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2008-10-26 10:40:

A meme from Gareth, Ashley, and others. Ten books I have on my shelves that I think are not on yours.

  1. "Social History of Nepal" by T R Vaidya, Tri Ratna Manandhar, and Shankar Lal Joshi. Keep reading! Not all of the books are like this, I promise.

  2. "日本の歴史12江戸幕府ひらく" by 児玉幸多 and あおむら純 . Japanese history in manga, the period of the enlightenment of the Edo shougunate, and in particular, the arrival of the Miura Anjin depicted in the fictionalization "Shōgun" by James Clavell, the book which originally drew me to Japan. It would be cheating to list more Japanese books so I'm not going to.

  3. "Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels: A History of Comic Art" by Roger Sabin. For more than a century the comic book has been one of our most familiar, yet least appreciated popular art forms.

  4. "Die Akte „Langfinger‟" by Mike Roschmann. A bizarre little comic book that was given out in Zürich station as part of a compaign to prevent pick-pocketing. There was a huge metal sculpture in the station too.

  5. "Radio Amateur's Examination Manual" by George Benbow. In preparation for sailing around the world, I became a radio ham, so that I could talk to people at home using long distance ham radio frequencies. Learning morse was the most fun.

  6. "Kites" by David Pelham. A great little book packed with photos that scream 70s.

  7. "Modern Coin Magic" by J. B. Bobo. I can only do about three of these well, but I've invented a new one which I've not seen elsewhere.

  8. "Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis" by John Grant. Documents how the "ultra feminine" archaeologist Mimi Culotte discovered gravity-defying "steles" that had engravings explaining how the residents of Atlantis discovered sex. Before that there was only mud wrestling.

  9. "The Drake Manuscript" by some Huguenots. A facsimile of a book of deranged drawings of creatures and people seen on Sir Francis Drake's voyages to the West Indies. The thing is, there's no reason to believe that the artists were deranged. But why do all the fish have faces like dogs and eyes like people? In the world before photographs, was it really not possible for people to judge whether what they drew was an accurate projection of what they saw? I am fascinated by this question. Incidentally, the Cambridge Museum of Technology had a display of simple camera obscura at the weekend, and the chap there claimed that Vermeer used them because there was no theory of perspective at the time. This is dubious to say the least.

  10. "The Know-how Book of Batteries and Magnets" by Heather Amery and Angela Littler. Steady Hand Game. You will need: a Know-How bulb holder (see page 12) and a 3.5 volt bulb, 3 pieces of flex about 15cm long (see page 10), a 4.5 volt battery, 2 pieces of florists' wire, a cardboard box with a lid, sticky tape, and scissors. I spent a lot of my childhood in the pursuit of florists' wire. I still have the spool of it I eventually found. One day I will make a shrine for it.

Here are ones I had to remove because someone had one.

  • "Advice to clever children" by Celia Green. The human psychosis is extremely simple. Hatred of reality (originally caused, it is to be supposed, by a traumatic experience or experiences of objective impotence) has become displaced on to other human beings.

  • "The Misenchanted Sword" by Lawrence Watt-Evans. I love this downbeat antithesis of the heroic fantasy novel.

  • "Angry White Pyjamas" by Robert Twigger. An English teacher in Japan spends a year on the riot police aikido course. A few years later, one of my colleagues from ETP did the same after I told her about this book.



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From:ashley_y
Date:2008-10-26 11:47 (UTC)
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I used to have "Advice to clever children". I remember showing it to gjm11 once, who was unimpressed by it.

I think, years ago, I had "The Know-how Book of Batteries and Magnets". Does the latter include a project for two boxes, each with a battery, lamp and "key", which communicated with each other over three wires attached to paper-fasteners mounted on the front? It took me years to figure out why three wires and not four.

Quite possibly my dad had "Kites", but only if the word "Kites" on the front is in Helvetica. But this is quite possibly a random memory of something completely different.

But none of these are on my shelves now.
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From:chard
Date:2008-10-26 12:03 (UTC)
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Does the latter include a project

You're thinking of "Morse Code Transmitters" on pp32-35.
From:gjm11
Date:2008-10-26 17:42 (UTC)
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When I saw (in my feed reader -- I hadn't seen the comments yet) that someone else had had ATCC, I thought "aha, clearly Ashley's dropped by already". :-)

I have none of these books. I do have a book of kites, but not the one described above.
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From:3c66b
Date:2008-10-26 13:09 (UTC)
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I *do* have 'Advice to Clever Children' on my shelves now and I'm pretty sure I used to have the Know-How Book too.
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From:chard
Date:2008-10-26 16:37 (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure I used to have the Know-How Book too

Tell me the last word on page 29 and I'll remove it.
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From:3c66b
Date:2008-10-26 18:57 (UTC)
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Oh, I definitely don't have it now, so it doesn't count.
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From:_lj_sucks_
Date:2008-10-26 17:47 (UTC)
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I definitely had the Know-How book. I remember that it used large rectangular batteries that were unlike any I had for putting in things. There was a memorable holiday in Ireland where I was ill for about a week and had nothing to read but that book, and thereafter I couldn't see it without feeling vaguely ill. So I gave the book away.

I'm also pretty sure "Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis" is a cheat, because I gave it to you.
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From:chard
Date:2008-10-27 08:23 (UTC)
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I'm also pretty sure "Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis" is a cheat, because I gave it to you.

Does that disqualify it? Thank you again, by the way, I do love that book. I could replace it with "The World Domination Handbook" if you insist.

I was going to write that if anyone recognises that I borrowed one of these books and it wants it back, please let me know!
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From:_lj_sucks_
Date:2008-10-27 16:34 (UTC)
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Well, it's a tricky question. It's a matter of whether a book which used to be on my bookshelf, but was discarded for reasons of space and shipping cost, counts or not.
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From:chard
Date:2008-10-27 17:13 (UTC)
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It seems to me that it's a "book that's on my shelf and not on yours" because you gave it to me, and therefore qualifies for the list more than any other book.
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From:_lj_sucks_
Date:2008-10-27 18:08 (UTC)
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You know, I like that logic.
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From:aldric
Date:2008-10-26 21:01 (UTC)

Ping!

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Sorry but I've got "The Misenchanted Sword" by Lawrence Watt-Evans...
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From:chard
Date:2008-10-27 08:24 (UTC)

Re: Ping!

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Are you sure about that? I have a nasty feeling this is your copy that I've failed to return or 22 years.
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From:aldric
Date:2008-10-27 08:57 (UTC)

Re: Ping!

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Yup, my copy is sitting on the shelf next to me as I type!
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From:chard
Date:2008-10-27 17:14 (UTC)

Re: Ping!

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Oh well I'll have to replace it then! And thanks for introducing me to him all that time ago.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:2008-10-27 15:43 (UTC)

Lawrence Watt-Evans

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If you like The Mischenchanted Sword, try his new book, The Turtle Moves.
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From:chard
Date:2008-10-27 17:14 (UTC)

Re: Lawrence Watt-Evans

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I wonder if this it the man himself, egosurfing.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:2008-10-28 18:10 (UTC)

Angry White Pyjamas

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I bought a copy when I was in Japan :-)

...Jane
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From:chard
Date:2008-10-29 09:28 (UTC)

Re: Angry White Pyjamas

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Whodat?
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From:bookly
Date:2009-06-27 22:23 (UTC)
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It's unlikely, but possible, that I have "Social History of Nepal". I'll have to check, if I ever unpack all my books. Um... why do you have it? :)

I don't have "Radio Amateur's Examination Manual", but when I was unpacking my books at the next-to-last place, I found all my old ham radio license exam practice books. I never learned Morse code, alas, and I think my license expired last year. Ah, well.
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