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By gzt (Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 02:21:45 PM EST) gzt, stuff, aubrey, maturin (all tags)
I decided I need to have the entire Aubrey/Maturin series, so I went on amazon.com and bought the used copies of every book I could find for under $5 (including shipping). At first, I just wanted to get enough of the ones with fulfillment by amazon so that I could get free shipping, but then I decided to just pull the trigger on all of the ones I could find for less than an arbitrary price point - less than $5 with free shipping, less than $1 with $3.98 shipping. I ended up getting 13 books for just under $52.


There were a couple just over the price point and a few that might be hard to get. I have the first ten, less The Surgeon's Mate, and the last four. I'll get the rest eventually, they'll come up for sale sometime, but I don't want to spend any more money right now. I figure getting all of them for less than $100 would be good. So that leaves 7 books for $48. I think I should be able to manage that even if I have to buy one or two at full price. Anyway. If you're interested in doing this yourself, there are a lot of copies of some of the books floating around for $.01 + $3.98 shipping or $4.something with free super saver shipping. Search google for Post Captain, though, the amazon search for it will misdirect you to a "Bargain Book" edition and not directly lead you to the paperback edition - which isn't a problem, except you can't find used copies there.

EDIT: I went back and bought two more because they were actually at my price point. Another is only a few cents off, maybe I should just go ahead. Now I am only missing 12, 13, 14, and 16. I think I've only read up to 12 or so. I might've read Nutmeg out of order because it has an awesome title.

I really like those books a lot. Anyway, yeah, this just comes out of my entertainment budget. Won't have any more room in there for a while.

I also really like this a lot: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/10/god-of-cake.html This is great. I was like that in some ways, too. Stubborn. Sugar-happy. I think I'll post it on my mother's facebook wall.

Might move us to a slightly more efficacious management at work. Nothing official. They've been rumbling for a little while. But the rumbles are more rumbly, though still unofficial.

Apparently somebody wants to put on one of The Wifing Unit's plays. Well, that's pretty okay.

Yeah, that's the new name in these diaries. It might be Wifing Unit #1 on days when I'm cheeky.

Test review yesterday in class went well, in the review game my partner and I got the maximum amount of extra credit possible, which is nice. I don't know how much it will help, but any help is fine by me. I hear from previous students of this teacher that the tests are very rough, but generously curved.

Oh. Bad news. May have to run.

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Hmm by notafurry (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 02:27:02 PM EST
I concede that I haven't checked lately, but I got the entire series including the unfinished notes of book 21 as a five volume hardbound boxed set for less than $52.

Oh. Apparently I just made a good investment.

Well, too bad, I'm not giving them up.

that is a good investment. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 02:32:46 PM EST
I don't like the idea of multiple novels in one volume, it usually seems too unwieldy, but at that price, I would have done it.

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They did a good job by notafurry (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 04:53:43 PM EST
The quality of the set is excellent. They're on the low end of the "high quality hardcover" market, cardboard covers but fine paper and well-made spines. I don't have any trouble with finding the novels I want if I'm not in the mood for a straight run through the series.

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That is a good cake tale by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 02:30:00 PM EST
I picked up Master and Commander the other day, at Barnes & Noble, for a buck! Sure, it was pre-enjoyed, but it was only a buck.

I'm only a few pages into it, it isn't grabbing me yet. Maybe when I get to the rum, sodomy and the lash.


It's pretty good on its own by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 02:31:52 PM EST
But I think the series really picks up with the second book.

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If you're new to the sailing by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 04:24:30 AM EST
Maybe Arthur Ransom's Swallows and Amazons would be more your thing?


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