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16 October 2007 @ 06:57 am
On the subway  
In a (futile, I'm afraid) attempt not to buy more books before we put up more bookshelves, I've been going back through some old favorites.  Now I'm finishing up a project I've meant to get to for a while:  reading through all ten of the Martin Beck mysteries, one right after the other.

For those of you who don't know the series:  It was written in the mid 1960s-1970s by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (yes, I'm missing diacriticals; live with it).  They're a set of police procedurals, and the reflect the authors' increasing pessimism about Sweden's political mood and central bureaucracies.  The authors devised and write these books as a series, and, much as I like the books, I think the series as a whole is really outstanding.

So anyhow, yesterday I was standing on the number 3 train on my way to the office, reading _The Terrorists_, when a man got out of his seat to approach me and say that he'd noticed what I was reading, and wasn't it a great series, and this was his favorite book.  So I told him what I was doing, and said that, at the moment, I thought I preferred _The Locked Room_ (book number 8). 

The last time someone approached me on the subway to comment on my reading was, I think, for something by Terry Pratchett.  But my all-time favorite encounter was wordless.  Some years ago I was sitting on an uptown train reading one of the Harry Potter books.  Next to me was a boy of (I'd guess) nine or ten, reading a different Harry Potter book.  We exchanged grins and went on reading.
Current Location: very NYC
Tané Tachyonpyrzqxgl on October 16th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
Walking to and from the cafe car on Amtrak in early August was definitely an exercise in spot-all-the-Harry-Potter-books.
cobrawoman on October 16th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
The exchange I mentioned was several years back. I think I was reading the third or fourth volume, and my seatmate was reading the earlier one (in paperback). Mine was newer, but not just out.

But last summer I did see many of them all over town. A lot
were Deathly Hallows, but earlier volumes were there too.
Max Meredith Vasilatos: junior highvasilatos on October 16th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)