Monday, June 16, 2008

Bored on campus with nothing to do

A while back, Corey sent me some books to read. Some of them were Magic books, and he also sent me the Indigo series, by Louise Cooper. Very little known fantasy series...seriously, it doesn't even have a Wikipedia page. I was looking up the books on Amazon, trying to find a damn summary of the series for someone else since at the time I'd only read part of one book. This is when I realize that there are eight books in the series. And Corey had only sent me seven books.

Turns out he hadn't even finished the series before sticking it in a box and sending it here. So he sent me books 1-6, and then book 8. I have been looking for the seventh for a while now. Patty's only ever has a couple of the earlier books, the only copy I found on BookMooch was in England, and on Amazon the stupid thing costs about $20 after shipping for a decent copy. No idea why that one book is so expensive when the rest are fairly easy to find.

Finally, I discovered a great library perk. You can request a book at your branch, for free, and then if any library in the state has it they will get it in for you so you can borrow it. Unfortunately, I hadn't gotten a new library card to use their spiffy new online system for this. It was only implemented a couple of months ago, and to access it you need the barcode on the back of the new cards, which you need to go and pick up at your local branch. And I've had a hell of a time finding time to get to the library when it's actually open to request the book and get my new card.

While all this shit was going on, I stopped reading the series entirely. Only one other library in Pennsylvania has the book, and it's up in the northeastern corner of the state (aka as far from me as you can possibly get). I figured it would take a while to get to my library, and at the time I didn't even know when I'd get to request it to begin with. I didn't want to get through six of the books then be stuck wondering what happened. So I let it go, deciding that I would pick up book two again as soon as I requested the seventh. At the rate I read it should be easy to get through them. They're all fairly short too, at around 300 pages each.

I requested the book...last Wednesday. And I have yet to bother starting the second. It's sitting on my nightstand with a bookmark in it, but I haven't actually read any of it yet. Of course, I've started five books besides that one. Then I went to Patty's today and picked up two more books. And then went to the library and got Ysabel since it was actually in for once. And now I'm sitting here on the library website putting in requests for other books that I haven't been able to get before. So far I'm up to four, I think. It would be more but libraries apparently don't feel the need to get much fantasy that's come out in the last two or three years.

Oh look, The Lies of Locke Lamora is available at my branch, and it's not checked out either. Same with one of the Mercedes Lackey books I've been wanting to read for a while. I should go and pick those up tomorrow...

At this rate the seventh book will be here before I even read book two, much less three through six. I am never getting through this Indigo series.


Jadey said...

You read an awful lot, i wish our library would do that though, its an excellent idea^_^

you may as well request things as if you can't buy them at least you can read them ^^

Niall said...

The libraries over here have a similar scheme. That's how I managed to read all of the Akira manga XD

And like Jade said, you read an awful lot ;p


Denise said...

Sadly our library system seems to be shit for manga. I could get a couple of the more popular ones in if I wanted to read them, but meh to Naruto. Not sure what else they have, though I know they didn't have FMP.

It's a shame, as I don't really like scanlations much and can't afford to buy the volumes (and probably wouldn't because I could NEVER store them XD).

Niall said...

Ours isn't the best for manga either, but I swear to god they have tons and tons of graphic novels spread across the county's libraries :D

Denise said...

I didn't even think to check for graphic novels. That's brilliant.

And quite possibly going to add a LOT to my reading pile, which is already absurd. XD


Niall said...


I was useful for once! :D

Christian said...

Poor kitty, everyone out to get her book pile bigger. Good thing I don't do that...