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Member: Dannelke

CollectionsYour library (6,580)

Reviews20 reviews

Tagsfiction (1,737), science fiction (1,432), fantasy (706), comics (677), Harlan Ellison (645), mystery (608), nonfiction (602), horror (503), crime (416), signed (404) — see all tags

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About meHello. I am a full time bookseller and part-time writer. Tags will reveal that Mark Twain and Harlan Ellison are my primary interests. The books here are not the books I sell, but rather my "private" library. This is very much a work-in-progress. Eventually the goal will be to have most or all of my 20,000 books on-line. If you're reading this and you have obscure Twain not already in my database that you're looking to get rid of feel free to drop me a line.

I'm currently at work on a two Act play about Mark Twain called THE TROUBLE BEGINS.

Thanks for stopping by.

Regards - Barney Dannelke [Any & All Books]

About my libraryWell, I don't know you - but I have more books than you. I just haven't posted them all yet. Just you wait.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 9/11 Truth, Ace Doubles, Altered States, Alternative Fiction, American Civil War, American Postmodernism, Antiquarian Books, Awful Lit., Baker Street and Beyondshow all groups

Favorite authorsHarlan Ellison (Shared favorites)


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Real nameBarney Dannelke

LocationAllentown, PA.

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Member sinceOct 10, 2005

Currently readingHuman Traces by Sebastian Faulks

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This book is appearing as an offering in the EarlyReviewers list this month:
Confederate Bushwhacker: Mark Twain in the Shadow of the Civil War
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Oh, the Harlan year. '99, I think. I was policing the autographing line, that year :-) Well, should you attend again, let us know. - Lois
Hello, hello! It is indeed moi - you see how involved I am in this, since you wrote that 2 months ago. Unlike, say, my involvement in facebook.
Hey, this is Marty Woess's wife; just adding the latest Elizabeth Hand to my library and noticed your name which I see on his FB sometimes, so he said "give him a shoutout." 20,000 books? The slightly under 1800 we have are swallowing our apartment . . .
"Hey, those two storage lockers you keep 65,000 books in? You don't care if ground water seeps up through the floor do you? That's not a problem, is it?"
Thanks for many sleepless nights now that I'm using librarything.

The photo and setting are priceless! I need to put a new one up, but your current standards are unmatchable. :) Thanks for the explanation on the Stout. It was slightly puzzling. When I am not late, and utterly distracted by a great city (Chicago), I will give your Sherlock Holmes tag good time. It seems just the thing for a winter evening (if you cannot be at a Burns night party, celebrating...).

If I can just find enough time for reading, all will be very well, indeed. Take care,

Barney, can you tell me about the Nero Wolfe book you added in among other recent mysteries? To Kill Again is at least a title I've never heard - probably showing up my ignorance. Hope you're well, and compliments on the enticing books...

Great to meet you! Thanks for accepting my friendship. I'm looking forward to checking out your library and I hope you enjoy mine.
thanks for the answer to the Venus / Halfshell question. I can't for the life of me recall where I heard that Harlan Ellison was the author. It could have been my girlfriend of the time. I was reading lots of Harlan's stuff in those days, and it was very appealing to hear that he'd borrowed Kilgore Trout from another of my 70s favorites. So, decades later, I can let this half - accepted myth die, as have the others.
dear Dannelke

I'm writing because you are our resident expert on Harlan Ellison.

Back when Venus on the Half Shell was published, word was that the author was actually Ellison. I've not thought about this issue for years, but only just found, through LibraryThing and Wikipedia that it's well established that the author is Ph. Jose Farmer.

So now, the mystery (to me at least) is how the work was attributed to Ellison. Do you have any insight? Was this a widespread misconception back in the 70s-80s, and if so, did Ellison do anything to encourage or discourage it?


Man! We do share some good ones! Some of my favorites.
Thank you!

Thank you for taking the time to explain all that for me. You have helped me focus. This is good stuff! My little German brain is now whirling with a plan for acquiring that set you described (I've seen bits and pieces of that before) and reading all of it. Although, I cannot promise that I won't read it in chronologic order. What you say makes sense, but I may be too Teutonic to go out of order. ;)

Proof read? Who has time?

Good morning! I have been in a Mark Twain mood for a couple of months now, so stumbling on your profile may be serendipitous. I am full of questions for you, if you don't mind.

Being pretty compulsive in my reading habits, I'd like to find a definitive list of Twain's writings, in chronologic order. Can you point my in the right direction?

Also, I have asked for a full hardbound set of Twain for Christmas. Do you know if one exists? Do you recommend a particular set over another? Is a full Twain set astronomically expensive? Do you have a set at your store?

Best of luck with your play!
Thank you; I did. :) She had a third beautiful son, and all seems well.

Re: Ellison, I will certainly seek out more, as recommended. It's peculiarly pleasing to think one's reaction to a piece of writing would - or might - please its author. Thank you.

As far as Twain, until a very few years ago, I tended to shy from the sort of satire, savage irony, invective, and angry wit I'm now drawn to.... Or (much younger) not even hear them. Swift was perhaps the first satirist I enjoyed, Voltaire taking another few years to gain a re-reading. Twain's time has clearly come.

Hey, Barney -

You've sold me. I will at least try more Twain. - Probably Roughing It, to begin with, as I bought it on another strong recommendation. Even setting him in a sentence with Swift and Voltaire immediately ups the attraction, and I can see it would hold good.

More another moment, though I look forward to the tags. I'm off to do a few things for my sister, who's in early labor; but wanted to get SOME kind of reply in..... :)


Sorry; I'd meant to get back to you days ago! I keep thinking of it at inopportune moments. Re: the library, I'm yet more impressed. I wish you well on the cataloguing.

The Ellison makes sense, in the context - both of your involvement, and of the reason(s) for enthusiasm. Your comment about 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman being so much-anthologized sent me to one of the few science fiction anthologies I own, where I did, of course, find it. Brilliant. The verbal energy and acrobatics, the combination of seriousness and play, had me smiling in sheer delight... quite aside from the thrust of the story - worth tons of jelly beans in its own right.


I fail on Twain, too, but did, at least, just give a lesser-known volume as a gift. Does that count? ;)

Apologies. I snuck a listen on your dialogue with Eurydice. I think Tick Tock Man is brilliant. However, I was disappointed with Ellison's reading of it. (I believe I downloaded it from iTunes.) Have you heard it? Do you agree?

Thanks for the good wishes, re: my erring computer, and the array of quotes. I didn't mean to suggest any given motive of yours, so much as my own individual rationale in friending. Like so many other parts of this and other websites, it can be used at one's own discretion, in one's own choice of ways - which I think constitutes much of their beauty and frustration, both. :) If I offended at all, I'm very sorry. You DO have an enviable-looking library, as I must have said.

I've not read much (perhaps any) Harlan Ellison.... Care to make a case for why one ought to read him - or what to choose?

Best wishes,

I pre-ordered it from amazon. I don't actually have it yet, but I was mass importing books I had bought from amazon today, and the isbn must been picked up in the process, sorry. I am looking forward to it being published.

I used to lurk on the Ellison Webderland message board and recognized your name. Good luck with this book and your other writting projects.

When I met you for the second time in Cleveland, I had with me a copy of "The Book of Ellison" by Porter, et. al. Harlan signed it "Burn this bag o' crap. - Harlan Ellison." You have 365 (or a years-worth) of tags for Harlan, but no Book-of. Do you not have a copy out of respect for Harlan, or have you not been able to find one?

Serious question....not trying to pull your chain like last time.


I see you've been busy adding to the LT catalog!
I have no intention what so ever to try and catch up with you. For starters, we need to unpack all those d-mned moving boxes...
Thanks for the list. I think I'm going to start a group this week and see what it does. I'll provide details later.
thanks for the suggestions. i really, really, really do need to read perfume, you're right. i keep almost-buying a copy; i've heard it's decadent and dark and fantastic. i had forgotten that there was a movie version until the tie-in editions started popping up in bookshops.

thanks for the boyle rec, too. you're quite helpful!

yes, mary shelley is a good crossing point, you're right. and if i need any academic tidbits on the romantics, i'll write to nag you. definitely!
Is the store yours? You must get a really nice discount, in any case. You have a lovely and very, very impressive collection!
Jesus fucking christ, Dannelke, learn the proper use of your, you're, and yore.

Excellent library. I just started mine...may have to become a lifetime member.

-Keith Cramer

I want to keep my PB LOST AND THE LURKING, but I like the book club cover. Since you have two copies, maybe we could barter for something else? I seem to remember a couple of comics I have that you need...

Thanks for reading my books,
Ron Fortier
"Running MS-DOS: Version 6.22 is a book you CHOSE to list?"

Loved the book. Loved the movie. Have the action figures - the 'Ipconfig' one rules, especially with the /release raygun!

You're welcome. I was pretty sure that it was some of error like that and you'd want to know. Very nice Twain collection.
Thanks very much for the Weird Heroes answer. I might be able to get a couple of those, sound like fun.
58,000 Comics? Wow. Go look up John Mayo on - your kind of comics guy! Once you have entered those in, you might get some complaining from the mere mortals with only 500 of this and 500 of that, I would suspect. :)
That is a lot! Have you read most of 'em? I have seen the Preiss edited Weird Heroes series mentioned a few times now, have you read these? They sound intriguing.


Got it! Be sure to bring a needle to ward off the giant predatory spiders - and silverfish. ;-)

- Barney

Matheson, PA.
I wandered through your mysterious tag cloud and now I am starting to shrink!
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