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What I'm Reading

I seem to be in a list-making mood, so here's another one. The enormous stack of books on my nightstand has spiralled completely out of control, as Shelly came back from the library with pretty much every book on my wish list.

•••• Mary Renault, The Bull from the Sea and The Mask of Apollo
••••John Le Carre, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
••• Nancy Kress, Beginnings, Middles, and Ends
••• Frederick Pohl, Gateway
•• Richard A. Cohen, By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions
•• Susan Ashe, The Lord of Snows and Shadows
Unread Margaret Mann Phillips, Erasmus and the Northern Renaissance
Unread Bernard Cornwell, Vagabond

Of the bunch, Renault is the one I envy (she does more in a chapter than some people do in a novel) and Le Carre is the one who surprised me.


( 3 sutras — Your wisdom )
Aug. 6th, 2003 08:01 pm (UTC)
libraries and downsizing
I've been much happier now that Wolf has started getting books from the library again instead of opening the door to another Amazon package. Save us both $ and precious shelf-space.

On-line library book ordering is great! They even email us when the book has arrived, so we don't have to keep checking in. If you live in the greater Seattle area, KCLS.ORG has started a new service: email updates of new material based on your criteria of subjects. WARNING: Don't type KCLS.COM by mistake, or you'll see massive numbers of porn windows opening.

Since Wolf has gone back to libary ordering, our book ownership has come back to acceptable levels that fit the bookcases we have. So, contrary to Wolf's teasing me that we will never, ever have enough bookcases, I have found that now we do. For those of you with overflow library problems like we've had, I'd recommend getting rid of your newer, better books on AMAZON.COM. We got some great prices with an easy listing serivce and no payment on our part if the book didn't sell (unlike eBAY).

Now that we live in a house with less efficient use of space than our old one, we've been downsizing a lot of other "junk". Wolf's had great success with gaming products and rare collectible cards on eBAY. So if you're one of our many gaming friends with too much product, try getting rid of it there. Use PayPal for payment streamlining.

For general products, Wolf has already mentioned one of my favorite ideas before of a media/book exchange during a party. The rules for each guest being: (1) bring something to get rid of (2) everyone must take at least 1 item home. As hosts, we get the leftovers. The pile ends up being about the same size as before, but different stuff. I had the pleasant surprise last Christmas to find a couple of new books in the pile which I've since read.

Good luck if you're trying to downsize!

Shelly (the wife)
Aug. 7th, 2003 01:34 pm (UTC)
hey! me, too!
Moi as well, with the John Le Carre, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold. But it's deep within the Pile to Read. God knows when I'll get to it. Just brought up all our books from the basement, greeted them individually like the long-lost friends they are, and cleaned them up and sorted them. Selling a few at local used bookstores (for credit--bringing home new friends).

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Aug. 7th, 2003 02:39 pm (UTC)
Re: hey! me, too!
Wow, you have good taste. "Spy Who Came In From the Cold" is doublepluscreepy for anyone who ever visited East Berlin and East Germany. The style is fairly sparse (Shelly compared it to Hemingway, which is perhaps flattering to Le Carre, but close), but that just bolsters the mood. Plus there are librarians. Just pretty close to home for me.

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