Since the road construction problems began, we've seen fewer customers buying books (especially at Uncle Edgar's), but the people who haul in carloads of books from garage sales have continued to find their way to us, hauling in books by the hundreds and sometime by the thousands. We have more piles of used books on the floor than we've ever seen before. Please, come and haul some away during our used book sale.
All used books will be 20% off, whether you have a discount card or not. The sale includes used paperbacks, used hardcovers, used magazines, used audiobooks, used gaming books, and bagged books. The sale will run Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 11. We will be closed, Monday, September 5 for Labor Day, but will be open our regular hours all other days. The sale will only be for customers shopping in the store-it does not apply to mail orders.
Please bear in mind that you must approach the store from the south, and Lake Street is also undergoing construction, making 31st Street a better option if coming from the east or west. Most of the street parking is temporarily wiped out. You can use the dental clinic parking lot next door after 5 pm Monday-Thursday or all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can also use the Kentucky Fried Chicken parking lot any day of the week if you also buy some food from them during the same trip.
The Hugo Award for Best Novel went to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke ($27.95 hc or $15.95 trade pb soon).
The Locus Award Winners (voted by the subscribers to Locus Magazine) included:
Best SF Novel: The Baroque Cycle: The Confusion; The System of the World by Neal Stephenson (that the last 2 books of the trilogy, both of which came out in 2004, each book of the trilogy available as $200.00 signed limited hardcovers, $27.95 regular hardcovers, $15.95 trade paperbacks);
Best Fantasy Novel: Iron Council by China Mieville ($24.95 hc or $15.95 trade pb);
Best First Novel: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke ($27.95 hc or $15.95 trade pb soon);
Best Young Adult Book: A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett ($16.99 signed hc or $6.99 pb);
Best Anthology: The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois ($19.95 trade pb);
Best Collection: The John Varley Reader by John Varley ($16.00 trade pb).
The World Fantasy Award nominees for Best Novel are Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke ($27.95 hc or $15.95 trade pb soon), The Runes of Earth by Stephen R. Donaldson ($26.95 hc or $16.00 trade pb soon), Iron Council by China Mieville ($24.95 hc or $15.95 trade pb), Perfect Circle by Sean Stewart ($15.00 trade pb), and The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe (the 2-book series published as The Knight ($7.99) and The Wizard ($25.95 or $14.95 trade pb coming in October).
The Prometheus Award (from the Libertarian Futurist Society) for Best Novel went to The System of the World by Neal Stephenson, and the Hall of Fame Award went to The Weapons Shops of Isher by A. E. van Vogt.
The John W. Campbell Memorial Award went to Market Forces by Richard Morgan ($14.95).
The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (not related to the other Campbell Award) went to Elizabeth Bear.
The Anthony Award Nominees include the following:
Best Novel: The Killing of the Tinkers by Ken Bruen ($22.95 signed hc or $12.95 signed trade pb); The Madman's Tale by John Katzenbach ($7.50); Blood Hollow by William Kent Krueger ($24.00 signed hc; the entire first printing of the pb were defective and we're waiting for non-defective copies to arrive); By a Spider's Thread by Laura Lipman ($24.95 signed hc or $7.99 pb); California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker ($24.95 hc); Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming ($23.95 signed hc or $6.99 pb).
Best First Novel: Uncommon Grounds by Sandra Balzo, Till the Cows Come Home by Judy Clemens ($14.95 trade pb); Retribution by Juliane P. Hoffman ($7.99); Whiskey Sour by J. A. (Joe) Konrath ($6.99); Dating Dead Men by Harley Jane Kozak ($12.95).
Best Paperback Original: Cold Case by Robin Burcell ($6.99); Putt to Death by Roberta Isleib ($5.99); Blue Blood by Susan McBride ($6.50); The Halo Effect by M. J. Rose ($6.99); Twisted City by Jason Starr ($12.00).
The Barry Award Nominees include:
Best Novel: The Enemy by Lee Child ($7.99); Alone at Night by K. J. Erickson ($24.95 signed hc or $6.99 pb); Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay ($7.99); Remembering Sarah by Chris Mooney ($7.99); Little Scarlet by Walter Mosley ($7.50); Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos ($6.99).
Best First Novel: Relative Danger by Charles Benoit; Walking Money by James O. Born ($7.50); The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill ($24.00); Skinny Dipping by Claire Matturro ($6.99); Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas ($9.95); The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon ($15.00).
Best British Crime Novel: The Burning Girl by Mark Billingham ($16.95); The Dramatist by Ken Bruen; Flesh & Blood by John Harvey ($25.00); Tokyo (U.S. title The Devil in Nanking) by Mo Hayder ($23.00); The Crime Trade by Simon Kernick ($24.95); First Drop by Zoe Sharp ($23.95 soon).
Best Paperback Original: The Librarian by Larry Beinhart ($15.95); Into the Web by Thomas H. Cook ($6.99); Tagged for Murder by Elaine Flinn ($6.99); Last Seen in Aberdeen by M. G. Kincaid ($6.50); The Confession by Domenic Stansberry ($6.99); Twisted City by Jason Starr ($12.00).
Best Thriller: Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly ($6.99); Rain Storm by Barry Eisler ($24.95 signed hc or $7.99 pb); Bagman by Jay MacLarty ($6.99); Whirlwind by Joseph Garber ($24.95, $7.50 pb in October); A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva ($7.99); Paranoia by Joseph Finder ($6.99).
The Shamus Award Nominees include:
Best Novel: Fade to Clear by Leonard Chang ($23.95); The Wake-up by Robert Ferrigno ($13.00); After the Rain by Chuck Logan ($24.95 signed hc or $7.99 pb); Choke Point by James Mitchell ($23.95); While I Disappear by Ed Wright ($7.99).
Best Paperback Original: Call the Devil by His Oldest Name by Sallie Bissell ($6.99); Shadow of the Dahlia by Jack Bludis; The London Blitz Murders by Max Allan Collins ($6.99); Island of Bones by P. J. Parrish ($6.99); Fade to Blonde by Max Phillips ($6.99).
Best First P.I. Novel: Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas ($6.99); The Last Goodbye by Reed Arvin ($7.50); The Dead by Ingrid Black ($23.95); Aspen Pulp by Patrick Hasburgh ($23.95); Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas ($9.95).
The Macavity Award nominees include:
Best Novel: The Killing of the Tinkers by Ken Bruen ($22.95 signed hc or $12.95 signed trade pb); Cold Case by Robin Burcell ($6.99); Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay ($7.99); High Country Fall by Margaret Maron ($6.99); California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker ($24.95); Playing with Fire by Peter Robinson ($23.95 signed hc or $7.50 pb).
Best First Mystery Novel: Uncommon Grounds by Sandra Balzo; Summer of the Big Bachi by Naomi Hirahara (12.00); Whiskey Sour by J. A. Konrath ($6.99); Dating Dead Men by Harley Jane Kozak ($12.95); Misdemeanor Man by Dylan Schaffer ($14.95).
The Hammett Award Nominees are The Havana Room by Colin Harrison ($6.99); Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan ($25.00, $7.99 pb early September); The Madman's Tale by John Katzenbach ($7.50); California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker ($24.95); Playing with Fire by Peter Robinson ($23.95 signed hc or $7.50 pb).
Little Indiscretions by Carmen Posadas, recently received at Uncle Edgar's at $13.95, was the winner of the 1998 Planeta Prize in Spain.
by Don Blyly
The road construction continues to make it difficult to get to the Uncles. Even though the bridge demolition had been planned for about a year and a half before they closed the street, the construction workers still had to stop their work for about 3 weeks, waiting for the electric company to move some power lines from a pole on top of the old bridge foundation to another pole farther down the street. Things are now pretty much back on schedule, with the pouring of the deck of the new bridge supposedly happening about the time this newsletter goes to the printer. They are still planning to have the bridge mostly completed around the middle of September, which will at least allow pedestrians and bicycles to get across the ditch. Chicago Ave. should be completely re-opened sometime between mid-October and mid-November. Originally, we were told that the old sidewalks in front of the Uncles would be replaced sometime in September, but we then heard that it wouldn't happen until next spring, after which we heard that they might still get it done sometime this fall.
The road construction of Lake St. has also made a mess of things, but that is ahead of schedule.
The Sheraton Hotel under construction across the street from the Uncles has hired a general manager and will start interviewing prospective employees soon, with a planned opening sometime in December.
A recent report from Ryan Companies about the progress in the former Sears building showed the original hoped-for completion dates and the current hoped-for completion dates of various aspects of the project. Most aspects were either on schedule or already completed, while a few things were about a month behind schedule. The only things significantly behind schedule were related to an area that won't be occupied until next summer, and the hoped-for completion dates were still a long time before occupancy. The huge new parking ramp to the east of the Sears building is already partly occupied (for construction worker parking only). The first of the tenants for the Sears building will start moving in during December.