i bought books.
i don’t know whether it was because i was becoming complacent with the imminent demise of my monster or because the weight of my quest was finally beginning to tell on me, but i bought two books.
this is what happened. i was on my way back to work when i passed by the £2 book store. my eye just glanced over the window and i saw catwoman. the cover looked so cool that i just had to have another look – plus my mind was telling me “its only £2…”.
initially i couldn’t find it, and as i was searching for it my eye happened across a striking cover with a skull on it! it was a book of short essays on hamlet. i love hamlet.
as i paged through i noticed that it didn’t look like it would be too taxing a read and that it was only 140 pages… so i didn’t put it down when i carried on looking for the catwoman book. eventually i had to fetch the display copy from the window, as that was the only copy they had remaining.
lo and behold the book was a beauty and before i realised what had happened i was holding not one but two books in my hands, having already made the wordless promise of buying them.
you know what promise i mean. its a promise one seems to make to another part of oneself, not very much different to the promise a mother makes to a child. that promise, as we all know, is a pact – and there will be tears if it is broken.
i made a quick risk assessment and realised that actually, even though i haven’t bought a single impulse or non-pre-arranged buy in 3 years, and was going to wait until i had finished my tbr pile before i did, getting these two books isn’t all that bad.
for one thing, that monster is in seriously bad shape and i don’t see him getting up. right now he’s on a life support system, and if his monster parents were around then the doctor would be telling them that he was sorry and that there was nothing that he could do. 2 teeny tiny books are hardly going to resuscitate him.
also, as i said, they’re tiny. really teeny. the hamlet one is 140 pages with big line spaces and lots of chapters and the catwoman woman is the same length and full of pictures, veering toward coffee table book territory. they really aren’t very long reads at all. plus they’re only £2 each and i won’t be able to get them again for that price in that condition – the hamlet one goes for about £9 and the catwoman one can be found for a little less.
and they’re beautiful!
so i thought, all that considered, i could definitely get them. and wouldn’t it be nice to just buy a book or two again?
and so i did just that 😀
as i write this they are now sitting beside me – my new friends. i’m so happy. they’re so pretty. let me share.
this is what you see as you open the book.
i love the layout. the style is very very similar to les daniel’s complete history of batman. i just love that juxtapositioning/closeup old strips/pop art type layout!
ooh! that is just too cool 🙂
love love LOVE this spread
now i’m just flicking through to show you how the rest of the book looks.
this is really a nice co-incidence ’cause i actually have the comic where this is taken from – it comes from batman – and this was one of the first times (if not the first) i actually saw catwoman.