Sunday, 6 May 2012

Amazon Gift Card Purchases, Daleks and Wil Wheaton

Once upon a time I had a crush on Wil Wheaton. I was twelve, it was Star Trek: The Next Generation, can you blame me?

Anyhow, back then they used to have ridiculous teen magazines like Tiger Beat (they probably still have these, but I bet they're even more vacuous and less cutesy-cheesy than they were in the '80s), and in the back, there would be advertisements for send-away signed photos of film and tv stars and musicians.

One day, I begged my father for 5$ (or some other such niggling sum) to send away for a signed photo of Wil Wheaton. I got the money, sent the form, and never received a photo.

Nowadays, there's no need for that sort of thing. Neil Gaiman wrote to me on tumblr, and here's Wil Wheaton, posting a photo that might as well be the equivalent of the one I sent away for:

(photo from Wil's tumblr)

I think I'll send him the link to this post - who knows what might happen? After all, Wil collates paper. What's that line - "your argument is irrelevant".

Continuing the entertainment theme, here is a Dalek Relaxation Tape:


And now, back to books. I was very fortunate to win a 100$ Amazon gift card a while ago from author Nina Jade Singer. Woo!

Also a long time ago - about a year or two after the Wil Wheaton photo disappointment actually - I was given 100$ for my birthday, and made a trip to HMV to purchase a few of the albums and singles I'd been hankering after. I still have that bill somewhere. 100$ goes quickly, I must say. I remember getting lots of Oasis, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, and the like.

Anyhow, here's what I got from Amazon
(unfortunately they charge shipping to Canada, so instead of c.8-9 books, I could only get 5):

The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell by Lilian Jackson Braun (a birthday gift for my mother, but I'm looking forward to reading it too!):


The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (ostensibly a birthday gift for my father, but I'm definitely going to read this one):


Coraline by Neil Gaiman (because I'm still in that happy stage where I have lots more new-to-me Neil to discover):


World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (because I read it and loved it (especially the part about the royal family) and it's the perfect birthday gift for my sister):


The Faith of the Faithless by Simon Critchley (as reviewed on Full Stop by Michael Schapira):


What would you purchase with a 100$?

9 comments:

KarenG said...

He is so cute, no wonder you had a crush on him.

S.P. Bowers said...

Congrats and enjoy the books!

$100 to spend on books...I'm drooling. I'd definitely buy Sarah Eden's books, A Monster Calls, The Book Thief, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Those would start me off.

Jamie Gibbs said...

It's weird to see wil wheaton so young! Nice haul you got there, $100 for books would be amazing . I wouldnt know where to begin! I'd probably get the song of ice and fire series, and some Brandon Sanderson novels.

Nas said...

I also have the same problem as you- have to pay more on shipping and not enough books to satisfy myself!

Kate said...

OMG, I had such a huge crush on Wil Wheaton. I'm convinced that he is the reason I am such a huge sci-fi geek now. Love sci-fi. :)

Medeia Sharif said...

Happy reading. I'd go through my wish list and buy as many ebooks as possible with $100.

I remember those magazines. I like how I can gaze at pictures online rather than wait to buy a magazine.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

Have you seen Wil Wheaton play himself on The Big Bang Theory? He's hilarious as Sheldon's nemesis. And have you seen the new TV version of Sherlock Holmes on Masterpiece Mystery? (You can see it on PBS.) It's really good.
They should have Amazon for Canada, like they do for the UK. Then you wouldn't have to pay so much for shipping.

Joshua said...

That Dalek tape is amazing. I have an autographed Wil Wheaton photo somewhere. I think I tweeted it one time, but I'll have to scan it again.

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks everyone!

I'm glad I'm not alone, Kate :-)

Ooh, I hope you do scan it, Joshua!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (annual reread)
  • Brenda Novak
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • secret beta read!
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
  • Deadly Contact by Lara Lacombe
  • Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Brief Lives, Sandman 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • Liza of Lambeth by Somerset Maugham
  • The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona (I give up on finishing this; skimmed to the end)
  • Childe Harold by Lord Byron (listened to the parts of it set in Switzerland read aloud)
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • My Dancing Bear by Helene de Klerk
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
  • Tu Vas Naitre by Sylvia Kitzinger
  • Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
  • secret beta read 2!
  • Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
  • The Caliph's Vacation by Goscinny (Iznogoud series; Canadian translation) (reread)
  • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  • Le Tresor de Rackham le Rouge by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • L'Affaire Tournesol by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • The Bum by Somerset Maugham (short story)
  • The Colour of Magic, Discworld 1 by Terry Pratchett
  • Fables and Reflections Sandman 6 by Neil Gaiman
  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene
  • Once Upon an Heirloom by Kait Nolan (novella)
  • The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland
  • Snip, Snip Revenge by Medeia Sharif
  • Journey to an 800 Number by E. L. Konigsburg
  • various Neil Gaiman short stories on the An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer album (reread (well, this time in audio))
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (reread; actually this was an older edition, published under the original title of Ten Little N******)
  • Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay
  • How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
  • biographical note on Lord Peter Wimsey in reissue of Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers (on Gutenberg)
  • One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
  • Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  • Temptation by Sandy Loyd
  • The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley by Aileen Fish
  • Effie's Outlaw by Karen Lopp
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • The Christmas Crossing by Bev Petterson (short story)
  • secret beta read!
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
  • Emil In the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
  • Whales by Jacques Cousteau (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Tutankhamen's Tomb by Howard Carter (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
  • Go the F*^$ To Sleep (board book)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (reread) (brought to you by Neil Gaiman: http://www.worldbuilders.org/our-next-stretch-goal-unlocks-at/neil-gaiman-reads-green-eggs-and-ham)
  • The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
  • mini Twitter stories by Talli Roland (available here: http://advice.uk.match.com/dating-advice/enjoy-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-and-get-mentallydating?utm_expid=55691082-15.2L0G0ictTcSJ4BI9Srh77A.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fadvice.uk.match.com%2Fdating-advice)
  • The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
  • Beloved Demons by Anthony Martignetti
  • Hands-on Therapy by T L Watson
  • Let Me Make Myself Plain by Catherine Cookson
  • The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
  • Mystery of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
  • Spin by Catherine Mckenzie
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright
  • The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
  • The Treason of Isengard - Book 7 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Behind the Lines (poems) by A. A. Milne
  • the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html