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Sarah and I stumbled across Myopic Books, a used book store in Providence, yesterday while finding our way back from Whole Foods to the parts of Providence we're familiar with. It's a really neat little store, with lots of stuff -- I could easily have spent hundreds of dollars there, if I had hundreds of dollars to spent. Instead, I spent $20, and picked up four books:
Graeme Base's excellent pictorial puzzle/mystery book The Eleventh Hour
Sadly, Amazon's "look inside" doesn't display the absolutely stunning paintings, but each is not only beautiful and intricately detailed, but contains numerous and varied puzzles which, when solved, give hints toward solving the mystery around which the story is centered.
The Prehistory of the Far Side
This contains everything Far Side-related that wasn't in the slightly inaccurately-named Complete Far Side that I picked up recently
Sheri Tepper's A Plague of Angels
I've long been a fan of Tepper's specfic novels, so I'm idly collecting them as I come across them, and putting them on my "to re-read someday" list.
Anne McCaffrey's Crystal Singer
This is the first book in the Killashandra Ree series, which I enjoyed as a kid and own the 2nd and 3rd books of, so I figured I'd pick up the first to complete the set.
The bookstore, like so many others I've been in, didn't have any old Munro Leaf picture books or David Handler mystery novels, which are the two things I'm constantly on the lookout for, but it was still well-stocked and lots of fun to browse around in.

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thesupremebitch
Aug. 14th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
next time you're going to be in Providence let me know, seeing as in a few days I'll be calling it "home"
rfreebern
Aug. 15th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
We're planning on going to next Saturday's Waterfire, since my sister and a friend of ours are going to be visiting for the weekend. That may be a bit of a crowd of strangers for you, though. I'll definitely let you know next time it's just Sarah and me going up, and maybe we can meet for coffee or something!
ex_birds977
Aug. 14th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
OHMYGOD
The Eleventh Hour
was my favorite book in elementary school
I used to be OBSESSED WITH IT
And to top it off
I actually figured it out.
Kindergarten.
Yesssssssss.


A few years ago I went to the public lib to find another copy of it and realized it was kind of obvious, but maybe that's just because I knew the answer. But I will never forget that as my FIRST FAVORITE BOOK.
rfreebern
Aug. 15th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
I don't remember when I first picked it up. I think someone recommended it to me while I was working at the library back in '98 or so. But I did, and I loved it, so it was neat to find it secondhand and inexpensive.

I got The Worst Band in the Universe at the library booksale a few weeks ago, so my Graeme Base collection has grown tremendously!
serennig
Aug. 14th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
The Eleventh Hour! That bloody rocked. I ended up having to crack open the "hints" at the back to solve it, but yeah. It rocked even more then!
rfreebern
Aug. 15th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)
I'm fairly sure I had to use the hints too, but it's been long enough (and I have a bad memory) so that I don't have any idea of the solution and I think I'll enjoy figuring it out again.
serennig
Aug. 15th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
I still remember the answer, but even so, it's got lots of fun afterwards. And I think even after you cracked the hints, it dropped a few more tantalizing suggestions for things to figure out that it didn't give the answers to. I never figured those out.
davidglasser
Aug. 14th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
I think one of my great regrets in life so far is that I opened the answers to The Eleventh Hour before solving it for myself.
rfreebern
Aug. 15th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
I am possibly the world's worst puzzle-solver. I have very little patience, and no mind for strategy. I'm not sure I'd ever be able to solve it for myself without the hints. On the other hand, it is aimed at quite young kids... maybe I've got a shot at solving it without hints this time.
davidglasser
Aug. 15th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
You have the rest of your life to solve the mystery... or to feel guilty and stupid for cheating.

Which do you choose, Mr. Freebern?
rfreebern
Aug. 15th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
You make a good point.
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