For our 11th contribution to The Story Siren‘s weekly meme, In My Mailbox, I present my recent loot from a website called Science Fiction Book Club. Another accidental discovery, the Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC) is not exactly a virtual book club. I learned about it through Facebook Ads. The description was truly tempting: Get 5 books for $1 each, and you get a special sign up offer of 1 more book for $5.99.
SFBC membership has no monthly or annual fee. However, you have to make sure that you mail back the reply stub containing books that you want them to send or not to send. If they don’t receive your reply by the date indicated, they would automatically send you a book and charge you for it. The setup kind of reminds me of Shoedazzle, except that SFBC does not have an actual “skip the month” option.
Because I’m barely new to this online book store, I don’t know what the outcome of my reply stub would be. I marked the “do not send” boxes for two titles that I didn’t find interesting. I hope that would be it for next month. Heh.
It all started with Neil Gaiman. One thing led to another and – voila! Seven new books added to my shelf. Here are the titles I purchased with my sign up offer:
1. The 10-Year-Anniversary Edition of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I am a fan, yes, but I gotta admit I haven’t read this book yet. (And don’t remind me just how awesome American Gods is.) I’m glad I waited long enough to get a copy. This is a timeless edition.
2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Does this have a picture book edition? I don’t quite remember. Hardcover is fine by me. (By the way, most of the books sold in SFBC are hardcovers, and member edition prices are at least 40% off publisher’s prices.)
3. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by Brett Helquist. I first saw this at a thrift store. Mailed a copy to my friend for her birthday.
4. The Devil’s Rose by Brom. This will be my first venture into the dark and gothic world of Brom. I have seen his Child Thief a few times at Barnes & Noble, a gothic version of Peter Pan. I was also fascinated by his other book called Plucker. I should have grabbed these two books also, but I could not say no to the next three ones below.
5. Witch and Wizard by James Patterson. My boyfriend is a huge fan of James Patterson, and he’s been bugging me to read his first book, Along Came a Spider. I’ve seen the movie and I thought it was good, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the book is better. However, his Alex Cross series can wait. I think I’ll jump to his YA fantasy for now.
6. The Gift by James Patterson. Book two of Witch and Wizard. I don’t know if it’s only a two-book series, but I know I haven’t seen a third one yet.
7. Witch and Wizard: Battle for Shadowland by James Patterson. This is the graphic novel of the series, and narrates the events that happened between the two books. I wasn’t particularly fond of the illustrations but because I got this book almost for free I don’t mind at all.
To be honest, I am not a science fiction reader. Fortunately, SFBC is not limited to science fiction novels. It has fantasy, graphic novels, horror books, comics, steampunk novels, and some children’s books, YA fiction, and non-fiction. My next target: R.A. Salvatore and Terry Brooks. =)