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2017-09-21 08:31:21 PM  
Saw his book in a grocery store

It's about a detective tracking a guy with a time machine in a whore house then a miner problem outside the whore house

/Spider Robinson, lady slings the booze
 
2017-09-21 08:35:48 PM  
While listening to the Simpsons dvd audio commentary ,wasn't aware that swartzwalder had any works .
 
2017-09-21 08:39:17 PM  
I was walking down the street when a crazed street preacher introduced me to Jack Chick.

/got nothin'
 
2017-09-21 08:46:21 PM  
 Read my first Orson Scott Card book after I tripped over a girl sitting in the middle of a book store aisle reading one of his books.
 
2017-09-21 08:46:58 PM  
I opened my shed one day, and Dean Koontz was inside eating a popsicle.
 
2017-09-21 08:59:23 PM  
Naked.
 
2017-09-21 09:11:09 PM  
My therapist pointed me at Charles Bukowski.
 
2017-09-21 09:30:09 PM  
In the middle 80s when I moved from NY to FL, my mother gave me her copy of Condominium.  It both scared the hell out of me and taught me how the FL real estate industry works.  Since then I've amassed maybe 70 John D. MacDonald books, some of which have dumb endings but all of which are worth the time.
 
2017-09-21 09:34:18 PM  

emonk: In the middle 80s...


Ok, maybe not strange but worthy of mention perhaps (having just reread the headline).
 
2017-09-21 09:41:02 PM  
www.topmudsites.com is how I discovered Terry Pratchett.
 
2017-09-21 11:32:02 PM  
I got a free paperback copy of "The Memory of Earth" from a promo for a new bookstore.

/ It was actually smart of them to give away the first book of a series...
//  ...even though the only other book by O.S. Card I ended up reading was 'Ender's Game'
/// should I read any/all of the of the other books in his 'Earth' series?
 
2017-09-21 11:50:16 PM  
In my day we sometimes discovered authors by scanning the shelves in book stores.
 
2017-09-22 12:01:13 AM  
I discovered Stephen Donaldson my freshman year in college when the cute girl checking out my books at the university library suggested I read The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I ended up taking the books and her home. She was my first intellectual girlfriend, but my fascination with Donaldson lasted longer than she did.
 
2017-09-22 12:07:30 AM  
Can't quite decide...

Either 'Under the pickle' or 'Down in the couch cushions'.
 
2017-09-22 12:09:40 AM  

doglover: Naked.


...go on...
 
2017-09-22 12:13:37 AM  
Glory hole.
 
2017-09-22 12:25:05 AM  

Moooooo K: Read my first Orson Scott Card book after I tripped over a girl sitting in the middle of a book store aisle reading one of his books.


His politics ruined it for me.
 
2017-09-22 12:30:18 AM  
I was given a copy of Breakfast Of Champions at one of the first internet cafés in Canada.
 
2017-09-22 12:49:01 AM  
9th grade science teacher recommended Hitchhiker's Guide.
Took a chance on Web Mage & Cybermancy by Kelly McCullugh based on the summaries on the back and having a B&N gift card.
 
2017-09-22 12:54:18 AM  

sithon: Moooooo K: Read my first Orson Scott Card book after I tripped over a girl sitting in the middle of a book store aisle reading one of his books.

His politics ruined it for me.


Reminds me of the Sword of Truth series.
 
2017-09-22 12:55:20 AM  
In my crawlspace.
 
2017-09-22 12:56:00 AM  
In jayfurr's crawlspace.
 
2017-09-22 12:56:28 AM  
Damnit, thats what i get for not scrolling down.
 
2017-09-22 01:03:54 AM  
My high school library had two entire walls of sci-fi. I wish I could go back and find out who was responsible for that and thank them. I don't know if that has ever been a common thing in high schools anywhere or any time. I read as many of them as I could over the four years I was there.

One of the books that got displayed prominently for awhile was Deathbird Stories, so that's how I discovered Harlan Ellison. Wow, how many high school libraries would carry that without conservative parents holding a torchlight parade? I'm pretty sure no parent knew about that book or they would have.

What DID get that high school library a torchlight parade was a book about the gay lifestyle written for teens that described it positively. This is the 1980s, in one of the reddest states in the US, which only increases my respect to the maximum for whoever was in charge of book buying for that library. That book was in the boring sociology section, not the sci-fi section, so I never saw it before parents started checking it out so their children wouldn't see it, and I cannot remember anything about the title or author.
 
2017-09-22 01:09:42 AM  
My friend got drunk and threw a Tom Robbins book at me hard enough to leave a welt. Read it anyways.
 
2017-09-22 01:10:23 AM  
Saw an ad on sluggy freelance for it.  Sounded like a great book to read the kiddo and recommend to my niece.  Everyone loved the series.  Don't tell my parents I'm a supervillain.
 
2017-09-22 01:10:28 AM  
I was in my college math professor's office, and one book stood out among the myriad on his book shelf, because he had three copies. It was Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. He said he had loaned his copy out and the person he loaned it to lost it. So he ordered two more copies so he would always have a copy even if someone borrowed it. Later, the person he had loaned his original copy to found it so he was up to three copies. I figured if it was so good I should check it out.
 
2017-09-22 01:30:37 AM  
Someone I deeply cared for told me I'd enjoy his work. Years later, I read one of his books. She was right, and he definitely changed my perspective on what a novel could be.

Christ, that writer was a total *
 
2017-09-22 01:45:06 AM  
A co-worker recommended James Patterson.

That weekend, I saw a book by Richard North Patterson. I remembered the Patterson part and bought the book.
 
2017-09-22 02:10:28 AM  
I was reading a Fark discussion thread, and some random asshole I know nothing about recommended an author.
 
2017-09-22 02:18:27 AM  
Unconscious in a upturned car that flipped in the snow.
 
2017-09-22 02:21:34 AM  
the local glory hole.
 
2017-09-22 02:27:07 AM  

fusillade762: In my day we sometimes discovered authors by scanning the shelves in book stores.


You must be made of money 💰 I just wander the library shelves, or more often Hoopla these days. Or I just see something I want to blast through right quick, seeing as I'm a used book dealer. I'm very willing to try a couple chapters, then quit.
 
2017-09-22 02:36:45 AM  
The church I grew up in used time have an auction every year time raise money and part of that was a book sale.  I picked up two books by Dick Gregory there.  I got his autobiography and another book he wrote which after I did a book report on i had a future Marine challenge me to a fight on the hallway.
The other author i found in an on odd way was John Sanford ( I could be wrong about the name but the titles all had the word prey).  He wrote a bunch of fiction books that had to do with serial killers and rapists.  What's odd about that is that my 8th grade science teacher loaned me the books.  What's even more odd is that she was 24 at the time and I was 13 and getting a failing grade in her class.
 
2017-09-22 02:55:38 AM  
 
2017-09-22 03:10:58 AM  

Donald Trump's Latest Tweet: orangehat: John Sanford

John Sandford


I knew I got it wrong...
 
2017-09-22 03:22:39 AM  
I had to do a report for English class in high school and couldn't decide on an author. My teacher wrote a name down on a slip of paper and said "you're weird, you'll like this one".

The scrap of paper read "Hunter S Thompson".
 
2017-09-22 03:29:33 AM  

ihateallofyou: I had to do a report for English class in high school and couldn't decide on an author. My teacher wrote a name down on a slip of paper and said "you're weird, you'll like this one".

The scrap of paper read "Hunter S Thompson".


So was that teacher weird or a [  ] ?
 
2017-09-22 03:34:42 AM  

puffy999: ihateallofyou: I had to do a report for English class in high school and couldn't decide on an author. My teacher wrote a name down on a slip of paper and said "you're weird, you'll like this one".

The scrap of paper read "Hunter S Thompson".

So was that teacher weird or a [  ] ?


She was a little out there but I respected her more after I began reading his books.
 
2017-09-22 03:46:09 AM  
Cousin said "my friend says this book is cool. But I can't get myself to read it." Book was Stephen King's Misery.  Read most of that period's work one after the other. I was 13-14 probably.

Going through the airport for some overseas course over summer (it was planned as a long study/vacation). In the airport I'm going through the book section and this weird cover catches my attention. Short blurb is weird. Pick it up anyway. Book was Terry Pratchett's Feet of Clay.
Over summer I bought and read at least half, maybe two-thirds of his Discworld novels.
As fun as Harry Potter, yet with depth and insights so profound.
Probably remains my favorite author for being able to hold both spaces.
 
2017-09-22 04:18:53 AM  
A crazy chick at work decided I'd be a fun sex toy to play with as the latest means of cucking her husband .... which I had no issue with, I'm single, and she looked a LOT like the blonde lead in Scrubs.

So one night after a bonk session she mentions she likes sci-fi, and I mention back that I used to read a lot but gave up some years ago.

She recommends I try "Altered Carbon" by Richard K Morgan.

Completely got me back into sci-fi again for a while. What a hella great book.
 
2017-09-22 06:42:45 AM  
my parents bought his house, he left tons of stuff in a downstairs closet and i returned the boxes for him.

he invited me in for coffee and we got talking and I found out he just won a national award for his lasted book.
now I have them all autographed
 
2017-09-22 07:13:44 AM  
I was walking along a tributary eating spaghetti when I found him, jutting out from a cretaceous-era sediment deposit in a recent landslide, an author, newly uncovered. I knew I only had moments before he thawed and began to lay waste to the small, mountainside village, I called home.
 
2017-09-22 07:17:08 AM  

freddyV: my parents bought his house, he left tons of stuff in a downstairs closet and i returned the boxes for him.

he invited me in for coffee and we got talking and I found out he just won a national award for his lasted book.
now I have them all autographed


Well?!? What's the author's name?
 
2017-09-22 07:17:19 AM  
Lots of tube and train stations here have little book exchanges. All free, you just take stuff and leave stuff as you want. It's mostly Haynes manuals and Mills & Boon, but I picked up a book called The Sisters Brothers recently, by Patrick DeWitt, and it's excellent.
 
2017-09-22 07:30:38 AM  
While buying used copies of Glen Cook's Black Company series, I accidentally grabbed a copy of Wizard War by Hugh Cook. It was a pleasant surprise.

Oblig; too many Cooks.
 
2017-09-22 07:37:02 AM  
Looking for something by Melville.  Saw "Hard Boiled Wonderland..." by Haruki Murakami.  Read the plot and a random page and I was hooked...
 
2017-09-22 08:17:42 AM  
A pen pal in the UK snail mailed me a copy of Pride and Prejudice.
 
2017-09-22 08:37:59 AM  
Weirdest way of *finding* an author?

Some had stuffed a pristine copy of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater into a bundle of yarn, crochet hooks, and sewing stuff that was given me when I was 12.

Weirdest *author* is another story entirely. China Mieville currently ranks as #1 with no real challengers. Awesome stuff.
 
2017-09-22 08:54:51 AM  
Wow, I loved that book as a kid.  Read some of his other stuff, 'Gone South' and lord knows what else. Forgot about him and switched to pretentious teenager crap before wandering into my book store one day and seeing that cover.  Had to buy it and relive the nostalgia... It was more poorly written than I recall, but still enjoyable.

I think my copy might make it's way back on top of my toilet's tank now.
 
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