One of my favorite books is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, so I was understandably excited when I found out that the Folio Society was publishing an edition this year. The problem was, I wasn’t very excited about the free volumes offered in the renewal offer this autumn, so I held off on buying anything for several months. Finally, along came an offer I couldn’t resist: the (incredibly heavy and incredibly lovely) 8-volume The Times World Atlas Collection for only $20, plus a free Moleskine journal and a Thames & Hudson book on great explorers if I purchased 2 books now and 2 more before 1 March.
The boxes arrived yesterday and once I managed to get Jasper off of them so I could open them, the treasures within were revealed. Of course, the first book I un-shrinkwrapped was HHGG. I slipped it out of the slipcase (because what else can you do with a book in a slipcase but slip it?) and … it was sparkly! It’s a little hard to see in the image that I have shamelessly stolen from the Folio Society website, but all those little lighter blue spots on the dark blue background are sparkles. So not only do I have a fine edition of one of my favorite books, I have a SHINY edition of one of my favorite books!
My other purchase was The Metamorphosis and other stories by Franz Kafka. Also strange but in a less sparkly, hilarious way. Because that’s how I roll … depressed robots, giant cockroaches, bureaucracy in all its forms … it’s all good.