Going with a list of things to look for really helps.
The search feature, by topic, on their website wasn’t the worst or best I’d ever seen, but it got me pointed in the right direction. I compiled a list of books to reserve and held them. Then I followed up with the library to discover it might be DAYS before they got around to actually pulling the books off the shelves so I could get them. Well. Since I was first in the queue, and the library’s pretty doggone small, I didn’t find that acceptable.
Searching for the books myself turned out to be harder to do than to say. I actually found volumes of ghost stories listed with, and shelved in, the non-fiction books. I find that amusing. But several other books I looked for weren’t there. I finally found one of the several volumes of Lovecraft’s works the library claims to have … on the “New Fiction” shelf. H. P. Lovecraft on the new fiction shelf. People.
But I came back with so many books there’s no way I’m going to read them all without renewing them. No way.
Now, that’s what I’m talking about.
I got one Lovecraft collection (so far it’s the best I’ve seen of his works – really good ideas, all using familiar settings like Innsmouth and R’lyeh and Arkham and Miskatonic University, etc.), the second installment of King’s The Dark Tower series, his Rose Madder (which has heretofore eluded my grasp), a huge tome of ghost stories, a Neil Gaiman short story collection, and a bunch of others I can’t remember. I’m sure some of them will suck, but that’s why I went nuts collecting them. I know I’ll find a couple worth reading and letting you know about.
I’ll keep you posted, but overall, I’m a big fan of going to the library with a list of books to look for. Oh, and the information desk. They’re nice and they know where stuff is. Heh.
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