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Member: heyokish

CollectionsYour library (3,268), Read but unowned (1), All collections (3,268)

Reviews1 review

Tagsfiction (1,638), non-fiction (1,079), travel (302), children (195), history (189), comics (166), US (163), memoir (158), poetry (135), drama (126) — see all tags

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About meArtist, writer, reader, loafer, cheese eater, champion cat scritcher, traveller, maker of books.

About my libraryLife would be simpler if I had some alphabetical camels.

"In the tenth century...the Grand Vizier of Persia, Abdul Kassem Ismael, in order not to part with his collection of 117,000 volumes when travelling, had them carried by a caravan of four hundred camels trained to walk in alphabetical order."

--Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading


Mmmm. Books. Tasty! Lots of fiction, lots of travel, lots of history, odd caches of fascinations (the middle east, polar exploration, fairy tales, Victorian sensationalist novels) and a few smatterings of strangeness.

There's a rough average of 150 books a year added to the shelves, and they all get read. I reread frequently, and hoover up text in libraries too. More books now, please. Recommendations *always* welcome.

(There were just another five or six hundred books still to catalogue but then we moved house, and now they are scattered into chaos. Ack! And then moved again. And acquired lots more books.

Now I'm trying to work out which books were bought and read in the past six months as well as those I never catalogued the first time around...except fits and starts as I discover odd caches.)

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What was I reading in early 2008? these books, with comments, rather than weighty reviews. As of 10 April: 61, ranging from the bloody awful to the absolutely sublime.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, Ancient History, Arab, North African and Middle Eastern Literature, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Books on Books, Comics, Early Reviewers, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Pictureshow all groups

Favorite authorsPaul Auster, Jorge Luis Borges, Christopher Brookmyre, Italo Calvino, Angela Carter, Don DeLillo, William Gibson, Stephen Jay Gould, Tove Jansson, Haruki Murakami, George Orwell, Georges Perec, Neal Stephenson, Colin Thubron, P. G. Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


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Real namekatie cooke


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Noticed you liked Clockwork Orange, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a group of violent kids (and also a bit dark). I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more about the book before you commit:


Actually, another friend recommended 'Watching the English' and so I've checked it out of the library, but have yet to read it. And about Siri Hustvedt...I do think 'A Plea for Eros' is worth reading. I think her essays are strong and personal.

hey there: great library! i haven't come across alphabetical camels, but today I saw some alphabetical paperclips, and I do love Alberto Manguel :)
Love your tags. I take tripe is not a good thing?
Also , try the Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason. Burma, the raj,
Hi Katie,

I absolutely love your beautifully written comments in the 75 Book Challenge Group and I am particularly impressed by your library. Suspect you might struggle with the 400 camels in Scotland, but the quote is just magic.

Oh, hi, Katie! Nice to hear from you.

I have too many books. Far too many books. Sometimes it's honestly frightening how I don't seem able to leave the house without wandering into secondhand or charity shops and sifting through their shelves. And somehow zoning in on the oddest things that they have there. Thank God I'm lucky enough in my work to *have* to read, or else my addiction would make me feel incredibly guilty!

And great to say hello to a fellow Wodehouse lover - and one, too, who sees the very different brilliances of Life - A User's Manual and On Chesil Beach! I shall continue to check out your reviews. There are already a couple of things you've read this year that I'm sticking on my wishlist...! Do let me know if anything else which is good, exciting and (possibly) a little bit odd catches your fancy!

I am wildly envious (and in awe) of your P. G. Wodehouse collection.

Hm - better keep it locked up then! The scary thing is that, although I have copies of all but one or two Wodehouse books, there are half a dozen people on LT with even bigger collections. Presumably we all start amassing paperbacks, then replace them with first editions or the new Everyman series, and end up with loads of duplicates.

I see you've got what looks suspiciously like a first edition of Big Money tucked in between your Penguins, so you're evidently heading for that slippery slope too...

I love your quote about alphabetic camels - nice touch.

Cheers from Canberra
Katie, I'm honored that you have tagged my library as an interesting one. While I think it is interesting, I don't usually think about whether someone else would. That list of what we share is a fabulous one, is it not? Angela Carter, Jeff VanderMeer, Atwood, Lethem, Eliot, Mieville, Trollope...yum yum! I saw recently that Jeannette Winterson has a new book coming out this spring titled "The Stone Gods" - it looks fascinating! OH! and you've rad "The Logogryph", I see - one of my favorites from last year! I think it a little rarer to find people on LT who have the eclectic mix of books we do (I see you've found Rob - shearrob - do you have his book of short stories yet?). I think I may have to return the honor! Best, Lois
That's a fascinating library - I shall add quite a few of those titles to my wishlist! Thanks for 'interestinging' me - I shall do the same!
Hallo - thanks for the "interesting library" honour, I am about to reply in kind.
Marvellous photos, by the way.
All the best, Carolyn
Hi Kate - thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list. I shall enjoy having a loaf around yours too when time permits.

Happy 2008 reading.
Kind regards
Hi I recently bought "Three Stories and a Reflection" by Patrick Suskind on the net on 15th of August, however I live in Cairo and the book never arrived from the United Kingdom! I am in desperate desperate need of the story "Depth Wish" (which is inside the book) as soon as possible. I am a filmmaker and have based my latest short film on that story. The film is however in Arabic and I need to translate it ASAP into English (subtitles). Could you please please please scan just the text of "Depth Wish" and send it to me by e-mail ( That would be so so helpful as i am not sure when this book is ever going to arrive. Your help would be truly appreciated.
Thanks so much,
Nice library. Which work did you find to be more difficult: Ulysses or Gravity's Rainbow? Also, which edition of Ulysses would you recommend?
nice library and fantastic photography in your website.

Hi! I'm a travel narrative genre addict, and your library has given me hope taht there are still lots of good choices out there I haven't read yet.
I wanted to say a quick hi to you because I've noticed that we have 82 books in common, and we're both based in Edinburgh - I'm wondering if there's something in the water around here that affects reading habits.

I also thought, since you mention liking fiction, history & travel, that I should recommend one of my favourite books: Season of Migration to the North, by Tayeb Salih, a Sudanese writer. It's about a student travelling from his Sudanese village to London and back home again. The translation I have is by Denys Johnson-Davies and the use of language is wonderful, as is the story as a whole.
Dear Heyokish,
just been looking through your comics and am staggered to find NO Robert Crumb!!!
Wow! I am a writer and drawer of comics and Crumb has been my inspiration for 40 years. In fact I'll now have to include them in my library...
Best wishes, Drainpig (we share 65 books)
Just wanted to say - NICE library! And your taste in comics looks to be impeccable.

- Barney Dannelke
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