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So very wrong.
I went to grab the latest Dresden Files book by Jim Butcher at Hastings after work today.

As I was perusing for it, I saw the latest Sookie book (Charlaine Harris series) in hard-cover in the recently released section. Dresden... was not there.

Naturally, I go inquire, to make sure I'm not just being a dumb-ass. And nope, I wasn't. Where are all the pretty JB books?

Books girl: It looks like we never ordered any. Seems they didn't think there'd be enough demand, so we were going to have it be order only from this store.

Okay, what the HELL? I don't know if you guys recall the book I'm talking about that WAS there, but this is the vampire series that was so terribly awful that it took all of my willpower to finish so that I felt I had paid my $7.99 not in complete vain.

THAT made the list, but Jim didn't? Something is terribly wrong with the world.

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed

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bobthebarbarian From: bobthebarbarian Date: May 24th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
While in the store, it will be the cover that catches your attention. Don't judge a book by its' cover really doesn't apply in a bookstore if you don't have 20 minutes per book to peruse it. Unfortunately they probably think that Dresden would only sale to fans of his other books, but the Vampire series even caught your attention. Unless bookstore go-ers start demanding a quality of books higher than the current selection, things will not change soon. However, the content of books can't truly be judged until the book is finished. I've read books were the entire book was HORRIBLE, until the ending which tied it all together. I have serious doubts, though, that most bookstores have a liberal stance on book returns. Most other places have a return policy based SPECIFICALLY on the quality of the product. In fact, most warranties ONLY cover that.
A conversation I can see happening might be something like this:

Customer: I'd like to return this book.
Clerk: Return? I'm sorry, we only sell books here.
Customer: But the dialog was repetitious, the plot was predictable, and the characters were 2-dimensional at BEST!
Clerk: I'm sorry, but I can sell you this book here... It's called "Milton picks his nose" It's all about the things he finds up there.
Customer: But I don't want another crappy book, I want my money back for this one.
Clerk: But we only return damaged books.
Customer:...Okayyyy, Oh, I just remembered, the book has some water-damage.
Clerk: Yes, but can you PROVE you bought it that way.

I'll stop my little movie in my head. I think people return less stuff than they should, but just remember, there is one place you can get books that EXPECTS you to return them! I'll just have to pay the fines before I can go back :)
ifritah From: ifritah Date: May 24th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
The vampire series only caught my attention from my pure distaste for it. Plus, I was looking at each and every book on the rack, so that I wouldn't miss the book I actually wanted.

But yeah, I see what you mean. The quality has become rather abysmal. Though, as I've said before, it gives us struggling authors out there hope.

Also? Do I even want to know how much your library fine is? ^_~
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