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Old Nov 14 2009, 04:07 PM   #1
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Just spotted a 'book safe' made out of a hb copy of Dragonriders of Pern.

Now: do I buy and give a good home for the rest of its days or do I euthanize the poor thing?
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If I recall correctly, the only hardcover DRoP omnibus is from the scifi bookclub and has a pretty ugly cover. It's a common book so I wouldn't mourn its transformation.

Is there a picture of it?
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What Cherl said. If I wanted a book safe I'd probably go for a common Pern book, preferably a thick one and the bookclib omnibus would fit the bill!
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Old Nov 15 2009, 10:41 AM   #5
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This is what I found. I don't think you get the jewelery and dollar bills though.

I think I'm starting a book rescue centre
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Old Nov 17 2009, 05:46 AM   #8
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Oh... a book safe....
I also hear of one that look like cans of food, and shaving cream, and lol to bad we could put into the HQ thread, hide chocolate in it?
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Well I've built a couple of folks new bookcases in alcoves. Put a new length of skirting trimming across, built a box base in behind and erected the book case on top. The bottom shelf has an access panel in its middle so that the box-base is also a hidey hole for deeds etc. all hidden by the books on top.
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When I was growing up we called those a pistole book because in the movies people always hide tiny hand guns in them. So for kicks, we had a little cap gun in a book hidden in a "secret" drawer. It wasn't a Pern book though, it was a classic, Moby Dick or Treasure Island I think!
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Old Nov 19 2009, 04:00 AM   #11
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Oh-h-h! When I was young (WHEN!) we had a factory near us called Die Cast Machine Tools who marketed toy guns under the brand name 'Lone Star'. I had a succession of their revolvers, but the one I really wanted (and never got) was their Springfield Carbine.
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I just ran across directions to make a purse from a book!!! You remove all the pages and use just the hard binding. I guess if you found a book with a decent cover and pages in ratty shape it wouldn't be too bad, but I can't imagine destroying a good book to make a purse out of it.
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Old Nov 20 2009, 05:40 PM   #13
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I once found (can't think where) how to make a 'reticule' from a book.
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Well it's come and is now resting among its peers. One can still read the first few pages up to where Mnementh catches Lessa. After that you'd have your work cut out (along with the pages) ...

The seller did enclose a very nice card thanking me for my custom.
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Literally a case!!

Just spotted a 'book safe' made out of a hb copy of Dragonriders of Pern.

Now: do I buy and give a good home for the rest of its days or do I euthanize the poor thing?

To quote your original post P'ter.

So what are you going to do with it?

pat-pat! Poor Book!
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Is it the SF Book Club edition (DF/DQ/TWD omnibus?) Because if it is, they put it out of its misery, unless they glued the dust jacket on, in which case that's cruel and unusual. (That is quite possibly the UGLIEST English-language DoP cover EVER. It actually put me off reading it as a kid because the cover was so awful, even though I'd like Moreta, with its pretty gold Whelan cover.)
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That reminds me of the table with the hinged lid in Dragon's Kin.
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Old Nov 25 2009, 03:59 AM   #18
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Anareth: it's the Nelson Doubleday edition of 1978 containing DF/DQ/TWD. There's no dust jacket (thank whoever). It's bound in buff boards with a red faux-leather spine. There've been two previous owners but their names have been roughly marked out with thick black felt tip. The first was April ********, the second was one Cindy Baldwin.
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That would be this cover, right Peter:

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Looks like a really b-a-a-a-d B movie! The type with rubber models and lots of 2nd rate matte painting.
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What never fails to crack me up are the HANDLEBARS.
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But no rear view mirrors? How did they manage to omit those?

I say wouldn't it be fun to adapt a flight simulator?
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Handlebars that look like steering wheels, at that. Like you can steer a dragon that way. About as daft as some images that show reins!
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It's one of the few pieces of dragon art in which there is no idea of motion at all and the dragons are just stationary. But then, in all its ugly guise this cover is special. Maybe because it is so ugly or maybe because I have a copy that was given to me by a friend and has been inscribed in a very special way
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It does look like a steering wheel! How could I have missed that on my copy! Where do they come up with these silly covers!?!? Add it to the list just under the titles with naked ladies!
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I never noticed the "steering wheels" either! Heh heh!
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<snip> Add it to the list just under the titles with naked ladies!
Nothing wrong with naked ladies
They form a nice sub collection
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Well how about finding me a cover of a gorgeous man with a fabulous "6 pack" instead of a naked lady on the front cover so I can drool too on a DRoP book ? Us girls want something to go "hubba-hubba" over
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Try Ghyle's new Conan collection.
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Many a lady liked half naked F'nor on the beach by Gino D'Achille...
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Jube - may I suggest Hugh Jackman, or Taylor Lautner?

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Jube: there's always Australia's stamp set from last year.



The rugby centenary ones.
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Ah how do I remember sitting in A/C library reading it, while waiting for the Dorm, non A/C to cool down. I could't take with me till I was a in resident at technical collage, and could check out books.

I didn't care for the dorm, too small to hot in summer, only one month but that was all for me folks,
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