- I want all the books.
- I want time to read all the books.
- I am pleased to see that God Bless You, Dr Kevorkian has been released with a foreword by Neil Gaiman and is in the Staff Choices bit, but dismayed that people think it's okay to charge eight pounds for a book that is less than a hundred pages long, even with foreword, list of personages and so on.
- Kurt Vonnegut presents classification problems, as he tends to. I found the rest of his books under general Fiction, even Armageddon in Retrospect which is another of his non-fiction works, but no copies of God Bless You, Dr Kevorkian or The Sirens of Titan in Science Fiction (in two different editions)
- The staff, who didn't seem too busy, listened with apparent mild interest when I mentioned this, but gave no indication of whether they felt like it was a problem that someone should really fix some time. Apparently the system says Sirens of Titan is sci-fi.
- There is a Smart Thinking section, which struck me at first as a stupid name for a section, but I can see why they have it, looking over the collection of hard-to-categorise non-fiction books about assorted interesting ideas.
- The Philosophy section is tiny and incredibly hard to find, but full to bursting. Each shelf was packed to its physical limit, making it hard to put things back, while a whole separate collection of Penguin editions of philosophical classics is invisible from there.
- I bought exactly one book, which I count as a win.
- The book is Delusions of Gender, by a neurologist who is also a feminist. I had the feeling that I should really read it some time, and the strong suspicion that if I didn't buy it then, it would never come up again. Having read the introduction now, I still think I should read it, so that's good.
Current Location: London
Current Mood: pleased
Current Music: Music for monkeys on stilts