Book Haul from Philcon 2017

Hello everyone, I hope you all are having a fantastic day!

A few weeks ago (November 10-12) I went up to Cherry Hill, New Jersey with my boyfriend and his family to attend Philcon. No, Philcon is not a convention where a bunch of Phils get together to have some drinks and catch up. Instead, it’s a science fiction convention that has a huge focus on literature and it is the oldest science fiction convention on the East Coast! It’s the second year that I’ve gone and I find the con to be pretty laid back and relaxing.

Like last time, I come back from that weekend with a ton of books, though they are not all for me. I actually got a good stack of books for my dad for Christmas because he’s an avid reader himself, I swear the man can get through a high fantasy doorstopper in a single afternoon if he had the chance! I just wanted to share with you guys all the neat books that I found, a lot of which were actually free.

One of the things that I really like about Philcon is that their dealers’ room is normally full of books. They invite local authors and small publishing groups to sell their books, and they’re generally really nice people to talk to. That weekend I met some guys from Realm Makers, which appears to be a Writers Conference. They were really nice guys and they told me that all the books they were selling were from authors who have won awards at their conference and that most of them were local-ish to the area. They had a really nice collection books, but sadly my wallet could only afford so many of them. Pictured here we have:

  • Breakwater (Broken Tides #1) by Catherine Jones Payne
  • Tainted (The Soul Chronicles #1) by Morgan L. Busse
  • The Gold Son by Carrie Anne Noble
  • The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrier Anne Noble
  • Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul
  • Wrath and Ruin by C.W. Briar
  • Curio by Evangeline Denmark
  • Willoughby and the Terribly Itchy Itch by Pam Halter


Not only did the dealers’ room have a bunch of authors selling books but just general book sellers too. From these guys I had found an assortment of books, from new to decades old. One guy even had a bunch of really nice hardcovers, but they were way too expensive for my wallet. But most of them had really good book deals and they had titles that were either out of print or not normally found in the major book stores. From them I got:

  • The Chessmen of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Moon Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Copper Crown by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
  • The Throne of Scone by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
  • Slow Fall to Dawn by Stephen Leigh
  • The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Get off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey
  • Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish by Morgan Llywelyn
  • Through the Darkness by Harry Turtledove
  • Into the Darkness by Harry Turtledove
  • Darkness Descending by Harry Turtledove
  • Like a Mighty Army by David Weber
  • Fortune’s Blight by Evie Manieri
  • The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
  • The Lord of Castle Black by Steven Brust
  • The Cat who Walks Through Walls by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Mother of Storms by John Barnes


The rest of the books came from one of the greatest (and possibly most damning) inventions in the literary community: the free table. This year I checked the free table regularly because there was a constant stream of interesting things being placed on it. There were tons of various magazines, books, cheap jewelry, and even special cereal boxes and backs of action figure boxes. Saturday night we even found a dress that someone had left there. From the table I picked up:

  • Wonder Women by Sam Maggs
  • A Death in the Family by James Agee
  • Star Wars Del Rey 2016 Free Sampler
  • Hawke by Ted Bell
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • Lifelode by Jo Walton
  • The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders
  • In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne
  • A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
  • Alice by Christina Henry
  • A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
  • Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

Bottom line, if you want to add a large number of books to your collection or if you’re looking for books by small press and/or self-published authors, this is the con to go to. Philcon is a nice laidback con that I highly recommend to anyone who loves science fiction and fantasy. Also, pro-tip: if you’re a book blogger, don’t be afraid to let authors know because they’ll usually open up more to you and will be more willing to give you a deal!

PS: sorry for the terrible photos, I tried really hard to get them right but I don’t quite have a place set up to take pictures yet and it was a cloudy day (I prefer natural lighting to light bulbs). Thanks for reading!