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*panting* Back... from... Hale Library...
Annual Book Fair... last day... box.. $5.

You know, I shouldn't think I'd get this winded after lugging a 30-pound box of books halfway across campus. What is it, a third of a mile, tops? Granted, it'd be easier if it were a backpack I was wearing, but criminy... that STR of 7 I got in the "Real-Life D&D" quiz wiliqueen posted sounds about right.

OK, so what did I get this year?


Haul #1 - Mon 11 Apr 2005
One backpack ($1.50 per paperback textbook, $0.50 popular fiction) - $13 total

Fiction

Return of the Jedi, James Kahn
Children of Dune, Frank Herbert
Starship Troopers (2 copies), Robert Heinlein - one of these is an early-run edition, the other, a post-movie one
The Robots of Dawn, Isaac Asimov
Robots and Empire, Isaac Asimov
Crystal Singer, Anne McCaffrey
Forward the Foundation, Isaac Asimov
The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula K. LeGuin
Prentice Alvin: The Tales of Alvin Maker III, Orson Scott Card
The Gripping Hand, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The Spine of the World, R. A. Salvatore
The Kitchen God's Wife, Amy Tan
The Hunt for Red October (2 copies), Tom Clancy
Clear and Present Danger, Tom Clancy
The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
Noble House, James Clavell

(I already have a copy of RoTJ, and some of the above are duplicates or ones I am not planning to keep. So, if anyone wants a copy of any of the above, just let me know and I'll send it to you - when I'm done, if I haven't read it yet.)

Nonfiction

Common Lisp, Guy Steele
Building the Corporate Intranet, Steven L. Guengerich and Douglas Graham - I got this one for eckypecky (ETA, 13:20 CDT Thu 14 Apr 2005 - I gave it to her at our post-KDD meeting)
Megatrends 2000: Ten New Directions for the 1990's, John Naisbitt and Patricia Aburdene - I always like reading about "near-term" predictions after the period has come and gone


Haul #2 - Wed 13 Apr 2005
One box, $5

Fiction

Have His Carcase, Dorothy L. Sayers
Strong Poison, Dorothy L. Sayers
Busman's Honeymoon (2 copies), Dorothy L. Sayers
Five Red Herrings, Dorothy L. Sayers
Bio of a Space Tyrant, Volume 1: Refugee, Piers Anthony
Bio of a Space Tyrant, Volume 2: Mercenary, Piers Anthony
Bio of a Space Tyrant, Volume 4: Executive, Piers Anthony
Bio of a Space Tyrant, Volume 5: Statesman, Piers Anthony
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
Danse Macabre, Stephen King
Titans' Daughter, James Blish
Star Trek The Next Generation: Imzadi, Peter David
Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
Jack the Bodiless, Julian May
Conan the Wanderer, Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague deCamp, and Lin Carter
Beasts of Gor, John Norman
Rose of the Prophet, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter L. Miller, Jr.
A Century of Progress, Fred Saberhagen
Berserker Fury, Fred Saberhagen - hardback
Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Vonda MacIntyre
Dragonquest, Anne McCaffrey
The White Dragon, Anne McCaffrey
Crystal Line, Anne McCaffrey
John Carpenter's Starman, Alan Dean Foster
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Book Three: The Power That Preserves, Stephen B. Donaldson
Eight Great Tragedies - complete texts of Prometheus Bound (Aeschylus), Oedipus the King (Sophocles), Hippolytus (Euripides), King Lear (Shakespeare), Ghosts (Ibsen), Miss Julie (Strindberg), On Baile's Strand (Yeats), Desire Under the Elms (O'Neill)

Nonfiction

Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science, Carl Sagan
The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus
MacOS X: The Complete Reference, Jesse Feiler
Designing Systems for Internet Commerce, G. Winfield Treese and Lawrence C. Stewart
Object-Oriented Concepts, Databases, and Applications, Edited by Won Kim and Fredrick H. Lochovsky
Principles of Database and Knowledge-Base Systems, Jeffrey Ullman
Parallel Distributed Processing, Volume 1: Foundations, David E. Rumelhart and James L. McClelland
Parallel Distributed Processing, Volume 2: Psychological and Biological Models, Rumelhart and McClelland
Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life, 6th edition, Cecie Starr and Ralph Taggart
Advanced Placement Physics B/C Study Guide, 2002
Graphs and Hypergraphs, Claude Berge

Yes, that's right. I got a copy of JtB and a whole set of PDP for 50 cents. Shoot me now.
And seeing the English translation of Graphes et Hypergraphes in a remnants bin, happy as it made me to be able to buy it, is a freaking tragedy.

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Banazir

Comments

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thanatos_kalos
Apr. 13th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
Imzadi was a great book. :)

Which tragedies were included in the eight?
othercriteria
Apr. 13th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
Wow. Hearing about Imzadi brings back memories. It had pr0n, there was tons of telepathy, it was an alternate universe, and (consequently) it read like fanfic. But that was before I knew what fanfic was. Good times.
banazir
Apr. 14th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Imzadi and tragedies
Imzadi was a great book. :)
So I've heard - I had the opportunity to grab a copy last year, and passed it up.

Which tragedies were included in the eight?
Editing to add:

  • Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound

  • Sophocles: Oedipus Rex

  • Euripides: Hippolytus

  • Shakespeare: King Lear

  • Ibsen: Ghosts

  • Strindberg: Miss Julie

  • Yeats: On Baile's Strand

  • O'Neill: Desire Under the Elms



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Banazir
dipping_sauce
Apr. 14th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
Oooh, Dorothy Sayers is *great* stuff.

And A Canticle for Leibowitz is a good read, even though I disagree with some of it.
banazir
Apr. 14th, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)
Sayers and Leibowitz
Oooh, Dorothy Sayers is *great* stuff.
No kidding! My favorite is Murder Must Advertise, though there will always be a soft spot in my heart for Gaudy Night.

And A Canticle for Leibowitz is a good read, even though I disagree with some of it.
So Tripitaka has advised me - thanks.

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Banazir
illusio
Apr. 14th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)
i <3 cheap booksales! sweet :) so, how many copies (of JtB) do you have now? ;p

oh, and if you read Rose of the Prophet and like it, (assuming you haven't already) lemme know if you can find a copy of the next book (out of print) for less than $6 (shipping included) anywhere. because i'm losing hope. damnit. i hate paying more for shipping than the book itself costs! especially when it's like ...3x that.

(i read imzadi in like... 5th or 6th grade; on the playground, mostly. i was really obsessed for a while there- oh, star trek what a friend to me you were! of course i could perhaps blame you for my friend-deficit now...)
banazir
Apr. 14th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Friends: deficits and surpluses
i <3 cheap booksales! sweet :)
Me too!

so, how many copies (of JtB) do you have now? ;p
Only two, believe it or not, both the mass market paperback edition.
I bought two of those in 2000 and sent one entire set of the nonalogy (well, the decalogy sans A Pliocene Companion) to jereeza.

My original copy of JtB (Knopf hardcover), I lent in 1993 to a girl I liked, which is pretty much the only way I'd ever part with my only copy of one of JM's Pliocene/Milieu. ;-)

oh, and if you read Rose of the Prophet and like it, (assuming you haven't already) lemme know if you can find a copy of the next book (out of print) for less than $6 (shipping included) anywhere. because i'm losing hope. damnit. i hate paying more for shipping than the book itself costs! especially when it's like ...3x that.
OK, I will.

(i read imzadi in like... 5th or 6th grade; on the playground, mostly.
My goodness. Now I feel old. Imzadi came out in 1993! Sheesh... that was the year I got my Master's degree...

i was really obsessed for a while there- oh, star trek what a friend to me you were! of course i could perhaps blame you for my friend-deficit now...)
Perish the thought! Not that Trekkers are a better breed of friends (we are) or inherently smarter (really, we are), but I should think that anyone who would shun you over being a Trek fan might have some issues of his or her own. :-)

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Banazir
illusio
Apr. 16th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
Re: Friends: deficits and surpluses
no, see, what i really meant was that... perhaps if i hadn't been such a star trek devotee, i would have been making friends on the playground instead of being a pathetic antisocial geek- sitting on the swings reading imzadi. gah.

i have no problems being friends with people who like star trek, and those who shun it just need to be enlightened :)

aw, i made you feel old ;)
illusio
Apr. 14th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
oh, i didn't even notice that 'chronicles of the unbeliever' item... yuck! "i'm a leper so i like to rape young girls," is about all i got out of book one, and i never went back. stupid crap. but then, so was the person who recommended it to me >:p
banazir
Apr. 14th, 2005 09:47 am (UTC)
So I have heard
I figured there must be more to it, or people wouldn't exactly be lining up to read the second and third books, but we'll see.

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Banazir
twinbee
Apr. 14th, 2005 09:14 am (UTC)
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter L. Miller, Jr. I love that book.
banazir
Apr. 14th, 2005 09:48 am (UTC)
Wild Horses
Duly noted.
Have you read St. Leivowitz and the Wild Horse Woman? Is it any good?

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Banazir
twinbee
Apr. 14th, 2005 09:52 am (UTC)
Re: Wild Horses
nope. I'm guessing thats the sequel.
banazir
Apr. 16th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
St. Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman
Quite so. Here's a review (general SF reader), and another (Catholic POV).

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Banazir
grain_king
Apr. 14th, 2005 09:23 am (UTC)
I get books and magazines from my local library all the time (they have some racks+shelves of stuff that gets donated or just phased out of circulation).

It's one of the only places I've been able to sate my Asimov's/Analog lust. Many of the issues I have recently found (of both magazines) are pre-1980s. This is neat 'cause there are some really great authors represented (Rob Chilson, Larry Niven, Piers Anthony, et al.).

Oh, another cool thing I've found is that the library sporadically has barely-outdated copies of the Griffith Observer for $.10 per issue.

Yay! =)
banazir
Apr. 16th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
Swanwick's _Vacuum Flowers_
Hey, good deal.

If you want The Matrix with less Neuromancer-esque navel gazing, less Cryptonomiconic pseudohistory and technicality (which aren't bad things in and of themselves, IMO), more vibrance and breadth to the galaxy, and less whop-your-brains-out kung fu, read Vacuum Flowers. In some ways it's like classic cyberpunk written by Anne McCaffrey. Swanwick reminds me in some ways of Simmons.

I mention this because I first read Vacuum Flowers in serial form in four issues of Analog that were among my only possessions as a child.

Have you ever read the short story "The Arcevoalo" by Lucius Shepard?
That's another classic that I think first appeared in Asimov's.

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Banazir
grain_king
Apr. 19th, 2005 09:10 am (UTC)
Re: Swanwick's _Vacuum Flowers_
I'm not certain if I've read the Lucius Shepard story. According to the "Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase" (this site is so rad) it looks like it was in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in October of 1986, though, and I've only read a couple issues of that magazine.

If you want The Matrix with less Neuromancer-esque navel gazing
Heeeey, what's wrong with navel-gazing? Neuromancer is one of my favorite books. ;P I think I might've read a few of Swanwick's short stories, but if I did it was a long time ago (and I've read quite a few short stories since then).

I mention this because I first read Vacuum Flowers in serial form in four issues of Analog that were among my only possessions as a child.
Poor Bill. =( It's ok, most of the time (when I was a wee tot) my parents just threw me in front of the television. I really didn't hang out with them and unless I was being mesmerized by some silly television program I was in my room, reading. I used to read anything I could get my hands on, really. I remember I really dug the Lone Wolf series of game books.

I'll try to get a hand on Vacuum Flowers if I get a chance. =)
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