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Not Heaven, Clunes.

Yes, it's Booktown again this weekend, and again I've spent too much money and got myself a swag of books. I found some absolute rippers this time including a 1951 first edition of Arthur C. Clarke's The Sands of Mars and a 1955 1st edition of Children of the Void by William Dexter, replete with red and black cover featuring a spaceship and a creature that looks half bat / half who knows what:


A tiny colony of humans surviving after Earth has been devastated by an unforseen cataclysm find themselves on a runaway world. Their race through space is shared with strange entities - The Beast Men of Varang-Varang - and who, or what are the Wise Ones, whose voices reach them dramatically across the void...

I also picked up The Hand of Destiny: Folklore and Superstition for Everyday Life, and an Anne McCaffrey and a Ripley's Believe it or Not (with a great photo of a Feejee Mermaid) for the young adult in my life. Clunes Library was dressed up as Narnia and we saw the White Witch. My young adult also swears he saw a woman who looked like a frog, but I didn't so I'm not so sure about that. Still, both of us had a wondrous time and we arrived home very satisfied.