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Jan 30, 2013

The site seems to be having problems at the moment.

Every time I click on pages I get a redirect to a strange website (blog.fantasygifts.com) and then the following.

Deagol, please can you take a look?

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Feb 2, 2014

Just as a matter of interest, do many of the people on here collect paperbacks? I have the odd (older) boxed set, but otherwise, I've always considered paperbacks to be not worth the effort of collecting, especially as new they aren't as nearly cheap as they should be for the (lack of) quality.


Yep! Unfortunately being cursed with being a completist collector means I buy everything (and I mean everything - all the garbage - including garbage criticsim - I even have both paperbacks and hardback versions of much of the criticism and even different imprints). Also collect US and Canadian editions of most of Tolkien's works and foreign language editions of the Hobbit (and some foreign editions of the LOTR - and just a few foreign language editions of other works).

There! That's my sad confession........
Feb 2, 2014
Like you I have some of the early paperback editions (unwin allen, ballantine, methuen, ace), but tend to focus on american and uk hardcovers. I imagine anyone being a completest would have to add an addition to their house to store all the different hardcover and softcover versions that have been produced.
Feb 2, 2014

I imagine anyone being a completest would have to add an addition to their house to store all the different hardcover and softcover versions that have been produced.


Indeed. 2 Large Rooms converted into Libraries. Some shelving 2 & 3 books deep!!
Feb 3, 2014
Crazy completists :)
Feb 3, 2014

Stu wrote:
Crazy completists :)


No argument from me. Completely agree with you - Crazy!

But for some reason, I get immense personal satisfaction and enjoyment from collecting. Logically it makes no sense at all (unless you looked at it from an investment/asset accumulation/capital-inflation-currency protection point of view maybe - could make the case anyway).

But gotta do something to kill time until death.......

Probably could spend the time doing something a little more beneficial to society in general though.
Feb 3, 2014

remy wrote:

Stu wrote:
Crazy completists :)


No argument from me. Completely agree with you - Crazy!

But for some reason, I get immense personal satisfaction and enjoyment from collecting. Logically it makes no sense at all (unless you looked at it from an investment/asset accumulation/capital-inflation-currency protection point of view maybe - could make the case anyway).

But gotta do something to kill time until death.......

Probably could spend the time doing something a little more beneficial to society in general though.



I definitely respect the commitment of the completist collector! I thought about it for about 5 minutes before realising that just the postage would kill me (never mind the price of the books)! There are a lot of books that I would still like to get, mind, but I think I'm going to have a bit of a quiet spell for the next 5 or so years until the Hobbit movies have faded from peoples' minds. Hopefully PJ won't make any more ME movies after the next one.
Feb 4, 2014
It is probably no surprise but I also collect paperbacks, I find some of them harder to find than hardbacks
Feb 4, 2014
I guess you already know I am a completist!

Would you completists mind checking your 7-volume boxed LR sets?
It looks like the impression numbering was not reset back to no. 1 when the 2012 edition was issued, so I would like to determine the last impression of the 2001 edition and the first of the 2012 edition.
Feb 10, 2014
Pages for three volume and seven volume editions of The Lord of the Rings updated.
Nothing spectacular really, but the identical covers on the A- and B-format film tie-in paperbacks with overlapping ISBNs are bound to confuse.
Feb 15, 2014
Hi, Deagol.

My A-formats of those LOTR film tie-ins are 7th impressions - a couple higher than you've listed.
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