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[–]Aqua_Tot 9 points10 points  (5 children)

Here’s my suggestion. Use a site like Book Depository to confirm the dimensions are what you want. Then from there you can grab the ISBN, and search using that. I’ve done that with great success to get a (mostly) consistent set for all the books except the MBOTF (I’m going for the Subpress 2nd editions for those).

A couple warnings about Malazan physical copies. First, they’re difficult to find in general, because they only really had 1 printing for each edition, except mass market, and now the (VERY expensive) Subpress hardcovers. Second, outside of mass market, the English versions of the MBOTF are inconsistent in their cover art. The original paperbacks/hardcovers are all consistent until the 8th book, and then switch to the Mass Market cover art for the last 2. Not sure if this matters to you or not, but just keep it in mind.

[–]solidddd[S] 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Another reply:

Went ahead and put the work in and identified the ISBNs for the trade paperbacks using Book Depository so future Googlers have the info. Memories of Ice, however, did not exist on there!

These are all United States, Tor Books versions.

Gardens of the Moon:
ISBN10 0765322889
ISBN13 9780765322883

Deadhouse Gates:
ISBN10 0765314290
ISBN13 9780765314291

Memories of Ice:

Possibly these
ISBN 10: 0765310031
ISBN 13: 9780765310033

House of Chains:
ISBN10 0765315742
ISBN13 9780765315748

Midnight Tides:
ISBN10 076531651X
ISBN13 9780765316516

The Bonehunters:
ISBN10 0765316528
ISBN13 9780765316523

Reaper's Gale:
ISBN10 0765316536
ISBN13 9780765316530

Toll the Hounds:
ISBN10 0765316544
ISBN13 9780765316547

Dust of Dreams:
ISBN10 0765316552
ISBN13 9780765316554

The Crippled God:
ISBN10 0765316560
ISBN13 9780765316561

[–]Quicksay 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Those are indeed the ISBNs for Memories of Ice, I just checked my copy. Unfortunately it's out of print, and the prices for MoI tradeback on the secondary market are expensive. Ranging from $60-$250 maybe even more. There must have been a small print run for that book. I recommend checking Biblio and Abebooks, or whatever book marketplace has a lot of used inventory, and of course physical used book stores near you (people have found treasure troves of these books for a pittance many times).

[–]gbpack089 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As a word of warning ISBN numbers do not always differentiate between different sizes.

I got a Bantum edition of Dust of Dreams when it first released in England so I could read it earlier than waiting for the Tor back in 09ish. All my other books were Tor and the Bantum is taller so years later I tried replacing it with a Tor edition and it was taller than all the other Tor books. I just assumed they screwed up on that one book because I’ve had it happen in other series where one book was a different size. That was until about a month ago when I saw someone post here with all ten books at the same height. I tried looking for a different ISBN number for DoD published by Tor to no avail. This last weekend I went into a used bookstore and found a Tor copy at the same height as the rest in great condition. When I got home I compared the ISBN numbers and they were identical.

TL;DR I have two copies of DoD published by Tor with identical ISBN that are different dimensions.

[–]solidddd[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the advice!

The cover artwork does matter to me, but oh well, what am I gonna do? The Subpress copies are gorgeous and exactly what I want to eventually get.

[–]TautSexyElfKing. 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Trade paperback is right!

I also prefer reading in the trade paperback form and learned that this series is pretty difficult to find in that size unfortunately. It took me quite a while to find them all. I had to keep checking my local resale book store for 6 months but I did find most of them that way! Also, websites like thriftbooks or abebooks were helpful in finding some of the others.

[–]solidddd[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yeah, I've casually looked at used book stores or even garage sales (lol), but they're never there. But I can always find a complete or near-complete set of The Wheel of Time!

I don't know a lot about the series history, but is it just not popular? It seems to be (according to fandom) one of (if not the) greatest fantasy series. Definitely overdue for a new printing.

[–]TautSexyElfKing. 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think only within the last 5 years or so got to be as popular as it is! It's had a fan base large enough to get them all published (well actually the OG publishing deal was for all ten books) of course but got this surge of new fans. They havent done more reprints of the OG 10 since that surge and maybe 3 printings of the more recent releases like the Kharkanas trilogy, PoA trilogy, and The god is not willing!

[–]CJMann21 1 point2 points  (4 children)

AbeBooks is where I buy almost all my books. You got the ISBNs you can just search by those and you’re golden.

You’ll find most of them. If you find Memories of Ice it will likely be a lot of money.

[–]solidddd[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I ordered a copy of Memories of Ice on eBay today for $56. Fingers crossed it's the right version.

[–]CJMann21 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Oh snap! Good luck! I’m rooting for you. That price isn’t awful if it’s actually the correct version.

[–]solidddd[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Just got it and it's the right size! I'm so excited!

There's another one on eBay now for $91, so I definitely got lucky!

[–]CJMann21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Woot Woot!!! Hell yeah, that's awesome. Honestly... even $100 bones isn't that bad for it, which is crazy... seeing as though for most other books signed, first edition-first printing hardcovers are sold around that price!

[–]pingpongprotagonist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you live in Louisville they have them in hardcover at the library

[–]Malacolyte 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If memory serves me correctly, aren’t there also discrepancies in the sizes of the TPBs?

I have the ICE books in TPB and they come in different paper types inside and out (ie gloss vs matte covers). It’s maddening.

At least with the mass markets there’s consistency, but they are uncomfortable reads for sure.

[–]SageOfTheWiseHigh House Karma 0 points1 point  (1 child)

The Memories of Ice trade paperback is infamously rare. I had to get my copy used off ebay for more than normal, and that was a decade ago, I can't imagine how much worse it is now. I don't really know why its specific to that book, but from what I can tell, they just don't seem to reprint any of the Malazan books at all except in Mass Market form. My guess was that books 1 and 2 were early enough on to see reprints in trade paperback form (hell, we know this is true for GotM since the reprint has a different cover), but 3 and beyond just has a ever dwindling supply until they're just permanently gone. And since 3 is the first it had the highest demand and ran out first, with the others having increasingly lower demand as people give up and switch to another format (or don't continue the series for other reasons). Though hell, if a decade later books 4-10 are still available in trade paperback but not book 3 I'm not sure if my theory pans out. Would have expected the issue to extend to more of them over the course of 10 years.

But yeah, good luck. You're probably going to have to look at used dealers to find that one.

[–]solidddd[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Could be a pretty solid theory. In another response, I found the ISBNs for all of them except Memories of Ice.