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TagsSF (1,252), Fiction (491), Crime (438), History (152), Non-fiction (136), Military (73), Memoir (66), Signed (62), ebook (58), Science (53) — see all tags

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About my libraryOnly a small chunk of the overall library holdings here at Chateau Dysfunction are in LibraryThing thus far. All of the large format SF&F (hardcovers and trade paperbacks) is in, along with some of the small format paperbacks, which make up the bulk of the SF&F collection – generally because I’ve now trained myself to add books to LT as I acquire them, or I’ve pulled them out of the stacks for another reason and decided to catalogue them while they were out. For this reason also there’s only a small selection of the crime and cookbook holdings currently represented in my LT library.

Because of some gentle urging from certain Associates elsewhere, I have just now started to methodically add the rest of the SF collection, but it’s very much going to be a work in progress for awhile. Also, I’ve done nothing about tagging anything yet, as I want to think carefully about what sort of tagging taxonomy I will use.

Update: 13 April 2009
Have now entered all of the small format SF&F up into the 'S' authors, but have reached the eand of the easily accessible SF shelves. Diverting on to the crime/mystery bookcases for a while to make a start there also.

Have also decided on a few basic broad tags - nothing too idiosyncratic. :)

GroupsAustralian LibraryThingers, Cthulhu Mythos Homeschoolers, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture, Science Fiction Fans

Favorite authorsPoul Anderson, Iain M. Banks, John Birmingham, Christopher Brookmyre, C. J. Cherryh, Stephen R. Donaldson, David Drake, Warren Ellis, Jane S. Fancher, Gideon Haigh, Graham Joyce, Ken MacLeod, Ian McDonald, China Miéville, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Ian Rankin, Alastair Reynolds, Keith Roberts, Justina Robson, Roger Zelazny (Shared favorites)

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LocationCanberra, ACT, Australia

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Member sinceMay 10, 2007

Currently readingThe Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce
Living in the End Times by Slavoj Zizek

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The number of books contained in Chateau Dysfunction's Shelves of Holding continues to be a source of wonder and amazement!
My, you have a LOT of books! No wonder I feel I can never catch up!
Surtac, I just finished the Joyce and I forgive him for the lighter-than-usual prose and sometimes adolescent banter of the two protagonists (they're married), because one gets caught up with the characters in the puzzling out of the mystery and the pseudo-philosophical conversations about their predicament. It's a quick, enjoyable read. Best, Lois
Thanks -- It means an awful lot, strangely or not.
waves back.
Yep. That's me or I or we are one.
I've just been breakfasting and extra coffeeing to snow, the first that's fallen in daylight this winter! Of course, it's 37 degrees out son it'e not sticking, but I do love to watch the dance.
Hello friend from elsewhere! I don't know why I'm only now coming over here, but I'm entertained to see that at sometime you also read S.T. Haymon. We seem to be on the same track mysteriously speaking as we are with the SF/F --- and I have been a Sharpe fan from of old.
From my biased point of view, I'd save the IT stuff for last. ;-)

Sounds like there's still a fair amount of work ahead.
Surprise inspection -- good job here! How much more is there?
Hi Surtac
I'm glad the book arrived safely. I think you got one of the last few copies of the first printing. Hope you enjoy the rest of the poems!!

Good to meet you at Conflux 6! We went to Fyshwick where we found Canty's Bookstore - four or five hc and large format C.J. Cherryhs there - could be worth checking if you haven't been there for a while...I picked a Samuel Delany I needed...

Just stopping in to say hi & see your latest additions!
I see that you too have just added Third World War. What did you think of it

Hi, guy!

Sharon says, hi. We're sitting here in the basement ready to attack the library. Going to start with the Norton books...which means all the pre-isbn stuff.

The question of books is touchy. DAW sat on five books for several years, then finally decided it had been too long since the initial books in the series came out. Can't blame them considering the state of NY publishing at the moment, but it does mean I have the prequel to the Groundties series, the Sequel to Ring of Destiny, the massive rewrites of all the Groundties books, and a contemporary vampire fantasy all ready to spring on the market.

CJ, Lynn Abbey and I are banding together to form a little "publishing" company of sorts. We'll be going the e-book route. check out (that is closed(hyphen)circle(dot)net) for our glorious logo put together by Lynn and humble self and links to our sites.

Hmmmm...Sharon's starting to read books. I'd better go put her to work. More on the books on my website and blog!
Hmmm. Pine Gap. Wouldn't be surprising were there to be some SF readers affiliated with that facility. Perhaps that would account for the visit to my profile?
When you get a chance, check out my visitor map. There is a visitor from smack dab in the heart of Australia. I'd have thought that was pure desert. On a map there's a town called Alice Springs. Could that be the place? Is that a sizable habitation?
I see you have acquired the Weinberg book. I am now around page 650, and have been reading hard for months. I got a lot read yesterday on a long plane ride, but I am still years away from the conclusion. But as Star says, it is an awesome book. I have read a lot of fiction about various aspects of WWII but never any history, and it is humbling to realize how little I knew. Weinberg is readable, and is exhaustive (not exhausting), and is global. So much to know. I feel that each of his paragraphs probably could lead to a full length treatment of a small slice of the war. I am so grateful to Star for recommending this book. except you know he provided a spoiler. I won't tell you, but he told me how it all came out. Sheesh.
Congratulations on acquiring A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II by Gerhard L. Weinberg -- (I assume this is newly acquired based on Kokipy's comments?) WONDERFUL book by a scholar with the broadest grasp of the conflict, its origins and implications in all their political and global dimensions.
I see you are listing your Heinlein. I just picked up Farnham's Freehold. Never read it, but as you know, I go for post-apocalyptic stuff. Have your read that one?
Great. I look forward to hearing!
Hey 'tac. I see you entered The Last Theorem by Arthur C Clarke. Is it good?
ah, 'Tac, I was away at my parents' with the kids when you left your comment. I hope you enjoy Dreaming Books and that your trip goes fairly well ;)
Seeing that you had started entering John Brunner's books prompted me to begin to add my small paperbacks - this is from a list rather than scanning them and would be a bit tedious were it not that it reminds me of the ones I would like to read again - unfortunately all my small paperbacks have been banished to the loft.
Correct that! You have jumped into first place!
And you have jumped to fourth on my list; kokipy being seventh. Both impressive, given the number of users.

That is a lot of PA books, 'tac! I own a mere 37.
Interesting. WNM certainly captures the theme I remember from Gender Genocide. I remember the misogyny, but can't forget that these were often rip-roaring adventures. But they may have appealed at an adolescent hormone-enhanced level.

I will try to bring up other authors, to stimulate the cataloging response!

I imagine it will be a lot of work, but I'd like to see your Poul Anderson entries when you get a chance. I recently saw that Greg Bear is married to Anderson's daughter, who tells of a famous meeting between her father, Arther C "Ego" Clarke, and Robt. Heinlein in California
After your entry of the Edmund Cooper books, I have moved up on your "Members with Surtac's books" list! I have Double Phoenix, Gender Genocide, A Far Sunset, The Last Continent, and News From Elsewhere, which you haven't listed. You have Uncertain Midnight, Who Needs Men?, Tomorrow Came, War Games of Zelos, and Venom of Argus, which I lack.
if you pm me your address, I'll go ahead and send it. I'm sure you'll be finished with it before I manage to get around to it. you can read it and send it back and by then I might be caught up enough to be able to sit down and enjoy it. :D

I have a copy of City of Dreaming Books, Surtac. I need to actually read it (I'm so behind) and then I can pass it your way...
Ah, so it is Czech. How very cool! :) Good luck with the "Dreaming Books", I'm sure you'll like it.
Hiya, and happy birthday again! I just noticed you got a book called Punkt Potrojny :), now I'm really curious what language that is! Czech?
And I see you got "Rumo" and "Blaubär" by Walter Moers, but not "City of dreaming Books", which is so much better! I just wanna recommend it, in case you're fed up with Moers after reading "Rumo".
Hi Surtac, thanks for accepting my invite. Please disreguard the aelithtourblanc account. I thought I had to start over when I forgot my password. I hate passwords.
hey, where's my comment? oh well, I guess it wasn't that impressive ;)

good luck on the job ahead; I understand it to be quite momentous!
I LOVE being able to see what all of us in our respective libraries. Absolutely fascinating. Even if your books are upside down on the shelves! ; )
Surtac! I, too, like Clark Ashton Smith very much. I have several of his books but just haven't cataloged them all (or maybe any) yet. I have "The City of the Singing Flame" and "Xiccarph" and "The Monster of the Prophecy" and "Lost Worlds" at least. Great stories! I think I presonally prefer Jack Vance's "Dying Earth" stories better because although the flavor is the same the horror is downplayed a shred.
Hey guys! nice to see you lot!
Thank you, Surtac-ji. Now I feel better.
so far, so good!
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