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Free books!!!!

Yep, you heard right: it's my annual free book giveaway! I was pretty aggressive in my weeding this year, and only four ended up being rescued from the cull and put back after the second review. Go me! (Alas, the number being disposed of is still less than the number acquired, so my shelves continue to bulge...)

The rules are pretty simple: You don't have to pay postage, you don't have to pass a test, you don't have to give me your credit card number or your mother's maiden name, you just have to say, "I want that one!" I would of course love it when/if you read the book(s) you claimed, you post something about them: whether you liked them, didn't like them, hated them, passed them on to a friend or a library sale, whatever. (If you wish, you can also "pay it forward" by donating to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or Planned Parenthood, but that's totally optional.)

You can ask for one, or three, or ten -- as many as you like. I'm sitting here looking at a giant pile of 70+ books and eagerly anticipating sending them off to new homes where they'll be happy and cherished, so don't be shy about asking!

If you have questions about any of the titles listed, feel free to ask. Or, you know, use The Google :) Checking the title on GoodReads is another great way to see a summary as well as other people's reviews. Everything is a paperback unless it's starred; "BCE" means Book Club Edition. Enjoy your shopping experience!

[Fiction titles]
FICTION TITLES
* Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
Eye in the Sky (Philip K. Dick)
Brown Girl in the Ring (Nalo Hopkinson)
Mara and Dann (Doris Lessing)
The Algebraist (Iain M. Banks)
Idlewild (Nick Sagan)
* Brightness Falls from the Air (James Tiptree, Jr.)
The Infinity Concerto (Greg Bear)
Orphan of Creation (Roger MacBride Allen)
* The People of Pern (Robin Wood) (really lovely artwork: illustrations of Anne McCaffrey’s characters; BCE but in beautiful condition, good enough for a gift)
The Sentinel (Arthur C. Clarke)
The Sacred Pool (L. Warren Douglas)
The Moon of Gomrath (Alan Garner)
Terry Pratchett books:

Eric
* Feet of Clay (BCE)
* The Fifth Elephant
Going Postal
Guards! Guards!
Jingo
Making Money
* Maskerade (BCE)
Men at Arms
Moving Pictures
* Night Watch
Pyramids
Soul Music
Good Omens (Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett)

Year’s Best SF 16 (authors include Joe Haldeman, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Gregory Benford, Catherynne Valente, Michael Swanwick, more)
The Sixteen Pleasures (Hellenga)
The Virgins (Pamela Brens)
* The Kingdom of Little Wounds (Susann Cokal) (unusual book; billed as YA but definitely not)
The Eight (Katherine Neville)
* The Fire (Katherine Neville) (sequel to The Eight)
The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
Manic Quixotic (Blye) (Warning: This one is very weird and more than a little disturbing)
* The Clothes They Stood Up In (Alan Bennett)
Regina’s Song (David and Leigh Eddings)
Garden Spells (Sarah Addison Allen)
The Hill Bachelors (William Trevor)
White Noise (Don DeLillo)/
Fortress in the Eye of Time (C.J. Cherryh)
Silver Wedding (Maeve Binchy)
The Weird Sisters (Eleanor Brown)
Oronookoo, or, The Royal Slave (Aphra Behn) (has highlighting and marginalia)
Tuesdays at the Castle (Jessica Day George) (ARC)


[Nonfiction titles]
NON-FICTION TITLES
* Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Barbara Kingsolver)
Mary Gilliatt’s Shortcuts to Great Decorating
* The Algebra of Infinite Justice (Arundhati Roy)
Better World Shopping Guide (2008 edition)
* Bizarre Books (Russell Ash) aka “Frog-Raising for Fun and Profit” (collection of hilarious but real book titles)
Family Wicca Book (Ashleen O’Gaea)
Free to Succeed: Designing the Life you Want in the New Free Agent Economy (Barbara Reinhold)
* Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad (Jacqueline Tobin)
* Men and Manners of the Eighteenth Century (Susan Hale) (this is the oldest book on the list, published in 1898, in illustrated boards)
* The Mind of the Maker (Dorothy Sayers)
* Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Time Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right (Thomas Frank)
Pocket World in Figures, 2013 Edition
* The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius (Kristine Barnett)
* Summer of the Great Grandmother (Madeleine L’Engle)
What Every American Should Know About Who’s Really Running the World (Melissa Rossi)


[Techy/computer titles]
TECHY TITLES
CSS: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly, 2007)
CSS3 Anthology, 4th edition (Sitepoint, 2012)
JQuery: Novice to Ninja, 2d edition (Sitepoint, 2012)
UNIX Shell Programming (Hayden Books, 1990)

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irishredlass
Jan. 6th, 2014 12:42 am (UTC)
What I want is your book budget
delphipsmith
Jan. 6th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
Well, it's not as big a budget as it sounds :) I worked at a second-hand bookstore for two years while I was in library school, and the owner still gives me the 20% employee discount. It's right down the street from my house, so I do a lot of shopping there, as well as at other second-hand shops like AbeBooks. Then everyone who knows me knows my appetite for books, so I get either books or a gift certificate on every possible gift-giving occasion. And finally, my mom is as rabid a reader as I am and we frequently ship boxes of books to each other (I had to check the list with her to make sure she didn't want any of them back).

So I only pay full price when I want to/choose to. Like when an author that I really love and want to support has a new title out -- I'll purposely pay full price at a regular retailer so it registers as a sale for them, and so they get the royalties (tiny as they are!). Then when I'm done with it I take it down the street and trade it to my old boss at the second-hand store for credit :)

Edited at 2014-01-06 01:36 am (UTC)
kellychambliss
Jan. 6th, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
What a lovely idea! How kind of you. I'm (reluctantly) going to refrain from taking any (one more book, and I think my floors will collapse), but you've got a fascinating range of titles.
delphipsmith
Jan. 6th, 2014 01:47 am (UTC)
Oh go on, you know you want to. Take two, they're small!
ladyoneill
Jan. 6th, 2014 02:06 am (UTC)
what a lovely idea. I simply can't get rid of books for the most part. I am very sad to see you offering Good Omens, though. It's on my 'read once a year' list. *g*

I'd love Family Wicca and Men and Manners. :)

You got my address, I know. Thanks so much!
delphipsmith
Jan. 6th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
They're yours! As for Good Omens, I have another copy :)

Edited at 2014-01-06 02:48 am (UTC)
teddyradiator
Jan. 6th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
Oh crap!!! If any of these titles are available, I'd love them:

Mary Gilliatt’s Shortcuts to Great Decorating
* Bizarre Books (Russell Ash) aka “Frog-Raising for Fun and Profit” (collection of hilarious but real book titles)
Family Wicca Book (Ashleen O’Gaea)
* Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad (Jacqueline Tobin)
* Men and Manners of the Eighteenth Century (Susan Hale) (this is the oldest book on the list, published in 1898, in illustrated boards)
* The People of Pern (Robin Wood)
The Clothes They Stood Up In (Alan Bennett)
Oronookoo, or, The Royal Slave (Aphra Behn)

Thank you - I'll be happy with any one of these!!
delphipsmith
Jan. 6th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
Family Wicca and Men and Manners were already claimed, but the other six are all yours!

Edited at 2014-01-06 02:49 am (UTC)
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delphipsmith
Jan. 6th, 2014 05:29 am (UTC)
Following have been claimed via PM:

> Miss Peregrine's School
> Brown Girl in the Ring
> Brightness Falls from the Air
> Guards! Guards!
> Men at Arms
> Tuesdays at the Castle.
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delphipsmith
Jan. 7th, 2014 12:45 am (UTC)
Re: Oooh ooh ooh
'Tis yours! Would love to hear what you think of it when you finish it.
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teddyradiator
Jan. 7th, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
If no one asks before me (I realise I'm treading into 'taking-advantage-of-a-friend' territory here), I'll happily take any of the following:

The Sixteen Pleasures (Hellenga)
The Virgins (Pamela Brens)
Manic Quixotic (Blye)
Garden Spells (Sarah Addison Allen)
The Weird Sisters (Eleanor Brown)
delphipsmith
Jan. 7th, 2014 03:14 am (UTC)
You got 'em!
mundungus42
Jan. 7th, 2014 06:01 am (UTC)
Oooo!!!! May I have "Year's Best Sci-Fi 16," please?

delphipsmith
Jan. 7th, 2014 12:49 pm (UTC)
You may indeed. Anything else tickle your fancy?
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lijahlover
Jan. 7th, 2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
I would like White Noise and Silver Wedding please :)
delphipsmith
Jan. 8th, 2014 03:19 am (UTC)
Yours!
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shyfoxling
Jan. 7th, 2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
Bah, someone got Jingo. At this point we're having a hard time picking up secondhand the few Pratchett titles we don't own (aside from the Tiffany Aching ones)!
delphipsmith
Jan. 8th, 2014 03:19 am (UTC)
Sorry, it got claimed via PM last night. Do you want any/all of the other Pratchetts?
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