Grave Peril – Jim Butcher – Subterranean Press

Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book.

But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble — and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone — or something — is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc.

But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself….

Subterranean Press have slowly been working through the publishing of ‘The Dresden Files’ – this is their edition of the 3rd volume in the series and was published in 2010. Vincent Chong returns to provide the jacket and interior illustrations. As is normal for these editions there is no ISBN assigned to this volume.

Provided in two separate editions:

  • Limited – 500 hundred copies signed by the author to a special limitation page. As is normal for Subterranean Press there are also an unknown number of additional copies marked ‘PC’ (Presentation Copy). Fully bound in grey cloth with red titling to the spine, this originally retailed for $75 

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  • Lettered – 26 copies signed on a special limitation page by the author, bound in cloth and white leather and provided in a custom tray-case.

As with previous volumes in the series the book is long sold out at the publisher (with the lettered edition sold out before publication!). The limited edition is pretty uncommon with only a few copies available online at any one time and commands a price in excess of £200. Unsurprisingly the lettered edition is even rarer and if you can find a copy then a realistic price would be £500 and up.

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A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin – Voyager Classics edition

The first volume in George R. R. Martin’s classic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series. This edition was released as part of the ‘Voyager Classics’ series to celebrate the very best in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Each volume in the series ships in pictorial cloth boards without a dustcover. Originally retailing at £18.99 (ISBN: 978-0-00-749157) this was released in March 2013.

At the moment to my knowledge there is only a single printing of this edition. I also don’t believe that there are any plans to re-issue the other volumes in this series in matching format.

Due to its recent release copies of this book are currently readily available for reasonable prices. I expect prices to rise fairly rapidly as for the previous (slipcased) edition.

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Backup – Jim Butcher – Subterranean Press

Let’s get something clear right up front.

I’m not Harry Dresden.

Harry’s a wizard. A genuine, honest-to-goodness wizard. He’s Gandalf on crack and an IV of Red Bull, with a big leather coat and a .44 revolver in his pocket. He’ll spit in the eye of gods and demons alike if he thinks it needs to be done, and to hell with the consequences–and yet somehow my little brother manages to remain a decent human being.

I’ll be damned if I know how.

But then, I’ll be damned regardless. My name is Thomas Raith, and I’m a monster.

So begins “Backup,” a twelve thousand word novelette set in Jim Butcher s ultra-popular Dresden Files series. This time Harry’s in trouble he knows nothing about, and it’s up to his big brother Thomas to track him down and solve those little life-threatening difficulties without his little brother even noticing.

A novelette set in the Dresden Files universe, this story also appears in the later released ‘Side Jobs’ anthology. Originally published in hardcover (ISBN:978-1-59606-182-8) by Subterranean Press in October 2008 it comes in three different variants:

  • Trade – Fully bound in green cloth with cover (and interior illustrations by Mike Mignola – of Hellboy fame) originally retailing for $20. Two printings of this variant were produced with the rarer 1st printing identified by the words ‘First Edition’ on the copyright page.

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  • Limited – 500 numbered copies signed on a special limitation page by the author, and bound in white leather. Originally retailing for $45 this variant shares the same cover and interior artwork as the trade edition.

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  • Lettered – 26 signed, lettered copies specially bound, housed in a custom tray case.

The 1st printing of the trade edition (unsurprisingly) is more sought after than the 2nd printing and will fetch £50-£60 depending on condition with the 2nd printing fetching just half that.

The limited edition commands higher prices, expect to pay in excess of £200 for a good copy.

I haven’t been able to find a copy of the lettered edition available for sale so can’t provide any information on the likely prices.

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A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin – Voyager – Graphic Novel – v1

The first volume of the Graphic Novel adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Game of Thrones’. Adapted by Daniel Abraham with artwork by Tommy Patterson. This was published in hardcover in the UK by Harper Voyager in March 2012 (ISBN: 978-0-00-748289-4). As far as I am aware there has been just a single printing of this edition identified on the copyright page with the complete number line of: 987654321. The next volume in the series is currently scheduled for release in June 2013.

Although originally retailing for £14.99 this book is currently only available on the secondary market and is starting to become relatively scarse with prices reaching £45.

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The Lord of Chaos – Leather Bound – US – Limited Edition – Robert Jordan

The tenth volume in ‘The Wheel of Time’ series. Published in the US by Tor books in January 2003 (ISBN: 0-765-30592-5) this special signed, limited edition was published simultaneously with the US trade hardcover edition. Issued without dust-jacket the boards are bound in green leather with gold titling to the spine. Comes with matching green leather slipcase. As is customary with earlier volumes this has full-colour map end pages – it also has the trade edition dust-jacket artwork (again by Daryl K. Sweet) bound into the volume. Signed directly by the author to a limitation page this edition is limited to just 150 numbered copies with a further 52 lettered copies originally reserved for the publisher and author. This is also a first edition (identified by a full number-line on the copyright page) and originally retailed for $200.

The scarcity (copies only occasionally surface on the open market), the limited edition nature and the verified signature of this volume makes copies expensive. Although cheaper than the leather bound copies of previous volumes in the series, for a good condition, numbered copy expect to pay in excess of £450. For a lettered copy (which come onto the market even less often) then your guess is as good as mine!

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A Feast for Crows – George R. R. Martin – Voyager HB slipcased

The fourth volume in George R. R. Martin’s classic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. This was first issued in the UK in October 2005 by Voyager as a regular trade hardcover and simultaneously as a special signed, limited edition (of a 1000 copies). The limited edition (ISBN: 000722463x) was originally available only through Amazon for £35. This edition was bound in red cloth with matching slipcase and shipped without the dust-jacket of the trade edition. There is just one printing for the limited edition which is identified by a single ‘1’ on the copyright page.

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There was also an additional ‘international’ version of the limited edition which was intended for markets outside of the UK. This was limited to just 300 copies and wasn’t intended to be numbered – however, due to a mistake at the publishers a number of these copies escaped into the wild. When the mistake was realised the publishers froze the remaining stock, and are said to have removed the numbering on these copies. So there is likely to be fewer than 300 *numbered* copies of this edition out there. Copies which are still shrink-wrapped will be identified by an ‘Export Only Edition’ sticker to the front.

This was also re-issued in hardcover last year. In both a trade edition and a special slipcase edition (sadly *not* signed or limited) to match that of previous volumes in the series.

Copies of the UK limited edition still surface fairly regularly and currently fetch prices of £100+ for a good copy – more if the copy is still in the publishers shrink wrap. Due to the reduced print-run of the international edition copies are scarcer and the price reflects this exect prices of £150 and upwards.

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Becoming – Kelley Armstrong – Subterranean Press – Graphic Novella

Elena Michaels has just been bitten by her boyfriend, psycho werewolf Clay Danvers. As the werewolf curse is slowly taking over her body and mind, she clings to the last shreds of her humanity, scared that her life will never be the same again. As per readers’ request, finally the tale of Elena’s Bite. ‘Becoming’ covers the darkest part of Elena’s introduction to life as a werewolf, and fills in an important chapter in the Otherworld story.

The Otherworld, a series of novels written by Kelley Armstrong. Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her— her temper, her violence—but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

Full colour graphic novella from a story by Kelley Armstrong set in the ‘Women of the Otherworld’ series. Illustrated by Anilgram and published as a hardcover by Subterranean Press in August 2011. Provided in two separate editions:

A limited edition of 1000 copies, fully bound in cloth signed by both the artist and the author.

 

  

A lettered edition of 26 copies, leather-bound, housed in a separate slipcase. The proceeds of this edition went to charity. 

Both editions are long sold out at the publisher – but the limited edition is still available online. Unlike the other Kelley Armstrong novellas published by Subterranean Press there is no unsigned, trade edition. As such the prices are higher than for the other novellas (such as Counterfeit Magic), but less than for the first novella (Angelic). Expect to pay £90-£100 for a fine copy of the limited edition. At this moment I can’t give a price for the lettered edition as a copy isn’t available online.

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