What happens in the bookstore …

book haul

Sometimes, I go book shopping.

Although I’m actually a big fan of ebooks, I gave my Nook ereader to my sister and the Google Nexus tablet I replaced it with refuses to charge, leaving me without a functional device for reading. I plan to resolve the problem soon, either by repairing the Nexus or buying a new ereader, but in the meantime I’m stuck with only paper.

Fortunately, even in Taiwan, it’s possible to find cheap English books. Together, the four paperbacks above cost only 100NTD, or a little over three U.S. dollars.

The English selection at Taiwanese bookstores is often limited, but this hindrance is not without a silver lining. Notably, it makes me more likely to take a chance on books I otherwise wouldn’t have paid any mind to. In fact, each of these four books caught my eye for different reasons:

2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke): This was the most obvious pick of the bunch. It’s a sci-fi classic that I have yet to read. I snatched it up as soon as I saw it on the shelf.

The Indian in the Cupboard (Lynne Reid Banks): I think I read this when I was younger. Either that, or I remember having heard about it when I was younger. Either way, it looked like a fun and breezy read. I took it.

Timeline (Michael Crichton): I read and enjoyed Jurassic Park just a few short months ago, so I figured I’d take another chance with Crichton. This book isn’t as well known, and the reviews aren’t as strong, but it still looked entertaining. I figured, “Hey, why not?”

Wheel of the Infinite (Martha Wells): This was the wildcard. I had never heard of Wheel of the Infinite or Martha Wells, but the cover was attractive and the back cover blurb sounded interesting enough. I’m open to trying new things. I added it to the pile.

Will these books fulfill the promises of their covers? Only time will tell, but I have a feeling I’m in for a treat (or four). Wheel of the Infinite is up first. I welcome you to read along with me and discuss the books on Goodreads.

Henry Olsen

Writer, adventurer, and humble servant of the universe since 1986.