More on Glomming, October 2006
Jan I’ve discovered that a glom can be the worst way to read the works of an author whose first book I found interesting. A case in point is Amanda Quick / Jayne Ann Krentz. I really liked the first book of hers I read, but discovered that reading as many of her other books as I could get my hands on, in quick succession, meant that they all had a similar feel to them, and I couldn’t appreciate them. I still like her work, but now I won’t read two of her books in a row: I have to read something by other authors in between. Lynda X Before the internet, it was very difficult to find old books by an author, let alone to know other pseudonyms she might use. If I remember correctly, category romances were not even listed in the reference books used by bookstores to order older books, and OF COURSE, libraries did not buy any paperback romances. After I devoured–many times–Lisa Gregory’s “Rainbow Season,” I heard that there was an ealier book of hers, “Analise” which I could not find. R.I. at that time had (aboout 1989) only one used book store that carried romances. The owner told me her friend had “Analise” and I WANTED that book . I begged the owner to offer money for it. No, her friend would not sell it to me. No, she would not loan it to me. No, she wouldn’t take my watch or $100 deposit on its loan. I was so disappointed. Then, Romance Times published ads from used book stores around the country and I’d call, long distance (when that was expensive, even when I called on Saturday, which if you are too young to know, was cheaper than calling on M-F), trying to track it down. After about five phone calls, I found a copy, to my delight. So, off went the check, waited till it cleared, and then finally got my heart’s desire. I didn’t like the book. Naturally. I was so disappointed.
I’ve glommed Carla Kelly, Loretta Chase, and lots of other authors through “Amazon” and very rarely have had any problems. Of course, after spending sometimes a fair amount of money, I don’t always like the book–shades of “Analise.” But more often, I do. I love Amazon.
I recently have ordered Anne Gracie’s “The Honorable Thief” from the library. It was not available in Rhode Island, but I was elated to find I could order it from another state, and I got it yesterday. Thank you, Illinois!MarianneM
I’ve learned so much from my fellow readers who post on this board, and one of them is the feeling of enormous satisfaction when one executes a successful glom of a newly discovered author’s backlist. I have nursed a lifelong greed for certain author’s works, but until recently, with the development of the Internet, I had limited ways of finding a beloved author’s earlier books. One had to traipse to one bookstore after another and inquire. If you were lucky, you could make it to five or six before your feet started to hurt, your head to spin and you said feelingly, “Oh, the heck with it!”
It’s all so much easier now than it was BI