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March 16, 2009 — 1 Comment

it`s hard to pick a favourite book.

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apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

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child’s play

July 19, 2005 — Leave a comment

i never found the time to do my Charlie and the Chocolate Factory review and it opened this weekend to lukewarm reviews. it`s kind of saddening that in this summer of remakes and rehashes, the one glowing nugget in the steaming piles of dreck goes unappreciated.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is not so much a remake but a reinterpretation and before you get on your high horse about not messing with a good thing, bear in mind the author hated Gene Wilder`s Wonka and found the movie just a little to bright and cheery. this version may be filled with some bright colours but the tone is closer to the spirit of the book.

in HP news, i realise there is a camp of people that believes it`s cool not to have read the books or feel about the draw of the books, i say more power to them for their believes. i`ve continued to live without having seen Titanic, ever, so who am i to judge them. i`m just thrilled that in this period of tiny attention spans, that not just a single book but a series has ignited the imaginations.

i had my hardy boys and secret seven and famous five growing up, but i can`t recall a series of books that grew with me. each successive book in the HP series not only shows  the growth of the characters, but a growth in the writing taking the readers along for the ride. it`s been seven years since the first book came out and the children and adults that started reading then are still anxiously awaiting the next book. because of hype? possibly, but more likely because we`ve become attached to characters we`ve watch grow and mature. if that makes me a geek then so be it, i`ve never shrugged away from that moniker.

when you have as many books as we do, you need a way to keep track of them for our own edification as well as insurance purposes.

for the last three months we`ve been making an effort at creating a definitive catalogue for our insurers, it`s been difficult entering each of books by hand in an excel spreadsheet but this weekend to my great joy, i have discovered a new tool that has made my life infinitely easier.

it`s called Books, it`s a tiny little application that; provided with the ISBN and internet connection; will pull in all the book information from a variety of sources not limited to Amazon, the Library of Congress and the British Library. from title to publication date, original price to current price, books provides an fantastic resource for anyone with a library. you can if you so desire acquire a barcode reader for entering your books into the database. the database itself is proprietary but exports to a number common formats including HTML, XML and tab delimitated text

there is even a lending details feature, you can keep track of who has what, for how long and when it`s due back, keeping someone like me who anxiously loans books out extremely happy.

however, the best thing about this wonderful application is that is it completely free. it is mac only but was created under the GNU Public License which means the code is readily available if desire to port it to another platform.

banned books week is September 25 – October 3 this year. that`s right there are still books that are challenged and banned in public libraries everywhere. my amazon list has been modified to include booksense picks; which are all challenged books.

according to a press release from the ALA the 10 most challenged books of 2003 were:

Alice series, for sexual content, using offensive language, and being unsuited to age group.

Harry Potter series, for its focus on wizardry and magic.

“Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, for using offensive language.

“Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture” by Michael A. Bellesiles, for inaccuracy.

“Fallen Angels” by Walter Dean Myers, for racism, sexual content, offensive language, drugs and violence.

“Go Ask Alice” by Anonymous, for drugs.

“It`s Perfectly Normal” by Robie Harris, for homosexuality, nudity, sexual content and sex education.

“We All Fall Down” by Robert Cormier, for offensive language and sexual content.

“King and King” by Linda de Haan, for homosexuality.

“Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson, for offensive language and occult/satanism.

Off the list this year, but on the list for several years past, are “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, for sexual content, racism, offensive language, violence and being unsuited to age group; “Captain Underpants” by Dav Pilkey, for insensitivity and being unsuited to age group; and  “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, for racism, insensitivity and offensive language.

banned books week is also tied to the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression`s Campaign for Reader Privacy amendment to the Patriot Act. Under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the government can search your bookstore and library records without a court order, the amendment proposes to eliminate that section from the act.


based on some queries here is some excepted info on how books are challenged from the ALA website:

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others…

The American Library Association (ALA) collects information from two sources: newspapers and reports submitted by individuals, some of whom use the Challenge Database Form…

…Research suggests that for each challenge reported there are as many as four or five which go unreported.

savouring the moment

July 6, 2004

Highlight the books you’ve read from the list below:

1. The Lord of the Rings — by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. Pride and Prejudice — by Jane Austen

3. His Dark Materials — by Philip Pullman

4. The Hitchhiker`s Guide to the Galaxy — by Douglas Adams

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire — by J.K. Rowling

6. To Kill a Mockingbird — by Harper Lee

7. Winnie the Pooh — by A.A. Milne

8. 1984 — by George Orwell

9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — by C.S. Lewis

10. Jane Eyre — by Charlotte Bronte  

11. Catch-22 — by Joseph Heller

12. Wuthering Heights — by Emily Bronte

13. Birdsong — by Sebastian Faulks

14. Rebecca — by Daphne du Maurier

15. The Catcher in the Rye — by J.D. Salinger

16. The Wind in the Willows — by Kenneth Grahame

17. Great Expectations — by Charles Dickens

18. Little Women — by Louisa May Alcott

19. Captain Corelli`s Mandolin — by Louis de Bernieres

20. War and Peace — by Leo Tolstoy


21. Gone with the Wind — by Margaret Mitchell

22. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer`s Stone — by J.K. Rowling

23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets — by J.K. Rowling

24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban — by J.K. Rowling

25. The Hobbit — by J.R.R. Tolkien

26. Tess Of The D`Urbervilles — by Thomas Hardy

27. Middlemarch — by George Eliot

28. A Prayer For Owen Meany — by John Irving

29. The Grapes Of Wrath — by John Steinbeck

30. Alice`s Adventures In Wonderland — by Lewis Carroll

31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker — by Jacqueline Wilson

32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude — by Gabriel García Márquez

33. The Pillars Of The Earth — by Ken Follett

34. David Copperfield — by Charles Dickens

35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory — by Roald Dahl

36. Treasure Island — by Robert Louis Stevenson

37. A Town Like Alice — by Nevil Shute

38. Persuasion — by Jane Austen

39. Dune — by Frank Herbert

40. Emma — by Jane Austen

41. Anne Of Green Gables — by L.M. Montgomery

42. Watership Down — by Richard Adams

43. The Great Gatsby — by F Scott Fitzgerald

44. The Count Of Monte Cristo — by Alexandre Dumas

45. Brideshead Revisited — by Evelyn Waugh

46. Animal Farm — by George Orwell

47. A Christmas Carol — by Charles Dickens

48. Far From The Madding Crowd — by Thomas Hardy

49. Goodnight Mister Tom — by Michelle Magorian

50. The Shell Seekers — by Rosamunde Pilcher

51. The Secret Garden — by Frances Hodgson Burnett

52. Of Mice And Men — by John Steinbeck

53. The Stand — by Stephen King

54. Anna Karenina — by Leo Tolstoy

55. A Suitable Boy — by Vikram Seth

56. The BFG — by Roald Dahl

57. Swallows And Amazons — by Arthur Ransome

58. Black Beauty — by Anna Sewell

59. Artemis Fowl — by Eoin Colfer

60. Crime And Punishment — by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

61. Noughts And Crosses — by Malorie Blackman

62. Memoirs Of A Geisha — by Arthur Golden

63. A Tale Of Two Cities — by Charles Dickens

64. The Thorn Birds — by Colleen McCollough

65. Mort — by Terry Pratchett

66. The Magic Faraway Tree — by Enid Blyton

67. The Magus — by John Fowles

68. Good Omens — by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

69. Guards! Guards! — by Terry Pratchett

70. Lord Of The Flies — by William Golding

71. The Perfume — by Patrick Susskind

72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists — by Robert Tressell

73. Night Watch — by Terry Pratchett

74. Matilda — by Roald Dahl

75. Bridget Jones`s Diary — by Helen Fielding

76. The Secret History — by Donna Tartt

77. The Woman In White — by Wilkie Collins

78. Ulysses — by James Joyce

79. Bleak House — by Charles Dickens

80. Double Act — by Jacqueline Wilson

81. The Twits — by Roald Dahl

82. I Capture The Castle — by Dodie Smith

83. Holes — by Louis Sachar

84. Gormenghast — by Mervyn Peake

85. The God Of Small Things — by Arundhati Roy

86. Vicky Angel — by Jacqueline Wilson

87. Brave New World — by Aldous Huxley

88. Cold Comfort Farm — by Stella Gibbons

89. Magician — by Raymond E Feist

90. On The Road — by Jack Kerouac

91. The Godfather — by Mario Puzo

92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear — by Jean M Auel

93. The Colour Of Magic — by Terry Pratchett

94. The Alchemist — by Paulo Coelho

95. Katherine — by Anya Seton

96. Kane And Abel — by Jeffrey Archer

97. Love In The Time Of Cholera — by Gabriel García Márquez

98. Girls In Love — by Jacqueline Wilson

99. The Princess Diaries — by Meg Cabot

100. Midnight`s Children — by Salman Rushdie

101. Three Men In A Boat — by Jerome K. Jerome

102. Small Gods — by Terry Pratchett

103. The Beach — by Alex Garland

104. Dracula — by Bram Stoker

105. Point Blanc — by Anthony Horowitz

106. The Pickwick Papers — by Charles Dickens

107. Stormbreaker — by Anthony Horowitz

108. The Wasp Factory — by Iain Banks

109. The Day Of The Jackal — by Frederick Forsyth

110. The Illustrated Mum — by Jacqueline Wilson

111. Jude The Obscure — by Thomas Hardy

112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 1/2 — by Sue Townsend

113. The Cruel Sea — by Nicholas Monsarrat

114. Les Miserables — by Victor Hugo

115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge — by Thomas Hardy

116. The Dare Game — by Jacqueline Wilson

117. Bad Girls — by Jacqueline Wilson

118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray — by Oscar Wilde

119. Shogun — by James Clavell

120. The Day Of The Triffids — by John Wyndham

121. Lola Rose — by Jacqueline Wilson

122. Vanity Fair — by William Makepeace Thackeray

123. The Forsyte Saga — by John Galsworthy

124. House Of Leaves — by Mark Z. Danielewski

125. The Poisonwood Bible — by Barbara Kingsolver

126. Reaper Man — by Terry Pratchett

127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging — by Louise Rennison

128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles — by Arthur Conan Doyle

129. Possession — by A. S. Byatt

130. The Master And Margarita — by Mikhail Bulgakov

131. The Handmaid`s Tale — by Margaret Atwood

132. Danny The Champion Of The World — by Roald Dahl

133. East Of Eden — by John Steinbeck

134. George`s Marvellous Medicine — by Roald Dahl

135. Wyrd Sisters — by Terry Pratchett

136. The Color Purple — by Alice Walker

137. Hogfather — by Terry Pratchett

138. The Thirty-Nine Steps — by John Buchan

139. Girls In Tears — by Jacqueline Wilson

140. Sleepovers — by Jacqueline Wilson

141. All Quiet On The Western Front — by Erich Maria Remarque

142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum — by Kate Atkinson

143. High Fidelity — by Nick Hornby

144. It — by Stephen King

145. James And The Giant Peach — by Roald Dahl

146. The Green Mile — by Stephen King

147. Papillon — by Henri Charriere

148. Men At Arms — by Terry Pratchett

149. Master And Commander — by Patrick O`Brian

150. Skeleton Key — by Anthony Horowitz

151. Soul Music — by Terry Pratchett

152. Thief Of Time by Terry Pratchett

153. The Fifth Elephant — by Terry Pratchett

154. Atonement, Ian McEwan

155. Secrets — by Jacqueline Wilson

156. The Silver Sword — by Ian Serraillier

157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo`s Nest — by Ken Kesey

158. Heart Of Darkness — by Joseph Conrad

159. Kim — by Rudyard Kipling

160. Cross Stitch — by Diana Gabaldon

161. Moby Dick — by Herman Melville

162. River God — by Wilbur Smith

163. Sunset Song — by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

164. The Shipping News — by Annie Proulx

165. The World According To Garp — by John Irving

166. Lorna Doone — by R.D. Blackmore

167. Girls Out Late — by Jacqueline Wilson

168. The Far Pavilions — by M. M. Kaye

169. The Witches — by Roald Dahl

170. Charlotte`s Web — by E.B. White

171. Frankenstein — by Mary Shelley

172. They Used To Play On Grass — by Terry Venables and Gordon Williams

173. The Old Man And The Sea — by Ernest Hemingway

174. The Name Of The Rose — by Umberto Eco

175. Sophie`s World — by Jostein Gaarder

176. Dustbin Baby — by Jacqueline Wilson

177. Fantastic Mr. Fox — by Roald Dahl

178. Lolita — by Vladimir Nabokov

179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull — by Richard Bach

180. The Little Prince — by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

181. The Suitcase Kid — by Jacqueline Wilson

182. Oliver Twist — by Charles Dickens

183. The Power Of One — by Bryce Courtenay

184. Silas Marner — by George Eliot

185. American Psycho — by Bret Easton Ellis

186. The Diary Of A Nobody — by George and Weedon Gross-Smith

187. Trainspotting — by Irvine Welsh

188. Goosebumps — by R.L. Stine

189. Heidi — by Johanna Spyri

190. Sons And Lovers — by D.H. Lawrence

191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being — by Milan Kundera

192. Man And Boy — by Tony Parsons

193. The Truth — by Terry Pratchett

194. The War Of The Worlds — by H.G. Wells

195. The Horse Whisperer — by Nicholas Evans

196. A Fine Balance — by Rohinton Mistry

197. Witches Abroad — by Terry Pratchett

198. The Once And Future King — by T.H. White

199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar — by Eric Carle

200. Flowers In The Attic — by Virginia Andrews

201. The Silmarillion — by J.R.R. Tolkien

202. The Eye of the World — by Robert Jordan

203. The Great Hunt — by Robert Jordan

204. The Dragon Reborn — by Robert Jordan

205. Fires of Heaven — by Robert Jordan

206. Lord of Chaos — by Robert Jordan

207. Winter`s Heart — by Robert Jordan

208. A Crown of Swords — by Robert Jordan

209. Crossroads of Twilight — by Robert Jordan

210. A Path of Daggers — by Robert Jordan

211. As Nature Made Him — by John Colapinto

212. Microserfs — by Douglas Coupland

213. The Married Man — by Edmund White

214. Winter`s Tale — by Mark Helprin

215. The History of Sexuality — by Michel Foucault

216. Cry to Heaven — by Anne Rice

217. Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe — by John Boswell

218. Equus — by Peter Shaffer

219. The Man Who Ate Everything — by Jeffrey Steingarten

220. Letters To A Young Poet — by Rainer Maria Rilke

221. Ella Minnow Pea — by Mark Dunn

222. The Vampire Lestat — by Anne Rice

223. Anthem — by Ayn Rand

224. The Bridge To Terabithia — by Katherine Paterson

225. Tartuffe — by Molière

226. The Metamorphosis — by Franz Kafka

227. The Crucible — by Arthur Miller

228. The Trial — by Franz Kafka

229. Oedipus Rex — by Sophocles

230. Oedipus at Colonus — by Sophocles

231. Death Be Not Proud — by John Gunther

232. A Doll`s House — by Henrik Ibsen

233. Hedda Gabler — by Henrik Ibsen

234. Ethan Frome — by Edith Wharton

235. A Raisin In The Sun — by Lorraine Hansberry

236. ALIVE! — by Piers Paul Read

237. Grapefruit — by Yoko Ono

238. Trickster Makes This World — by Lewis Hyde

240. The Mists of Avalon — by Marion Zimmer Bradley

241. Chronicles of Thomas Convenant, Unbeliever — by Stephen Donaldson

242. Lord of Light — by Roger Zelazny

242. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay — by Michael Chabon

243. Summerland — by Michael Chabon

244. A Confederacy of Dunces — by John Kennedy Toole

245. Candide — by Voltaire

246. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More — by Roald Dahl

247. Ringworld — by Larry Niven

248. The King Must Die — by Mary Renault

249. Stranger in a Strange Land — by Robert Heinlein

250. A Wrinkle in Time — by Madeline L`Engle

251. The Eyre Affair — by Jasper Fforde

252. The House Of The Seven Gables — by Nathaniel Hawthorne

253. The Scarlet Letter — by Nathaniel Hawthorne

254. The Joy Luck Club — by Amy Tan

255. The Great Gilly Hopkins — by Katherine Paterson

256. Chocolate Fever — by Robert Kimmel Smith

257. Xanth: The Quest for Magic — by Piers Anthony

258. The Lost Princess of Oz — by L. Frank Baum

259. Wonder Boys — by Michael Chabon

260. Lost In A Good Book — by Jasper Fforde

261. Life Of Pi — by Yann Martel

261. Well Of Lost Plots — by Jasper Fforde

263. The Bean Trees — by Barbara Kingsolver

264. A Yellow Rraft In Blue Water — by Michael Dorris

265. Little House on the Prairie — by Laura Ingalls Wilder

267. Where The Red Fern Grows — by Wilson Rawls

268. Griffin & Sabine — by Nick Bantock

269. Witch of Blackbird Pond — by Joyce Friedland

270. Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of NIMH — by Robert C. O`Brien

271. Tuck Everlasting — by Natalie Babbitt

272. The Cay — by Theodore Taylor

273. From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler — by E.L. Konigsburg

274. The Phantom Tollbooth — by Norton Juster

275. The Westing Game — by Ellen Raskin

276. The Kitchen God`s Wife — by Amy Tan

277. The Bone Setter`s Daughter — by Amy Tan

278. Relic — by Duglas Preston & Lincoln Child

279. Wicked — by Gregory Maguire

280. American Gods — by Neil Gaiman

281. Misty of Chincoteague — by Marguerite Henry

282. The Girl Next Door — by Jack Ketchum

283. Haunted — by Judith St. George

284. Singularity — by William Sleator

285. A Short History of Nearly Everything — by Bill Bryson

286. Different Seasons — by Stephen King

287. Fight Club — by Chuck Palahniuk

288. About a Boy — by Nick Hornby

289. The Bookman`s Wake — by John Dunning

290. The Church of Dead Girls — by Stephen Dobyns

291. Illusions — by Richard Bach

292. Magic`s Pawn — by Mercedes Lackey

293. Magic`s Promise — by Mercedes Lackey

294. Magic`s Price — by Mercedes Lackey

295. The Dancing Wu Li Masters — by Gary Zukav

296. Spirits of Flux and Anchor — by Jack L. Chalker

297. Interview with the Vampire — by Anne Rice

298. The Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices — by Brenda Love

299. Infinite Jest — by David Foster Wallace

300. The Bluest Eye — by Toni Morrison

301. The Cider House Rules — by John Irving

302. Ender`s Game — by Orson Scott Card

303. Girlfriend in a Coma — by Douglas Coupland

304. The Lion`s Game — by Nelson Demille

305. The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars — by Stephen Brust

306. Cyteen — by C.J. Cherryh

307. Foucault`s Pendulum — by Umberto Eco

308. Cryptonomicon — by Neal Stephenson

309. Invisible Monsters — by Chuck Palahniuk

310. Camber of Culdi — by Kathryn Kurtz

311. The Fountainhead — by Ayn Rand

312. War and Rememberance — by Herman Wouk

313. The Art of War — by Sun Tzu

314. The Giver — by Lois Lowry

315. The Telling — by Ursula Le Guin

316. Xenogenesis (or Lilith`s Brood) — by Octavia Butler

317. A Civil Campaign — by Lois McMaster Bujold

318. The Curse of Chalion — by Lois McMaster Bujold

319. The Aeneid — by Publius Vergilius Maro (Vergil)

320. Hanta Yo — by Ruth Beebe Hill

321. The Princess Bride — by S. Morganstern (or William Goldman)

322. Beowulf — by Anonymous

323. The Sparrow — by Maria Doria Russell

324. Deerskin — by Robin McKinley

325. Dragonsong — by Anne McCaffrey

326. Passage — by Connie Willis

327. Otherland — by Tad Williams

328. Tigana — by Guy Gavriel Kay

329. Number the Stars — by Lois Lowry

330. Beloved — by Toni Morrison

331. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ`s Childhood Pal — by Christopher Moore

332. The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon, I Mean Noel — by Ellen Raskin

333. Summer Sisters — by Judy Blume

334. The Hunchback of Notre Dame — by Victor Hugo

335. The Island on Bird Street — by Uri Orlev

336. Midnight in the Dollhouse — by Marjorie Filley Stover

337. The Miracle Worker — by William Gibson

338. The Genesis Code — by John Case

339. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — by Robert Louis Stevensen

340. Paradise Lost — by John Milton

341. Phantom — by Susan Kay

342. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned — by Anne Rice

343. Anno Dracula — by Kim Newman

344. The Dresden Files: Grave Peril — by Jim Butcher

345. Tokyo Suckerpunch — by Issac Adamson

346. The Winter of Magic`s Return — by Pamela Service

347. The Oddkins — by Dean R. Koontz

348. My Name is Asher Lev — by Chaim Potok

349. The Last Goodbye — by Raymond Chandler

350. At Swim, Two Boys — by Jaime O`Neill

351. Othello — by William Shakespeare

352. The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas

353. The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats

354. Sati — by Christopher Pike

355. The Inferno — by Dante

356. The Apology — by Plato

357. The Small Rain — by Madeline L`Engle

358. The Man Who Tasted Shapes — by Richard E Cytowick

359. 5 Novels — by Daniel Pinkwater

360. The Sevenwaters Trilogy — by Juliet Marillier

361. Girl with a Pearl Earring — by Tracy Chevalier

362. To the Lighthouse — by Virginia Woolf

363. Our Town — by Thorton Wilder

364. Green Grass Running Water — by Thomas King

365. The Interpreter — by Suzanne Glass

366. The Moor`s Last Sigh — by Salman Rushdie

367. The Mother Tongue — by Bill Bryson

368. A Passage to India — by E.M. Forster

369. The Perks of Being a Wallflower — by Stephen Chbosky

370. The Phantom of the Opera — by Gaston Leroux

371. Pages for You — by Sylvia Brownrigg

372. The Changeover — by Margaret Mahy

373. Howl`s Moving Castle — by Diana Wynne Jones

374. Angels and Demons — by Dan Brown

375. Johnny Got His Gun — by Dalton Trumbo

376. Shosha — by Isaac Bashevis Singer

377. Travels With Charley — by John Steinbeck

378. The Diving-bell and the Butterfly — by Jean-Dominique Bau — by

379. The Lunatic at Large — by J. Storer Clouston

380. Time for Bed — by David Baddiel

381. Barrayar — by Lois McMaster Bujold

382. Quite Ugly One Morning — by Christopher Brookmyre

383. The Bloody Sun — by Marion Zimmer Bradley

384. Sewer, Gas, and Eletric — by Matt Ruff

385. Jhereg — by Steven Brust

386. So You Want To Be A Wizard — by Diane Duane

387. Perdido Street Station — by China Mieville

388. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall — by Anne Bronte

389. Road-side Dog — by Czeslaw Milosz

390. The English Patient — by Michael Ondaatje

391. Neuromancer — by William Gibson

392. The Epistemology of the Closet — by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

393. A Canticle for Liebowitz — by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

394. The Mask of Apollo — by Mary Renault

395. The Gunslinger — by Stephen King

396. Romeo and Juliet — by William Shakespeare

397. Childhood`s End — by Arthur C. Clarke

398. A Season of Mists — by Neil Gaiman

399. Ivanhoe — by Walter Scott

400. The God Boy — by Ian Cross

401. The Beekeeper`s Apprentice — by Laurie R. King

402. Finn Family Moomintroll — by Tove Jansson

403. Misery — by Stephen King

404. Tipping the Velvet — by Sarah Waters

405. Hood — by Emma Donoghue

406. The Land of Spices — by Kate O`Brien

407. The Diary of Anne Frank

408. Regeneration — by Pat Barker

409. Tender is the Night — by F. Scott Fitzgerald

410. Dreaming in Cuban — by Cristina García

411. A Farewell to Arms — by Ernest Hemingway

412. The View from Saturday — by E.L. Konigsburg

413. Dealing with Dragons — by Patricia Wrede

414. Eats, Shoots & Leaves — by Lynne Truss

415. A Severed Wasp — by Madeleine L`Engle

416. Here Be Dragons — by Sharon Kay Penman

417. The Mabinogion (Ancient Welsh Tales) – translated — by Lady Charlotte E. Guest

418. The DaVinci Code — by Dan Brown

419. Desire of the Everlasting Hills — by Thomas Cahill

420. The Cloister Walk — by Kathleen Norris

421. The Things We Carried — by Tim O`Brien

422. I Know This Much Is True — by Wally Lamb

423. Choke — by Chuck Palahniuk

424. Ender`s Shadow — by Orson Scott Card

425. The Memory of Earth — by Orson Scott Card

426. The Iron Tower — by Dennis L. McKiernen

427.The French Lieutenant`s Woman — by John Fowles

428. The Four Feathers — by A.E.W. Mason

429. The Jester — by James Patterson

430. Cry the beloved Country — by Alan Paton

431. The Bell Jar — by Sylvia Plath

432. The Stranger — by Albert Camus

433. Stargirl — by Jerry Spinelli

434. The Fuck-Up — by Arthur Nersesian

435. Things Fall Apart — by Chinua Achebe

436. The Little Princess — by Frances Hodgson Burnett

437. The Awakening — by Kate Chopin

438. Shoeless Joe — by W.P. Kinsella

438. The Trumpet of the Swan — by E.B. White

439. Fall On Your Knees — by Ann-Marie MacDonald

440. Unless — by Carol Shields

441. The House of the Spirits — by Isabel Allende

442. Chronicle of a Death Foretold — by Gabriel García Márquez

443. The Neverending Story — by Michael Ende

444. Confessions of a Shopaholic — by Sophie Kinsella

445. Leaves of Grass — Walt Whitman

446. Firebrand — by Marion Zimmer Bradley

447. The Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy

448. Fifth Business – Robertson Davies

449. The Terminal Man – Michael Crichton

450. The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

451. Desert Dawn – Waris Dirie

452. The Baghdad Diaries – Nuha Al-Radi

453. The Tain- translated by Kinsella

454.Glass Bead Game- Hermann Hesse

455. Oryx and Crake- Margaret Atwood

456. Rain of Gold (Lluve de Oro)- Victor Villasenor

457. Beyond lies the Wub, collected short stories of Phillip K. Dick, vol. 1

458. Neverwhere — by Neil Gaiman

459. A house for Mr. Biswas — by V.S. Naipaul

last night the good wyf and i sat and sorted out combined cd collections and put them in alphabetical order and as with the books we have more cds than shelving. this after a major culling after i arrived and another culling last night. we have a lot of music, a diverse selection that covers classical, hard rock, new wave, massive amounts of techno, compilations and soundtracks whose variety are quite impressive.

we also combined our mp3 libraries. i culled albums that i still own in their original format to make room on the 25Gb drive for the tunes that were rescued from the dying iMac. It`s interesting to see what compromises our 4800 tracks, some of it would not have graced my collection voluntarily and i`m sure there is some stuff in there that would make vic`s ears bleed if she were forced to listen to it as well but it`s nice to see the stuff there, like the books, it`s one of those signs that we`re one household, finally.

i`m doing the final clean up, with a collection this large it`s easy to miss overlaps, especially when we share musical tastes. when we stopped last night it was close to midnight and when you`re tired it`s easy to miss stuff.


April 5, 2004 — Leave a comment

we`ll the moving is done. the beds are up, we have clothes to wear and the kitchen is clear.

now we can start unpacking. the living room area is a sea of boxes. well if you can call boxes stacked 5` high and 8 – 10 deep, a sea. i should be unpacking but i`m a little overwhelmed at the moment, yesterday`s adrenaline is gone and i`m exhausted and every muscle in my body aches.

i`m hoping to catch a second wind momentarily. the boxes are all labelled and they are mostly books, i just need to start putting stuff on shelves, when vic gets home we can rearrange into an order we find amenable, what`s a little frightening is that these are just her books. there is still another 6 boxes of my books sitting in the basement of her mother`s house and we have nowhere to put them

we`re still moving boxes, that`s the plan for the next couple of days. on saturday evening we get the truck and the major items move early sunday. we`ve already moved three carloads of boxes and that`s pretty much the stuff that`s in day to day use. there is still the bookcases, the beds and the attic full of stuff. we have a lot of stuff.

i think when you`re moving you see clearly what your priorities are; the kitchen is pretty much moved and all the books that we had immediate access to. food and food for thought, pretty good priorities i think.

there are a couple things the rental company need to come fix forthwith but the apartment is very liveable. it seems like we have a lot of space now, but once all of our stuff is moved in i sense a lot of reorganisation to accommodate it all.

one of the things i`m looking forward to is combining the libraries. we have four 7` bookshelves which i think we have the ability to fill with ease. i know there is going to be some culling as there is some overlap and with our book buying moratorium in place, we can catch up on what we may have missed in our respective collections.

in other news there i`m also doing some reorganising on the site,  i`ve changed some of the categories, so i`m back-tracking to update entries to their appropriate categories, not an easy task with just over 800 entries. next week will be a year since i started here, i have to say looking back over the last 51 weeks, it`s been interesting.

day six (edited)

April 13, 2003 — Leave a comment

today has been a very relaxing and enjoyable day. finished the ‘his dark materials’ series, just started a gift from my wife – a richard brautigan trilogy, it had been languishing at the bottom of a box of books she sent me. i love discovering new book. the SK has taken a back seat for the moment.

moving on…

it’s hot as hell, it’s night and it’s still in the 30s, is it the end of the world?

i used to worry about the future of the country/planet, but of late, i’ve met quite a few people, young and not so young who have rekindled my little faith in humanity. congrats to all of my new friends. you know who you are.

on another unrelated note…
samauri jack rocks. it’s quite possibly one of the best animated series on television. yes i’m a cartoon watcher. avid too. you have a problem with that?

anyway, i have a good book calling me.