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Terry Pratchett’s Snuff breaks bookselling records

Terry Pratchett’s Snuff is one of the fastest-selling novels in history after just three days on sale. UK booksellers have sold more than 54,000 copies of Pratchett’s 39th Discworld novel, according to The Bookseller Magazine. It’s the fastest selling hardback since Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol in 2009. AbeBooks still has a few signed copies […]

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Titus Awakes: the lost Gormenghast Novel out now!

Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast saga has a new installment – 62 years after the last one. Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone have now been joined by Titus Awakes after the discovery of a long lost manuscript. Rumors of a fourth novel circulated for years but were always just rumors. In January 2010 the granddaughter of […]

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Video review of The Princess Bride by William Goldman

My colleague Beth offers this video review of The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Apparently, a million copies of this book have been sold. In 1941 a young boy lies bedridden from pneumonia. His perpetually disheveled a father, an immigrant with broken English, shuffles into his bedroom carrying a book. The boy wants to know […]

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Codex Seraphinianus: Is this the world’s weirdest book?

This video review barely does justice to this remarkable, cult book. Codex Seraphinianus by Italian artist Luigi Serafini is one of the strangest books you will ever encounter. It’s a window on a bizarre fantasy world complete with its own unique and unreadable alphabet and numerous illustrations that depict an alien world. It was first […]

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The Latest Plastic Surgery Craze: Pointed Elf Ears

When nerds go too far: fantasy fiction fans are having their ears surgically reconstructed to be pointy and elf-like.

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Diana Wynne Jones obituary

Diana Wynne Jones, the famous children’s fantasy and science fiction author, has died at the age of 76. The Guardian has an obituary. Signed copies of her books are moderately priced. Her intelligent and beautifully written fantasies are of seminal importance for their bridging of the gap between “traditional” children’s fantasy, as written by CS […]

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Goodnight Dune

I like this mashup of Dune by Frank Herbert and Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. I feel so fashionable when I use words like “mashup.”

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Dress Up as Your Favourite Character Day

It’s ‘Dress Up as Your Favourite Fictional Character Day’ at my eldest daughter’s elementary school this morning. She went as Lucy from the Narnia novels, specifically from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which she saw recently at the movies. Like me, she’s a big fan of C.S. Lewis. As we went into school, I […]

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The Next Biggish Thing – The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Boy wizards, vampire love, dragon tattoos…forget it. Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games trilogy is the next big thing.

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The Dark, Dark World of Subterranean Press

Since 1995 a small publisher from Burton, Michigan, has been at the forefront of the horror, suspense, science fiction and dark mystery genres. Subterranean Press publishes luxuriously bound limited editions, signed lettered and numbered editions, and unique trade editions which all of us at AbeBooks have been fawning over for several years now, and wanted […]

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