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. Diary of a Somebody – Brian Bilston
  3. The Hard Word Box – Sarah Hesketh
  4. Reality is Not What It Seems – Carlo Rovelli

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

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