Okay, as you may or may not know, the lovely ladies of Book Binge are having SHOMI Spotlight month (go enter to win a ton of Shomi books!).
Anyway, I was so flattered when they asked me to do a review of a Shomi. I went out to my B & N to pick one up. I wanted to do one that everybody else wasn't reading, but I could only find the three that everybody is reading right now, and I figured surely there would be more. I thought, okay, maybe I'm not seeing the others, or they're shelved somewhere else.
Me to the clerk: I'm looking for Shomi books. You have three out there, but I was wondering if you have any more.
Clerk: [Blank look.]
Me: Published by Dorchester?
Clerk: Oh! Dorchester, okay. What's the author?
Me: I'm not sure. But there are only a few. I just want to know what you have in stock of Dorchester's Shomi.
Clerk: [Weird look at me.]
Me: The line is [pause - I'm stressing the word now] Shomi.
Clerk: Nervously turns the computer monitor to face me. Dorchester has a lot of books.
Me: But within Dorchester, can you just search for, you know, Shomi?
Clerk: [Nervously gestures to screen.] These are all the Dorchester books right here. You can see them right here.
At this point I realize she thinks I'm actually saying Show me? Like I'm this total bitch freak. No wonder I was making her nervous. I felt like I was trapped in a Laurel and Hardy routine. I doubt this is a really unique story. I've mentioned Shomi to a few other people, and if they're not hip to what it is, they really do think I'm saying SHOW ME in some freak out of context way.
Anyway, once I spelled it, she got with the program. And indeed, they only had the three.
Then she asks me what Shomi books are like, and I tell her it's sort of in the vortex of sci fi, action adventure and romance. She suggested I try the Sookie Stackhouse series instead. Which I found a bit odd, frankly. Though I do like those books, but they more live at the vortex of mystery and romance. I might've gone more with Linnea Sinclair.
Anyway, the Book Binge gals hooked me up. I'm reading Liz Maverick's WIRED. I know, it's not exactly obscure as Shomis go. But cripes! I can't believe how much I like it! So I'll be reviewing it over at Book Binge soon. Glowingly. Fawningly. I honestly didn't think I'd actually be finding a new author to really like with this little Shomi thing, but wow.