TDV 103: Not Worth Reading

February 8th, 2017 by Sharkchild

I stepped out of work for lunch and walked to the nearby delicatessen. I picked up a corned beef sandwich on rye bread and sat outside at one of the few cast iron tables available to enjoy it. The afternoon was not the warmest of days, but the sun provided a convivial blanket of illumination that made it feel warmer than it actually was. Keeping to myself, I intermixed the consumption of both food and the crossword puzzle I brought with me. About halfway through my interlude, I was interrupted.

“What garbage,” the man who sat at the table beside mine said aloud to himself. “This has to be a joke.” The man wore a brown suit and black, horn-rimmed glasses. His hair was disheveled and his middle-aged face was covered in wrinkles. He took one more bite of his partially eaten sandwich, wiped his mouth with a napkin, and half-dropped, half-placed the small, hardcover book he was looking at onto the table before standing up and departing, leaving the item amongst the remnants of his lunch as if it, too, were dispensable.


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50 Responses to “TDV 103: Not Worth Reading”

  1. avatar NaGeL Says:

    welp. story time.

  2. avatar Jesper Lillie Says:

    I need this book!

  3. avatar Whitney Says:

    Fix a hot cup of tea and curl up in front of the fireplace. Bonus points if it’s stormy outside.

  4. avatar Jorge Mombiela Says:

    I want it!!

  5. avatar Dave Lake Says:

    Thank you, Sharkchild

  6. avatar Chris Says:

    Congrats on breaking 100!

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  8. avatar Michael W. Says:

    Very nice!

  9. avatar Edward Bruggeman Says:

    Well done

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    Oh yeah!

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  12. avatar DrManhattan Says:

    Here comes the nightmares! By bookshelf is waiting 😉

  13. avatar Pascal G. Says:

    Another great giveaway. Thank you!

  14. avatar Nenad Says:

    Dark verse universe rules!

  15. avatar Amber Williams Says:

    More books! 🙂

  16. avatar Chris Lane Says:

    Please let me win!

  17. avatar Gabrielle Kinman Says:

    Thank you.

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    I would love to win this.

  19. avatar Felipe Says:

    I hope this time I win!

  20. avatar Michelle Says:

    I want this book

  21. avatar Katrina Dehart Says:

    I’d really love this book!

  22. avatar Zeus Says:

    Very nice of you!

  23. avatar Ashley Dioses Says:

    I need the first volume.

  24. avatar Dim Says:


  25. avatar Dim Says:

    I want this volume so badly…

  26. avatar Brian Smith Says:

    Awsome book to add to my collection!

  27. avatar Buddy Says:

    I’m feeling particularly lucky today.

  28. avatar Josh Christian Says:

    Great, as always!

  29. avatar Daniel Rose Says:

    I wish I could afford to just buy this!!!!

  30. avatar Mildred Mayo Says:

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  31. avatar Tsveta Says:

    It’s Cthulhu time. 🙂

  32. avatar Raisa L Says:

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  34. avatar debbie snell Says:

    this would be treasured in a good forever home where noone would bend the pages or nibble a treat no this book wil be blessed and loved and adored I hear it calling my name 🙂

  35. avatar Gado Says:

    Thanks for the chance

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    All good thank you.

  38. avatar Chris M Says:

    Another great giveaway! Good luck all!

  39. avatar Li Says:

    Ooh! Warm-ish day, lunching outside? Until that time, I NEED a new book for these winter indoor days!

  40. avatar WritingSucks624 Says:

    That book looks awesome

  41. avatar Wylie Ferguson Says:

    Love your work! Don’t ever stop

  42. avatar Brian Kulbaba Says:

    Awesome as always

  43. avatar Michelle Willms Says:

    I would never toss a book. NEVER. I might give one away, if I disliked it so much I’d never read it again (only horrible editing would result in such a decision – almost anything can be re-read).

  44. avatar Justin Reever Says:

    Just one more story until Volume IV is complete!

  45. avatar NechoVentsi Says:

    Oh, very cool! Good luck to all!

  46. avatar Jordan Says:

    Glad to see you’re back at it especially with such a lengthy story.

  47. avatar Chef Says:

    Looking forward to another year of the darkness!

  48. avatar Eric Says:

    Yes Please!

  49. avatar Uri Says:

    Wow, jumping in right before the deadline here

  50. avatar DannyCarcosa Says:

    Beautiful book

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