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Monday February 11, 2002
07:19 AM

bookstore adventures

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I found a copy of PTerry's The Carpet People while in Borders Books last night. This may not seem much of find to some of you, but finding this in the US has been pretty hard.

Whenever I find imported books of his, they're always slightly warped, and the pages have been gently abused along the edges as if someone had applied a cheese grater to portions of them. I know in my mind that these are probably just books that got abused in stores and couldn't be sold (in the UK, anyway), but I like to think the damage they suffered was sustained in transit to America via Valiant Book Smugglers, seeking to bring the works of Terry Pratchett to the unenlightened.

In other Terry Pratchett news, I found this quote in Strata :

"I'm proud to be human. Make no mistake! As for the other," he said, turning, "just because you're paranoid doesn't mean They aren't out to get you."

This book was written in 1981, which makes this the earliest version of the quote I know of -- is this a real live pterryism?

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  • The Borders up in Peabody, MA nearly always has the full range of Pratchett including the maps and such. You could just shop at Amazon.co.uk where they have a whole section devoted to him and have them shipped to you for a little bit more than the tax to buy them locally. The UK book covers are nicer too. He has a new one coming in May.

    And the paranoid quote is not originally from Pratchett. Although the source is unknown I'd wager a guess it came from the late 60s drug culture.

    • This book was written in 1981, which makes this the earliest version of the quote I know of -- is this a real live pterryism?

      I had a poster that said this on my wall in the mid 70s. It was a very common saying at that time.