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CollectionsYour library (1,236), Currently reading (12), To read (210), ebooks (7), At work (5), Favorites (16), Loaned out (1), signed (13), All collections (1,236)

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Tagsfiction (417), humour (348), science fiction (191), fantasy (126), language (106), reference (94), English (79), art (78), science (74), cartoons (62) — see all tags

MediaNot set (35), Book (1,194), Paper Book (1,140), Audiobook (13), Ebook (11), Sound Recording (1), CD sound recording (1), Other (6), Printed music (1), Calendar (1), Software (2), Poster (1)

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About meCurrently a proof-reader; formerly a journals production controller.

Because I worked for a publisher I have accumulated 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.
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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 bookstoresWaterstones Basingstoke


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Real nameDave

LocationHampshire, UK

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Member sinceOct 25, 2009

Currently readingMusic theory for dummies by Michael Pilhofer
The Art of Science by Hamblyn Richard
The Brain-Dead Megaphone by George Saunders
This is Improbable: Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens, and Other WTF Research by Marc Abrahams
Through a Glass Darkly by Tim Ellis
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