OK, the Barnes & Noble shop on the Country Club Plaza is much cruisier (and has a coffee shop for flirting that leads to latte) if the goal is all about potential sexual conquest and not about shopping. But at Half Price Books, the prices are vastly cheaper, if books are indeed just as important as boys -- or men, in most cases. And not always good-looking men, which is why one regular visitor finds the place to be "a fascinating combination of literary and lust." (It helps that he actually likes to browse through the books, particularly the $3 section.) "Guys who wouldn't look at me in a bar are aggressively cruisy here." It can't be the harsh lighting that's changed his fortune, but it might be that book bargains are more of an aphrodisiac than beer or bourbon. "You have to be awfully observant about what your potential cruising target is looking at," another Half Price devotee tells us. "If you see him taking a lot of time looking at the DVDs and the titles he keeps pulling off the shelf are, like, Blood Thirst
or I Eat Your Skin
, it doesn't matter how attractive he might be. Those are bad vibes."