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Post Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 3:37 am 
 

Badmike:

Never heard of Karl Wagner.

But I'll take a look, next time I'm up at Half-Price Books.

Did any of ya read Ursula K LeGuinn's "Earthsea" trillogy?

Back in junior high, someone reccomended it to me.

I finally read it, 20 years later.  I found it "good".

Then years later, SciFi Channel made it into a miniseries, I remember it had Danny Glover in it.  But by that time, I'd forgotten the whole plot...

  


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:48 am 
 

I listed Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy a few pages back on my list of books not mentioned yet.  Great series for young adults:  J.K. Rowling stole a lot ideas from those books.

Jason, I'm not trying to rag on you--people have their own tastes and loves--but what about Donaldson did you like?  Maybe I need to re-read one, just in case.  I found his writing godawful and his ideas hackneyed (he's just "this" much above Brooks on the rip-off meter) when compared to the characters and worlds created by Moorcock, Zelazny, and Leiber to name a few.  That said, I'm with you on the whole Cthulhu mythos--lots of weird fun :)  

The first three books of Glen Cook's "Dark Company" series are okay if you're looking for a quick read. They're not great but a good airplane read ;)


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:41 am 
 

Mike - got to agree with you about Kane. Wagner crafted some magnificent imagery around that character.

Paul - It has been around 30 years since I last read those books. I was a teenager and had not discovered Moorcock at that point.
When I did, I devoured the Elric series, Hawkmoon, Corum, Cornelius Chronicles and damned near everything else that he wrote.

I did read the first Terry Brooks book Sword of Sha na na  :twisted: but did not read any of his others.
I remember our D&D group using the line "I draw my great ash bow" as a punchline directed toward the Brooks book.


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:55 pm 
 

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I've got an old Roger ZELANEY book on my shelf...

It wasn't until last night that I saw it was spelled ZELAZNY!

"Isle of the Dead".

  


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Post Posted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:48 am 
 

jasonw1239 wrote:.

I did read the first Terry Brooks book Sword of Sha na na  :twisted: but did not read any of his others.
I remember our D&D group using the line "I draw my great ash bow" as a punchline directed toward the Brooks book.


:lol:  

I don't know the, "Isle of Dread."  I guess I'd better have a look-see.  Thanks.


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Post Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:58 am 
 

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"Isle of the Dead":

It is centuries in the future, and Francis Sandow is the only man alive who was born as long ago as the 20th Century...

1969, with a cover price of um... where's the symbol for "cents" on a modern keyboard?  Well $0.60.

Never read it.
If the Half Price Book chain isn't in your state, their prices are simple:  used books, at half the printed cover price.

So, I used to go to Half Price Books and look for the old Sci-Fi/Fantasy books that had less than $1 cover price.

I could easily walk out with 10-12 50's and 60's sci-fi books for $5!

  


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Post Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:51 am 
 

Isle of the Dead is one of my favorite Zelazny novels, too (after the first 5 Amber books).

  

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Post Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 10:22 am 
 

Mouse Police wrote:If the Half Price Book chain isn't in your state, their prices are simple:  used books, at half the printed cover price.

Used books are half cover-price unless they are marked "NOST" for "Nostalgia".  In that case, the price goes up.  A lot.

  

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Post Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 10:52 am 
 

JohnGaunt wrote:Used books are half cover-price unless they are marked "NOST" for "Nostalgia".  In that case, the price goes up.  A lot.


HBP has some real "experts" marking those so-called nostalgia items.  One of my favorite nostalgic prices was the copy of Field Guide to Encounters for $35.  At least it was in the shrinkwrap.  There was also the Dragonlance modules for $25 apiece at another HPB.  Most of them missing maps or counters.  But I think the best example of a nostalgia price, at least for me, was the beat up, taped up Planescape box set for $100.  That got a good laugh.  :lol:

Although, if the majority of the HPB employees that are responsible for marking these items werent clueless, Badmike never would have gotten that OCE and supplements for, what was it....$25?  They just really need to change the name of their stores to "Not Always Half Price Books, But Mostly".  :P


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Post Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:31 am 
 

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Although, if the majority of the HPB employees that are responsible for marking these items werent clueless, Badmike never would have gotten that OCE and supplements for, what was it....$25?  They just really need to change the name of their stores to "Not Always Half Price Books, But Mostly".  :P


Right next to that OCE was a bunch of Judges Guild "Classics" for $25 each also...... :roll:

Although as a compulsive HPB shopper, I'd have to say the advantage is to the consumer more times than the store. For awhile it swung one way, then another, then was about 50-50.  Lately it seem to be favoring the consumer a little more. Hopefully with the tough economic times stores will see fit to just price the stuff and put it on the shelf, rather than be "experts" in something they don't know (or by using ABEbooks, which is a joke) and have it sit on the shelf for ages.  I still remember the Rod of Seven Parts that sat in the local HPB for almost two years at $50...while missing all the maps.....

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Post Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:01 am 
 

I wish we had HPBs here.  We have the usual book dumping grounds but from what I've read they just can't compare.  An OCE and supplements for $25.00 8O


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Post Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:47 pm 
 

PaulKM wrote:I wish we had HPBs here.  We have the usual book dumping grounds but from what I've read they just can't compare.  An OCE and supplements for $25.00 8O


Yeah....lucky bastard.  :twisted:   I have found a few cheap uncommon items at HPB over the years but nothing that compares to that.  I heard a few weeks ago that another member in the Dallas area found a copy of Blasted Land for under $10.  I haven't seen it though so it might look like an ogre wiped its butt with it.  :wink:

I can't remember everything I picked up at HPB but probably the best deal I ever found there was a minty condition Holmes box set with the mono B1 for five bucks.  It also included a set of Playing Board character sheets, Monster & Treasure assortment sets 1 - 3, and two TSR Hobby Shop catalogs.  One of which has the original owners name and address on a mailing label which originated in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  And yet it somehow made its way to the HPB store in McKinney, Texas still in amazing condition.


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Post Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:49 pm 
 

PaulKM wrote:
Jason, I hope you enjoy the books.  

I'll be looking for your comments, and I'm not going to refund your money if you hate them. ;)


Just finished reading the last book of the Gormenghast "trilogy".
As a body they almost defy description.
I love them...I hate them...I'm glad I read them! 8O
There is a quality about them of slowly moving through a dream or a nightmare.
Many of the characters are thoroughly detestable but interesting.
There is elements of Dickens, Joyce and Shakespeare's Hamlet contained within.
It is a diatribe against the ossification of society caused by rigid dogma, nonsensical rituals and tradition.
The castle itself is a character. Built over 77 generations and so huge that great portions of it are no longer used.
Even people that have spent their lives there get lost if they stray from familiar paths.
I think if Mervyn Peake had been alive in present day he would have made one hell of a scenario designer!  :D

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Post Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:56 pm 
 

Jason,

I'm glad another fan of Peake has joined the ranks. :)  (I think that makes three, and the love-hate affair seems to be a consistent theme )  

I completely agree with your assessment.  They are so rich, so well crafted, so strange, so important to literature, especially fantasy, it's a shame they're not widely read.  They're a work of genius, in my opinion.

A dream, a nightmare: agreed. :)

How did you find the transition from the first book to the last two?

Peake as a scenario designer would have be downright scary! :twisted:  

I'm so happy you enjoyed the books.  Now we just have to convince a few others.... :)

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Post Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:23 pm 
 

PaulKM wrote:Jason,

I'm glad another fan of Peake has joined the ranks. :)  (I think that makes three, and the love-hate affair seems to be a consistent theme )  

I completely agree with your assessment.  They are so rich, so well crafted, so strange, so important to literature, especially fantasy, it's a shame they're not widely read.  They're a work of genius, in my opinion.

A dream, a nightmare: agreed. :)

How did you find the transition from the first book to the last two?

Peake as a scenario designer would have be downright scary! :twisted:  

I'm so happy you enjoyed the books.  Now we just have to convince a few others.... :)

Best,

Paul

The first book was devoid of clues as to what period of time it was set in.
I was startled in the second book when there was an actual mention of a firearm, although it was never used.
The third book was disturbing on many levels and after reading some of the essays at the back of the book there may be a relationship to Peake's job as a war artist from 1945-46 where he documented in sketches and paintings the devastation of war and the death camps. It is still ambiguous as to what the overall world consists of. There is a curious blend of gothic and science fiction. The Muzzlehatch character is an enigma but somehow seems to be a primal force opposed to the "evils" brought into the world by science.
I have to admit that reading this trilogy has been a rich source of nightmares of dark edifices and claustrophobic forest settings.


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Post Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:53 pm 
 

Thanks for a great thread, I've picked up some great reading from it.
Only problem, reading back through it....  I now want Midnight Sun...  It seems a little out of what I can justify paying for it on Amazon (well over $100, especially including s&h to UK).  Does it come up on eBay often?  How much might I get it for?  Any other ideas where to search?
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Post Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:33 pm 
 

jonjhargreaves wrote:Thanks for a great thread, I've picked up some great reading from it.
Only problem, reading back through it....  I now want Midnight Sun...  It seems a little out of what I can justify paying for it on Amazon (well over $100, especially including s&h to UK).  Does it come up on eBay often?  How much might I get it for?  Any other ideas where to search?
Thanks,
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Jon;

An alternative is to just find all the books and short stories on their own. Not really as hard as it seems, and certainly much less expensive.

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Post Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:41 pm 
 

books i just been reading (prb for the 50th time):

"Dai San" - Eric Van Lustbader (fantastic story - i love the characters in this so much)

"Barbarossa" - Alan Clark

"To the ends of the Earth" - David Yallop (currently reading this)

"Teach yourself Afrikaans" - H van Schalkwyk (dont say a word - kaz laughs so hard at my pronunciations)

"The Rhodesian War - a military history" - Paul Moorcroft & Peter McLaughlin

"The Wrecks of Time" - Michael Moorcock (another amazing story!)

yeah yeah yeah i havent got a life :)

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