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Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: K_A_Opperman (IP Logged)
Date: 25 September, 2011 03:42PM
Martin, I plan on reading through the majority of the contents of the HPL tome (don't know if I'll reread "The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath" or not, for example....), and if I discover any errors, I shall certainly take note of them and report them--you've served long enough. There are probably several people out there to fill your shoes by now. Maybe I'll have heart after all and go through the whole thing, word by word...we'll see.

I'm glad I've got THE edition of HPL. Perfect way to rediscover his work after being away from it for a couple of years! It's neat that it's in chronological order, too! Now I can trace the progression of HPL's ideas and writing development (of course, in theory, one would properly have to start with the juvenalia in the back to really do this)--something my old Penguins didn't facilitate.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 25 Sep 11 | 03:46PM by K_A_Opperman.

Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: Gill Avila (IP Logged)
Date: 25 September, 2011 04:06PM
With all this tinkering I'm half tempted to wait until the definitive edition comes out in Blu-Ray.

Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: weorcstan (IP Logged)
Date: 26 September, 2011 03:33AM
K_A_Opperman Wrote:
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> I, for one, in reality, keep in place of a skull a
> small garden gnome (reading a book) on my
> desk...do I still count as a scholar?

Only if you are in Iowa or Minnesota. And beware, the dangers of this have also been publicized:

How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will) by Chuck Sambuchino

[www.amazon.com]



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Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: Radovarl (IP Logged)
Date: 26 September, 2011 08:54PM
Thanks for the tips on how to spot the new printing of the B&N volume (purple ribbon marker, etc.). I've reserved a copy at my local store, and plan to pick it up tomorrow. And thanks the Martinus for all the hard work!

Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: Radovarl (IP Logged)
Date: 27 September, 2011 09:53AM
Just picked up my copy of the new B&N printing. The design of the book seems much more appropriate in-hand than the photos of it I had seen led me to expect. It's probably not the greatest binding, and whatever the boards are covered with certainly isn't leather, but the art on the cover isn't as jarring as it seemed in the photos. Overall I'm quite pleased. Also, the purple ribbon seems to be a reliable indicator that the book is the new printing, with the Martin Andersson acknowledgement. All of the copies in my local store (Ithaca, NY) appeared to be identical.

Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: Radovarl (IP Logged)
Date: 27 September, 2011 03:47PM
Radovarl Wrote:
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> It's probably not the greatest binding,
> and whatever the boards are covered with certainly
> isn't leather...

Okay, the B&N website claims it's bonded leather. Shows what I know :).

Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: Martinus (IP Logged)
Date: 27 September, 2011 04:03PM
Radovarl Wrote:
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> And thanks the
> Martinus for all the hard work!

You're welcome!! :)

Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: K_A_Opperman (IP Logged)
Date: 27 September, 2011 06:55PM
Quote:
Radovarl
Just picked up my copy of the new B&N printing. The design of the book seems much more appropriate in-hand than the photos of it I had seen led me to expect. It's probably not the greatest binding, and whatever the boards are covered with certainly isn't leather, but the art on the cover isn't as jarring as it seemed in the photos. Overall I'm quite pleased.

I agree. In person, the book looks better than it does online--and, you can better experience the mesmeric irridescent effect of the cover...oh, shiny! At first, I was slightly irritated by the fact that one of my reading hands had to feel a different texture (of the smooth, irridescent portion) than the other (which felt 'leather'), but in delving into HPL's fiction, one quickly forgets such neurotic details--being distracted instead by those the Lovecraftian narrators relate to us. Still, I think the cover would have been best had it all been of uniform medium, such as the 'inlaid paint' (for want of better words) used for the rest of the cover. All in all, however, it's a stylish tome, and I'm damn proud to own it! Currently, it crowns that so coveted spot on the table next to my bed, shining like a silver and irridescent beacon of weirdness....

Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: Radovarl (IP Logged)
Date: 27 September, 2011 10:20PM
K_A_Opperman Wrote:
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> I agree. In person, the book looks better than it
> does online--and, you can better experience the
> mesmeric irridescent effect of the cover...oh,
> shiny! At first, I was slightly irritated by the
> fact that one of my reading hands had to feel a
> different texture (of the smooth, irridescent
> portion) than the other (which felt 'leather'),
> but in delving into HPL's fiction, one quickly
> forgets such neurotic details--being distracted
> instead by those the Lovecraftian narrators relate
> to us. Still, I think the cover would have been
> best had it all been of uniform medium, such as
> the 'inlaid paint' (for want of better words) used
> for the rest of the cover. All in all, however,
> it's a stylish tome, and I'm damn proud to own it!
> Currently, it crowns that so coveted spot on the
> table next to my bed, shining like a silver and
> irridescent beacon of weirdness....

I don't perceive it as especially iridescent, but I did notice, once I shelved it next to the two volumes of I am Providence (still slogging through those weighty tomes) and the Centipede HPL, that the B&N book's color scheme incorporates nearly the exact shades of the other three (midnight blue Centipede, the purple of vol. 1 of the bio, and the light blue of vol. 2).



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Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: K_A_Opperman (IP Logged)
Date: 27 September, 2011 10:46PM
Sweet. I'll bet they make a merry bunch on your shelf! That must be one sturdy shelf....

Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: Radovarl (IP Logged)
Date: 28 September, 2011 07:15AM
The Lovecraft shelf (shared by Leiber) isn't complaining too much. The Tolkien and Vance shelves, on the other hand, occasionally do camel impressions..



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 28 Sep 11 | 07:16AM by Radovarl.

Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: cathexis (IP Logged)
Date: 2 October, 2011 07:37PM
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Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: K_A_Opperman (IP Logged)
Date: 2 October, 2011 08:43PM
Dammit, dammit, dammit...I already got my copy at B&N...now I've got to hang on to these two extra $20s--I could have got rid of them! But no, I acted rashly, and I must pay for it--by not paying for it. Hey, maybe I can still return my B&N copy? I really want to go the Ebay route now--I always feel like a product is higher quality if I pay more money for it. Dammit, Cathexis, I was a lot happier before I knew about this....

Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: cathexis (IP Logged)
Date: 2 October, 2011 09:29PM
Quote:
K_A_Opperman
I was a lot happier before I knew about this....


Funny - That's what a lot of HPL's characters said too.

-Cathexis

Re: How *do* we know the definitive HPL texts are just that?
Posted by: K_A_Opperman (IP Logged)
Date: 2 October, 2011 09:32PM
Yep!--but they were never a very cheery bunch to begin with....

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