I don’t really feel the urge to book-shop like crazy yet, but I looked around Book Castle earlier and came away with a respectable pile of finds. Here they are, along with two other buys from Times.

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Count & Find 100 Cats & 10 Mice
The Story of O, Pauline Reage
Honk if You’re Malaysian, Lydia Teh
Silverfish New Writing 6
JK Rowling: The Wizard behind Harry Potter, Marc Shapiro
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Harry The Dirty Dog
Meet the Authors and Illustrators
Advanced D&D Dungeon Masters Guide, Gary Gygax

Of particular interest is the 1965 edition of The Story of O, which I’ve been curious about (hey, aren’t we all at some point).

Histoire d’O (English title: Story of O) is an erotic novel published in 1954 about sadomasochism by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage. Desclos did not reveal herself to be the author until shortly before her death, forty years after its initial publication. Desclos said that she had written the novel as a series of love letters to her lover Jean Paulhan who admired the work of the Marquis de Sade.

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I also picked up the first edition (1979) of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide for pure RPG geek factor. This is obsolete. AD&D is already in 3rd edition or something like that.

The book is in excellent (although not mint) condition and used to belong to a Jonathan Kenny of Markham, Ontario. I was later told that it’s a collectable and I’ll likely get quite a bit of money for it if I put it on ebay. Hmm, we’ll see.

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I never got to play D&D. I just play various other RPGs online, usually with more storytelling and dice-rolling, although I have been part of several that combined the two so that players get the best of both worlds. I kinda miss that, but “real time” gaming means that I’m always at work or otherwise unavailable when there are actually people around to play with.

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5 comments

  1. Oooo, I can heartily recommend The Mists of Avalon. That book is very detailed, with a narrative that is never boring even though the thoughts are sometimes long-winded. Great depth and an excellent woman’s point of view to the Arthurian Legend.
    If you’ve read the book, the movie gets so much more intesting. You’ll know more about the background than is apparant, deepening the experience even more.

  2. imani: Oh yes. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot about that over the next few months. ;-)

    Jane: I have the movie. I also have a copy of the book that a friend lent me but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Decided to snag my own copy when I found that lovely edition.

    Ken: You don’t have to go to Times unless there’s a specific book that you’re after. Try Book Castle. Or my collection. *points at LibraryThing link* We can swap.

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