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This Week in Used Books Vol 2

Here we are for another edition of what’s new in Used Books!  We didn’t have as many large buys compared to our last segment but we go a fair amount of interesting trades and unique items show up at the shop.  Here’s a sample of what we found:

Fiction

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A fair amount of science fiction and fantasy this week (plus a mystery or two) with the majority being starting points for their respective series.  Here’s a bit of info on some of the standouts:

  • Shannara books 1-3 by Terry Brooks:  The first trilogy of Terry Brooks 30+ book Shannara series, the second of these books serves as the inspiration for the recent MTV adaptation.
  • The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter:  A collaborative series from Pratchett and Baxter, this series explores a world where access to the multiverse is commonplace and shows how that would change the world we live in.
  • Dies the Fire by SM Stirling:  The first book of Stirling’s Emberverse series, this novel looks at how America would react to all electrical systems failing.  This series preceded much of the post apocalyptic trend in current media establishing many themes and tropes that we see throughout the sub-genre
  • Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson:  A standalone novel by Neal Stephenson in which a revolutionary new education tool falls out of the hands of the rich elite into those of a girl living on the street with profound consequences.  
  • Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski:  This fantasy novel from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski provided the inspiration for the Witcher series of video games.
  • Doomsday Book by Connie Willis:  Winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1993, this book explores a time travelling researchers experiences after being trapped in Medieval times.

Non-Fiction

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A wide range of subjects from non-fiction this week.  We have several popular titles from authors such as Hadfield, Bryson, and the social experimenter AJ Jacobs.  We have several other subject areas in the pile ranging from history and ethics to film (the making of David Lynch’s Dune) and plant biology.

Recent Titles in Non-Fiction

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        A few recent non-fiction titles examining prominent figures in our world or looking at the reasons why western society and mindset spreads throughout the world.

Coffee Table Books

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Some gorgeous books full of photos and info on their respective subjects.  The leftmost book contains behind the scenes photos and commentary from the early ages of Hollywood with content from classic films such as Gone with the Wind and Wizard of Oz.

RPG Manuals

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We also stumbled on a nice stash of older Advanced Dungeons & Dragons books ranging from source books to full campaign modules.

And that wraps up this week’s used book feature.  Stay tuned we’ve got a some large additions lined up for the next few weeks that will make genre fiction and graphic novel fans quite happy.

Interested in any of the titles?  Either call the shop or shoot me an email at books@variantedmonton.com and I’d be happy to set them aside for you.

AUTHOR: Jared Henze
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