Category: Books

January 20th, 2017 by Michael Sauers

From Centipede Press:
Any lucky amateur can do away with family. But it takes a professional to kill an almost perfect stranger. Fiendishly convoluted, His Name Was Death is a tale of geometrically multiplying homicides and a foolproof murder whose repercussions keep spreading to consume victim after victim.
Wickedly funny, His Name Was Death is widely considered to be one of Fredric Brown’s best suspense novels. This edition features a new introduction by Ed Gorman, a color cover by Gwabryel, and is signed by Gorman and Gwabryel.
Full color dustjacket on Mohawk Carnival Felt with black Brillianta cloth, ribbon marker, and a return of our full color illustration inlay on the front board. Each signature page has a drawing by Gwabryel.

EDITION INFORMATION

  • Limited to 200 copies, each signed by Ed Gorman and illustrator Gwabryel.
  • Introduction by Ed Gorman.
  • Includes two bonus short stories.
  • Gwabryel has drawn a remarque on each of the signature pages.
  • Ribbon marker, color dustjacket, head and tail bands, rayon cloth construction and a full-color image inlay on the front board.

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January 13th, 2017 by Michael Sauers

From Centipede Press:
The Weird Fiction Review is an annual periodical devoted to the study of weird and supernatural fiction. It is edited by S.T. Joshi. This seventh issue contains fiction, poetry, and reviews from leading writers and promising newcomers. It features original stories and essays by Steve Rasnic Tem, Mark Howard Jones, Jonathan Thomas, John Shirley, Nicole Cushing, Jason V Brock on David Bowie, a fabulous essay on the Micronauts by Chad Hensley, an article on Jack Finney by John C. Tibbets, newly discovered artwork by John Stewart, a lengthy illustrated piece on artist Mike Ploog by John Butler, a terrific new interview with William Hjortsberg by Dave Roberts, and much more.

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January 6th, 2017 by Michael Sauers

From Centipede Press:

Shortly after a 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling declared racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional, a stranger arrives in Caxton — a small southern town peacefully awaiting the integration of its all-white high school. Adam Cramer, a polite, threateningly smooth-talking young Northerner, has come to persuade this community to work against the new segregation laws. Within days, he stirs the white residents to violence in order to play his own personal power games. By the time he leaves town, mob action, riots, bombings, and attacks on integrationists had become commonplace, turning neighbor against neighbor, husband against wife, white against black.

But The Intruder is more than just the story of one man and the trouble he brings. It is a fascinating portrait of a southern town in the mid-1950s, an exciting novel dramatizing the problems of sociological change, civil rights, and, ultimately, the changing face of America.

This edition of The Intruder marks the novel’s first appearance since 1962, and features a new introduction by Beaumont biographer Roger Anker, who presents an insightful look into the history behind the novel and its subsequent film. Also included is a new, illustrated afterward by Beaumont associate William F. Nolan (co-author of Logan’s Run), who recalls his role in the film, in which he plays a small town bigot.

  • Limited to 200 copies, each one signed.
  • Comprehensive introduction by Roger Anker.
  • Insightful afterword by William F. Nolan, illustrated with Nolan’s own photographs.
  • Previous hardcover and paperback edition of The Intruder, reprinted in color.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, sewn binding, rounded back, and other extras.

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January 1st, 2017 by Michael Sauers

Total # of books read: 106
Compared to 2015: 115%

Total pages read: 29,028
Compared to 2015: 157%

Fiction books: 95.25
Compared to 2015: 130%

Non-fiction books: 10.75
Compared to 2015: 58%

Print books: 72
Compared to 2015: 114%

eBooks: 5
Compared to 2015: 63%

Audiobooks: 30
Compared to 2015: 143%

Graphic Novels: 12
Compared to 2015: 92%

Male Authors: 166
Compared to 2015: 122%

Female Authors: 30
Compared to 2015: 48%

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December 30th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

From Amazon.com:

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate . . . and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

If the worlds at the Empire’s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire’s military; Chirrut Îmwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory—if only they can capture the plans to the Empire’s new weapon.

But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy—a monstrous world unto itself—darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire’s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star.

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December 23rd, 2016 by Michael Sauers

From Amazon.com:

Welcome to the Library. It’s here that every story ever written is catalogued and monitored by a single man, who’s begun to notice something strange: the books are rebelling.

Image Comics proudly presents this experimental graphic novella from writer W. Maxwell Prince and artist John Amor, which recounts a troublesome week in the Library via seven short stories—one for each day—that use comics, infographics, prose, and poetry to play with the graphic medium and explore the multivalent world of living narrative.

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December 16th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

From Amazon.com:
ATARI is one of the most recognized names in the world. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of iconic titles including Asteroids, Centipede and Missile Command. In addition to hundreds of games created for arcades, home video systems, and computers, original artwork was specially commissioned to enhance the Atari experience, further enticing children and adults to embrace and enjoy the new era of electronic entertainment. ART OF ATARI is the first official collection of such artwork. Sourced from museums and private collections worldwide, this book spans over 40 years of the company’s unique illustrations used in packaging, advertisements, catalogs, and more!

ART OF ATARI includes behind-the-scenes details on how dozens of games featured within were conceived of, illustrated, approved (or rejected), and brought to life. Whether you’re a fan, collector, enthusiast, or new to the world of video games, this book offers the most complete collection of ATARI artwork ever produced!

Includes a special Foreword by New York Times bestseller Ernest Cline, author of Armada and Ready Player One, soon to be a motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg:
“For me, revisiting the beautiful artwork presented in this book is almost as good as taking a trip in Doc Brown’s time machine back to that halcyon era at the dawn of the digital age. But be warned, viewing these images may leave you with an overwhelming desire to revisit the ancient pixelated battlefields they each depict as well.” — from the Foreword by Ernest Cline.
“Having worked in the entertainment field as a consultant in Pop Culture, I have seen with my own eyes the destruction of original assets in favor of digital conversions to save corporations time and money on long-term storage. Therefore, I naturally assumed the original Atari artwork fell prey to similar disposal or theft or had simply been forgotten about all together. Thanks to ART OF ATARI, not any more!” — from the Afterword by Robert V. Conte

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December 9th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

From Centipede Press:

Joe Bodenland, a 21st century American, passes through a timeslip and finds himself with Byron and Shelley in the famous villa on the shore of Lake Geneva. More fantastically, he finds himself face to face with a real Frankenstein, a doppelgänger inhabiting a complex world where fact and fiction may as easily have congress as Bodenland himself manages to make love to Mary Shelley. This title was made into a film, starring John Hurt, Raul Julia, Bridget Fonda, Jason Patric and Michael Hutchence.

This new edition of Frankenstein Unbound features striking dustjacket art. It has a new introduction by fellow British New Wave pioneer Michael Moorcock. The book is oversize at 6½ × 10 inches, the same size as other titles in our science fiction series.

Brian W. Aldiss is an English writer and anthologies editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. Aldiss was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000 and inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004. He has received two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and one John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His influential works include the short story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,” the basis for the Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

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December 2nd, 2016 by Michael Sauers

From Amazon.com:

LAWRENCE BLOCK’S FIRST CRIME NOVEL — LOST FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS!

To escape punishment for a murder he didn’t mean to commit, insurance man Don Barshter has to take on a new identity: Nathaniel Crowley, ferocious up-and-comer in the New York mob. But can he find safety in the skin of another man…a worse man…a sinner man…?

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November 25th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

From Amazon.com:
Engineer Bob has a secret: His train engine, Charlie the Choo-Choo, is alive…and also his best friend. From celebrated author Beryl Evans and illustrator Ned Dameron comes a story about friendship, loyalty, and hard work.

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