Friday, June 22, 2007

Beware of Borders!

I've GOT to stop going to Borders! I'm always talking about saving money, cutting corners, budgeting. THEN I walk into Borders and that all goes flying out the window! Really....I just stopped to maybe pick up the new Stephen King/Richard Bachman book, Blaze. That's all I wanted to do. THEN I see all the signs for the Summer Reading special. TONS of books were marked Buy 3, Get 1 free. It's like crack to me, I swear! Award winners, YA books, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, name it, it was probably on sale. I guess I'm lucky to get out when I did! So what did I buy, you ask?

  • The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho

  • The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

  • The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo (come on could I not with a name like that??'s a VAMPIRE book!)

  • 13 Bullets by David Wellington (MORE Vampires!)

  • Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik (Temeraire Book 2)

  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (yes Chris....because of your review!)

  • Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn

If that isn't a weird group of book, what is??

Now....if you are a Sci-Fi Fan, maybe you should go visit the University of California Riverside. I found an article in the Los Angeles Times today about UC Riverside. It houses the world's largest library of science fiction, fantasy and horror books. They have first addition copies of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. George Slusser was the first curator of the Eaton Collection (named for J. Lloyd Eaton who donated 7,500 volumes to the collection.) It has been a hard battle for Slusser. Apparently science fiction isn't taken very seriously by the literary community! Really?? Who would have thought? Slusser retired in 2005 (and they are still looking for a replacement, if you are interested in the job!) BUT Slusser might be brought out of retirement to teach for the first Doctoral program in science fiction studies in the nation! How cool is that?

Happy Friday! Later!


Kimmie said...

I printed out a $10 coupon from Barnes and Noble. Just before it expired, I ran down to B&N to save my $10. I spent $40. I have plenty of books. If I hadn't of had the coupon I'd never have gone in the first place. I need help.

Bookfool said...

It's a serious disease.

Ender's Game is an all-time favorite. I read The Nymphs of Rocky Flats as an ARC and liked it.

Chris said...

Ooooh, a doctoral program in Sci-fi?! hehehehehe...I like!

Yay for Ender's Game and Game of Thrones. You'll love them both, I'm sure. Ender's Game is an all time favorite of mine and Orson Scott Card is my favorite author. Can't wait to see what you think of that one. My favorite book of his is Speaker for the Dead which is the sequel to Ender's Game...and Oh, you'll want it when you finish Ender's Game ;)

I just got 3 more books in the mail don't feel guilty about spending the money, lol.

Literary Feline said...

We all suffer from BAD (Book Acquistion Disorder).

Hmmm. In my own backyard and I had no idea UCR held such a treasure trove of books . . . Must look into that.

Anonymous said...

LOL. It is like crack, isn't it? I just ordered 7 books from B&N for under $30. One was only $1.80. Who can resist that???

Nymeth said...

wow, that library... that's my dream job!

kookiejar said...

Oh, those buy 3 get 1 sales kill me. 'The Brief History of the Dead' was one of my favorites from last year. I think you'll like it.

Kathrin said...

Wonderful list, Stephanie!

You should come to Germany if you want to avoid those book sales. The book stores have to mark the books as "returned books" or "inaccurate prints", otherwise they can't be sold for less than.

I'm curious to read your reviews for Ender's Game and Changeling (I have Witchling on my TBR stack).

Oh, would you mind if I added your blog to my blog roll?

Kathrin said...

Sure you can add me! I already added you...
Glad you like the challenge idea :)

Booklogged said...

Nice group of eclectic books you bought. And, of course, you could NOT pass up those deals. Who could expect that?

Are you sure you didn't dream up that library job?

Bellezza said...

Books and lipstick; they're an addiction, I'm telling you. I shouldn't even get a paycheck, I should just sign it over to Borders and Chanel.

jean pierre said...

i love love love borders...! what is it about the place? is it the layout? the colour scheme? surely the books must be the same, but they can't be... they same so much more interesting at borders.

i've put a rule on myself that i can't buy any new books untill i'v reached my goal on my bookpile -well, except for the essentials, of course :). so i haven't had that joy of just waltzing into borders and picking up books in... its over a year now...!

i can totally relate to your love for borders...