This is my favourite bookstore and bookseller in the world. Bar none.
I used to get to Seattle every six months or so, and whenever I visited I always made it a priority to stop in BLMF and ask its keeper what he’d been reading lately. He possessed an inexhaustible memory, a comfortable lack of snobbery, and impeccable taste. The first book he recommended to me, upon listening gravely to my litany of at-the-moment authors (Barbara Kingsolver, James Clavell, Maeve Binchy, Neil Gaiman, Charles DeLint, Anthony Bourdain) was Tipping the Velvet. He also later landed me with Geek Love, Anno Dracula, half the Aubreyad, and more modern Literature-with-a-capital-L than I could carry home.
The next-to-last time I dropped in, I asked if he had any P. G. Wodehouse.
"I have zero Wodehouse," he said, "and here’s why…"
Turned out that some fiend had taken to creeping in every month or so expressly to inquire of any Wodehouse and, once led to the volumes, to buy it all. ALL. Didn’t matter the condition, the edition, or whether he had another just like it in his possession; the villain bought every single P. G. Wodehouse in stock, every single time.
Was he a fan more comprehensive, more truly fanatical than any other I’d heard of, let alone known? Was he virulently anti-Wodehouse, only purchasing the books to keep their wry poison from infecting the impressionable masses? The world may never know.
I didn’t get any Wodehouse then, and I didn’t really feel the lack. I found plenty of other treasures that trip. But here’s one reason why BLMF and its proprietor are my favourite of their kind: that was two years ago, you see. Maybe three. In all that interim, I never planted foot in that bookshop. Never called. Never wrote. And I’m one face out of hundreds of thousands, dear reader; one reader he saw twice a year for three years, then not again for another three.
But I walked in the shop last Friday. Nodded hello.
"Can I help you find anything?" he asked, lifting his head from the phone.
"No, I’m good," I said.
"Wait—hold on a second." He set the phone down, walked ‘round the towers of books balanced precariously on the desk, on the floor, and atop other, only slightly less precarious towers. He jerked his head conspiratorially toward the far end of the shop, led me carefully to a shelf way in the back, removed a tattered stack of mass market paperbacks and motioned me closer to see what they’d been hiding.
Fifteen pristine Wodehouses: crisp, heavy, and—
“Hardcover,” he said, and waggled his eyebrows.
Reader, I bought them all.
Supernatural Asks (Please please please!!)
What is your Supernatural OTP?
What's your opinion on John Winchester?
Which season finale was your favorite/least favorite?
Which is your favorite episode?
Which episode makes you cry the most?
Which episode is the funniest to you?
What's your opinion on Megstiel?
When did you start watching Supernatural?
Which episode title do you think is the funniest?
What's your opinion on Garth?
If you could bring back any character, would you? If so, whom?
Who is your favorite angel?
Who's your favorite archangel?
What's your opinion on Wincest?
What's your opinion on Lisa? (and Ben, if you want)
When did you start blogging about Supernatural?
Do you think that Chuck is God?
Do you have a favorite Dick (Roman) joke? If so, what is it?
Which is your favorite episode?
Who do you ship Sam with?
What's your opinion on Destiel?
Did you like the first or second Ruby better?
Who's your favorite demon?
Do you read smutty fanfiction?
Do you think Destiel will become canon in season 9? (Regardless of whether you want it to or not)
Have you ever had a dream about Supernatural/the characters/the actors? If so, can you describe what you remember?
Which episode is the scariest to you? (Horror-movie type scary)
What's your opinion on Sabriel?
Do you think End!verse will happen? If so, are you looking forward to it?
Do you have any friends off of the Internet that watch Supernatural?
Do any of your family members watch Supernatural?
What's an unpopular opinion or headcanon you have?
Do you like AU fanfics?
Have you ever written/started writing a fanfic?
What's your opinion on Samifer?
If you have an OTP, at what point did you start shipping it?
Do you think Sam should have completed the demon trials?
Which director/writer is or was your favorite/least favorite?
Which actor would you most like to meet in real life?
If you could be any character on the show, would you want to? If so, whom? If not, why?
Do you prefer cake or pie?
What is your opinion on Sastiel?
Have you ever made a Supernatural reference out loud and received strange looks from some of the people surrounding you?
Have you ever cried over a non-OTP ship from the show?
What is your favorite moment from any of the gag reels?
What is/was your favorite Sam hair length?
What's an unpopular ship you have?
What's your opinion on Wincestiel?
Can you dig Elvis?
Do you listen to Carry On Wayward Son even when you're not just watching a finale?
What's your opinion on Zachariah?
Do you think Adam will ever get out of the cage? (not as Michael)
Do you think Sam should have completed the trials?
How long would you survive as a hunter?
What's your opinion on Calthazar?
Do you have a Netflix account? If so, what's your username and password? Wait a second, just the first part.
Have you ever participated in GISHWHES?
What movies/shows have you watched because of (or by coincidence) Jared, Jensen, or Misha?
If you could change just one thing about the series, what would it be?
If you were at a Con, what would be a question you would ask?(can be any of the actors)
Why did you start watching Supernatural?
What's your opinion on Sam/Crowley?
What's your biggest fear for season 9?
What's your favorite (or at least a memorable) pop culture reference that has been made on the show?
Just a random confession you have regarding the show/Asker makes up their own question.