless about weeding books I’ll never read again, but as you know, it’s really hard! And who knows when you’ll want to look up that Hittite purification ritual again, or the Dahomey, or that German tribe Tacitus mentioned who wear blackface, or …

      I’ve browsed Heroic Worlds numerous times from libraries and I’m really glad to have my own copy.


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