Posted in Uncategorized by expatatlarge on January 19, 2010

Interesting how competition works … a stack of six books I’m ordering from Amazon is USD$121, that’s including the $36 postage to Singapore.

From BookDepository in the UK the same books are USD$136, but hey, there’s “free” wordlwide delivery…

So it costs $15 extra to get them for free…


In case you’re curious, the books are:

* Julia and the Bazooka: and Other Stories (Peter Owen Modern Classics) – Anna Kavan – $15.56

* Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined AmericaBarbara Ehrenreich – $15.64

* The Noise of Time: Selected Prose (European Classics) – Osip Mandelstam – $12.21

* Monsieur PainRoberto Bolaño – $15.61

* War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master RaceEdwin Black – $17.82

* First As Tragedy, Then As FarceSlavoj Zizec – $9.32

Nearly time for YET ANOTHER bookshelf.

Brilliant idea! Store all the books I’ve already read. And, sigh, the ones I’m never going to read.


[re-edited for easy reading for Momentary Madness who has trouble with certain cut and paste layouts.]


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  1. Momentary Madness said, on January 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I’m exhausted just reading the Titles- too much like work.
    I like a good detective (6 to 800 pages) and read it over a six-month period.

  2. Istvanski said, on January 19, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I wonder how many people fall for the sly marketing of the UK's offer? They're aiming for punters who have more money than sense, obviously.
    I'll have to return to Chuck Woww's opus once my life gets back on an even keel…are you familiar with it?

  3. expat@large said, on January 20, 2010 at 2:26 am

    MomMad: I'm reading the “Self's Punishment” detective series at the moment. Not in the original German though. Co-authored by Bernard Schlink, who wrote 'The Reader'. Nothing like that book though.

    Do you find the new layout easier to read? You want a Braille version?

    Istvan: that was Amazon USA. I didn't check the Amazon UK prices.

    Yes, I've read 'Losing The Plot', as I sat by the beach and girlie bars in Pattaya, where much of the book is set… An accurate title if ever there was one. The comments about Thailand life are hilariously accurate. Chuck even gave me another copy when my first got water damaged. I think he's got several dozen copies still sitting around his hut in the Caribe…

  4. rockstar69 said, on January 20, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I've got the solution to another bookshelf. Send all those anti self-help books down here where I can read them. When I finish I'll send them back and you can send the Millenium Trilogy. Sort of like summer camp for your books!!

  5. tony said, on January 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

    The British Have A Very Specific Concept Of “Free” !

  6. Alan said, on January 20, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Ah thank you lad; much better;-)
    I'm jealous that's all.
    (a bit worn out) I like to sit close my eyes and let the dreams float by. When I read/think I tend to get angry.
    “I'm learning it's peaceful with a good dog and some trees, out of touch with the breakdown of this century, they're not goin' to fix it up too easy.”

  7. expat@large said, on January 21, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Alan: “All man has ever done or has ever known is lying in magic preservation in the pages of books.”

    Sometimes getting angry is important, that's how we get the energy fight against the bad things.

    Nature is good, du'h, you can let it all slide occasionally, but I read in awe and to keep companionship with the rest of humanity – who are mostly wankers, agreed. I am not Thoreau – also a bit of a wanker IMHO.

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