Thoughtful Thursday: Whadya mean “it’s out of print?”

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I come from a family of bibliophiles.  Family dinners inevitably turn into discussions of what everyone is reading.  For a bibliophile, there is a special kind of joy that comes from finding a copy of an out of print favorite in a used bookstore, and adding it to your collection.  And why do you need multiple copies of the same book?  To give to your friends, of course!

I recently tracked down a copy of one of my favorite out of print books, Heroes of Zara Keep by Guy Gregory, a simple YA sword and sorcery novel, that I remember fondly from when I was a teenager.  Flush with success from this recent find, I am wondering dear readers:
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What out of print book should I look for in my next trip to the used book store?


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RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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11 comments

  1. I scoured the nation looking for Deathlands #1: Pilgrimage to Hell. I refused to pay the $20 for it used on websites. I knew I could find it somewhere. I eventually got it from paperbackswap, that was a good mail day when it arrived.

  2. Mind-Call by Wilanne Schneider Belden or MInd-Hold. YA novels that I found in hardcover years ago. One of the few books I will not loan out. On line copies start at around $30. Someone needs to pick these up and reprint them.

  3. I just thought of another one. Elizabeth Willey’s The Well-Favored Man.

  4. I think they are releasing collections of his work, but I was surprised bookstores don’t have copies of Robert Howard’s Conan series. I had to get mine from amazon/ebay. They are well worth it by the way, excellent books.

  5. hm… I know that I am still trolling for any of the Mageworld books by Debra Doyle and James D Macdonald and another copy of The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, specifically one with a cover that actually GOES with the plot.

  6. People are probably tired of hearing me say this, but: JACK VANCE!!
    Thanks to publishers like Subterranean Press who are bringing him back.

  7. Masques by Patricia Briggs. The first book of her Sianim series and fetches around $200 for a copy. I keep crossing my fingers I find it at a thrift store, used book store, yard sale.. wherever :)

    jaime.huff1 at gmail dot com

  8. When I was a kid, my favourite books were a series of underwater detective books by Robert Lee – a sort of anthropomorphic fish-noir. I borrowed them from the library again and again but when I later tried to buy them, found the first two – Fishy Business and Microfish – were out of print. It took me ages to track them down (no internet back then!) but it was worth it. :) Now I’m after second copies so I can pass them down to my niece and nephews…

  9. I don’t know if the Great Brain Series by JD Fitzgerald is out of print or not. But it’s one of my personal favorites. I imagine it gets reprinted every so often. His Papa Married a Mormon was also fun. My dad used to read it aloud to us and laugh his head off.

  10. I might have to check my local used book store tomorrow, all this talk of out of print books makes me want to find a new book to read.
    I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on a copy of Mind-Call or Mind-Hold (and yes it is stupid that I am wanting to read the books AFTER I no longer have direct acess to them).

  11. Congratulations to RJ Payne who has won our copy of HellHound Hearts anthology!

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