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"I don't know what it is," said Sisyphus, "but I just can't stop climbing." [Feb. 14th, 2012|05:41 am]
David Alexander McDonald (Steven E. McDonald)
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Another month, another book sale, and another bag day, although this time I'm happy to report that I donated/redonated two bags full of books, magazines, and audiobooks and returned with only one bag full of new acquisitions, though this might in part have had to do with the pickings being a bit slim in some areas, and my habit of approaching the CD racks with what amounts to a high-powered suction device (eighteen CDs, including Richard Thompson's Sweet Warrior in surprisingly fine condition) at the start. For all that, I did get a fresh batch of audiobooks on CD (and a copy of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine on cassette) and a number of books. I'd intended to try looking for titles in the Hard Case Crime imprint, but this plan came a cropper because of the difficulty spotting the spine design, I was tired and sore (I've been sleeping very badly of late), and being the smart guy that I am, I hadn't printed out a list in advance. If I was being smart about things, I'd probably put all of my books into a database, and print the thing out (or get a cheap tablet I can stick such a list on.) On the bright side, it's rare that I manage to duplicate titles. Also, this wouldn't stop weird mistakes that occasionally I make -- one of the new CD acquisitions wasn't the world music CD I thought it was, but a Coldplay EP.

O)nce again I've been veering off from the original list of books, as well as the expanded list, and this means I'm now going towards the El Toro level of the Mount TBR Challenge -- and, inevitably, towards Mount Everest, at which point it doesn't matter how many more I add on.

The details of the Mount TBR challenge here, with the original list of books.

The Original List:

01) Stephen Fry - Making History
02) Caleb Carr - Killing Time
03) Frederik Pohl - The Voices Of Heaven
04) David Brin - Sundiver
05) Todhunter Ballard - High Iron
06) Dean Owen - Last Chance Range
07) D. B. Newton - Shotgun Guard
08) Alan LeMay - Thunder In The Dust
09) Eugene Cunningham - Riders Of the Night
10) L.L. Foreman - The Renegade
11) Lewis B. Patten - The Odds Against Circle L
12) Richard S. Prather - Lie Down, Killer
13) Cornell Woolrich - Fright
14) Richard Aleas - Songs Of Innocence
15) Richard S. Prather - Darling, It's Death
16) James A. Michener - The Bridges At Toko-Ri
17) Alan Ryan (ed.) - Vampires: two Centuries Of Great Vampire Stories
18) Janet Evanovich - Fearless Fourteen
19) James Kakalios - The Physics Of Superheroes
20) DC Showcase Presents Dial H For Hero
21) Edward S. Aarons - Assignment Cong Hai Kill
22) John Zakour - The Frost-Haired Vixen
23) DeCandido/Mack/York - Star Trek S.C.E. Book 6 Wildfire
24) Sharyn McCrumb - Bimbos Of the Death Sun
25) Ed McBain - Widows
26) Bradford Scott - Curse Of Texas Gold
27) John Brunner - The Dramaturges Of Yan
28) Shelby Foote - Shiloh
29) John Zakour & Lawrence Ganem - The Plutonium Blonde
30) Stephen Bly - Friends And Enemies
31) Stephen King - Hearts In Atlantis
32) The Essential Iron Man Vol. 1
33) Ellis Peters - The Funeral Of Figaro (audio)
34) Alan Paton - Cry, The Beloved Country (audio)
35) Marvel Essential Tomb Of Dracula Vol. 4
36) Alastair Reynolds - Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days
37) Sandra McDonald - The Stars Down Under
38) Peter F. Hamilton - The Reality Dysfunction
39) David Toop - Ocean Of Sound: Aether Talk, Ambient Sound, And Imaginary Worlds
40) David Manning (Ed.) - Vaughan-Williams On Music

And Then I Added:

41) James Patterson - London Bridges (audio)
42) Janet Evanovich - Plum Lucky (audio)
43) Frederik Pohl - The Best Of
44) Greg Palast - Vulture's Picnic
45) Charlotte MacLeod - Exit The Milkman
46) Charles De Lint - Medicine Road
47) Charles Stross - Halting State
48) J. G. Ballard - The Burning World
49) Nevada Barr - Endangered Species (audio)
50) Various - Dinosaur Fantastic (anthology)

Taking The Horns By The Bull:

51) Frederik Pohl - Platinum Pohl
52) Max Estes - Hello, Again (a cute and quick read from Top Shelf)
53) Loren D. Estleman - General Murders (audio, read by Robert Forster)
54) Pierre Boulle - The Bridge Over The River Kwai
55) Robert Terrall - Kill Now, Pay Later
56) Jack Prelutsky - Behold The Bold Umbrellaphant And Other Poems (audio)
57) Randy Kennedy - Subwayland (non-fiction about the New York subways and underground life)
58) Jon Ronson - The Psychopath Test
59) Elizabet Peterzen - The Last Draw (Sista Stcket in Sweden)
60) Lawrence Block - The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep
61) Chuck Rosenthal - The Heart Of Mars
62) Christopher Moore - You Suck
63) Elmer Kelton - Shotgun
64) Lawrence Block - Some Days You Get The Bear
65) Ed McBain - Fiddlers

I know there's ten more to go on the list, but I'm going to get to those later because right now I need to sleep. I'll add the other ten below this, later on.

The Next Fast Blast:

66) Jack Gantos - I am Not Joey Pigza (audio)
67) Rick Geary - The Fatal Bullet
68) Rick Geary - The Case Of Madeleine Smith
69) Rick Geary - The Mystery Of Mary Rogers
70) Sir John Betjeman - Summoned By Bells (audio)
71) Stephen King - Blood And Smoke (audio)
72) Ray Bradbury - From The Dust Returned (audio)
73) Bernard Cornwell - Sharpe's Company (audio)
74) Bernard Cornwell - Sharpe's Sword (audio)
75) Loren D. Estleman - Retro (audio)

I already have a new stack started that's going to be up to 25 before too long. Little by little, chipping away, chipping away.....
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[User Picture]From: de_wynken
2012-02-17 01:35 am (UTC)
46) Charles De Lint - Medicine Road my favorite book by my favorite author :)
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[User Picture]From: wyldemusick
2012-02-20 09:26 am (UTC)
And one of the shorter entries, even.
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