Book Binge had an interesting post up the other day asking readers when they stop going to the bookstore for certain authors and start hitting the library.
While I'm a librarian, I don't exclusively use the library. I use it mostly for my audio book fix, and the minimal hard cover reading I do. I've also been known to check out any trade paperbacks from work that I'm not quite sure I want to spend $14 on.
That's the long answer. However, it dawned on me yesterday that the short answer is June 17, 2008. Yep - that's when you need to start using your local library because that's the day that Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich lands at the peachy retail price of....
wait for it....
$27.95 for a 320 page book that will have the Exact. Same. Plot. (what there is of one) as the previous 13 books and if my guess is right - enough white space to think you're vacationing in Greenland in January.
Am I being too harsh? Maybe. I mean - who pays retail on books anymore? Between discount warehouse stores, WalMart and Amazon, nobody is going to be paying $27.95 for this book. But dang, it's the principal of the thing.
I happen to keep up with this series on audio, and I do still get some marginal enjoyment out of it because I accepted long ago that it was never going to go anywhere. Stephanie is never going to choose between Morelli and Ranger, she's always going to blow up her cars, and she's never going to learn to take her gun out of the cookie jar. That, and Rex The Hamster is now officially immortal.
But despite all this, I keep listening. Why? Because I usually get at least one genuine laugh out of the experience and Ranger always says something so insanely sexy that I have to change my panties.
Yeah, I went there.
Still, $27.95?! Honestly, now.
And before y'all start whining about how your library sucks and you'll have to wait too long for your copy of the book - reread any one of the previous 13. Because really, they're all the same book. Yeah, I went there.
And yes, I'm well aware that Janet Evanovich has nothing to do with the pricing on her books. I'm more than well aware that's the work of her publisher.