April 22nd, 2015

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The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher. Donated by Tor Books.


Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.


A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.


R.S. Belcher’s The Six-Gun Tarot is “an astonishing blend of first-rate steampunk fantasy and Western adventure.” (Library Journal, Starred Review)


Starting Bid: $7.


Notes: ships anywhere.


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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three Doctor Who (Tenth Doctor) novels

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: three hardcover Doctor Who novels, all featuring the Tenth Doctor: Autonomy by Daniel Blythe, The Slitheen Excursion by Simon Guerrier, and Judgement of the Judon by Colin Brake, published in the UK by BBC Books. Donated by Marco Palmieri.


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Starting Bid: $15.


Notes: ships anywhere.


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Music and Empire in Britain and India by Bob van der Linden

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of Music and Empire in Britain and India: Identity, Internationalism, and Cross-Cultural Communication, by Bob van der Linden. Donated by Diana Pho.


Partly because of academic disciplinary boundaries, music remains a neglected subject in British Imperial history and, indeed, intellectual history at large. Nonetheless, the imperial encounter was, as this richly detailed new study demonstrates, a sound exercise, and music was a key dimension of identity formation as well as transnational networks and transcultural communication between colonizer and colonized. Specifically, it explores the ways in which rational, moral, and aesthetic motives underlying the institutionalization and modernization of ‘classical’ music converged and diverged in Britain and India out of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. In addition, it tracks subversive, internationalist counter-movements that challenged nationalist musical establishments – as well as the openness of some Britons and Indians to the possibility of learning from each other. Ranging from the groundbreaking folk music research and compositions of Percy Grainger to Sikh sacred music, this study opens up new areas for research by applying music as a lens through which to examine societal and intellectual change.


Starting Bid: $10.


Notes: ships anywhere.


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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The Cultural Evolution of Postwar Japan by Christopher Keaveney

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of The Cultural Evolution of Postwar Japan: The Intellectual Contributions of Kaizo’s Yamamoto Sanehiko by Christopher Keaveney. Donated by Diana Pho.


Yamamoto Sanehiko’s (1885-1952) achievements as a publisher, writer, politician and entrepreneur in the interwar period served as both a catalyst and a critical template for developments in the postwar period. Yamamoto produced the comprehensive magazine Kaizō that challenged the status quo, he introduced the inexpensive and revolutionary enpon books, he brought important Western figures to Japan for speaking tours, he interpreted China for his contemporaries, and he served as a politician. While exploring the accomplishments the compelling figure, this study sheds new light on the social, cultural, and political changes that occurred in postwar Japan.


Starting Bid: $10.


Notes: ships anywhere.


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Fruits Basket manga by Natsuki Takaya (complete English set)

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

manga coverItem Name & Description: the complete run–23 volumes–of the TOKYOPOP English translations of the manga Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya.


These are now out of print (the publisher no longer has the rights). They are in great shape and were read twice (by the original owner; I won them in a Con or Bust auction five years ago, never even took them out of the box, and have finally admitted it’s time to send them to a better home).


Starting Bid: $35.


Notes: U.S. shipping included. The box weighs just over 11 pounds, which makes shipping outside the U.S. appallingly expensive (calculate it yourself); if you’re willing to pay that on top of your bid, I’m willing to do it, but please make sure you check the cost first.


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Emma (10 vol.) + Shirley manga by Kaoru Mori

Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

Item Name & Description: a complete run (10 volumes) of CMX’s English translation of Kaoru Mori’s manga series Emma, plus the single-volume short story collection Shirley.


These are currently out of print. (Yen Press is bringing Emma back, but in hardcover omnibus format, so if you prefer softcover or a bargain, you’ll want these.) They have been read once and are in basically new condition, except for that ding at the top of the spine of Emma vol. 10.


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Starting Bid: $10.


Notes: U.S. shipping free. Would cost in the vicinity of $30-55 to ship outside the U.S.; in the vanishingly unlikely event paying those shipping costs on top of a bid makes sense to someone, great, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Bidding is now open. It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).