Posted by: Gram | June 5, 2010

Organised Fortuity

A little over a year ago, I discovered a little known author in the UK, Christopher Moore.  This was of course, by pure luck, so it’s somewhat fitting that the last book I read was called “Fluke“.

The route to getting to this book was somewhat erratic as my strict book rotation system required me to find the next Moore.

One of the great problems of less known authors is that it’s quite tricky to track down their books.  As a trip round Cambridge’s many bookshops proved¹.  Having finished the book I was reading, a poorly translated book of, well, I’m not sure  (Hope over difficulties I guess), I had to read the only book I had, “Around the World in 80 Days” as I travelled back to Reading with some lovely sunburn.

A return to the office allowed me to raid my windowsill of literature³ which meant I traded this book (not due to be read for another *6*) for “Blink“, the book I was to read after the next Chris Moore.  So alternatives are sorted, but what of my precious rotation system?

With the rise of Amazon, most stores only ever have what they think you want⁴, so Reading was a failure, just as Preston had been some time before, so that required a trip to Nodnol.  I’d planned to go Elephant Spotting so a quick detour to Piccadilly Waterstones which has most of the books you ever want, as well as the tat, when heading to Sloane Square⁵.  That was one week before I returned to “Blink”.

Yes, ultimately it paid off.  The thorough enjoyment of that book (that included binary whales, disturbing doorknobs and pastrami), smashed my record for reading a book⁶.  A 400 page book in 7 days is pretty damn good for me, especially since I remembered to go to work and did quite a lot with my weekend⁷.

And I suppose I should point out, this scenario does not make me mad.  Just, well, organised, whilst not planning actually ahead.

¹ Though one bookstore allegedly will have it soon.  Word-of-mouth is always good.  Though beware, there are quite a lot of, er, bodily fluids in this one Charlotte.  And not just innuendo “bodily fluids”, some much worse ones too…

² Unfortunately, not this amazing animated version

³ I’m reluctant to buy a massive IKEA bookcase and install it in the office.  It’s rude if nothing else…

⁴ Which is the latest Jordan book it seems.  Shame on you WHSmith!

⁵ Side note, Sloane Sq is the most polluted place in London.  Vile, and my throat is still recovering from the fetted mixture of supercar and bus fumes there.  Shame on you Chelsea!

Take that Oscar!

⁷ Including wedding #1 of 2010, playing lots of pool and laughing at England vs Japan.



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