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Though my quest to find a copy of P&P&Z ended with me begging [ profile] jane_hidell for one, I also bought some things yesterday while I was slogging around.

This is the paperback version of Marvel's The Picture of Dorian Gray adaptation. I bought it at Forbidden Planet because, come on, Wilde graphic novel?? I am so there.

There is also a hardback version with a slightly larger trim size.

The art has the heavy lines and dreamy qualities that one might associate with Toulouse-Lautrec. But I was a little disappointed in its color palate. Dreary grays, yellows, and burgundies dominate here. I suppose that, given the dark subject matter, that might be expected. But I would have rather seen it done in bright, even garish colors. To me, that's what Dorian Gray looks like in my head. But it's all a matter of personal preference. Here's an inside page to show you what I mean.

I also went to the Strand, where I also check out their second-hand W section for any Wodehouses I haven't read. I found a paperback copy of Carry On, Jeeves published by Arrow Books, which is a British house and therefore a version I'd not seen before.

Even though I already own Carry On, Jeeves as part of a larger omnibus, I had to spend the $5 on this book if only for its delightful cover art. I mean, it looks almost like an illustration I've seen fanartists do of Bertie! He just looks so...cute!

If you can't tell, the huge tome he's reading is Types of Ethical Theory. I also like the shadow of Jeeves behind him. Not only does it let me imagine Jeeves as younger and more dashing than most cover arts allow, but it lends a nice sense of whimsy.

Also, check out this slasherific copy on the back!

"One of the funniest, sharpest and most touching partnerships in English literature"? Yes, plz. The lovely blurbs from Fry and Laurie don't hurt either.

So those are my gems! *proud of them*

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Date: 2009-03-22 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have that edition of Carry on, Jeeves. I saw Stephen Fry's comment on the back and I couldn't just not-buy it, you know?

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Date: 2009-03-22 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
too awesome! nice finds... Carry On, Jeeves... wouldve bought just bc of the stephen quote, lol. tho I cant make out what it says on my tiny phone screen... I totally went around to bookstores to see if they had PPZ luck for me! soooo annoyed and sad / I want some P and P with a shitload of Z! I even hit some borders (ick) bc it seems many have purchased from them. no luck. guess I gotta try that thing called patience? :\ LOL. /bitchfest CONGRATS ON UR GEMS! Shiny!

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Date: 2009-03-23 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I resorted to begging. Some stores got their shipments earlier than others, and because this book isn't embargoed, they're allowed to put it out if they have it. So I'm getting a special delivery. :3 I am pleased.

If it's a quick read, maybe you could have my copy when I'm done with it?

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Date: 2009-03-24 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If it's a quick read...maybe I could. or something. You know. Whatever.

*squees inside*

ah, hadn't realized that tidbit of information re: embargoed books. WHY DON'T YOU ORDER (and receive) EARLY, NEW YORK BOOKSTORES?! *shakes finger*

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Date: 2009-03-24 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In their defense, bookstores aren't technically supposed to put the books on the shelves until the pub date, even if they aren't embargoed. Embargoes are a legal thing and they could get into totes trouble, but pub dates are more like a gentleman's agreement. Most stores plan their shipments and stockings around the pub dates because 1) shelf space is at a premium and it would be unfair to ditch other books just because the new books got in early and 2) most books don't have the early buzz that things like P&P&Z do so customers don't care.

*The More You Knooooooow?*

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Date: 2009-03-22 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You lucky girl! You've got every right to be proud of them, they're lovely : D

The Lady 529

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Date: 2009-03-22 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Agree with you on comic Wilde. Always imagined it in bright colors, no matter how dark it actually is.Gray stays young forever, and I would have used tones so light untill it would become almost painful.

Got the same Wodehouse! ♥

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Date: 2009-03-23 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
YEAH. I like the Arrow covers, and I approve of them.

And YEAH wtf, guys? Dorian should be dressed in bright blue and flaming red and really really bold colors. I just don't like the whole "oh, it's an old story so everything's sepia" sort of tone.

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Date: 2009-03-24 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I, too, collect Wodehouse in any form I can find him. My favourite bookstore seemed to never have him in stock, until one day I found not one, but four novels stashed in the diminutive 'Mystery Anthology' section. I think I complained for at least ten minutes straight about all the wasted trips.


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