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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:13 pm    Post subject: I think I've lost my mind... Reply with quote

I enjoyed reading the First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant so much that I decided that I just HAD to have the hardcovers. I managed to find a nice set of signed 1st/1st editions published by HRW in fine condition for about $500. This is the first time I've ever liked an author so much that I was willing to spend a pretty penny on some old books just to have them in first edition hardcover with signatures. I also have the Easton Press leather-bound edition of Lord Foul's Bane...

Also, just curious, but do any of you collect any of his books?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+JMJ+

I've got the 1st edition (though not sure if all are 1st printing) hardcovers, but have never thought of bothering with signed copies.

Perhaps that would be enuff to make me a very casual "collector". Dunno.

As to whether or not I still have my mind, that'll prolly depend on who you ask. Crazy

Oh, and "Welcome!", BTW. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard Nanothnir. Very Happy

Technically I collect them in the sense that I have most of them, (except the "Man Who..." books, the last 2 novellas and book 1 of the new series), but I don't collect them in a "collectible" sense. Smile

I know there are other Watchers who have signed copies and special editions etc. (no doubt they'll be along) but for me, the only purpose in owning books is to read them, so as long as my copies are readable, that's what I care about. Very Happy

You read any of the other series?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not yet, although I just started reading The Real Story. It was interesting from the first few pages. It sets things up kind of like some mystery, which is pretty cool.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, after my paperbacks got so bad I could barely re-read them, I sprung for hardcovers for the first two Chronicles. I'm glad I did, and I actually had the chance to have SRD sign them for me, so that makes them special. (The Last Chronicles I got hard-cover right out of the gate, of course.)

I understand the attraction to having nice hardcovers of your favorite books - not all of them, but the best ones. There is more of a sense of permanence. And of course collecting anything has its own rewards if it is personal and important to you. I guess that, in the end, you are somehow enshrining something important about yourself.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like Av, I'm more interested in the story than the keepsake. With that said, I have got a few of his books signed because I was at an Elohim Fest and that seemed the right thing to do. I was about last in line the first time, and I could tell he just wanted to get the hell done, so he came off as unfriendly. The second fest I went to with him there, I didn't bother getting anything else signed because I was just around for the company, and strangely enough not for the author. I even considered skipping the author part, but I'm glad I went because we did have a bit of fun.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Nanothnir

You US based fans are very fortunate to have Elohimfests. I cant think of anything more fun than a fan gathering with your favourite author.

I will never recycle my Donaldson books. it was great to keep them give. the passage of time between Chrons and editions. I should reread them again. Am also keen to get Donaldsons latest works that Ive seen mentioned here.

Be very welcome among us Nano 😁
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still have my original paperback copies of TCTC and the Second Chronicles. They're not in great shape, but they're still readable, and I like the covers, so not planning to replace them.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not yet, although I just started reading The Real Story. It was interesting from the first few pages. It sets things up kind of like some mystery, which is pretty cool.


The Gap series is not easy reading. That's all I'm saying. Wink
I read through the whole series once. Not sure I can ever bring myself to read it again.

I like Mordant's Need, though. That was the first SRD series I read.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant go, Nanothnir, I keep hardcover versions of all ten books, plus paperback version of the three First Chronicles books. Only one of those Chronicles hardcovers is signed, and that's because Stephen R. Donaldson was kind enough to sign my copy of The Last Dark when I visited Albuquerque for Elohimfest 2014. My First Chronicles hardcovers are rather worn out, but the others are still in decent shape.

I only have paperback versions of Reave the Just and Other Tales, of the two Mordant's Need books, and of the five Gap Cycle books.

The four Man Who mysteries, the two-novella The King's Justice, the new novel Seventh Decimate, and Daughters of Regals and Other Tales I have in hardcover.

I've gotten to where I actually like Mordant's Need and the Gap Cycle more than I like the Chronicles, so I suppose it's only a matter of time until I get hardcover versions of these two series. The Gap Cycle was hard for me to get into at first, because of the brutality of the first book, but they were well worth it in the end.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not yet, although I just started reading The Real Story. It was interesting from the first few pages. It sets things up kind of like some mystery, which is pretty cool.


I'm jealous...his best writing ever as far as I'm concerned. Drop into the Gap forum any time, but maybe start threads instead of reading old ones, since spoilers are going to abound. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have signed 1st edition hardcovers, and I treasure them.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Id be interested to hear how you find the Gap series Nano.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Id be interested to hear how you find the Gap series Nano.


Sure, I will keep y'all updated on that. I've just been busy with classes (I am a medical student), so I haven't had time to really read in the past couple of weeks... Embarassed


I also have the Malazan books on my reading list. I wonder how long it will take to start and finish all of those books. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy It depends on how fast you read, and whether you combine the Esselmont books with them (since they sorta run in parallel).

Check out the Erikson sub-forum, but as with the Gap, beware of spoilers. Very Happy

(Great books btw.)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

😁 well we dont want to take you from your studies. Maybe save them for your next break or not. LOL 😂
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The problem with good books is theyre hard to put down, and focus on anything else, especially comming here as well. This place can be addictive ...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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😁 well we dont want to take you from your studies. Maybe save them for your next break or not. LOL 😂


Break? What break? Laughing
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😂😂😂😂😂

Oh dear 😔
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What? The Book of the Fallen is clearly more important than actual studies. Get your priorities right. Wink

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