Describe Your Favorite Bookstore and Win Free Books!

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What is your favorite place to pick up the latest science fiction books and comics? Tell us a story about your all-time favorite bookstore or comics store, and you could win a box of new scifi novels.

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Back in the day, I told you about Borderlands in San Francisco, one of my favorite bookstores. Now it's your turn. Post a picture, illustration, or screenshot of your favorite store, and include a story about why it lives forever in your heart as "your" store for scifi or comics. (Yes, you may include stores that have closed.)

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Thanks to a kind donation from Random House, we can send the winner a sampler of books from Del Rey/Spectra. Sorry - you have to be in North America to win, due to shipping costs. Here are the books Random House will include in the winning care package:

FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury
THE CITY & THE CITY by China Miéville
THE WARDED MAN by Peter V. Brett
ARMAGEDDON'S CHILDREN by Terry Brooks
THE DREAMING VOID by Peter F. Hamilton
HIS MAJESTY'S DRAGON by Naomi Novik
CHILD OF FIRE by Harry Connolly
GEARS OF WAR: ASPHO FIELDS by Karen Traviss
STAR WARS: LEGACY OF THE FORCE: BETRAYAL by Aaron Allston
A GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin
THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA by Scott Lynch
THE DRESDEN FILES: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE by Jim Butcher, Illustrated by Ardian Syaf

Keep 'em all for yourself, or split the box up with friends! Post your entries in the comments. We'll close the contest in 48 hours, and announce a winner on Monday.

Thanks to David Moench, the nice publicist from Random House!

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DISCUSSION

Maybe this is stupid but... my favorite store is my own. I'm the assistant manager of a Borders Express in Southern New Jersey. I've worked there for five years, putting my blood and sweat and tears into it. I've always had a fondness for books and really strove to make my store shine.

My store is one of the 200 that will close in Janurary, a fact that had me break down into sobs when my boss called to tell me. I was in a changing room and just sat there and cried.

My store is small but brightly lit and crammed full with titles. I kept up the sci-fi section and made endcaps full of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett... I made sure we had Doctor Who books and I loved making puny signs for my displays. "Books to sink your teeth into" for a vampire display. Har har, I am such a wit! I am such a nerd.

Anyway... I guess I wanted to eulogize my store. It is a good little store and in it, I discovered so many of my favorite new authors. It's what I always measure other bookstores against and my heart breaks everytime I walk in the door, knowing it is one less day that I will work there.

Bookstores are precious.