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Sunday, September 9th, 2007 12:30 pm
There are few things in life more enjoyable than a face full of sun warmed woofer but unpacking the last box of books is coming close.

I have spare copies of Night Watch and Hogfather by Terry Pratchett, Wolfe's Bane by Tara Harper, The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King, Envoy by Shannah Jay, Get off the Unicorn and Generation Warriors by Anne McCaffrey, Reave the Just by Stephen Donaldson, Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson and Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan if anyone wants them - otherwise I'll trade them in, in about a week.
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Saturday, August 25th, 2007 12:10 am
On at Winthrop Hall for the weekend.

A bunch of us turned up early and as usual the line was impressive; woman with zero gaydar handing out fliers managed to assume that the two most committed gay people in our group were a het couple - stunned silence on the part of the rest of us followed by wheezing giggles.

Have many beautiful books and much reading to look forward to.
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Sunday, August 5th, 2007 04:49 pm
Two days of sawing, hacksawing, drilling and excessive screwdriver use plus some unpacking of boxes has left me incredibly glad I'm ambidextrous enough to use both hands for most tasks. I now have floor to ceiling shelves coating the largest wall in the spare room and shan't be getting down books by authors in "A" or "B" without a ladder. [livejournal.com profile] prk you are absolutely right, I broke three drills bits, two through sloppy technique and one from tripping over the power cord and hurling the drill to it's doom (not on my head though, I get points for this right?).

I've unpacked 3/4 of the boxes and all the speculative fiction is now up excluding random books that snuck into other boxes when I wasn't looking. The remaining 11 boxes are waiting for a burst of energy to unpack texts, non-fiction and fiction. I also found my 'to read' pile which makes me very happy

[livejournal.com profile] mr_booboo this means I have found your Dresden Files books if you wants them - I haven't had a chance to read yet so I hope you're not in a hurry.
[livejournal.com profile] ascetic_hedony do you have my copy of Hunters Oath by Michelle West? I'm just curious, everyone should have a chance to love that book.
[livejournal.com profile] japester do you have all the Merry Gentry books or was that someone else?


samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, October 3rd, 2005 10:08 pm
Because they are old and heavy and I don't use them and I use the intermegawebnet anyway and they take up space and these are all good reasons right?


I can't part with Principles of Extractive Metallurgy though.
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Thursday, August 11th, 2005 09:03 pm
So now I can fall asleep to music again. Yay!

Had to move many books to get the thing on the right shelf. This is good in that much tidying happened and bad in that I shall not be reading any books by authors beginning with 'a' unless I get a sudden growth spurt.

Found many hair accessories, The Princess Bride, ankle strapping tape, bruise cream and a lot of birthday cards including the dodgy one from my father with 'Merry Christmas' crossed out.

Also have duplicates of The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King and Reave the Just by Stephen Donaldson so sing out if you wants 'em. Oh and Wolf's Bane by Tara K. Harper which I cannot in good conscience recommend.
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Friday, July 1st, 2005 05:02 pm
They anticipate being open for maybe two more weeks.

Oh and 40% off all stock.
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Saturday, June 11th, 2005 12:09 pm
The woofer inveigled me down to the beach with scathing commentary and bribes (wet tennis balls - "Oooh!"). Am very pleased, made the distance I wanted and back again and felt good. Got wet through and went book shopping after, now have 4 of the E.E. 'Doc' Smith Lensman novels that I've been eyeing off for a while and a couple of books of short stories.
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Monday, June 6th, 2005 05:27 pm
Those of you who have had the great good fortune to avoid seeing me in the last week will have missed a lot of ranting on the subject of international book prices. Have been reading, grumbling and comparing.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report. The surveys confirm that in many instances Australian consumers are paying too much for their best-selling books and software compared with their counterparts in the USA, UK and New Zealand.

Top 100 Science Fiction / Fantasy list - price comparison )
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, March 6th, 2005 06:38 pm
Have been offered 15 books for $45.

Condition unknown but can look.

Is anyone interested?
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Friday, September 10th, 2004 01:05 pm

And will continue to do so for about a week. By which I mean to say they are casting off things people haven't bought yet. It's an eclectic mix, if you have a sudden urge to own the Last 200 Years of Earrings, various psych texts, The New Chihuahua or a smattering of history, geology or science you might find something to love.

Me, I went in to collect Pride and Promiscuity and I found this!

How to Dunk a Doughnut; the Science of Everyday Life"

"In 1998, Len Fisher attracted media attention around the world with his experiments on the physics of biscuit dunking. His studies resulted in the receipt of a spoof "IgNobel Prize" award, a letter of commendation from the Government Chief Scientist, and a nomination by The Times newspaper as an 'Enemy of the People'"

It has a discussion of the laws of thermodynamics and egg boiling, am going to use it on doofus after his amusing and very dodgy attempt to explain the difference between his mother's egg boiling time and his own was due to genetically engineered chickens designed to lay slow boiling eggs.
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Monday, July 19th, 2004 08:46 am
Down to the beach bright and early, collected chocolate croissant from bakers en route - new addiction forming - and padded through the cold sand with woofer bouncing around demanding ball throwage. Fink woofer refused to fetch ball from deep water and skulked around pretending to be alert and noble until intrepid labrador saved the day.

Saw a dolphin, always gives me a special feeling.

Decide to fix shower problem.
Can't remove shower head - go to hardware store and buy larger shifter
Attempt to remove shower head
Think 'Yay!'
Think 'Oh crap'
Remove entire piping system with new strange twisted bit
Take system to hardware store and discuss with man
Rip open packets and try out elbows and shower heads - decide different one is nicer
Patient man cuts pipe to correct length - admire pipe cutting tool
Discuss exotic use of plumbing tape (and you thought plumbing was boring)
Buy many shiny things, take home and assemble
Turn on - watch water go everywhere
Try again - watch water go everywhere
Tighten everything lots of times - Shower works!

Go to TKD, bounce around a lot and hit things, mmm hitting things = good.

Get home, walk into house and suddenly CRAP EVERYWHERE but it's OK cos some of it is a refrigerator. Yay, T1's brother has delivered all her stuff from storage and I mean all.

Reading James reveals UWA is having annual book sale thus we have to go. Invite every book loving person I know who will attempt to kill me if I don't tell. Call David and repeat the word "books, cheap books" at him until he capitulates.

Buy many books: The Hollow Man by Dan Simmons, Spiritwalk by Charles De Lint, Wise Children by Angela Carter, Song of Sorcery by Elizabeth Scarborough, Dark Hand of Magic by Barbara Hambley, Heart's Blood by Jane Yolan, Patchwork Planet + Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler, The Body in the Bath House by Lindesy Davis and Homecoming Earth trilogy by Orson Scott Card.

Shall sleep on them like Smaug and consider learning to breath fire.

Budget still recovering from Dymocks in Perth which used to have two pathetic, stunted shelves of Scifi/Fantasy but has increased to seven. Was supposed to buy Monstrous Regiment as my copy went byebye but got distracted and left with Night Watch and Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon, Scifi is a bit dodgy but am forgiving because of Paksenarrion, shall buy Serrano Legacy secondhand at no more than $5 per book - suspect it's Hornblower in Space.

Was seduced into joining Dymocks book club, have explained if they post me crap I shall fax them the telephone directory.

PS Avoid David Feintuch unless bad space naval fantasy gets you hot - I wish I had.

You cheap bastards ..and the King Arthur posters out there are gradually being replaced with I Robot posters - the preview looks nothing like my memories of the book. So what do you do when you're too lazy to come up with characters and plots of your own? You take icon level fiction, create your own cheap Hollywood driven plot and name your characters after people you know will get an instant_thrill reaction from your fannish audience.

King Arthur - If you don't want to know, don't look. )