News: Sutherland Shire Lifeline Book Fair 2011

Every year the organisation Lifeline holds book fairs throughout N.S.W. and the money that is raised from these book fairs goes towards the organisation and ultimately helps those suffering depression and needing help.

Usually it’s for two whole days, Saturday and Sunday, with Sunday being a half price day. You’ve got so many books to choose from in different areas, classic literature, philosophy, collector items, science fiction, fantasy, horror, general fiction, romance, graphic novels and comic books, art, music, history, science, text books, children’s books, young adult fiction, other non fiction, Australiana, and sometimes there’s even vinyl records and CDs.

All of that is for so cheap it is not funny. My first time to this book fair, I ended up buying 100 books for around the $250 mark. Think about it; books for $1-$5 on average on the Saturday and then on Sunday it’s all half price!

And how much is it to enter this event? A gold donation! That’s it!

This year there have been some changes with the Sutherland Book Fair. They’ve moved it to Gymea Tradies and it will go for two days and one evening!

I will be going this year and I may even write up an article on it, especially seeing as it is a new venue, and what bookworm doesn’t love a good book fair? Continue reading

Listarama: Lifeline Book Fair Purchases For 2010

As mentioned last Thursday I was going to post my book purchases from the Lifeline Book Fair this year. They were no where near as much as the last visit I had with only 27 this time around (for a total of $98), but I’m going again next year and I plan on buying like crazy because it’s too hard not to.

One little note first: there’s books I picked up that were considered to be rare or antiques so I’ve put next to them that they are first editions because they may not all be first edition, but they are still special editions of some kind and very old.

  1. The Long Day Wanes – Anthony Burgess
  2. The Romantic Book of Ballads – Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, & Co (first edition)
  3. The Currents of Space  – Isaac Asimov (Lucky Star series, #6)
  4. The Rings of Saturn  – Isaac Asimov (Galactic Empire #2)
  5. Dune – Frank Herbert
  6. Destination: Void – Frank Herbert
  7. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  8. Physics – Lloyd William Taylor (it’s old and has the bestest diagrams – you know like the old school style? I love that stuff)
  9. Paradise – Dante Alighieri
  10. Purgatory – Dante Alighieri
  11. Dictionary of Mythology – Fernand Comte (The Wordsworth Collection)
  12. Penguin Book of Horror Stories (this is a huge book full of short stories by some very surprising authors such as Oscar Wilde, H.G. Wells, Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Franz Kafka, Faulkner,  and yes Roald Dahl as well)
  13. The Garden Party – Kathrine Mansfield (first edition)
  14. An Inland Voyage and Travels With A Donkey – Robert Louis Stevenson (first edition and two in one)
  15. Dante: Poet and Apostle – Ernest Hatch Wilkins (first edition)
  16. Burbank The Northerner – Jules Verne (first edition)
  17. The Brothers Karamazov Volume 1 – Fyodor Dostoevsky (first edition)
  18. The Brothers Karamazov Volume 2 – Fyodor Dostoevsky (first edition)
  19. The Eight Immortals of Taoism: Legends and Fables – Various Authors
  20. Selected Stories From The 19th Century – Wordsworth Classics (with short stories by Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, and Anthony Trollope).
  21. We – Yevgeny Zamyatin (I have been wanting a copy of this book for ages because it’s dystopia from the early 1920’s and Russian Literature and they just had a copy sitting there! I’m so happy….)
  22. War and Peace Volume 1 – Leo Tolstoy
  23. War and Peace Volume 2 – Leo Tolstoy
  24. Ann Veronica – H.G. Wells
  25. The Food of The Gods – H.G. Wells (first edition)
  26. The First Men In The Moon – H.G. Wells (first edition)
  27. Short Stories by H.G. Wells – Thornes Classic

I’m really wrapped that there were so many H.G. Wells ones and that I picked up both the short story selections with classic literature and the Dostoevsky ones. I’m going to do a photographic post of my H.G. Wells collection soon as well. I love H.G. Wells. I’m not exactly a fan of that man’s endings to his stories, but the imagination of it and the visionary detail is brilliant. Not to mention that if K.W. Jeter is the father of creating Steampunk with his Morlock Night then H.G. Wells is the granddaddy of Steampunk.

I think I might have a H.G. Wells month soon… And then a Steampunk one! All these books are making me excited.

Listarama: 2008 Lifeline Book Fair Purchases

I wanted to post the full list of books I purchased at the Lifeline book fair recently (which I will do in a few days to a week) and I decided to post the ones I purchased from my 2008 trip.

Following aren’t all the books I had purchased. In total I’d purchased 98 books at a price of $237. I gave 30 of those ones away as gifts and since then have gotten rid of a few more (I’ll type that in next to those books).

What books have you purchased from book fairs?

  1. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (drove me up the wall so I have given it away)
  2. Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson (given away)
  3. The Age of Chaucer edited by boris ford
  4. A room of one’s own – Virginia Woolf
  5. A happy Death – Albus Camus
  6. The Last Days of Socrates – Plato (I was going to replace this copy because of the notes in it, but then I read it… It’s not part of my library anymore).
  7. Paris in the Twentieth Century – Jules Verne
  8. The Wind in The Willows
  9. The Odyssey of Homer – Richmond Lattimore Translation
  10. The Complete Alien Omnibus – Alan Dean Foster
  11. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky x 2
  12. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  13. The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snickett
  14. Step Across The Line – Salman Rushide
  15. Mr Britling Sees It Through – HG Wells
  16. Emma – Jane Austen
  17. The Illearth War – Stephen Donaldson
  18. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  19. Burmese Days – George Orwell
  20. The Love Poems of DH Lawrence (given away – not my type of poetry)
  21. Thus Spoke Zarathustra – Nietzsche
  22. WB Yeats Selected Poetry
  23. Blood and Chocolate – Annette Curtis Klause
  24. Dark Angel (as in the tv series but the prequel) – Max Allan Collins
  25. TS Elliot Selected Poems (given away)
  26. Tacitus – The Annals of Imperial Rome
  27. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  28. The UFO Phenomenon: Mysteries of The Unknown
  29. Murder In The Cathedral – TS Elliot (given away)
  30. Pagan – Inez Barnay (given away)
  31. Love & Friendship – Jane Austen (argh! Austen! No thank you)
  32. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  33. Honore De Balzac (given away because it was in French which I can’t read anymore)
  34. The One Tree – Stephen Donaldson
  35. The Tempest – Shakespeare (not a fan of Shakespeare so given away)
  36. The Devil’s Dictionary – Ambrose Bierce
  37. Persuasion – Jane Austen (given away)
  38. The Thallium Enthusiasts and Other Australian Outrages – Noel Sanders
  39. Marxism – George Lichtheim
  40. Days of Atonement – Michael Gregorio
  41. The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
  42. Inside Mr Enderby – Anthony Burgess
  43. Aldous Huxley Volume 2: The Turning Points – Sybille Bedford
  44. Rock ‘n’ Roll Babes From Outer Space – Linda Jaivin
  45. Dark Demon Rising – Tunku Halim (this one showed promise, but I couldn’t quite get into it)
  46. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  47. Kiss The Girls – James Patterson
  48. Contemporary Abnormal Psychology – Editor Brendan Maher
  49. The Metaphysical Poets – Editor Helen Gardner
  50. Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy
  51. The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
  52. The X Files: Whirlwind – Charles Grant
  53. The Dancers At The End of The World Omnibus – Michael Moorcock
  54. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  55. Plays On A Human Theme – Cy Groves
  56. The Lair Of The White Worm – Bram Stoker
  57. The Oathbound Book 1 – Mercedes Lackey
  58. The Gold of Gods – Ench Von Daniken (too hard to get into and take seriously so I gave it away)
  59. The History of Mr Polly – HG Wells
  60. Straken – Terry Brooks (couldn’t bring myself to read it so it’s gone)
  61. The Road To Underfall – Mike Jefferies (didn’t do it for me so I gave it away)
  62. The Devils – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  63. Stranger Then Fiction – Martin Walsh
  64. The Republic – Plato
  65. Swallowing Clouds – Lillian Ng (turned out not to be my type of read so I gave it away).
  66. The Reader’s Digest Complete Library of The Garden