What Authors Are You Most Backlogged On?
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Okay - here's something that happens to me a lot that I am sure is not an uncommon occurrence among LT members.
You're at a used bookstore/in the bargain books section of your local Barnes & Noble/surfing around Project Gutenberg. You see a title by an author you enjoy and say, "Hey! I really like him/her! And look, this book of theirs is only _____ (amount of money) (or better (worse?) yet, "I can download it for free!")! I think I'll purchase/download it!" Then you get home/log off and realize you already have x amount of unread books by said author. This happens so frequently, in fact, that you soon discover you are in Backlog Hell with half a dozen (or more!) authors.
So my question to you is this: what authors are you currently most backlogged on? For me right now, a list (more or less in the order I thought of them) would have to include:
Arthur C. Clarke
Edgar Rice Burroughs
T. E. D. Klein
(A silver lining to this particular cloud: 3 or 4 years ago, I would have had to include H.G. Wells on this list, but due to a conscious effort on my part, I have been able to whittle down my unread Wells to 2 or 3 books.)
The Gutenberg effect makes the question a bit redundant: you download someone's complete works almost as easily as one book. I don't count downloaded classics as "TBR" any more (amongst other things, I've got the whole of Zola's Rougon-Macquart cycle and Balzac's Comédie humaine on my Ereader, downloaded a few months ago from a French site). For physical books, my biggest backlog is Dorothy Dunnett: someone here recommended her very highly, and I spotted four of her books in a secondhand bookshop and snapped them up about a year ago, but still haven't got further than halfway through the first.
For me, downloaded books stay as backlog until I've actually read them. Not that I download much.
My biggest single-author backlog is C.J. Cherryh. I knocked her Chanur books off the list this year, but I still have all of the Foreigner series and a lot more Alliance/Union universe books, and some other odds and ends.
There are 80-odd books by assorted authors in my TBR pile.
My focus lately has been on a shallow sampling of a broader range of authors so I haven't had much backlog. My fantasy genre reading is where this tends to happen the most - series I'm waiting to be published in their entirely before starting them. I collected ten volumes of Steven Erikson before opening the first one. Tad Williams and Stephen R. Donaldson have also been building up in the meantime. On other shelves, Dickens, Hemmingway, Pierre Berton and Henry James are starting to become threats but nothing too serious yet. It's the sheer volume of TBR (over 120) that worries me.
Interesting question. So, time to open My books, switch to 'To Read', sort by Author and then note down authors with most books. Ah, my backlogs (not counting any ebooks) are
Terry Goodkind // I got all the Sword of Truth books I could find when starting the series, but havent' had a time to read all of them.
There are also 2-3 books by:
H. G. Wells
Hmm... no backlog of Dean Koontz, I should remember to get few of those.
6> You mean that Stephen King is so good that there shouldn't be any book in the backlog, or are you wondering why someone would keep buying his books?
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