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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 09:12pm on 23/11/2014 under , ,
We’re having another clear out; we have lots of books to give away. Free if you can collect from us in St Andrews (or happy to post at £3/paperback and £5/hardback).

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Please let me know if you’d like any of these:

TitleAuthor
Winnie-the-PoohA. A. MilnePaperback
Gentlemen Prefer BlondesAnita LoosFolio Society
Pup IdolAnna WilsonPaperback
The Original Illustrated Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan DoyleHardback
The Sign of FourArthur Conan DoylePaperback
Missee LeeArthur RansomePaperback
The Elusive PimpernelBaroness OrczyHardback
The Scarlet PimpernelBaroness OrczyFolio Society
A Late PhoenixCatherine AirdPaperback
The Body PoliticCatherine AirdPaperback
The Complete SteelCatherine AirdPaperback
A Dream of WessexChristopher PriestHardback
On What GroundsCleo CoylePaperback
RebeccaDaphne du MaurierFolio Society
ShatteredDick FrancisHardback
Under OrdersDick FrancisHardback
MicroserfsDouglas CouplandHardback
Tales of Mystery and ImaginationEdgar Allan PoeFolio Society
Arrows of Erosedited by Alex StewartPaperback
Twelve Mystery Storiesedited by Jack AdrianPaperback
Twelve Tales of Murderedited by Jack AdrianPaperback
Death of a DuchessElizabeth EyrePaperback
Designer KnockoffEllen ByerrumPaperback
Raiders of the Lost CorsetEllen ByerrumPaperback
The Case of the Black-Eyed BlondeErle Stanley GardnerPaperback
AvengerFrederick ForsythHardback
The AfghanFrederick ForsythHardback
The VeteranFrederick ForsythHardback
The Diary of a NobodyGeorge and Weedon GrossmithFolio Society
Animal FarmGeorge OrwellFolio Society
Travels with my AuntGraham GreeneFolio Society
SheH. Rider HaggardPaperback
Dead AirIain BanksHardback
The Steep Approach to GarbadaleIain BanksHardback
MatterIain M. BanksHardback
Surface DetailIain M. BanksHardback
The AlgebraistIain M. BanksHardback
Doors OpenIan RankinHardback
Exit MusicIan RankinHardback
Resurrection MenIan RankinHardback
The Naming of the DeadIan RankinPaperback
On the RoadJack KerouacPaperback
Garfield’s Furry TalesJim DavisHardback
The Pilgrim’s ProgressJohn BunyanFolio Society
CharadeJohn MortimerPaperback
RumpoleJohn MortimerFolio Society
Rumpole and the Age of MiraclesJohn MortimerPaperback
Rumpole and the Golden ThreadJohn MortimerPaperback
Rumpole for the DefenceJohn MortimerPaperback
Rumpole of the BaileyJohn MortimerPaperback
Rumpole’s Last CaseJohn MortimerPaperback
Rumpole’s ReturnJohn MortimerPaperback
The Trials of RumpoleJohn MortimerPaperback
Gulliver’s TravelsJonathan SwiftFolio Society
Journey to the Centre of the EarthJules VerneFolio Society
Snipped in the BudKate CollinsPaperback
The 10th KingdomKathryn WesleyPaperback
Learning the WorldKen MacLeodPaperback
Doc Savage Omnibus #10Kenneth RobesonPaperback
Doc Savage Omnibus #11Kenneth RobesonPaperback
Doc Savage Omnibus #13Kenneth RobesonPaperback
Doc Savage Omnibus #4Kenneth RobesonPaperback
Doc Savage Omnibus #5Kenneth RobesonPaperback
A Series of Unfortunate Events 1: The Bad BeginningLemony SnicketHardback
A Series of Unfortunate Events 2: The Reptile RoomLemony SnicketHardback
A Series of Unfortunate Events 3: The Wide WindowLemony SnicketHardback
Crime in QuestionMargaret YorkePaperback
The Adventure of Tom SawyerMark TwainHardback
FrankensteinMary ShelleyFolio Society
Perish in JulyMollie HardwickPaperback
The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieMuriel SparkFolio Society
Cabbages and KingsO. HenryHardback
The Gentle GrafterO. HenryHardback
A Taste for DeathP. D. JamesPaperback
An Unsuitable Job for a WomanP. D. JamesPaperback
Cover Her FaceP. D. JamesPaperback
Death in Holy OrdersP. D. JamesPaperback
Original SinP. D. JamesPaperback
The Black TowerP. D. JamesPaperback
The LighthouseP. D. JamesHardback
The Murder RoomP. D. JamesHardback
The Private PatientP. D. JamesHardback
Desolation IslandPatrick O’BrianFolio Society
H.M.S. SurprisePatrick O’BrianFolio Society
Master & CommanderPatrick O’BrianFolio Society
Mauritius CommandPatrick O’BrianFolio Society
Post CaptainPatrick O’BrianFolio Society
The Golden OceanPatrick O’BrianPaperback
A Clubbable WomanReginald HillPaperback
A Killing KindnessReginald HillPaperback
A Very Good HaterReginald HillHardback
An April ShroudReginald HillPaperback
Death’s Jest-BookReginald HillHardback
Dialogues of the DeadReginald HillHardback
Exit LinesReginald HillPaperback
Good Morning, MidnightReginald HillHardback
On Beulah HeightReginald HillHardback
Ruling PassionReginald HillPaperback
The Death of DalzielReginald HillHardback
Under WorldReginald HillPaperback
I Am LegendRichard MathesonPaperback
The Complete Tales of the UnexpectedRoald DahlFolio Society
Phule’s CompanyRobert AsprinPaperback
Phule’s ParadiseRobert AsprinPaperback
The Man Who Sold the MoonRobert HeinleinPaperback
Time Enough for LoveRobert HeinleinPaperback
To Sail Beyond the SunsetRobert HeinleinHardback
Travels with a DonkeyRobert Louis StevensonFolio Society
The Adventures of Robin HoodRoger Lancelyn GreenFolio Society
Just So StoriesRudyard KiplingFolio Society
Puck of Pook’s HillRudyard KiplingPaperback
Puck of Pook’s HillRudyard KiplingFolio Society
Rewards and FairiesRudyard KiplingPaperback
The Jungle BookRudyard KiplingFolio Society
Devil May CareSebastian FaulksHardback
Murder on the CliffStefanie MattesonPaperback
The Girl Who Played with FireStieg LarssonPaperback
Nightmare AbbeyThomas Love PeacockFolio Society
The Name of the RoseUmberto EcoFolio Society
IvanhoeWalter ScottHardback
Rob RoyWalter ScottFolio Society
Adventure Stories from The StrandFolio Society
Crime Stories from The StrandFolio Society
Short Stories from The StrandFolio Society
American Short StoriesFolio Society
English Short StoriesFolio Society
French Short StoriesFolio Society
Irish Short StoriesFolio Society
Russian Short StoriesFolio Society
Playing with History: The Historical Approach to Musical PerformanceJohn ButtHardback
Contemplating Music: Challenges to MusicologyJoseph KermanHardback
Text & Act: Essays on Music and PerformanceRichard TaruskinPaperback
Performing Music in the Age of RecordingRobert PhilipHardback
Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner’s Tristan and IsoldeRoger ScrutonHardback
The Aesthetics of MusicRoger ScrutonHardback
Side by SideAlan TuckerHardback
Heroines: Women Inspired by WomenLisa TuttleHardback
Folklore, Myths & Customs of BritainMarc AlexanderHardback
The Complete Book of Home ImprovementMike LawrencePaperback
Ordnance Survey Travel Map: South East EnglandMap
Ordnance Survey Travel Map: South West EnglandMap
The Private Eye Annual 2009Hardback
The Private Eye Annuel 2010Hardback
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: ParentingPaperback
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 04:58pm on 12/02/2014 under , ,
The clear-out continues this week. Our give-away list follows. Please let me know if you’d like anything before I take them to a charity shop at the weekend.

(Items that with a line through have already been taken.)

Hardback books

“The More than Complete Hitchhiker’s Guide” by Douglas Adams (Wings Books, 1989)
“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” by Douglas Adams (Heinemann, 1987)
“The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul” by Douglas Adams (Simon and Schuster, 1988)
“Mostly Harmless” by Douglas Adams (Heinemann, 1992)
“The Salmon of Doubt” by Douglas Adams (Macmillan, 2002)
“A Song of Stone” by Iain Banks (Abacus, 1997)
“The Business” by Iain Banks (Little Brown, 1999)
“Look to Windward” by Iain M Banks (Orbit, 2000)
“The Great California Game (A Lovejoy Novel)” by Jonathan Gash (Century, 1991)
“Paid and Loving Eyes (A Lovejoy Novel)” by Jonathan Gash (Random House, 1993)
“The Devil in Amber” by Mark Gatiss (Simon and Schuster, 2006)
“Sepulchre” by James Herbert (Hodder and Stoughton, 1987)
“Creed” by James Herbert (Hodder and Stoughton, 1990)
“Nice Work” by David Lodge (Viking, 1988)
“Unsweet Charity” by Keith Waterhouse (Hodder and Stoughton, 1992)
“Mr Pye” by Mervyn Peake (Methuen, 1985)
“The Foxglove Saga” by Auberon Waugh (Chapman and Hall, 1960)
“The Crack in Space” by Philip K Dick (Severn House, 1989)
“Minority Report” (short story collection) by Philip K Dick (Gollancz, 2002)
“Paycheck” (short story collection) by Philip K Dick (Gollancz, 2003)
“Wrinklies’ Wit & Wisdom: Humorous quotes about getting on a bit” by Rosemarie Jarski (Prion, 2005)
“Why Pandas Do Handstands: and other curious truths about animals” by Augustus Brown (Bantam Press, 2006)
“Word-spells” chosen by Judith Nicholls (Faber and Faber, 1988)
“Once Upon a More Enlightened Time: More politically correct bedtime stories” by James Finn Garner (Simon and Schuster, 1995)
“Stories for 5 year olds” (Ladybird, 2008)
“Favourite Tales: The Enormous Turnip” (Ladybird, 1994)
“Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees” by A A Milne (Methuen)
“Piglet Meets a Heffalump” by A A Milne (Methuen)
“Eyewitness Guides: Arms & Armour” (Dorling Kindersley, 1988)
“Eyewitness Guides: Battle” (Dorling Kindersley, 1995)
“Eyewitness Guides: Castle” (Dorling Kindersley, 1994)
“There’s No Place Like Space! All about our solar system” (The Cat in the Hat Learning Library) by Tish Rabe (Random House, 1999)
“Tell the Time with Croc and Bot” (Potter Books, 2007)
“Muddle Pirates: A magnetic play book” by Stephen Gulbis (Campbell Books, 2008)


Paperback books

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll (Puffin Classics, 2008)
“McCarthy’s Bar” by Pete McCarthy (Lir, 2000)
“The Damned United” by David Peace (Faber and Faber, 2006)
“The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating and Sex” (Quirk, 2001)
“The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Parenting” (Quirk, 2003)
“101 Places Not to Visit” by Adam Russ (Robson Books, 2008)
“Confessions of an English Opium Eater” by Thomas de Quincey (Penguin Classics, 1986)
“Fantastic Mr Fox” by Roald Dahl (Puffin, 2010)
“Beast Quest: Amulet of Avantia: Book 19: Nixa the Death Bringer” by Adam Blade (Scholastic, 2011)
“Beast Quest: Amulet of Avantia: Book 20: Equinus the Spirit Horse” by Adam Blade (Scholastic, 2011)
“Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? and 114 other questions” (New Scientist) edited by Mick O’Hare (Profile Books, 2006)
“The Lost Continent: Travels in small-town America” by Bill Bryson (Black Swan, 1999)
“Made in America” by Bill Bryson (Black Swan, 1994)
“Notes from a Small Island” by Bill Bryson (Black Swan, 1996)
“Cider with Roadies” by Stuart Maconie (Ebury Press, 2005)
“How to Live with a Neurotic Dog” by Stephen Baker (New English Library, 1968)
“Alone on a Wide Wide Sea” by Michael Morpurgo (Harper Collins, 2007)
“Pirate Brother” by Pete Johnson (Puffin, 2004)
“The Cardturner” by Louis Sachar (Bloomsbury, 2010)
“Where I Belong” by Gillian Cross (Oxford, 2010)
“The Death Defying Pepper Roux” by Geraldine McCaughrean (Oxford, 2009)


Mr Men and Little Miss books

Little Miss Naughty
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Giggles
Little Miss Helpful
Little Miss Twins
Little Miss Tidy
Little Miss Fickle
Little Miss Curious
Little Miss Birthday
Little Miss Christmas
Little Miss Lucky and the Naughty Pixies
Little Miss Splendid and the Princess
Mr Sneeze
Mr Snow
Mr Busy
Mr Birthday
Mr Bump and the Knight
Mr Jelly and the Pirates
Mr Tickle and the Dragon
Mr Happy and the Wizard
Mr Messy messing about in the snow
Mr Silly get the giggles
Mr Men: The Night Before Christmas


Ordnance Survey maps

Landranger 63: Firth of Clyde: Greenock & Rothesay (revised 2002)
Landranger 176: West London area (revised 1990)
Landranger 177: East London area (revised 1991)
Landranger 196: Solent & The Isle of Wight (revised 1990)
Explorer 20: South Devon: Brixham to Newton Ferrers (revised 2005)
Explorer 362: Cowal West & Isle of Bute: Rothesay (revised 2001)
Touring map: Lake District & Cumbria (revised 2001)


Blurays

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [2x BD + DVD]


DVDs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Churchill: The Hollywood Years
School of Rock
Dirty Deeds
High Society
Rear Window (Christopher Reeve, 1998)
Pet Shop Boys: Montage: The Nightlife Tour


CDs

“Wagner: Love Duets” Domingo & Voigt, cond. Pappano (EMI Classics 2000)
“Folksongs” Alfred Deller & Mark Deller (Harmonia Mundi 1972, 2003)
“The Joyce Grenfell Collection” (HMV 2000)
“Holst: The Planets / The Perfect Fool” Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Mackerras (1989, 1991)
“The Essential British Light Music Collection” BBC Concert Orchestra, cond. Handley (BMG 1997)
“The British Music Collection: Traditional Folk Songs from Scotland” Moira Anderson (Decca, compilation 2002)
“Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado” The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Royston Nash (London 1973, 1989)
“Baby Needs Music” (Delos 2002)
“Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, etc.” Peter Hurford (organ), Orchestra symphonique de Montréal, cond. Dutoit (Decca 1979, 1983, 1988)
“Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” Ashkenazy, London Symphony Orchestra, cond. Previn (Decca 1972, 1999)
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:43pm on 06/02/2014 under
For ten years now I’ve been keep a note of all the books that I read. Initially this was an exercise to keep me reading books — which I enjoy — when there are too many competing distractions from the internet and from television, but I have also found it useful in planning my reading.

Now I have figures covering a decade of reading, I’ve made a graph breaking my reading down by the sex of the author. Where a book has multiple authors I’ve used the first named.

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Not much of a pattern, other than to observe that I enjoy reading through the complete works of various authors, and large numbers of books by authors like PD James, Ngaio Marsh, and Agatha Christie will have contributed to the years where I have read a majority of female authors. This will continue, as I’m planning to work my way through the works of Margery Allingham and Gladys Mitchell in the next couple of years.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 10:40pm on 05/01/2014 under ,
Back to work tomorrow, after a week and a half of holiday. Just time to look back on the films I watched and the books I read in 2013, before I leave that all behind and start properly thinking about 2014.


Films watched in 2013

The pattern from 2012 continues, with Netflix supplying most of the films that I watched in 2013. Again, no visits to a cinema.

A View to a Kill (1985)
Fletch (1985)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Casino Royale (1967)
The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)
The Keep (1983)
Live and Let Die (1973)
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
Carry On Matron (1972)
Carry On Nurse (1959)
City by the Sea (2002)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
Are You Being Served? (1977)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Strippers vs Werewolves (2012)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)
The Woman in Black (2012)
The Mist (2007)
The Naked Gun (1988)
UHF (1989)
Judge Dredd (1995)
The Big Bus (1976)
Fatal Instinct (1993)
Zombieland (2009)
The Other Guys (2010)
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
The Assassination Bureau (1969)
The First Great Train Robbery (1979)
Skyfall (2012)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
Fatal Instinct (1993)
Street Fighter (1994)
Red Tails (2012)
Octopussy (1983)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
Evil Under the Sun (1982)
A View to a Kill (1985)
Thor (2011)
The Expendables 2 (2012)
Machete (2010)
The Rocketeer (1991)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
High Society (1956)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Batman (1966)
The Green Hornet (2011)
The Quatermass Experiment (1955)
Tommy (1975)
Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous (1985)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
Murder on a Honeymoon (1935)
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Cars 2 (2011)
Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (2011)
The Mouse that Roared (1959)
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Dad’s Army (1971)
Fantasia (1940)


Books read in 2013

A reasonable number of books read this year. I decided to read all of Agatha Christie’s novels in order, something I hadn’t done before. It was enlightening to see patterns in sequential novels, and to see the mood of her writing change over the decades.

I’ve sequentially read the complete works of various other novelists, but few cover the same sort of timespan as Christie; the nearest is probably Ngaio Marsh, but her later novels didn’t reflect the changing time in the way that Christie (resentfully) does.

I enjoyed most of Christie’s novels; some were excellent, and one was truly awful. “The Big Four” is a terrible novel (thankfully Mark Gatiss’s television adaptation last year radically reworked the story, missing out much of the plot and giving us an entirely different finale).

“The Others” by James Herbert (1999)
“The Dark” by James Herbert (1980)
“Natural Causes” by James Oswald (2012)
“The Book of Souls” by James Oswald (2012)
“SS-GB” by Len Deighton (1978)
“Where Eagles Dare” by Alistair MacLean (1967)
“The Redbreast” by Jo Nesbø (2000)
“A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon” edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger (2011)
“Ask a Policeman” by Anthony Berkeley, Milward Kennedy, Gladys Mitchell, John Rhode, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Helen Simpson (1933)
“Snuff” by Terry Pratchett (2011)
“The Rupert Annual No. 76” by (2011)
“The Rupert Annual No. 77” by (2012)
“The Mysterious Affair at Styles” by Agatha Christie (1920)
“The Secret Adversary” by Agatha Christie (1922)
“The Murder on the Links” by Agatha Christie (1923)
“The Man in the Brown Suit” by Agatha Christie (1924)
“The Secret of Chimneys” by Agatha Christie (1925)
“The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christie (1926)
“The Big Four” by Agatha Christie (1927)
“The Mystery of the Blue Train” by Agatha Christie (1928)
“The Seven Dials Mystery” by Agatha Christie (1929)
“The Murder at the Vicarage” by Agatha Christie (1930)
“The Sittaford Mystery” by Agatha Christie (1931)
“Peril at End House” by Agatha Christie (1932)
“Lord Edgware Dies” by Agatha Christie (1933)
“Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie (1934)
“Why Didn't They Ask Evans?” by Agatha Christie (1934)
“Three Act Tragedy” by Agatha Christie (1935)
“Death in the Clouds” by Agatha Christie (1935)
“The ABC Murders” by Agatha Christie (1936)
“Murder in Mesopotamia” by Agatha Christie (1936)
“Cards on the Table” by Agatha Christie (1936)
“Dumb Witness” by Agatha Christie (1937)
“Death on the Nile” by Agatha Christie (1937)
“Appointment with Death” by Agatha Christie (1938)
“Hercule Poirot's Christmas” by Agatha Christie (1938)
“Murder is Easy” by Agatha Christie (1939)
“And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie (1939)
“Sad Cypress” by Agatha Christie (1940)
“One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” by Agatha Christie (1940)
“Evil Under the Sun” by Agatha Christie (1941)
“N or M?” by Agatha Christie (1941)
“The Body in the Library” by Agatha Christie (1942)
“Five Little Pigs” by Agatha Christie (1942)
“The Moving Finger” by Agatha Christie (1943)
“Towards Zero” by Agatha Christie (1944)
“Death Comes as the End” by Agatha Christie (1944)
“Sparkling Cyanide” by Agatha Christie (1944)
“The Hollow” by Agatha Christie (1946)
“Taken at the Flood” by Agatha Christie (1948)
“Crooked House” by Agatha Christie (1949)
“A Murder is Announced” by Agatha Christie (1950)
“They Came to Baghdad” by Agatha Christie (1951)
“Mrs McGinty's Dead” by Agatha Christie (1952)
“They Do It with Mirrors” by Agatha Christie (1952)
“After the Funeral” by Agatha Christie (1953)
“A Pocket Full of Rye” by Agatha Christie (1953)
“Destination Unknown” by Agatha Christie (1954)
“Hickory Dickory Dock” by Agatha Christie (1955)
“Dead Man’s Folly” by Agatha Christie (1956)
“4.50 From Paddington” by Agatha Christie (1957)
“Ordeal by Innocence” by Agatha Christie (1958)
“Cat Among the Pigeons” by Agatha Christie (1959)
“The Pale Horse” by Agatha Christie (1961)
“The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side” by Agatha Christie (1962)
“The Clocks” by Agatha Christie (1963)
“A Caribbean Mystery” by Agatha Christie (1964)
“At Bertram's Hotel” by Agatha Christie (1965)
“Third Girl” by Agatha Christie (1966)
“Endless Night” by Agatha Christie (1967)
“By the Pricking of My Thumbs” by Agatha Christie (1968)
“Hallowe'en Party” by Agatha Christie (1969)
“Passenger to Frankfurt” by Agatha Christie (1970)
“Nemesis” by Agatha Christie (1971)
“Elephants Can Remember” by Agatha Christie (1972)
“Postern of Fate” by Agatha Christie (1973)
“Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case” by Agatha Christie (1975)
“Sleeping Murder” by Agatha Christie (1976)
“The Colorado Kid” by Stephen King (2005)
“The Complaints” by Ian Rankin (2009)
“The Impossible Dead” by Ian Rankin (2011)
“Standing in Another Man’s Grave” by Ian Rankin (2012)
“Haunted” by James Herbert (1988)
“The Ghosts of Sleath” by James Herbert (1994)
“Ash” by James Herbert (2012)
“Doctor Who: The Death Pit (Time Trips)” by A. L. Kennedy (2013)
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:16pm on 07/11/2012 under , , , ,
Many years ago, I thought that books were things to acquire, and never to dispose of. I bought books that I wanted to read, books that I thought I might like to read, and books I thought might be useful, and my library grew and grew. I read a lot, but bought more books that I could catch up with.

Then it slowly dawned on me that my interest in books should not be focused on the size of my library, but rather on the joy I had in reading books. And that joy was as much to do with the physical form of the book as with the contents of the book. I bought hardbacks because I liked the way that they felt in my hands and the way that they looked on my shelves. I learned to appreciate typography (initially fuelled by reading and rereading Knuth’s book on TeX), and grew dismissive of people who were willing to read mass-market paperbacks, with their poor design, shoddy bindings, nasty paper, and narrow margins.

I started to buy Folio Society books (some by subscription, and more from eBay); a lot of fiction (which I devoured) and non-fiction (which mostly sits of my shelves unread). I must stop buying non-fiction.

But then ebooks hit me, just a couple of years ago. I realised that I could buy books from Apple’s iBookstore (and occasionally from Amazon’s Kindle web site), and that I could read them quite happily on my iPhone screen (and latterly on my iPad).

Just as the old quote says that the best camera is the one that’s with you, the same applies to books. My iPhone is with me almost all the time, and my iPad is with me much of the time, so I always have books available to read, and it is now much easier to fill a quiet moment with a book than it ever was when I was reading hardbacks. Although I wish they could do more to improve the on-screen typography.

In the past couple of years I’ve gone from looking at my bookshelves as a rich resource of future pleasure, to seeing them as an archaic and dusty collection of dead trees. Apart from a few specific volumes, I no longer find the same thrill in the physical form of books.

I doubt I’ll buy many physical books in the future, except, perhaps, as presents, or to complete existing collections.

(By the way, it is clear to me that hardback fiction should be shelved without dust covers or slip cases, sorted alphabetically by author, and chronologically within each author, with the exception that specific series of books may be shelved together. Anything else would just be wrong.)
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:34am on 08/01/2011 under , ,
…and the books I read in the last year. Only thirty five books this year, which is down from sixty last year. For some reason that I can’t remember, I read practically nothing in the first seven months of 2010. Maybe I was spending too much time reading blogs.

I made up for it in the last couple of months, however. I’ve taken to reading in iBooks on my iPhone. I think it may replace physical books for me. The phone is always with me. Just as the best camera is the one you have in your pocket when you want to take a photo, the best book is the one I have with me when I have a moment to read.

A highlight of the year was finishing one Rebus book while driving through Guardsbridge on the way home from Dundee, and buying, downloading, and starting reading the next one before we reached St Andrews.

Private Eye Annual 2009 Edited by Ian Hislop (2009)
La Bella Figura Beppe Severgnini (2007)
Top Gear: Where’s Stig? (2009)
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket (1999)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie (1920)
The Reptile Room Lemony Snicket (1999)
A Cure for All Diseases Reginald Hill (2008)
Midnight Fugue Reginald Hill (2009)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (2009)
John MacNab John Buchan (1925)
Porterhouse Blue Tom Sharpe (1974)
Unseen Academicals Terry Pratchett (2009)
The Rupert Annual No. 73 (2008)
The Rupert Annual No. 74 (2009)
Doctor Who Storybook 2010 (2009)
The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum (1980)
Knots and Crosses Ian Rankin (1987)
Hide and Seek Ian Rankin (1991)
Tooth and Nail Ian Rankin (1992)
Strip Jack Ian Rankin (1992)
The Black Book Ian Rankin (1993)
Mortal Causes Ian Rankin (1994)
Let It Bleed Ian Rankin (1995)
Black and Blue Ian Rankin (1997)
A Good Hanging and Other Stories Ian Rankin (1992)
Dead Souls Ian Rankin (1999)
Set in Darkness Ian Rankin (2000)
The Falls Ian Rankin (2001)
Beggars Banquet Ian Rankin (2002)
Resurrection Men Ian Rankin (2002)
A Question of Blood Ian Rankin (2003)
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:34am on 08/01/2011 under , ,
…and the books I read in the last year. Only thirty five books this year, which is down from sixty last year. For some reason that I can’t remember, I read practically nothing in the first seven months of 2010. Maybe I was spending too much time reading blogs.

I made up for it in the last couple of months, however. I’ve taken to reading in iBooks on my iPhone. I think it may replace physical books for me. The phone is always with me. Just as the best camera is the one you have in your pocket when you want to take a photo, the best book is the one I have with me when I have a moment to read.

A highlight of the year was finishing one Rebus book while driving through Guardsbridge on the way home from Dundee, and buying, downloading, and starting reading the next one before we reached St Andrews.

Private Eye Annual 2009 Edited by Ian Hislop (2009)
La Bella Figura Beppe Severgnini (2007)
Top Gear: Where’s Stig? (2009)
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket (1999)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie (1920)
The Reptile Room Lemony Snicket (1999)
A Cure for All Diseases Reginald Hill (2008)
Midnight Fugue Reginald Hill (2009)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (2009)
John MacNab John Buchan (1925)
Porterhouse Blue Tom Sharpe (1974)
Unseen Academicals Terry Pratchett (2009)
The Rupert Annual No. 73 (2008)
The Rupert Annual No. 74 (2009)
Doctor Who Storybook 2010 (2009)
The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum (1980)
Knots and Crosses Ian Rankin (1987)
Hide and Seek Ian Rankin (1991)
Tooth and Nail Ian Rankin (1992)
Strip Jack Ian Rankin (1992)
The Black Book Ian Rankin (1993)
Mortal Causes Ian Rankin (1994)
Let It Bleed Ian Rankin (1995)
Black and Blue Ian Rankin (1997)
A Good Hanging and Other Stories Ian Rankin (1992)
Dead Souls Ian Rankin (1999)
Set in Darkness Ian Rankin (2000)
The Falls Ian Rankin (2001)
Beggars Banquet Ian Rankin (2002)
Resurrection Men Ian Rankin (2002)
A Question of Blood Ian Rankin (2003)
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 01:40pm on 01/01/2010 under , ,
…and the books I read in the past year, not counting the many read to Beth! I got through sixty books this year, which is a good increase on last year. I still spend too much time in front of a screen when I could be reading.

As usual, a good bit of detective fiction. I made an effort to read more non-fiction, but with non-fiction I find I don’t have the enthusiasm to keep reading, and a book will last me weeks. Fiction, on the other hand, I read with avidity.

A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller Jr (1959)
Cover Her Face P. D. James (1962)
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman P. D. James (1972)
The Black Tower P. D. James (1975)
Original Sin P. D. James (1994)
The Murder Room P. D. James (2003)
The Lighthouse P. D. James (2005)
The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
The Private Patient P. D. James (2008)
Rumpole and the Reign of Terror John Mortimer (2006)
The Death of Dalziel Reginald Hill (2007)
The Act of Roger Murgatroyd Gilbert Adair (2006)
The Mysterious Affair of Style Gilbert Adair (2007)
And Then There Was No One Gilbert Adair (2009)
Verdict of Twelve Raymond Postgate (1940)
Doors Open Ian Rankin (2008)
Past Imperfect Julian Fellowes (2008)
The Steep Approach to Garbadale Iain Banks (2007)
Break No Bones Kathy Reichs (2006)
Nation Terry Pratchett (2008)
The White Tiger Aravind Adiga (2008)
Venn That Tune Andrew Viner (2008)
One City (2005)
The Witches Roald Dahl (1983)
This is Your Brain on Music Daniel Levitin (2006)
Matilda Roald Dahl (1988)
Finn Family Moomintroll Tove Jansson (1961)
Things to do with Dad Chris Stevens
Oor Wullie (2008)
Who On Earth Is Tom Baker? — An Autobiography Tom Baker (1997)
Editor — An Inside Story of Newspapers Max Hastings (2002)
Feast: A History of Grand Eating Roy Strong (2002)
A Mind to Murder P. D. James (1963)
A Taste for Death P. D. James (1986)
Matter Iain M. Banks (2008)
The Anti-social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole John Mortimer (2007)
Inversions Iain M. Banks (1998)
I Am Legend Richard Matheson (1954)
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Anthony Bourdain (2000)
The Thistle and the Rose: Six Centuries of Love and Hate between the Scots and the English Allan Massie (2005)
Devices and Desires P. D. James (1989)
Doctor Who The Writer's Tale: The untold story of the BBC series Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook (2008)
Oor Wullie (2002)
Performing Music in the Age of Recording Robert Philip (2004)
Death in Holy Orders P. D. James (2001)
Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon Michael Adams (2003)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1892)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1894)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1905)
His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1917)
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1927)
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler (1939)
Farewell My Lovely Raymond Chandler (1939)
The High Window Raymond Chandler (1943)
The Lady in the Lake Raymond Chandler (1944)
The Little Sister Raymond Chandler (1949)
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler (1953)
Playback Raymond Chandler (1958)
Death of an Expert Witness P. D. James (1977)
A Certain Justice P. D. James (1997)
location: KY16 8JY
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 01:40pm on 01/01/2010 under , ,
…and the books I read in the past year, not counting the many read to Beth! I got through sixty books this year, which is a good increase on last year. I still spend too much time in front of a screen when I could be reading.

As usual, a good bit of detective fiction. I made an effort to read more non-fiction, but with non-fiction I find I don’t have the enthusiasm to keep reading, and a book will last me weeks. Fiction, on the other hand, I read with avidity.

A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller Jr (1959)
Cover Her Face P. D. James (1962)
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman P. D. James (1972)
The Black Tower P. D. James (1975)
Original Sin P. D. James (1994)
The Murder Room P. D. James (2003)
The Lighthouse P. D. James (2005)
The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
The Private Patient P. D. James (2008)
Rumpole and the Reign of Terror John Mortimer (2006)
The Death of Dalziel Reginald Hill (2007)
The Act of Roger Murgatroyd Gilbert Adair (2006)
The Mysterious Affair of Style Gilbert Adair (2007)
And Then There Was No One Gilbert Adair (2009)
Verdict of Twelve Raymond Postgate (1940)
Doors Open Ian Rankin (2008)
Past Imperfect Julian Fellowes (2008)
The Steep Approach to Garbadale Iain Banks (2007)
Break No Bones Kathy Reichs (2006)
Nation Terry Pratchett (2008)
The White Tiger Aravind Adiga (2008)
Venn That Tune Andrew Viner (2008)
One City (2005)
The Witches Roald Dahl (1983)
This is Your Brain on Music Daniel Levitin (2006)
Matilda Roald Dahl (1988)
Finn Family Moomintroll Tove Jansson (1961)
Things to do with Dad Chris Stevens
Oor Wullie (2008)
Who On Earth Is Tom Baker? — An Autobiography Tom Baker (1997)
Editor — An Inside Story of Newspapers Max Hastings (2002)
Feast: A History of Grand Eating Roy Strong (2002)
A Mind to Murder P. D. James (1963)
A Taste for Death P. D. James (1986)
Matter Iain M. Banks (2008)
The Anti-social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole John Mortimer (2007)
Inversions Iain M. Banks (1998)
I Am Legend Richard Matheson (1954)
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Anthony Bourdain (2000)
The Thistle and the Rose: Six Centuries of Love and Hate between the Scots and the English Allan Massie (2005)
Devices and Desires P. D. James (1989)
Doctor Who The Writer's Tale: The untold story of the BBC series Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook (2008)
Oor Wullie (2002)
Performing Music in the Age of Recording Robert Philip (2004)
Death in Holy Orders P. D. James (2001)
Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon Michael Adams (2003)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1892)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1894)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1905)
His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1917)
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1927)
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler (1939)
Farewell My Lovely Raymond Chandler (1939)
The High Window Raymond Chandler (1943)
The Lady in the Lake Raymond Chandler (1944)
The Little Sister Raymond Chandler (1949)
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler (1953)
Playback Raymond Chandler (1958)
Death of an Expert Witness P. D. James (1977)
A Certain Justice P. D. James (1997)
location: KY16 8JY
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 12:20pm on 01/01/2009 under ,

…and the books that I read last year. Another year where I’ve not felt that I’ve found enough time to read, particularly in the summer months. I’ll do better this year!

  1. The Aesthetics of Music Roger Scruton (1997)
  2. The Bad Quarto Jill Paton Walsh (2007)
  3. Exit Music Ian Rankin (2007)
  4. Counterknowledge Damian Thompson (2008)
  5. Making Money Terry Pratchett (2007)
  6. So You're Going To Wear The Kilt! J. Charles Thompson (1989)
  7. Bollocks to Alton Towers - Uncommonly British Days Out Robin Halstead - Jason Hazeley - Alex Morris - Joel Morris (2005)
  8. Wagner's Ring: Turning the Sky Round - An Introduction to The Ring of the Nibelung M. Owen Lee (1994)
  9. How to Sail John Fisher (1959)
  10. Eat, Shoots & Leaves - The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation Lynne Truss (2003)
  11. 80 Years of Cryptic Crosswords Val Gilbert (2004)
  12. The Ode Less Travelled - Unlocking the Poet Within Stephen Fry (2005)
  13. Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down Nicey and Wifey (2004)
  14. Minority Report - (short story collection) Philip K. Dick (2002)
  15. Paycheck - (short story collection) Philip K. Dick (2003)
  16. Buying the Best Hugo Arnold (2000)
  17. Scared to Death - From BSE to Global Warming - How Scares Are Costing Us the Earth Christopher Booker - Richard North (2007)
  18. Songs of Innocence & of Experience William Blake (1794)
  19. Rupert - A Bear's Life George Perry - with Alfred Bestall (1985)
  20. The Rupert Annual No. 72 John Harrold (2007)
  21. The Perfect Wagnerite - A Commentary on the Niblung's Ring Bernard Shaw (1922)
  22. The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce (1911)
  23. A is for Ox - A short history of the alphabet Lyn Davies (2004)
  24. A Short History of Time Leofranc Holford-Strevens (2005)
  25. What are the Seven Wonders of the World? - And 60 Other Great Cultural Questions Peter D'Epiro - Mary Desmond Pinkowish (2005)
  26. Objective-C Pocket Reference Andrew M. Duncan (2003)
  27. Jon Pertwee - The Biography Bernard Bale (2000)
  28. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl (1964)
  29. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Roald Dahl (1973)
  30. Devil May Care Sebastian Faulks (2008)
  31. The BFG Roald Dahl (1982)
  32. The Compleet Molesworth Geoffrey Willans - Ronald Searle (1959)
  33. The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers (1903)
  34. Live and Let Die Ian Fleming (1954)
  35. Stories John Buchan ()
  36. British Summertime Paul Cornell (2002)
  37. Master & Commander Patrick O'Brian (1970)
  38. Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde Roger Scruton (2004)
  39. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer Philip K. Dick (1982)
location: KY16 8JY

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