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CollectionsYour library (869), Currently reading (8), To read (102), At work (12), Favorites (16), Loaned out (1), All collections (870)

Reviews34 reviews

Tagsfiction (300), humour (221), science fiction (161), fantasy (102), reference (84), language (72), science (64), English (63), dictionary (45), art (45) — see all tags

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About meJournals production controller.

Because I work for a publisher I accumulate reading matter quicker than I can read it, so my "to read" collection is getting bigger...

My first job was in a library. It was only a Saturday job stacking shelves. People would come up to us and ask stupid questions like "Where's Catherine Cookson?"

Dave’s Dewey Decimal Section:
042 [Unassigned]
000 Computer Science, Information & General Works
Encyclopedias, magazines, journals and books with quotations.
What it says about you:
You are very informative and up to date. You're working on living in the here and now, not the past. You go through a lot of changes. When you make a decision you can be very sure of yourself, maybe even stubborn, but your friends appreciate your honesty and resolve.
Find your Dewey Decimal Section at

About my librarySome of the authors who feature heavily are people I was into when younger; since I can never bring myself to throw a book away, they may not necessarily reflect my current tastes, which have veered away from (science-) fiction/fantasy to popular science, "social anthropology" (for want of a better term), language, etc.

Other interests given away by these books include typography and type design, atheism, and the graphic art of M C Escher.

All books here are owned by me. I boggle at the idea of listing books that one has merely read in some long-forgotten year. Audio recordings (tape or CD) go in if they've got an ISBN or are clearly a reading of a book, as do CD-ROM editions of reference books. I can't be doing with people entering videos/DVDs of movies or music on here though.

Unless it was utter tripe, I would not think of throwing a book away. Fortunately, I am a good enough judge-of-books-by-their-covers that I seldom acquire a book that I think is utter tripe. Duplicates I might give away to family or charities.

GroupsBBC Radio 4 Listeners, Book Design!, Brits, Cryptic Crosswords, Dictionaries & other reference books, Douglas Adams, Happy Heathens, Pedants' corner, Skeptics and Rationalists, Tea!

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, David Crystal, Jasper Fforde, Robert Rankin (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresWaterstone's Basingstoke


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Member sinceOct 25, 2009

Currently readingTennis Whites and Teacakes by John Betjeman
Music theory for dummies by Michael Pilhofer
Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr
Kitchen Table Lingo by THE ENGLISH PROJECT
Fifty Type Faces That Changed The World (Design Museum) by John L Waters
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Well, the quiz you link to was disappointing; my result wasn't terribly far off the mark, and here was I hoping I'd be assigned something like 943.7 & so have an excuse to work the word 'Sudetenland' into a casual conversation. I suppose it was choosing purple that ruled out the 940's.
Now what's the fun in a sensible font? At least it's not too difficult to read.
Well I don't actually have a copy of Alice on Mars. It is on my wishlist. I am actually slowly creating an ebook version of it. The pages are gradually being posted on this site to view for free and I am saving the images.

Once the entire book is posted I will compile the images into a cbr file for easier viewing on my tablet.

It's always nice to meet another Douglas Adams fan.
Ha! Did that Dewey thing - got an identical description as yours!!
Virginia's Dewey Decimal Section:
032 Encyclopedias in English
Virginia's birthday: 7/4/1958 = 74+1958 = 2032

000 Computer Science, Information & General Works

Encyclopedias, magazines, journals and books with quotations.

What it says about you:
You are very informative and up to date. You're working on living in the here and now, not the past. You go through a lot of changes. When you make a decision you can be very sure of yourself, maybe even stubborn, but your friends appreciate your honesty and resolve.
How to Make Bread? - use my breadmaker, put it on the overnight timer and wake to the smell of it freshly baked!
And is it proving useful?
You may well be correct, those shelves are from a few years ago and I cannot remember what was on them at the time! You have good eye sight and have made me realise I need an updated profile picture as my shelves have grown um....quite a lot!
Yes, it was so annoying. I'm going on the theory that since Yale doesn't publish much in the way of children's and YA books, they didn't know how to make it clear on the cover that this *wasn't* one of the scholarly adult texts that they're much better known for. And I hated giving a David Crystal book only 3 stars, because it wasn't poorly written or wildly inaccurate or anything like that, but I just didn't enjoy the reading experience much. Hmph.

Ah, I see you have Through the Language Glass too. I got it from the same used book store on the same day that I got A Little Book of Language, and reading it was a lot more pleasurable. Whether or not Deutscher is right, at least he's writing for adults.
Ah! back when I was a frontlist buyer I remember fondly scanning the Palgrave and Manchester U. Press catalogues for myself, in quest of choice books on early modern theatre...
(You'll notice my use of the Britsih spelling of theatre -- not uncommon over here among Renaissance drama scholars and enthusiants, especially since so many of them are Canadian.)
You're quite right about the Chesterton spelling. I don't recall where I came across the quotation -- perhaps some Yank compilation! -- as I've only read a smattering of GKC so far. Thanks for the heads-up.

What publisher do you work for?
Thanks for the kind words, friend. It's nice to know people out there in the faceless internet world actually read these reviews from time to time.
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Quite like this; it almost works, but it is very witty!
I hope you enjoy it. It's pretty basic and there's not a lot that's new to be learned from it but I did find it very enjoyable reading and it was a good 'round-up' of some of the crazy things people believe and an excellent jumping off point for further investigations. We do seem to share some great non-fiction - I also especially liked Welcome to Everytown by Julian Baggini. Another book I suspect you may enjoy along similar lines (and which is currently sharing the shelves with 'Oaranormality) was 'The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy' by Michael Foley - well worth looking out for.
Oops, I didn't realised I had checked the "private message" box. Habitual.
oh thanks! I'll look out for it!
Hehe...very cute indeed! Here's my other favourite one:

And this is so, so true!
happy 2011 to you and yours! don't see you on here anymore!
just saw your message from Jan 2010!! i design interiors of retirement and nursing homes.
Having read your comments today (ABC parlour game)and having just returned to being a bit more active on the site, is it a rule about only entering books that one has itemised here? And regarding entering text to check, could you clarify for me (sorry to sound thick.) Finally, even the well-known classicist who contributes often duplicates.

Yes, I do have a life and am honestly not taking this parlour game too seriously but just want to know what's what.

thanks for your time.

Hazel Kingston
I agree that it's a lost cause, but isn't that why pedants exist?
I have enjoyed reading your profile and agree about cataloguing only the books I own and never, ever throwing a book away. I am beginning to be willing to put some cozy mysteries from my past up at Paper Back Swap, but most of the time nobody else wants them either.
We share a pretty eclectic 46 - AND - I'm on my way to discover my Dewey Decimal section. (If it's not the 800's, I'm going to want to know why!!)
Hi, thanks for the comment on "On Deception". I think that people like Randi have spoiled anyone with an interest in this sort of thing - Randi takes great pains to explain why it's a fraud and how they did it. Houdini was mostly interested in showing us how he cannot be fooled by mere charlatans.

Still a worthwhile addition to the bookshelf of anyone with an interest though. It's possible to see how skeptical writing has evolved.
hi Dave,

It's good to meet another resident of the county..
I see from your profile that you are similarly attached to your books, so it's good to know I'm not alone! The user name? No, not a particular attatchment to a certain publisher, (though I do have a respectable quantity of their output): I've collected representations of penguins since my early teens... plus the other meaning of sphenisciform might also be said to fit!

good wishes, Cheryl
Hi Dave,

Yes, I'm waiting for 'A Little Book of Language' to arrive at my local library. I'm intrigued by your review - perhaps my library will be cataloguing under 'Young Adult Non-Fiction'? :)


Thanks. I'll keep it in mind. I'm doing a big change of how covers work soon.

Hello! Yes, we're both fans of Douglas Adams, Robert Rankin, and you're currently reading a book by Marcus Chown... I love his Never Ending Days of Being Dead... Is 42 a coincidence, or a universally significant number?
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