Five Great Charters knit the land.
Together linked, hand in hand.
One in the people who wear the Crown.
Two in the folk who keep the Dead down.
Three and Five became stone and mortar.
Four sees all in frozen water.
- Sabriel by Garth Nix
I'd forgotten how much I like Garth Nix's Old Kingdom trilogy! To my immense excitement, the author has said he's currently writing a fourth novel to add to the series. It's set for release sometime in 2013!
Books books books, yeah I know.
Doll front's good; Kalli managed to snatch up all three double-torso'd ghoul CAM packs for discounted prices. One was $16.99, one was $11.99 and the last one was $8.99. Patience is a virtue and all that jazz. I love Amazon Prime.
I can't wait for Catrine deMew to appear. I'm largely underwhelmed with the entire Scaris line so far, honestly thought I was going to love the Rochelle but she's Indonesia-made and the two I've spotted had massive defects. Meanwhile the slim-box versions similarly Indonesia-made and just look cheap, ridiculously cheap. I don't know what Mattel's doing but it isn't good. Jinafire seems flat and if I poke at a Skelita it'll be with the intention of re-rooting her and commissioning a repaint, so basically ... Catrine deMew or nothing. Kalli and I will have CAM's and pink-haired Howleens to tide us over until she appears. :D
I suppose I'm only setting myself up for disappointment when I order used books from Amazon. After receiving two advanced-reader copies, multiple ex-library books, and a book without its cover, I put 'no advance-reader editions, ex-libraries, or torn out pages' on my Amazon profile. (A couple very nice friends occasionally gift me books from my main Amazon wishlist so I figured a notation would help. My uncle, for instance, probably wouldn't think to check.)
For Christmas I bought several books for my girlfriend and for myself under the 'used' category. I checked the seller's details very carefully but, lo, I still managed to end up with two ex-library editions and an advanced reader edition.
WHY can't sellers note these things in their product info? I'm so annoyed! I hate receiving books completely swathed in plastic stick-casing and library paraphernalia (can't read the front or back cover) and getting advanced reader editions or proofing copies (NOT FOR RETAIL SALE even stamped right across the cover) because it's really irritating! The book is not in great condition; it's not even the whole book! :|
Note to self: if it's a dollar or so more to just get a new copy of the book in question, just get the new version. Going with used is far too disappointing!