Past Sins. Odds are you have an opinion about it. But if you’re Jroddie, you have absolutely no idea what you spent about forty dollars on three months ago. But it finally came in the mail this morning and you’ve been reading it for a good part of the day instead of working on an English paper. But read he did, and write he shall. Today I’m going to show you what the actual, physical book looks like. I’ll do a review of the actual meat later on in life, but for right now, we’re doing the book. So- Read on. If you dare!
As some of you may or may not know, Equestria publications, a budding group devoted to putting fanfic into print, have printed off a limited run (937) of the first official print edition of Past Sins. JustAnotherTimeLord, DeepAndEdgy and I have all purchased and reserved copies in early June, but they have only started to ship a few days ago. I received my copy first, and I, by Alan Turing’s favorite method, became the article writer.
It’s a pretty nice looking book. Especially with the cover. I’d have to say that I’d have rather had it shipped in a box with packing peanuts instead of the padded envelope it was sent in, but there’s really no complaints. It got here three days after it shipped, and that proved to me that the good ol’ USPS still has some fight left in ‘em. Here’s some pictures of the book, with accompanying explanation text.
This is a picture of the dustcover sans book. It’s a very nice dustcover, and the art for it is nice. My favorite part of the whole thing is the little stamp near the bottom of the spine, a clear parody of an old knopf logo.
Flaps of the dust jacket. I really liked the ‘About the Author’ tab, including a ‘portrait’ of Inkwell. Just the run of the mill book stuff. It’s a nice quality of dust jacket. Open the images in a new tab for a larger picture.
This is the official stamp from Equestria Publications, proving that the book is an official first edition. I don’t know if it’s a digital signature or if it’s real, but I’m leaning towards real. This picture also shows how close I was to not ever getting a first edition of Past Sins. Pretty cool stuff.
Table of contents. Notice the MLP style font on the tops of the page, and on some of the headers. I’m fairly sure that the little logo, which appears on the front cover of the book as well, was lifted from Season 2, Episode 4. It looks nice, though.
Each chapter has a little illustration at the beginning, kind of like a Harry Potter book. They left a little to be desired, but they reminded me of my childhood when I got my first copy of The Sorcerer’s Stone. Each one is a little bit of a spoiler to the contents of the chapter, but they’re vague enough that it’s impossible to discern what will happen in the chapter.
This is the dedication, which brought me to tears. It’s touching. It really hit me like a ton of bricks, because I was super duper excited to read the first page. But I felt pretty envious of Pen Stroke, because I never had anyone encourage me to write. Or ever published 937 copies of my award-winning fanfic.
On each page, the page number is flanked by teeny tiny wings. It’s a nice touch.
The separation between separate storylines is marked by one of these. It’s the same two swooshes each time, but the cutie mark in the middle changes based on which pony the storyline is about in that section. For the parts about twilight, it’s her cutie mark, and if it’s Nyx and some friends, it’s the CMC logo. If it’s a whole slew of characters all jumbled together, it’s the six-gems emblem from the first episode. Again, it’s the little things.
So, Past Sins: the Book is a really cool thing. I’ve shown you the whole shebang of the guts of the book and all, but there’s just something that you can’t get over. You’re reading a fanfic. It’s just so inexplicably amazing to hold something so tangibly pony in your hands, it’s a complete rush. This is the first edition of the book, limited to pre-orders. If you haven’t already ordered it, you’re not going to get one. But keep an eye on Equestria Publications on their official page right here. They’re bound to make more. It’s worth buying, trust me.