Thanks to Moonrat, Alison Kent, and Jennifer Jackson, I, too, was inspired to do my part to save publishing. I took my quest to troubled Borders. Without my 20% off coupon. (Although I did claim my reward points.)
And yes, I nearly had withdrawal-symptom convulsions as I passed Swallowing Darkness by LKH in hardcover. She’s my crack and I’m a junkie, I admit it, no matter how irritated I end up with Anita Blake. But I figured she’d probably made plenty of money off me already and chose to spend my precious quest dollars more wisely. No more LKH hardcovers!!! I can wait for paperback. *wipes sweaty brow and tries to ignore shaking hands*
As a result, I came home with:
Red by Jordan Summers (can’t say I like the red-edged pages but I’m looking forward to a new Red Riding Hood!)
Feast of Souls by C.S. Friedman (loved the Coldfire Trilogy)
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (hmm, no idea why an assassin protagonist would appeal to me)
How about you?
Depressing side note: I don’t know if it was my imagination or not, but the front tables at Borders seemed especially light. In the past, I’ve struggled to find “new” fiction because they had books stacked so deeply, even beneath the tables on the floor. Today, I could see the color of wood beneath the books. I also noted that they reshuffled how they stocked romance. They used to keep all the trade (mostly erotic) and hardcover “segregated” by itself. Now it’s all mixed together with normal romance, which I think makes better sense (although it bothered my need for symmetry to see the mix of book heights all jumbled together on the shelves).
The only books stacked on the floor were…more copies of Swallowing Darkness! Gah. But I restrained myself and bought 3 books instead of 1 as a result.