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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    I hope it finds its way to you soon.

    Speaking of mail, I received today via FedEx an item that I've been after for...well, for as long as I can recall, but certainly with a dedicated focus for at least a decade. It always seemed like I was finding variations of this item after the fact...a day late and a dollar short, so to speak. But at last one is in my hands, though it didn't come particularly cheap...but then gold never is. I've been so wrapped up in real estate stuff (we're selling our current home, buying another out-of-state) today that I haven't even had a chance to open the box yet...I've just been staring at the box for a couple hours. But even that feels satisfying...to know it's in there and it's mine. Once I bask privately in the utter glory of this item for a day or two, I'll post a pic of it here and on X. I'm certain many will not understand or share my excitement as it's not a book per se, but it is, for me, one of the most exciting acquisitions I've secured in a good long time.
    Thanks. It looks like it's in transit once again. We'll see where it winds up next!

    Congratulations on whatever this new acquisition is and even though it isn't a book, please post those pics!

    As far as buying and selling a home, man, I don't envy you going through that process. My wife and I did that same thing a couple years back and it was just a hassle. Though our move isn't as big as yours as we stayed in-state, but moved about three hours away. We've discussed at length the desire to move out of the state of California, but that'll have to wait a few more years until I've wrapped up my venture back into academia. If you don't mind sharing, what beautiful state are you soon going to be calling home?

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post
    Well, looks like a recent purchase of mine is on a bit of a whirlwind trip across America. I bought some items off eBay that were shipped from Georgia and scheduled to arrive yesterday. Now, I thought this was long shot anyways since that it had made it to Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, but had at least one more stop before hitting my local branch. My thoughts were that it might get delivered on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Well, the USPS decided against that for some reason and has shipped it all back to Memphis, which is about a three hour drive from where it originated. I mean, I guess I'm hoping that my package is enjoying its trip!
    I hope it finds its way to you soon.

    Speaking of mail, I received today via FedEx an item that I've been after for...well, for as long as I can recall, but certainly with a dedicated focus for at least a decade. It always seemed like I was finding variations of this item after the fact...a day late and a dollar short, so to speak. But at last one is in my hands, though it didn't come particularly cheap...but then gold never is. I've been so wrapped up in real estate stuff (we're selling our current home, buying another out-of-state) today that I haven't even had a chance to open the box yet...I've just been staring at the box for a couple hours. But even that feels satisfying...to know it's in there and it's mine. Once I bask privately in the utter glory of this item for a day or two, I'll post a pic of it here and on X. I'm certain many will not understand or share my excitement as it's not a book per se, but it is, for me, one of the most exciting acquisitions I've secured in a good long time.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Well, looks like a recent purchase of mine is on a bit of a whirlwind trip across America. I bought some items off eBay that were shipped from Georgia and scheduled to arrive yesterday.  Now, I thought this was long shot anyways since that it had made it to Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, but had at least one more stop before hitting my local branch.  My thoughts were that it might get delivered on either Tuesday or Wednesday.  Well, the USPS decided against that for some reason and has shipped it all back to Memphis, which is about a three hour drive from where it originated.  I mean, I guess I'm hoping that my package is enjoying its trip!   

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  • Ben Staad
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    I am jealous. Hope you have a great time at the event.

    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post

    Very cool! I would have loved to attend this event as I've never seen either author in person.  Neither author seems to get to AZ bookstores. I am going to see Joe Landale at the Poisoned Pen bookstore next month.  I've seen him before, but his events are always enjoyable and I'm looking forward to the next Hap & Leonard book.
     

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  • TacomaDiver
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    Lansdale is a fun time! I got to see him in Seattle about 6 years or so ago. Enjoy!

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  • sholloman81
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    Originally posted by TacomaDiver View Post
    On Friday, I drove down to Littleton (about 1h 45 min) to FINALLY be able to see Paul Tremblay in person. I kid about the finally part, but it seems like he never gets to the Denver area even though he was born in the area, and he's best buds with Stephen Graham Jones.

    Held at the Littleton location of Tattered Cover, PT and SGJ were there, along with a professor from CU Denver (Walter Chow), it was a fairly intimate affair. The most disappointing part was the book that came with my ticket was a second printing, so I'm glad I got the Barnes and Nobel exclusive edition.

    20240621_234118371_iOS.jpg

    Since I've seen SGJ a few times, I didn't have too many things of his that were unsigned, except the first two collected editions of his comic series Earthdivers. I also decided to get him to sign two of his B&N edition books and I'm glad I did because he added some cool inscriptions (even though I can barely rad his handwriting) and a chainsaw stamp. Sadly, one of my signatures got a little messy, which was expected because there was A LOT OF PAINT on the page.
    20240622_202523205_iOS.jpg

    PT was very accommodating with all of the books I brought (I didn't realize I had so many trade editions - I knew I had a ton from SST, so this was eyeopening (plus since none of my books are organized, it was a fun hunt to find them all)).
    20240622_202234698_iOS.jpg
    (Headful is an ARC since my copy of the book is only a Kindle edition.)

    I enjoy how PT had a special inscription for everything.

    All in all, it was a fun way to spend a Friday night. Even though the driving was long and it was hot, I got a nice evening to myself, got to blast a bunch of music I hadn't listened to in years, and I had a nice granita too.
    Very cool! I would have loved to attend this event as I've never seen either author in person.  Neither author seems to get to AZ bookstores. I am going to see Joe Landale at the Poisoned Pen bookstore next month.  I've seen him before, but his events are always enjoyable and I'm looking forward to the next Hap & Leonard book.

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  • TacomaDiver
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    On Friday, I drove down to Littleton (about 1h 45 min) to FINALLY be able to see Paul Tremblay in person. I kid about the finally part, but it seems like he never gets to the Denver area even though he was born in the area, and he's best buds with Stephen Graham Jones.

    Held at the Littleton location of Tattered Cover, PT and SGJ were there, along with a professor from CU Denver (Walter Chow), it was a fairly intimate affair. The most disappointing part was the book that came with my ticket was a second printing, so I'm glad I got the Barnes and Nobel exclusive edition.

    20240621_234118371_iOS.jpg

    Since I've seen SGJ a few times, I didn't have too many things of his that were unsigned, except the first two collected editions of his comic series Earthdivers. I also decided to get him to sign two of his B&N edition books and I'm glad I did because he added some cool inscriptions (even though I can barely rad his handwriting) and a chainsaw stamp. Sadly, one of my signatures got a little messy, which was expected because there was A LOT OF PAINT on the page.
    20240622_202523205_iOS.jpg

    PT was very accommodating with all of the books I brought (I didn't realize I had so many trade editions - I knew I had a ton from SST, so this was eyeopening (plus since none of my books are organized, it was a fun hunt to find them all)).
    20240622_202234698_iOS.jpg
    (Headful is an ARC since my copy of the book is only a Kindle edition.)

    I enjoy how PT had a special inscription for everything.

    All in all, it was a fun way to spend a Friday night. Even though the driving was long and it was hot, I got a nice evening to myself, got to blast a bunch of music I hadn't listened to in years, and I had a nice granita too.

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  • dannyboy121070
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post
    The wife and I took the 2+ hour drive on Wednesday to check out Bart's Books. Located in Ojai, California, it is the touted as the world's largest outdoor bookstore and I have to say it was pretty impressive. They had very large sections of philosophy, poetry, biographies and autobiographies, and, of course, fiction. I will say that I am always dismayed when I go to a bookstore, especially larger ones, and they don't have a dedicated horror section (yet somehow horror and fantasy always warrant their own) and Bart's was no exception. However, it was incredibly well organized and had more than couple of cool items, including a "rare books" room.

    I wound up not buying anything because I've been feeling guilty about my current lack of reading, but these were some of the cool finds there:
    • hardcover editions (I'm assuming first editions because of being in the "rare book" room, not sure if signed or not) of
      • Mine by Robert McCammon
      • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
      • Books of Blood by Clive Barker
    • Arkham House edition of Lovecraft's 3 Tales of Horror
    • Signed and inscribed The Ax by Donald E. Westlake
    • The incredibly oversized doorstop of an Easton Press edition of Poe's The Raven
    • a very nice paperback edition of Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me
    Afterwards, we got a really nice lunch at local spot and then browsed some of the prohibitively expensive shops around there. Overall, a good time was had.

    http://bartsbooksojai.com/
    That looks like a GREAT place!

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  • Sock Monkey
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    The wife and I took the 2+ hour drive on Wednesday to check out Bart's Books. Located in Ojai, California, it is the touted as the world's largest outdoor bookstore and I have to say it was pretty impressive. They had very large sections of philosophy, poetry, biographies and autobiographies, and, of course, fiction. I will say that I am always dismayed when I go to a bookstore, especially larger ones, and they don't have a dedicated horror section (yet somehow horror and fantasy always warrant their own) and Bart's was no exception. However, it was incredibly well organized and had more than couple of cool items, including a "rare books" room.

    I wound up not buying anything because I've been feeling guilty about my current lack of reading, but these were some of the cool finds there:
    • hardcover editions (I'm assuming first editions because of being in the "rare book" room, not sure if signed or not) of
      • Mine by Robert McCammon
      • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
      • Books of Blood by Clive Barker
    • Arkham House edition of Lovecraft's 3 Tales of Horror
    • Signed and inscribed The Ax by Donald E. Westlake
    • The incredibly oversized doorstop of an Easton Press edition of Poe's The Raven
    • a very nice paperback edition of Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me
    Afterwards, we got a really nice lunch at local spot and then browsed some of the prohibitively expensive shops around there. Overall, a good time was had.

    http://bartsbooksojai.com/

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  • Boggle Champion
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    Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
    Thought about ordering a nice copy of Velveteen Rabbit as a birthday gift for my daughter from Folio. The book isn't bad at $60 but then they want another $18 for standard shipping.

    I will likely just get her a copy elsewhere. I was a little put off by their shipping price.
    Even worse than their shipping price is the fact they charge a higher price for US customers on their books, rather than using the current conversion rate. I ordered my first book from them earlier this year, and got pretty annoyed when I found that out.

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  • Ben Staad
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    Thought about ordering a nice copy of Velveteen Rabbit as a birthday gift for my daughter from Folio. The book isn't bad at $60 but then they want another $18 for standard shipping.

    I will likely just get her a copy elsewhere. I was a little put off by their shipping price.

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  • Ben Staad
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    Way to go. I need to go snag a copy as well.

    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post
    Just received my copy of Stephen King's "You Like It Darker". Not sure how quickly I will get to it, but getting a new King book is always a good day!
     

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  • sholloman81
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    Just received my copy of Stephen King's "You Like It Darker". Not sure how quickly I will get to it, but getting a new King book is always a good day!

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  • Ben Staad
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    Congrats. I thought about that one but trying to limit purchases.

    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post
    Just received my LE copy of Kristopher Triana's & Mona Kabbani's "The Dark Embrace". The production turned out great. Look forward to reading it soon!
     

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  • sholloman81
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    Just received my LE copy of Kristopher Triana's & Mona Kabbani's "The Dark Embrace". The production turned out great. Look forward to reading it soon!

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