Evidence of my book buying problem

  • A.E. Van Vogt
  • Albert Einstein
  • Alexander Besher
  • Andrei Codrescu
  • Anne Tyler
  • Carl G. Jung
  • Chriostpher Priest
  • Clifford D. Simak
  • Clive Barker
  • Damien Broderick
  • Damon Knight
  • Edward R. Tufte
  • Edward Rutherford
  • Geoff Ryman
  • Harlan Ellison
  • J. Gregory Keyes
  • Jack McDevitt
  • John Banville
  • John Fowles
  • John Shirley
  • Kathleen Ann Goonan
  • Kenzaburo Oe
  • Lawrence Norfolk
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Linda & Fred Griffith
  • Martin Gardner
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Richard Calder
  • Robert Silverberg
  • Sean Stewart
  • Sten Nadolny
  • Stephen A. Donaldson
  • Steven Pinker
  • Thomas Tryon
  • Walter John Williams
  • William Barton, Michael Capobianco
  • William T. Vollman
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These are authors by whom I own more than one book, yet I have never read a book they've written. This is mostly for my own reminder that I need to read some of these soon.

Kristin, this is actually a dilemma that I have as well. Do you own at least two books by these authors or just one? Out of all of these I'd say the one you've got to read is John Varley. He is a great writer.

I'd be interested in knowing what you have by Barker, Besher, Delany, Donaldson, Gardner, Knight, Nylund, Shirley, Swanwick, Varley, Williams and Womack. Also I think Walter Jon Williams's middle name is spelled with one N.

These are ones that I own at least 2 by.

Ok, so I was being blind when I responded originally. I answered your first question but not your second ;)

(http://www.kbuxton.com/books/lib/ has the full list actually)

So you finally read some Eric Nylund?

yes, Dry Water

Cool, he's a favorite of mine. I can vouch for every one of his books except for A Signal Shattered (which I read and didn't care for, the first book, Signal to Noise, was so much better) and that Halo gaming tie-in book which I haven't read. Signal to Noise, Pawn's Dream and A Game of Universe are all good. I like him better when he's doing sci-fi rather than fantasy. I don't know why he's doing this gaming tie-in stuff. He's so much better than that.

And Michael Swanwick and John Shirley! What books do you have by those two blokes?

Shirley: Eclipse
The Exploded Heart
Really, Really, Really, Really, Weird Stories

Swanwick: Jack Faust
Stations of the Tide

Stations of the Tide I liked a lot.

The Shirley stuff you haven't I would consider essential. Unfortunately the stuff of his that's hard to come by is the really good stuff. He has so much stuff that's out of print. I would recommend Transmaniacon, City Come a'Walking and In Darkness Waiting. His novella Demons which was passed out to novel length was also a recent treat.

My method of picking new books to read at this point is pretty random, so I'm not sure when I'll get around to any of it. but one of these days ;)

Some of that stuff is pretty heavy - Tolstoy, Jung, Ibsen . . . if you want to start with something lighter, I woudl recommend the Joan Vinge Snow Queen/Summer Queen books. Talk about the expansion of a fairy tale!

And I've never read any other book by A.S. Byatt, but I thoroughly enjoyed Possession.

I started Possession once and really couldn't get into it. I'll probably try again sometime, but I've stalled out on the writing style every time I've tried reading Byatt.

The Vinge is definitely higher up on the stack than some of the others here. I have a tendency to buy books when I run across them cheap or whatever if they look at all interesting regardless of whether I'm likely to want to read them soon. This is bad for my shelf space/budget, but good for that brief period between books when you have to decide what to read next. My current method is pretty random though.

Hermann Hesse and Robert Silverberg are two of my favourites authors.

I have a few by Hesse, and my favourites were Gertrude and Rosshalde - both are beautiful books - so I can recommend these if they are amongst your possessions. I have also read; The Prodigy (excellent), Peter Camezind (very good), Siddhartha (OK), Steppenwolfe (OK), Narziss and Goldmunde (excellent), The Glass Bead Game (very good), Demian (good), Strange News from Another Star - short stories (Hard Passage, Faldum and Dream Sequence are excellent). I also have Wandering on my bookshelf but it remains unread so far.

Robert Silverberg: Dying Inside (the best), Up The Line (excellent), Nightwings (OK), Those Who Watch (a favourite), The Time Hoppers (very good), The World Inside (good), Hawksbill Station (very good), A Time of Changes (good), The Masks of Time (good), Gilgamesh the King (OK), plus a couple of books of his short stories (Songs of Summer - good, Needle In A Timestack - OK). I have also during the last few weeks bought a further batch from Silverberg (ordered on the internet) to be read in the future: Lord Valentine's Castle, The Majipoor Chronicles, Tom O'Bedlam, At Winter's End.

I have read a couple by A.E. Van Vogt; Slan (excellent), and The Worlds of Null-A (good)).

I hope this helps.

Back to your original point, I have two books from Martin Amis on my shelf unread, never having read him before. I shall check to see if there are any more authors - I am certain there will be.

Actually I just finished Steppenwolf very recently but had forgotten to take him off the list. I'm glad to hear that there are better books by him though since while I thought it was OK, I didn't think it explained all of the hype.

For Herman Hesse fans I cannot recommend too highly:

&nbsp and &nbsp Rosshalde.

Check out the links.

Same problem for me. Here they are:

Martin Amis (Money, Dead Babies).

Richard Adams (Watership Down, Plaque Dogs).

Robert Graves (I Claudius/Claudius the God (2 books in 1), The Greek Myths volumes I and II (2 books)).

Thomas Kennealy (Schindlers Ark (re-named Schindlers List after the film was released), Conderates).

James Clavell (Shogun, King Rat).

Plus some Readers Digest 'World's Best Reading':

R.L.Stevenson (Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, The Master of Ballantrae).

Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D'Urbervilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Jude The Obscure).

Jules Verne (Around The World in Eighty Days, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea).

Rudyard Kipling (Captains Courageous, Kim).

The Greek Myths (volumes I and II) I have BOTH a paperback set AND a hardback set - that's four books.

More of a problem than I had recognised - is there an organisation 'Bookaholics Anonymous'.

What prompted me ? I just love material possessions, and books in particular.

Thomas Kennealy - should read 'Confederates'
- not 'Conderates'.

Will I never learn ?

Recent acquisitions include more doubling (tripling) up on authors not yet read:

Philip Pullman - Northern Lights (this is the English version of The Golden Compass), The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass.

Allan Massie - Augustus, Tiberius, Caesar, Arthur the King (all novels).

R.L.Stevenson - Treasure Island, to add to Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, The Master of Ballantrae from the Readers Digest 'World's Best Reading'.

hi there, are you still looking for these books? I have
R.L.Stevenson (Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, The Master of Ballantrae).
Jules Verne (Around The World in Eighty Days, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea).
if you still want it, please contact me, by huabing_wen_ice@hotmail.com. thanks

I have recently finished reading The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg, also excellent.

From where I'm sitting, it doesn't look like you have any problem buying books!

Well, everyone else seems to think it's a problem :) I just think my bank account thinks it's a problem.

R. Buckminster Fuller? So what prompted you to pick up two (or more) of his books?

Interesting feller, he.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Curiousity and finding them cheap I guess. One I might have "borrowed" from my dad several years ago.

There are only two authors on this list by whom I have already read one or two books:
Albert Camus: I have read The Outsider and The Fall. I'd recommend the first one, because it is much more complex, and somehow easier to read.
Franz Kafka: Oh, Kafka! I think he has been a fascinating, though VERY difficult author. I have read several texts by him and one book: The Transformation (BTW, I'm not really sure if that's the correct English title). You will probably have to read this book more than once. Interesting nevertheless.

Interestingly, now that I think about it I think I DID read something by Kafka but it was long long ago (before I was keeping lists).

Could that be Metamorphosis?

I believe so, yes.