21 Oct 2008 6:32 pm : Aprositus Nesos wrote:
I forgot to say that congratulations are in order not only for Ben but also for his loyal defenders - you, Bill Kersey, Pat, Bruce, Rene, and others (all of whom I am proud to count amongst my friends.)
24 Oct 2008 12:56 pm : richard.webster wrote:
Just got my copy today; looking forward to starting it. Impressive number of photos, and some intriguing chapter headings.
One little oddity. My copy has a handwritten dedication from Ben on the inside cover, addressed to some fella called "Paul (Pete)".
Sorry Paul(Pete), whoever you may be, but if you want to swap copies let me know. In the meantime, I'll try not to spill anything on it.
Will look forward to reading it over the weekend. Well done to Ben for writing it and getting it published.
25 Oct 2008 2:32 pm : Aprositus Nesos wrote:
That's the rarest and most valuable edition, the anomalous Paul (Pete) dedication edition. It will fetch a handsome price on eBay after Nicolas Haywood injects Ben Hammott with a cerebral hemorrhage inducing toxin from a hypo-ring he wears at a Ben Hammott book signing event. Hammott doesn't recognize him because he's wearing a lifelike mask of an average European Caucasian. After he shakes Ben's hand, he pulls off the the facial prosthesis and gives him his trademark cat-that-swallowed-the-canary smirk. Ben has just enough time to gasp "you" before his face contorts into an expression that only a sudden and severe cerebral hemorrhage can inspire. As Haywood dashes away and is quickly lost in the dank foreboding shadows of Rennes-les Bains, Ben slumps into the open book he had just signed, "to Paul (Pete), your pal Ben", forever to gaze at the illustration on the page, a peculiar water stoup in a little French village church. Aaaand...fade to credits.
I've got news for you JB1717: I am Paul (Pete.)
You obviously did not stop to consider the idea that I would be horrified to hear a tale - satirical or not - of how my friend
dies face down on the very pages were words of our mutual friendship are inscribed. Fantasies about the murder of a forum member - any forum member - have no place in a moderated group. I have written Andy and Stephen to express my concerns about the content of your post. Your comments are not merely distasteful and childish. They are disturbing.
25 Oct 2008 3:22 pm : Aprositus Nesos wrote:
I've been in touch with Ben and he is going to send me a copy with a new inscription.
The story is simple: Ben and I recently spent some time together exploring RLC (with other friends.) He took to calling me Pete to be funny. It was.
If you decide you want a new copy let me know. I'll make the arrangements and pay the expense. Otherwise, JB is right about one thing: yours is surely destined to become the most valuable of the first-editions!
25 Oct 2008 3:58 pm : Aprositus Nesos wrote:
Hi Richard, viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1314&p=13436#p13436
Thank you for your reply. It made me laugh. Enjoy your copy of the book. Have you delved much into it yet? If so, do you have some preliminary thoughts/comments?
A. Nesos (aka Paul, aka Pete)
He also sign out as.....Aprositus Nesos (aka Paul aka 'Pete')
So, my question is....is this A. Nesos (aka Paul, aka Pete) the same chap that turns up in Ben's early adventures in RLC....?