(urth) Pandora + new reader questions

Adam Greenhill thrax at fastmail.com
Mon Oct 7 09:02:34 PDT 2019

Thanks all. The Tartarus Books rabbit hole was a good shout for future reference. Somehow I'd not heard of AddAll before either!


On Sun, 6 Oct 2019, at 10:24 AM, Mo Holkar wrote:
> (UK reader) yeah I just use AddAll, to be honest. 
> I don't know of any dealers who would specialize in this kind of thing.
> best,
> Mo
> At 20:28 02/10/2019, you wrote:
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> >Hi,
> >
> >Don't you buy books through search engines like 
> >Eurobuch and AddAll or a platform like Amazon? I 
> >order often from Amazon UK, Germany and Abe 
> >books. In fact both new and second hand books for the last 10 years.
> >Op 2-10-2019 om 20:16 schreef 
> ><mailto:matthew.keeley.1 at gmail.com>matthew.keeley.1 at gmail.com:
> >>I don’t know how many UK readers are here, 
> >>but if you’re looking for reliable dealers, 
> >>maybe check on the Tartarus Press website which 
> >>stores carry their books? Wolfe never published 
> >>with them, but I expect they’d be a *lot* of 
> >>overlap between dealers that carry Tartarus 
> >>stuff and dealers that carry Wolfe books. And I 
> >>have had very good experiences with dealers I found through Tartarus.
> >>
> >>You could also special order most of the 
> >>in-print titles at most bookstores.Â
> >>
> >>Sent from my iPhone
> >>
> >>On Oct 2, 2019, at 2:07 PM, Adam Greenhill 
> >><<mailto:thrax at fastmail.com>thrax at fastmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >>>Hi all,
> >>>
> >>>Recent fan and first time mailer here. I've 
> >>>been working my way through Wolfe over the 
> >>>past months -- slowly, as I tend to survive on 
> >>>secondhand shops for my fiction reading, in which I have found slim pickings.
> >>>
> >>>Through these means I picked up Pandora and 
> >>>read it (in a day) yesterday. I was surprised 
> >>>by the seeming earnestness of the book, and 
> >>>the lack of sci-fi elements, and a quick 
> >>>search through the list indicates it's not 
> >>>held in very high regard by some past contributors.
> >>>
> >>>One contributor quoted another writer as 
> >>>saying, to paraphrase, that every writer must 
> >>>write a Sherlock Holmes pastiche sooner or 
> >>>later. But while reading I wondered whether it 
> >>>was a pastiche of Nabokov's Lolita. Firstly, 
> >>>the narrator's triple H initials are surely a 
> >>>tribute to Humbert Humbert. Secondly, the 
> >>>Foreword 'spoils' some of the ending in much 
> >>>the way that Nabokov's does (though I suppose 
> >>>this kind of structure is itself a pastiche of 
> >>>real narrative accounts that do similar 
> >>>things). Thirdly I think there are some 
> >>>similarities in theme, such as the corruption 
> >>>of youth (where HHH is a sort of Lolita and 
> >>>Aladdin Blue a sort of HH/Quilty), and in 
> >>>content, such as the Carmen references 
> >>>(explicitly invoked by the narrator in chapter 
> >>>6, but also echoed by the character of Larry 
> >>>Lief (another alliterative name) -- military background, womanizer, etc).
> >>>
> >>>This isn't to say that I think it's a 
> >>>particularly deep novel, but I do wonder if 
> >>>Wolfe threw a few things like this in to add 
> >>>interest to what is otherwise a fairly 
> >>>pedestrian crime story. Couldn't find this discussed in the list before.
> >>>
> >>>--
> >>>
> >>>On a separate note: as I mentioned, it's hard 
> >>>to track Wolfe books down without engaging the 
> >>>daunting marketplace websites like eBay. I was 
> >>>wondering if anyone in the UK had any 
> >>>recommendations for where to find good copies 
> >>>of his works (preferably all of the same 
> >>>edition and all from the same dealer). I'm 
> >>>mainly looking to continue reading the Urth 
> >>>books after devouring the New Sun series 
> >>>earlier this year, though I might try to pick up the Best Of too.
> >>>
> >>>--
> >>>
> >>>Hope this reaches everyone okay and looking 
> >>>forward to continuing correspondence with you all,
> >>>
> >>>Adam (Thrax)
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