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COMPLETE 6-Book Set! Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling Dark/Adult Fairy Tales Books

All hardbound. Probably the only complete set available for sale on Earth (/Internet).

Snow White, Blood Red (1993)
Black Thorn, White Rose (1994)
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears (1995)
Black Swan, White Raven (1997)
Silver Birch, Blood Moon (1999)
Black Heart, Ivory Bones (2000)

Contributing authors: Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke, Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen, Nancy Kress, Gene Wolfe, Kathe Koja, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Roger Zelazny, and many more…

A jealous prince plots the destruction of his hated broter’s wedding by inventing a “magic” suit of clothing visible only to the pure at heart…

A marvelous frog holds an astonishing secret, until a maiden’s kiss reveals a terrible truth…

A troll-killing, princess-rescuing warrior is compelled to consider events from his adversaries’ point of view…

A young girl’s strange fairy tale obsession results in a brutal murder…

An embittered mother cares for her slowly dying son who is trapped in a thicket that guards a sleeping beauty…

A take on Rapunzel, which takes place in modern times, in the beauty-pageant circuit, yet follows the old story almost exactly.

A Sleeping Beauty retelling set in an alternate, magic-rich nineteenth-century England, and full of insight about the nature of “true love”. Ends not happily, but perfectly.

“Snow in Summer” turns the tables on Snow White’s evil stepmother with a deep-dish apple pie and a fry pan.

“Goldilocks Tells All” is especially memorable for its Jerry Springer-like portrayal of the ultimate dysfunctional family.

A seduced prince willingly and knowingly fell prey to a sensuous usurper’s treachery…

A flesh-eating ogre gamboled in the footlights…

… and many more…. 

 

 

Erotic, compelling, witty, and altogether extraordinary, these stories lay bare our innermost demons and desires- imaginatively transforming our youthful fantasies into things darker, slyer and more delightfully subversive.

All hardbound, posted on our website here.

Hard-to-find Norwegian Wood edition (Kondasha)

Hard-to-find copy of Haruku Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, translated by Alfred Birnbaum instead of Jay Rubin. Comes in 2 books. Kondasha International, softcover.

Price is Php2,400.00 for both.Update: sold after 30 minutes of post.

If interested, contact us.

Norwegian Wood

 

Customer Spotlight, Anina

Ms. Anina Rubio is our Featured Customer for the month of May. She is incidentally the winner of our Share Moleskine Love Moleskine giveaway held last year, June 2010. It is not just books and Moleskines for Ms. Rubio, she’s also into lomography, the Sandman and… just continue reading and enjoy the photos! Our comments section is very much open so feel free to name the books, graphic novels and spot the miscellanies!

– Let’s start with your love for Moleskine. How did it all began? What is your favorite type?

I’ve always had notebooks/journals since I was in high school. It was just 2 years ago when I decided I needed a sleek, elegant, and vintage looking journal which I can bring with me anywhere and everywhere. That’s when I got myself a Moleskine. Luckily I also won in Avalon.ph‘s Moleskine giveaway so I have about 7 Moleskine notebooks now 😀

My favorite would be the Pocket sketchbook! I like posting things from places Ive been to (tickets, mini photos, baggage tags, etc) and I draw most of the time when Im too lazy to write so I need that blank page to cover up an entire day’s worth of thoughts.

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– What are the silliest things you write/keep in your Moleskine notebooks?

Im not sure if it counts as silly, but I whenever I leave a notebook, I write something on any form of paper – in most cases Starbucks tissue (of course, clean ones!) does the trick. Then, I stick the tissue with writings on the blank pages of my Moleskine.

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– Being both a Moleskine and a book lover, are you worried that eventually you will outgrow them and go solely digital?

Oh no, no, no. I don’t think Ill ever outgrow anything analog (I shoot in film as well)! When it comes to journals, I like writing/drawing a lot so I make sure I bring a pen and a notebook anywhere. When I have time, I use the typewriter (that my bestfriend gave me) to just make a single journal entry! In terms of books, for me, Books are best read when you can feel the pages and turn them one leaf at a time. There’s a sense of fulfillment whenever I see how much I’ve read or how many books I added to my library 🙂

 

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– On books, who do you collect? Give us 3 books that you want other people to read and why?

Palahniuk, Gaiman, Kerouac, Camus, Vonnegut – they are my favorite authors.

These are my top 3 picks, not necessarily from the authors i love:

1. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

The book in itself is thought-provoking and brilliant! The author wrote it in an unconventional manner but the story dealt with conventional issues of every person – work issues, mindless consumerism, violence, etc.

2. Griffin and Sabine trilogy – Nick Bantock


The story is not directly transcribed like how normal books are written. The reader is the one who creates the story by reading letters and postcards sent. It gives a sense of feeling that the reader is part of the story. The artworks are also magnificent 🙂

3. Tree of Codes – Jonathan Safran Foer

With it’s cut out pages, it literally looks like a tree of codes! The lines from the book are mostly from Schulz’s Street of Crocodile, but because of the die cut pages, it came out as if the combination of words from different pages made an entirely different story in itself! It’s visually captivating and poetic.

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– Blind buys. Sometimes people buy a book from an author they never heard before not having an idea what to expect. What is your best blind buy?

Anne Carson’s Nox.

I stumbled upon this book via google. I was searching for unique books with visuals and I came across Nox. After google-ing it further, I just felt I had to buy it. I had it shipped from UK and when the package finally arrived on my doorstep, I knew that the 1 month I waited was worth it.

The book is more like a box of memories intertwined with its accordion-like pages. It’s deeply moving, yes, in a way that it illuminates absence, loss, and a brother-sister relationship.

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– What are the writing and reading tools you can’t live without?

Pencil/Pens, Coffee/Milk tea, GOOD MUSIC!

When Im reading, though, I just keep a pencil with me. I put small check marks on lines that are worth remembering. My attention span is kind of short and Im easily distracted so I dont really listen to music if im reading. :))

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– Your taste in music, film, and books. Any connections?

 

Well I like music which aren’t overplayed on the radio or on MTV. I prefer rock, alternative, Indie music. Most books I read have have a dark theme.. books which make you think a lot (think: Palahniuk, Gaiman). Oh I don’t read chick lits nor do I watch chick flicks that often. In terms of films, I do enjoy watching those gangster slash mob, and artistic films (think Godfather, A Clockwork Orange, Donnie Darko). So yeah perhaps there’s a dark, twisted, and macabre-like feel to my music, books, and film collection 🙂

 

 

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– Share with us some pictures of your books and Moleskines


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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– Lastly, share with us your favorite last line from a book.

“Until someone came  and rested a hand lightly on my shoulder, my thoughts were of the sea.” South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami

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About Anina Rubio.

Anina Rubio is an engineer, artist, and coffee-holic who is currently building her library of books. She shoots in film most of the time especially during her travels and explorations.  She is a graduate of engineering and is now pursuing motion picture and tv production.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/aninarubio
Tumblr:
http://aninarubio.tumblr.com
Lomography:
http://lomography.com/homes/aninarubio

– all photos and images posted in this entry are the property of Ms. Anina Rubio.

Most Interesting Book in stock lately (3)

Joseph Campbell –

Historical Atlas of the World Mythology Vol II: The Way of the Seeded Earth

Part 1: The Sacrifice

Perennial Library, 1988 edition
Pages: 128
Size: 10.5?x14.0?
Features: illustrations, maps, pictures
ISBN: 0-06-096350-6

Joseph Campbell’s multivolume Historical Atlas of the World Mythology, his magnum opus, marks the culmination of his brilliant career as scholar, writer, teacher, and one of the foremost interpreters of our most sacred traditions.

Campbell described his work as an attempt to tell humankind’s “One Great Story”- our saga of spiritual awakening and the subsequent development of the many different mythological perspectives that have shaped us throughout time. His central theme is that our seemingly disparate spiritual traditions are neither discrete nor unique, but rather each is simply an “ethnic manifestation” of one or another of those “elemental ideals” that have forever transfixed the human psyche.

Price: Php500.00
Stock Available: 1

Send your buy-now e-mail, or lose the chance to own this unique book!

Most Interesting Book in stock (2)

Celtic Tattoo

UPDATE: SOLD!

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Celtic Tattoos by Andy Sloss
Learn the traditional art of Celtic body painting

Carlton Books, 2003 edition
Pages: 72
Size: 5.0″x7.75″
Features: diagrams, step-by-step

ISBN: 1-84222-912-5

Celtic Body Decoration Book

From Legendary Celtic Warriors to the present day….

Discover the fascinating art of Celtic Body Decoration with easy-to-read text and clear diagrams of traditional designs for you to try. Practical exercises and an inspirational insight into the history of Celtic body art will entice you to create semi-permanent tattoos which originated over a millennium ago.

– Clear diagrams show how to create enchanting semi-permanent tattoos.

– Traditional designs for you to try, with explanations of the myth and symbolism behind the patterns.

– Easy-to-read text accompanies practical exercises which bring the patterns to life.

– Full history of Celtic design gives a captivating background to the patterns.

UPDATE: SOLD!

Avalon.ph grab it quick price: Php250.00

Send your buy-now e-mail, or lose the chance to own this unique book!


Avalon.ph Featured Customer, Aldrin

Here’s our second Featured Customer, Aldrin! He discovered Avalon.ph around 3 years ago through a radio book review show. He is also part of a book lover’s group called Filipino Book Bloggers, a directory/group of Filipino book bloggers from all over the world.

– How did you discover Avalon.ph?

I found out about the site soon after I moved to Manila in 2007. Back then I used to listen to a lot of local radio stations, and one of those stations, Jam 88.3, had this book review program called Shelve It. Avalon.ph was a regular sponsor of Shelve It, and Lana, the host of the program, featured and even gave away a number of books available from the site. I won Baudolino by Umberto Eco, the first of many books I’d get (the succeeding ones no longer for free, of course) from Avalon.ph.

– What is your best purchase/s on the website and why?

I’m hard-pressed to single out a title from all the books that I’ve purchased from Avalon.ph, which are all good, really. From the site I’ve bought quite a few books by Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem, by Philip K. Dick and William Gibson. But I choose my most recent purchase, The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, as probably my best purchase, not because it’s a far better read than, say, Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn or Gibson’s Neuromancer, nor because it sold for quite cheap, but because of the sheer thrill that came the instant I found out that it’s available from an independent bookseller’s Web site whereas the big local bookstore chains appear to not carry the title in their respective online stores nor in any of their branches. The Know-It-All is the breezy memoir of A.J. Jacobs, a magazine editor who set out to spend a year reading, from A to Z, every page of the 2002 edition of Encyclopedia Brittanica. While I am partial to literary and science fiction, I do maintain a soft spot for clever nonfiction, and The Know-It-All, like Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings’s similarly trivia- and humor-laden memoir, Brainiac, is a nonfiction work that is in many ways clever.

– Tell us about your personal evolution in reading, from how your preference changed throughout the years

The first book I read was Aesop’s Fables, back when I was too young to understand some of the words in the book and I would have my uncle explain to me their meaning. Back then I also read whatever else I could get my hands on, like my uncle’s old college textbooks, which contained, among other works of literature that I read but not necessarily understood, Guy de Maupassant’s The Necklace and William Cullen Bryant’s Thanatopsis. I read for the sake of reading. It wasn’t until high school that I would read largely for the sake of self-extension. My high school English teacher gave me her copy of The Little Prince, and that I believe was when my profound love for books started. From Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s compact and beautiful novel I instantly dived into and loved J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Then in college I managed to read a number of fantasy and young adult novels before I began reading modern classics such as The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird, two of my all time favorites. Now, long after I enjoyed Don DeLillo’s White Noise, I find I’m getting along with postmodern literature rather famously.

– Which book currently in stock on the website do you highly recommend?

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Yes, it’s by Michael Chabon. Yes, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. And yes, it’s a wonderful, if challenging, read.

– Name one author that people should start reading (& why)

David Mitchell has drawn critical comparisons with Thomas Pynchon and Italo Calvino. He is that good a writer. He can write about unfamiliar worlds so vividly with his palpable powers of description as well as defamiliarize commonplace events so remarkably that the reader might be invited to look at things differently. He has written five novels, and you’ll do well to read even just one of them. Because once you read one of Mitchell’s novels, you’ll be itching to read the rest.

– Who do you collect? Give us a list of your personal must-reads.

Don DeLillo, J.D. Salinger, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, David Mitchell, Tom McCarthy, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, Donald Antrim, Paul Auster, John Barth, Martin Amis, William Gaddis, Donald Barthelme, Italo Calvino, Ian McEwan, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem, Cormac McCarthy, Philip Roth, Nick Hornby, Jennifer Egan, Joshua Ferris, J.K. Rowling, books designed by Jonathan Gray.

– Lastly, share us a favorite quote from any of your favorite books.

“Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else.” – The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

Aldrin likes books. He spends more money on books and iBooks than he earns as a full-time electronics engineer and a part-time book and iPhone app reviewer. He also likes coffee and chocolates, as well as good grammar and proper punctuation in the age of memes and whateverisms. He is a non- practicing wizard.

Blog/Tumblr: http://aldr.in
Facebook: http://facebook.com/aldrin
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ldrin
Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/thepolysyllabicspree

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Avalon.ph Featured Customer, Louella

In what we hope will be a regular feature on the Avalon.ph blog, we are doing a series of blog post profiling some of our customers. Our very first Featured Customer is Louella Suque. She’s an Avalon.ph customer for more than a year now and is happy to share with us her thoughts about her book collection.

– What is your most memorable purchase/s on the website and why?

My most memorable purchases would have to be my acquisition of hard-to-find books such as TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Sylvia Plath’s Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and Anne Sexton’s poetry paperback. Avalon.ph has all these great, hard-to-find titles and I’ll admit to going insane each time I browse through the books up for sale. As a matter of fact, at one point, I ended up buying 12 books in one go.

– Share with us your adventures in reading, discovery of new authors and the evolution of your interests:

My mom, from the time I could properly read, made sure that I read classics. The first novel I read from cover to cover was Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist, at age 8. My interest evolved from adventure classics such as Tom Sawyer and Dr Doolittle to Sylvia Plath’s poetry and then a bit of Irvine Welsh by the time I reached high school. It is an endless desire to learn and discover. I read not just for the sake of education but more for leisure.

– What is in your collection?

Of course, being the Sylvia Plath enthusiast that I am, I have every single Plath book in my collection. I also love JD Salinger and I have all of his books including not just one but three copies of The Catcher in the Rye, counting a vintage copy from 1951, a gift from a friend who found it in an antic shop.

I also love Jack Kerouac and am looking forward to exploring the works of other Beat Generation writers such as Allen Ginsberg and William S Burroughs.

– Which books currently in stock on the website do you highly recommend?

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein. I always believe that picture books are also written to be enjoyed even by those pass the age of twelve. Shel Silverstein’s poetry is humorous, clever and witty. His books are a great escape from the ho-hums of a dull weekend afternoon or a pleasing way to conclude a chaotic work day.

– Name one author that people should start reading. Why?

Reading Vladimir Nabokov means intellectual orgasm. If all the other writers have only one selected word, adjective or a single cliché metaphor to describe, for instance, the experience of eating an apple or kissing a girl, Nabokov has multitudes. Reading him is not just an intellectual exercise but a pleasurable awakening of one’s mind’s eye.

– Your taste in music and books. Any connections?

I have always loved the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. Radiohead and Pearl Jam, I seem to personally associate with a JD Salinger piece or even a Hemingway or a Palahniuk: the bites of realism and sting of sarcasm is there. I always imagine Sylvia Plath listening to Tori Amos the whole day. Plath and Amos, female artists, tackle feministic issues in their own chosen art forms: music and poetry.

– Lastly, share with us a favorite quote from any of your favorite books.

“He is ugly and sad… but he is all love.” — Gabriel García Márquez (Love in the Time of Cholera)

– Thank you very much Louella!

Louella, a Multimedia Arts major, is a creative writer, one time independent filmmaker and an active cultural worker for cinema. She also collect coffee cups since she was in high school.

Skype: evilloulou
Twitter: evilloulou
Blog: http://evilloulou.tumblr.com

Note: If you are interested to be an Avalon.ph featured customer, just send us an e-mail through this link. Thank you very much.

Featured Item: The DC Comics Action Figure Archive

By demand, additional images.

Hardbound, 9.0?x12.0?, 208 pages. Chronicle Book (January 2008).

Condition: varies, please e-mail. Most have light transit wear to dustjacket 1?-2? closed tears. Originally unread overstock copy, remainder marked. Overall vg- condition. Most flaws on dustjacket.

USD40.00, local price: estimated Php2,000.00 – Php2,400.00.

For a limited period– Avalon.ph price: Php800.00

Amazon.com Best of the Month, January 2008. For the legions that collect the immensely popular DC Comics action figures, we have good news: the official visual compendium of more than 1,400 characters has finally arrived. The DC Comics Action Figure Archive is the definitive reference for the serious enthusiast. Assembled by lead collector Scott Beatty and the experts at DC Comics, this sturdy hardcover features more than 600 full-color photographs and an easily navigable A-to-Z structure. Here, too, are previously impossible-to-find release dates, variants and “redecoes,??? as well as detailed information on action figure scales and articulation points. From Ace the Bat-Hound to Zauriel, with lots of Batman and Superman in-between, this collector’s must-have guide doesn’t miss a beat.

Order/inquiries, please use this link.