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I thought I'd start a thread to share our DW book-hunting highs and lows.
Highs -- quite a few, thinking back. A stand-out would have to be finding a pristine copy of So Vile A Sin by Ben Aaronovitch in an Oxfam in Littlehampton, West Sussex. Another would be discovering a cache of remaindered NAs in a Brighton bookstore.
Lows -- the one that will always haunt me: passing up a new copy of Lungbarrow by Marc Platt in Methvens, St Albans some time after it had gone out of print. I still don't have a copy.
They're all available free to read and most of them are available for download in a variety of formats including ebook/ereader formats.
Some time goes by, and he's not participating so much - then not at all. I thought he was tired of being told not to sell stuff. After a week or two I get a big box of Target novels delivered in the mail - many of them, maybe 50 or so. There was a short note saying 'these are for you' and I think something else was on the note - something friendly, and it was signed Billy Tweedie.
After this - a friend or family member of his posted to the thread that he had died of a prolonged illness.
Here the guy was just trying to get his collection into the hands of people who would care for them, and I kept barking at him to cut it out. He could have told us - this is true - but there was a bitter-sweetness to the whole situation.
In the end (literally) the guy sent me his beloved collection. I am honored to this day - and think of him fondly whenever I think of any Targets. When I pass them on to someone - I'll tell them about this - and I'll take care to choose someone who loves them.
If, on the odd chance, one of you knew this fellow - please drop me a line.
Highs-Finding a copy of Human Nature at a Half Priced Books back in May and ordering a copy (FINALLY!) of Festival of Death off of Amazon.com this morning for six bucks!
Lows-A few years ago Half Priced Books sold many many EDA remainders and I DIDN'T pick up a copy of Camera Obscura. Arggh.
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