A while ago, I mentioned a friend who I had loaned a book and he lost the dust jacket, and then I loaned him another and he broke the spine.

old h2g2

So cold without a jacket….

He hasn’t returned the latest books yet (though he only has two days left to do so.) But he has redeemed himself a little.

I now have a replacement for the jacket-less book. And a pretty one, at that.

Shiny!

Shiny!No dust jacket required.

No dust jacket required.

As I said in my previous post, this is a good friend, so he was forgiven anyway. At least mostly… Now he just has to remember to use a bookmark if he ever wants to read a book of mine again.

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

7 responses »

  1. Marcia says:

    All right! Your friend did you right, and your beautiful new book is a testament to that friendship. (Nothing builds friendship better than books, given or shared, talked about, argued over, loved and cherished.) Do you know, I have never read this one. It has been on my list forever. I need to rectify this situation. Don’t tell anybody, okay. It will just be between you and I. 😀

    • caitlinstern says:

      This is all five books of the Hitchhiker’s Trilogy, and a short story. (Adams insisted on calling it a trilogy despite its actual number.)
      I recommend getting them all together if you can–the books are pretty short, and reflect the episodic nature of their original radio broadcast format.

  2. kammartinez says:

    Well, that’s not so bad then. At least he was good enough to replace the ones he’d damaged. I don’t mind broken spines much (I’m the kind of person who views broken spines as an indication of a much-loved book, which means it’s got to be good reading), but losing dust covers is another thing entirely. Or dropping a book into water. Boy, did I lose it when that one happened…

    • caitlinstern says:

      I know I would have broken the spine myself eventually, it was more about seeing my book mashed flat, face down, pages bent.

      Yes, books and water do not mix. At all.

      • kammartinez says:

        Oh good heavens. I cringe when people do that: open a book flat on a table so they can keep their place. I want to grab them and yell in their faces: “Use a bookmark, you heathen! And by that I mean a flat object, not your cellphone or anything three-dimensional!”

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