The Library

Welcome to an oasis of calm in the otherwise over-stimulated, madcap world of GofaDM.

Imagine if you will a small collection of over-stuffed, wing-backed, dark-red, leather armchairs companionably clustered around a roaring fire (for those still feeling the chill, tartan blankets and matching slippers are also available).  As you settle comfortably into one of the chairs you notice that all around you (except where proximity to the fire would make this dangerous – the Library is no place for health and safety related anxiety – are shelves full of books.  These shelves stretch as far as the eye can see in all directions except down, where you will find the floor covered in luxurious carpet, perhaps something Persian or from Wilton’s Prestige range.

The books are those read by the author during his sojourn in this vale of tears.  Most of the books will be paperbacks as I try and avoid the hardback – not as a result of its greater cost (though this is a minor factor) but because of the greater storage requirements.  Even in this electronic memory palace I still need to be spatially efficient as it is, in a very real sense, merely a reflection of the underlying (or at least, an underlying) reality and I have yet to master the permanently-locked hyperdimensional vortical expansion (there will be a small prize for anyone who can “get” that allusion without reference to internet search – but the book is on the shelves somewhere).  Given the thousands of works that have hurried nervously (probably whistling, glancing regularly behind them) across the gap between my ears over the decades, this page will be a work-in-progress for some time.  I shall start with works currently being read and gradually fill in such history as I can re-construct from my bookshelves, books in storage and fading memory.

As a student of Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, the idea for this page has been freely plagiarised from a friend – by way of Iliysk and Novorossiysk.  As with the source, I shall probably refrain from rating the works listed – though might, should the fancy take me, indicate (in a manner yet to be decided) any that have particularly taken my fancy.

The scene now safely set, the curtains now part to reveal…

Works being digested at the current observer moment

  1. House of the Wolf – M K Wren
  2. Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel – Tom Wainwright
  3. Haunts of the Black Masseur – Charles Sprawson
  4. The Vinyl Detective – Andrew Cartmel

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

  1. The Big Book of the Continental Op – Dashiell Hammett
  2. In a House of Lies – Ian Rankin
  3. The Hard Word Box – Sarah Hesketh
  4. The October Man – Ben Aaronovitch
  5. Reality is Not What It Seems – Carlo Rovelli
  6. Sleeping Lies – Ben Aaronovitch
  7. Diary of a Somebody – Brian Bilston
  8. The New Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
  9. Emergency Window – Ross Sutherland
  10. Seashaken Houses – Tom Nancollas
  11. Admissions – Henry Marsh
  12. Forms of Protest – Hannah Silva
  13. The Seduction of Curves – Allan McRobie
  14. The House on Vesper Sands – Paraic O’Donnell
  15. The Book of Humans – Adam Rutherford
  16. Tamed – Alice Roberts
  17. The Hare with Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal
  18. Selected Poems – Federico García Lorca
  19. Children of Ruin – Adrian Tchaikovsky
  20. The Player of Games – Iain M Banks
  21. Lanny – Max Porter
  22. Look to Windward – Iain M Banks
  23. The Warship – Neal Asher
  24. Death in Ten Minutes – Fern Riddell
  25. West – Carys Davies
  26. The Perseverance – Raymond Antrobus
  27. Consider Phlebas – Iain M Banks
  28. Record of a Spaceborn Few – Becky Chambers
  29. In Your Defence – Sarah Langford
  30. The Empathy Problem – Gavin Extence
  31. Jeeves and the Wedding Bells – Sebastian Faulks
  32. Some Ending – Ben Norris
  33. Falling Awake – Alice Oswald
  34. Use of Weapons – Iain M Banks
  35. Bayonets, Mangoes and Beads – Nairobi Thompson
  36. Wyntertide – Andrew Caldecott
  37. Hello World -Hannah Fry
  38. The Revenant Express – George Mann
  39. Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi
  40. The Magus – John Fowles
  41. The Accordionist – Fred Vargas
  42. Built – Roma Agrawal
  43. Uncommon Type – Tom Hanks
  44. Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  45. The Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss
  46. The Alan Coren Omnibus – Alan Coren
  47. Lantern – Seán Hewitt
  48. Viking Britain – Thomas Williams
  49. The Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
  50. Erebus – Michael Palin
  51. Early Riser – Jasper Fforde
  52. The Pyramid of Mud – Andrea Camilleri
  53. Let’s explore diabetes with owls – David Sedaris
  54. The Pirates! In an adventure with Napoleon – Gideon Defoe
  55. Caeser’s Last Breath – Sam Kean
  56. Brief Cases – Jim Butcher
  57. Gnomon – Nick Harkaway
  58. Other Minds – Peter Godfrey-Smith
  59. The Soldier – Neal Asher
  60. Dent’s Modern Tribes – Suzie Dent
  61. The Fetch – Gregory Leadbetter
  62. Ten Little Astronauts – Damon L Wakes
  63. The Bedlam Stacks – Natasha Pulley
  64. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts – Christopher de Hamel
  65. Advice to a Young Skydiver – Joshua Seigal
  66. The Horologicon – Mark Forsyth
  67. Ticker Tape – Rishi Dastidar
  68. Sweet Sixteen – A L Kennedy
  69. The Unexpected Truth about Animals – Lucy Cooke
  70. Arbitrary and Unnecessary – Daniel Piper
  71. Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  72. 1971: Never a Dull Moment – David Hepworth
  73. Playtime – Andrew McMillan
  74. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  75. This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
  76. The Bicycle Book – Bella Bathurst
  77. The Road to Little Dribbling – Bill Bryson
  78. Kumukanda – Kayo Chingonyi
  79. What we Cannot Know – Marcus du Sautoy
  80. Poet-to-Poet: Thom Gunn – selected by August Kleinzahler
  81. No-one Cares About Your New Thing – John Osborne
  82. Jackself – Jacob Polley
  83. East West Street – Phillippe Sands
  84. The Witchwood Crown – Tad Williams
  85. Exile and the Kingdom Stories – Albert Camus
  86. The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables – Robert Henryson, tr. Seamus Heaney
  87. 9Tail Fox – Jon Courtnay Grimwood
  88. Journey of Love – Nairobi Thompson
  89. The Furthest Station – Ben Aaronovitch
  90. Universal – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  91. The Only Story – Julian Barnes
  92. The Grace of Kings – Ken Liu
  93. Women and Power – Mary Beard
  94. Algorithms to live by – Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths
  95. The Iron Wyrm Affair – Lilith Saintcrow
  96. Seventh Decimate – Stephen Donaldson
  97. To the Letter – Simon Garfield
  98. The Bertie Project – Alexander MacCall Smith
  99. The Idiot Brain – Dean Burnett
  100. The Drosten’s Curse – A L Kennedy
  101. Elysium Fire – Alastair Reynolds
  102. The Sparsholt Affair – Alan Hollingshurst
  103. You Took The Last Bus Home – Brian Bilston
  104. The Buried Life – Carrie Patel
  105. Kill Baxter – Charlie Human
  106. The Three Evangelists – Fred Vargas
  107. Ten Cities that made an Empire – Tristram Hunt
  108. Exodus – Alex Lamb
  109. Neither Nowt nor Summat – Ian McMillan
  110. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
  111. Nemesis – Alex Lamb
  112. Revenger – Alasdair Reynolds
  113. A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived – Adam Rutherford
  114. Miss Treadaway and the Field of Stars – Miranda Emmerson
  115. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel
  116. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig
  117. Other People’s Money – John Kay
  118. The End of the Day – Claire North
  119. Infinity Engine – Neal Asher
  120. A Voice in the Night – Andrea Camilleri
  121. The Hanging Tree – Ben Aaronovitch
  122. Selected Poems – Fernando Pessoa
  123. The Many Selves of Katherine North – Emma Geen
  124. Rather be the Devil – Ian Rankin
  125. The Naked Diplomat – Tom Fletcher
  126. A Quantum Murder – Peter F Hamilton
  127. Poseidon’s Wake – Alastair Reynolds
  128. Grimm Tales for Young and Old – Philip Pullman
  129. Grief is the thing with feathers – Max Porter
  130. The Lost Time Accidents – John Wray
  131. This Orient Isle – Jerry Brotton
  132. Words of Radiance, Part Two – Brandon Sanderson
  133. Killing Pretty – Richard Kadrey
  134. Words of Radiance, Part One – Brandon Sanderson
  135. The Getaway God – Richard Kadrey
  136. Empire of Things – Frank Trentmann
  137. A Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man – Jon Holmes
  138. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness – Robert Yates
  139. The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
  140. Alan Stoob: Nazi Hunter – Saul Wordsworth
  141. Slow Bullets – Alastair Reynolds
  142. Judas Unchained – Peter F Hamilton
  143. Gut – Giulia Enders
  144. The Heart of what was Lost – Tad Williams
  145. Judas Unchained – Peter F Hamilton
  146. The Last Days of New Paris – China Miéville
  147. A closed and common orbit – Becky Chambers
  148. The Sudden Appearance of Hope – Claire North
  149. The Invention of Nature – Andrea Wulf
  150. How the French Think – Sudhir Hazareesingh
  151. Killing Moon – N K Jemisin
  152. England, England – Julian Barnes
  153. Applied Mathematics – Dan Simpson
  154. Theatre of the Gods – M Suddain
  155. The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  156. Skyfaring – Mark Vanhoenacker
  157. Still falling – Sara Hirsch
  158. The Path of Anger – Antoine Rouaud
  159. Germany – Neil McGregor
  160. Pulse – Julian Barnes
  161. Cain – Luke Kennard
  162. The Algebraist – Iain M Banks
  163. Shadow of the Swan – M K Wren
  164. Stars, A Very Short Introduction – Andrew King
  165. SPQR – Mary Beard
  166. Sword of the Lamb – M K Wren
  167. Secrets of the Fire Sea – Stephen Hunt
  168. A Climate of Fear – Fred Vargas
  169. Montalbano’s first case and other stories – Andrea Camilleri
  170. How to Write About Theatre – Mark Fisher
  171. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  172. The Vorrh – B Catling
  173. A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  174. Reading like a Writer – Francine Prose
  175. The Rook – Daniel O’Malley
  176. Sum – David Eagleman
  177. Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms – Paul Willetts
  178. The Brewer of Preston – Andrea Camilleri
  179. The Silo Effect – Gillian Tett
  180. The Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
  181. Memoirs of a Porcupine – Alain Mabanckou
  182. The Adjacent – Christopher Priest
  183. Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
  184. All is Silence – Manuel Rivas
  185. Neurotribes – Steve Silberman
  186. The Vital Question – Nick Lane
  187. Resistance is Futile – Jenny T Colgan
  188. InterRail – Alessandro Gallenzi
  189. Between the Woods and the Water – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  190. A Sense of Direction – Gideon Lewis-Kravs
  191. A Million Years in a Day – Greg Jenner
  192. The Evolution of Inanimate Objects – Harry Karlinsky
  193. The Spies – Luis Fernando Verissimo
  194. Chipmunk seeks squirrel – David Sedaris
  195. Adventures in the Anthropocene – Gaia Vince
  196. A Darker Shade of Magic – V E Schwab
  197. The Undercover Economist Strikes Back – Tim Harford
  198. Egghead – Bo Burnham
  199. On the Steel Breeze – Alastair Reynolds
  200. Adapt – Tim Harford
  201. Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
  202. The Mirror World of Melody Black – Gavin Extence
  203. Kalooki Nights – Howard Jacobson
  204. Birth of a Theorem – Cédric Villani
  205. Rogue Teacher – Mark Grist
  206. This Night’s Foul Work – Fred Vargas
  207. The Table of Less Valued Knights – Marie Phillips
  208. Devil Said Bang – Richard Kadrey
  209. Blood Rain – Michael Dibdin
  210. The Ghost Riders of Ordebec – Fred Vargas
  211. A Quantum Mythology – Gavin Smith
  212. The Chalk Circle Man – Fred Vargas
  213. A gladiator only dies once – Steven Saylor
  214. Life on the Edge – Jim Al-Khalili & Johnjoe McFadden
  215. Dog will have his day – Fred Vargas
  216. The Osiris Ritual – George Mann
  217. An Uncertain Place – Fred Vargas
  218. Curious – Rebecca Front
  219. The Affinity Bridge – George Mann
  220. Angels over Elsinore – Clive James
  221. Millenium – Tom Holland
  222. Have mercy on us all – Fred Vargas
  223. Grown Up – Scott Tyrell
  224. The Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss
  225. Stuff Matters – Mark Miodownik
  226. The Ego Trick – Julian Baggini
  227. Born Liars – Ian Leslie
  228. Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro
  229. I think you’ll find its a bit more complicated than that – Ben Goldacre
  230. The Circle Line – Steffan Meyric Hughes
  231. Confronting the Classics – Mary Beard
  232. How’s the pain? – Pascal Garnier
  233. Things to make and do in the 4th Dimension – Matt Parker
  234. The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi – Mark Hodder
  235. How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran
  236. How it all began – Penelope Lively
  237. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
  238. Kill the Dead – Richard Kadrey
  239. Game of Mirrors – Andrea Camilleri
  240. The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett
  241. Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint – Michael Bond
  242. Screwtop Thompson – Magnus Mills
  243. A Long Finish – Michael Dibdin
  244. Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey
  245. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  246. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains – Neil Gaiman
  247. The Chimes – Anna Smaill
  248. 45 Mercy Street – Anne Sexton
  249. The Pleasant Light of Day – Philip Ó Ceallaigh
  250. Landing Light – Don Paterson
  251. Alex through the Looking Glass – Alex Bellos
  252. The Revolving Door of Life – Alexander McCall Smith
  253. The Aleph and Other Stories – Jorge Luis Borges
  254. Physical – Andrew McMillan
  255. The Connectome – Sebastian Seung
  256. Rain – Don Patterson
  257. Dances Learned Last Night – Michael Donaghy
  258. The Sense of Style – Steven Pinker
  259. Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges
  260. The Epigenetics Revolution – Nessa Carey
  261. The Man Who Couldn’t Stop – David Adam
  262. School of the Arts – Mark Doty
  263. Unkind to Unicorns – A E Housman
  264. Electrified Sheep – Alex Boese
  265. The Water Table – Philip Gross
  266. Conjure – Michael Donaghy
  267. New Light for the Old Dark – Sam Willetts
  268. The Ice Age – Paul Farley
  269. Portrait of my Father in an English Landscape – George Szirtes
  270. Worst Date Ever – Jane Bussman
  271. Look we have coming to Dover! – Daljit Nagra
  272. Bestiary – Helen Dunmore
  273. Manhattan in Reverse – Peter F Hamilton
  274. Atlantis – Mark Doty
  275. Family Values – Wendy Cope
  276. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis – Wendy Cope
  277. The Passages of Joy – Thom Gunn
  278. Barrel Fever – David Sedaris
  279. The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being – Alice Roberts
  280. The Beat Goes On – Ian Rankin
  281. The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  282. Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  283. Silver – Andrew Motion
  284. The A-Z of You and Me – James Hannah
  285. Paris to the Moon – Adam Gopnik
  286. 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical Music World – Darren Henley & Sam Jackson
  287. The Causal Angel – Hannu Rajaniemi
  288. The Treasure Hunt – Andrea Camilleri
  289. Question Everything – New Scientist
  290. The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  291. Letter from America – Alistair Cooke
  292. All the Rage – A L Kennedy
  293. Touch – Claire North
  294. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
  295. Bacteria, A Very Short Introduction – Sebastian G B Aymes
  296. Tigerman – Nick Harkaway
  297. The Mathematical Universe – Max Tegmark
  298. Foxglove Summer – Ben Aaronovitch
  299. the long and the short of it – John Kay
  300. Do No Harm – Henry Marsh
  301. The Price of Inequality – Joseph E Stiglitz
  302. Germania – Simon Winder
  303. How to Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  304. The Undivided Past – David Cannadine
  305. Is that a Fish in Your Ear? – David Bellos
  306. Justice – Michael J Sandel
  307. Deep Sea and Foreign Going – Rose George
  308. The Blind Giant – Nick Harkaway
  309. Into the Woods – John Yorke
  310. One Summer – Bill Bryson
  311. Spell It Out – David Crystal
  312. Danubia – Simon Winder
  313. The Humans – Matt Haig
  314. Saints of the Shadow Bible – Ian Rankin
  315. Standing in a Dead Man’s Grave – Ian Rankin
  316. The Hydrogen Sonata – Iain M Banks
  317. The Quarry – Iain Banks
  318. The Fractal Prince – Hannu Rajamieni
  319. Cold Days – Jim Butcher
  320. The Last Dark – Stephen R Donaldson
  321. Polity Agent – Neal Asher
  322. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  323. The Dark is Rising Sequence – Susan Cooper
  324. Hilldiggers – Neal Asher
  325. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K Jerome
  326. Cetaganda – Lois McMaster Bujold
  327. The Teleportation Accident – Ned Beaumont
  328. The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
  329. The Fractal Prince – Hannu Rajaniemi
  330. Light – M John Harrison
  331. The Universe Against Alex Woods – Gavin Extence
  332. The Cunning Man – Robertson Davies
  333. Endymion Omnibus – Dan Simmons
  334. The Islanders – Christopher Priest
  335. Hogfather – Terry Pratchett
  336. Irrationality – Stuart Sutherland
  337. Contingency, irony and solidarity – Richard Rorty
  338. why does E=mc²? – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  339. What Money Can’t Buy – Michael J Sandel
  340. The Quantum Universe – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  341. The Truth about Markets – John Kay
  342. Reckoning with Risk – Gerd Gigerenzer
  343. A History of the World in Twelve Maps – Jerry Brotton
  344. Finding Moonshine – Marcus du Sautoy
  345. Pieces of Light – Charles Fernyhough
  346. Creation – Adam Rutherford
  347. Why is there something rather than nothing? – Leszek Kolakowski
  348. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings – Caspar Henderson
  349. Why We Build – Rowan Moore
  350. The Signal and the Noise – Nate Silver
  351. Turing’s Cathedral – George Dyson
  352. Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre
  353. Lost for Words – John Humphries
  354. Obliquity – John Kay
  355. The Arcanum – Janet Gleeson
  356. Complexity – M Mitchell Waldrop
  357. Meaning, medicine and the ‘placebo effect’ – Daniel Moerman
  358. Midnight at the Pera Palace – Charles King
  359. The Penguin Book of Scottish Folktales – ed. Neil Philip
  360. The Fictional Man – Al Ewing
  361. The Incorruptibles – John Horner Jacobs
  362. Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch
  363. Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch
  364. The Fear Institute – Jonathan L Howard
  365. Dead Girl Walking – Christopher Brookmyre
  366. Johannes Cabal the detective – Jonathan L Howard
  367. Dark Intelligence – Neal Asher
  368. Skin Game – Jim Butcher
  369. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  370. Fool’s Gold – Gillian Tett
  371. The Idea of Justice – Amartya Sen
  372. Not that kind of girl – Lena Dunham
  373. God Collar – Marcus Brigstocke
  374. This should be written in the present tense – Helle Helle
  375. See Delphi and Die – Lindsey Davis
  376. Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories – various
  377. The Language of Dying – Sarah Pinborough
  378. Hot Lead, Cold Iron – Ari Marmell
  379. Dead Lagoon – Michael Dibdin
  380. Apocalypse now now – Charlie Human
  381. The Coincidence Engine – Sam Leith
  382. The first fifteen lives of Harry August – Claire North
  383. The Trundlers – Harry Pearson
  384. Anathem – Neal Stephenson
  385. Raising Steam – Terry Pratchett
  386. Flesh Wounds – Christopher Brookmyre
  387. Jupiter War – Neal Asher
  388. The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
  389. Saki: The Complete Short Stories – H H Munro
  390. Evening’s Empire – Paul J McAuley
  391. Boneland – Alan Garner
  392. Kraken – China Miéville
  393. Sunshine on Scotland Street – Alexander McCall Smith
  394. Alif the Unseen – G Willow Wilson
  395. Terra – Mitch Benn
  396. Gradisil – Adam Roberts
  397. Cowl – Neal Asher
  398. The Gypsy Morph – Terry Brooks
  399. All fun and games until somebody loses an eye – Christopher Brookmyre
  400. The Cornish Trilogy – Robertson Davies
  401. Moon over Soho – Ben Aaronovitch
  402. Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers – Alexander McCall Smith
  403. Help! – Oliver Burkeman
  404. For Richer, For Poorer – Victoria Coren
  405. The Technician – Neal Asher
  406. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense – Michael Brooks
  407. 1227 Qi Facts – The QI Elves
  408. Jumpers for Goalposts – Rob Smyth and Georgina Turner
  409. The Ancient Guide to Modern Living – Natalie Haynes
  410. Quirkology – Richard Wiseman
  411. The Self Illusion – Bruce Hood
  412. August Heat – Andrea Camilleri
  413. Gridlinked – Neal Asher
  414. The Etymologicon – Mark Forsyth
  415. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  416. The Parthenon – Mary Beard
  417. At Home – Bill Bryson
  418. The Skinner – Neal Asher
  419. Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks – Alan Coren
  420. Jizz – John Hart
  421. The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  422. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  423. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  424. 1984 – George Orwell
  425. An Inspector Calls – J B Priestley
  426. All Mary – Gwynedd Rae
  427. The Tales of Olga de Polga – Michael Bond
  428. Galactic Patrol – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  429. Grey Lensman – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  430. Second Stage Lensman – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  431. Children of the Lens – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  432. Damiano – R A McAvoy
  433. Damiano’s Lute – R A McAvoy
  434. Raphael – R A McAvoy
  435. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  436. Winnie-the-Pooh – A A Milne
  437. The House at Pooh Corner – A A Milne
  438. Now we are six – A A Milne
  439. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  440. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl
  441. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
  442. Witch World – Andre Norton
  443. My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell
  444. The Talking Parcel – Gerald Durrell
  445. The Caine Mutiny – Herman Wouk
  446. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  447. Changing Places – David Lodge
  448. Small World – David Lodge
  449. Nice Work – David Lodge

To be continued…

8 thoughts on “The Library

  1. Dimitris Melicertes says:

    Ah, dammit, you thought of counting them! No way I can go back and do that now…

    Gradisil’s author is my Director of Graduates and he discussed with me my university work a week ago during my annual review.

    Also, it’s terrifying how many of these names I don’t even recognize. I blame you for the horror now instilled in me.

  2. Stuart Ffoulkes says:

    I have a small confession to make about the counting: I never wanted nor intended to include it. For some reason, WordPress wanted to double space the list of books, which looked ghastly, and the only method I could find to stop it was to use a numbered list. I’m now pleased I did it, but I can claim little credit for the idea.

    Numbers 1-123 (as of 18 June 2015) are relatively recent reads – so have not required me to go through the contents of the storage unit. Nos. 124-148 are strange recollections from long, long ago – many from my childhood – which sprang unbidden into my mind during the course of yesterday.

    Gradisil was OK, but I really loved Adam Glass. I am starting to feel that I am (unintentionally) stalking you via your academic suzerains (first ALK and now Adam Roberts).

    Your list had a similar effect on me – so many books yet to read, so little statistically-likely life-span remaining. BTW: if you ever want to try something on the list, you are more than welcome to borrow it (assuming it didn’t come from the library) as I could do with freeing up the space for more books!

    • Dimitris Melicertes says:

      You can CTRL+Enter to single space the line or use the simple text editor.

      Haha, #96 was also a teacher during my MA at Warwick, though at the time I chose different courses than the ones he gave. Sci-fi won me over much later, back then I was immensely fascinated by biographical writing. But yes, brilliant people, all of them, and equally luminous as writers.

      Is this becoming a blogging/book-borrowing thing?! I’m much obliged and I’d like to reciprocate the gesture, so of course the same goes for any book on my list. Who knows, I might take you up on your offer. But my books I’m afraid are often underlined, have words circled, are earmarked and include notes in the margins so it’s almost impossible to read them for the first time ignoring my then-thoughts on the narrative, which I guess can be infuriating…

      • Stuart Ffoulkes says:

        OMD! The teachers you had on tap at Warwick – I am consumed by a homophone for a Dutch public limited-liability company! The City and the City absolutely below me away – to the extent that I have bought copies for other people (something I never do).

        I feel that the sharing of good books is a moral imperative (and one of the not very well hidden agendas of GofaDM) – it is just so rare you find a counterparty who would appreciate being shared with (rather than taking it as low-level bullying). I also feel it is a natural next step for our burgeoning blog-pal “relationship”. I will admit, though, that writing in books is one area in which we differ – I am utterly unable to intentionally mark a book in any way. At some level I’m not sure I entirely approve of an author signing a copy of their own book. I’m uncertain where this comes from – if in doubt, I blame the parents – but I seem to apply similar principles more broadly in my life. Having said this, I do recognise the historical significance (and often entertainment value) of marginalia. I suspect your marginalia would be a hoot or a deeply disturbing window into the roiling, obsidian depths of your psyche – either way, count me in!

  3. Dimitris Melicertes says:

    I seem to be unable to reply to your last comment directly. Either we’ve reached your blog’s preferences’s limit in regards to nested comments or WordPress is telling me to stop smearing with my presence this temple of exquisite language that GofaDM is. Probably the latter.

    I’ve yet to read The City & The City though a good friend has reminded me to more than many times… I’ve heard the best for it.

    Glad my marginalia won’t be a problem. On the other hand, you shouldn’t trust me with your books. I’m psychotic, really. Known to inscribe my initials in tiny characters at random parts within the bibliography of books I’ve borrowed from libraries… I can’t help it.

    • Stuart Ffoulkes says:

      A-ha! You are correct (not a Norwegian boyband of the 80s) – I have boosted the nesting limit to the max. I used to programme in Lisp and studied Recursive Function Theory as part of my degree – nesting holds no fears for me! (Well, as far as Aleph null anyway – I think we need to keep the levels countable).

      You share the love for books, all else is mere detail. I shall have fun with a magnifying glass looking for tiny DMs (or DPs) in any returnees.

      • Dimitris Melicertes says:

        You should have inadvertently reminded me of The Aleph, argh. I’ve been meaning to brush up on Borges and specifically reread that one short story because it’s been ages and I don’t for the life of me remember how he ends it. Plus, I wanted to look at the language again.

        Also, a theoretical point: could one just include one entry, ”The Aleph – Jorge Luis Borges”, in their reading list/library archive and count that as having read everything in the known universe? Or is that too meta.

        • Stuart Ffoulkes says:

          It would depend on which Aleph and your view on the correctness (or otherwise) of the Riemann hypothesis. We might also need to consider whether the universe is continuous or becomes granular at a certain level. If you ever fancy a quick Cantor (Gregor of that ilk) through transfinite set theory and the fun of Cardinal arithmetic, I could be your man!

          JLB is one of the most embarrassing omissions in my reading list (or more, not in it) – and one I’ve been meaning to correct for a while (possibly longer than you’ve been alive. I can be quite dilatory).

          We love meta here – and you can never have too much (then again, I did find Inception rather tedious – so perhaps it depends how you do it).

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