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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 02:58 pm:   

Just a quick question. In his Amazon.com review of the book, Jake Mohlman mentions the story "At the Crossroads, Burying the Dog", in which "Vandermeer has perfectly captured the pain of losing a pet, and more than that, what a pet means to our emotional development." That's all well and good; my concern is that that story is not in my copy of the book, whereas it is apparently in his. Did I get a defective copy? Did he? Is perhaps the inclusion of that story in the book merely a figment of his imagination? Or is this story somehow hidden in my copy of the book, just waiting to be found?

I was very happy with the book, enjoyed it very much . . . and now I'm wondering if my copy is incomplete. . .
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Jamie
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 03:38 pm:   

Without having seen any versions of this book, do you have the paperback instead of the hardcover? The story listing may be different, and that review is about the hardcover version.
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Mastadge
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 06:26 pm:   

No, I have the hardcover edition.
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 07:03 pm:   

You have a rare copy that slipped through before the other story was put in, the dog story. Only like four copies slipped through before the switch. The last story in your copy was taken out.

JeffV
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 06:02 am:   

I didn't see it in my paperback copy either.
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John Klima
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 06:19 am:   

I have the dog story, and another story called "Green Underground from Mandelay to Shanghai" in my copy.

JK
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rwexler
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 06:46 am:   

My copy came with a small dog between pages 12 and 13, which, after falling out of the book, expanded greatly. The cats are not happy.

Robert
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Scott L
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 06:51 am:   

My copy came with a story by Rhys Hughes in it, called "Echo of a Tarnished Microscope".

Scott L.
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GabrielM
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 07:08 am:   

My copy has a violet binding and some weird-ass story by Kafka....
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 06:06 pm:   

The cover of my copy melted in my hands, then an elephant leapt out of the text, stretched until it had eight knuckles on each leg, and told me a story about meerkats. It then said its name was Maldoror and ate my face.

Your fiction does weird things to me, JeffV.
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Bowen Mendenhall
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 09:09 pm:   

My copy doesn't exist!
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JV
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2004 - 05:52 am:   

That's a shame. You should probably go to Amazon and order one that does.
JeffV
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John Klima
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2004 - 06:42 am:   

Yes you should, they work well for propping up an uneven table, keeping a door slightly ajar, or for squashing bugs. Some people say that the pages of the book are delicious when tossed with a blood orange vinagrette, but that the resulting salad is not Atkins-friendly, and therefore not approved by the author.

Not being that creative, I read mine, which is yet another use from this limitless product.

JK
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Jamie
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2004 - 10:25 am:   

I am afraid to own a product without limits. How would I fit it onto my bookshelf?

I suppose it could be my bookshelf.
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Bowen Mendenhall
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2004 - 09:22 pm:   

Actually, I believe that human beings are unable to digest wood pulp, which means that TDDD would be one of those "negative calorie" foods, which take more energy to digest than they provide. Just sprinkle some protein powder on it for a deliciously slimming midmorning snack!
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Rhys
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 05:38 am:   

Er... My copy contained a miniature printing press which printed 87 pirate copies and a minature pirate who distributed them among the isles of the Caribbean on his galleon...

We're still talking 'my copy...', right?
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Robert D
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 07:59 am:   

Was the galleon included in the book, or did the pirate have to make it himself (or steal it)? Or maybe the printing press printed up another book which happened to contain the galleon?
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des
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 08:44 am:   

Did the galleon have galleys or just one?
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JV
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 09:45 am:   

The sad fact is that this thread is much more interesting than the book itself! LOL!

JeffV
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Bowen Mendenhall
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 09:43 pm:   

I do not find this fact sad, but rather a cause for celebration. 87 identical pirates! That's quite a crew. Why such a small first run, or were they print-on-demand? Fitting so many pirates at once on one galleon seems quite a stretch.
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Rhys
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 04:52 am:   

They were definitely har! har!-on-demand. The galleon was provided by the publisher when the books were ready to ship...

Sails were pretty good, so I heard!
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Luís
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 05:04 pm:   

My copy of The Day Dali Died smelled of dead Spanish surrealists. And it bit me.

You forgot to mention, Rhys, that the ship's cannons were Primed to fire.

Also, the 87 pirates are identical only in outward appearance, for they all have different skills, fears and aspirations. Some conceal larger, possibly more ambitious pirates inside them, while others gather chitinous bezoars in their stomachs and organise séances in the hold to communicate with the skeleton crews of passing ghost ships. They may seem like a nasty lot, but they really are the salt of the earth at sea.

Shiver me timbers!
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JV
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 07:12 pm:   

We are NOT going to do a collaboration called The House of 87 Pirates. I quit. I refuse. I will not do it. Tell them, Rotating Meerkat...

JeffV
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Luís
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 09:16 pm:   

Don't be silly. Of course we're not doing The House of 87 Pirates. It's The GALLEON of 87 Pirates.
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ben peek
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 10:19 pm:   

cool, galleon of pirates. we'll have to pillage for that. you know, for research. 87 times.
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Luís
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 10:34 pm:   

Speaking of Daniken, here's how surreal it all gets:

http://www.mysterypark.ch/

I can't wait to go on a ride in the Alien God Vimana! Wheeeeee!
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Luís
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 10:35 pm:   

Sorry, wrong thread. :-)

I meant to post here: http://www.nightshadebooks.com/discus/messages/15/1911.html
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des
Posted on Saturday, February 07, 2004 - 12:53 am:   

We have a boarder on the thread! Pieces of Eight!

Search for stowaways, pirate pseudonyms, private parties in the hold, melted watches...

des
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Rhys
Posted on Saturday, February 07, 2004 - 07:07 am:   

OK, what really happened was this:

As I've already stated, my copy contained a minature printing press which printed 87 pirate copies... What I didn't mention was that each of these pirate copies contained an even smaller printing press which printed a further 87 (smaller) copies, each of which contained an even smaller printing press which printed... etc.

This process soon spiralled out of control. The books began spreading, continually increasing in number, a biblio-tumour which threatened to engulf the world... and this is undoubtedly what would have happened if each subsequent printing hadn't been smaller than the preceding one.

The (perfectly circular) tide of spreading books began to slow down, all but coming to a halt as the size of each new book approached zero.

The result was a 'circle limit' -- the sort of thing that Escher iked to depict:

http://www.sackville.ednet.ns.ca/art/gallery/exhibit/draw/Escher,M.C.-Circle_Lim it_III-1959.jpg
http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Miscellaneous/Escher/Escher_circle_limi t_1.jpeg
http://mathforum.org/mam/03/images/dunham/figure50.gif

These can be used successfully as tablecloths.
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Jamie
Posted on Saturday, February 07, 2004 - 08:07 am:   

"Search for stowaways, pirate pseudonyms, private parties in the hold, melted watches... "

Don't forget the malted wenches!

Yo-Ho!
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Luís
Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2004 - 01:11 am:   

Okay, then, it's The Galleon with S 87n Pirates with Total Mass S (87n * m/n) kg. Curse you and your fractal mind, Rhys, now we'll never get it done!

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