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A Rare Find. (Read 3813 times)
Heather
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A Rare Find.
01. Dec 2004 at 17:30
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Recently I was in Vancouver, Canada for a few days and I stumbled upon this amazing used book store.  Not only was there a huge science fiction  section taking up a good 2/3 of the books there, but it was all so well organized and alphabetized that I was in heaven.  

I started looking for some Blaylock, as I do whenever I'm in a used book store, but I'm so used to never finding anything that when I spotted an entire drawer with Blaylock's name on it, opened the drawer and found it full of old paperbacks, I gasped in surprise and yelled out "Oh my god they have old Blaylock"!  

I stood there for a very long time, wanting to buy the whole drawer, even the ones I already owned just for the sheer novelty of it, but finally I decided to only purchase two and leave the rest for someone else to discover.  
I bought the original paperback prints of Land of Dreams and The Stone Giant.

When I went to the till to pay for the books ($5 canadian dollars each), the man behind the counter looked at the books and then looked at me, lowered his spectacles and squinted his eyes at me as if assessing the merits of my suspicious character.  He slowly smiled and said "how is it you managed to find the best two books in the entire store?", I smiled and said "how is it you managed to have a whole drawer full of original prints of Blaylock?".  
He continued to grin while he put my books in a brown paper bag,  gave me my change and broke eye contact with me turning his head to look at the Maine Coon cat that was laying on a pile of newspapers lazily swooshing its large tail back and forth, and eventually he said "I have my ways".
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Reply #1 - 13. Dec 2004 at 19:36
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It sounds wonderful! So why are you keeping the name of the store a secret?
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Reply #2 - 06. Feb 2005 at 01:02
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Yes, why not share this store's name? Tongue Not like I'll be up near Vancouver anytime soon, though.
Lucky lucky you! Used book stores are the very best place to find Blaylock, or so I've found. I managed to get a dusty old copy of The Disappearing Dwarf at one downtown, but that was all the guy had - then again, it wasn't overly organized, so I could have missed one (I shudder to think it!).
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Reply #3 - 08. Feb 2005 at 18:03
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I got my paperback copies of The Disappearing Dwarf and The Elfin Ship using www.abebooks.com.

This is probably one of the most brilliant ideas on the net - it's a searchable database of thousands of second-hand bookstores worldwide. All you have to do is type in the title and/or author of the second-hand book(s) you're after and it will give you a list of bookstores that have copies of that book along with the price and a description of the book's condition.

I got one of the above books from a bookstore in Arizona, and another from a bookstore in England, both in great condition, for around 10 each (approx $20), including postage and I simply can't recommend www.abebooks.com enough.

Try it! Believe me, you won't regret it. Smiley

Michael McLarnon
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Reply #4 - 09. Feb 2005 at 21:59
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You should know that If you get british editions of Blaylock Books quite often the text (phrasing and /or sentences) will be different.
Al
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Reply #5 - 10. Feb 2005 at 17:23
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Michael-

You're right, that is hands-down the BEST place to go for hard to find books. In fact, I sent Chris the link 4-5 years ago, and it's been on the main Blaylock site ever since!

Jeff
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Reply #6 - 11. Feb 2005 at 08:47
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Jeff -

Nice one! I didn't know the link was on the site.

Alan -

I didn't know that the English versions of Blaylock's books were edited.

Looks like I'll have to head over to www.abebooks.com and hunt down a US version of The Disappearing Dwarf...

Great Blaylock site, by the way. Smiley
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