Comments for The First Editions
The April issue of F&SF starts off with "The First Editions" by James Stoddard. Perhaps Stoddard is one of Yon Diedo's many first editions. Diedo is a book collector specializing in first editions of the tell all memoir variety.
Jakob Mamolok learns first hand just how rare a collection Yon Diedo's library houses. He also makes the mistake at laughing at his prized possessions. What follows is a lengthy exploration of the life and times of both the book lover and the books themselves.
If you would like to learn more about Diedo's collection, check the ads in the back of the issue:
All silliness aside, I really enjoyed this story. I was nervous at first having been disappointed by other recent book collection stories I've read but Stoddard's take on what it would mean to be a book captured my imagination.