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    • CommentAuthorsonofivor
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008 edited
    the other day i found
    1- the continental op by Daishel Hammet
    2- Dracula with illustrations by Jae Lee (very cool)
    3- the art of war by Sun Tzu
    4- a few cheap old paperbacks of John D. Macdonald

    what have the rest of you dug up?
  1.  (2397.2)
    A while ago I found a couple of Philip Jose Farmer collections in a charity shop. This week I bought three Iain M. Banks books for one pound fifty. Much bargain-ness.

  2.  (2397.3)
    there are signed alan grant bogie man issues round the corner
    • CommentAuthoris
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    @ will couper: charity shops are always good for Ian Banks / Ian M Banks i got a fairly good collection of his books going from my local oxfam. i also found Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors there.
    • CommentAuthorWilf
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    My best find was spotting a copy of Neil Gaiman's Death:Time of your life in a £1 bookshop (These shops used to be quite prevalent, and mainly sold tatty old books you wouldn't take home if they were free!).

    When I got to the counter, the guy said 'Ah, Neil Gaiman - I've just got a couple of other bits by him in'.

    'A couple of bits' turned out to be the full run of Sandman trades, plus the hardcover Sandman: Dream Hunters. 12 quid for the lot.

    That was what got me back into comics, too - I enjoyed reading them so much that I started hunting for similar (non-superhero-y) things, which, by a round-about route, led me to Preacher and Transmetropolitan. Never looked back!
    • CommentAuthoris
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    @madbloke, meep! where is this shop???
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    I found in what was my local used book store

    - Voltaire + Candide
    - Thud!
    - Monstrous Regiment
    - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    Unfortunately, they had really great, old pulp magazines and sci-fi books, including Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, that I was never able to get before moving.
    • CommentAuthor___________
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008 edited
    edited as I can't read, obviously
    • CommentAuthorWilf
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    @is - used to be in Blackpool, but is sadly no more :(

    Was VERY rare they ever had any comics though (as I find is the case with most second-hand bookshops).
  3.  (2397.10)
    S'funny 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' was mentioned, I got all five books from various charity and secondhand shops. I actually get most of my books that way.

  4.  (2397.11)
    I found this

    and this

    at Myopic Books here in Chicago. Amazing used book shop. Both Kult (original edition) and the Dune Encyclopedia can be pains in the ass to find for cheap. Finding them with a nice earthy used book smell, even better.
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    First edition Finnish translation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. That's my favourite find so far.
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    I found a copy of Good Omens once in a second hand store.

    That's what really started me reading Discworld.
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    I found a first edition hardcover of Hunter Thompson's Hell's Angels book for ten bucks.
  5.  (2397.15)
    a ton of really good books, but my best find was a japanese 12" of the pre-WHO band called HIGH NUMBERS with an actual photograph of the WHO glued to the front. 15 bucks!
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
    The only really cool thing (to me) that I got was a really good condition copy of "The Martian Chronicles" with a 1970-something copyright date. I'm assuming it's not rare at all, but it's on my "I need to read to call myself a nerd" list.
  6.  (2397.17)
    i got a big pile of books ranging from odd medical books, how to draw medical illustrations, the sexual lives of savages ( a weighty tome fully illustrated ) and so on from the last wigtown book maze all for a next to nothing by way of a small donation. the books were piled a foot high and laid out as a maze covering the gardens in the town square. I'm hoping they do another one of these soon as they're fun to wade through.
  7.  (2397.18)
    A Sign for Cain: An Exploration of Human Violence by Fredric Wertham (of Seduction of the Innocent fame)
  8.  (2397.19)
    Apart from the usual good find novels, I've had a "Guide Porcelaine to the Loos of Paris" (toilets for you lot over the pond); 'Secret London', a guide to the lesser known places of our capital with lots of interesting facts; a turn of the century life drawing book (which my ex kept, bah!) and a huge pile of Shade the Changing Man. I haven't found anything good for a while...
  9.  (2397.20)
    minorities by t.e. lawrence

    price: $6