In a week or two I will be moving house and this has led to the ordering and packing up of my many books, which is strange due to my penchant for appreciating the quirky and often fascinating juxtaposition of books when randomly placed, like the Bible tightly packed next to Christopher Hitchens or Alice in Wonderland next to de Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater.
I have been busy putting my series of books together to be boxed up and it made me think about the times when I used to travel to Nottingham once a fortnight to collect all 21 Famous Five books. Even years ago I was paranoid that the publishers would change the covers so they wouldn’t look as sexy on my shelves.
It all started with Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time Series which was actually a bit of a blessing, the black covers look a lot better than the less than impressive (to my eye, at least) illustrations of character set pieces. Since then I have always strived to collect the full series in the same cover.
It isn’t so urgent these days, admittedly but I do still binge buy a series of books if I like them, back in the day Garth Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom series and most recently A Dance to the Music of Time. There is a thrill from completing a set, or just adding to it, like the Penguin Great Ideas series, where I know I will be in for a treat with each book gained and idea explored.
Who couldn’t resist hunting down these copies of the Dark Tower series. This is one set I needed to have complete, it contains 4250 pages and is well worth a read and probably a review at some point as well, note to self.
I had a traumatic experience once whilst reading 2010: Odyssey Two, when about seventy pages in I found duplicate pages and not the ones I needed and craved, since then I have taken to flicking through the page numbers to make sure I never have to go through that harrowing feeling again.
For all that though, the trend is breaking with Zola as I am favouring picking up his Rougon-Macquart series of 20 books as and when I see them, it has now gotten to the point where I am debating picking up a different style of cover for each one, the results so far…