In which I relate how Borders CRUSHED MY SOUL just now

I have been waiting. Waiting and waiting and waiting. I have been waiting for the release of Martha Well’s The Gate of Gods, Book Three of The Fall of Ile Rien. I read Book Two THE DAY IT CAME OUT, clear back in June of ’04 just as I read Book One the day it was released waaaaaaay back in 2003. A lifetime ago. And I have been oh so patient ever since. Have you heard me complaining? See, that’s how patient I’ve been.


It was released on November 1st. “But Trista,” you all say. “Today is the 3rd, what does this have to do the price of tea in China?”* Well, you see, I am trying to be a responsible adult. I am trying to manage my money. I am trying not to be so bookishly impulsive. To that end I have been saving a coupon from Borders for 30% off. But it’s only valid from Nov 3-6. (I work 18 floors above a Borders books). So I thought to myself, “You know, you’ve got a lot going on in your life right now. AND you have the new O Magazine to keep you warm at night. You can bear to wait an EXTRA 2 DAYS for your true happiness to arrive.

So I did. And I’ve been sitting here all day waiting for my lunch break so I could go down and pick up my happiness.

And you know what?


They have books 1 and 2, as well as the sorta-Prequel The Death of the Necromancer. But not BOOK 3. How can this be? How can the world be so cruel? They can order it in for me. But that would take 7 days. 7 days. And if I’m ordering anything in, I’m ordering it from my local independent book store. Not from Borders WHO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER IN THE FIRST PLACE. Why reward them for their bad behavior?

I spit in Borders’ General Direction. They shall know my wrath. As soon as I’m done with the book.

* I'm not certain that you actually would say "what does this have to do with the price of tea in China" but I've always thought someone should say that to me. Now seems like the perfect time, don't you think?

Posted by Trista @ 2:28 PM

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I am sorry dear.
I detest Borders.
I am spitting with you.
Except when HP 7 is released... I'll be waiting in line with all the other freaks... probably crying because it's the last time. Since I've done it every time... bought my book at midnight since book number two..
I'm hoping that by next year England passes a law that kids go to 8 years of high school, and she writes us another book.

Posted by Blogger Estelle @ 5:10 PM #

That's frustrating. (Found you off Trey's blog, by the way)

Much as I prefer our local independent bookseller, I patronize Borders. Why? My partner works there. We get a 30% discount and benefits. I need my books, but they are pricey- and the 30% discount won out over support for our local seller. Plus, they let her check out books for 2 weeks at a time, like a library.

It sucks. However, if my partner ever quits her Borders job, it's right back to the local bookstore for us.

Posted by Blogger Colette Denali @ 7:19 PM #
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