Tag Archives: Science Fiction and Fantasy

There and back again

A buyer recently contacted me to help him find an American first edition of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  Since the amount that he was willing to pay was ridiculously below the usual prices that the title brings, I didn’t even bother … Continue reading

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Best Books of the Year (or some of)

For the past month or so we’ve seen the annual steady stream of “Best Books of the Year” lists from websites, bloggers, magazines, critics, and newspapers. So, I thought that I would share my own unsolicited list. If you are … Continue reading

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Protecting Fantasy Writers

h/t Tom Gauld

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First of all, it was October

Something Wicked this Way Comes, Ray Bradbury  

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Let There Be Dragons

“The morality of fantasy and horror is, by and large, the strict morality of the fairy tale. The vampire is slain, the alien is blown out of the airlock, the Dark Lord is vanquished, and, perhaps at some loss, the … Continue reading

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Effective Dreams

I was saddened to read this week of the death of the legendary writer Ursula K. Le Guin. One of America’s literary greats of the 20th and 21st centuries, she was also an inspirational feminist pioneer and steadfast opponent of … Continue reading

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Fillory and Further

I’m a big fan of author Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy. The brilliant and always entertaining fantasy series is like a rollicking mash-up of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia with sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The books come with some very cool Tolkien-like … Continue reading

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Summer Reads Pt 1

For some reason, I receive requests for reading recommendations from followers of TBTP. It may be because I’m in the book trade, who knows why. Anyway, I thought that I would share a short list of books that I have … Continue reading

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Into The Unknown

Along with the usual summer blockbuster sci-fi flicks, this year we can immerse ourselves in the entire historical genre. London’s Barbican Centre is presenting Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction, a huge exhibition, which will take over the entire Brutalist … Continue reading

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Book of Strange New Things

I haven’t always been completely enamored with Michel Faber’s novels, but I’m still thinking about “The Book of Strange New Things” months after reading the book. Next week, the UK version of the paperback edition will be released with stunning … Continue reading

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