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Member: armaduras

CollectionsYour library (966)

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TagsNovel (381), Children's (302), To Read (249), Doctor Who (150), Short Stories (78), Modern (78), Neo-Romantic (60), Fantasy (58), Poetry (56), Target Novelisations (53) — see all tags

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About meI live in a world in which a higher dimension is available in WH Smiths, altered states of consciousness lying around in 3 for 2’s at Waterstones, the dreams of the man next door on sale in classy independent little shops with knowledgeable people to advise you, legends of the dead and myths of the living traded for free through specialist websites, profound ephemera and glorious nonsense piled together in poky secondhand shops and priced at less than the cost of a pint. The world is a mirror of the mind’s abundance, as Jeanette Winterson said in one of her most fabulous moments, and indissoluble from its stories, histories, jokes.

I’m nearly thirty, old-fashioned since childhood, and my blog is here:

About my libraryAlright. Here goes.

Anglo-Saxon riddles. Arthur and the Arthurian. Baum and the Oz books. Big, lonely houses. Carroll and the Alice books. Communes and farms, and cities esp. London, esp. East, South and Outer London, and New York or San Francisco, and anywhere Scandinavian but especially Finland. Cookbooks. Doctor Who, esp. not the New Series (in book terms alone). Elizabeth I, Elizabethan intrigue, and Doctor Dee (as well as other magicians). General children's fiction, particularly pre-1950s to 1970s and either eerie (Diana Wynne-Jones, John Bellairs) or North American mundane (E.L. Konigsburg, Louise Fitzhugh). Folk Tales and Fairy Tales. Literature of Genius Loci, the NeoRomantics, Psychogeography. London, esp. South and Outer London. Magic Realism, esp. writers uncomfortable with the term. M.R. James and ghost stories in his tradition. The mystic novel (Gustav Meyrink, Sylvie Germain). Old-school Russian novelists, and massive German novels. Oulipo and playful people (Georges Perec, Italo calvino). Poetry, esp. not verse unless Elizabethan. Pretentious ambition. Savants. The Sublime, and the Uncanny, as subjects and as themes. Surrealists and Nonsense. Theory, Philosophy, Social Sciences. Wales, esp. North Wales and writers in Welsh. Walkers and wanderers and travellers. Woolf and Bloomsbury, and any other great English eccentrics of difficult sexuality (Denton Welch, T.H. White).

GroupsBBC Radio 3 Listeners, BBC Radio 4 Listeners, BookMooching, Livejournalers, Name that Book, The Chapel of the Abyss

Favorite authorsKathy Acker, John Bellairs, Lucy M. Boston, Elizabeth Bowen, Luke Bowyer, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Richard Brautigan, Roger Lancelyn Green, Russell Hoban, Gary Indiana, M. R. James, Derek Jarman, Terry Jones, Paul Magrs, Alberto Manguel, Mary Norton, Grace Paley, Iain Sinclair, Ali Smith, John Symonds, Denton Welch, T. H. White, Jeanette Winterson, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAny Amount of Books, Blackwell Charing Cross Road, Bookends, Chener Books, Dulwich Books, Forbidden Planet - London, Foyles (old Charing Cross branch), Halcyon Books, Kirkdale Bookshop, Review, The Muse Bookshop, Tlön Books, Waterstone's Llandudno, Waterstones London (Piccadilly)

Favorite librariesBangor Library - Llyfrgell Bangor, Bangor University, Main Library / Prifysgol Bangor, Y Brif Lyfrgell, Bethesda Library - Llyfrgell Bethesda, Dulwich Library, Newington Library, Peckham Library, University of the Arts - London College of Fashion Library


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Real nameNick Campbell

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Member sinceFeb 2, 2006

Currently readingIris Wildthyme and the Celestial Omnibus by Stuart Douglas

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