01 May 2006

Frustration

There's nothing worse than getting some way into a novel and finding the wretched thing is faulty and a great whole chunk is missing. I was on page 84 of Laura Lippmann's By a Spider's Thread, enjoying it too, when it leapt to page 189. A desperate riffle through the rest of the book, hoping it was just out of order, revealed many pages missing. Bad enough when it's any book, but when it's a crime novel it's infuriating. Made worse by the fact I'd bought it at Better Read Than Dead, a great bookshop in Newtown, but unfortunately, an hour and half from where I live.

Luckily they have a reciprocal arrangement with Megalong Books, another great bookshop and local to me. So I could return it but they didn't have any in stock so I could only get my money back. Or in this case buy another book which was Safety by Tegan Bennett Daylight, a local writer.

But it's so frustrating! This is when ebooks come in handy because I can download it from Fictionwise. Now I have a PDA I don't have to be stuck to a computer to read it. Sigh of relief.

2 Comments:

At 3 May 2006 at 1:54 pm , Blogger Amra Pajalic said...

I love Better Read Than Dead (well I just love that name). They're such a great bookstore. Small but have a great selection. Then again I love everything about Newtown. It's one of my favourite haunts and since I'm fifteen minutes away a regular one. Next time you're in town drop me an email and we can organise a coffee.

 
At 3 May 2006 at 1:56 pm , Blogger Amra Pajalic said...

I should have clarified: If you come down before July since I'm moving to Melbourne then.

 

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