I browsed around the lovely, and mostly overlooked despite its prominent position, Dubray Books in Grafton Street. Maybe it's always quiet in there because it's not very well known, maybe because it's not in the traditional Jets Vs Sharks bookshop stand off that is Dawson Street, maybe because Grafton Street is full of rich, airheaded snobs who wouldn't know literature if it came up and if not bit certainly gummed them in the arse with it's well thumbed pages...
And we're back in the room.
I saw I Am Legend when it was out. it was fine. very Hollywood, with that nice Will Smith in it. I was disappointed. Not because I was expecting much of the movie, but because I had always heard great things about the original book. I'm a bit of a sci-fi nerd, always have been, everyone from Clarke to Asimov, Orwell, Huxley, Wyndham, Wells, Dick and back again (I'm already writing Tib and MW's comments to this in my head). However, Richard Matheson was one of the, as yet, untrod highways of my dystopia-reading life.
So, you say, no big deely that I bought the book. Well, except there was in a kind of OCD way.
The only version I could find was this one.
No problem says you. Not so says I. For some unfathomable reason I have a real problem buying the "movie tie in" versions of novels made into films. I don't care what's on the front, just not the movie image. So I searched and I searched and eventually came across this.
Much better says I. Except, at €12 it was €4 dearer than the other one.
So, what did I do? Of course. I bought the green one even though it is essentially the same book, but costs €4 more. My name is Someone and I have a problem.