A few years ago, I picked up a copy of Nightshade, by Jack Butler. It was only a quid, and the back cover blurb sounded fun – “There’s a vampire on Mars, and he’s the good guy”. However, when I got it home, it was added to the pile of books that were probably crap, and I would read if I was desperate.
The other day, I wasn’t desperate, but I had bought a new reading lamp, so I picked up a book at random to find a good position for the lamp. Of course, it was Nightshade, and the book grabbed me immediately.
I was really enjoying it, and then I discovered why it was in a bargain bookshop for a quid; when the page number skipped from page 86 to page 135.
So now I am waiting for a second copy to arrive by post, that I have paid 3 quid for.
I just hope the missing pages are worth it.