BEA Excursion, Arrival and The Strand

I got to NYC today around lunchtime, which gave me an excellent excuse to get some NYC pizza.  Both Geoff W and The Dungeon Master suggested that I check out The Strand, which is a huge bookstore boasting 18 miles of bookshelves.  I was impressed, and I picked up two books while I was there:

  • “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Steig Larsson
  • “Tom O’Bedlam” by Robert Silverberg

People have been recommending that I read “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” for a while now, so when I saw a copy for $0.48 I couldn’t very well pass it up.  I hadn’t heard of this particular Robert Silverberg book before today, but the cover seems intriguing and Silverberg is a good writer.

After I finished my wanderings, got settled at the hotel, and had some dinner, I went to a party at a bookstore that involved poetry readings, a banjo, and a guy eating crackers on stage.  It was very loud there, so I didn’t quite catch what the cracker-eating was supposed to symbolize, nor did I manage to hear much of the banjo.

The actual conference starts tomorrow morning.  I can’t wait!

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    1. I’m probably not going to end up going back this trip because I may or may not have thirty books in my hotel room right now, and it’s only day one. *maniacal laughter*

  1. “The GIrl with the Dragon Tattoo” is really good., but fair warning: its starts slow. Its important info at the start, but makes for dry reading. Once that’s done, the book picks up and sucks you in 🙂

    1. It’s a cool place, and definitely the type of bookstore where you can’t go in for anything specific but you’ll come out with treasure.