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Subject: Are you down with OOP?
Date Posted: 1/14/2010 10:50 AM ET
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I am about to start an OOP (Out of Print) book by a new to me author, Annette Motley, and I was hoping that the book would be good so I'd have another older author to start reading. That made me realize that a lot of my favorites are older, OOP books.

So, I'm wondering which OOP authors you consider to be "Must Reads"?

Some of mine are:

  • Anya Seton
  • Edith Pargeter
  • Hella Haasse

One I discovered recently is Colin de Silva. He writes huge, epic adventures that I am loving! I've read "Alhambra" and "The Winds of Sinhala" and found both to be perfect for me.

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Date Posted: 1/14/2010 1:29 PM ET
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Celeste de Blasis

Pamela Belle

MM Kaye

Gwen Bristow

Rebecca Ryman

Valerie Anand

Valerie Fitzgerald (only wrote one)

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 1:50 PM ET
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"Yeah, you know me!" [She sings in her best impersonation of a 90s rap/hip-hop group.]

JK.  I have no clue, Valli, I just wanted to let you know that your thread title had me busting a gut.  I remember fondly the song on which you based it, although the meaning of that song has absolutely nothing to do with out of print books.  LOL!  Thanks for the blast from the past.  Now I'm going to have that song in my head all day!

Oh, and I have a question, and I don't mean to be a smarty-pants, but I may come off that way - If an author is so good, how did he/she come to be out of print?  Hmmmmm? 

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Date Posted: 1/14/2010 3:25 PM ET
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If an author is so good, how did he/she come to be out of print?  Hmmmmm? 

Because making money and publishing quality have nothing to do with each other. I know. I'm a cynic. But with reason.

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 3:38 PM ET
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Hahaha, Shelley! I was hoping someone would come back with that line!! I seriously reconsidered that line, but I just couldn't stop myself. I think of that song every single time I type the letters "OOP". Not quite right, but close.

As for your question, I think some of these authors are actually dead. I know that some believe in communication from beyond the grave, but I don't think they have found a really effective way to make that work for whole novels. Maybe one day.

I haven't heard of Celeste de Blasis. Off to google!

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 6:57 PM ET
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Valli, I would've said Lawrence Schoonover, but I see that some of his books are being reprinted! I think that's a good thing!

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 7:39 PM ET
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I liked Thomas B. Costain (although his Silver Chalice is in print again)  I would love to re-read The Black Rose

M. M. Kaye

Pamela Belle

some Frank Yerby novels

Date Posted: 1/14/2010 8:42 PM ET
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Jeanne - Schoonover's  books are being republished by his great nephew.  I had some email communication with him last year and it sounded like he was doing it on his own.  If the first ones sell well, he plans on doing more.

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 1/14/2010 11:52 PM ET
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The Nicholas Segala historical mysteries by Anne Dukthas.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 3:44 AM ET
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Thanks Daphne - that's good to know. I really like his HF and I have several of them, but I'm always looking for more!

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 9:59 AM ET
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I didn't know the Schoonover books were being re-released. I love seeing these old books being given new life!