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Harry Potter Midnight Madness

I'll be waiting out, like the other loons, at midnight for book 7 - even though I already have an electronic copy. I successfully refrained from reading it by re-reading book 6, which turned out to be a good idea. Lots of little details I'd forgotten!

Anyway, if you too are interested in joining the loons, call Barnes & Noble on the Santa Monica promenade, and reserve a copy. Then, at 6:00pm show up to get a numbered bracelet. If there aren't enough copies to go around (and in LA, if anything is remotely interesting, WAY too many people show up, so it's sure to sell out...) they'll call numbers by bracelets - gold bracelets for people who reserved a copy, and blue for those who didn't. At 11:30 they'll have a raffle and let people in - at midnight the sales begin. I'll be there - Barnes and Noble on the Santa Monica Promenade.

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catrionamacnair
Jul. 20th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
6 and a half hours to go till the release here. Yay for Midnight Madness :)
arya
Jul. 20th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm disappointed that you're buying from chain bookstores :(
aghrivaine
Jul. 20th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
WHATever. I spend plenty of time and money in privately owned specialty stores in the LA area. To my knowledge there is no sci-fi/fantasy specialist store around here - and certainly not one open at midnight.
arya
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
You've got to be joking. I KNEW there was a reason I hated SoCal.

There's five privately-owned science fiction / fantasy bookstores just in my *town*, (though to be fair, three of them are under the same ownership), three of which are within walking distance of me, all five of which will be open at midnight for HP.

There's a few more indie stores that aren't specialized for sci fi / fantasy, which are also doing midnight release parties. Two of these stores (Cody's and Moe's) are HUGE, fantastic stores with amazing selections. Moe's is within walking distance, though Cody's is not.

The really remarkable thing about Berkeley is that it's the sort of town in which a Barnes and Noble will open up and then go out of business because no one shops there. (It was across the street from Pegasus Books -- which isn't even one of our *better* indie bookstores.)
aghrivaine
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Venice is chock-a-block with indie bookstores. Just none of 'em are Sci-fi/fantasy, and all of them are specialty stores.

Besides which - aren't you a Libertarian? If the market decides that chain bookstores better serve the consumer, isn't that the Invisible Hand of Awesome Free Market Godliness (And-a-pony) that is improving the Entire World for everyone, everywhere?
arya
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm a Libertarian. That means I determine who serves me best, and I support it with my money (which, granted, there is not a whole lot of at the moment). Obviously our B&N was not better serving Berkeley customers, 'cuz it went outta bidnizz.

Which is why I love Berkeley.
aghrivaine
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
"I'm a Libertarian, i love Berkeley" - does not compute! does not compute!

arya
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, there's certainly things about Berkeley I despise. Namely, the city council and their freikken boneheaded decisions. But I gotta say, I do love our local bookstores, and the weather.

I have a grudging acceptance of our local bookstore, whose only real crime is that it's not Austin Books & Comics. I also have a grudging acceptance of the Parkway, whose only real crime is that it's not the Alamo Drafthouse.
arya
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Also-- being Libertarian doesn't mean I think all businesses are great and good, it just means I don't trust *our* government to regulate it without abusing the power for their own profit.
aghrivaine
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
Free Market And-A-Pony magical thinking is very much at the core of Libertarianism - the magical Free Market will instill justice, freedom and liberty where the government can't and shouldn't.

So if big chains are more competitive in the magical Free-Market, they are clearly a better choice, have more And-A-Pony magical virtue, and should destroy the inefficient independent stores.
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harmfulguy
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
I'd skip the madness and wait until the morning after, were it not that a friend of mine is going to be in costume at one of the local bookstores along with the rest of her HP fan club. Well, that and the glow-in-the-dark wands.
aghrivaine
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
I also figure that this is about as nerd-friendly a social event as I'm likely to find.
oedi
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'm too sick to leave the house at midnight to buy a book. Even though I really want to read it, I think I can wait a couple more days.
maeris
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
I sent Ben to Border's at 8 a.m. to get my bracelet, because I had to be in a meeting. There was a line to get the thing you need to get in line (and they didn't even start handing them out until 9)! haha
aghrivaine
Jul. 20th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
No bracelets until 6pm. I'm at work until then.
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