Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Collectible and Limited

Recently, I purchased a couple books inline with my new book buying philosophy I spoke about in a previous post.  Specifically, that I would try to limit the purchasing of physical books to limited editions and collectibles and purchase everything else as an eBook.  Well, here is the results of my new philosophy.  A tantalizing trio of limited editions.

The book I am most excited about is the limited (1500 copies), numbered and signed copy of Perfect Shadow by Brent Weeks.  This book was published by Subterranean Press, who I feel is a truly excellent company that specializes in limited run speculative fiction books.  The quality of the book is outstanding whether it be the binding, the heavy parchment-ish paper or the beautiful typesetting.  I particular I love the nice wide margins, perfect for jotting a note or two.

Physicality aside, Perfect Shadow is Brent Week's brief return to the world of the Night Angel trilogy to provide a bit more back story on fan favorite character, Durzo Blint.  Durzo's character was many layered and always mysterious, if perhaps too much so at times, risking Deus Ex Machina type moments.  I have been incredibly poor fan of the Night Angel series as I have yet to read this book, even though I also purchased the eBook months ago.  I need to fix this issue soon!

The remaining two books are a pair of Black Library offerings.  The first up is the Gold Edition of Aurelian by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and part of the The Horus Heresy series.  Again this is a numbered and signed edition limited to 3000 copies.  It is also a simply beautiful book, even more so than Perfect Shadow.  It has a wonderfully illustrated dust jacket, the binding front and back is also illustrated and it contains full color illustrations in the interior.  If that wasn't enough it also has a cloth bookmark.
Aurelian tells the tale of Lorgar's downfall, a pivotal moment in the history of Warhammer 40K.  The fall of Lorgar provides the Gods of Chaos the leverage they need to stymie the Emperor of Mankind's Great Plan.  It brings the Great Crusade to its knees and causes the Imperium to decend into civil war.  A civil war that sees the near death of the Emperor and arrival of a Dark Age of War and Ignorance that lasts for tens of thousands of  years with no end in sight.  So yes, this is an important tome and I can't wait to read it.
Lastly, is the Black Library Live! 2012 chapbook.  This is the first chapbook I have ever purchased and I honestly wasn't sure what to expect.  What I received was a pair of short stories printed onto heavy card stock with a very crammed typeset.  It seemed very in the spirit of a chapbook but with very high quality materials.  The chapbook itself contains two short stories: Bellathonis and The Shadow King by Andy Chambers and Reaper by Sarah Cawkwell.  Bellathonis is a Warhammer 40K story center on the Dark Elves and Reaper is a Warhammer Fantasy story about a Captain of the Empire.  Both seem like tasty nuggets of Warhammer goodness.

Image Sources: Scanned Covers

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