David gemmell books/related collectables

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    Yeah, it was a difficult one to get into if you had read Gemmell before and grown used to his style. He deliberately tried to write it in a more lyrical style and I remember not liking it as much on the first read. Many others have said they think it is one of his best and on re-reads it has certainly grown in my estimation.
     
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    As for meeting him in person....they say that you should never meet your heroes. 'They' never met David Gemmell!
     
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    I was chatting with a fellow author and friend of other day - been having some frustrations - and he observed ‘years ago, I was at an event with a drunk DG and was telling him about my situation, and he turned very serious, looked at me and said ‘all publishers are ****s’... and checking the timeline of that chat it’d be right in the middle of the disillusionment ...
     
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    Interesting. Have the big publishers lost their stranglehold with the advent of self-publishing on e-reader platforms?
     
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    It’s weird out there right now... they still control stuff, really... but but there’s a lot of weirdness going on. Hell, I’ve been chatting to Andy Remic and a few others about starting a fantasy writers collective - not a publisher, but a direct way of helping each other reach broader audiences and remove published influence... so you never know what the future holds...
     
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    I assume the biggest danger of the self-publishing freedom now opening up, is having your work being swamped in the mounds of crap writing that could build up. Power then unfortunately moves from the old publishers to the search engine mega corporations who can control your visibility. A group like you suggested would be far harder to ignore than individual authors; so it sounds a good idea to me.
     
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    Well somebody else REALLY wanted the signed Sword in the Storm as it just went for £97.82 factoring in p&p. Too much of a stretch for me, especially with the slight spine lean. Ah well, the search continues.
     
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    Oh god... spine lean. Save the pennies. I wouldn’t even pay ten quid.

    Yeah there’s a massive risk of disappearing into the crowd. But that happens all the time, anyway. Getting noticed today is really hard. I don’t know the secret.
     
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    Loving it so far Mr S. (Watching in chunks), but 55 published books?! It is fortunate we don't use quills anymore, you'd set the paper on fire.
    And I thought DG was prolific, turns out he must have spent the majority of his time swinging his swords around his office and drinking wine (not a bad life to be fair).
     
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    Mulling over buying this one:

    SWORD IN THE STORM - VF/F SIGNED UK 1ST INSCRIBED "FOR LIZ" by David Gemmell: Bantam Press, UK Hardcover, 1st Edition, Signed by Author(s) - Books for Collectors

    Reading up on flat signed books vs dedicated books suggests there was a time when a book dedicated to someone else was deemed more significant than a simple signature (on the basis of 'more handwritten words from the author the better'); but in recent years that trend has reversed. I think I am just trying to give myself the excuse to buy it, aren't I? Perhaps if I get my name changed to Liz rather than Andy...
     
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    Ah cheers mate. Yeah, it’s... a lot of words. Annoyingly, a lot of them are for other people. Like I say in there, If it was all under my name, I’d be a lot better known than I am... hah

    Oh, so, if you hit Amazon and look for Stan, Gollancz have done an omnibus of all six Orc novels they are selling for 3.99... Search for Gollancz Collection

    The flat signed thing... well, in terms of value the best you can get is a by association copy - so, say, when I die, you can grab my personalized Gemmells, from one author dedicated to another. Right now there’s a few by association Richard Adams books on Abe, like his copy of Alan Garner’s Elidor... those are unique and hence top dollar. Dedicated to normal people, if anything brings the value down, vs a flat signed. Of course I’d much rather dedicate and write a nice long inscription haha
     
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    You'll be pleased to know I have a nice new hardback Glass Town to read. Got it a while back and am looking forward to it, especially after your comment about it replicating things like the sexism indemic at the time it is set. Nothing breaks my immersion more than a period story having very modern sensibilities, UK tv period dramas being the worst offenders. It is a weird case of pretending sexism and racism etc. wasn't even worse then, almost as if displaying it in all its ugly 'glory' would mean the writers get accused of being racist or sexist. Ah... in the age of the Internet and people jumping to conclusions and mob thinking, that is exactly what happens. Sigh.

    Ooh, personalised author to author Gemmells, now that is something special. Any chance of any pics here if you have the time? No worries if you'd rather not.
     
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    I’m in the middle of editing/drafting the last book of a friend of mine who died three years go after suffering a couple of horrible years of dementia... it’s my goodbye and a way, I hope, for his widow to make a little more from his talent. When I’m done I’ll sort out some. I’ve got a lovely Tad Williams and Michael Scott Rohan (who died last weekend and damn along with DG and Peter Morwood was fundamental to my falling in love with reading...) and of course the DG etc... so I’ll see what I can do.

    Saw a decent Waylander hc on eBay today, slightly sun faded spine, but otherwise looks good.
     
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    Haha so another ten buck Legend hc hit eBay... I hit buy before I remembered I’d already got it haha... so... I’ll comapre it to my other one, and offer the worst one here to anyone who needs...
     
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    Really?! Surely your luck won't hold out for a second time? I've got a good one so I certainly don't deserve a low cost HC Legend. I would just sell it for maximum cash ha ha ha haaaaa.
     
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    I know... it’s absolurey nuts isn’t it? I was looking for fhe hc LSoP as mine is awful... and it had been up for 1 min when I logged in haha
     
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    Do you have an alert for it as I cannot see it in my alert history or in search of completed / sold items...

    Just want to check to make sure my keywords are good so I’m not missing any decent HB Legend, KBTG, Ghost King or LSOP to replace my less appealing ones :)
     
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    Nope. I don't have alerts set up, I just check eBay about 5 times a day, both US and UK as they have different listings. Both of the cheap Legends I found on .com not .co.uk
     
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    Alerts seem to work later and accumulate for the day rather than tell you the instant something appears.
     
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    Well, it’s a real hc. Some slight foxing to the cover, a bump on the front board, yellowing to paper, but a decent copy, not ex-lib. So... anyone in real need? It’d be a good copy if you haven’t got one.
     
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    By the Source, you have good luck.
     
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    Post some pictures if you have the chance. I don't need a second one, but it is always pleasing to see a non-dogeared one.
     
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    Yeah if I didn't have a copy already I'd be really happy with this one. The DJ is actually slightly better than the one I have downstairs, but the book itself not quite as good. So, it's a bargain for someone without a copy...
     
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    Why don't you swap the DJs and get the best of both for yourself? No one would begrudge you that considering what you are offering anyway.
     
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    That's the plan ;) I was just comparing the two right now. There's just slight rubbing on the gloss of my original in a couple of places from the shelf. Only visible on a slight angle. This copy doesn't have it, so... score.
     
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    If no regular here needs one, pop it on eBay. I'd love to see how high the bids go. For maximum profit, set it so the bidding ends the first Saturday evening of the month, so punters have had both a recent pay check and a drink, Heh heh heh. Wait...I would probably end up bidding £300 for it myself like a complete tool.
     
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    Hehe I might slap it up for 99p and see what happens.
     
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