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Big Sale! Bag Sale!

We have a lot of books in the store. We have a lot of books in the basement. We have a lot of books still coming in from the collection Greg purchased earlier this year.

Fact #1: We need to clear some space.

Did you know that we have a whole garage full of $1 paperbacks and hardcovers? When something is a little too beat up to sell for regular prices, or when we have too many of them, or when something comes in that doesn’t fall under our usual range of SF-Fantasy-Horror-etc., they often go out into the garage at $1. Yes, the garage isn’t the easiest place to shop, often being a little too cold in the winter and a little too hot in the summer, but right now it’s just perfect. SF/Fantasy/Westerns/Poetry/Home Maintenance/Classics/Popular Fiction…it’s out there.

Fact #2: We have a lot of good books, going cheap, that nobody looks at.

1 + 2 = Fact #3: DreamHaven is going to have a bag sale.

Saturday, September 8th, DreamHaven is going to give you a chance to pick up a lot of good reading for not a lot of cash.

Here’s the plan: $5 gets you a small bag (6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 13 1/2”) or $15 gets you a grocery bag. You take it into the garage, and fill it with all the hardcovers, paperbacks, 25-cent comics, or whatever else we manage to pack in there by Saturday. Fill it right up to the top, then take it away – not back into the store (we don’t want things to be confused – or to come back!). 

There are lots of goodies out there, and I expect that by the 8th we will have even more. And if the weather is nice, we could expand out onto the driveway and have room for even more things. Come on by, say hello, and help get us a little breathing space before we wedge even more wonders in!

Even more long-distance shopping available!

Hi there! I just added something to the site and I thought I’d point it out to you. You may have noticed that most of our stock that makes it onto this website consists of new books. Those are the quickest and easiest things to post on this website, and the easiest to maintain stock of as they are likely to remain in print for a while. But for those of you outside our local area, we’d like you to know that this isn’t all we carry, not by a long shot. In fact, it’s not all we carry online.

If you look at the upper left of the main page of our website, you’ll see a new section beneath our location and phone number. This has links to our sites on ABEbooks.com and eBay.com. ABEbooks has been a very useful website for us to sell older and more collectible books. Greg handles all the listings himself, as grading is very important. eBay.com is good for books, but even better for odd and interesting collectibles. Recently we acquired a collection of 8 mm films. There’s not much call for them here in the store, but eBay has been a good way for us to send them off to folks who will appreciate them.

I understand that some people don’t like to have financial dealings with just anyone on the internet, so I want you to know that any items you see us listing on either eBay or ABEbooks are available through the store as well. Drop us a note at dream@dreamhavenbooks.com and we will remove the item from the other website and process the sale ourselves. Also, we may be able to give you a slightly better deal on it as there will be no fees to pay to the other site.

Just in from Patrick Rothfuss!

I could try to drag this out, but I’m nice. It’s not what you’re hoping for. Alternatively, it might be exactly what you need, but had no idea about until this very moment. (I am dragging it out, aren’t I?) The latest from Patrick Rothfuss is…he’s writing a Rick & Morty comic.

“I love Rick and Morty™ with a powerful love, and I’ve played D&D since the 5th grade,” said Patrick Rothfuss. “So when they approached me about writing a story with both of them together? That’s some serious you-got-chocolate-in-my-peanut butter $#!& right there. I’m in. I’m all the way in. I’m gettin’ that chocolate all up in the peanut butter. Like, deep in. All the way in. It’s going to be sticky and delicious.” (From the IDW website.)

Someday he’ll get back to everyone’s favorite Kingkiller.

In town for CONvergence?

We’ve got a great deal for con-goers this week! Whether you’re just in town for the convention or come by and see us on a regular basis, stop by the store between now (July 5, day 1 of the convention) and July 7th with your con badge, and receive 15% off your purchase of books, comics, statues, posters, action figures, t-shirts, giant Halloween masks, Captain America shields…or whatever widgets and whatnots strike your fancy. Sorry, we aren’t open Sunday or Monday for post-con shopping.

Tartarus Press sale (5 titles)

Children of the Pool cover art

SALE!

As lovely as the Tartarus Press books are (Never seen them? They are beautiful!), sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. We have five titles that we have reduced prices on here on the website.  Two by Robert Aickman, The Attempted Rescue and The River Runs Uphill; Eric Stener Carlson’s Muladona; Arthur Machen’s The Children of the Pool and Other Stories; and Magda McQueen’s Mirror Dead. All prices have been reduced by 25% or more. Here’s your chance to get a great deal on some great books.

Independent Bookstore Day Coming, April 28th!

One of the best signs of Spring (it is Spring, honest) is Independent Bookstore Day! Go buy new books, support your local independent booksellers, and maybe win great prizes!  What could be better?

Just stop by a participating bookseller and pick up an IBD Passport. Then visit more bookstores. At each bookstore you visit, get the passport stamped (no purchase required). If you visit at least five bookstores, you can turn the passport in for a chance to win prizes.

Check out this website for full details and a list of the participating bookstores.

In addition, expect some free books and great deals available at our store just for this event!

Hugo Awards Finalists!

It’s that time again – they’ve announced the finalists for the Hugo Awards! You can find a full list here, but this is a list of the ones you are most likely find at DreamHaven. (You might find some of the others wandering through, but editors don’t appreciate being stacked on shelves.)

2018 Hugo Awards Finalists

Best Novel
The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella
All Systems Red, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
“And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Related Work
Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoe Quinn (PublicAffairs)
Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)
A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff (NESFA Press)
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal (Twelfth Planet Press)
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke (Aqueduct Press)

Best Graphic Story
Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Series
The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells (Night Shade)
The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)
InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan (Tor US / Titan UK)
The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson (Tor US / Gollancz UK)
World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager / Spectrum Literary Agency)

A Chill In The Air

We’re a little chilly today. Yes, it’s February in Minnesota but it’s a gloriously warm and sunny day outside, as long as you can avoid the puddles forming from the large snowbanks. No, unfortunately I mean it’s cold inside.

It appears that at the end of last week our furnace died. Dead. It is no more. It is an ex-furnace.  So things have gotten a little nippy around here. We have space heaters in place, but Greg is out of town for the next week or so which is complicating the replacement. We expect to be open our regular hours, but it would probably be a good idea to check our Facebook page for regular updates.

Holiday Hours…and SALES!

November. Cold, rainy, gray and Thanksgiving. For retailers, of course, this means one thing…we’re going to be closed on Thursday the 23rd.

What? You were expecting something else?

Oh, okay. You want a sale or three. We might just be able to help you with that.

Friday the 24th

Friday we will be opening at 10:00 am, and from 10 to Noon we will be offering a “Buy Two, Get One Free” sale on EVERYTHING in the store. Buy two items, get a third of equal or lesser value for free. Expect other items to be on sale throughout the store.

Saturday the 25th

For Saturday we will be marking down thousands of new and used books.
-Regular used hardcovers and trade paperbacks will be 50% off. (Showcase items and reserved stock not included.)
-Bagged collectible paperbacks will be 50% off.
-A large selection of vintage paperbacks will be only $1 each. (No, not the ones in the garage. New ones.)
-$3 clearance books will be $1 each.
Many other books will be priced to move.

Monday the 27th

“But wait!” I hear you cry. “You’re not open on Monday!”
You’re right, we’re not. But “Cyber Monday” is coming to DreamHaven anyway.

For 24 hours everything on the website can be yours for 20% off. New books, old books, if we have it on the website and it is still in stock, it’s yours for a great price. You’ll just need the super-secret coupon code (CYBER112717) to use when you check out.

Now, international customers — we are still not able to figure shipping costs via the website. However, the 20% deal will be honored on any orders that come in to dream@dreamhavenbooks.com on Monday, November 27th from 00:00 to 23:59 CST.

One final note: Starting Sunday the 26th, DreamHaven will be open on Sundays from Noon to 5:00 pm through December 17th.

Have you seen our masks?

I wasn’t convinced a couple of months ago when we got in the first shipment of giant-sized wall masks, but with Halloween imminent, even I have to say that they’re some of the best decorations I’ve seen out there. And the latest shipment has the best masks yet!

Sadly, we won’t be selling them by mail. They’re just too darned big. But here are a few samples of the over a dozen different masks we have in right now. Stop in and take a look!

Big Name, Small Press; incoming Ellison and Bloch!

We’ve got two goodies coming up and I want to make sure people know about them. Any day now we will have hot-off-the-press copies of Fingerprints On the Sky, the authorized Harlan Ellison bibliography from Subterranean Press. We’re taking orders for that already.

From the Subterranean Press website: “This compendium is not of my making: it is seventeen years of labor by Tim Richmond—standing high on the ladder of the most multi-talented people I have ever twined with. In company with his wife Andrea. He is an internationally-lauded string musician—at least ten different axes including 5-string bass, guitar and mandolin…we were once trapped between-floors at a giant convention (with the BritPak) for more than three hours, and all that time—nearly everyone in claustrophobic fear or panic—Tim sat cross-legged like the Ancient Ant of Atlantis, inscribing meticulously…page after page of this book. So, yes, it measures out all the work I’ve created in 80+ years…but this is Tim’s (and Andrea’s) labors. I am merely the shadow Tim has worked so long and hard to personify. It is my hunch that if Posterity gives me a backwards-nod, it will be because this monumental tome exists.” —Harlan Ellison®

Our other must-see item is The Vampire Stories of Robert Bloch, illustrated by Gahan Wilson and due to be released from Haffner Press some time in 2018. They list 30 stories to be included, and say it will be over 500 pages. We’re not sure just when in 2018 it will arrive, but we’re taking names for it now. If you want to make sure to get a copy of this title, please let us know!

Hugo Winners 2017

The Hugo Award winners for 2017 were

Best Novel

The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

Best Novella

Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)

Best Novelette

The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)

Best Short Story

Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)

Best Related Work

Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

Best Graphic Story

Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)

Best Editor – Short Form

Ellen Datlow

Best Editor – Long Form

Liz Gorinsky

Best Professional Artist

Julie Dillon

Best Semiprozine

Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Fanzine

Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan

Best Fancast

Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman

Best Fan Writer

Abigail Nussbaum

Best Fan Artist

Elizabeth Leggett

Best Series

The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)

August already?

San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, and World Con is almost upon us. We’re almost out of summer! And what has been happening this summer? Well, Greg has been travelling all over and collecting more goodies for the store. We’ve had vintage collections of comics, toys and MAD magazines added to our stock. Our children’s section has expanded, as we’re seeing a lot more kids come through lately. And there is so much out there for the younger readers that is good these days! The neighborhood is expanding too. Colossal Cafe has moved in a block down from us and seems to be packed for brunch on the weekends.  I’m eagerly awaiting the official arrival of Sisters’ Sludge some time this month, as they have closed down their Bloomington Ave. location and are renovating a shop kitty-corner from us for their coffee shop *and new wine bar*!

My big focus continues to be trying to figure out the ways of the website. In trying to figure out what people want to see on the website, I learned how to see what people were searching for when they got here. (No worries — I can’t see *who* is searching.) I’m trying to pay a bit more attention to that. For example, if you search for an author, I will try to get more of that author’s work on the site. A recent search for “Anansi Boys” clued me in that we didn’t have it on the site. (Big OOPS!) Several searches for “From Among the Dead” had me stumped, until I put it together with the search for “Boileau” and realized that was one of the English titles for the French novel that was the inspiration for the movie Vertigo. I’m sure you all realized that, but it took me some effort. Fun, though. Now we have Vertigo on the website.  If we don’t have something on the website, though, it’s still faster to drop us an e-mail at dream@dreamhavenbooks.com and ask.

One extra note — I’m also trying to pay a little more attention to where people are coming from on the internet. We get a *ton* of traffic from Neil Gaiman websites, but occasionally other places link to us. Hello to the folks from the Pulp Cons, and from the Vintage Porn sites! We have lots of pulp and vintage porn in the store, we are just limited in the amount of time available to get things on the website. Also, I think the vintage porn would need to be behind something with an age statement, and I haven’t figured out how to do that yet. But until I do, feel free to drop us a note at dream@dreamhavenbooks.com asking about what we have! Some of the pulp titles are on our Magazine Back Issues page.

As always, the very best way to find out what we have in stock is to come on by and dig through our boxes and look at our shelves and talk to us. Come on in! Today is a great temperature for going through the zillions of $1 books in the garage.  (You did know we have a garage full of $1 books, right…?)