I think it’s only fitting to compile this series of finds into one post. Why not? These books are all from the same great author, Stephen King.
The strangest thing about these books is that four out of the five were bought on the same day, from the same place. My mom works at a health care center and they get book donations all the time. These donated books are then sold for fifty cents a piece. FIFTY CENTS! On this day my mom came home with a good amount of my Stephen King collection, eleven books. So basically I’m set on King books for awhile. I think I have about half of what he’s written now.
One book that was obtained months before this great book buying day was Firestarter, though it was bought on another amazing book buying day (I came home with a few boxes/bags of books). In my beat up copy of Firestarter I found half of a card. There is a tear along the left side where more was attached. I’m guessing the owner of the book/card didn’t care to save the rest of it, haha. I can’t tell who it was from or what it was for exactly. I guess I could always just look up the small poem, but I’m not completely interested in that right now. I more find it interesting that what seems like a sweet, kind poem is in a Stephen King book about a fire starter. It just shows the diversity of King’s audience and the diversity of this reader as well. It’s always refreshing to see.
Just for the hell of it, I’m including this next bit. I mean it when I say “bit.” What I found in my copy of King’s Insomnia was a tiny little piece of a business card. The only thing I can read from this is “One” and “Tel.” from where a phone number was listed. That’s all I really have to say for this one. If it wasn’t in the batch with other King books I would have left things unsaid, but why not, it’s worth a small mention.
Need some masonry done? Well don’t worry here’s the number to Olenych Masonry Inc from Bovina Center, NY. This is a sticker/label I found in my copy of King’s Needful Things. What I notice with this book, and you’ll see with the next one, is that the books I received on this day probably didn’t move around much. Someone probably read all of them over the years and donated them all at once. This is supported by where this label is for and the business card in the next book. It’s also evident because three of the books I’m posting here, along with four more I have on my shelf, are all matching editions.
How about I throw these two together. What I have here is book two and book four of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. The great thing about this is that I was just finishing up the first Dark Tower book The Gunslinger the first in the series when I got this stack of books. So it was only fitting that I’d get the 2nd and 4th book. I also got the 3rd book, but there wasn’t anything in that one to put in this post.
In The Drawing of The Three there was one of the most common things I have found in books. It was a business card. This is also the piece of memorabilia I hinted at in the section on Needful Things. The card is for Oneonta Aviation, Inc out of West Oneonta, NY. Oneonta is the town in which my mom works and where these books were bought. So you see, these books might not have gotten around much. Bovina is roughly in the area as well. It’s (according to Google) about 50 minutes away.
This card is for the Oneonta Municipal Airport. It’s actually really cool because I didn’t know they had one. I’ve been in the city before (it’s really just a big town is you ask me but I don’t know what qualifies cities exactly) many times and never saw a sign for an airport or any size. So see, this is proof that you can learn something from books….
As I said I also got book four in the Dark Tower series, Wizard of Glass. Now what could I possibly find in this book. Well, if you’ve been following with these From Inside The Pages posts, I could have found pretty much anything.
So I found this staring back at me:
Scary right? It’s not a creature from the book…I don’t think so at least. I haven’t read passed The Gunslinger still, but I’m confident he’s not in the books. This is a picture of a blue man…from the Blue Man Group. This is a small advertisement of sorts for their live show. It lists a few cities on the back and same something about a DVD as well. I’m thinking this may have been included as a CD or DVD insert.
It’s a very creepy (and probably appropriate) bookmark to find in a book. It also helps round out the interests of the former owner of these books. This person listened to interesting music, liked poetic greeting cards, needed some masonry done, and all this while needed to travel in a small plane. I could easily make a fictional assumption dealing with all of these random makeshift bookmarks, but I think I’m going to leave it to your imaginations.