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Subject: So...I went to the UBS today and the owner is not a paranormal fan...
Date Posted: 9/28/2010 8:06 PM ET
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She's made it clear on previous visits she thinks they are junk.  Today I mentioned about Jennifer Rardin and that she may have committed suicide.  I never met Jennifer but I can't stop thinking about her.  My mistake for thinking another human being would be sorry to hear this.  Nope.  She thinks that writing or reading about vampires, weres, etc. it warps your mind and this is what must've happened to Jennifer.  She mentioned Anne Rice and how she wrote all the vampires novels and now switched to Christian fiction.  Why can't my local UBS be run by a normal person???  I went there to relax and I couldn't even enjoy browsing. 

So, are we a bunch of suicidal/homicidal manics to-be?? wink

Date Posted: 9/28/2010 8:29 PM ET
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you should tell her anne rice had another change of faith

Date Posted: 9/28/2010 10:30 PM ET
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I like paranormal because there is a distance from reality that feels safe, not warped.  Mysteries were keeping me up at night.  Was becoming paranoid about locking everything.  And watching any men at the playground, which is silly as it is a favorite basketball hoop area in a college town.  Way too many men hanging out near the swing sets.  With basketballs.

So reading end of the world Christian apocalypse fiction is not going to warp the UBS owner?  LaHayue (spelling?) would warp anyone.  And make us into bigots.

I'm really not worried about the werewolf attacking the squirrels in the backyard.  I'm able to read the suspense and then shake it off. 

Date Posted: 9/28/2010 11:03 PM ET
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Ashley: She did mention Anne Rice was agnostic and changed to Christian.  The owner always complains.  I try to go in there when it's busy so I don't get stuck listening to a long story.  I'm going to have to try another UBS.

Emily: I totally agree.  I used to watch Forensic Files, Mystery Diagnosis, etc. and it just makes me paranoid now.  I like paranormal/UF because you can really use your imagination. 

Now back to my Dresden Files angel I'm reading Fool Moon.  Interesting werewolves in this one!

Date Posted: 9/29/2010 9:14 AM ET
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I read almost strictly paranormal because i got tired of romance novels that make you think that that kind of stuff happens everyday. It made me downright depressed. Reading paranormal and UF gives me a break from reality. I live a soap opera life all day long, why would I want to read about it? At least the girl at my USB is great. Me and her engage in hour long conversations about the best Para novelists out there :D Suzanne, any other stores in the area? 

Date Posted: 9/29/2010 12:46 PM ET
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LOL. I think I would have looked at her like she had lost her mind!

Although I do work with a lady that has very similiar beliefs. Two of us that work there go on and on about paranormals and she just shakes her head, lol. We used to listen to her lectures about it but not anymore since she know it doesnt do her any good. Plus its just fun now to talk about our books  in front of her to see what her reaction is.

Date Posted: 9/29/2010 1:06 PM ET
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As of July, she no longer considers herself a Christian, either. Though, she is still all about Jesus.

Date Posted: 9/29/2010 1:07 PM ET
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I wonder what her reaction would have been if it was Paranormal Erotica you were looking for. :)

Date Posted: 9/29/2010 1:12 PM ET
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Crystal: There is one about 15 mins away.  I might try to check that one out later.  This woman just goes on and on about her life story.  It's always something. (I sound like Rosanne Rosanna Danna!) One day it was the zoning board another time it was her niece who was raped and got pregnant.  Yes, she told me that story.  Most of her books are mysteries, romance and I guess the genre is chick lit.  I go in the hope of finding a good paranormal and I check out the mysteries.  I'm not a romance fan.  She did have a Jeanine Frost but I had already read it.

Melissa: I had a similar co-worker except mine wouldn't give up.  She was born again (if that's still the correct term) and would jump all over me every time I talked about my interests.  I was raised Catholic and am Christian but I don't believe reading about vamps, weres, etc. is the devil trying to turn me.  I'm too damn stubborn for that!!  One day I made the mistake of telling her I was reading about Wicca.  I thought she was going to have a heart attack. 

Date Posted: 9/29/2010 3:01 PM ET
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Oh Man! Even though Ive not read about Wicca I would be tempted to mention it around my co-worker. I would LOVE to see what her reaction would be for that one! LOLOL

Oh. And I also like the idea of the Paranormal Erotica! I DO read that but have never talked about it in front of her. Thay may be interesting though....

Date Posted: 9/29/2010 3:21 PM ET
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Saw a comedian, calls himself a cross between Uncle Fester and Lurch. BIG bald headed guy. He wanted to put in red contacts the next time missionarys knock on the door. Open it up, and ask them "Do you know how to get blood out of a carpet?"

I gave up on the UBS around here. I get more books on PBS than I can read and the really goods one just released in Hadrback I request from the library.

I love paranormal, but I bet people look at me a little strange seeing a middle age guy browsing the romance section. Even if paranormanl gets its own section, it will probably still be broken up into Fantast, SiFi, Mystery, Romance and general novels area. All places I have found paranormal.

Date Posted: 9/29/2010 7:11 PM ET
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Jay:  My hubby likes some paranormal also.  He's a Mario Acevedo (Felix Gomez series) fan.  In our Borders the paranormal is mixed in with the romance so I always tease him by handing  him a book with some half naked guy on the cover.  :)   I wouldn't worry about browsing the romance section.  I sometimes feel awkward in the sci-fi/horror section b/c it's mostly comprised of males.  There seems to be an invisible line between the romance and sci-fi sections. 

I fee you're a Fallout 3 fan.  I have the PC version and need to finish it keeps locking up on me.  Hubby is (impatiently) waiting for Fallout New Vegas.  It's such a great game. 

Date Posted: 9/29/2010 7:50 PM ET
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Most ubs's I've worked at or shopped at seem to be owned or run by characters.   I've worked at two different ones in the past.  The last one was about 13 years ago and swear it reminded me of something straight out of the Harry Potter movies as far as how do you find anything and clutter.  The owner seemed to know where it all was though. 

The one I tend to go to most of the time is a big place that takes in movies, music, games and systems as well as books.  The employees are rotating selections of local college kids with no interest in what your reading tastes are and a suprisingly interesting music playlist for the store. 

They did however figure out very early in the paranormal/urban genre game that they could charge more for those books and jumped right on it.  LKH, MJD and Kim Harrison were priced up from the beginning in this store.   All other types of romance, novels or romance/suspense are $1 per title--paranormals are $3 and up depending on popularity and release date.

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 3:28 AM ET
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nah, homicide is too much work.  ;)

i finally discovered a couple of weeks ago why so much of the paranormal stuff is shelved in the wrong section at my UBS.  they don't have a paranormal section, or even a romance section, so all romance goes into Fiction (as does all Horror).  and apparently it's too hard to read the spines to discover whether something is considered sf&f/uf or paranormal romance, as one of the long-time employees was giving a new person an orientation and telling her to just shelve all the vampire stuff under fiction as it was easier to tell people where it was that way.

well, sheesh!  no wonder half the UF wasn't where i expected it to be - because while they may have that rule and tell people if they *ask*, it's certainly not listed anywhere on the printouts that tell you where to look for what!  and also, apparently not everyone knows or follows that rule either, so you still have to look in both the sf&f section and the fiction section.

it's a fairly big UBS, and mmps are all 1/2 cover price.  but i have a ton of credit from bringing books in over the last several years.

Date Posted: 10/3/2010 12:22 PM ET
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i finally discovered a couple of weeks ago why so much of the paranormal stuff is shelved in the wrong section at my UBS. 

UGh - don't even get me started on shelving rationale in UBS's.  A few of the clerks at my local HPBs apparently think that female authors write only romance.   So if I'm looking for a mystery, sci-fi, urban fantasy or whatever by a female author, I have to wade through virtually every section of the store trying to figure out if it was shelved by one of the sexist dolts or by a thinking human being!   I've been known to find books in the same series shelved in three different genre sections before.

I used to print my WL and take it with me to the UBS, but that's just like taking a beating when you have to search every genre for every book!