I’m about halfway through reading William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition and I’m having a tough time getting into it. The story so far seems terribly contrived: a woman tries to track down the anonymous creator of a series of video segments that appear from nowhere on the internet. What makes it even more difficult is Gibson’s writing style. It seems as though he’s trying too hard to impress his readers with his writing ability, rather than just telling the story. I really hope it gets better, but I’m not expecting much.
Anyways, that the book is a dud doesn’t annoy me as much as it might if I’d paid the regular price for it at Amazon or Chapters. As it is, I purchased it at the Riverworks Book Market in St. Jacobs for $5.
Almost all their books are $5. It’s great!
They aren’t always the latest books. And they haven’t got as large a selection as the big chains. But for $5 a book — and those are new books — I can afford to pick up a few duds.
Riverworks has quickly become one of my favourite local shops. If you are in the area, I definitely recommend it.