As I always try to do, I hit the “pre-sale” for Friends of the Library the other night. As usual, I was a little disgusted by all the prospectors with scanners looking for stuff to resell at a profit. I know the library gets money either way but it seems really dishonest to prey on people’s good will for the library like that; after all the stuff I buy I’ll probably donate back so someone can enjoy it for a buck or less while these vultures are sending them off to jerkwad collector, right? Yeah maybe I shouldn’t begrudge them. I guess I’m just annoyed they aren’t actually there to find things to read and enjoy. Oh well.
The cover images are all swiped from Goodreads.com, which has a surprisingly complete catalog.
I’m planning to hit it again on Saturday (probably while this post goes up). They always restock the shelves between the sale days.
Not a bad haul so far for 5 bucks:
Dragons / Hogarth & Clery (love this cover; it’s a nice illustrated miscellany on dragons)
The magic of Atlantis / ed. Lin Carter (Atlantis-related tales by the usual pulp fantasy suspects — Howard, Kuttner, de Camp, etc.)
Little, big / John Crowley (a hardback in excellent condition, even though it is a “book club edition”)
Return to Quag Keep / Norton & Rabe (withdrawn library copy; I would not normally bother with Norton but this does have a D&D connection and an intro by EGG)
Three Hainish novels / Le Guin (typical beat up book club edition but I like le Guin)
The dwellers on the Nile / E.A. Wallis Budge (a Dover reprint of a fairly classic book on the Egyptians; I may have read this before but I’m not sure)
Sturgeon is alive and well (stories by Theodore Sturgeon, a true master)
Dead cities / Mike Davis (nonfiction about extinct and abandoned cities of modern times; looks interesting)
Fantastic archaeology / Stephen Williams (about crackpot theories about North American prehistory; unfortunately I realized it has some mildew when I got it home so it will not be joining the shelves permanently; so far it’s good)
The sundering flood / William Morris (a BAF paperback in good condition)
Issues # 15 and 16 of Harbinger (2005) — a British miniatures magazine I’d never heard of.