books for sale Nov 2020

Selling off some books again, an overdue pruning.
39 fiction, 44 non fiction, all sorts of stuff, from all over the map.

Usual deal: if you want something make an offer better than a secondhand dealer would. (This is easy.)

P normal paperback
TP large paperback
H hardback
X ex library
A+ good condition
A average condition
A- below average condition


Tim Winton – Dirt Music – (TP A)

Anne Michaels – The Winter Vault (H X A)

James SA Corey – Abaddons Gate (Book 3 of expanse) (P A)
James SA Corey – Calibans War (Book 2 of Expanse) (P A)

Harper Lee – Go Set a Watchman (H X A+)

Colum McCann – Fishing the Sloe-Black River (P A-)

David Baldacci – Last Man Standing (P A

Philip K Dick – UBIQ (P X A-)

William Watson – The Knight on the Bridge (P A+)

Flanery O’Connor – A Good Man Is Hard to Find (short stories; P A)

Patricia McKillip – The Book of Atrix Wolfe (P A)

Patrick Ness – More Than This (P A+)

George Eliot – Silas Marner (H A)

Steph Swainston – The Year of Our War ( TP A+)

Wole Soyinka – Ake (P A)

Garth Ennis – Preacher Vol 9 Alamo (Comic TPB)

George Macdonald – Sir Gibbie (ancient hardback)

Lord Dunsany – Dean Spanley (incldues the novel and the screenplay) (H A)

Kazuo Ishiguro – Never Let Me Go (H X A)

Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall (TP A)

Richard Ford – Canada (P A)
Richard Ford – A Piece of My Heart (P A)

Theresa Tomlinson – The Water Cat (H A)

Rabelais – Gargantua & Pantagruel (P A- like actually tatty condition)

Eleanor Catton – The Rehearsal (P A+)

Lev Grossman – The Magicians (P A)

Arkaday & Boris Strugatsky – Monday Starts on Saturday (P A+)

Owen Marshall – Watch of Gryphons (P A; short stories)

Doris Lessing – The story of general dann and mara’s daughter, griot and the snow dog (P A; late novel from nobel prize winner)

Cixin Liu – The Dark Forest (TP A)

DBC Pierre – Vernon God Little (TP X A-)

Aliette de Bodard – The House of Shattered Wings (H X A+)

James Smythe – No Harm Can Come To A Good Man (H X A)

Ekaterina Sedia – The Alchemy of Stone (P A)

Bill Manhire (ed) – Mutes and Earthquakes

Barbara Anderson – Collected Stories (P X A)

Scott Kendrick – Rhyme Before Reason (poetry, selling as I have two) (TP A)


Frank Ching – Ancestors – 900 Years in the life of a Chinese Family (H X A)

James Wood – The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief (H X A)

Peter Calvocoressi – world Politics Since 1945 (7th ed) (TP A+)

Manning Nash – Primitive and Peasant Economic Systems (TP A-)

Joe Bageant – Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball (P X A)

Christy Macy and Susan Kaplan – Documents: A shocking collection of letters and telexes from the secret file sof the American intelligence community (A4 size P A)

Neil Young – Waging Heavy Peace (H X A)

David McGowan – Derailing Democracy: The America the Media Don’t Want You To See (P A)

JK Galbraith – The Affluent Society (P A)

John-Paul Powley – Kaitiaki o to Po (essays) (P A)

Richard Michael Pasichnyk – The Vital Vastness vol 1 & 2 (TP A)

Sarah Bradford – Lucrecia Borgia: Love, Life ad Death in Renaissance Italy (H X A)

Michio Kaku – The Future of the Mind (H A no dust jacket)

Victor and Kooch Daniels – Matrix Meditations (TP X A)

Neil Kramer – The Unfoldment (TP A+)

Grame Fowler – NZ Real Estate Investors’ Secrets (TP X A)

Miriyana Alexander – Presumed Guilt (PA)

Lucinda Varney – God in All Worlds: An Anthology of contemporary spiritual writing. (TP A+)

Mark Forsey – As if anything is possible (P A)

Steven Pinker – How The Mind Works (P A+)

John Waters – Role Models (P A)

Richard Bandler – Guide to trance-formation. (TP X A) (I have two)

Been, Cohen & Getzler – Community as a Social Ideal (TP X A-)
Rose, Lewontin & Kamin – Not In Our Genes: Biology, ideology and human nature. (P X A-)

Michael Muhammad Knight – Blue Eyed Devil: A Road Odyssey Through Islamic America. (TP X A) (Kinda wild ride this.)

Chin Ning Chu – The Asian Mind Game (P A)

Collins German Dictionary (mini fits in your hand size)

William Goldman – Adventures in the screen Trade (P A-)

Peter Arnett – Live from the Battlefied (H A+)

Caitlin and John Matthews – The Western Way: a practical guide to the western mystery tradition. (P A)

Regis Debray – Revolution in the Revolution? (P A)

Peter Senge – The Fifth Discipline (P A)

Louis Ferrante – Mob Rules: What the Mafia can teach the legitimate businessman. (H A)

Gregory Bateson – Steps to an Ecology of Mind. (P A is awesome selling as I have two)

Vision Book Self coaching journal – AJ Walton (A4 size P, A-)

Josh Kaufman – The First 20 Hours: How To Learn Anything… Fast (TP, A)

John Bodely – Victims of Progress 3rd Ed (TP A-)

Peter Wohlleben – The Inner Life of Animals (TP A)

FYI For Your Improvement Guide for coaching and development (TP A)

Why Paint Cats (H mini book, pictures)

Xinran – China Witness (TP A)

Brian Doherty – This is Burning Man (TP A)

Brian Malcouronne – Writings and Reflections (PA)

Steve Braunias – How To Watch a Bird (PA)

Paul Ardern – It’s Not How Good You Are, IT’s How Good You Want To Be (P a_

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if so, please comment.
just curious to see what if any reach this has after a year or so of silence

selling some books



Attention book people! I’m selling off some (many) books again. Mostly fiction this time. Generally SF/Fantasy/Literary. Non fiction listed at the bottom.


If you want something and are in Wellington, let me know either via PM or in comments. Make an offer better than a second hand dealer will give me, which is not hard. Will let it run a week or so. Whoever makes the best offer gets the book.

Key: Author, Title, Type, Condition, (special comments)

Type: H = Hardback, P = paperback, TP = trade (large) paperback, X = ex-library

Condition: A+ = as new/very good, A = average, A- = below average (will note any noteworthy damage)


Ian R Macleod – The house of storms HX, A,

Ian R Macleod – The Light Ages PX, A

Ellen Datlow (ed) – Supernatural Noir PX, A (short story anthology)

Charles de Lint – Muse and Reverie HX, A (short stories)

Steve Rasnic Tem – The man on the ceiling PX, A

M John Harrison – In Viroconium P, A

Jonathan Lethem – Motherless Brooklyn P, A

Richard Arthur – I of the sun PX, A+ (looks real weird)

Ryu Mitsuse – 10 Billion Days and 100 Billion Nights TP, A+ (billed as the greatest Japanese SF novel ever; it isn’t remotely like anything else)

Richard Kadrey – Dead Set HX, A+

Catherynne Valyente – Six Gun Snow White HX, A+

Joe R Lansdale – Dead Aim HX, A+

Christopher Priest – The Separation HX, A (won BSFA and Arthur C Clarke awards)

Christopher Priest – Fugue for a darkening island P, A-

Christopher Priest – The Islanders P, A (won BSFA)

Vernor Vinge – Marooned in real time P, A

Stanislaw Lem – The invincible P, A-

Stanislaw Lem – His master’s voice P, A-

Steve Aylett – The crime studio PX, A-

Michael Marshall Smith – What you make it P, A- (short stories, back cover munched)

Adam Roberts – Polystom TP, X, A

Adam Roberts – Gradisil HX, A

Theodore Sturgeon – E Pluribus Unicorn P, A- (short stories, probably rare now)

Storm Constantine – Wraethu (omnibus containing enchantments of flesh and spirit, bewitchments of love and hate, fulfilments of fate and desire) P, A

Rudy Rucker – Hylozoic HX, A+

Charlaine Harris – Dead until dark HX, A (first of the books True Blood was based on)

Pohl & Kornbluth – Wolfsbane P, A- (prob rare)

Christoper Moore – Bloodsucking freaks P, A

Daryl Gregory – Harrison Squared HX, A+

Carolyn Ives Gilman – Dark Orbit HX, A+

Steve Aylett – Only an alligator

Steve Aylett – The velocity gospel

Steve Aylett – Dummyland

Steve Aylett – Karloff’s circus (these are a set of four, all PX, A)

Roberty Shea and Robert Anton Wilson – The Illuminatus Trilogy PX, A- (legendary, every home should have one, fnord.)

Liz Williams – Snake Agent PX, A

Liz Williams – Precious Dragon HX, A

Paul di Fillipo – Ribofunk HX, A-

Greg Egan – Incandescence TP, A

Keith Roberts – Pavane P, A- (fairly sure this won the world fantasy award?)

Charlie Stross – Singularity Sky HX, A

James Blish – Doctor Mirabilis P, A- (well foxed, vivid on cover, book looks super odd)

Clive Barker – The hellbound heart P, A (hellraiser movie based on this)

Clive Barker – Chiliad: A Meditation HX, A+

Iain M Banks – Surface Detail HX, A

Ian Esslemont – Night of Knives TP, A (part of Erikson’s Malazan books world)

Ian Esslemont – Return of the Crimson Guard HX, A+

Michael Moorcock – Count Brass: the tale of the eternal champion vol 14 (omnibus containing Count Brass, The Champion of Garathorn, The Quest for Tanelorn) TP, A

Patrick Rothfuss – The Wise Man’s Fear TP, A

China Meiville – The Scar HX, A- (sequel to Perdido St Station)

Stephen Donaldson – The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (omnibus containing The Wounded Land, The One Tree, White Gold Wielder) TP, A

Legends (stories by Martin, Feist, Jordan, Le Guin, Pratchett, King, Goodkind, etc, set in their most famous worlds) TP, A

Tim Powers – Hide Me Among the Graves HX, A

L Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt – The Compleat Enchanter (omnibus) P, A

Jack Williamson – Darker Than You Think P, A+

A. A Attanasio – Killing with the edge of the moon HX, A

Jo Walton – The King’s Name HX, A

Daniel Fox – Hidden Cities PX, A

Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman – Fall of the Kings PX, A

JK Rowling – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Lavie Tidhar – The Bookman PX, A

Michael Moorcock – The Eternal Champion – the tale of the eternal champion vol 1 (omnibus containing The Eternal Champion, Phoenix in Obsidian, The Dragon in the Sword) P, A

Glen Cook – Water Sleeps (vol 9 of the black company) P, A-

Shaun Hick – The Army of Five Men P, A

Charlie Huston – My dead body

Charlie Huston – every last drop

Charlie Huston – half the blood of brooklyn (these 3 all PX, A)

Literary fiction/other

Alice Munro – The Beggar Maid P, A-

Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake P, A

Dambudzo Marechara – The house of hunger P, A+

Yann Martel – The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios HX, A

Robert Rosenberg – This is not civilisation HX, A

John Steinbeck – The moon is down P, A-

Darragh Mckeon – All that is solid melts into air HX, A

Allen Wheeler – The illusionless man P, A- (looks real weird)

Sir Thomas Mallory – Le Morte d’Arthur P, A (medieval epic poem version of Arthurian cycle)

Zadie Smith – White Teeth P, A

Denis Johnson – Tree of Smoke TP, A+ (National Book Award winner)

Denis Johnson – Fiskadoro P, A

Thomas Hardy – Tess of the D’ubervilles P, A-

Bruce Dickinson – The adventures of Lord Iffy Boatrace TP, A

Bruce Dickinson – The Missionary Position TP, A (these two are toilet humour penned by Iron Maiden’s vocalist.)

William Burroughs jr – Speed H, A (no dust jacket. Not that this is NOT William S Burroughs but his son. Probably quite rare?)

Geoff Ryman – 253 P, A

Goethe – Faust part one P, A-

Andre Gide – The Immoralist P, A-

John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath P, A-

Zhang Jie – Leaden Wings P, A

Michael Ondaatje – The English Patient P, A (Booker prize winner)

Elliot Perlman – Seven types of ambiguity

David Baldacci – The Winner

Russell Hoban – My Tango with barbara Strozzi PX, A

Russell Hoban – Amarylis Night and Day P, A

Tibor Fischer – The Thought Gang P, A

Amos Oz – Scenes from village life P, A

Thomas Pynchon – Against the Day HX, A

Thomas Pynchon – Vineland HX, A

Thomas Pynchon – Mason and Dixon PX, A

Jose Saramago – All the names H, A+ (nobel prize winner)

Elfriede Jelinek – Women as lovers P, A (nobel prize winner)

Luisa Valenzuala – The Lizard’s Tale

Paul Ableman – I hear voices P, A

Jean Cocteau – Les Enfants Terribles P, A-

Gregory David Roberts – The Mountain Shadow HX, A+ (sequel to Shantaram)

Laurence Sterne – Tristram Shandy P, A

Alice Munro – Lives of girls and women P, A

Fritz Zorn – Mars P, A

John Fowles – Daniel Martin PX, A

Yiyun Li – Kinder than solitude HX, A+

Jorge Luis Borges – Collected Fictions TP, A (incredible, only selling as I have two copies)

Jack Kerouac – Visions of Cody P, A-

William Faulkner – Mosquitoes P, A- (actually falling apart)

William Faulkner – The Mansion X, A

Michel Houllebecq – The map and the territory HX, A

VS Naipaul – A bend in the river (booker winner)

Anna Kavan – Asylum piece

Milorad Pavic – The dictionary of the Khazars P, A (female edition)

Victor Pelevin – Omon Ra P, a

Julian Barnes – The sense of an ending P, A (booker prize winner)

Atiq Rahimi – The Patience Stone HX, A

Doris Lessing – Briefing on a descent into hell P, A- (did she win the nobel in the end?)

Yukio Mishima – Spring Snow P, A-

Alberto Moravia – The woman of Rome P, A-

Richard Ford – The Sportswriter P, A

Michael Cunningham – Specimen Days HX, A

GK Chesterton – The Father Brown Stories (ombnibus collecting all of them) H, A (no dust jacket)

Colm Toibin – The Blackwater Lightship P, A

Charlie Huston – Caught Stealing HX, A

Dylan Thomas – Collected Poems 1934-1952 P, A-

George Macdonald – What’s Mines Mine TP, A

Henning Mankell – Chronicler of the Wind HX, A

Magnus Mills – Explorere of the new century HX, A

Victor Hugo – The Laughing Man H, A- (no dust jacket)

NZ fiction

Charlotte Grimshaw – The night book TP, X, A

Nestor Notabilis – I know someone who knows someone who knows Kevin Roberts quite well P, A

Laura Solomon – Black Light P, A

Lloyd Jones – Mister Pip P, A-

Maurice Shadbolt – The New Zealanders P, A

Elizabeth Knox – Black Oxen TP, A+

Non fiction

Glyn Daniels – The megalith builders of western Europe P, X, A-

Peter Tompkins – The secret life of plans P, A-

Timothy Garton Ash – Facts are subversive P, A

Regis Debray – Revolution in the Revolution? P, A-

Ravlich – Freedom from our social prisons HX, A

Chalmers Johnson – The Sorrows of Empire H, A+

Immanuel Wallerstein – The political economy of contemporary africa HX, A- (no dust jacket)

Bill Schul – the psychic powers of animals P, A-

Judy Mcgregor (ed) – Dangerous democracy: news media politics in NZ. P, A

Ducley Baker – GK Chesterton HX, A

Adrian Berry – Harrap’s Book of Scientific Anecdotes HX, A

Carl Sagan – The Dragons of Eden P, A-

James Belich – Making Peoples H, A (no dust jacket)

Lawrence Krauss – A Universe From Nothing P, A

Daniel Pinchbeck – Breaking open the head TP, A

Hofmekler- Macimum Muscle, Minimum Fat TP, A

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – The Secret of Secrets vol 1 TP, A-

Sogyal Rinpoche – Glimpse after Glimpse: daily reflections on living and dying P, A

Ranginui Walker – Struggle Without End P, A

Carlos Castenada – The teachings of Don Juan A Yaqui way of knowledge P, A-

Caitlin and John Matthews – The Western Way: a practical guide to the western mystery tradition P, A

Susan Blackmore – The Meme Machine P, A

John Randall – Parapyschology and the nature of life P, A-

P.R Reid – The Colditz Story P, A-

Ricardo Semler – Maverick! P, A

Hans Eyseneck – Astrology: Science or Superstition? P, A

John Dower – Embracing Defeat: Japan in the aftermath of WW2 P, A+

Arnd Schneider and Oscar Zarate – Mafia for beginners P, A

On #metoo

A couple of thoughts on the #metoo conversation. (Also noting: there is lots here I’m not even trying to touch on in this.)

The main effect for me so far has been to make things realer. I’ve known the general statistics for a long time, but statistics are faceless, impersonal, and hard to grasp. While I’ve known some people’s stories, #metoo putting the faces – so many faces – of women I know and like and love, all going through this shit, brought the truth of the statistics home in a new way. One that is horrific, heartbreaking, and enraging; but ultimately useful.

So, thanks to the women (and men) who’ve posted. To be honest, this is one of the best uses of social media I’ve seen. This is a good conversation to have. Many things are wrong in our world and society, and change starts with confronting and accepting truths; and speaking them.

Now that this is so far out in the open, the thing I would venture to suggest making from this moment is a commitment for this to be the last generation who could have this #metoo hashtag be a thing; in fact, for it to be unthinkable in future generations.


Lots of changes are generational. I’m pretty sure no one wants their son to someday become a rapist (or generally shitty and abusive to women), or their daughter to someday be raped (or generally treated shittily and abused by men) – but, if things don’t change, then that’s what’s coming, right?

The pain and damage already done to us and by us is on us to heal and repair. But doing everything we can to prevent this continuing – stopping cycles of abuse; creating a culture with consent, dignity, respect and openness at its heart, for our children to learn and inherit – is also on us.

There’s a hell of a lot of work to be done, together and individually, to raise everyone up to communicate better, treat each other better, and have a far healthier culture around sex. (And this, I think, is an important part of even wider changes needed in our culture, society, economy, and way of being in this world.) It’s a lot, but it’s the kind of thing that a generation can do.

I’ll do my part in that. How about you?

(Oh, and also: Men. Wow. We need to do better. I certainly haven’t been perfect in the past and am ever trying to become more conscious and less of a dick generally in life. But yeah. We need to own what we are doing, have done, and are allowing to be done.)

Smartphone hell (filters, part 6)

A couple of months back I got my first proper cellphone, upgrading for the first time since 2011. My old phone was sort of a smartphone, but not really, compared to what is standard today. It was running android 2.2, and most apps were beyond it.

The power of my new phone is disturbing. The thing just does so darn much. The utility is seductive.

I’ve spent years coming to grips with the distraction of social media and the internet. But this was something else.

The first month was extremely disruptive and unpleasant. And the addictive reality is clear. Other than reverting to a simple txt and call cellphone, finding a way to constrain it seems the best first step.

As a result, I have learned and adapted, and instituted some protocols/rules of thumb in self defence against the device.

1. no smartphone use in bed, at all.

2. smartphone not to be kept by bed at night.

(These are simple and obvious, but also the 80/20 in terms of effectiveness, and removing the greatest laziness danger zone.)

3. smartphone not to be used until after morning routine and most important tasks for the day are completed – basically, it is a luxury and a toy and it comes after what matters.

(Also simple, and the rest of the 80/20.)

4. smartphone not to be used while reclining on couch.

5. smartphone is to be used while standing.

(This is maybe getting paranoid. But the principle is to keep it in use as a tool, keeping it mobile, in motion, rather than getting comfortable and the brain switching off.)

Another experiment I am considering is to leave it on airplane mode most of the time, only allowing incoming calls, txts, and internet distractions at certain time periods.

Strange that so much of our time these days is spent wrestling our technology to allow us to be functional.

Having a decent camera is cool, though.



fuck you, nuke us

These were lyrics that got cut from an Idle Faction song back in the day. They seem oddly relevant now…

“If you go ahead and use that bomb,

knowing what it is and does,

then you ain’t human anymore,

you ain’t the same species as me.

Fuck you, nuke us.”


Facebook, AI, censorship, surveillance and a global ID

Over at global guerillas John Robb has been knocking shit out of the park lately.

Here’s the latest: re where the convergence of AI, surveillance and information control is going

A global ID. Simply, Facebook is getting close to being able to create a global ID for everyone on the planet (sans China/Russia). It’s not a bit of paper or something you put in your wallet. It’ll be passive. It’ll replace your passport and driver’s license. If you can be seen by a camera, you will be known.

Review – Alien: Covenant

I think I am mostly writing this down because Brad will want to have a conversation about it and it is in my head right now; and essentially it becomes a vague essay about the creation of meaning rather than a film review. Any film, any artwork, engaged in what happens when we reach the limits of the known is subject to bizarre readings. So it goes. *spoilers ahoy*, in any case. (more…)

Beelzebub’s Tales To His Grandson – brief review


The other day I finished reading Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson by G.I. Gurdjieff.

Gurdjieff’s stated intent for the book is “To destroy, mercilessly, without any compromises whatsoever, in the mentation and feelings of the reader, the beliefs and views, by centuries rooted in him, about everything existing in the world.”

The result is extraordinary.

A long, astonishingly diverse, intentionally difficult, sprawling, bizarre, cosmological, deeply hilarious, sort-of science fiction novel, containing a legominism for an incredibly contemporary and relevant spiritual teaching, it is more or less the most amazing book I have ever read, and quite indescribable in any normal way.

While perhaps too steep an ask for anyone not interested in the teaching, regardless I believe there is enough of value here for anyone who makes it to the end; and I am certainly very glad I read it, and grateful to Gurdjieff for his efforts.


One caveat: it certainly can’t be completely understood from one reading. But despite the effort I can imagine re-reading it.

Seeing the future: The Demise of Trump, and President Pence

Quite a first month in office for Immortan Trump. 46% want to impeach him. The Flynn resignation. Scandal and incompetence. Rule by incoherent and illiterate executive orders. An increased division between the reality-tunnels people live in based purely on their information sources,

We haven’t seen anything yet.


Things are going to get off the charts bad before meaningful resistance – thousands and thousands of people, turning up week after week – gets underway. And then it will take as long as it takes. Remember the 60s – public figures assassinated – the 70s – thousands of acts of domestic terrorism. And the system lurched on.

Generally, to get a ruler out of power, somebody’s blood ends up on the streets.

Scattered thoughts:

How quickly Trump is ejected from office will be a measure of the health of American democracy, and, in fact, the ongoing relevance of democracy in the modern world. (Does democracy scale? When we have millions, or hundreds of millions, or billions, can one person really represent them all? What happens when it goes wrong?)

My personal pick for a while has been that Trump will not last a year in the job. What or how will cause his exit, I don’t know. And maybe it will take longer – impeachment and so on may take a while, whereas if he quits that could be quick – while the death throes might take a while, the inciting event will be within the first year.

With Trump gone, we get President Pence. The idea of “President Pence” is as alarming as Trump, just in a different way. Pence is a Tea Party conservative, and he will have two Republican houses behind him. For better or worse, people voted for Trump, and the god-awful sideshow he brings. No one voted for the Tea Party agenda. But Pence knows the system, and can work it effectively.

The total incompetence of Trump, Bannon, and the clown car posse, is quite reassuring. At least, it is if you aren’t in America, in which case they can do a lot of damage. But unless some kind of world crisis emerges that requires sober leadership, or they invade somewhere for the hell of it or approval ratings, the rest of the world can watch the USA burn and sink.

Man. All those US military bases all over the world. Yeah. Remember them. That is why America continues to matter, even more than their economic weight at the centre of the global economy.

Remember a month back when the US President was an eloquent guy with dignity? Time moves differently these days.

There is probably no going back to business as usual for America, or American politics. I don’t know what comes next.

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