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Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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Great photos, Trotter. Those give us a better idea of the actual color. These books tend to be real tricky to photograph. Flash really seems to make them look lighter than they are.

So, it looks like HC's marketing of this book must have worked fairly well. If Stu got #30 at 10:00AM, and Trotter got #73 at noon, then they were selling at a pretty decent pace. My order was placed at 2:00AM on the 21'st (due to the delay for U.S. ordering), so I am quite a way behind you guys. I think I will be quite lucky to get a number less than 120.

I know I was skeptical as to how many "pre-orders" were taken. However, it seems possible that they may have sold a couple hundred just in the first 2 days.

Anyone else get their copy yet?

Posted on: 2009/5/29 5:30


Re: UK only - Michael Wood on Beowulf (BBC 4)
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I watched this last night, and I recommend anyone who is interested in Beowulf to watch because they show the original manuscript (first time it has ever been shown on TV).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/ ... /Michael_Wood_on_Beowulf/

Posted on: 2009/5/29 5:01


Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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Here are some more pictures of the SuperDeluxe COH and Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun for comparison.

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/3327/img0046jlf.jpg

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/4302/img0047f.jpg

http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/2372/img0048n.jpg

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/5265/img0045m.jpg

There are differences between the two books in book size and clamshell size, but they do look nice together. The lift out ribbon as you can see in the pictures is attached differently to COH, and I can't see how this new design is meant to work.

I ordered at about 12pm and my copy is number 73. I was also impressed with the huge box that it came in which was very well packed.

Posted on: 2009/5/29 4:55


UK only - Michael Wood on Beowulf (BBC 4)
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This is part of the BBC poetry season.

"Historian Michael Wood returns to his first great love, the Anglo-Saxon world, to reveal the origins of our literary heritage. Focusing on Beowulf and drawing on other Anglo-Saxon classics, he traces the birth of English poetry back to the Dark Ages.

Travelling across the British Isles from East Anglia to Scotland and with the help of Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, actor Julian Glover, local historians and enthusiasts, he brings the story and language of this iconic poem to life."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kpv23

Should be available on the BBC iPlayer service for the next 7 days as well, only for UK visitors though.

Andrew

Posted on: 2009/5/28 10:44


Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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Thanks for the pictures. I'm really glad they retained the curved corners on the boards (as I thought they might save money by going with normal corners), although I'm not sure about the idea of having the curve on the page block itself - I assume it looks better than it sounds (Seems like an odd and pointless deviation from the CoH SD, mind).

On the durability side, I guess the softness of the leather isn't too important as these books will typically live in their traycases anyway. Sounds a bit concerning that you don't want to pull the lift-out ribbon because you are worried it might come off. Is that just good old-fashioned paranoia, or do you have cause to think it might not be strongly constructed?

I think that you got number 30 (despite being pretty quick off the mark) definitely means they sold some the day before or had some pre-paid orders that got the earlier numbers.

Stu

Posted on: 2009/5/27 17:51



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