Reading Firsts

Yesterday, I started reading ‘Dreamsnake’ by Vonda N. McIntyre. My reading this book presents all sorts of personal firsts.

Firstly, despite her success and science fiction literary awards, this will be the first time I have ever read a book by McIntyre. I like the idea of coming to an author for the first time, with the hope that it won’t simply be a one night stand. Reading my first Kathy Reich book was much the same – and I have gone on to read more. I also read more Dan Brown after finishing ‘The Da Vinci Code’, almost entirely because the sheer readability of the book took me completely by surprise.

Secondly, in buying this book, this is my first 1p purchase from Amazon Marketplace. I have associates who wouldn’t consider spending more on a book these days, despite the fact – in truth – the standard postage associated with the purchase means you never pay less than £2.76… Nevertheless, I found the process painless and relatively cheap.

Finally, this will be the first time I have ever read a book because a calendar told me to. Yes, you read that right. The excellent Futurama Calendar not only serves up some superb spoof images of movies with a Futurama twist (like January’s ‘Clone Alone’, with Cubert Farnsworth filling the Macaulay Culkin role in the classic poster image with the hapless criminals in the background and Cubert wide mouthed in shock) and an incredible breadth of information (it includes International Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19th – how complete is that?!), it also tells you what to read. Every few weeks, the little calendar square says ‘Read so-and-so book’, starting with ‘Dreamsnake’ on 9th January. I’m all for new experiences in reading, so I intend to do my level best keeping up with the recommendations and expanding my horizons.

I wonder how they make commission out of it?


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