I recently received a box of books from Barnes & Noble containing a nice mix of books both fiction and non-fiction.
I dived right into Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny and at the end of chapter one I had mixed feelings. On the one hand I’ve been a huge fan of Roger Zelazny for nearly thirty years and I’ve been looking forward to reading this books for months, the book itself having been on my radar for years.
On the other hand I wasn’t sure of what to make of the book so far. The first chapter laid out some impressive world building and had just enough intrigue to spark a vague sense of curiosity in me.
I slipped the bookmark into its proper place on the first page of chapter two, toweled off, watered down and dressed up and left the gym.
It turns out I left the book at the gym quite by accident. Since I go to the gym six days per week I thought nothing of it; I’ll pick up the book the next day. All of the members are friendly and honest so no worries at all.
Except the book was gone. Taken.
It is with no small amount of irony that Roger Zelazny, through Lord Corwin of Amber in The Guns of Avalaon said “Nobody steals books but your friends.”
Not this time, Mister Zelazny.
Now I’m faced with a dilemma and left with a firm resolution.
Dilemma: Do I buy a second copy of this book and soldier on despite the fact chapter one left me with mixed feelings?
Firm resolution: I’m going 100% digital with all of the books I buy going forward to eliminate the logistical nightmare of book storage, book loss, etc.
What would you? Leave the book an orphan or give the poor thing a second chance?