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May 26th, 2005
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1. Total number of books owned?
Hmm. I had over 1000 aged 14, and although the rate of increase has slacked off since then, it's definitely not become negative. I'm going to be in big trouble when my parents move

2. The last book I bought?

Err, can't remember. Probably the book I've just finished reading

3. The last book I read?

I finished Going Postal (by Terry Pratchett) last night. But I'm also just about to finish Michael Frayn's second book of newspaper columns, which I've been reading in a dippy way for ages now.

4. Five books that mean a lot to me?

1. Duncton Wood, by William Horwood (and the rest of the series)
2. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

How is it I can think of so many books that I love, and yet not 5 books that I love? Here are some random books that I love, but that I can't for the life of me work out if I like more than other books

3. The Liar, by Stephen Fry (because it's like having a little bit of Queens' with me)
4. Alanna, by Tamora Pierce
5. Stardust, by Neil Gaimann.

What a tacky list. Well, I'd be the first to say that modern books can be just as good as old books. But I will protest that I love Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and most things by Thomas Hardy too. And lots of other stuff



5. Tag five people and have them fill this out on their ljs:

Hmmm, if you've done it already just give me a link ;-)

1. sml30
2. rmc28
3. rjw76
4. ptc24
5. ceb

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From:neonchameleon
Date:May 26th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Is there any correlation between your choices and people whose usernames have three letters and two numbers? (OK, ceb only has three letters...)
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From:atreic
Date:May 26th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Well, I thought I'd tag sml30 because she's new to this whole LJ thing and needs to meet more memes. And I thought that I'd tag rmc28 because she probably reads good books, and then I can read them. And then I noticed I was starting a theme, and it stopped me having to think any more...
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From:mobbsy
Date:May 26th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
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But ceb didn't get her 28...
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From:mobbsy
Date:May 26th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Oh... I see, never mind, I have insufficient alertness today.
From:nlj21
Date:May 26th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)

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Sulk. My name is a CRSID. And you didn't want to know about my books.

Fine. See if I care. :-P
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From:atreic
Date:May 26th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry! Tell me about your books, oh great and fascinating nlj21!
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From:ceb
Date:May 29th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I have numbers, they're just invisible.

1. About 1200 (plus about 6000 if you count CUSFS' library).

2. A bunch of stuff at Eastercon. Most interesting is _Anticipations_, which is a collection of essays on early SF.

3. John Christopher's _Tripods_ trilogy (yay brain-free) and Larry Niven's _Moat Around Murcheson's Eye_.

4. a) My thesis, *muhahahahaha*, yes I am smug why do you ask?
b) Christiaan Huygens' _A Treatise on Light_, being the Distributed Proofreaders thing I'm currently most proud of (though I am not, alas, responsible for the beautiful HTML).
c) Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's _Good Omens_, being my favourite comfort reading.
d) Nicholas J. Turro's _Modern Molecular Photochemistry_, being the most useful book I met in the course of physics, and the one I've cited most (I can tell you this without checking).
e) _Principia Discordia_, being a practical guide for everyday living. Or not, as the case may be.
f) Lots of others, ooh countless, etc.

5. Shan't :-P
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From:rochvelleth
Date:May 26th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, I started reading The Liar earlier this year, then got distracted away with work, but am planning to finish it after exams. It's very good, isn't it? It made me feel so at home, what with references to Sainsbury's and such.

Also, ooh... Alanna by Tamora Pierce. That has to be a spin-off from that set of Point Fantasy books, right? I.e. Wolfspeaker, etc.. I used to love those when I was young - I was madly in love with Numair. Is Alanna any good?
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From:atreic
Date:May 26th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Humph. Alanna is the *first* quartet set in Tortall, and was written and published long before the spin-off books about Daine... ;-)
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From:rochvelleth
Date:May 27th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
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*looks sheepish* Clearly I must read the Alanna quartet then. Actually, yes, she always did seem well-sketched as if she already existed in Daine's adventures.
From:ex_lark_asc
Date:May 28th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)
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Oooh, I remember the Alanna books.. wow, there's a blast from the past :)
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From:bouteillebleu
Date:May 26th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
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There are four series by Tamora Pierce set in Tortall, that particular world setting (three sets of four books, one set of two) - the one with Daine and Numair in was the second set of them.

(And I have all of said books with me, though atreic currently has the rest of my Tamora Pierce books. Let me know if you'd like to borrow them - I could probably get them to you after exams and take them back around graduation, if you can read that fast. :)
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From:rochvelleth
Date:May 27th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! Wow, four sets? Mmm... I know I must read them some time. Though I must warn you that I may well not actually be able to read for a couple of weeks after exams (which usually make me zonk out on computer games and drunken celebration for a bit) ;)
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From:flats
Date:May 26th, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Ah, nostalgia! Numair was very sexy.
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From:serenasnape
Date:May 26th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Duncton Wood! I can picture where those are sitting at home ... I want them, now!
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From:teleute
Date:May 27th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
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I'm a huge fan of Stephen Fry too. Although I never got into the Duncton series, I expect because my mum read them ...
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From:atreic
Date:May 27th, 2005 08:18 am (UTC)
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Try again... although I think they have their magic for me because I met them at just the right age, and if I came to them now as an old and cynical person I might not fall as madly in love with them as I did...

(Oddly, my mum could never get into the Duncton series, no matter how often I told her they were great. Maybe because I read them... ;-) )
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From:carusis
Date:May 27th, 2005 08:32 am (UTC)
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Yay for Small Gods!! :D Yay for Stephen Fry too! Did read some Duncton Wood stuff, but found them rather disturbing depressing...
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