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BABAYAGA., Barlow, Toby.
1 Barlow, Toby. BABAYAGA.
New York Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2013 0374107874 / 9780374107871 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ Dust jacket art by Matt Buck. 
383 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). "Paris, 1959" The City of Light is the center of the universe. Expats flock to exercise their loftiest ambitions and most libertine fantasies, and maybe dabble in a bit of Cold War spycraft along the way. Refugees from the East - a few babayagas among them - arrive to start their lives anew. The world's greatest city is as cosmopolitan and alive as it's ever been. Will is just another young American seeking his fortune in Paris - except that the ad agency that employs him is a front for the CIA. He's been in the city a few years now and is beginning to sense that his time is up - and he still hasn't figured out Parisian girls. Zoya is a beautiful young woman wandering 'les boulevards', sad-eyed, coming off a bad breakup. In fact, she impaled her ex on a spike. Zoya, it turns out, has been a beautiful young woman for hundreds of years; she and her far more traditionally witchy companion, Elga, have been thriving unnoticed amid the bloody froth of Europe's wars. Inspector Vidot is a hardworking Paris police detective who cherishes quiet nights at home. But when he follows a lead from a grisly murder to the warren of a frightened old woman, he undergoes a radical transformation. Oliver is a patrician, fun-loving American who has come to Paris to start a literary journal with the help of some friends, who ask only a few discreet favors in return. When a few of his dodgier acquaintances start dropping dead, he realizes he's in well over his head, though he remains fairly confident that it's nothing a well-made cocktail can't fix. A few chance encounters, a bit of romantic chemistry, a chorus of angry ghosts, a strung-out jazzman or three, a weaponized LSD program, and a cache of rifles buried in the catacombs - those are approximately half the ingredients of 'Babayaga'. But then there's something even more unexpected that Toby Barlow has smuggled in, too: a daring, moving exploration of love and morality." Dust jacket has soft wrinkle at bottom of rear hinge, small blank label across barcode. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
2 Campbell, John W., Jr., ed. (Francis Donovan, James E. Gunn, Ernest M. Kenyon, Eric Frank Russell, P. Schuyler Miller). Cover art by Emsh. ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION. OCTOBER 1955. VOLUME LVI, NUMBER 2.
Street & Smith, New York, 1955. 
162 pp, soft cover (digest size), stapled inside wraps. B&w illustrations by Freas and Rogers. Contents: The Short Life by Francis Donovan; New Blood by James E. Gunn; Security by Ernest M. Kenyon; Design Flaw (article on hallucinations/hypnosis) ; Call Him Dead by Eric Frank Russell (Conclusion); The Editor's Page; In Times To Come; The Analytical Laboratory; The Reference Library by P. Schuyler Miller, Brass Tacks. Interior - very light browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear; light rubbing, crease and small date stamp on rear cover; archival tape repair at bottom of front hinge. G+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
3 Jenkins, Janette. LITTLE BONES.
London Chatto & Windus 2012 070118194X / 9780701181949 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 
282 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). "It's 1899. London. A young girl is abandoned by her feckless family and finds lodging and work assisting a doctor. But Jane Stretch is no ordinary girl, and Mr Swift is no ordinary doctor - . Jane does her best to keep up with the doctor, her twisted bones throbbing, as they hurry past the markets, stage doors and side shows to appointments in certain boarding houses across town. The young actresses who live there have problems, and Mr Swift does what is required, calmly and discreetly. Grateful to her benefactor and his wife, Jane assists him and asks no questions - the desperate young women not minding that it is a cripple girl who wipes their brows. When this unlikely pair becomes involved with a rakish music hall star, Johnny Treble, it seems that Jane's spell of good fortune is not going to last. The police come knocking - how will the doctor explain the absence of his medical certificates? How will they explain their connections to Johnny Treble's sudden death? And how will Jane argue her innocence? It seems that no amount of wand waving will make their problems disappear. 'Little Bones' conjures a tawdry, tantalising, troubling world of unclear morality and conflicting sympathies - richly evocative and full of curiosities. Two people act against their consciences simply to get by, and the choices we make are called into question. Is it possible to commit abhorrent acts without being corrupted by them?" 
Price: 12.50 USD
 


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