Saturday, November 27, 2010

When I Love It...I Set It Free

I went to the bookstore tonight. You know, a brick and mortar store in which they sell...Nooks. And board games, greeting cards and calenders. And, way back behind those, some books.

I went to pick up Seanan McGuire's Rosemary and Rue, which I sampled on my kindle after hearing wonderful things about it from many people, most recently the lovely Margo. And, while I was there, I picked up a book I had ordered.

I am now faced with an odd situation. A couple of weeks ago I downloaded Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim on my kindle. It was free (LEGALLY SO), presumably part of the publisher's marketing of the sequel, Kill the Dead. I really liked the book. Nay, I loved it. I loved it so much I drove to a bookstore to buy it. And, when it wasn't on the shelf, I was so determined to show my appreciation to the author by buying it that I ordered it.

So, now I've got it in my hand, a book that I love, that I recommend to anyone I think might enjoy it, and a few people who might not, but should. And I don't want to read it. I mean, I just finished it and I've got other books stacking up on my nightstand at an industrious rate, including the oddly-sized sequel, plus I own another version.

So, what am I to do?

I think I'll give this copy away in one-a-them new-fangled contest thingamajiggers. I might actually drive back down to the bookstore (not tonight - we have a second glass law in my house), purchase a few other books that have delighted me over the years, and then give them away to blog followers. Probably I'll limit it to U.S. states, territories and possessions because my local post office is staffed by two hard-working ladies and one Gorg. I always end up with the Gorg, and the Gorg doesn't know shit. (No offense, Jim Henson)

So, stay tuned...contest a-coming.


  1. Hillary,

    So if I wasn't planning on following your blog anyway, I surely would have after reading your first paragraph LOL. Classic!

    I love book giveaways, done a few myself and won a few. Nice to *meet* you! (And I'll enter your contest when you have it because winning books is the best!)


  2. Hi Karen,

    Thanks for coming by! Your post this morning cracked me up - I'm terrible at following blogs until I have something I need to do. Then, that's all I can do.

    Yeah, having to push past the Nook salesmen and then wade through NOT BOOKS brings out my mad face. And nobody wants to see that.

  3. LOL. NOT BOOKS. I love that. The NOT BOOKS was cute before it began creeping through the store, displacing books. And does B&N put that dang Nook stand right inside the front door of all their stores??? IRRitating.

    Wow, mondays bringout the rant in me.

  4. Hey now, remember, some of us are Muppets...


  5. Margo, I understand (though don't like) that B&N (or "Barn Noodle", as my son calls it) needs to get a foothold on the e-train. Fine. I don't even mind having to squeeze between the Nookies in their cheap suits. But having to walk through boardgames and Litty-bitty Book lights before getting to all the books crammed and stacked, sectionless and disorganized, is too much.

    Bru, I think we all - muppets and nonmuppets alike - can agree that Gorgs leave a little something to be desired. :)