[Closed] Otherworldly {Shrinking} Bookbox: Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror: Round IV (USA only)

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This bookbox will be a mix of everything not from our reality: science fiction, fantasy and horror. Anything that has elements from a different world will fit in here. This round will be a shrinking box, as I will likely be moving this year, and need to weed out some books! Please take 2-3 more books than you add. So if you add 5 books, take 8. If you add 10 books, take 12.

I will need at least five participants to join the box in order to run it. It will probably be a large box, around 25 books. I will hope to start it traveling at the end of February, so people at the beginning of the list will have about a month to collect books.

To join, just post with any shipping preferences (end of list, etc.) and I'll add your name to the list. This box is US only.

Bookbox rules:
*When you get the box please post here so we can track its progress.
*Journal all books you take out of the box, and take two more than you added.
*Make sure the books you add have the BCID in them. It seems obvious, but I have had times when folks forgot and I had to try and track them down.
*Books do not have to be the first in a series, but before adding take into consideration how they will read as a stand-alone. If the future reader is going to be completely lost, particularly if the series isn't easily found, please consider finding it a home another way.
*Please pass the box on within 2 weeks. If something comes up and you are going to have to hold onto the box a little longer, let me know so we don't have to worry it got lost.
*Feel free to ship the box by the cheapest, slowest postage option.

Shipping Order:
back to Emmejo


Thanks for the email. Mom and I both love this bookbox.


Love this book box! If possible, can we be at the bottom of the list. My boys and I are still passing a few back and forth from the last one.


I'm in! Would prefer somewhere in the middle but will go wherever you think works best.


BooksnBeer 2 yrs ago
Add me
I'll do another round.


I'd love to join again!


Please put me near the top as I have books ready to move along.
Thanks for PM letting me know that you are readying another round.


imawinn2 2 yrs ago
I'm in!
Happy to join in on another round. You may want to put me in later in the queue. I'm going to be out of town until the second week in March.


oh count me in. I was bummed to have had to pull out of the last round.




I'm hoping to get this box ready to go at the end of next week, so if anyone else wants to join, let me know.

Since we have a pretty good-sized group, I will probably start with 25-30 books, so that even the folks at the end of this shrinking box have a selection to choose from.


Sorry for the delay everyone, it seemed like every time I had it nearly ready we had a snow storm or car troubles. It is headed out now, with the tracking number 9114 9014 9645 1609 3779 83. The starting set of books is heavy on the mass market paperbacks, so until it has shrunk a little, fitting in big hardcovers might take some extra-careful rearranging.

Below is a list of books starting out in the box. Don't scroll down if you prefer to be surprised!
Penney Dreadfuls: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14937157
Fellside: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14937098
Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14898518
Star Trek: Voyager: String Theory #2: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14898515
Redder Than Blood: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14862266
Bronze Gods: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14752997
The Diamond Age: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14752960
The Book of Phoenix: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14752804
The Wild Ways: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14747324
The Vampire Agent: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14698570
The Steel Remains: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14616622
The Book of Fire: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14595610
The Book of Earth: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14595606
The Book of Air: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14587038
The Book of Water: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14581988
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14524631
The Robots of Dawn: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14515356
The Currents of Space: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14515337
The Space Between the Stars: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14502758
Blood Drive: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13838360
Blood Law: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11071751
The House of Gaian: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6490348
Otherworld Protector: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14502727
The Girl with the Golden Bouffant: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14666293
Celebrity Vampires: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13136328
Borderlands 3: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12794902
Wonderland: A Clash of Queens: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452371
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14898524
All Systems Red: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14630977
A Tale of Two Vampires: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13818087


Will edit this after I've had a chance to look through them.
Haven't even opened the box yet!

Edited to add update.

Taking out:
The Book of Air
The Book of Fire
The Book of Water
The Book of Earth
The House of Gaian
Redder Than Blood
Penny Dreadfuls
A Tale of Two Vampires
Celebrity Vampires
Best American Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Putting in:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Wicker Man
Bump in the Night
Griffin & Sabine
Scary Stories 3
Dragon Rider
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer
Chills and Thrills: Tales of Terror and Enchantment
Green Hills of Magic
Tales of the Impossible
The Haunted Bookshop


book_drunkard 2 yrs ago
Removed 12, added 12 ... and yes, I do realize that this is a "shrinking" bookbox but it just didn't seem fair for me to take more than I give when there are still so many more people this box will be visiting.
List of books in my post above.

Tracking # 9549013951418081015318


will be contacting the next person in line for their address.

I'm taking out 5 and will add 5 books into it.


...but I’m out-of-town. I’ll update it once I’m back on Sunday or Monday.

Edit 4/9/18: The box is here and I'm currently rummaging through it!


Lots of great choices! Thanks for holding another round of the Otherworldly Bookbox, emmejo! This is one of my favorites!

Taking out:
The Girl with the Golden Bouffant: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14666293
The Robots of Dawn: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14515356
The Steel Remains: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14616622
The Book of Phoenix: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14752804
The Diamond Age: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14752960
Griffin & Sabine: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13168313/
The Age of Odin: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14977015
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13275148/
The Zombie Survival Guide: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14977027

Putting in:
Dust: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8222502/
Singing Fire: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14723236/
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13867705/
All My Friends Are Superheroes: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14829958/
Retrograde: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14763445/
An Enchantment of Ravens: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14725930/
Gladiator-at-Law: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14709582/
The Belles: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14991306/

9 out and 8 in.
Looks like I'm starting the shrinking process. :/
Don't let me be the only one, guys! ;)

I'll update with tracking number later.
Tracking#: 9505 5139 1875 8100 3787 16

Apparently, I wrote down the tracking number wrong!
Tracking #: 9549 0139 1875 8100 3787 16


Wow!!! This is a heavy box. I am still looking over the choices. I do have 5 selected and currently 5 ready to go in. Not shrinking yet....but, I am still looking it over.......


at least I can now close the box. I selected 6 books and put 5 books back in.

I selected:
Dust by Elizabeth Bear
The Vampire Agent by Patricia Rosemoor & Marc Paoletti
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer edited by Joyce Reardon, PHD
Sign of the Anaszi by Marc Lieberman
Singing Fire by T.L Martin

I hope to get this into the mail stream today. Enjoy!!!


on 4/20/18 it should be arriving soon. Tracking number is:
9549 0129 9126 8110 1770 57



I was vastly amused to see, on the tracking-info page, the fact that the box started out in Virginia and got to me via Los Angeles and San Francisco! A complete cross-country trip and back, instead of just ambling up the coast...

Ah, well, it got here anyway, and still has plenty of books. Will make my choices, even if I have to struggle a bit to obey the "shrink" rule, and get the box moving again soon. (Looks like it started with 30 books, and currently has 27.)


I sent the box to AlterEgoZoe today, tracking info 9549012103468124151408, estimated arrival May 9. There’s a good mix of fantasy, SF, horror, and “other”, with some youth-friendly books and some that are… pretty extreme! My choices below - stop reading if you’d rather be surprised:

I took out 17:

Wonderland: Clash of Queens ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14452371/ )
All My Friends Are Superheroes ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14829958/ )
Chills and Thrills ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6780216/ )
Retrograde ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14763445/ )
The Wicker Man ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13132552/ )
Cauldron ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15006097/ )
An Enchantment of Ravens ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14725930/ )
Bump in the Night ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14180887/ )
Dragon Rider ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13480037/ )
Green Hills of Magic ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3608974/ )
David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14965331/ )
A Darker Crimson ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7862259/ )
Through a Crimson Veil ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7862256/ )
Scary Stories 3 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14889516/ )
The Currents of Space ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14515337/ )
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14436070/ )
Blood Law ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11071751/ )

And put in 14, taking the full 3-book shrinkage option:

The Girl From The Other Side 3 ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14794847 )
Beauty Secrets of the Martyrs ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14847184/ )
The Language of Thorns ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14617811/ )
Slade House ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14598124/ )
Never After ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14964395/ )
Ghosts ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14964372/ )
Pen-Ultimate: Speculative Fiction Anthology ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14894756/ )
The Roaches Have No King ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14952556/ )
Werewolf Cop ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14818680/ )
The Apex Book of World SF ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14640026/ )
Wired Hard: Erotica for a Gay Universe ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14731698/ )
Shadowshaper ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14617897/ )
Prince of Pieces ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14934265/ )
Greek Street Vol. 3: Medea’s Luck ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14914656/ )


I received this today. Will be looking through it soon. ;)

Edit: took/replaced books out and pm’d imawinn2.

Took out 9:
The girl from the other side volume 3
Beauty secrets of the martyrs
The language of thorns
Never After
Slade House
Ghosts of the Carolina Coasts

Replaced with 7:
Nine Gates: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14604859
The Ghost Squad Flies Concorde: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14555280
The Time Bender: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14903608
Candles Burning: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6550883
The 12th Planet: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14635048
The Witches of Wenshar: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14991357
War of Three Waters: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14588452

ETA; 2 never mind the site seems to sorted itself out.


This was mailed, sorry about the delay in mailing.

Tracking is 9549012459828137023363


The box arrived at my doorstep, yesterday. I will try and make my picks and trades ASAP.


My picks:

The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff
Nine Gates by Jane Lindskold
Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
Werewolf Cop by Andrew Klavan
The Apex of World SF edited by Lavie Tidhar
The Belles byDhonielle Clayton
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: The First Death by Laurel K. Hamilton

Putting in:

Dead to the World by Charmaine Harris
Valiant by Holly Black
Grendel by John Gardner
Pump Six and Other Stories by Paola Bagigalupi
The Happiness Code by Amy Herrick
The Ninth Configuration by William Peter Blatty

I took 7 books and added 6... helping with the “shrinkage”.

I am sending the Otherworldly box to nimrodiel, today. Thanks for letting me participate.

USPS Tracking #9549026543368156061816


Going to look through and see what's inside/ I see alot of older sci-fi and fantasy on the top layer of books.

I am taking out 13 books:

Crimson Rogue
Greek Street, Vol. 3: Medea's Luck
Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie
Star Trek: Voyager: String Theory #2: Fusion (Bk. 2)
Ghost Squad Flies Concorde
Twelfth Planet: Book I of the Earth Chronicles (The Earth Chronicles)
War of Three Waters: The Watershed Trilogy 3
The Happiness Code
The Roaches Have No King (High Risk Books)
The Witches of Wenshar (Sun Wolf and Starhawk, No. 2)
Seduced by Crimson (Crimson City Book #5)

I am adding in :

Quantum Moon by Denise Vitola
Opalite Moon by Denise Vitola
Manjinn Moon by Denise Vitola
The Red Sky File by Denise Vitola
The Radon File by Denise Vitola
This Is The Way The World Ends an anthology of apocalyptic erotica by Catherine Leary (editor)
bad romance: an anthology of dysfunctional desire by Robin Wolfe (editor)
Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top by Ken Scholes, Peter Straub, Howard Waldrop, Genevieve Valentine, Jeff VanderMeer, Deborah Walker
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
The Book of Merlyn (Once and Future King) by T. H. White
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare
Dragon's Blood: The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volume One by Jane Yolen
The Faerie Path (Faerie Path, No. 1) by Frewin Jones
The Lost Queen (Faerie Path, No. 2) by Frewin Jones

I'm not helping with the shrinking aspect as I have includedone book more than what I took out


I have this packed up and ready to mail out. I was able to condense the books to a smaller box for mailing.


I'm sorry, this is still with me. I'm hoping to get to the post office on Saturday.


I just returned from a week away for work and had worried that I missed the box. It'll give us time to read a few more and for me to find the couple that I still need to register!


This went in the mail last saturday. It should get to you in the next day or two.


At first glance, I immediately love all of you and your taste in books! This is one of my favorite book boxes!

I've requested Emmejo's address to mail back. We're off on vacation next week, so while we are going through an initial pass of the box tomorrow, it will be mailed when we return from vacation.


... and told her that since I am moving soon, she should keep the bookbox. I haven't heard back, but hopefully she'll JE the remaining books soon.

Thank you all so much for participating, and I hope to host another one next year once I am settled into the new house!


Oh good, I had sent her a polite prod about a month ago with no response. But I know how life can get in the way of bookcrossing sometimes, and hadn't seen her being active here at the time. Good luck with your move.


I reached out to emmejo last week as I uncovered the box of books. I thought it had been mailed on in August during my oldest son's last week of band camp. I found it with the other books that are to be donated to the library. Our lives had completed been marching band until a week ago. (I was totally ignoring the bookcrossing emails as I didn't think I had anything pending!)

I will be journaling the books this week. emmejo asked that I keep the books due to the pending move. The call center staff at my office is working a ton right now with the holidays (retail and ecommerce). As they can't leave their desks, they often have books with them for down time. I started taking other books in a few weeks ago. A few of these will most likely make that pile.

Again, I'm so SORRY! It's not like me to slack on these things. High school this second time around is a killer!


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