A Book Quandary

I get “extra rewards” on my bank card, meaning every time I use my card as a credit card I earn points. I know this is pretty much a gimmick and I figured I’d never earn enough points to do anything, but after two years I earned enough points to get a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card. I know it isn’t much, but I can buy books so I’m happy. My problem is I’ve narrowed it to two books, but can’t decide between the.

  1. Terry Pratchett’s Making Money. I’m a huge Terry Pratchett fan, which I’ve mentioned here many times. I’ve never bought one of his books when it was first released though. On the plus side, I know I’ll enjoy this book. On the minus side, it will cost around $18, so I will have to chip in some of my own money. There was a nice review of Making Money written by Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing the other day. Also on Boing Boing was a link to a graphic that lays out the books of Discworld chronologically based on their “arcs” (Rincewind Novels, Witches Novel, etc.). I really recommend this.


  2. Susanna Clarke’s The Ladies of Grace Adieu – this was recently released in paperback and the more I hear about it the more I like it. This book is a collection of short stories, many of which are in the same world as Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel, which I loved. An added bonus is that this one will cost less.


Anyhow, what do you all think. Which book should I choose?

12 thoughts on “A Book Quandary

  1. I can’t help you because I have never read either one of them or any book by either author (even though I have been planning on reading books by both of them).

    I can highly recommend Hyperion by Dan Simmons as perhaps the last book that completely blew me away.

    Or you can just order a copy of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel and have it sent to my house for safe keeping.

  2. Mike – I saw Jonathan Strange in the discount books pile in one of the bookstores in the mall near my house. I could always see if it’s still there if you want (I almost bought it even though I already had a copy)

  3. sw,

    I absolutely love Terry Pratchett. And Going Postal was one of my very favorites of all of the Discworld books. Making Money, however, I found a little tedious. I was going to review it on my blog, but I’m reconsidering that, in part because I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from reading Pratchett. It is just not in my list of top 10 Discworld books. Wait for the paperback’s my advice.

  4. Ooh, I’m not sure about this one, if it was me, I would hoard the $10 voucher and frequently check out the bookshop, then, when I eventually found *the book* I’d realise the voucher was either lost or expired! Heh! In fact, don’t follow my example, use the voucher now!

    By the way, you influenced me to buy a book this weekend. I’ve been very interested in Vladimir Propp and his analysis of fairy tales since you gave the link to the Proppian fairy tale generator. I found his book Morphology of the Folk Tale in a shop near me and now I’m reading it. I feel as if a light bulb is going on in my head so I’m very happy.

  5. The Ladies of Grace Adieu is fab. The title story is easily the best piece of short fiction I’ve read this year – and I’ve read a fair bit. I thoroughly recommend it.

  6. Not really any point in buying Pratchett’s new hardcover when you still haven’t read some of his paperbacks, so I’d vote for an alternative Pratchett book or Clarke’s book.

  7. I’ve got a card with that gimmick, too — I’m usually able to get about $25 worth of books every six months, though, so it sounds like my card’s point system is a pretty sweet deal.

    If I had to pick, I’d go with the Clarke.

  8. Hmmm. Nice sort of quandry to have, all things considered. I’d say go for the short story collection. Since you seem to be someone who can wait two years for a $10 voucher, my money’d be on you making it to the paperback release without tearing out your hair. That or, as someone else suggested, a paperback Pratchett which you haven’t read yet.

    Alternately, library cards are nice things to have. I bet they have one or both of these books just waiting for you. Owning is always a good thing, but to merely get the words into your brain, a library might be a help.

    I am not a shill for Big Library. I swear.

  9. I haven’t read either book (or author), so I’m no authority on the subject. But…if *I had* to chose between these two books then I would do it on the cover alone. I know that’s not recommended, but, honestly, the Making Money book cover looks boring, so I’d go with The Ladies of Grace Adieu.

    Or, you could toss a coin! 😉

  10. Wow, thanks for the advice everyone!

    Helen – That’s cool I influenced you to buy a book. I hope you enjoy it!

    Neil – Thanks for the recommendation

    Rob – I guess that’s true, but most of his books can also stand alone.

    Cavan – You either have a better deal than me, or you spend more money 🙂

    Absolute Vanilla… (& Atyllah) – I’m a Pratchett sucker, too, so this one is hard

    Moon Topples – My wife and I have been visiting the library more lately. I guess I could always buy one and read the other in the library

    Karen Lee Field – I may have to toss a coin :). I don’t like that cover on the Pratchett book either. The UK edition has a much nicer cover.

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