I was in a book store today and some of the literature was quite cheap, much cheaper than you'd see in Easons etc. and I browsed for a while, however I didn't buy anything. I looked for tried and trusted names, Daniel Handler and Michael Crichton, who's works I'd read and enjoyed, but they weren't there. I hate buying books because a lot of untried writers I pick up I end up disliking, so I've a lot of books/series that I've read again and again because I love them, I'd better get to the point here so I'll ask: How do you go about selecting new novels to read, internet research, speaking to friends, etc.? Are there any strong recommendations out there, anything for one writer to pass on to another?