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. All that remains: a life in death – Sue Black
  2. Impossible Things Before Breakfast – Rebecca Front
  3. Don’t be a dick, Pete – Stuart Heritage
  4. 40 Sonnets – Don Paterson

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

  1. The Secret World – Christopher Andrew
  2. I Never Said I Loved You – Rhik Samadder
  3. Patience – Toby Litt
  4. Living with Buildings – Iain Sinclair
  5. The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  6. It’s All About the Bike – Robert Penn
  7. Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  8. Liege Killer – Christopher Hinz
  9. The Science of Storytelling – Will Storr
  10. The Maker of Swans – Paraic O’Donnell
  11. If all the world and love were young – Stephen Sexton
  12. Leviathan Wakes – James S A Corey
  13. Haunts of the Black Masseur – Charles Sprawson
  14. Significant Other – Isabel Galleymore
  15. Calling a Wolf a Wolf – Kaveh Akbar
  16. The Happy Brain – Dean Burnett
  17. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  18. Permanent Record – Edward Snowden
  19. Absorption – John Meaney
  20. The Vinyl Detective – Andrew Cartmel
  21. Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel – Tom Wainwright
  22. The Big Book of the Continental Op – Dashiell Hammett
  23. In a House of Lies – Ian Rankin
  24. The Hard Word Box – Sarah Hesketh
  25. The October Man – Ben Aaronovitch
  26. Reality is Not What It Seems – Carlo Rovelli
  27. Sleeping Lies – Ben Aaronovitch
  28. Diary of a Somebody – Brian Bilston
  29. The New Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
  30. Emergency Window – Ross Sutherland
  31. Seashaken Houses – Tom Nancollas
  32. Admissions – Henry Marsh
  33. Forms of Protest – Hannah Silva
  34. The Seduction of Curves – Allan McRobie
  35. The House on Vesper Sands – Paraic O’Donnell
  36. The Book of Humans – Adam Rutherford
  37. Tamed – Alice Roberts
  38. The Hare with Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal
  39. Selected Poems – Federico García Lorca
  40. Children of Ruin – Adrian Tchaikovsky
  41. The Player of Games – Iain M Banks
  42. Lanny – Max Porter
  43. Look to Windward – Iain M Banks
  44. The Warship – Neal Asher
  45. Death in Ten Minutes – Fern Riddell
  46. West – Carys Davies
  47. The Perseverance – Raymond Antrobus
  48. Consider Phlebas – Iain M Banks
  49. Record of a Spaceborn Few – Becky Chambers
  50. In Your Defence – Sarah Langford
  51. The Empathy Problem – Gavin Extence
  52. Jeeves and the Wedding Bells – Sebastian Faulks
  53. Some Ending – Ben Norris
  54. Falling Awake – Alice Oswald
  55. Use of Weapons – Iain M Banks
  56. Bayonets, Mangoes and Beads – Nairobi Thompson
  57. Wyntertide – Andrew Caldecott
  58. Hello World -Hannah Fry
  59. The Revenant Express – George Mann
  60. Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi
  61. The Magus – John Fowles
  62. The Accordionist – Fred Vargas
  63. Built – Roma Agrawal
  64. Uncommon Type – Tom Hanks
  65. Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  66. The Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss
  67. The Alan Coren Omnibus – Alan Coren
  68. Lantern – Seán Hewitt
  69. Viking Britain – Thomas Williams
  70. The Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
  71. Erebus – Michael Palin
  72. Early Riser – Jasper Fforde
  73. The Pyramid of Mud – Andrea Camilleri
  74. Let’s explore diabetes with owls – David Sedaris
  75. The Pirates! In an adventure with Napoleon – Gideon Defoe
  76. Caeser’s Last Breath – Sam Kean
  77. Brief Cases – Jim Butcher
  78. Gnomon – Nick Harkaway
  79. Other Minds – Peter Godfrey-Smith
  80. The Soldier – Neal Asher
  81. Dent’s Modern Tribes – Suzie Dent
  82. The Fetch – Gregory Leadbetter
  83. Ten Little Astronauts – Damon L Wakes
  84. The Bedlam Stacks – Natasha Pulley
  85. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts – Christopher de Hamel
  86. Advice to a Young Skydiver – Joshua Seigal
  87. The Horologicon – Mark Forsyth
  88. Ticker Tape – Rishi Dastidar
  89. Sweet Sixteen – A L Kennedy
  90. The Unexpected Truth about Animals – Lucy Cooke
  91. Arbitrary and Unnecessary – Daniel Piper
  92. Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  93. 1971: Never a Dull Moment – David Hepworth
  94. Playtime – Andrew McMillan
  95. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  96. This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
  97. The Bicycle Book – Bella Bathurst
  98. The Road to Little Dribbling – Bill Bryson
  99. Kumukanda – Kayo Chingonyi
  100. What we Cannot Know – Marcus du Sautoy
  101. Poet-to-Poet: Thom Gunn – selected by August Kleinzahler
  102. No-one Cares About Your New Thing – John Osborne
  103. Jackself – Jacob Polley
  104. East West Street – Phillippe Sands
  105. The Witchwood Crown – Tad Williams
  106. Exile and the Kingdom Stories – Albert Camus
  107. The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables – Robert Henryson, tr. Seamus Heaney
  108. 9Tail Fox – Jon Courtnay Grimwood
  109. Journey of Love – Nairobi Thompson
  110. The Furthest Station – Ben Aaronovitch
  111. Universal – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  112. The Only Story – Julian Barnes
  113. The Grace of Kings – Ken Liu
  114. Women and Power – Mary Beard
  115. Algorithms to live by – Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths
  116. The Iron Wyrm Affair – Lilith Saintcrow
  117. Seventh Decimate – Stephen Donaldson
  118. To the Letter – Simon Garfield
  119. The Bertie Project – Alexander MacCall Smith
  120. The Idiot Brain – Dean Burnett
  121. The Drosten’s Curse – A L Kennedy
  122. Elysium Fire – Alastair Reynolds
  123. The Sparsholt Affair – Alan Hollingshurst
  124. You Took The Last Bus Home – Brian Bilston
  125. The Buried Life – Carrie Patel
  126. Kill Baxter – Charlie Human
  127. The Three Evangelists – Fred Vargas
  128. Ten Cities that made an Empire – Tristram Hunt
  129. Exodus – Alex Lamb
  130. Neither Nowt nor Summat – Ian McMillan
  131. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
  132. Nemesis – Alex Lamb
  133. Revenger – Alasdair Reynolds
  134. A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived – Adam Rutherford
  135. Miss Treadaway and the Field of Stars – Miranda Emmerson
  136. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel
  137. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig
  138. Other People’s Money – John Kay
  139. The End of the Day – Claire North
  140. Infinity Engine – Neal Asher
  141. A Voice in the Night – Andrea Camilleri
  142. The Hanging Tree – Ben Aaronovitch
  143. Selected Poems – Fernando Pessoa
  144. The Many Selves of Katherine North – Emma Geen
  145. Rather be the Devil – Ian Rankin
  146. The Naked Diplomat – Tom Fletcher
  147. A Quantum Murder – Peter F Hamilton
  148. Poseidon’s Wake – Alastair Reynolds
  149. Grimm Tales for Young and Old – Philip Pullman
  150. Grief is the thing with feathers – Max Porter
  151. The Lost Time Accidents – John Wray
  152. This Orient Isle – Jerry Brotton
  153. Words of Radiance, Part Two – Brandon Sanderson
  154. Killing Pretty – Richard Kadrey
  155. Words of Radiance, Part One – Brandon Sanderson
  156. The Getaway God – Richard Kadrey
  157. Empire of Things – Frank Trentmann
  158. A Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man – Jon Holmes
  159. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness – Robert Yates
  160. The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
  161. Alan Stoob: Nazi Hunter – Saul Wordsworth
  162. Slow Bullets – Alastair Reynolds
  163. Judas Unchained – Peter F Hamilton
  164. Gut – Giulia Enders
  165. The Heart of what was Lost – Tad Williams
  166. Judas Unchained – Peter F Hamilton
  167. The Last Days of New Paris – China Miéville
  168. A closed and common orbit – Becky Chambers
  169. The Sudden Appearance of Hope – Claire North
  170. The Invention of Nature – Andrea Wulf
  171. How the French Think – Sudhir Hazareesingh
  172. Killing Moon – N K Jemisin
  173. England, England – Julian Barnes
  174. Applied Mathematics – Dan Simpson
  175. Theatre of the Gods – M Suddain
  176. The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  177. Skyfaring – Mark Vanhoenacker
  178. Still falling – Sara Hirsch
  179. The Path of Anger – Antoine Rouaud
  180. Germany – Neil McGregor
  181. Pulse – Julian Barnes
  182. Cain – Luke Kennard
  183. The Algebraist – Iain M Banks
  184. Shadow of the Swan – M K Wren
  185. Stars, A Very Short Introduction – Andrew King
  186. SPQR – Mary Beard
  187. Sword of the Lamb – M K Wren
  188. Secrets of the Fire Sea – Stephen Hunt
  189. A Climate of Fear – Fred Vargas
  190. Montalbano’s first case and other stories – Andrea Camilleri
  191. How to Write About Theatre – Mark Fisher
  192. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  193. The Vorrh – B Catling
  194. A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  195. Reading like a Writer – Francine Prose
  196. The Rook – Daniel O’Malley
  197. Sum – David Eagleman
  198. Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms – Paul Willetts
  199. The Brewer of Preston – Andrea Camilleri
  200. The Silo Effect – Gillian Tett
  201. The Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
  202. Memoirs of a Porcupine – Alain Mabanckou
  203. The Adjacent – Christopher Priest
  204. Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
  205. All is Silence – Manuel Rivas
  206. Neurotribes – Steve Silberman
  207. The Vital Question – Nick Lane
  208. Resistance is Futile – Jenny T Colgan
  209. InterRail – Alessandro Gallenzi
  210. Between the Woods and the Water – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  211. A Sense of Direction – Gideon Lewis-Kravs
  212. A Million Years in a Day – Greg Jenner
  213. The Evolution of Inanimate Objects – Harry Karlinsky
  214. The Spies – Luis Fernando Verissimo
  215. Chipmunk seeks squirrel – David Sedaris
  216. Adventures in the Anthropocene – Gaia Vince
  217. A Darker Shade of Magic – V E Schwab
  218. The Undercover Economist Strikes Back – Tim Harford
  219. Egghead – Bo Burnham
  220. On the Steel Breeze – Alastair Reynolds
  221. Adapt – Tim Harford
  222. Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
  223. The Mirror World of Melody Black – Gavin Extence
  224. Kalooki Nights – Howard Jacobson
  225. Birth of a Theorem – Cédric Villani
  226. Rogue Teacher – Mark Grist
  227. This Night’s Foul Work – Fred Vargas
  228. The Table of Less Valued Knights – Marie Phillips
  229. Devil Said Bang – Richard Kadrey
  230. Blood Rain – Michael Dibdin
  231. The Ghost Riders of Ordebec – Fred Vargas
  232. A Quantum Mythology – Gavin Smith
  233. The Chalk Circle Man – Fred Vargas
  234. A gladiator only dies once – Steven Saylor
  235. Life on the Edge – Jim Al-Khalili & Johnjoe McFadden
  236. Dog will have his day – Fred Vargas
  237. The Osiris Ritual – George Mann
  238. An Uncertain Place – Fred Vargas
  239. Curious – Rebecca Front
  240. The Affinity Bridge – George Mann
  241. Angels over Elsinore – Clive James
  242. Millenium – Tom Holland
  243. Have mercy on us all – Fred Vargas
  244. Grown Up – Scott Tyrell
  245. The Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss
  246. Stuff Matters – Mark Miodownik
  247. The Ego Trick – Julian Baggini
  248. Born Liars – Ian Leslie
  249. Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro
  250. I think you’ll find its a bit more complicated than that – Ben Goldacre
  251. The Circle Line – Steffan Meyric Hughes
  252. Confronting the Classics – Mary Beard
  253. How’s the pain? – Pascal Garnier
  254. Things to make and do in the 4th Dimension – Matt Parker
  255. The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi – Mark Hodder
  256. How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran
  257. How it all began – Penelope Lively
  258. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
  259. Kill the Dead – Richard Kadrey
  260. Game of Mirrors – Andrea Camilleri
  261. The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett
  262. Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint – Michael Bond
  263. Screwtop Thompson – Magnus Mills
  264. A Long Finish – Michael Dibdin
  265. Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey
  266. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  267. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains – Neil Gaiman
  268. The Chimes – Anna Smaill
  269. 45 Mercy Street – Anne Sexton
  270. The Pleasant Light of Day – Philip Ó Ceallaigh
  271. Landing Light – Don Paterson
  272. Alex through the Looking Glass – Alex Bellos
  273. The Revolving Door of Life – Alexander McCall Smith
  274. The Aleph and Other Stories – Jorge Luis Borges
  275. Physical – Andrew McMillan
  276. The Connectome – Sebastian Seung
  277. Rain – Don Patterson
  278. Dances Learned Last Night – Michael Donaghy
  279. The Sense of Style – Steven Pinker
  280. Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges
  281. The Epigenetics Revolution – Nessa Carey
  282. The Man Who Couldn’t Stop – David Adam
  283. School of the Arts – Mark Doty
  284. Unkind to Unicorns – A E Housman
  285. Electrified Sheep – Alex Boese
  286. The Water Table – Philip Gross
  287. Conjure – Michael Donaghy
  288. New Light for the Old Dark – Sam Willetts
  289. The Ice Age – Paul Farley
  290. Portrait of my Father in an English Landscape – George Szirtes
  291. Worst Date Ever – Jane Bussman
  292. Look we have coming to Dover! – Daljit Nagra
  293. Bestiary – Helen Dunmore
  294. Manhattan in Reverse – Peter F Hamilton
  295. Atlantis – Mark Doty
  296. Family Values – Wendy Cope
  297. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis – Wendy Cope
  298. The Passages of Joy – Thom Gunn
  299. Barrel Fever – David Sedaris
  300. The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being – Alice Roberts
  301. The Beat Goes On – Ian Rankin
  302. The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  303. Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  304. Silver – Andrew Motion
  305. The A-Z of You and Me – James Hannah
  306. Paris to the Moon – Adam Gopnik
  307. 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical Music World – Darren Henley & Sam Jackson
  308. The Causal Angel – Hannu Rajaniemi
  309. The Treasure Hunt – Andrea Camilleri
  310. Question Everything – New Scientist
  311. The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  312. Letter from America – Alistair Cooke
  313. All the Rage – A L Kennedy
  314. Touch – Claire North
  315. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
  316. Bacteria, A Very Short Introduction – Sebastian G B Aymes
  317. Tigerman – Nick Harkaway
  318. The Mathematical Universe – Max Tegmark
  319. Foxglove Summer – Ben Aaronovitch
  320. the long and the short of it – John Kay
  321. Do No Harm – Henry Marsh
  322. The Price of Inequality – Joseph E Stiglitz
  323. Germania – Simon Winder
  324. How to Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  325. The Undivided Past – David Cannadine
  326. Is that a Fish in Your Ear? – David Bellos
  327. Justice – Michael J Sandel
  328. Deep Sea and Foreign Going – Rose George
  329. The Blind Giant – Nick Harkaway
  330. Into the Woods – John Yorke
  331. One Summer – Bill Bryson
  332. Spell It Out – David Crystal
  333. Danubia – Simon Winder
  334. The Humans – Matt Haig
  335. Saints of the Shadow Bible – Ian Rankin
  336. Standing in a Dead Man’s Grave – Ian Rankin
  337. The Hydrogen Sonata – Iain M Banks
  338. The Quarry – Iain Banks
  339. The Fractal Prince – Hannu Rajamieni
  340. Cold Days – Jim Butcher
  341. The Last Dark – Stephen R Donaldson
  342. Polity Agent – Neal Asher
  343. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  344. The Dark is Rising Sequence – Susan Cooper
  345. Hilldiggers – Neal Asher
  346. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K Jerome
  347. Cetaganda – Lois McMaster Bujold
  348. The Teleportation Accident – Ned Beaumont
  349. The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
  350. The Fractal Prince – Hannu Rajaniemi
  351. Light – M John Harrison
  352. The Universe Against Alex Woods – Gavin Extence
  353. The Cunning Man – Robertson Davies
  354. Endymion Omnibus – Dan Simmons
  355. The Islanders – Christopher Priest
  356. Hogfather – Terry Pratchett
  357. Irrationality – Stuart Sutherland
  358. Contingency, irony and solidarity – Richard Rorty
  359. why does E=mc²? – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  360. What Money Can’t Buy – Michael J Sandel
  361. The Quantum Universe – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  362. The Truth about Markets – John Kay
  363. Reckoning with Risk – Gerd Gigerenzer
  364. A History of the World in Twelve Maps – Jerry Brotton
  365. Finding Moonshine – Marcus du Sautoy
  366. Pieces of Light – Charles Fernyhough
  367. Creation – Adam Rutherford
  368. Why is there something rather than nothing? – Leszek Kolakowski
  369. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings – Caspar Henderson
  370. Why We Build – Rowan Moore
  371. The Signal and the Noise – Nate Silver
  372. Turing’s Cathedral – George Dyson
  373. Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre
  374. Lost for Words – John Humphries
  375. Obliquity – John Kay
  376. The Arcanum – Janet Gleeson
  377. Complexity – M Mitchell Waldrop
  378. Meaning, medicine and the ‘placebo effect’ – Daniel Moerman
  379. Midnight at the Pera Palace – Charles King
  380. The Penguin Book of Scottish Folktales – ed. Neil Philip
  381. The Fictional Man – Al Ewing
  382. The Incorruptibles – John Horner Jacobs
  383. Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch
  384. Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch
  385. The Fear Institute – Jonathan L Howard
  386. Dead Girl Walking – Christopher Brookmyre
  387. Johannes Cabal the detective – Jonathan L Howard
  388. Dark Intelligence – Neal Asher
  389. Skin Game – Jim Butcher
  390. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  391. Fool’s Gold – Gillian Tett
  392. The Idea of Justice – Amartya Sen
  393. Not that kind of girl – Lena Dunham
  394. God Collar – Marcus Brigstocke
  395. This should be written in the present tense – Helle Helle
  396. See Delphi and Die – Lindsey Davis
  397. Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories – various
  398. The Language of Dying – Sarah Pinborough
  399. Hot Lead, Cold Iron – Ari Marmell
  400. Dead Lagoon – Michael Dibdin
  401. Apocalypse now now – Charlie Human
  402. The Coincidence Engine – Sam Leith
  403. The first fifteen lives of Harry August – Claire North
  404. The Trundlers – Harry Pearson
  405. Anathem – Neal Stephenson
  406. Raising Steam – Terry Pratchett
  407. Flesh Wounds – Christopher Brookmyre
  408. Jupiter War – Neal Asher
  409. The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
  410. Saki: The Complete Short Stories – H H Munro
  411. Evening’s Empire – Paul J McAuley
  412. Boneland – Alan Garner
  413. Kraken – China Miéville
  414. Sunshine on Scotland Street – Alexander McCall Smith
  415. Alif the Unseen – G Willow Wilson
  416. Terra – Mitch Benn
  417. Gradisil – Adam Roberts
  418. Cowl – Neal Asher
  419. The Gypsy Morph – Terry Brooks
  420. All fun and games until somebody loses an eye – Christopher Brookmyre
  421. The Cornish Trilogy – Robertson Davies
  422. Moon over Soho – Ben Aaronovitch
  423. Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers – Alexander McCall Smith
  424. Help! – Oliver Burkeman
  425. For Richer, For Poorer – Victoria Coren
  426. The Technician – Neal Asher
  427. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense – Michael Brooks
  428. 1227 Qi Facts – The QI Elves
  429. Jumpers for Goalposts – Rob Smyth and Georgina Turner
  430. The Ancient Guide to Modern Living – Natalie Haynes
  431. Quirkology – Richard Wiseman
  432. The Self Illusion – Bruce Hood
  433. August Heat – Andrea Camilleri
  434. Gridlinked – Neal Asher
  435. The Etymologicon – Mark Forsyth
  436. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  437. The Parthenon – Mary Beard
  438. At Home – Bill Bryson
  439. The Skinner – Neal Asher
  440. Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks – Alan Coren
  441. Jizz – John Hart
  442. The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  443. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  444. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  445. 1984 – George Orwell
  446. An Inspector Calls – J B Priestley
  447. All Mary – Gwynedd Rae
  448. The Tales of Olga de Polga – Michael Bond
  449. Galactic Patrol – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  450. Grey Lensman – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  451. Second Stage Lensman – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  452. Children of the Lens – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  453. Damiano – R A McAvoy
  454. Damiano’s Lute – R A McAvoy
  455. Raphael – R A McAvoy
  456. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  457. Winnie-the-Pooh – A A Milne
  458. The House at Pooh Corner – A A Milne
  459. Now we are six – A A Milne
  460. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  461. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl
  462. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
  463. Witch World – Andre Norton
  464. My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell
  465. The Talking Parcel – Gerald Durrell
  466. The Caine Mutiny – Herman Wouk
  467. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  468. Changing Places – David Lodge
  469. Small World – David Lodge
  470. 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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