Archive for April, 2013

Library Additions: Jack Vance’s To Live Forever

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

I continue to close in on my complete Jack Vance hardback first edition collection.

Vance, Jack. To Live Forever. Ballantine books, 1956. First edition hardback, a Fine- copy in a Near Fine- dust jacket with slight spine fading and tiny (1/32″) chipping at head and heel. Signed by Vance. Currey (1978), page 500, A1 (dark blue) binding. Hewett, A4ab.

Very nice copy of this early Jack Vance novel, and a middling difficult Ballantine hardcover.

Library Additions: Signed True First of Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls

Monday, April 29th, 2013

From the “Distant Stations Heard From department, here’s something that might be hard to come by in the future:

Buekes, Lauren. The Shining Girls. Umuzi (South Africa), 2013. First edition hardback, #224 of 1000 copies signed and numbered by the author, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket, new and unread. Precedes both UK and U.S. editions.

A few notes:

  • The front and rear boards have one color decorations.
  • Full color photographic montage endpapers.
  • Copyright page states: “First edition, first printing 2013/9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.”
  • No price on dust jacket (but it does have a UPC code at rear).
  • Dust jacket has 1″ foldover flaps at top and bottom.
  • I think this is the first South African book I have in SF library. Not sure how many of those thousand will make it up and over across the pond…

    Shoegazer Sunday: Slowdive’s “Summer Daze”

    Sunday, April 28th, 2013

    Better late than never, here’s the mellow Slowdive demo “Summer Daze.”

    The Infowars Dating Service

    Thursday, April 25th, 2013

    No, really.

    But what I want to know is: How can you be absolutely sure that they won’t set you up with a Reptoid?

    (Hat tip: Dwight.)


    Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

    Or should I say, L.A.N.D.B.O.A.T. Imagine someone entering the Bulwer Lytton contest trying to win the Men’s Adventure category, but instead of a single sentence, you get an entire chapter.

    Grid sat backwards on the bike, slinging Lily onto the seat in front of him like a sack of hamburger meat. Brick grimaced. He knew she was a prime cut of USDA Choice Angus steak. He wanted to put her in his mouth and taste her juices. But the steak would have to be for desert, because the main course was revenge. And that meal was about to be served. Cold. Like a chef salad or some other cold entrée.

    It’s pretty much all like that. It comes from Blood & Tacos, a site that celebrates Men’s Adventure.

    (Hat tip: Karl Rehn.)

    Shoegazer Sunday: Lúna’s “Leggöng Tunglsins”

    Sunday, April 21st, 2013

    It’s been an eventful week out in the real world, so here’s some pretty, mellow, noodly Shoegaze in the form of Lúna’s “Leggöng Tunglsins.” I think they’re Icelandic.

    West Explosion: Small Mercies

    Thursday, April 18th, 2013

    When I went to bed, they were estimating 45-60 deaths, but now the estimates are down to 5-15. Which is something.

    Video footage of the aftermath:

    The explosion evidently registered 2.1 on the Richter scale…

    Fertilizer Plant Blows Up in West, Texas

    Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

    Crap. Supposedly leveled portions of the town.

    I have relatives in West, albeit it ones I haven’t seen in over 30 years.

    Very brief video:

    Updated: Explosion caught on video (might take a few minutes to load). Holy crap…

    Update 2: Now embeddable video of explosion

    Real Norwegian Satanic Metal Band, or Amazing Parody of Same?

    Monday, April 15th, 2013

    Sometimes the line between the genuine article and inspired parody is so thin as to be non-existent. Here’s The Black Satans with “The Satan of Hell.”

    Nothing says “Dangerous Minions of Hell” quite like tossing snowballs, or banging a tree with a stick. But I bet if they tried harder, they could work in a few more Satans…

    Shoegazer Sunday: Alcest’s “Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde”

    Sunday, April 14th, 2013

    Alcest, a French shoegazer band that sounds a little bit like M83 by way of Sigur Ros and Midsummer, offers up the compelling “Souvenirs D’un Autre Monde” (“Memories of Another World).