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Old 07-15-02, 11:01 PM
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Book Buying Binge

I think I over did it. Was looking for a few new books at amazon and found several I couldn't live without. Anyone else ever go on a new book buying binge or am I the only one

Here's what I picked up (and why)

The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce. - I've read Indigo, Dreamside and Requiem all of which I really liked. Grahm Joyce does a great job of pulling you in, and then messing with you once you are there. Tooth Fairy seemed like it has an interesting premise and I like the author

The Land of Laughs - Jonathan Carroll. The Marriage of Sticks came up in my 'recomendations' at Amazon and so I checked out all of Jonathan Carroll's books and The Land of Laughs seemed to be the one to start with. Never read Carroll and wanted to check out a new author

Chemical Pink by Katie Arnoldi. This is the book that Chuck Palahniuk was supposed to adapt for the screen for David Fincher. Even if that doesn't happen, I figured it would be a nice 'wacked up book' to check out. Also I run into Chuck P once and again so I'd like to read what this one is all about. Also I bought this because Lullaby: A Novel Chuck's newest isn't coming out till September (I CAN'T WAIT!)

King Rat - by China Mieville I was going to pick up Perdido Street Station (which won a few awards and such) and Cina Mieville has been recommended to me a few people, but King Rat seemed more interesting to me than Perdido Street Station.

A Caress of Twilight by Laurell K. Hamilton. OK I promised myself after reading A Kiss of Shadows that I'd wait till A Caress of Twilight came out in Paperback. What can I say I am a complete sucker for Laurell K. Hamilton.

The Descent by Jeff Long. Recommended to my at Amazon, looked good, had great reviews on it and I'm looking for some new authors

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never fear. i too am in the same boat. the last month i have gone absolutely nuts on ebay buying OOP and rare HC graphic novels. I have probably spent close to $175 which for me is very unusual.
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Kevin - yeah ebay can be VERY dangerous when buying rare and collectable books. I LOVE to read so it's easy to go nuts buying books
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I buy probably 4 or 5 books a week on eBay lately. I'm reading on average about 2 books a week, so I'm getting seriously backlogged.

I keep saying, "No more books until I read most of the ones I've got"

but then I see something that I want, then something else, then something else....heh.
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I've bought over 30 books this summer from various places. I only have bought Angels In America at Amazon. They mailed it to the wrong place and haven't either resent or refunded. I'm not too happy with them.
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I purchased 57 books from allbooks4less.com when they were having the free shipping back in april. All I really wanted to get was the Mark Twain companion book(HB) to the PBS series(it retails for $40 at B&N). I'm a real sicko. Here's the first 24:

Mark Twain: An Illustrated Biography $12.89 1 $12.89
PBS: Behind the Screen $2.91 1 $2.91
Sailor Song $3.76 1 $3.76
Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds: Inside ASA Flight 529: A Revelation of the Human Spirit $8.89 1 $8.89
Bombardiers $3.32 1 $3.32
Drowning Ruth: A Novel $4.7 1 $4.7
A Painted House $6.6 1 $6.6
Skipping Christmas $7.89 1 $7.89
Doctor Dealer: The Rise & Fall of an All-American Boy & His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire $4.89 1 $4.89
Mars: Uncovering the Secrets of the red Planet $8.5 1 $8.5
National Geographic Park Profiles: Canada's National Parks $4.89 1 $4.89
Inside Out: The Best of National Geographic Diagrams & Cutaways $9.89 1 $9.89
Exploring Our Living Planet $4.28 1 $4.28
Emerald Realm: Earth's Precious Rain Forests $2.38 1 $2.38
Perfume $7.55 1 $7.55
Builders $5.89 1 $5.89
National Geographic Park Profile: Yellowstone Country $4.89 1 $4.89
Flight $3.89 1 $3.89
Titanic & the Making of James Cameron: The Inside Story of the Three-Year Adventure That Rewrote Motion Picture History $1.85 1 $1.85
New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story $1.85 1 $1.85
Far Valley: Four Years in Japanese Village $6.89 1 $6.89
Time: Great Events of the 20th Century $8.35 1 $8.35
Working for the Japanese: Inside Mazda's American Auto Plant $4.91 1 $4.91
Fair Ball $4.7 1 $4.7

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I've gone nuts the past 3 weeks, both at new and used bookstores. I guess a few years of total cd and dvd addiction bottled up all this literary appetite for too long.

New...
The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vols 1 and 5
The Cleft and Other Stories, Gahan Wilson
Secrets of the Samurai, Ratti and Westbrook (non-fiction/military history)

Used paperbacks...
Literature
Kant and the Platypus, Essays on Language and Cognition, Umberto Eco
The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Vol. 2, Arthur Conan Doyle
Babbit, Sinclair Lewis
Le Morte d'Arthur : King Arthur and the legends of the Round Table, Sir Thomas Malory
The Great Dialogues of Plato
The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio
Shogun, James Clavell

Sci/fi, alternative reality
Rise of Endymion, Dan Simmons
The Deadly Streets, Harlan Ellison
The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
The Unteleported Man, Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner), Philip K. Dick
The Godmakers, Frank Herbert
The Heaven Makers, Frank Herbert
Hellstrom's Hive, Frank Herbert
Destination: Void, Frank Herbert
Whipping Star, Frank Herbert
Logan's Run, Clayton and Johnson

Good old pulp
Synthetic Men of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tarzan of the Apes, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Return of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Beasts of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Son of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Jungle Tales of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs

Horror
Swan Song, Robert McCammon
The Dunwich Horror, H.P. Lovecraft
The Doom that Came to Sarnath and Other Stories, H.P. Lovecraft
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories, H.P. Lovecraft
The Tomb and Other Tales, H.P. Lovecraft
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror, H.P. Lovecraft
The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft: Dreams of Terror and Death
The Regulators, Richard Bachman
Desperation, Stephen King
Nightmares and Dreamscapes

EDITED;That should be all of 'em. Don't go freakin' out because, no, I'm not rich - far from it. I got most of these for mega-cheap, rarely paying more than a buck a piece, and many of them I got for half a buck. You think I'd pay more than half a buck for Stephen King? Think again. I hear his new stuff sucks eggs, but for that price, I'll find out for myself.

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The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
Have fun, Mutley. Those are two wonderfully absurd reads.
Anyone else ever go on a new book buying binge or am I the only one?
I've actually been on a bookshelf buying binge lately, so that probably answers your question.
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Just went on a paperback binge at a local outlet store. 12 novels for $40 ($3.33 ea.).
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gkleinman: Ack! Nearly all those books you mentioned above are sitting right now in my Amazon "recommends" listing.

Clearly I have good taste.

grunter pats himself on the back.
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I am a sucker for clearance tables at Barnes Noble, Borders, Waldenbooks, etc... Also, you should see me at library book sales, I spend around $100-$150, and that is with the books priced at .50c - $1.00 for hardbacks, and .25-.50c for paperbacks. Of course, they have the Collector's Corner, as well, and I usually spend another 50 there, with prices from $2 - $5 or so.
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hey if you guys wanna read some good sci fi
i recommend schismatrix plus by bruce sterling

its a really good book

and the short stories at the end are even better!
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Talk about Book Buying Binges!

bad idea

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Old 08-03-02, 12:13 PM
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YES! Last night. With Buy.com having their crazy sale, I went and bought three last night.

Lovely Bones
The Dive from Clausen's Pier
The Beach House

all for $35.09 with free shipping. I love competition!

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