You can't miss this place... Well actually it's pretty easy, as it's tucked away off of commercial. I'd be a liar if I said I don't enjoy having a nearly companionless shop like this one to roam freely, but these folks deserve your business more than I need my space. I thought my boyfriend had to be grossly exaggerating when he began going on about his first visit to Escape Fiction, claiming that it was literally covered in books. He said there were books not only on every shelf they have somehow managed to cram in there, but pinned to the walls and tucked away in almost every nook and cranny. As it turns out, he's not a liar either. This lovely shop is not just filled with books, it's positively rich with literary gems. The only time I have I walked out without a giant stack of fine books is when I came in with no wallet. With foreign books, the best sci-fi around, all the classics you like to pretend that you've read, references, romance, crime, the unclassified ones and more, Escape Fiction, no doubt, has the best selection I've ever seen in a book shop, it's infinitely more charming than any Powell's and much more reasonable in price (or in the shopkeepers' opinions perhaps ridiculous). I must have purchased 8 or 9 very special classic German books for a whopping *drumroll please* twenty-seven dollars today. You owe it to yourself and to the delightfully good-natured, good-humored and quickwitted owners to stop by and treat yourself to an experience that feels like something straight out of The Pagemaster. I assure you, you'll end up walking out at least a little smarter (or a bit more awesome) than you were before.
I like the idea of the Book Bin more than the actually shop. I'm always pretty excited when I walk in because I love the look and feel of the place. Unfortunately, I always leave disappointed. Most of the staff are not very friendly and make me feel uncomfortable. I've only found one book here which I came in with the intention to buy. My tastes lean toward classic literature and widely revered sci-fi novels. The prices make me cringe a bit. I've sold books to the Book Bin (always compensated under a dollar per) and I know they're making a lot of money off the books sold to them because I have difficulty finding a good one for under 7 dollars. At that point, one might as well just go to Powell's or Borders (if they can find one).
Great finds, great prices and always new stuff coming in. Of course Aunt Bee and the rest of the staff are the sweetest too!