Book abuse

Jul. 21st, 2011 01:57 pm
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I just left a book out in the rain and am feeling guilty, not least because it belongs to [livejournal.com profile] zandev (sorry!). Is there a special region of hell for people who drown books? Thankfully it's a hardback with a water-resistant cover and is still readable. It's a copy of Wireless, a collection of short stories by Charles Stross, which I started reading when [livejournal.com profile] mr_snips told me it contained a Wodehouse spoof involving sex robots in space. Which is true. However, he also warned me that the story was terrible, which is true too. Don't blame me if you read it anyway.

Date: 2011-07-21 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] metame.livejournal.com
Back when we were kids [livejournal.com profile] hendybear got me a shiny hardback of Mostly Harmless. He then borrowed it before I read it (I have no idea why, I guess I had a backlog of books), and dropped it in his bath...

It survived remarkably well and, given the book was a bit disappointing as fiction, the incident gives the object its strongest memories (he was really quite apologetic).

Date: 2011-07-21 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] motodraconis.livejournal.com
Everyone's a critic, were you subconsciously protesting?

Date: 2011-07-22 11:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] undyingking.livejournal.com
Being left out in the rain is too good for some books. Although maybe not if they're borrowed from other people.

Date: 2011-07-25 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] condign.livejournal.com
In general Hell requires intent, so I think you're OK on that front. Bury it in the backyard and think of it as "preemptive recycling," or maybe planting artifacts for future archaeologists. And then buy [livejournal.com profile] zandev another copy....

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