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Five Into One Won't Go [Apr. 14th, 2010|09:15 am]
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Butchering books

GOOD
21(75.0%)
BAD
7(25.0%)
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[User Picture]From: maureenkspeller
2010-04-14 08:26 am (UTC)

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I'm sorry, I just can't do it. Like murdering a small, defenceless animal.
[User Picture]From: ninebelow
2010-04-14 08:48 am (UTC)

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I am a carnivore :)
[User Picture]From: lamentables
2010-04-14 08:39 am (UTC)

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So far we've only done it with travel guides, but your approach to 2666 looks sound to me.
[User Picture]From: ninebelow
2010-04-14 08:47 am (UTC)

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I should have guessed you would go one step further. I was thinking I could do with some sort of slipcase for the five volumes, perhaps I could re-jacket them instead.
[User Picture]From: lamentables
2010-04-14 08:51 am (UTC)

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Or slipcase and new jackets...
[User Picture]From: ang_grrr
2010-04-14 08:59 am (UTC)

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Not library books, however.

It's given me an idea of what to do with my copy of Wolf Hall, bought as a travel read...
[User Picture]From: lil_shepherd
2010-04-14 09:09 am (UTC)

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I was going to say, "Only if you're Joe Orton," and then I really looked at the link.
[User Picture]From: nmg
2010-04-14 09:32 am (UTC)

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The author is dead, right?
[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2010-04-14 10:39 am (UTC)

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Is this a literal question or a metaphysical one?
[User Picture]From: nmg
2010-04-14 11:34 am (UTC)

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A post-structuralist one, actually.
[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2010-04-14 11:42 am (UTC)

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Sorry, yes, that was what I meant. No brain this morning!
[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2010-04-14 10:39 am (UTC)

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Destroying books - BAD
Reconfiguring media to our own ends - GOOD
[User Picture]From: coth
2010-04-14 12:08 pm (UTC)

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Brian picked up a whole load of half-Ace doubles someone had carefully dismembered each double and rebound the resulting singles with cardboard backs and duct tape spines. People were buying them at Eastercon as a practical solution to the problem of shelving them.
[User Picture]From: ajr
2010-04-14 12:52 pm (UTC)

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Drat. I've already comment on your blog, but I just remembered something. So I might as well add it here as it's not that important, anyway:

What I mean to say is, I've since remembered two occasions when I bought second-hand books that turned out to be rubbish - in the one case, the glue in the binding had almost totally gone, and in the other the book was badly water damaged. I was unwilling to throw the books out unread, so what I did, as both books were short story collections, was after each story I read, I tore it out and threw it away. A sort of handy reminder to myself that the books were shit and not for keeping, and a way of measuring progress.

The situation is perhaps very different from yours (where you butcher it but still keep the results), but given I've done the above, I have no option to vote 'GOOD' in your pool, despite saying words to the effect of 'I think it's BAD myself' on your blog, lest I appear like a hypocritical bastard.
[User Picture]From: brixtonbrood
2010-04-14 03:00 pm (UTC)

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This may be the answer to my Anathem problem - I really want to read it, but there are no multi-volume editions (like my much-loved triple-decker Strange and Norrell) and an e-reader seems overkill for just one book (even if it's even available in that format).
[User Picture]From: ninebelow
2010-04-14 03:48 pm (UTC)

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like my much-loved triple-decker Strange and Norrell

Ooh, I didn't know about that. Strange And Norrell has been sat on my shelf on grounds of bigness for some time, a triple-decker would have been lovely.
[User Picture]From: starlady38
2010-04-14 08:18 pm (UTC)

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They sell a three-volume edition of 2666, there's no call to slice the one-volume edition.
[User Picture]From: ninebelow
2010-04-15 07:25 am (UTC)

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Depends where you live but doesn't really matter anyway if you already own the one-volume edition.
[User Picture]From: rparvaaz
2010-04-15 03:36 am (UTC)

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Bad Martin!