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http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0883853183/ref=nosim/weisstein-20

$2.5K for a new copy of Mathematical Gems III (Dolciani Mathematical Expositions) (Pt.3) Paperback – September 11, 1997
by Ross Honsberger. Used not so bad though.

You Play The Redd And The Blecch Comes Up (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 19 April 2015 22:02 (eight years ago) link

http://www.amazon.com/Travelling-people-B-S-Johnson/dp/B0019Y3X7S

found the paperback for $5 a few years back and didn't know till recently that it hasn't been reprinted since the mid-sixties

no lime tangier, Sunday, 19 April 2015 22:50 (eight years ago) link

A Million Random Digits With 100,000 Normal Deviates
Hardcover, $272

http://www.amazon.com/Million-Random-Digits-Normal-Deviates/dp/0029257905/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

i've wanted this for so long

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 20:56 (eight years ago) link

Should have posted that mine was:

Appraising Lakatos: Mathematics, Methodology, and the Man (Vienna Circle Institute Library)Mar 31, 2002
by György Kampis and Ladislav Kvasz
Hardcover $269.00

The Stan-Reckoner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 21:52 (eight years ago) link

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/merlins-magic/author/helen-clare/

My family's had a copy since the 50's, it's great, wish the NYRB or some other publishing house would reprint it.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 22:09 (eight years ago) link

o MAN that book of rand corp tables. that's a steal frankly.

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 23:00 (eight years ago) link

the comments

Premise ridiculous. Who have two potato? (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 23:24 (eight years ago) link

so many wiseasses

At first, I was overjoyed when I received my copy of this book. However, when an enemy in my department showed me HER copy, I found that they were the OPPOSITE of random - they were IDENTICAL.

Its list of deviates is very nice for someone in my profession, however.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 23:33 (eight years ago) link

Mad stuff here: http://www.amazon.com/Period-Whisky-Trollope-Anthony-Paperback/dp/B00IIBE8H4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429671609&sr=1-1&keywords=%22whisky+priest+book%22
That's a print-on-demand book I published, which you can buy new for $15, or else get it for $800+ from this maniac

And here's another one I published, new for $13 or else $200+ here: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=14096693693&searchurl=kn%3D%22whisky+priest+book%22%26sortby%3D1

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 03:03 (eight years ago) link

someone didn't get the news that scupltor's daughter has been republished:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=781954055

$1820 for an ex-library copy if anyone's tempted

no lime tangier, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 03:37 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

Colloquial Bengali, 2008 Edition.
Paperback from $250.01

http://www.amazon.com/Colloquial-Bengali-paperback-Mithun-Paperback/dp/B00OX8WUVM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1442588152&sr=8-2&keywords=colloquial+bengali+2008

There is also a 2009 update, same authors, for about %30, paperbook and ebook, and an edition from this year, which costs about as much as an Amazon Fire.

The Starry-Eyed Messenger Service (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 18 September 2015 14:59 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

'Hammer of the Left: My Part in Defeating the Labour Left by John Golding' (Politicos, 2003). someone asking £4,821.36 for a used copy in good condition, although there is also a new copy going for £2,764.20

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B00NPNC0VG/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&qid=&sr=

soref, Monday, 5 October 2015 20:30 (eight years ago) link

Megan Lindholm - Cloven Hooves (Voyager Classics)[Paperback]

£1,150.81
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used - Good
MJM's STORE

£1,174.75
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used - Good
M&E Store-UK

£1,675.90
+ £2.80 UK delivery
New
MJM's STORE

£1,709.16
+ £2.80 UK delivery
New
M&E Store-UK

strange. I bought a used copy of this for $2.99, but it doesn't look very promising.

scarlett bohansson (unregistered), Monday, 5 October 2015 20:56 (eight years ago) link

algorithmic pricing is a thing, guys

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Monday, 5 October 2015 23:13 (eight years ago) link

Doesn't mean we can't mock it.

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Tuesday, 6 October 2015 08:59 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...
four months pass...

Des Dickerson, My Time With Prince
http://www.amazon.com/My-Time-Prince-Dez-Dickerson/dp/1930575491

Radio Free European Son (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 April 2016 20:43 (seven years ago) link

Sorry for the 's', Dez, I blame autocorrect

The WLS National Batdance (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 April 2016 20:46 (seven years ago) link

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=16726771879

johnny crunch, Saturday, 30 April 2016 22:55 (seven years ago) link

I grew up with this book: Arabella, The Heavenly Cat:

http://www.amazon.com/Arabella-Heavenly-Cat-Van-Heukelom/dp/B000K0191O

Yung Chella (Eazy), Sunday, 15 May 2016 03:16 (seven years ago) link

Absolutely Nothing to Get Alarmed About: The Complete Novels of Charles Wright is $85-125ish on Amazon/Abe, and there are no copies of any of his works in any NZ libraries to interloan, eh.
http://www.amazon.com/Absolutely-Nothing-Get-Alarmed-About/dp/006096958X/

etc, Sunday, 29 May 2016 02:34 (seven years ago) link

not sure if it's any help to you, but there is one novel from that collection available at hard to find's online site priced at under $10.

no lime tangier, Sunday, 29 May 2016 06:52 (seven years ago) link

Oh, thanks, nice find - that's the one book of the three in the collected I hadn't thought to look up ... seems The Wig was republished in 1993 and there's copies floating about.

The $85ish dollar copies have disappeared from Amazon and it's over $155ish now. I'd been looking up Wright after doing some follow-up on Fran Ross' Oreo, but it seems he's just been referenced in the NY Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/books/12-new-books-were-reading-this-summer-and-6-not-so-new.html

etc, Monday, 30 May 2016 23:04 (seven years ago) link

The copy I have of this is apparently now worth $1,800. And the few copies going for $500 the last time I checked are no longer available. I can't imagine any human being is actually buying this book for anything more than $10.

larry appleton, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:50 (seven years ago) link

But, you know, sperm cults

The high price is a little annoying because I'd like to buy a couple of copies to give out as Christmas presents.

larry appleton, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:08 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

i bought a nice copy of this for $16 a few wks ago @ a book sale

https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-porno-PierNico-Solinas/dp/0938112007/

johnny crunch, Thursday, 4 August 2016 11:14 (seven years ago) link

moreso that I want to read it than care what its worth

johnny crunch, Thursday, 4 August 2016 11:14 (seven years ago) link

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1901033600/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1_olp?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1442588654&sr=1-1&keywords=wreckers+of+civilization

god damn it, please repress this!

― sleeve, Friday, September 18, 2015 8:04 AM (10 months ago)

Amazon listed this at one point but it seems to have been put on indefinite hold

ro✧✧✧@il✧✧✧.c✧✧ (sleeve), Thursday, 4 August 2016 15:15 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Paperback slightly cheaper: https://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Flattened-Earth-Enlightenment/dp/B01JXSL6IE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1474808131&sr=8-4&keywords=mary+terrall
Although there is in act a third entry with a reasonable price as well. Does this happen often?

Autotune the Sky (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 September 2016 14:28 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.amazon.com/Confession-Paperback-Domenic-Stansberry-2004-11-01/dp/B01FKS7LFI/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1476064097&sr=8-5&keywords=stansberry+confessions
Maybe I should have held on to my copy. Although other offers orders of magnitude cheaper.

Easy, Spooky Action! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 October 2016 01:50 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

had an inkling to buy this pre-order or rt when it was published, shdve pulled the trigger

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0996744738/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3J5GW8ANFZN82&coliid=I204XMH1YADJIA

johnny crunch, Saturday, 19 November 2016 14:46 (seven years ago) link

I've been after a copy of Action: The Story Of A Violent Comic for years. Look how much these clowns are selling it for, sheer madness.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B01F81YCMW/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=1481143358&sr=8-2

Another seller has it for a slightly more realistic £90, but that's still a little too much.

Pheeel, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 20:49 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

https://smile.amazon.com/Writing-Becketts-Letters-Cahiers-George/dp/0956509274

I was really interested in this when it came out, but put it off because it was kinda expensive. Little did I know.

Funnily enough, you can buy a box of the first 28 books in the Cahiers series for half that price (£400), which still includes this book. You just can't buy it as a standalone anymore.

Rimsky-Koskenkorva (Øystein), Thursday, 26 January 2017 23:57 (seven years ago) link

There's an upcoming Krasznohorkai book in that series, but it's US$50 for 96 pages, so I won't be able to buy that

I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Friday, 27 January 2017 00:49 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

lol there's a used mass market paperback copy of Poul Anderson's Tau Zero going for $3k on amazon

Οὖτις, Friday, 3 March 2017 17:23 (six years ago) link

ha lol. I was going to complain about used copies of Get in the Van going for $47 on amazon but then I saw that you can get it new directly from his merch page for $25

“Yeah. Huh, thanks.” (los blue jeans), Friday, 3 March 2017 18:04 (six years ago) link

four months pass...
eight months pass...

Somebody wants $999.61 for this one
https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Inside-Robert-Silverberg/dp/B002BNHSFE

Whiney On The Moog (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 19 March 2018 01:51 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Attention, Sund4r! Now only $2,187.88

COLLECTED WORKS FOR GUITAR CHOROS NO1/ETUDES/PRELUDES/ SUITE POPULAIRE BRESILIENNE by Heitor Villa-Lobos (February 01,2001) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015X3XYBU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_cDj4Ab1NRXJN7

We’ll Take Chanhassen (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 15:50 (five years ago) link

Not quite $900- only $715.36! Introduction by Damon Knight!

Casey Agonistes, and other science fiction and fantasy stories https://www.amazon.com/dp/0060129115/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Hvp5AbAWW8ES5

Dub (Webster’s Dictionary) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 April 2018 22:30 (five years ago) link

https://www.amazon.com/Tragedie-Hamlet-George-MacDonald-Original/dp/1881084388/

Hardcover
from $711.52
2 Used from $711.52
1 New from $1,273.92

Nashville #9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 May 2018 23:03 (five years ago) link

$900 (just like in the title!) for Slonimsky’s The Road to Music https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007DT78Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_VbRcBb6X6R8YH

omgneto and ittanium mayne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 May 2018 13:21 (five years ago) link

Attention, Sund4r! Now only $2,187.88

COLLECTED WORKS FOR GUITAR CHOROS NO1/ETUDES/PRELUDES/ SUITE POPULAIRE BRESILIENNE by Heitor Villa-Lobos (February 01,2001) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015X3XYBU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_cDj4Ab1NRXJN7🕸

Price has gone up since we last spoke. Now only $ 2,762.38
+ $5.49 shipping

omgneto and ittanium mayne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 May 2018 13:23 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Only $778.77. Middle digit cleverly incremented by one to add complexity.
https://www.amazon.com/Climbers-Novel-M-John-Harrison/dp/0753819554

Uncle Redd in the Zingtime (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 June 2018 13:52 (five years ago) link

Used from £3.13...

koogs, Sunday, 24 June 2018 15:01 (five years ago) link

It's also listing one for a penny, plus 6 quid postage from the states...

£0.01 Used - Like New
+ £5.98 Delivery
owlsmart_usa

koogs, Sunday, 24 June 2018 15:03 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Pronounce it Perfectly in Russian: Book with 2 Cassettes (Pronounce it Perfectly Series) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0812080165/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_JHZuBb1690PE2

USED (3) FROM $191.60
TRADE IN FOR $2.50

Isora Clubland (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 July 2018 13:45 (five years ago) link

Btw, koogs otm, Climbers does seem to have, um, climbed down quite a bit.

Isora Clubland (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 July 2018 21:48 (five years ago) link

£0.01 Used - Like New
+ £5.98 Delivery
owlsmart_usa

owlsmart seem to do this a lot - sell you the book for nothing but charge double for the postage. Annoys me a bit.

Dug this out the other day, copy bought from a Glasgow charity shop a few years ago. Looked inside at the pencil price that I paid - £1.50.

https://beta.photobucket.com/u/Andrew_Littlefield/p/c86e7e73-9163-40fe-8356-410c16bf4dbe

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 2 August 2018 20:14 (five years ago) link

I'm genuinely embarrassed at how poor I am at posting links, that was meant to be my copy of 900 grandmothers. I give up :-(

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 2 August 2018 20:16 (five years ago) link

Thank you!

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 2 August 2018 20:44 (five years ago) link

Awesome!

3-Way Tie (For James Last) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 2 August 2018 22:35 (five years ago) link

impressive find

I bought a beaten-up copy of Lafferty's Past Master for $1.95 earlier this year, but used copies are selling for as little as $40 on Amazon, so it wasn't as much of a steal as I'd hoped. I'm pretty sure that's the only time I've ever seen a Lafferty book in a bookstore

ilxor-com-dog-meat-drawer-7-840-x-600.jpg (unregistered), Friday, 3 August 2018 02:51 (five years ago) link

Yeah, the only two other Laffertys I have are an 80s reissue of Past Master, and the UK paperback of Fourth Mansions seen here in this Guardian article on RAL from a few years ago (still waiting on those reissues!):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/aug/13/ra-lafferty-secret-sci-fi-genius-poised-for-comeback

Ward Fowler, Friday, 3 August 2018 07:58 (five years ago) link

> (still waiting on those reissues!)

amazon has the following upcoming releases

The Best of R. A. Lafferty – 7 Feb 2019 (few details)
9.99 Paperback

and

R. A. Lafferty: Three Great Novels: Space Chantey, Fourth Mansions, Past Master - 20 Sep 2018
10 quid for Kindle edition, 15 for the paperback

(
also the following were reissued since the article:

The Man with the Speckled Eyes (The Collected Short Fiction, Volume Four) 14 Mar 2017
Hardback

The Man Underneath: The Collected Short Fiction, Volume Three: 3 - 3 May 2016
Hardback

The Man with the Aura: The Collected Short Fiction, Volume Two: 2 - 17 Mar 2015
Hardback

don't know if those were limited editions but they go for a premium now)

plenty of other kindle editions too, 900 grandmas is two quid...

koogs, Friday, 3 August 2018 10:19 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Used 2018 paperback of The Right Stuff, $100: https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=30015305990

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 00:30 (five years ago) link

https://www.amazon.com/Life-Celine-Critical-Biography-Nicholas/dp/B010DSX0GE

(picked up a copy for less than ten dollars a few years back)

no lime tangier, Sunday, 9 September 2018 01:34 (five years ago) link

eight months pass...

The Lost Worlds of 2001 https://www.amazon.com/dp/0283979038/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_r.b9CbYR675SH

$ 437 39 $862.25 Save $424.86 (49%)
& Free Shipping

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 June 2019 19:16 (four years ago) link

The price of the Pohl book in the link Οὖτις posted seems to have come down a bit.

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 June 2019 19:20 (four years ago) link

There must be some "Artsy" Clarke completists out there.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 2 June 2019 19:22 (four years ago) link

Lots of these have come down, actually.
Villa-Lobos I posted is now at only $89.62
+ $3.98 shipping. Bunch of others are now about $7 or so.

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 2 June 2019 19:42 (four years ago) link

Hopefully one day you will come across a reasonably priced Celine bio, nlt.

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 8 June 2019 22:57 (four years ago) link

i came across that maybe ten years ago for the (checks book) price of $12.50... have been thinking about rereading it to get its full value.

also recently found another copy of the bs johnson i posted way up there^ to replace the one i lent out and ended up paying twice the price for it at an outrageous $10

no lime tangier, Saturday, 8 June 2019 23:13 (four years ago) link

Since he just passed this weekend, I was seeing whether I could find a copy of a book I've only read excerpts from...and then: https://www.amazon.com/Shy-Novel-Kevin-Killian/dp/0895943484/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=shy+kevin+killian&qid=1560783473&s=books&sr=1-1

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Monday, 17 June 2019 14:58 (four years ago) link

:( I was figuring this thread bump would be related to a Kevin Killian book

sarahell, Monday, 17 June 2019 18:46 (four years ago) link

One Touch of Venus (script and libretto) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007DSIKO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_IimdDbWWX0RG3
$ 264 18
& Free Shipping
Note: Not eligible for Amazon Prime

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 21 June 2019 11:43 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

*bump*

AP Chemirocha (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 15 June 2021 12:06 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

O_o ...guess i shouldn't have given my copy away perhaps

no lime tangier, Thursday, 4 November 2021 06:45 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

ya ho wtf

no lime tangier, Saturday, 17 December 2022 10:33 (one year ago) link

I own a copy if anyone's interested!

https://www.amazon.com/Alejandro-Jodorowsky-Thoughts-Documenta-English/dp/3775728635

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 17 December 2022 11:17 (one year ago) link

I like how the kindle price is 5$

| (Latham Green), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 19:30 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I Need More, More Than $249.99.

And Your Borad Can Zing (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 2 February 2023 21:56 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

An ebook cannot by definition be out of print so I'm not sure why this one costs £99. https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-woman-in-white-217

It''s also available through Barnes & noble for $2.

a holistic digital egosystem (ledge), Saturday, 22 July 2023 20:36 (seven months ago) link

given that aside from the names and the colour reversal the description is identical to the woman in black I suspect some kind of foul play.

a holistic digital egosystem (ledge), Saturday, 22 July 2023 20:41 (seven months ago) link

I hope mr redd doesn't mind the thread drift here. I found an interview with the author who grew up on (sic) horse stables and says "I love writing it imagination"
https://www.smashwords.com/interview/Horrorebooks123

a holistic digital egosystem (ledge), Saturday, 22 July 2023 20:47 (seven months ago) link

It's cool, no worries.

Live and Left Eye (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 July 2023 14:38 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

Peter’s Room, by Antonia Forest
Paperback
from $453.99

The Ginger Bakersfield Sound (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 19 February 2024 01:44 (six days ago) link

I bought Wim Wender's photography book Written in the West, Revisited in 2015 for, I think, $40, and now it's going for $400-$900. Never know where to sell these things, though.

paisley got boring (Eazy), Monday, 19 February 2024 01:52 (six days ago) link

*Wenders's

paisley got boring (Eazy), Monday, 19 February 2024 01:52 (six days ago) link

Abe is what even my more occasional bookseller friends use, as well as what my bigger bookseller friends use.

butt dumb tight my boners got boners (the table is the table), Monday, 19 February 2024 03:23 (six days ago) link

James Redd and the Blecchs, are you an Antonia Forest fan? I love Peter's Room and will be keeping my copy no matter how valuable it gets.

Lily Dale, Monday, 19 February 2024 23:32 (six days ago) link

The hunt scene in particular is genius imo.

Lily Dale, Monday, 19 February 2024 23:33 (six days ago) link

Ha, Lily Dale, I know nothing about it all really, just saw it mentioned in M. John Harrison’s recent “anti-memoirSl

The Ginger Bakersfield Sound (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 01:02 (five days ago) link

“Anti-memoir”

The Ginger Bakersfield Sound (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 February 2024 01:51 (five days ago) link

I wish Peter's Room were more available, because there are so many people I would recommend it to if it were. The series doesn't sound like much when you describe it - they're books for children/young adults, half set at boarding school and the other half at home (home being a largeish farm/estate that their father unexpectedly inherits in book three and that they're still settling into by Peter's Room). But Forest is brilliant at characterization and atmosphere and just uses that basic school-and-home YA framework to do whatever the fuck she wants, and there's a particular stretch of three or four books in the middle where she's at the height of her powers and the effect is extraordinary.

To give a quick snippet of her writing I'm going to copy out all of "All the Birds of the Air...", the very short chapter where the main character finds that her beloved hawk has died in the night. The book, though it takes place over just a few weeks, is very episodic: lots of set-pieces and vignettes and chapters that could be self-contained short stories. This chapter is slipped in between two much longer ones, and Sprog is never mentioned again.

So it had happened at last.

Last summer, the very morning she'd met Patrick and Jael for the first time, her father, talking of hawks in general, had said: They can be perfectly well when you leave them at night and next morning you'll find them stone dead. As her eyes took in the feathered shape, dangling inertly from its jesses, that had been The Sprog, Nicola knew that deep in her mind she'd remembered that sentence each time she opened the hawkhouse door and each time been reprieved. Till today. Patrick had said you couldn't keep merlins through the winter.

As if that somehow made it partly his fault she thought hatingly that it was a good thing he wasn't here to see how right he'd been. Lawrie, on the other hand, had been wrong: crying didn't have to burst out, even though when animals died it was always misery past bearing: one would always much rather it were one of the family. Crying inside was another matter altogether; but at least people couldn't look at you sideways and ask, madly tactfully, what was up, had you got a cold?

And presently, when everything was tidied away and Sprog buried, she found herself trudging back over the snow-covered down to home and breakfast--not that she wanted either, but she supposed there'd be a terrible huha if she just didn't turn up; and an enormous scarlet moon was ballooning down the dark western sky and that was something she wouldn't see again; from now on she'd be able to stay in bed like other people.

Instantly, at the unguarded thought, tears flooded her eyes and furiously she blinked them dry. If she was going to behave like this every time she thought of him, it was going to be simply ghastly. In a way it would have been better if it had happened at school; it was so much more difficult to cry there. But already Trennels had come into view, a pattern of lighted windows against the dark morning, and she stood still, deliberately thinking Sprog until the name was just a bruised sadness--so if she could manage it so that she didn't tell anyone till tonight, better still tomorrow, she ought to be all right--

A sentence wrote itself across her mind: Our poor little cat is dead. Emily is sorry. She thought it again as she went on towards the house, and the clenched, wrung feeling inside her began to slacken. She couldn't have said why Emily Bronte's long-ago sorrow should have been comforting, but it was probably that Charlotte had told her it was wrong to care too much about animals, just like Ann always said it to her, Nicola, too.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 22 February 2024 04:19 (three days ago) link

Minor formatting fail: the lines spoken by Nicola's father, and the quotation from one of the Brontes, are supposed to be in italics. I didn't realize that block quoting would italicize everything.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 22 February 2024 04:22 (three days ago) link

No worries, on zing it works fine. And thanks so much for that, it lived up to its billing.

The Ginger Bakersfield Sound (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 22 February 2024 05:52 (three days ago) link

i started reading this on internet archive the other day. have learned to trust LD on kids' books. it's very good.

A street taco cart named Des'ree (Deflatormouse), Friday, 23 February 2024 03:33 (two days ago) link

Oh, didn’t think to look there, good idea!

The Ginger Bakersfield Sound (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 23 February 2024 06:03 (two days ago) link


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