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. No-one Cares About Your New Thing – John Osborne
  3. What we Cannot Know – Marcus du Sautoy

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

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

To be continued…

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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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