[DWJ] Who has excellent book-buying connections?

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Mon Mar 12 13:36:55 EDT 2007

I don't have any ideas for getting the book before the release date, but 
I was thinking maybe you could pre-purchase it on amazon, and then give 
him a birthday card that says something about the book (or hints 
mysteriously about delights to come). Not perfect, I know. Since moving 
to Canada, we have become much more flexible about dates that presents 
arrive because so many of them are sent from Australia and come early or 


Melissa Proffitt wrote:

>I have this friend who is a big fan of Kage Baker's Company series.  I would
>love to get him the novella _Rude Mechanicals_ (from Subterranean Press) for
>his birthday because I know he won't be able to get it for himself.  The
>problem is that his birthday is April 8 (same as my husband's,
>coincidentally) and the release date is April 25.  I know, I could give up
>and get something else, but then I thought maybe someone here could help me
>get a copy a few weeks early.
>Just to tug at your heartstrings a little, let me tell you about this
>friend: He is currently going through a messy divorce in which his wife, who
>is slightly unhinged (I think), is making his life hell because she thinks
>his interest in fantasy books and role-playing games is Evil, and that
>everyone in our gaming group is Evil by extension.  Fortunately the justice
>system does not agree with her.  Anyway, the key point here is that before
>the situation got as far as divorce, my friend got rid of almost every
>fantasy book he owned in an effort to make things right with her.  He is one
>of the best and kindest men I know, and I feel strongly about making sure
>his library gets rebuilt.  So our gaming group is gathering a lot of books
>for the day when the divorce is finalized--mostly used copies, but for
>birthdays I think it's nicer to give brand new books.
>So I really hope this isn't a crazy beyond-hope idea.
>Melissa Proffitt
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