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Bibliophiliacs dot com !

Bibliophiliacs.com is live and open for business!

I am now the proud owner of bibliophiliacs.com.  The original link will still take you to the site, so no need to change any bookmarks.  Just wanted to share my excitement with you, and thank you for all your support.

You guys are why I write.

Christie

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Zombies vs Unicorns

Do I actually need to finish writing this?  I mean honestly, the book is called Zombies vs. Unicorns.  Isn’t that enough?

Fine.  Be that way.

The world seems to be divided into two camps, those who are on Team Zombie, and those who are on Team Unicorn.  You can understand how there isn’t exactly a lot of overlap.  Now, small children are exempted from this, but once you’ve hit voting age, generally you’ve come down on one side or the other.

Unless unicorns are substantially less wussy than portrayed, I have to say I am firmly on the side of Team Zombie.   Generally, the stories are more interesting, although I have to say that there were some strange and cool imaginations at work in the Zombies vs. Unicorns anthology.

The book itself is divided into authors who wrote unicorn-themed or zombie-themed stories, depending on which team they were on.  The stories are on the whole, great.  They’re also usually poking fun at the genres, which I love.  Actually, the dialogue between the two “team captains” (also, less importantly, editors) Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, debating the relative merits of zombies and unicorns, may have been the best part of the book.

In any case, if you are looking for a fun, silly read, look no further.   Also, I really want a t-shirt of the book art.

So, are you Team Zombie, or Team Unicorn?

Christie xo

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Censorship – Fifty Shades of Grey


I’ve always been against censorship.  Unless something is inciting hate or harm, I feel that it should be allowed to be viewed or read, and it isn’t anyone’s place to make judgements on someone else’s behalf.

I have run smack into my own principles with Fifty Shades of Grey, and the other two books in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, by E.L. James.  Erotic fiction evolved from Twilight fan-fiction (shudder) to an e-book/print-on-demand that was so overwhelmingly popular, the trilogy was picked up and published in hard copy, all three releasing over the last few weeks.

I have not read the book myself yet (I am borrowing it today to read).  What I know of it, from the book jacket, blurbs, and info from those who have already read it, is that it is erotica.  BDSM (bondage/domination/sadism/masochism) erotica, to be precise.   I don’t have any issues with erotica,  But erotic books are a strange, grey area.  They are not classified as pornography, so there is no requirement that purchasers be of a certain age. Fifty Shades of Grey has an emphasis on the domination side of things, from what I understand, and I am conflicted between my need to try to be non-judgemental and not censor books, and my need to not have teenagers buying books where people don’t take “no” for an answer, and the person saying “no” is okay with that.

The book being so popular also means that people (almost exclusively women) are coming in and buying it because they’ve heard the buzz, but have no idea about the contents.  Young teenage girls are coming in and looking for it because they’ve heard it’s connected to Twilight in some fashion. One girl came in to buy it, age perhaps seventeen or eighteen, accompanied by her dad.  Eep.  When her father was some distance away, I asked her if she was aware that the book was erotica, which led to her practically throwing the book to me, and fleeing the display.

I am currently limiting myself to asking if people purchasing it are aware that it is BDSM erotica, and stopping at that.  After they know what the book is, the decision is in their hands.  But what do I do if a twelve-year-old insists on buying it?  Arg.

Christie

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World’s Weirdest Book Titles

Well, at least a few of them.  Here are some of my votes for strangest book titles of all time.  Have any of your own?  Let me know!

 

A Pictorial Book of Tongue Coating – Anon

Dentalogia: A Poem on the Diseases of the Teeth and Their Proper Remedies – Solymyn Brown

Collect Fungi On Stamps – D.J. Aggersberg

The Romance of Rayon – Arnold Henry Hard

My Invisible Friend Explains The Bible – J.G. Bogusz

A Million Random Digits – Rand Corporation

 

I’m not making these up, I swear!

Christie

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Racism from some readers of The Hunger Games

I’d like to hear thoughts on the following article.  My main thought is, “Yes, yes you are racist.  Racist idiots.”

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/03/hunger-games-and-trayvon-martin.html?mbid=social_retweet

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Book Repurposing

Have a million books and no idea what to do with them (other than read them)?  Here are a few crazy ideas.  Anyone who can figure out how the book lamps are made, let me know – those are so awesome I might just try it.  For more like these, check out http://www.offbeatearth.com/dont-like-reading-other-uses-for-books/ .


C.

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World War Z


This book caused a few arguments in my store, over who got to choose it as their staff pick.  This alone would have made me want to read it, even if the description wasn’t intriguing.  Also, I had already read some of his other work, like The Zombie Survival Guide, which the battle strategies in World War Z are actually based on.

The full title is actually World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, and it’s in an interesting format.  The premise is that a man working for the United Nations is interviewing survivors, after an infection that caused any infected to rise as zombies, which decimated the population of earth.

The style it is written in makes the idea seem plausible, and the perspectives of the various interviewees is so well done, it’s incredible.  Brooks does a very creditable job of looking at, not just personal reactions to the outbreak, but the way the various world powers would react to it, with varying success depending on their strategies of dealing with the undead.

The fact that Brooks footnotes many of the references the survivors make in their recounting of the war makes it easy to live in the world he creates.  The feelings invoked are quite intense, but don’t look here for a never ending action novel.  This is more of immersing yourself in the mindset of a world that doesn’t take day-to-day survival for granted, and getting a pretty good idea of what it would be like to live when you are no longer the top predator.

Apparently the audiobook version of this won an Audie award, and is fully acted by a cast including Alan Alda and Mark Hamill, so definitely worth checking out.  I’m not a big audiobook person, but even I’m tempted to have a listen.  There is a movie coming next year, that apparently stars Brad Pitt, although I believe it is only loosely based on the book, since the narrator/interviewer apparently is an action hero type of role in the film.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Highly, highly recommended, even for those who aren’t normally zombie fans.

C.

 

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The Philosophy of Shoplifting?

We get a fair amount of shoplifting in my bookstore.  Some of it is expected (One Direction books).   Some of it is weird.

Magazines tend to disappear.  Books on sex are pocketed, usually by teenagers who you don’t even need an alarm for because they’re glowing bright red.

The people who shoplift the most often, though, is… little old ladies.  Usually really innocuous looking, except for the pile of books they’re trying to sneak through the far exit.  And it’s always “Gee, I just forgot to pay for these.  For the fourth time this hour.  Forget my own head, next.”

What I love is the righteous indignation that many of them display, like the fact that they try to steal more in merchandise than they weigh is no good reason for security to be keeping an eye on them.  “Are you following me?  Why is security staring at me?”  Yes.  Because you try to shoplift from us at least weekly.  Duh.

After a while, it makes me want to glue down anything pocket sized.  Although people have tried to leave with an entire shelf’s worth of books before, so hey, maybe just glue it all down.

Small children are actually really bad – they will just fill the entire leg of their pants with whatever will fit in there.   And when you point out that their pants are making siren noises, they just take it all out, wait for you to leave, and then start all over again.

The McThuggets mostly pretend to be tough, and talk (in the children’s section) at the top of their lungs about threatening other students, and how tough they are, while busily inserting as many swear words as possible.  Shoplifting wouldn’t work for them because no one would see them being criminal, unless they got caught, at which point they’d be in big trouble with their mom.

You know what our most shoplifted section is?  Guess.  Not teen.  Not little gifts.

Philosophy.  Yep, that’s right, more people steal books from the philosophy section than anywhere else.  Maybe they feel that the knowledge belongs to everyone (someone tried to justify taking a Bible with that reasoning).  Ok, maybe the knowledge belongs to everyone, but the paper, ink, and cover have to be paid for.  Feel free to walk away with the ideas.

Someone explain this to me.  Who are the culprits, and is there some kind of black-market philosophy ring out there?

Psst.  Wanna buy some… Aristotle?

C.

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Bookfessions

Bookfessions is a blog well worth checking out… confessions from fellow bibliophiles on their dirty little book-loving secrets.

Who else sees themselves in these, and feels comforted that they are not alone?  Other than any comments referring to latex and/or leather.  I just don’t need to know.

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Cross-Dressing for Dummies

Sometimes, the hardest thing to do at work is just find the book.  Say nothing, find the book.

Examples:

“Do you have a book that would be, like, “Cross-Dressing for Dummies”?

“Has 50 Shades of Gray come out yet?”  – This from a lady at least in her mid-eighties, looking for BDSM erotica.  Awesome, but whoa.

“Do you have a book that will help me hook up with, um, slutty girls?”  This kid was maybe fifteen.  No.  No we don’t.  Even if we did, no.

“Is there a section with books for what to do if you’ve started being attracted to, hypothetically, your step-son?  It’s for a friend.”  Ugh.

“Is there a book where you can learn to mind-control people?”  Dude, if it worked, I’d be buying it too.

“I need something that helps me learn to control the force.  Like in Star Wars.”  I ordered it for him.  It exists.  It’s a device.  I’m not kidding.

Christie

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