The Attack of the Clones

No, this post has nothing to do with the recent buzz about Disney buying the Star Wars movie franchise from Lucasfilm. What I’m referring here as “clones” are the bunch of books I already have that, in any which way, I can’t help from buying another copy of in a slightly different (sometimes better) edition in this first week of book finds as November rolls in.

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November 5, 2012 — SM San Lazaro

  • So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams — bought for PHP 80 in Booksale. When it comes to hardcover first editions, I’m a totally helpless nut; throw in a good bargain price then in a jiffy, without a moment’s hesitation, here, take my money! Although I already own a deluxe omnibus edition of The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide collecting all five books in The Hitchhiker’s Trilogy, I was absolutely lured by this one because I like how it matches with my copy The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy rare first edition. Well, it’s not rocket science since both are US editions from the same publisher. This is (book) Clone #1.
  • The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden with drawings by Garth Williams — bought for PHP 55 from Booksale. This one is an impulse buy because you can’t go wrong with children’s books awarded by the Newbery prize. Another thing is I came to like Garth Williams illustrations when I first read Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.
  • The Bachman Books by Stephen King — bought for PHP 80 in Booksale. A library copy, hardcover second printing British edition from BCA Publishing that will added to my ever growing Stephen King book collection. I already have the trade paperback US edition also bought from same second-hand bookstore. This is (book) Clone #2.

November 7, 2012 — National Bookstore, Crossings Department Store

  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt — bought for PHP 150. Another Newbery awarded book that some friends recommended to me. You know me, I love hardcovers so I purchase this to update  my yellowing paperback copy I bought the previous year. This (book) Clone #3.

November 8, 2012 — Quezon and Manila City

  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie — bought for PHP 45 from Booksale, Shopwise Cubao. A first edition for that cheap price alone is a total steal! This one’s another great addition to my Rushdie hardcover collection. Don’t ask me, I haven’t read anything from his works yet, but I intend to when the right time comes. The last thing I heard there’s already a film adaptation of his Booker prize-winner Midnight’s Children. Now, maybe that’ll be the first one I might tackle. Let’s see!
  • Maligayang Pagdating sa Sitio Catacutan (Aklat 1) by Tony Perez — bought for PHP 85 in National Bookstore, Recto branch. For some time now I’ve been on the lookout for some of Tony Perez’s books, specially his earlier horror story collection set in the environs of Cubao published in the 1980’s, sometimes though you got to make do with what you have so this one will be my first one from the multi-awarded author and is certain to make it in this month’s Ghoulish Reads reading theme. This will be the litmus paper test to decide if will be back and search for more of his works.


With this awesome book finds in its first week, I think November will go along just fine.

Happy book hunting, Gentle Readers!

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