I think the last time I wanted to read a set of books that had gone out of print it was the Sundered Quadrolgy (just kind of rolls of the tongue) and after a little research found out if I could hold out for a few months they were being reprinted by Benbella. So I did and I managed to pick up all four books before they once again went out of print (well before one of the books became harder to get hold of than the others).
So at the beginning of 2010 I'm pootling round the blogs to see what everyone's recommending from their 2009 reading and what they're looking forward to. And I see Bookdaze over at Me and My Books is talking about Sarah Monette and the fact that her new series is being released under a different name. She also mentions the Labyrinth series (which I had always intended to get at some point) is now going out of print. The first book is out of print, and Renee mentions in the comments that it's the second book that is really hard to get hold of - prices up to £90 on Amazon UK marketplace for the mass market paperback.
Aha! I say. :) A book quest for 2010. And I fully anticipate that it's going to take me most of the year to get my hands on the series - the first two books in particular. Well I can report that I have managed to get both Melusine (from Ebay) and The Virtu (from Amazon marketplace) as new and at cover price. So my 2010 book quest comes to an end in January.
(As an aside here, why is it that it's always the second book in a series that's harder to get hold of. When I was trying to get a complete set of Stardoc books by S. L. Viehl, Beyond Varallan (Book 2) was the hardest book to get hold of).
So do you have any book quests for 2010, or can you explain why it's always the second book in a series that goes out of print before the rest. I have a copy of Hunting the Hunter by Shiloh Walker to giveaway to one commenter on this post. Winner chosen at random by randomnumber.org on Friday (or if it's like this week and I have a migraine on Friday, on Saturday).