Let’s have a book-burning! June 27, 2011Posted by philangelus in geekery.
Tags: books, Diana Wynne Jones
And I need your help.
One of my favorite books (by my favorite author) is Archer’s Goon
by Diana Wynne Jones. My father gave me his copy when I was about sixteen and I proceeded to read my way through the rest of DWJ’s work, and since then I’ve loaned out and had to re-purchase more copies of that book than I can recall right now. So you can imagine my thrill when I found a hardback version in the Angeltown Library Discard Box. Free. Snapped it up, took it home.
A month ago, I started reading it to Kiddo#2 while she lay in bed, dying of either a headache or a toothache or whatever the illness of the day was, and I could tell she loved it too because although the chapters are about 25 pages apiece, when we finished one she’d be saying, “Can we read another?”
Until the day I paged ahead and realized page 180 was followed by page 21. The pages continue up until 45, which then reverts to 216. I had, horror of horrors, a defective book, probably the reason it was in the discard bin. The book was also old enough that I doubt the publisher would take it back and replace it.
Within half an hour I’d ordered a replacement copy from an Amazon reseller (and it’s here, and we’ve finished the book now, and once again I enjoyed it) but I still have this damaged copy. And I don’t want to just throw it away, for a couple of reasons. First being that I really love the book, even damaged, and second being that I’m home with kids all summer and maybe we can turn this unfortunate book-binding accident into a craft.
Problem: I can’t think of a craft you can do with a damaged hardback book. I suppose we could hollow out the inside and turn it into a secret box for our valuables (if we had anything of value here). The kids’ librarian once had the children tear up discarded books and use some kind of glue to laminate the page parts to picture frames, to weird effect. We could solemnly burn it as a way to give it final repose.
Any better ideas?