So these two books have arrived, and I must admit to some slight disappointment. Why, I hear you cry? Because, well. I purchased them second hand, and despite the warning that they used to be library books, I expected them to be in great condition–as listed. And they are in good condition… but the covers are laminated. Thus they gleam coldly, have no bend, and are stiff and unwieldy in the hand. Both of them. Argh! Cool and slick beneath the fingers, alien and strange and highly impersonal. Frustration abounds. Ah well. At least I can read them in the bathtub with no worries.