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  1. Tod Kelly says:

    That IS hilarious.

    Many, many, many years ago I used to work for Powell’s Books, and I was the guy who tracked down volumes we didn’t have in the store. I can’t tell you how many conversations with customers started out something like,

    “I”m looking for a mystery book. I can’t remember the title, but I think the authors name starts with an S? There’s a woman on the cover. Do you know it?”Report

    • Saul Degraw in reply to Tod Kelly says:

      If you know the guy, I have some requests and know the titles 🙂Report

    • Patrick in reply to Tod Kelly says:

      There’s a Facebook group called “Adult Nerdfighters” where every once in a while someone posts, “I’m looking for a book or a short story, I can’t remember the name, but *blah* *foo* *bar*”

      So far I’ve seen six of these posts, and twice I knew what the book or story was (the book was Craig Shaw Gardner’s Dragon Cycle trilogy and the story was one of Alan Dean Fosters’s)Report

      • North in reply to Patrick says:

        I’d assumed Google had put an end to this phenomena. I have all kinds of books I half remembered from childhood but had no recollection of title or author that I was eventually able to find by googling the plot points.Report

      • Kim in reply to Patrick says:

        google can’t put an end to people deliberately erasing their work as part of the joke.Report

  2. Burt Likko says:

    I’m sure that when the Elder Gods return, they’ll slay the book store employees first, as a demonstration of their gratitude for the prompt and friendly customer service.Report

  3. greginak says:

    “The Great Cthulu asked about another book. It’s about vampires in PNW. It’s called Dusk or something like that and has a chick in it. Do you have that one?”Report

  4. aaron david says:

    What makes it truly funny is the Calvino…Report

  5. Kazzy says:

    What’s a Cthulhu? Is he one of the soccer players?Report

  6. Aaron david says:

    Played for Ghana.Report

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