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Box of Books!
February 9, 2008, 1458
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This morning a friend and I headed off to the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital Book Sale at one of the local malls bright and early. You see, in past years when I attended, masses of people showed up with boxes in hand and as soon as the volunteers uncovered the books, descended upon the tables en masse. They swept armfuls of books into their boxes without even looking at the titles. I suspect they were local booksellers, or perhaps extremely rabid collectors, because they didn’t even sort through but bought the entire boxes unchecked. This time around was a little more sedate, and we were the first to end up waiting by the tables.

This meant we also had our pick of the initial tables. Even though they add books throughout the day, we weren’t really prepared to hang around for an entire day of breathing mall-air. So I found a whole bunch of classics (eg. various Norton, Bradbury & Heinlein, plus a first run Thieves’ World), as well as the full Chronicles of Tornor trilogy by Elizabeth A. Lynn and the first 3 books of Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality series. There were some other interesting finds, including Chess With a Dragon by David Gerrold, who created the classic Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles” and an anthology called Sorcerers! with contributors to the tune of Theodore Sturgeon, Ursula K. Le Guin, Avram Davidson, and Joanna Russ.

Basically, I left with a box of books. I guess what I’m trying to get at is you can expect to see reviews of books here that are a little older and perhaps not as easy to find, along with more recent stuff that’s out on the shelves. Plus, if you decide to visit the sale today you will find a bunch of great reads for a great price (most books are under $2), and benefit other people by doing so.

Reviews to come: On the Prowl, a book of novellas by Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, and Sunny, & In the Company of Ogres by A. Lee Martinez.

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