December 6th, 2006

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

Buying books

David Louis Edelman, author of "Infoquake" writes in his blog:

"So I'm going to try a little experiment here. I want to hear from science fiction and fantasy readers and consumers. Pick three recent SF/F titles that you've purchased, and add a comment telling the world how you heard about them, and what inspired you to buy them. "It was sitting on the bookshelf at Borders next to Robert Heinlein and I liked the cover" counts, as does "one of my friends told me about it" or "Amazon told me that I would like it because I recently purchased Paddy Chayefsky's Altered States." Extra points for the out-of-the-ordinary. You can tell me how you found/purchased Infoquake if you'd like, but it's not necessary; any SF title will do."

Let's see - the last three books that I bought were Elizabeth Bear's "Blood and Iron" (which I gacked from her LJ, and from all the things that people were saying about it there), Jo Walton's "Farthing" (because I know the author and also because of the things I'd heard/read about it at conventions or on the Net) and Neil Gaiman's "Fragile Things", which I haven't read yet, because he's Neil Gaiman and I KNOW I like his stuff. As for "Infoquake", that one came to me as a review copy and I still plan on writing a review for it as soon as I'm out from under my edits - better late than never, eh...?

But I'd like to pass this one along. Call it a book buying meme. WHat were YOUR last three purchases? WHy did you buy those books and not something else? (And for bonus points you can talk about ANY of mine... *grin*)
Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

oh, AWWWW.

Yesterday a deer came ambling by my office window, and at one point she had climbed up onto the paved area right outside my office and paused there, staring directly at me through the glass, and I thought I knew what she was trying to say.

"You're welcome," I said.

And she flicked her magnificent ears at me, and gave me another long soulful look out of those dark and long-lashed eyes, and then wandered slowly away.

Today - just now - she was back... with a baby in tow. I had poured out some cracked corn for the birds and they both seemed to like that - but I went upstairs to get rdeck and tell him they were there so he said, "Throw them an apple."

"They'll just run away if I start lobbing things at them," I said.

"They'll come back," he said.

So I threw down an apple. THey registered its presence and didn't run away, still being busy at the corn; we watched them from the upstairs deck for a while, and then we came back inside and he went to his office and I came back down to mine - and watched the two of them companionably sharing that apple.

They're still here, as I write, nosing around where the corn was, tongueing the salt lick I put out for them.

I love my house.