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Inventory of Quarantined Works:

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. Fiction.
A narrative concluding after 13 pages with the protagonist Bastian discovering a lengthy and uninteresting volume on the morphogenetic cycle of book mites, and deciding not to read it.

The Library of Alexandria by Charles River. Factual.
A historical study of the Library of Alexandria, ranging from the politics of its construction to its eventual infestation.

The King In Yellow by Robert Chambers. Fiction.
A collection of short stories concerning the powerful psychotropic effects of a novel fungal spore which feeds on the faeces of script-mites.

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov. Fiction.
An intricately interwoven narrative in which a mad professor acquires a collection of rare index-card mite eggs from a deceased acquaintance, hatches them, and adjusts their diet as they undergo metamorphosis.

House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski. Fiction.
An intricately interwoven narrative in which a young man supposedly discovers index-card mite eggs on a collection of index-cards written about a video documentary concerning “video mite” eggs, and writes comments about the writer’s comments as they all hatch.

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown.
A narrative concerning a professor’s search for previously undiscovered species of book mites, attempting to find a match for a sample of novel book mite faeces discovered on the pages of a King James Bible.

The Golden Bough by James Fraser. Factual.
A comprehensive essay comparing the treatment of metatextual parasites by cultures throughout the ages.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Fiction.
A cautionary tale about an inhumane, irresponsible, and, ultimately, ineffectual overreaction to a minor infestation of book mites in the near future.

Inventory of Quarantined Works. Meta-Fiction.
A metatextual nesting site for the humane control of populations of book mites, word weevils and erroneous apostrophes within The Wanderer’s Library. To be displayed in a cabinet of tempered glass and well charred ash wood, fitted with a polarised, ideoconductive grounding strip.

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