Yesterday, I was pretty excited that the latest (and sadly, final) installment
of Stephen King's Dark Tower
saga had come in at the library (I placed it on reserve months ago as soon as it came in the computer system. Obsessive, maybe...but then again I do get to read it fairly close to when it was published!) If you've seen it, it's quite a thick book--weighing in at just over 800 pages. It's also what's called a "high demand" book which means that instead of getting it for two weeks, you get it for only one. Which, ya know, not a big deal...it just means I gotta read it in a week, I'm thinking..but at least I get to read it for free. (Sorry, just can't afford $35 for a novel right now!)
But, that was before the random act of kindness. The librarian went back, got the book and as she was checking out my books (I was gonna say checking me out, but that sounds like we were exchanging pick up lines such as "Wanna browse under my cover, baby?") when she stopped and looked at it. "That's a pretty big book to read in just a week," she said. I figured she'd say--but you can put it on reserve again if you don't finish it when she said, "I am going to extend it to a two week check-out so you won't have to hurry too much."
I thanked her profusely and said if I did finish it before two weeks were up, I'd return as soon as I could so others got dive in and enjoy. She said that was generous of me and I thanked her again and then almost skipped out of the library with happiness.
Now, I can enjoy the book, savoring this final installment and possibly King's last published novel. Of course, now that I have it for two weeks and the pressure is off, I've read close to 200 pages.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/28/2004 04:49:00 PM