I love to read. Learned how to read when I was 4. So coming up pretty soon on 4 decades of reading. And one great thing about books is if you don't mind used copies they are cheap. I had added a crappile of cheap books to my Amazon wishlist.
I have loved the Wild Cards novels since I read the first one sometime in the late 80s. A few years back the series was restarted. And for the first time since the original novel they were getting published in hardback. I saw this volume,which I have never read, really cheap on Amazon. So my Aunt Midget got it for me.When I opened it up X-mas day she started to apologize for it being an ex-library book. But that doesn't bother me. It might be a long time before I get to this book. I am slowly collecting all the books in the series. And I got a few right now that happen before this one but I haven't read yet.While Mr Martin gets huge amounts of praise for his Song of Fire and Ice series,well honestly I tried to read the first book in that series and it never got my attention. I tried watching Game of Thrones and it didn't get my attention. I see fans all the time begging Mr Martin to hurry up and finish the Song of Fire and Ice series,but I would much rather him edit more volumes of the Wild Cards series.
Out of all the gifts I got this year off my Amazon wishlist this was the most expensive. It is volume 11 of the Wild Card series. And the middle books in the series are the most expensive. I am assuming this is because they had smaller print runs. This was the last gift from my Aunt Midget. Hopefully I will get a chance to read it fairly soon.
As I mentioned in part 1 I got three envelopes with a store name written on the front and money inside them.The three stores were Dollar General,Dirt Cheap and Vendor's Emporium. I love all three stores. But anytime I go into them I end up spending money,usually more than I should. Since none of the three do gift cards I was given money to spend at those stores. Well I have been to 2 of the three stores. Since we have 5 Dollar Generals in my town I went to them first. Normally at DG all I do is grab a cheap drink,then dig through the DVD and Book racks.I don't see hardcover novels in DG that often. I had stopped at the store out by my home,wanting to grab a cheap drink then head to town. And saw a end cap that had boxes of hardcovers. Horns by Joe Hill was the only book in the box that got my attention. The rest of them were biographies about people I either don't know or don't care about. I have read a handful of Joe Hill short stories and his first full length novel Heart Shaped box. And really enjoyed his fiction. This was only 3 bucks,which is a bargain for a hardcover novel. I do wish stores would start using price stickers that are easier to remove. So after grabbing the book,a small bag of Cracker Jacks and a Arizona Green Tea I still had 15 bucks of my 20 dollar DG money left.
I was hanging out with some friends when their Mother came home and was showing us a bunch of stuff she got from Dirt Cheap. Since Dirt Cheap is a regional chain let me explain it. You know how Biglots buys overstock and close out stuff from stores. Well Dirt Cheap is the same. But unlike Biglots they are not organized and usually smell a bit funny and are a bit dirty.But their prices are great. I have gotten many pairs of jeans from them for $3 or less a pair. One thing I really love about Dirt Cheap is they always have at least one bin slammed full of ex-rental DVDs from Blockbuster. I just wish they would keep the prices the same. Sometimes it is $1 a dvd. Sometimes it is $3. Now all you get is the disk in a cardboard sleeve. But for that cheap a price it is worth it. Most of the time I goto Dirt Cheap I spend at least 1 hour digging through the DVDs.
I have always enjoyed Legos or lego like toys. Now normally I won't buy any toys at Dirt Cheap that come with lots of parts. It never fails that someone has already opened the box and pieces will be missing. I checked this set and it was still sealed. After getting the book cheap and the DVD cheap I was gonna splurge. It is rare that I buy myself a toy anymore. The high cost of modern toys and my running out of room to display stuff are major factors. But with this being 80% off $24 I couldn't pass it up. And after opening it up and putting it together I was not disappointed. It has two forms. First is the normal robot form.
Well that is all my X-mas Haul. I got one last giftcard coming in soon. But looks like I am gonna use it to buy a new mic and headphones for my laptop. Well I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a good New Years Eve.