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23 September 2008 @ 03:40 pm
Bibliophile Alert  
Because I don't have anything remotely interesting to say today, have a literary-themed meme:

List 10 books you have on your bookshelf that you think nobody else on your friends list has on theirs. (I didn't include First Editions or signed books, and I'm sure I didn't produce a particularly unique list. But I think the result is a rather good cross-section of my interests, and probably offers insight into my personality, which might be even better. :)

1) Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens by James Davidson
2) The Arthur Trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland
3) The Witch Must Die: The Hidden Meaning of Faerie Tales by Sheldon Cashdon
4) The Queen's Conjurer: The Science and Magic of Dr. John Dee, Advisor to Elizabeth I by Benjamin Wolley
5) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (but only because it isn't officially released until next week ;-)
6) Kimi wa Pet (complete manga series) by Ogawa Yayoi
7) The Dinosaur Heresies by (the brilliant) Dr Richard T Bakker ♥
8) Behind the Dolphin Smile by Richard O'Barry (The tragic history of the dolphins who played Flipper. *sniff*)
9) Life, and How to Survive it by John Cleese and Robin Skinner
10) The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible by Jonathan Kirsch (I highly recommend this to everyone, it's fascinating.)

Tomorrow the cable company is coming to install my new internet connection, HUZZAH! No more AOL dialup for me, thank the Great Green Arkleseizure. *grins*

And even better, on thursday ashfae and randomchris arrive from Edinburgh, wheee! I am so excited to see my best friend again, it's been three and a half years already since we were last together, and I am utterly beside myself with bounceyjoy and glee. Yayyyy. :)
Thea Gilmore
sunlightdances on September 23rd, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
My Dad has no.9. :)

Not that I'm being hideously awkward or anything.
Neverwhere: Naughty [monty python/devious]angelislington on September 23rd, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)

I should take it off the list then :-P

I thought I would put up a Python book that isn't really a Python book (unlike all the other related paraphenalia that I own)...but alas, that plan backfired. Ah well! :D
maudelynn: mara_shomaudelynn on September 23rd, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
I have 1,5,10. :)
Neverwhere: GNeil and happypanda nomnomnom :Dangelislington on September 23rd, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Eeeee you have #1? AWESOME.

I was actually very intimated trying to write this list, knowing that you'd probably own my entire collection of supposedly esoteric historical tomes (not to mention all the faerie related ones ;-).

Your list rather blew me away, y'know. :)
maudelynn: harold kittymaudelynn on September 23rd, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
I am a very very well disguised uber history geek... but only certain pockets of history... it is very random, and sometimes very odd, what I study.

and there is never any reason to be intimidated by me in any way. I am a big ball of silliness
Neverwhere: Wit -- by patronus_iconsangelislington on September 23rd, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's that well disguised...*winks playfully* (But if you want to keep it hidden I shall pretend not to see the signs anymore. Hee. ;-)

My pockets of history are a bit random as well, but probably not terribly odd - Archaic and Hellenistic Greece, Phoenicia, Etruscan Italy, Tudor and Late Victorian England. All fairly normal historical passions. Well, except perhaps my love affair with the Phoenicians. *grins*

I enjoy your big ball of silliness very much :D

Edited at 2008-09-23 11:35 pm (UTC)
Elizabeth-Anne: Lancearcadiaego on September 24th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
I have #2. (Well, I have it in three seperate volumes.)
Neverwhere: Visions and Revisions [inspiration/tea]angelislington on September 24th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Hee, as do I :)

I thought you might have some of my faerie tale/literary criticism books too, so I didn't mention anything by Marina Warner or Jack Zipes (looooooove him ;-) or any of that crowd. *G*
Meggytrondiner on September 24th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Well I don't got none of those
Neverwhere: Fou da Fa Fa [conchords/silly]angelislington on September 24th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)

Meggytron: Haystack Hairdiner on September 24th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
You really want to compare yourself to a colorless idiot?
Neverwhere: Have a seat while I take to the skyangelislington on September 24th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)

Am festive jolly vibrant colourful NON-SNOWFLAKE. Or summat. *giggles*
Storme: book lovestorme on September 24th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
I have #1. :)
Neverwhere: Nicely Phrased [ravenclaw praise]angelislington on September 24th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm quite surprised I'm not the only one who's read it, but ever so pleased :)

Your icon is adooooorable ♥
D.ephiriel on September 24th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
#5? You jammy tart! how did you get your mitts on that?
Neverwhere: GNeil and happypanda nomnomnom :Dangelislington on September 24th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)

I've had it since April, when I attended the Book Expo and got several dozen unreleased (at the time) novels, including TGB and The Dangerous Alphabet. :)

My facebook photo was me with TGB for awhile, I think I might change it back to celebrate its release. *G*
sheldrakesheldrake on September 24th, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)
I got number 2. :)
Neverwhere: Gay Boys in Bondage [python/shakespeare]angelislington on September 24th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)

I quite liked the series, it was a fun interpretation of Arthurian legend, and if I were a child I would have been really happy learning about 12th Century life this way. :)
Liz Sixwin on September 24th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
I have #4 (which I ought to re-read sometime) and #9 (or rather I did have it but lent it to someone who hasn't returned it yet)
Neverwhere: All Mirth and No Matterangelislington on September 24th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)

I'm actually rather pleased other people have books on my list, as it means my friends have excellent taste. *grins*
strangederby2strangederby2 on March 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Ah ha! And here I sit with a copy of The Queen's Conjurer: The Science and Magic of Dr. John Dee. On my Book shelf.

Neverwhere: Dr Orpheus is my hero :)angelislington on March 4th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Oooooh spiffy!

And HALLO new friend! Any particular reason why you've added me? Other than my obvious awesomeness, of course. ;-)
strangederby2strangederby2 on March 4th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Apart from that I noticed that we have a few friends in common.