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. Haunts of the Black Masseur – Charles Sprawson
  3. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  4. The Happy Brain – Dean Burnett

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

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