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Welcome to White Unicorn Books
an online bookstore
Dallas, TX

Did you come here looking for FREE BOOKS!  Well we do have a few with more being added every few days.  Did I say free?  Well, there is a catch.  You can either just pay for shipping and handling [typically $4.00 but see our FAQ] or spend $20 here and get the fee waived.  Check out the details on our FREE BOOKS PAGE.  You might want to take a look.  Oh, and by the way we generally have a few boxes of books hanging around which I just haven't gotten around to yet.  If interested, drop us a line and see if we have what your want as a 'free' book.

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We have a lot of older Science Fiction and Science Fiction and Fantasy books but we also have many other fine books in History, Travel and Adventure,
Science, and more Please search or browse our inventory of hard to find, out of print, used, second hand, and rare books. If you can't find what you like please fill out our off-line search form and we will gladly perform a book search for you in our off-line inventory, other bookstores and book search services.

Just want some inexpensive reading, take a look at our bargain books


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How about some Book Reviews or look at our Featured books of the month:
Featured Books

Note: Pictures of new books are courtesy of the publishers. Please click on the link to get a particular books condition. Since our featured books here are mostly new books and we carry multiple copies, we don't always describe all copies in our featured book list. However, the particular copy for sale is described on that book page which is where the link takes you.

Plan B, A Liaden Universe Novel, Lee, Sharon; Miller, StevePlan B (A Liaden Universe Novel) O.K., another Liaden Universe® book. What can I say, I like the writing of Miller & Lee and certainly this series. This takes place a moderately short time after the stories in  Partners in Necessity. The Department of the Interior, a secret Liaden agency, has declared war on Clan Korval. With Val Con yos'Phelium still a fugitive, it falls on his cousin Shan yos'Galen to invoke Plan B, the code name of clan's strategy to defend itself in the face of an all-powerful enemy.
335 pages; Fine/Fine. New. SIGNED by both authors. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ is also Fine. In protective sleeve. An excellent gift! Plan B, A Liaden Universe Novel. We have both hardcover and trade paper copies
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Liaden Universe®
If you would like to see what other books we have by them, you can do a search for Steve Miller & Sharon Lee.  Or maybe you would like some more information about them? If so, why don't you take a look at our Liaden Universe Page.


 The Cat's Job (Liaden Universe) 2010 Special Edition ; Contains "Ginger and the Bully of Lowergate Court", "The Cat's Job", "The Big Ice", and a crossover Laiden Universe short story "Kings of the Cats" in which Val Con gets summoned by Kinzel the wizard leaving Miri in the Laiden Universe figuring out how to bring him back.

I originally picked this up (the older edition) to read for the story "Kings of the Cats" because it was a story with Val Con and Miri but the other three stories are well worth reading also. Some of you know I like to re-read and when I re-read this one, it won't be just because of the Val Con and Miri story.

Science Fiction & Fantasy, Liaden Universe®


Wizard by Trade, The Dresden Files: Includes Summer Knight & Death Masks, Butcher, JimWizard By Trade by Jim Butcher. NY SFBC 2006 0739465813 / 9780739465813 First Thus; Wizard by Trade, The Dresden Files: Includes Summer Knight & Death Masks. 598 pages; Fine/Fine. New book. Un-read. This Book Club is the first hardcover edition of this collection of stories. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ is Fine! With a tiny bit of shelf rub at edges. In protective sleeve. Fantastic art work by Daniel Dos Santos. An Excellent Gift! For Harry Dresden, the only wizard listed in the Chicago phone book, when it rains, it pours. In fact, it pours toads, always a sign something bad is about to happen, But Harry takes such omens in stride, given that his rattletrap VW Bug needs constant upkeep, and his 30 pound guard cat wants regular meals.

From Publishers Weekly
Harry Dresden, Chicago's only consulting wizard, takes on phobophages, creatures that feed on fear who attack a horror film convention, in the diverting eighth installment of Butcher's increasingly complicated Dresden Files series (Dead Beat, etc.). Harry finds that fighting monsters is only the prelude to maneuvers amid the warring wizards of the White Council and the vampire Red Court. Less and less V.I. Warshawski with witchcraft, Harry aims his deductive powers at political intrigues rather than crime solving. The body count from the magical melees, however, would do any hard-boiled gumshoe proud. Butcher's believable, likable set of characters go for the jocular much more than the jugular. Deeper fears do run through the book, and Harry, taking on an apprentice, has to face up to the consequences of his all-too-human failings. Look for the series to really take off with the debut of a two-hour pilot on the Sci-Fi Channel this summer produced by Nicholas Cage. (May)
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New, Science Fiction & Fantasy

 The Wind From a Burning Woman by Greg Bear
270 pages; Fine/Near Fine. SECOND Printing. Only 1503 copies of the second printing were issued. New book. Un-read. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ has tiny bit of shelf rub top spine tip. Fantastic wrap around cover art work by Vincent Di Fate. In protective sleeve. Interior illustrations by Dennis Neal Smith. This first short story collection of the American writer Greg Bear contains six Science Fiction short stories by American writer Greg Bear:

  1. The Wind from a Burning Woman
  2. The White Horse Child
  3. Petra
  4. Scattershot
  5. Mandala
  6. Hardfought

An excellent gift and great reading!  As a historical note "Bear purchased 75 copies of the book and prepared his own 'limited edition' by printing a special plate (featuring an illustration by Dennis Neal Smith and signed by Bear, Smith, and Vincent Di Fate) laying it in each copy." [Sixty Years of Arkham House, p. 150]
Science Fiction & Fantasy

Since we sometimes add something extra to the descriptions for our featured books, we have a Previously Featured Books page. Note, the Previously Featured Books will contain broken links if the item has sold out or we got a new one (or more) in and changed its' ID.  Please let us know.

Also, I've started a set of pages containing short pieces on searching for books on google, book reviews, the pbwiki, and well , really a series of pages consistings of almost anything. If you're interested visit
Ramblings, nonsense, and whatever. It will be added to as I get to it, hopefully at least once a week (a note from someone letting me know they are reading it would ensure more to follow in a timely fashion). If you would like to participate let us know.

Whether you want used books, secondhand books, out of print books, rare books, antiquarian books, signed books, or books on economics, theater, travel, art, political science, juvenile fantasy, or anything else from our online used bookstore, we are committed to giving you Excellent Service. Our books are honestly described book conditions. If you need a more complete description of any book just let us know. Most books with Dust Jackets are covered with a protective sleeve before shipping to you. We will gladly send scans of any aspect of the book via E-mail. 

An ID and Password is required when you use the Check Out function. You do not need an ID or Password to search, browse, or to order our books directly from us at our email address. If you don't want to set up an ID and Password - Just e-mail us with the pertinent information as to the book(s) you are interested in at info@WhiteUnicornBooks.com or give us a call at 214 948 1835 (Please note that our on-line used bookstore is on US Central time).

Returns of books are accepted for any reason within 30 days, see our Store Policies. Delivery in the US is via USPS, shipping and handling for a hardcover book is usually $4.00 USD for Media mail - including Delivery Confirmation (5 to 21 Business Days delivery), Priority mail - including Delivery Confirmation (3 to 5 Business Days delivery) is according to zone. Single paperbacks cost less. International shipping varies by Country, our shipping matrix shows average costs. These charges will be adjusted according to the weight of the book(s) ordered (some more, some less). Please contact us.

Our inventory contains a cornucopia of fiction and nonfiction of second hand books and collectible books, of new books and old books. We have first editions, novels, literature, classics, history, travel, mystery and thrillers, politics, religion, spirituality, prints, art books, biographies, science fiction, fantasy, poetry and books on poets, childrens books, childrens literature, and fairy tales.

Some are hard-to-find books, some are common. Please look around and enjoy. If we don't have that special book you are looking for, remember we also will gladly do a book search for you from our own stock which is not yet on-line to various other stores, both the used bookstore and the new ones.

If we don't have it, maybe some of our fellow Chrislands Booksellers or IOBA Booksellers do.                                       

Inexpensive good reading? We have quite a few 'bargain items' which feature more than two items.
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The Cat's Job (Liaden Universe) 2010 Special Edition, Lee, Sharon and Miller, Steve
The Cat's Job (Liaden Universe) 2010 Special Edition
20.00 USD
Add to Cart

A Family Christmas - November #1239; Unexpected Babies, July #997; Wife By Deception, October #1017 (3 Books) All Harlequin Superromance
6.00 USD
Add to Cart

Beneath Wimmera Skies, #2947; Three Little Miracles, February #3443; A Family Secret, #3368 (3 Books) Harlequin Romance
6.00 USD
Add to Cart

Plan B, A Liaden Universe Novel, Lee, Sharon; Miller, Steve
Plan B, A Liaden Universe Novel
35.00 USD
Add to Cart

The Wind From a Burning Woman, Bear, Greg
The Wind From a Burning Woman
18.00 USD
Add to Cart

Wizard by Trade, The Dresden Files: Includes Summer Knight & Death Masks
30.00 USD
Add to Cart

Newly Added and Back in Stock
The Conquering Sword of Conan, Illustrated
Howard, Robert E.
35.00 USD

Memory (The Vorkosigan Saga)
Bujold, Lois McMaster
25.00 USD

Flowers From The Moon and Other Lunacies
Bloch, Robert
40.00 USD

Year of the Griffin (Sequel to Dark Lord of Derkholm)
Jones, Diana Wynne
15.00 USD

The Breath of Suspension
Jablokov, Alexander
22.00 USD

Wizard by Trade, The Dresden Files: Includes Summer Knight & Death Masks
Butcher, Jim
30.00 USD

Shadows Seen and Unseen Poetry from the Shadows: Works of Clark Ashton Smith
Johnson, Raymond L. F.; Winterowd, Ardath W.
100.00 USD

The History of Printmaking
Books, Scholastic
10.00 USD

The Blood of Thieves 2 in 1 Omnibus (The Crown Tower and the Rose and the Thorn)
Sullivan, Michael J.
30.00 USD

Operation Umanaq
Rankine, John
3.00 USD

Tolkien, J. R. R.
50.00 USD

Prince Zaleski And Cummings King Monk
Shiel, M. P.
18.00 USD

Out Of The Storm - Uncollected Fantasies
Hodgson, William Hope
20.00 USD

The Audran Sequence (includes When Gravity Fails; A Fire in the Sun; The Exile Kiss)
Effinger, George Alec
20.00 USD

The University of Chicago Library Supplementary List No. 39, Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses through June 1985
University Of Chicago
15.00 USD


Here are some more places to look around our site:

  • Arkham House, Mycroft & Moran, and Fedogan & Bremer Books
    At the request of several of our customers, we started a page for the books of Arkham House and related publishers. We try hard to keep it up to date with news and a list of forthcoming books and a list of those books we have of these publishers - both new and used.

  • Author Web Sites/Fan Sites
    A list of Authors and their websites or fan sites. Unfortunately, I haven't kept up with the sites going out or changing although a recent check with a program showed no broken links. One can hope right?

  • Book Care and other book information
    About Books includes items on Book Care as well as a How to Identify First Editions. It will include links, reviews, and all kinds of other interesting (to us at least) tidbits as we add to it.

  • Book Condition Description
    We use certain "bookseller" terms when we describe our books. Generally, they tend to mean what you think they would mean. For example Fine means basically without faults. The exact meanings behind what we mean are given on this page. As mentioned on the page, book condition is sometimes a subjective "call" by the book seller. We try to be objective, but might (in your opinion) fail. If so, you can return the book for any reason.

  • Book Inventory Programs The question of which book inventory program to use was always coming up on some of the forums I visit so I though I would put down some thoughts here. It is evolving and will eventually try to cover many aspects of inventory management (in the sometime distant future). In the mean time, if you have something you would like to see, let me know.

  • Book Reviews
    A slowly growing list of books we've reviewed. We would be happy to have your comments and, if you like, your reviews (with, of course, credit to you if you wish).

  • Chrislands Book Stores
    Chrislands is the company which hosts our site. We are very happy with them as are their other customers. This page gives links to many of the other Chrisland stores.

  • General Links; Other Book Stores, SF&F References, Detective/Mystery References, etc.
    Well, that about says it all. This is sort of a catch all for links which don't specifically belong anywhere else. Right now (about 6:41 pm Central US time, Oct. 16 2005), there are four sections, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery - Detective, Arts and Crafts, and Book Related Links.

  • Glenn Larsen's Guide to First Editions
    Copied from Books-Rare, the book collector's home Copyright © 1997 by Glenn Larsen. Sadly, the original is no longer available., but we have a copy of it here with some corrections and additions.

  • Glossary of Terms Used in Literature and the Book and Printing Trades
    This page grew out of a request from a customer about book terms, a bookman's glossary so to speak. Now I could have just pointed them to the IOBA Book Terminology but I though it would be nice [and make our site more attractive] if we had a page of our own. Well now we do - at least the start of one

  • Help for on-line book buyers
    We hope this page will help you have a more pleasant on-line book buying experience. It also lists a few other places to get books - If we don't have the book you are looking for, of course :-)

  • IOBA Book Stores
    The Independent Online Booksellers Association, is dedicated to promoting internet bookselling by, in part, "Maintaining and enforcing high ethical and professional standards for our member booksellers, including a Code Of Ethics." White Unicorn Books is a proud member of the IOBA and on this page we list some of the other IOBA stores.

  • Liaden Universe of Steve Miller & Sharon Lee
    This page is for our Steve Miller and Sharon Lee books. It is mainly books set in the Liaden Universe® and has a list of books in that series, including the Chapter Books, as well as a set of references and links to other sites for the two authors.

  • Previously Featured Books
    Featured Books is where we list the books which have been featured on our home page - we may have more about the book than is in the normal catalog listing, so we decided to just keep track of them here. For example, when we featured the Chronicles of Narnia we listed "both sequences". The order in which they were originally published and "the preferred sequence of CS Lewis".

    We also have some special pages for books which are special in some way. It may be that the book itself is special or that a customer asked for more images, so we put up a page for the book. In any case we have these single pages for a particular book:
    • Butters' Richmond Directory 1855
      An interesting directory for 1855.
    • Crystallizing Public Opinion
      Bernays is considered by many as the originator of modern public relations and has been called the "Father of Spin". He was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine.
    • Oxford Lectern Bible The Oxford Lectern Bible is a massive edition of the English Bible designed by American typographer Bruce Rogers (1870-1957). It is considered by many to be Rogers' masterpiece, and is recognized along with the other great Bibles, including the Baskerville Bible and the Doves Press Bible.
    • The Principles Of Judicial Proof
      Normally we don't put up our used books as a Featured Book on the home page they don't last long enough to stay here since we generally only have a single copy) but this one is such an absolutely beautiful book I had to put it up. So, of course, I had to build a page for it.
    • Sleeping Beauty, a Special Collectors Edition with illustrations by Dulac
      A page devoted to a special book. The 1910 limited edition of Sir Author Quiller-Couch's The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales, illustrated by Edmund Dulac.
    • The Religious System of China
      First published over quite a few years, the initial volume was published in 1892 and the final volume was printed in 1910, The Religious System of China is a monumental work by Jan J M de Groot that "is an attempt at depicting the Chinese Religion as it is really practiced by the nation, and at sketching on a broad scale its influence on Domestic and Social Life. It is the fruit of an intimate contact with the Chinese race for several years." The work also contains a detailed study of China's funerary stelae, and the mythical animals used to decorate them.
    • Slovenly Peter's Story Book
      A classic 'what happens to bad boys and girls' from the late 1800's.

  • Ramblings/Blog/Book Reviews and whatever
    This is really a series of pages consistings of almost anything. On these pages I've written about Medicard Part D, about searching for information on a book on Google and at the Library of Congress, reviewed several books, and talked about the IOBA. No telling what will show up there. I'm sure we'll duplicate information on the rest of the site, but a lot of it will be unique. Hope you find it of interest.

  • Repricing
    A short look at some of the reasons for (semi)automatically repricing your inventory including a few Perl code snippets.

  •   Setting Up an Internet Book Store
    An article I wrote for the IOBA. It presents a "first look" at some of the things one should think about in setting up an internet book store.

  • Transfer Homebase data to BookTrakker
    We use BookTrakker for maintaining and updating our main database of books we have listed here on our site. In talking to other BookTrakker users, they wanted to know how they could use someone to enter data which they could transfer to BookTrakker either in addition to or instead of using the network version of BookTrakker. Since we use both the network version and Homebase as "auxillary input systems", I though I would finally describe how we did the Homebase to BookTrakker part of it.

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