Thursday, November 4, 2010

I'm perplexed - Elizabeth Crook's The Night Journal

I was finding The Night Journal an interesting story and a nice break in the status quo of books for me. It isn't the fast paced, dark crime novel I normally read, in fact, it's more of a slower paced fiction story. It was a nice change. Anyway, for the past week, I've been reading this novel, (now that I'm working part time I find my reading time has diminished quite a bit), and all of the sudden, the next page doesn't fit what's going on. I look down, and the page number jumps from page 152 to 184....32 pages missing out of nowhere!! The book doesn't look like pages are missing, nothing is cut out or torn, the binding doesn't look bigger than it should be, it all looks normal, but 32 pages aren't there. It's not a typo either because I have no idea what's going on on that next page. It really is an odd thing. Now I have to decide if I'm going to finish the book not knowing what happened in those 30 pages.

5 comments:

sawiagos said...

Glenna, your post was called to my attention and I'm chagrinned to hear about the missing pages. I'd like to alert Penguin. Could you kindly let me know which printing, and where you got the book? I'm looking at a copy from the fifth printing, and it's intact. I don't know of a sixth printing; possibly that's where the problem is. At any rate I have several copies of Night Journal and would love to send you one since you were liking the story. If you can reply through my website that would be great; it's www.elizabethcrookbooks.com. Then I can answer you and you'll have my email address. Thanks for inadvertently clueing me in to the problem! Elizabeth Crook

seana said...

Glenna and Elizabeth, working in a bookstore, I see this problem come up every once in awhile. I think it's probably just a binding problem, not usually a whole print run. We usually take back any defective book and give a good copy if we possibly can, or a refund if it's not possible. I believe most bookstores, which do a huge amount of returns, would have no problem doing the same.

I think you gotta finish the book now, Glenna, seeing as the author has so kindly dropped by...

Glenna said...

Elizabeth, I'm always shocked to see a little blog reach that far. I appreciate your reply and you stopping by, and I sent you an email this morning.

Seana, absolutely. As I thought about it throughout the day, I had decided to track down another copy of the book. I actually got it at a Library book sale, so it's not as if I can take it back to the store and return it...that was a thought. It really is an interesting story and one I was getting hooked on, along with the characters..and what odd characters some of them were.

Glenna said...

Seana, Elizabeth can't reply at the moment but asked me to pass on her thanks for the information, and she thinks you're right about it being just one of those odd things.

seana said...

That's nice of her, and there's no need for her to reply. I just didn't want her to have nightmares about whole print runs of her book with missing pages.

I too will have to check Night Journal out.