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Book Organization - Qualified Perceptions
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Book Organization
So, I've finally finished cataloguing the library, which hit just over 2000 books. A lot of data entry, but I can get enthusiastic about obsessions. The next long-term goal is organization beyond just listing them in whatever order they ended up on the shelves in, but in the meantime I've been pruning duplicates and organizing to amuse myself, like putting Door into Ocean, Door into Summer, and Door into Shadow together as a series.

Most importantly, though - I've bonded with the library/guest room now. :) The kitchen and the bridge were probably the first rooms in the house to be comfortable, because of the time spent in them. The library, on the other hand, has mostly been the demesne (*) of other people. But now it's mine too.

*: Why does this word exist? What does it do for us that "domain" doesn't, other than confuse me?

So, there are a lot of books that are Free to a Good Home. Let me know if you want any. (Those that go unclaimed can go to places like the MITSFS and the library, but I figured I'd give people dibs first).

Winnie-the-Pooh (A. A. Milne)
Jhereg (Steven Brust)
Yendi (Steven Brust)
Freedom & Necessity (Steven Brust & Emma Bull)
Beyond the Pale (Mark Anthony)
The Worthing Saga (Orson Scott Card)
The Well-Favored Man (Elizabeth Wiley)
Curse of the Mistwraith (Janny Wurts)
Neutron Star (Larry Niven)
A Fire Upon the Deep (Vernor Vinge)
Mission of Gravity (Hal Clement) (x2)
The Peshawar Lancers (S M Stirling) (x2)
Chanur's Venture (C J Cherryh)
Secret of the Sixth Magic (Lyndon Hardy)
Brightness Falls from the Air (James Tiptree Jr)
Once A Hero (Michael Stackpole)
Cold Copper Tears (Glen Cook)
Sailing To Sarantium (Guy Gavriel Kay)
The Shadow of the Lion (Mercedes Lackey and Dave Freer)
Path of Fate (Diana Pharaoh Jones)
Path of Honor (Diana Pharaoh Jones)
The Bishop's Heir (Katherine Kurtz)
The Great Hunt (Robert Jordan)
The Shanghai Murders (David Rotenburg)
The Iliad (Homer / Lattimore translation)
Pass The Loot (Bill Amend)
My The Force be With Us Please (Bill Amend)
Build a Better Life By Stealing Office Supplies (Scott Adams)
Shave the Whales (Scott Adams) (x2)
Casual Day Has Gone Too Far (Scott Adams)
Our Dumb Century (the Onion)
Finest News Reporting Vol. One (the Onion)
Old Goriot (Honore de Balzac) (x3)
The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Tom Clancy)
Nineteen Eighty Four (George Orwell)
So Long and Thanks for All The Fish (Douglas Adams)
The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare)
Elements of Style, 3rd edition (Strunk & White)
Thesaurus (Roget)
The Gumshoe, the Witch & the Virtual Corpse (Keith Hartman)
The Biograph Girl (William J Mann)
The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions
Pogo vol 10 (Walt Kelly)
Fortune's Friends: Hell Week (Kay & Mike Reynolds)
Classics of Western Literature: Bloom County 1986-1989 (Berke Breathed)
You Are Here (Kyle Baker)
I Do: A Guide to Creating Your Own Unique Wedding Ceremony (Sydney Metrick)
Emily Post's Wedding Planner (Peggy Post)
Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends (Penn & Teller)
How to Play With Your Food (Penn & Teller)
Revenge of the Baby-sat (Bill Watterson)
The Authoritative Calvin & Hobbes (Bill Watterson)
Something Under the Bed is Drooling (Bill Watterson)
Doonesbury's Greatest Hits (G B Trudeau)
The People's Doonesbury (G B Trudeau) (x2)
Doonesbury Deluxe (G B Trudeau)
The New Genetics & Clinical Practice (Weatherall)
10 Steps to Home Ownership (Ilyce Glink)
100 Questions Every First-time Home Buyer Should Ask (Ilyce Glink)

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rifmeister From: rifmeister Date: June 12th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm... there are large numbers of books there I would be more than thrilled to take.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: June 12th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
You should either come and rifle through the collection, or make a more specific list and I'll arrange to get them to you. :)
rifmeister From: rifmeister Date: June 12th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

OK

I would happily take any Doonesbury, Calvin & Hobbes, Bloom County, Penn & Teller, and Onion books. Also Brightness Falls From The Air, Fire Upon the Deep. Also any novels I haven't read that you thought I'd like; I've read almost none of those novels.
dpolicar From: dpolicar Date: June 12th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Books I would be very happy to take off your hands:

    Winnie-the-Pooh (A. A. Milne)
    Jhereg (Steven Brust)
    Yendi (Steven Brust)
    The Worthing Saga (Orson Scott Card)
    Neutron Star (Larry Niven)
    Mission of Gravity (Hal Clement)
    Cold Copper Tears (Glen Cook)
    The Shadow of the Lion (Mercedes Lackey and Dave Freer)
    The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Tom Clancy)
    Doonesbury's Greatest Hits (G B Trudeau)
    The People's Doonesbury (G B Trudeau) (x2)
    Doonesbury Deluxe (G B Trudeau)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: June 12th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you actually want both copies of "The People's Doonesbury" ?
dpolicar From: dpolicar Date: June 12th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
nope, just forgot to remove the "(x2)"
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: June 12th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

How to Play With Your Food (Penn & Teller)

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mijven From: mijven Date: June 12th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

So... did you do anything more spiffy than a text editor to make your list?

Drat. Winnie-the-pooh already claimed (and by a local no less.) Anything you'd recommend to young readers (currently getting My Father's Dragon and Magic Tree House bedtime stories?

Gotta say the title "The Gumshoe, the Witch & the Virtual Corpse" (by Keith Hartman) appeals to me. And we've lost our Thesaurus. (Did I ever have Elements of Style, I wonder. And what did you think of the homeowners books - are they duplicates or just not useful after you've gone through the proceedure once?)

BTW. I'll give locals precedence, since I can't promise any trips up there this summer to take them off your hands. (Just sent jaedian email saying I am planning no trips until I've got this construction thing all sorted out.) But that's not stopping me from pointing Sweetie to this post. ;)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: June 12th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: So... did you do anything more spiffy than a text editor to make your list?

I remember really liking Edward Eager. And the Three Investigators, though that might have been later. :) (I don't think I remember much of anything from being mouse and elf's age, except for "Ann Likes Red", which I heartily recommend as a First Book Ever, but it's too late for that.). Both of the above were for when I could go pick out my own books at the library (though just in the children's section, grr!)

I can certainly mail away things, though.

The homeowner books were from rifmeister, and he liked them a lot. I, um, I didn't read them as well as I should have, and then went and bought a house without really keeping any of the lessons very firmly in mind. Mostly, I don't plan to need them personally any time soon any more than the wedding planners. :)
remcat From: remcat Date: June 13th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: So... did you do anything more spiffy than a text editor to make your list?

Oh, Edward Eager is the best! I love "Half Magic." And there's a whole 'nother series of kids-do-magic books by E. Nesbit, to whom Eager was paying conscious homage when he wrote his books.

Seth enjoyed "The Hobbit" and the first Harry Potter book. Depending on the temperament of the child in question, the first few "Little House" books are good read-alouds too. And don't forget Narnia! (Although, my love of those stories has been tempered by the late-in-life realization of "Hey, wait a minute -- this is all, you know, biblical and stuff.")
twe From: twe Date: June 13th, 2005 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Half Magic

Oh, I read that!
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: June 13th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: So... did you do anything more spiffy than a text editor to make your list?

did you do anything more spiffy than a text editor to make your list?

Oops. I'm a goof. I read that as "Did you use your book software to make the list of books you posted up there?" (answer: no), not "Do you have cool book software to catalog the 2000 books" (answer: yes). :)

I used "Readerware" (a GUI to an SQL database, and does web lookups based on ISBN) and a cheap cue-cat scanner. Which was, happily, a little faster than typing it all in.
twe From: twe Date: June 13th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Books and things

Well, I'm pretty sure when I was the mouse's age, my brother and I LOVED to be read the Richard Scary books (one title I remember is Cars and Trucks and Thigns that Go). The editions we had were these giant 12x12" hardcover books, and we had great fun trying to be the first to find Lowly Worm and Goldbug on every pair of pages.

As for getting stuff from Boston, well, I'm sure I'll be done to see you all again before the year is over. :) (But not before the summer is over, I think, because that would be crazy talk, even if your house weren't being renovated.)

Oh, and stickers incoming...
From: tirinian Date: June 12th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

You should make sure

Neither of those Mission of Gravity's are my mom's Really Old copy, 'cause she'd be irritated if that wandered away, I think. :-)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: June 12th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You should make sure

Righto. There is now officially only (x1) of Mission of Gravity, because who knows which of the two old copies is the one we're keeping intentionally?
mjperson From: mjperson Date: June 12th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

demesne

That word mostly exists to help Piers Anthony out. He uses it like 20 times per book. 100 times each in the Incarnations books.
navrins From: navrins Date: June 12th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I *think* that "domain" is an Anglicization/simplification of the French (Latin?) demesne, and for reasons involving William the Conqueror, Henry II and IV, William Shakespeare, and Noah Webster, both have survived (sort of) into modern English.

I haven't looked any of this up. I could be completely and totally wrong.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: June 12th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel the same way about the spaces in my house. If I don't spend time with them frequently I don't geel like they're mine.

Are these duplicates or something else?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: June 12th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
They are mostly duplicates, a smaller portion Not So Relevant (wedding and house-buying planners), and a smaller portion I Don't Want These.

(Beyond the Pale I recognized as the book of yours I read that reminded me of every other fantasy book out there, which I am embarassed to admit didn't remind me of itself for having read before...)
twe From: twe Date: June 13th, 2005 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Ooh, books...

I'd take any of these that aren't already claimed...

Brightness Falls from the Air (James Tiptree Jr)
Pass The Loot (Bill Amend)
My The Force be With Us Please (Bill Amend)
Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends (Penn & Teller)
How to Play With Your Food (Penn & Teller)
Revenge of the Baby-sat (Bill Watterson)
The Authoritative Calvin & Hobbes (Bill Watterson)
Something Under the Bed is Drooling (Bill Watterson)
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