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Library Book Sale 2006

Monday, April 10, 2006

The Year's Best Science Fiction - Gardner Dozois, ed.
Night Shift - Stephen King
Delores Claiborne - Stephen King
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams
Exile's Song - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Stormqueen! - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Sphere - Michael Crichton
Komarr - Lois McMaster Bujold
The Warrior's Apprentice - Lois McMaster Bujold
Magic Kingdom for Sale... Sold! - Terry Brooks
The Wishsong of Shannara - Terry Brooks
First King of Shannara - Terry Brooks
A Knight of the Word - Terry Brooks
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Donald F. Glut
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Steven Spielberg
How Few Remain - Harry Turtledove
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
Tale of the Body Thief - Anne Rice

Linear Programming (paperback) - Chvatal

Thendara House - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Skeleton Crew - Stephen King

Novels are $0.50 apiece, nonfiction paperbacks are $1.50, and hardcovers are up to $4 from $3 in the last two years.

It's still a great deal; last year I got both volumes of Parallel Distributed Processing by Rumelhart and McClelland for $3 and Graphs and Hypergraphs (the English version) by Berge for $3. The latter would have easily cost me $40 if I could even find it, and I've seen new copies of PDP selling for over $100. In 2004 I scored a pristine copy of Programming in Prolog (Clocksin and Mellish) for $1.50 and The Art of Prolog (Sterling and Shapiro) for $3. All of these were donated by retiring professors. I suppose I should make some donations now and some when I move on, however many years from now that is.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Puccini's Turandot (1988) - a recording of an April, 1987 production at the Met, directed by Franco Zeffirelli

This was one of those $5-a-video deals, and having just gotten a windfall of $5, I couldn't resist.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Star Wars: The Truce at Bakura - Kathy Tyers
Star Wars: The Last Command - Timothy Zahn

These were in "very good", possible "like new" condition. Why do people toss such nice books? Well, I'll be sure to give these a good home (on my shelf, while space lasts). ;-)

In the afternoon I went back and got about a dozen math, science, and economics textbooks in one small box and about 30 more novels and assorted nonfiction in a large box. The last three hours of the book sale features a $5-a-box cleanup period. I had set the Gormenghast Trilogy in my box, but I left it there and someone decided that he or she wanted it. Oh, well - I figure "share and share alike", and since it's a library benefit, it's better that it go to someone willing to pay $1.50 for it than to me, who's hauling 35 pounds of boooks away for a fiver.

Total expenditures: ($11 + $1) + $5 + ($1 + $10) = $28



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 16th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, sweetie, we know you have tenure.
Now go back and fix the numbers, mmkay?
Apr. 16th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Aye dknot get it

*recomputes sum* Nerp.
*checks dates* No.pe

Wot izzit?
I know my first list of boonks doesn't add up to $11, but I either lost one of the books or overpaid by accident. Either is quite possible, but I wouldn't rule out being too eager to take one of them home and forgetting about it.

Was there something else?

Apr. 16th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Aye dknot get it
Ah, okay. Not an arithmetical problem. A record-keeping problem. Well, since you overpaid (if anything), I can let it slide.

Otherwise I'd have to sentence you to go to the library tomorrow and pay the difference.

(And I have to say that when I first looked at the entry, I saw "10" as the first number in the equation, instead of "11". So that would have been a very straightforward tyope mistake. Except that it wasn't there the next time I looked at it.)
Apr. 16th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, okay
Actually, I probably left the 19th book there.
I should trust librarians to pay better attention to my books than I do! :-D

gondhir also pointed out that I didn't mention in the original post that I bought two boxes the second time.

While I often correct tyopes fater psotting, I'm pretty sure I didn't change the equation. But then, things foften change fro me when I look at them a second time. :-D

Apr. 16th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
"Second time"
That's the second time I went back on Wednesday, the fifth time I went to this lovely annual time sink. :-)

Apr. 17th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
Wow, your library sale is much better than our local one. That could be a good thing as I still managed to bring home two large boxes full.

I see that a couple of your Lois McMaster Bujold books are from her Miles Vorkosigan series. Miles grows up in the series, so it is beneficial to start at the beginning, in case you weren't aware. I loved the unique character of Miles. Sadly, Bujold is no longer writing of Mile's adventures, and her later books have been less science fiction and more fantasy. I believe she has improved with each book she has written. I thoroughly enjoy Bujold's writing, especially her Chalion fantasy series. I relish Paladin of Souls as a rare and special book.

Enjoy your reads.

Apr. 18th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
Ooooh I'm so jealous of your campus' awesome book sales!!!!!

The best is going to a con and finding a bunch of awesome books for really cheap in the dealer's room. Packed my suitcase FULL of books last Media that I got for dirt cheap. *grins*
May. 7th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Suitcase of books
Hee! If you ever saw that episode of Friends where Ross and Chandler went to Vermont and Ross got addicted to maple candy and packed his suitcase full of amenities from the $600 hotel room... yeah, that's me with book sales.

May. 7th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Suitcase of books
LOL. Yeah book sales are hard to resist.
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