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Member: tikitu

CollectionsYour library (514), Wishlist (166), Shortlist ("best-of" the wishlist) (19), All collections (680)


Tagsshorts (54), recommended (46), sf (39), history (34), via:tls (30), reference (22), comics (20), essays (19), typography (18), programming (17) — see all tags

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About meI'm a Kiwi in Amsterdam. Read a lot, own a little. Slowly working on evening those odds. I keep a separate LT account for reviews, as tikitu-reviews.

About my libraryI've only catalogued the books I have in Amsterdam, there are boxes in storage back in New Zealand.

Some of my more ideosyncratic tags:

"handbound": For some months after arriving in Amsterdam I had no money but a large print quota at the university. I made my own editions of a few from Project Gutenberg, and a couple of free reference works.

"tex": More propertly "TeX", the typesetting system I used for my unofficial editions.

"nederlands": Dutch language books. Apparently most of my Dutch collection aren't listed in the library LT knows about, but this might change eventually.

Tags starting with "via:" record recommendations; "from:" records kind people who have given me books (I started doing this quite late and have certainly missed some).

"small beer" is a publisher I'm particularly fond of, Small Beer Press.

I also use a couple of (perhaps broken) Dutch tags for loaning status, on the assumption that the LT statistics don't want to know.


Favorite authorsJorge Luis Borges, Jenna K. Moran, Michael Chabon, Susanna Clarke, John Crowley, Philip K. Dick, Hal Duncan, Neil Gaiman, Edward Gorey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Willem Frederik Hermans, Russell Hoban, Tove Jansson, China MiƩville, Vladimir Nabokov, Flann O'Brien, George Orwell, James Tiptree, Jr., Kurt Vonnegut (Shared favorites)


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Real nameTikitu de Jager


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Member sinceSep 17, 2005

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"D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson" -- that sounds like a name out of a Jane Austen novel.
Appreciated your e-mail and recommendation for Gene Wolfe's books.
I am also looking forward to Mieville's latest- although reading it will mean another long wait for the next one!
You're the best, tikitu!!
Thanks for the great recommendations.
I am on the look out for books in China Mieville's genre.
This is hard though- he is a brilliant writer, and I can really float away in his strange world as a result.
Neil Gaiman is a kindred writer, that's for sure.
But....... do you recommend anyone else?
I've share a large stack of what's in your library.
I have heard there is an author Mieville mentions in the introductions and "thanks to" areas of his books- I can't remember who that is.
Meanwhile- have you read any Mark Helprin?
His Winter's Tale is exquisite.
Lijmen/Het Been is similar to Kaas wrt soul-searching, but again, has the merit of being funny. I finally read Onder professoren this year and it was pretty funny too.

Hella S Haasse (spelt correctly this time!) is a national institution. She has mostly written historical novels along with essays and short stories. Heren van de thee was recommended to me because it's about Dutch and Indonesian history. Her novels are probably as hard as Max Havelaar though, I just find her prose more readable.

If you want to make it a little easier on yourself, you could try out some YA novels. This year, I read the classic Kruistocht in spijkerbroek and absolutely loved it.

You're making me enthusiastic about Dutch books again. :-)
I started off with Asterix, a little easier than Max Havelaar. ;-) Which I have to confess, is also waiting for me on a shelf...

I tried reading proper Dutch literature for a while because I thought I should, but I found it so depressing and boring -- so much post-war soul searching. Fortunately, someone recommended Elsschot to me. I've got Lijmen/Het been as well. Hella S. Haase is also great, but you've probably heard of her already
Can't get past the Pratchett, I'm afraid. :-) I see you have De engel van Amsterdam - I love Geert Mak's work. You've just reminded me that I haven't read any new Dutch books in a while. Or, in fact, any Dutch books *g*.
I took the course in spring. It was technically Middle Dutch book arts, of which palaeography was a section, but the professor was very kind and brought Latin texts for me to look at instead.

If you like ligatures, you'll also want to borrow my Cappelli -- 430 pages of ligatures.
Yeah, once I realized there were other Amsterdammers on librarything I figured I'd add my real name to my catalog, since most of you don't know my alter ego Aryanhwy. I do have the Latin Palaeography book here (all the books in the catalog are books we have here), in fact I bought it for a palaeography course last semester. You're welcome to borrow it sometime. I didn't know you were interested in that sort of thing -- I was surprised to see that Drogin was one of the two books that we share.
I came away with a few recommendations myself from your reviews (Gene Wolfe in particular). I also found you on and sent you a shout out. I can't resist greeting a Tom Waits fan.

Have a good one.
For Barthelme, you should start with "60 Stories." It's the best collection of his stuff and a solid introduction. I would also recommend John Barth's "Lost in the Funhouse," while I'm on the recommendation train.

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