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To Keep or Not to Keep


I lent my copies of Song of Ice and Fire series to my husband’s niece and nephew to read and I was quite shocked at the condition of Clash of Kings. I worked at a book store ages ago while in undergrad and one of the perks was that we were allowed to pick a paperback (can’t remember how often) for ourselves. We had to tear the cover off and it got sent back to the  publisher. I picked up the first two of the series while I worked there. I have since replaced Game of Thrones but I obviously need to do the same with Clash of Kings:
picture of Clash of Kings novel

Why yes, that is some lovely packing tape you see on the spine of my poor book!

picture of Clash of Kings with torn page

Hope that page doesn’t come up missing, there’s some good stuff on it! lol
Part of me wants to keep the torn bedraggled thing. I’ve had it for over 13 years. Kind of seems harsh to get rid of it. It’s still readable (as long as you don’t lose the one page) and it has a lot of character. Although I did end up replacing the first book of the series so why not just put this poor guy down already?

If I do, it has to be in true Song of Ice and Fire style. Do I melt some gold and pour it over the book? Or bury it in the snow and see if it comes back as a white walker book? I could use a sharp sword and chop it in half I suppose…the possibilities are endless, really.

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4 Comments on “To Keep or Not to Keep”

  1. cpbialois April 25, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    We’re having some of the same issues with some of ours. Jamie loves Christopher Pike and has some of his original released books but one of her birds ate the cover of at least one of them. She’d love to find an original to replace it but the odds are slim.

    Personally, I like the golding or bronzing idea. One of my favorites, Hunger, is out of print and I’m afraid to open it as some of the pages might fall out after reading it so often. I’m a pack rat, so I’ll probably find a way to keep them even if we find replacements. lol.

  2. A.M. Donovan April 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Some people keep a special copy (original print, signed, etc) and then have a reading copy.

    • shayfabbro April 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

      I’m not sure mine is that special lol

      • A.M. Donovan April 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

        There are also the ones given to me by my Grandfather. 🙂 Sometimes emotional value trumps practicality.

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