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    Default Do you read your signed Limited books

    Sorry if there is already a thread like this. Feel free to merge if so.

    So, i've got several Signed Limiteds that I got from CD via grab bags and the like, also a few that I bought individually. Many of these books are books I would probably never buy, but I hate having this nice books and not read them. I could buy reading copies (if possible), but like I said many of these are books I would not normally buy. Many of these are probably "PC" copies.

    Given that they were bundled in a grab bag, many of these probably never will be valuable, so there is probably no risk in reading them.

    Here is a list:

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    From grab bags and not read:
    1. Dinner With the Cannibal Sisters by Douglas Clegg (signed and limited to 1000, but no number)
    2. Bad Dog by Tom Piccirilli (signed and limited to 750, but no number)
    3. Night of the Triffids by Simon Clark (signed and limited to 1000 but no number)
    4. Language of Fear by Del James (Signed Limited, but there is no limitation/signature page)
    5. Backshot by Ed Gorman (signed limited to 750, but no number)
    6. The Angels by Rio Youers (signed 742/750)
    7. Bastion by Simon Clark (signed 708/250)
    8. Salome by Mick Garris (signed 372/750)
    9. Fangoria Cover to Cover 35 years of the World's Most Popular Horror Magazine (signed limited, but no limitation page or signatures)

    Here are a few more from grab bags that I have actually already read this copy of:
    1. Amazonas by Alan Peter Ryan (signed limited to 1000, but no number)
    2. Backshot by Tom Piccirilli (signed (initialled actually), limited to 1000 but no number)

    Here is a list I bought individually:
    1. Cemetery Dance Joe Hill Special Issue #74/75 (signed 82/600)
    2. The Fireman by Joe Hill (trade edition with signed bookplate from CD (limited to 1500)
    3. Better Weird by various Signed 454/750
    4. Darkness Wispers by Richard Chizmar and Brian James Freeman (signed 92/500)

    There are still more on the way:
    1. Early Readers review copy bundle
    2. Shivers VIII
    3. Dark Screams
    4. Haven by Tom Deady
    5. Shining in the Dark
    6. In Sunlight or in Shadow

    (BTW, if any of the above besides Haven has been released already, let me know as I haven't received them)

    So which of these would you a) read b) not read at all c) buy a reading copy and read that one d) get a library card and borrow it from library?

    Of course I am more interested in general what is your threshold in "worth" for you not to read a limited edition.

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    Grab bag books are ones that do not sell well, so go ahead and read them. Then pass them on to someone else to read.

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    I read some s/l books, but I never take them out of the house. I'd say my threshold is probably roughly $100. Most often I will buy a reader copy if I don't already have one.

    By value alone I would say most of the books on your list would be "safe" to read.

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    If I haven't read it before, yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theli View Post
    I read some s/l books, but I never take them out of the house. I'd say my threshold is probably roughly $100. Most often I will buy a reader copy if I don't already have one.

    By value alone I would say most of the books on your list would be "safe" to read.
    +1.

    I don't read King S/Ls because by the time they normally get published I've already read them. I do flip through them. I like to feel the fine paper, look at illustrations, check out the different fonts etc. It's like...if you had a Bentley, would you really never drive it?

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    I don't have many but those that I do own have been read; some multiple times.

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    No to King S/L(I'll gander at them but definitely not full-on read them). Yes to most everything else

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    regarding King S/L, I wouldn't read those, but some have bonus material, and I sometimes read that. For Salem's Lot I see there are a lot of deleted scenes. I haven't read those (yet), since it has been about 35 years since I last read Salem's Lot, so I think I would miss the context. I am thinking about rereading SL at some point (paperback), and then reading the bonus material, while the story is still fresh.

    Then there is the upcoming Shining with the Before the Play and After the Play bonus material. I went ahead and ordered 2 copies of the gift edition, so I could use one to read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amd013 View Post
    regarding King S/L, I wouldn't read those, but some have bonus material, and I sometimes read that. For Salem's Lot I see there are a lot of deleted scenes. I haven't read those (yet), since it has been about 35 years since I last read Salem's Lot, so I think I would miss the context. I am thinking about rereading SL at some point (paperback), and then reading the bonus material, while the story is still fresh.

    Then there is the upcoming Shining with the Before the Play and After the Play bonus material. I went ahead and ordered 2 copies of the gift edition, so I could use one to read.
    Wise thinking for The Shining! As for 'Salem's Lot, I believe the material in the CD version is the same as the CP version. Which means the trade hardcover illustrated version will have the bonus features if you don't want to read either of those two gift editions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd013 View Post
    regarding King S/L, I wouldn't read those, but some have bonus material, and I sometimes read that. For Salem's Lot I see there are a lot of deleted scenes. I haven't read those (yet), since it has been about 35 years since I last read Salem's Lot, so I think I would miss the context. I am thinking about rereading SL at some point (paperback), and then reading the bonus material, while the story is still fresh.

    Then there is the upcoming Shining with the Before the Play and After the Play bonus material. I went ahead and ordered 2 copies of the gift edition, so I could use one to read.
    Haha, I also ordered two (one for looking at a little closer)

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    I'm sure John Hanic would chime in that the S/L of The Eyes of the Dragon preceded the trade hardback by 2+ years. Not known at the time, but the S/L had(s) numerous differences from the trade 1st.
    That was a book to be read carefully. Hands clean of dirt, and oils, book never opened more than 90 degrees etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    I'm sure John Hanic would chime in that the S/L of The Eyes of the Dragon preceded the trade hardback by 2+ years. Not known at the time, but the S/L had(s) numerous differences from the trade 1st.
    That was a book to be read carefully. Hands clean of dirt, and oils, book never opened more than 90 degrees etc.
    In this case, I don't think I would bother reading the limited to find the differences (at this point I wouldn't recognize them). Although I guess it must have been quite the dilemma during that 2 year period. But that does remind me that I still need to figure a way to safely read (and I mean that literally LOL) Knowing Darkness.

    Thanks Theili on the heads up on Salem's Lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    That was a book to be read carefully...book never opened more than 90 degrees etc.
    I'm sure I'm the only one here that doesn't know, but may I ask why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Troy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    That was a book to be read carefully...book never opened more than 90 degrees etc.
    I'm sure I'm the only one here that doesn't know, but may I ask why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    I'm sure John Hanic would chime in that the S/L of The Eyes of the Dragon preceded the trade hardback by 2+ years. Not known at the time, but the S/L had(s) numerous differences from the trade 1st.
    That was a book to be read carefully. Hands clean of dirt, and oils, book never opened more than 90 degrees etc.
    Has anyone ever done a comparison of the 2 stories? I have seen the differences between the 2 gunslingers but not that book. I would be interested if it was already out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Mears View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by St. Troy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    That was a book to be read carefully...book never opened more than 90 degrees etc.
    I'm sure I'm the only one here that doesn't know, but may I ask why?
    Spine
    What specifically was the problem? Brittle, etc.?

    Random TEOTD digression: for years I'd seen the pics of the Philtrum Press edition, and although it seemed nice, it never wowed me - but then I actually saw one (two, actually) in person at a book fair last October, and man, that is an impressive book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Troy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Mears View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by St. Troy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    That was a book to be read carefully...book never opened more than 90 degrees etc.
    I'm sure I'm the only one here that doesn't know, but may I ask why?
    Spine
    What specifically was the problem? Brittle, etc.?

    Random TEOTD digression: for years I'd seen the pics of the Philtrum Press edition, and although it seemed nice, it never wowed me - but then I actually saw one (two, actually) in person at a book fair last October, and man, that is an impressive book.

    Splaying open a book multiple times will wear the spine.
    You definitely don't want to open a valuable book like this:


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    Especially if the pages are glued and not sewn. That's just asking for disaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    Splaying open a book multiple times will wear the spine.
    You definitely don't want to open a valuable book like this:

    OK; I thought your post (a few posts back) meant this particular edition couldn't handle going beyond 90 degrees at all (either defective or made from a material that wasn't book-quality).
    Themes are artfully couched, self-indulgent Ovaltine ads. Avoid.

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    The first collectible book I bought was the gift edition of Full Dark, No Stars. I read that one (very carefully) and loved the experience as opposed to say reading the trade hardback. It does add something to the enjoyment factor I believe. Almost a naughty, luxury kind of thing if that makes any sense. I haven't done that with any other King limiteds but with other authors, yes but those are either purchased at a discount or are reading copies to start with.

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