08May The Greatest Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writers to Ever Have Lived, with Rock-Solid Proof


Heads Up: Don't take this too seriously, I think, perhaps, it's primarily nonsense pitted with opinion and anecdote. But hey, it's the 21st Century. So it goes.The IdeaDo you know who's a better fantasy writer than Tolkien? Terry Pratchett. That's a fact*. Also, H.G. Wells is a terrible writer (see…

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21Oct The Excellent Farseer Trilogy


I cannot recommend this trilogy enough. The story is one of the finest of fantasy, and the writer is one of our most gifted (and a lovely person as well). The key to modern fantasy seems to be well-developed characters (along with a cohesive world, and of course a plot).…

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26Sep Reviews for September


It's been a good while since we offered any reviews. We did write a post a couple of weeks back but the browser died and I lost the post.TV and Film.I'm not usually one to believe the hype, but Bodyguard on the BBC was a good few hours of fun.…

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01Jul What Are Association Copies?


What is an association copy?An association copy can often be the pinnacle of collecting for a particular book. A book is designated an association copy if it was owned, at some time, by someone associated with the book. This can be somewhat tenuous, and the less tenuous the association the…

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08Jan Matrix Collecting - An Alternative Method of Book Collecting


When I dismantled and sold my first collection nearly a decade ago it was nearly a decade old. When I look back, it was an unruly collection, with more than a smidgen of simple amassing. It was my first collection and I enjoyed it immensely. I enjoyed receiving the books.…

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16Jun Reviews for June 2017


Let's start with books. I've read a few since the last review post. The one that stands out the most is Lloyd Arthur Eshbach's Over My Shoulder, a recollection of a few decades worth of science fiction publishing. I won't cover it here as it's a valuable resource and I…

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27Apr How to Collect Books


Previously published on our blog firsteditionbooks.co.ukNow and then we get asked for advice on creating a book collection. Most of our collectors know exactly what they want to collect and how to go about it, but for new collectors it can be a difficult task.One of the biggest sticking points,…

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