Ladies and gentlemen, herein I am going to review a book, not a novel (I review the novel here).
I bought this book on advice from a friend. It's been a long time since I bought a mass market paperback. But I had no reason to think there would be issues.
As I read the book, I noticed the spine of the cover coming off!
This concerned me. I was worried that the book might just fall apart. But I kept reading... carefully.
By the time I finished the novel, the spine was almost gone from the book itself:
And, in fact, I could open the cover to the point that it was just barely hanging on:
And when I set the book down, it looked like this:
Now, the novel was very good. I enjoyed it a lot. But the book sucked. Maybe they are making all mass market paperback this poorly these days. Maybe I just got a bad one. I don't know. I didn't abuse the book (except once left it in a hot car). I was very gentle with it when I saw it was starting to fall apart.
I don't know if this is typical of mass market paperbacks.
Have you had a similar experience? Let me know in the comments below.