Collecting and dealing in fantasy, science fiction and occasionally horror books, is our passion - we have a vast range to explore, inspire or purchase. So browse around, hopefully you’ll enjoy yourself.

We've finally opened the shop! and we're pretty pleased at how it's shaping up. We had a few folks in on the weekend and everyone was great and really supportive. There's still so much to do, plus many more books to bring to store, bear with us as we try and get a balance between the shopfront and the website, we've also been inspired by our friends on The Blue Mountains Bookshop Trail (that's us at lucky #7), so expect to see us more active on Instagram and Facebook in future as well.


We've had a bit of a set back so we won't be open this weekend, but certainly the next starting on the 11th August.


Meanwhile I'm busy getting yet more stock ready , I might send a couple of pic's to Instagram over the weekend, I'll certainly be giving the website a dust off!

John Scalzi just can't write enough books for our liking, more , we want more!

The usual from Scalzi, intelligent, fun adventure!

Should be a fast read if you have the time, that is.


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What we're reading:

Prince of Thorns By Mark Lawrence:

When he was nine, he watched as his mother and brother were killed before him. By the time he was thirteen, he was the leader of a band of bloodthirsty thugs. By fifteen, he intends to be king...

It’s time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on, to take what’s rightfully his. Since the day he hung pinned on the thorns of a briar patch and watched Count Renar’s men slaughter his mother and young brother, Jorg has been driven to vent his rage. Life and death are no more than a game to him—and he has nothing left to lose.

But treachery awaits him in his father’s castle. Treachery and dark magic. No matter how fierce his will, can one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?

This edition of the book is the 10th anniversary limited edition from Grim Oak Press     

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It also has an introduction by Eric Bloom of Blue Öyster Cult and new artwork by legendary fantasy artist Rodney Matthews.

Coincidently we also just received  The Elric Saga Vol 2. - 'Stormbringer' published by Saga Press. This is a cheaper edition with great cover art including a very nice map of the world included on the endpapers. Each volume in the series contains a number of interior reprint illustrations.


Stormbringer  contains 'The Vanishing Tower', 'The Revenge of the Rose', 'The Bane of the Black Sword', and 'Stormbringer'.


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Two fantastic signed limited editions from Subterranean Press this month, both multiple award winners,  both debutes

A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark


Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.


So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world forty years ago when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms, before vanishing into the unknown. This murderer claims to be al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions. His dangerous magical abilities instigate unrest in the streets of Cairo that threaten to spill over onto the global stage.


Stormbringer:

Sword and sorcery has a battle cry. And its reveller is the immutable albino prince, Elric of Melniboné.


When Elric’s wife, Zarozinia, is abducted during the night by hellish beasts summoned by the Lords of Chaos, he reluctantly calls upon his old friend, the soul-sucking blade Stormbringer, to aid in her search and rescue. Little does he know this is just a lowly spark that sets a blaze which may well overthrow the world’s spell of serenity. And this time, Fate is there to determine the outcome.

At the helm of these legions is the wicked Jagreen Lern, who allures and connives to ensure his nefarious plans won’t come to naught. With added support from the Lords of Chaos and Dukes of Hell, Lern is the ultimate adversary in a war that will even decide Elric’s fate.

But don’t be fooled. Even with all the imbibing, debauchery, and reckless abandon, Stormbringer finds Elric conjuring more than just his inner Odysseus possessed by the throes of war. His soul is troubled by an ambivalence that belies his no-nonsense nature. And at the center of it all is his sword. It may bring him the power to conquer Chaos, but it may also wield treachery.

Stormbringer roars with the ferocity of a sleeping dragon startled from its slumber. So, now is the time to act. Heed the call and draw arms. Sharpen your battle-axe and mount your steed. Chaos and Law await your presence on the battlefield.


The titles, contents, and order of the works appear, for the first time, exactly as Michael Moorcock has long intended, making these the most definitive sets of these books ever made available.

Nova by Samuel R. Delany:

“Basically, gentlemen, Illyrion is something else.” And with those words the central conflict and quest at the heart of Samuel R. Delany’s Nova takes flight.


Set up to crash and burn like a Shakespearean tragedy performed in space, Nova follows the orphaned gypsy, Mouse, as he and a group of cyber stud renegades are recruited by the bullish pirate, Lorq Von Ray, to amass seven tons of the vital energy source, Illyrion. Thereby, shifting the balance of power and control in the galaxy to a new faction.

There’s just one planetary-sized problem. Procuring that much Illyrion in one go requires skimming the surface of the sun and entering a nova at just the right moment. Oh, and their crew isn’t the only one vying for that precious substance. Talk about bursting your super nova.


Nova was written and published at the height of the 1960s hippie movement, but out of touch and dated it is not. Its formative ideas behind race relations, free-flowing information overload, and questioning one’s own purpose are as relevant today as when the novel was released. And Delany’s inclusion of computer interfacing with mechanical limbs and implants predates the cyberpunk genre by years. He spearheaded the movement before the notion even existed. Prescience and Delany go together like Mouse and sensory-syrynx performances.


The Centipede Press edition has an introduction by Lavelle Porter, artwork by Piotr Jablonski and tarot cards by Russell FitzGerald. Limited to 300 signed and numbered copies and 80 unsigned copies. Signed by Samuel R. Delany, Lavelle Porter, and Piotr Jablonski.

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A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine


Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.


Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.


Hugo winner!


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Alongside her Ministry colleagues and a familiar person from her past, Agent Fatma must unravel the mystery behind this imposter to restore peace to the city―or face the possibility he could be exactly who he seems…                 

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The Protectorate by Megan E. O'Keefe

The Philip K. Dick award-nominated space opera: The Protectorate Series. A complete set of books 1-3 in limited edition hardback: All three are exclusive hardbacks and are signed by Megan E. O'Keefe and limited to 300 copies.

Here are three horror novels from Lividian Publications, this press is really starting to fire, we love the looking glass slipcases!

The Serpent Gates by A.K. Larkwood :


What if you knew how and when you will die?


Csorwe does. She will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice. On the day of her foretold death, however, a powerful mage offers her a new fate.


Csorwe leaves her home, her destiny, and her god to become the wizard's loyal sword-hand -- stealing, spying, and killing to help him reclaim his seat of power in the homeland from which he was exiled.


But Csorwe and the wizard will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.


Signed limited editions with amazing sprayed edges.

                              

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The Collector by John Fowles :


Hailed as the first modern psychological thriller, The Collector is the bestselling novel that catapulted John Fowles into the front rank of contemporary novelists.

When Frederick, a lonely clerk who collects butterflies, sets his gaze upon Miranda, a beautiful young art student, he discovers something more beautiful, rare and precious than any butterfly he’s ever seen. Disturbing, engrossing, and utterly unforgettable, The Collector is the story of Frederick’s obsessive love for Miranda, as he kidnaps her and holds her prisoner in the cellar of his rural farmhouse. The novel contains both the perspective of the captor and the captive.

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Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo:


An immediate bestseller upon its original publication in 1939, Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo is a searing portrayal of war that has stunned and galvanized generations of readers.


When Joe Bonham, a young American soldier serving in World War I, awakens in a hospital bed after being caught in the blast of an exploding artillery shell, he gradually realizes that he has lost his arms, legs, and all of his face, but that his mind functions perfectly, leaving him a prisoner in his own body. As Joe drifts between fantasy and reality, he remembers his old life with his family and girlfriend, and reflects upon the myths and realities of war.

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We've received both the artist and the numbered editions for the following two classic novels released by Suntup Editions, as usual the books are presented at a stellar level.

Masters of Science Fiction :

From his first published work of fiction in 1952 until his death in 2005, Robert Sheckley gave us more than two hundred short stories, along with dozens of novels. He is generally known as one of the great humorists in the science fiction field — his comedies are sometimes wry and often gonzo. They were very influential (Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy shows signs of Sheckley’s sway) and you’ll find them in fine form in such stories as “The Day the Aliens Came,” “What Is Life?,” and “The Two Sheckleys.”

But Robert Sheckley’s short fiction did more than just make us laugh. His stories, scared, thrilled, amused, excited, beguiled, inveigled, alarmed, charmed, and disarmed readers of science fiction anthologies and magazines for the better part of a century…and with this collection, they’ll continue to do so.

Robert Sheckley wrote frequently of everyman heroes caught in a world they don’t understand, and you’ll find honest, hard-working joes in stories here like “The Altar,” “A Ticket to Transai,” and “The Mountain without a Name.”

But he also liked to explore mythology and the nature of heroism, which you’ll find in full force in such stories as “Agamemnon’s Run,” “The Quijote Robot,” and “The Never-Ending Western Movie.” Two other topics that interested Sheckley were the ways in which humans interact with their machines, and the ways in which humans interact with each other. Both themes are on grand display in stories like “Watchbird,” “The Girls and Nugent Miller,” and “Seventh Victim.”

To date we have collected all of the Centipede Press 'Masters of Science Fiction' series, each wonderfully illustrated by Jim and Ruth Keegan, here's number five:


With thirty-one of his best stories — including the short novels Dramocles and Minotaur Maze — this collection is equally good for readers revisiting old friends and for those discovering Sheckley’s work for the first time. From the dangers of courtship to the perils of the surveillance state, from the troubles with utopia to the meaning of life, these stories offer rewards for every reader.

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The Chill by Scott Carson:

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

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