Nu-ILB: What books have you purchased lately?

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This Nu-ILB thread is the direct descendant of <a href="">this Old Stylee ILB thread</a>. It is where we post the titles of books we have purchased recently.

As for me, this is a partial list of my book purchases of the past couple of months while ILX was undergoing its recent transgender surgery:

The Apes of God, by Wyndham Lewis, in a Penguin Modern Classics paper edition, for US$0.50. I amy not read this, but for the price I couldn't refuse to buy it.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Another Penguin paperback, for US$1.29.
The Olive Tree and Other Essays by Aldous Huxley, in a hardbound 1936 edition from Chatto and Windus. I have enjoyed many os Huxley's essays in the past so this one may also satisfy me.
A Steele Rudd Selection from University of Queensland Press, paperbound, for US$0.50. An aussie writer from the old school. Short stories. Who knows?
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, Vintage paperbound, for US$1.00. Never read him, but he has an interesting reputation and seems worth a buck to have a look-see.
The Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers by George MacDonald Fraser; a history by author of the Flashman novels, paperbound, US $1.00.
The Pursuit of Power by William H. McNeill. A history of weaponry, tactics and who gets the upper hand and why, as compiled by a rather brilliant historian. Paperbound, US$3.00.
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, hardcover, US$1.00. A recent read from the library I decided to add to my permanent collection.

I'm sure I've overlooked a few, since ILX has been out of commision a great deal since Dec. 1, 2006 and I haven't kept strict track of what I bought in the interval.

What have you shelled out for lately?

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Let me try that link once more, but nu-ilx stylee: [Removed Illegal Link]

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:54 (fifteen years ago) link


Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 02:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Surely, links back to its own threads aren't illegal -
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I've been adhering to my self-instantiated edict of "Don't Buy Any More Books, What Are You Thinking, You Have to Move AGAIN In September". The library has been filling the gap, in a way. I put all the interesting titles I come across on Hold, and twice a week I check to see how many of the 6,573 other patrons who are also intent on these books have given up.

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 04:14 (fifteen years ago) link

HAHAHAHAHA! Nu-ILX can't link to itself????!!!! What hath Keef wrought?

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 04:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Move again? What?

Casuistry, Saturday, 3 March 2007 08:41 (fifteen years ago) link

I know, it completely sucks. When I leased this place, I was assured it would remain a rental, so I thought we'd be here for at least 2 years. But, they put it on the market the first week of Feb. and we will have to move at the end of Sept. Another giant book clear-out, whoohoo. We are thinking of going to a much much much smaller space for a year, then hopefully buying something. So, it will be a case of thinning down the library dramatically.

All of the art is in a closet. I can't see the point in hanging anything. Why even bother unpacking?

Jaq, Saturday, 3 March 2007 15:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Jaq, do they let you bring a hand truck full of cartons of books onto Amtrak? Or two hand trucks, maybe? If so, you should bring down a few hundred of your culls and sell them at Powell's.

Aimless, Saturday, 3 March 2007 18:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Not bought, but Bookmooched:

Laclos-Les liasons dangereuses
Jim Thompson-The Getaway
Evan Wright-Generation Kill

C0L1N B..., Saturday, 3 March 2007 20:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Gerard Woodward's 'A Curious Earth' and Jim Crace's 'The Pesthouse' are winging their way from the Book Depository to me at the moment. Yesterday I bought a couple of tatty old SF classics, Wilson Tucker's 'The Lincoln Hunters' and Edgar Pangborn's 'Davy'.

James Morrison, Sunday, 4 March 2007 22:23 (fifteen years ago) link

Adolfo Bioy Casares Asleep in the Sun
Yuri Olesha Envy
William Faulkner Collected Stories
Orhan Pamuk The White Castle
William H. Gass The World Within the Word
Daniil Kharms Incidences
Tadeusz Konwicki A Dreambook for Our Time
Felipe Alfau Chromos

wmlynch, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:03 (fifteen years ago) link


Casuistry, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:05 (fifteen years ago) link

Aimless, I'm considering the Powell's possibility. If we truly felt strong enough to show some restraint once we were there...

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 19:20 (fifteen years ago) link

I have to try this link again. I think I left the quote marks in. this Old Stylee ILB thread

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 20:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Yes, that was it. Shouldn't post while drinking; don't want to impugn Keef at all.

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 20:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Perfect restraint would be inhuman. Since it would be quite doubtful you could leave with even half as many as you sold, the net result would still be in your favor. I counsel you to do it.

Aimless, Monday, 5 March 2007 21:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Well, we'd have to have something to read on the train.....

Jaq, Monday, 5 March 2007 21:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Lace Villages
The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz
Fashion Babylon
Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker (Stich 'n Bitch Crochet)

First one is for my mum. The rest is junk, really, except the Happy Hooker one which focuses, not on prostitution, but on crochet.

nathalie, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 12:45 (fifteen years ago) link

I've been Bookmooching instead of purchasing books lately. Just recently mooched:

The Nurture Assumption - Judith Harris
Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom and the Making of History - John Diggins

o. nate, Tuesday, 6 March 2007 16:06 (fifteen years ago) link

Diderot on Art Vol. 1: The Salon of 1765

C0L1N B..., Wednesday, 7 March 2007 05:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Land of Spices Kate O'Brien
The Echoing Grove - Rosamond Lehmann
House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
The Plausibility of Life - Marc W. Kirschner, John C. Gerhart, and John Norton
Collected Poems - Philip Larkin
Goldberg: Variations - Gabriel Josipovici
Captain Blood - Raphael Sabatini

Arethusa, Friday, 9 March 2007 01:35 (fifteen years ago) link

Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales (original-spelling edition)
Robert Musil - The Man Without Qualities
J. M. Coetzee - Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005
Ngugi wa Thiong'o - Wizard of the Crow (Huh, I only just realized that he's the guy that wrote "A Grain of Wheat." I feel slightly silly for buying this, as I haven't read the copy of "The Devil on the Cross" that I got a couple of years ago. Guess the hype got the better of me.)

Øystein, Friday, 9 March 2007 12:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Got a couple things in the mail, an advance of Palahniuk's new one ("Rant", not that excited but it was free) and Jonathan Lethem's "How We Got Insipid" (old short stories).

Jordan, Friday, 9 March 2007 19:23 (fifteen years ago) link

Okay, due to birthdays, gift certificates, and Valentine's Day, we've had a decent infusion of books lately.

Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn
Field Guide to Cocktails by Rob Chirico
Knitting Loves Crochet by Candi Jensen
Bare Bones and Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen
Best Food Writing 2006 edited by Holly Hughes
Doing It Right by Maryjanice Davidson (the author is a long time friend and is constantly giving me copies of her latest stuff - I'm sure this will be fluffy and fun)
Poster Child: A Memoir by Emily Rapp (another writer friend - I read the manuscript for this one last summer and it is excellent)

I also bought a physiology text book, which I'm spending the most time with book-wise.

Sara R-C, Friday, 9 March 2007 22:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach - that's excellent. Fascinating all the way through.

James Morrison, Saturday, 10 March 2007 03:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I asked for that one after seeing it mentioned at ILE somewhere! My SIL gave it to me for my birthday and said I could never make fun of her husband's wish lists again (his list is always entirely made up of obscure books about the Holocaust because he's a German history prof). I've only made it to chapter four or so in Stiff, but so far it is really great.

Sara R-C, Saturday, 10 March 2007 19:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Voltaire: Letters from England
Greg Bear: Darwin's Radio
E M Forster: The Hill of Devi

James Morrison, Sunday, 11 March 2007 07:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Greg Tate-Flyboy in the Buttermilk
Amos Tutuola-The Palm-Wine Drunkard
Raymond Queneau-Excercises in Style
Gregory Wolff-Black Sun: the Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby

C0L1N B..., Monday, 12 March 2007 01:49 (fifteen years ago) link

narcissus and goldmund – herman hesse
drop city – t.c. boyle
omensetter's luck – william gass
divine invasion – pkd
survival, evasion, and escape – FM21-76, department of the army field manual

冷明, Tuesday, 13 March 2007 06:51 (fifteen years ago) link

I unexpectedly found a copy of Jackson Mac Low's Stanzas for Iris Lezak in Vancouver yesterday for an excellent price (and in Canadian moneys)!

Casuistry, Monday, 19 March 2007 21:23 (fifteen years ago) link

In Seattle and from Bookmooch:
Kobo Abe-Woman in the Dunes
Douglas Hofstadter-Le ton beau de Marot: In Praise of the music of language
Paul Goodman-Empire City
Warren F. Motte-Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature
Michel Houllebecq-Lanzarote

C0L1N B..., Monday, 19 March 2007 22:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Norman Rush - Mating (not sure I actually want this, but it was a rather cheap used copy, and I got drawn in by that "National book award" chocolate coin that's glued to the cover)
Jean Baudrillard - Amerika (Danish translation)
Baruch De Spinoza - Ethica (Norwegian tr.)
Terry Pratchett - Soul Music
Terry Pratchett - Men At Arms
Terry Pratchett - Witches Abroad (I'm starting to think I might build a complete Pratchett collections by frequenting the used books store down the street)
Jon Jakob Tønseth - Von Aschenbachs Fristelse
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosophical Investigations (German original + English tr. side-by-side)
David Hume - A Treatise of Human Nature
Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian

Phew. Off to the couch with me!

Øystein, Saturday, 24 March 2007 17:34 (fifteen years ago) link

Just ordered...
* The new Ian McEwan
* 'It Rhymes With Lust' by Arnold Drake, allegedly the first proper graphic novel, a noir muystery from the 1950s
* 'Missing' by Walter de la Mare

James Morrison, Monday, 26 March 2007 03:35 (fifteen years ago) link

So there was a sale on theory this week at my school's book store and I went hog wild:

Jaques Derrida - Dissemination, Acts of Religion, Margins of Philosophy, Writing and Difference, Spectres of Marx
Slavov Zizek - The Sublime Object of Ideology
Michel Foucault - Society Must Be Defended, Madness & Civilization
Gilles Deleuze - Anti-Oedipus, What is Philosophy (with Felix Guattari); Nietzsche & Philosophy
Guy Debord - The Society of Spectacle
Georges Bataille - The Tears of Eros, The Accursed Share (Vols. II & III)
Judith Butler - Gender Trouble
Jaques Lacan - Ecrits
Walter Benjamin - Illuminations, Reflections
Jean-Luc Nancy - Being Singular Plural
Giorgio Agamben - The State of Exception, The Coming Community
Roland Barthes - Image - Music - Text
Jean Baudrillard - Simulacra & Simulation

So far I've read a lot of the Benjamin essays and most of Dissemination, plus paged through The Tears of Eros. I have so much more to read, though!

max, Monday, 26 March 2007 15:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Now do that twice a week, and you'll be Josh before you know it.

Casuistry, Monday, 26 March 2007 17:09 (fifteen years ago) link

also homeless

max, Monday, 26 March 2007 17:31 (fifteen years ago) link

it's always a little difficult in a foreign country, but i think i did alright:

mr. muo's travelling couch - dai sijie
lovesick blues: the life of hank williams - paul hemphill

jergïns, Monday, 2 April 2007 14:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Dead Souls (Penguin Classics) - Nikolai Gogol; Paperback

The Pursuit of Oblivion: A History of Narcotics, 1500-2000 - Richard Davenport-Hines; Paperback

Criminal History of Mankind - Colin Wilson; Hardcover

These are in my basket awaiting to be ordered. HURRAH!

nathalie, Monday, 2 April 2007 14:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Good haul this weekend, all used except for the Harry Matthews:

George Saunders-Pastoralia
George Saunders-Civilwarland in Bad Decline
Clifford Geertz-The Interpretation of Cultures
Balzac-Histoire de la Treize
Mitchell Duneier-Sidewalk
Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan-Crossing the BLVD
Marguerite Duras-The Ravishing of Lol Stein
William Vollmann-The Rainbow Stories
Harry Matthews-Cigarettes

C0L1N B..., Monday, 2 April 2007 15:30 (fifteen years ago) link

From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of japanese Poetry, edited and translated by Hiroaki Sato and Burton Watson, used hardcover with a nice dust jacket, U. of Washington Press, 1981, US$15.00.

Letters From My Windmill, Alphonse Daudet, used Penguin paperback, US$1.29.
Eyeless in Gaza, Aldous Huxley, used paperback with a eye-gougingly hideous cover, US$1.29.
The Sons, Franz Kafka, used paperback collection of four short stories, US$0.50.
Pragmatism and other Essays, William James, used paperback, US$0.50.

Aimless, Monday, 2 April 2007 17:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Letters From My Windmill, Alphonse Daudet, used Penguin paperback, US$1.29.

That's ace. Also read his 'In the Land of Pain', which is absorbing stuff about his suffering from syphilis, translated by Julian Barnes.

James Morrison, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 01:10 (fifteen years ago) link

catherine bush, claire's head

derrrick, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 08:34 (fifteen years ago) link

On the weekend I bought a teeny little 100-page book of WH Auden poems selected by John Fuller. And the latest issue of 'Descant', which is good for before bed.

franny glass, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:37 (fifteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
I have been buying books, even as other ILBers have been cutting back on the habit. Luckily for me, I also sell them.

The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans, with commentary and verse by John Daido Loori, new hardbound, $40(!). Also known as the Mana Shobogenzo. I so rarely buy new expensive books that this is a radical departure for me. I've been eyeing this for months. This is quite simply the best collection of Zen stories and commentary I have ever seen. Better than The Blue Cliff Record. Highly recommended if you are interested in Zen.

Life With Father by Clarence Day, used hardcover, $1. An old warhorse from a much different world than today.

Aimless, Sunday, 22 April 2007 17:24 (fifteen years ago) link

This was the weekend of the Seattle library booksale. The withdrawal pains were severe, and early morning attendance at the EMP pop conference did not offer much relief.

Jaq, Sunday, 22 April 2007 23:13 (fifteen years ago) link

I can't remember'em all. But I do remember buying:

martin amis' money
adventures of sherlock holmes
ballard's crash
paluhniak's haunted
fowles' the collector

and a few others. shit, i can't remember!

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Also, Max is where I was a few years ago. :-)

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Uh, another post, sorry:

drop city – t.c. boyle

any good? i noticed this at the store.

nathalie, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Peter S. Beagle - The Last Unicorn (huh, the back cover of this has NO text. No blurbs, no brief summery, no "by the author of"... nothing! The unicorn on the cover has a goatee. The tree on the cover looks like it's made of potatoes)
Terry Pratchett - The Light Fantastic
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic (I suspected earlier that I should be able to build a complete Discworld collection through used books stores. Looks like I was right. I've yet to find any of the recent books though)
James Knowlson - Damned To Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett (I tend to steer clear of biographies, but the blog [Removed Illegal Link] made me want to read this)
Thukydides - The Peloponnesian War (I'm not going to go look up how that's spelled in English)

Øystein, Saturday, 5 May 2007 13:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Bloody hell. The link was supposed to be to the blog Anecdotal Evidence:

Øystein, Saturday, 5 May 2007 13:20 (fifteen years ago) link

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, by John Koenig. Seems like it is some kind of bestseller now, so expecting some sort of ILBacklash.

Duck and Sally Can’t Dance (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 30 November 2021 05:42 (ten months ago) link

Remembering How We Stood John Ryan
book on the literary bohemian scene in Dublin in the mid 20th century. pen portraits of several writers from teh time. Should be interesting.

Warlock Oakley Hall
1950s Western reflecting the political feelings of the time. Fear of McCarthy and so on.
I think I know the name from somewhere was it filmed. Seemed interesting for a euro anyway.

City of Bohane Kevin Barry
dystopian sci fi novel by local author. I have his Beatlebone around somewhere too , maybe other stuff.
I bump into him t openings and things so think I need to read him.
Plus i heard he's really good.

Camera Lucida Roland Barthes
Philosopher's views on photography. Apparently his final book.

THree Novels of Old New York Edith Wharton
I think I may have picked up a copy of teh Age of Innocence after seeing the mid 90s film .
& sill haven't read it. But thought i might be tempted now.
Not like I've actually bought another stack of books since the olast things i added to this list and neglected to add tehm here or anything. Or amybe it is exactly like taht.

plus new book out of teh library
Ain't I A Woman bell hooks
Been meaning to read her fro a while and never see them in charity shops which I hope will change.
She was somebody who was recommended during the recent TULCA arts festival and I had this ordered as an interlibrary loan before that but seems like copies of this are disappearing and still listed within the system.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 19:33 (ten months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Damian Catani - Journey to the Extreme
Natalia Ginzburg - The Dry Heart
Wolfgang Hilbig - The Interim
Mario Vargas Llosa - Conversations in the Cathedral
William Congreve - Incognita

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 26 December 2021 22:48 (nine months ago) link

Went overboard over the last couple of weeks leading up to Xmas.
Walked half way around town a couple of times to hit charity shops.
Got some interesting stuff and so on.

Stevolende, Monday, 27 December 2021 18:27 (nine months ago) link

cutting and pasting from Goodreads doesn't seem to be working too easily, there's another 2 or 3 x this from the last couple of weeks

Unwritten Laws: The Unofficial Rules Of Life As Handed Down By Murphy And Other Sages

Rawson, Hugh

Bubble Of American Supremacy

Soros, George


Albertson, Chris

A Girl of the Limberlost (Limberlost, #2)

Stratton-Porter, Gene

American Indians: Folk Tales & Legends (Wordsworth Myth, Legend & Folklore)

Cunningham, Keith

The House by the Lake: A Story of Germany

Harding, Thomas *

Out of the Fury: The Incredible Odyssey of Eliezer Urbach

Weigand, Edith S.

The Group

McCarthy, Mary

Conversations with Friends

Rooney, Sally *

And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey

Terkel, Studs

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Sagan, Carl

The Shorter Pepys

Pepys, Samuel

Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air

Holmes, Richard

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Dorris, Michael

A Day in the Country and Other Stories

Maupassant, Guy de

Rack, Rope and Red-Hot Pincers: A History of Torture and Its Instruments

Abbott, Geoffrey

Walter Winchell: A Novel

Herr, Michael

Sacred Hunger (Sacred Hunger #1)

Unsworth, Barry

The Awakening and Selected Stories

Chopin, Kate

A Personal Anthology

Borges, Jorge Luis

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

King, Stephen *

The Big Sleep and Other Novels (#1, 2, 6)

Chandler, Raymond

(TV HEAVEN)Complete Cult (Collins)

Condon, Paul

Weep Not, Child

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Strangers on a Train

Highsmith, Patricia

The Complete Parkhurst Tales: Behind the Locked Gates of Britain's Toughest Jails

Parker, Norman

Superbad: The Violent Rise and Fall of the Black Mafia

Griffin, Sean Patrick

Stevolende, Monday, 27 December 2021 18:41 (nine months ago) link

Got the new 33 1/3 volume on Avalon in my Xmas stocking.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 19:22 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Got a copy of Morning of the Magicians by Louis Pauwels earlier this week.
I don't remember having seen one in years of charity shop scouring.
Also got stacks of books from various other places on like 3 occasions this week.

Also got a copy of Sir Robert Frazer's The Golden Bough after having bought a copy about 20 years ago taht I never got through. May still have it somewhere .

& a nice copy of Simone de Beauvoir's The 2nd Sex

Stevolende, Thursday, 13 January 2022 19:38 (eight months ago) link

From the great Kaboom Books in Houston:

Memoirs of Hecate County, Edmund Wilson (edition upgrade)
In Praise of Older Women, Stephen Vizinczey
In Any Case and Natural Shocks, Richard Stern (whose
What Hath God Wrought, Daniel Walker Howe
The Radicalism of the American Revolution, Gordon S. Wood
Inventing a Nation, Gore Vidal

cakelou, Friday, 14 January 2022 03:46 (eight months ago) link

What Hath God Wrought was one of my big pandemic reads back in 2020, it's very good

Jimmy Iovine Eat World (bernard snowy), Friday, 14 January 2022 11:34 (eight months ago) link

I enjoyed that Edmund Wilson, especially "The Princess with the Golden Hair". He should have written more fiction!

o. nate, Friday, 14 January 2022 16:20 (eight months ago) link

In Any Case and Natural Shocks, Richard Stern (whose

...Other Men's Daughters was great.

cakelou, Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:51 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

all three used

rivka galchen - everyone knows your mother is a witch

patricia lockwood - no one is talking about this

book of vija celmins' drawings published by a parisian art museum in the mid-90s. contains a long interview with vija and an introductory essay by robert storr. most of the drawings are of the night sky

flopson, Sunday, 20 February 2022 23:34 (seven months ago) link

I more or less stopped reading through the pandemic, scraped through a few bits and pieces but it was more of a chore than a joy. Managed to start reading again which means I can start buying more books than I ever manage to read, again. Hooray! Including, in the last 10 days or so:

Maigret Goes South by Georges Simenon
The Sweet Indifference of the World by Peter Stamm
Childhood by Tove Ditlevsen
Youth by Tove Ditlevsen
Dependency by Tove Ditlevsen
Guestbook by Leanne Shapton
Trieste by Daša Drndić
Operratics by Michel Leiris (this last a small (Green Integer) book of very short pieces about opera - I'm not terribly interested in opera but I am interested in Michel Leiris and how he might talk about opera)

Tim, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 10:19 (seven months ago) link

If I was a good person I would look up and write down the translators for seven of those eight but I am not, this morning.

Tim, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 10:20 (seven months ago) link

I've been hitting the library lately. The only recent one I've purchased lately is The Fall of Babel, by Josiah Bancroft. Honestly, it's a bit of a letdown early on, but I've gone so far on this journey that I'll see it through to the end.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 1 March 2022 14:23 (seven months ago) link

amazon monthly deals for march include War and Peace, i notice. too soon...

koogs, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 15:21 (seven months ago) link

It's the Briggs translation, which is v. good

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 15:46 (seven months ago) link

i already have it, i think, albeit unread, waiting for the right year.

but vaguely related, march's reading is Grossman's Stalingrad

koogs, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 17:08 (seven months ago) link

I ordered a copy of Rob Shearman's We All Hear Stories in the Dark, a short story collection with the gimmick of being organized as a choose your own adventure book. 1800 pages. Shearman is mostly known for writing some very good Doctor Who audio plays.

adam t. (abanana), Tuesday, 1 March 2022 21:02 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Peter Weiss - The Aesthetics of Resistance (Vol. II)
William Shakespeare - Othello
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Juan Carlos Onetti - The Shipyard
Christopher Logue - War Music
Antonio Moresco - Distant Light
Vassily Grossman - Life and Fate

xyzzzz__, Friday, 1 April 2022 22:12 (six months ago) link

swag from an hour spent at the annual "24 hour book sale" after a two year hiatus... $1 a book:

allain/souvestre - fantomas
robbe-grillet - the erasers
gombrowicz - pornografia
pynchon - inherent vice
jim thompson - omnibus
henry miller - tropic of cancer
kafka - the trial "definitive edition"
george gissing - the nether world
thomas hardy - far from the madding crowd
charles brockden brown - wieland/carwin
ann radcliffe - mysteries of udolpho
ef benson - as we were: a victorian peep-show
anthony trollope - an autobiography
ivy compton-burnett - more women than men
stevie smith - over the frontier
lorca - five plays/three tragedies
ibsen - 3 volumes of penguin plays
strindberg - three plays
lawrence - penguin selected poems
yeats - collected poems
oxford classic irish short stories
bowker (ed.) - malcolm lowry remembered
william sansom - proust

no lime tangier, Thursday, 7 April 2022 04:30 (five months ago) link

Quite a few. Probably too many. But as long as I have a place to store them I'm sure I'll be working my way through tehm.
& may be my main source of exercise waking around the various charity shops in town.
also still getting the books from interlibrary loans

Stevolende, Thursday, 7 April 2022 12:32 (five months ago) link

This week I got my preordered download of the audiobook for The Candy House, the new novel from ILB fav Jennifer Egan. I will probably end up getting it in paper at some point, too.

Attached by piercing jewelry (bernard snowy), Thursday, 7 April 2022 14:49 (five months ago) link

She published (and read) an excerpt from that in the New Yorker. I quite enjoyed the concept. Her last book was very good, if fairly conventional.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 7 April 2022 14:54 (five months ago) link

I just bought Isaac Asimov: FOUNDATION (1951).

the pinefox, Thursday, 7 April 2022 16:16 (five months ago) link


the pinefox, Wednesday, 13 April 2022 17:34 (five months ago) link

Pohl and Kornbluth, THE SPACE MERCHANTS.

George Moore, ESTHER WATERS.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 15:07 (five months ago) link

the pohl half of space merchants is great

adam t. (abanana), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 19:08 (five months ago) link

Is it split in half?

Eric B. Mash Up the Resident (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 19:10 (five months ago) link

Maybe it actually splits into thirds?

Eric B. Mash Up the Resident (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 21:10 (five months ago) link

The Wisden Book of Cricketers' Lives (I know (nearly) nothing of cricket, but love reference books. I need help)

bulb after bulb, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 21:13 (five months ago) link

I am always looking for small, lightweight, used paperback books I can take on backpacks. I found two:

The Abbess of Crewe, Muriel Spark, used paperback in very good condition, $2.
The Singing Sands, Josephine Tey, used paperback, $2.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 22:55 (five months ago) link

ooh, I love The Singing Sands!

Lily Dale, Thursday, 28 April 2022 00:00 (five months ago) link

Still haven't tried Tey--what's this one about?

dow, Thursday, 28 April 2022 18:00 (five months ago) link

Detective suffering from claustrophobia and panic attacks takes medical leave and goes to Scotland to rest and recover; on his way there he encounters a death that doesn't initially seem like a murder at all, and starts investigating it as a way to take his mind off his anxiety.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 28 April 2022 20:52 (five months ago) link

I’ve been curious about Tey as well.

Eric B. Mash Up the Resident (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 April 2022 21:07 (five months ago) link

Pohl wrote the first half of Space Merchants (and maybe some of the ending). Kornbluth wrote the section where the protagonist becomes lower class.

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 29 April 2022 03:21 (five months ago) link

Detective suffering from claustrophobia and panic attacks takes medical leave and goes to Scotland to rest and recover; on his way there he encounters a death that doesn't initially seem like a murder at all, and starts investigating it as a way to take his mind off his anxiety.

Where do singing sands enter into it?

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 29 April 2022 03:34 (five months ago) link

It's cool enough for me to know that the phenomenon of 'singing sands' is a real one that exists is the world. How this fact fits into the book is, for me who hasn't read it yet, just that it makes for a damn interesting title.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Friday, 29 April 2022 03:40 (five months ago) link

Bought my childhood favourite Help! I Am Prisoner In A Toothpaste Factory on eBay for my daughter

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 29 April 2022 08:57 (five months ago) link

Xavier De Maistre - Voyage Around my Room
Cesare Pavese - The Beautiful Summer
Wole Soyinka - A Shuttle in the Crypt
Vladimir Sharov - Before & During
Halldor Laxness - Independent People
Christina Stead - The Man who Loved Children

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 April 2022 13:28 (five months ago) link

John Darnielle, Devil House
Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Fantasies of Neglect: Imagining the Urban Child in American Film and Fiction

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Thursday, 5 May 2022 23:12 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

Hermann Burger - Brenner
Heinrich Heine - Travel Pictures
Joy Williams - Harrow
Sergio Pitol - The Love Parade
Marie Darrieussecq - Pig Tales
Gregor Von Rezzori - The Death of my Brother Abel

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 6 August 2022 11:34 (two months ago) link

This summer:

J R R Tolkien – The Silmarillion, Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (ed. Humphrey Carpenter)
Eric S. Rabkin (ed.) – Fantastic Worlds: Myths, Tales, and Stories
Clark Ashton Smith – The Dark Eidolon, and Other Stories
Clive Barker – Books of Blood, vol. 1-3
Stanley Cavell – Cities of Words, Themes Out of School
Ray Russell – Haunted Castles: The Complete Gothic Stories
Ellen Datlow (ed.) – Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror
Michael Moorcock – Stormbringer: The Elric Saga, Part 2

jmm, Saturday, 6 August 2022 12:35 (two months ago) link

Still stacks
Lauren Bacall By Myself and Then some
Allan Jones Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
Nikki Sixx The Heroin Diaries
Chapman Frank Sinatra The Chairman
Ursula K Le guin The Dispossessed
Nicky Hayes Understand Psychology
Ruth Dudley Edwards Patrick pearse The Triumph Of The Failure
Rosemary Ellen Guiley Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical and Paranormal Experience
Revolutionary Japanese Educator And Founder Of Soka Gakkai
Bethel, Dayle M. Makiguchi The Value Creator: Revolutionary Japanese Educator And Founder Of Soka Gakkai

are some of the ones I've bought this week
So no wonder I can't get into my work table.

& I'm still getting a stack from the library too.


Stevolende, Saturday, 6 August 2022 12:58 (two months ago) link

Summer purchases. I'm buying less, but still more than I can read.

Isaac Butler - The Method, which I'm currently reading and it's great
Mel Brooks - All About Me!
Darnielle - Devil House

Karin Tidbeck - The Memory Theater
Micaiah Johnson - The Space Between Worlds

Richard Noll - The Jung Cult
Ken Jennings - Brainiac
Tamsyn Muir - Harrow the Ninth
Clive Barker - Books of Blood
The Best of R.A. Lafferty

formerly abanana (dat), Saturday, 6 August 2022 15:58 (two months ago) link

Was curious about the Butler book, good to know it’s worth it.

I bought a big handful of cheap secondhand Viragos: the tortoise and the hare, angel, our spoons came from Woolworths, the clergyman’s daughter, a wreath for the enemy - and also brookner’s “look at me”.

Also just got Oliver Harris’s new one A Season in Exile on audiobook - really looking forward to that

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 6 August 2022 21:30 (two months ago) link

Oops I mean the vet’s daughter

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 6 August 2022 21:32 (two months ago) link

last week i bought a small book lot and ended up with a 1st uk edition of henry green's blindness, (another) copy of denton welch's journals, betjeman's first and last loves, the nonesuch william morris & uh the pilgrim's guide to franciscan italy

no lime tangier, Saturday, 6 August 2022 22:53 (two months ago) link

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