Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Salon

I don't have any big plans for today- it's been a hectic week, and it's nice to just take some time to relax. Which means reading! I have a short stack of paperbacks next to my reading chair- a book club pick, a personal summer-reading challenge book and another just for fun. I'll be armchair-traveling to suburban New York via Binnie Kirshenbaum, to the deserts of Iraq with Millard Kaufman and to the waters of the Atlantic with Patrick O'Brian.

Yesterday my husband and I visited a new used bookstore specializing in science fiction, fantasy and horror- the very nice Seek Books, in West Roxbury, Mass. It's only been open since April; I got an email from the owner last week and decided to go check it out. It's great!

My husband, the resident science fiction buff, tells me the selection is great. The store policy is to have only one copy of every title on the shelf at a time- the better to highlight the diversity of what's available. For example, there are around 250 unique titles in the vampire section alone. The shop also stocks and sells complete series and a whole bookcase of young adult titles. The store's definition of science fiction is broad enough for Margaret Atwood and obscure enough for Cats Have No Lord, a pulp masterpiece I picked up for the title alone. Jeff got some Doctor Who Target novels and a rare Dungeons & Dragons book he didn't know existed.

The store itself is tidy and attractively laid out, with color-coded smiley face stickers denoting price. There are even some nice comfy chairs for browsing. The owner, Brad, is friendly and helpful and offers discounts to veterans. Even non-scifi-buffs like myself would find the shop welcoming and pleasant.

If you're in the Boston area and you like science fiction, fantasy, horror or alternative religion, you have to go to Seek Books. I really hope this store does well and plan on visiting again soon.

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