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Posted on Monday, March 10, 2003 - 01:17 pm:   

This is a wonderful topic invented by Buddhu on:
where you are invited to join in. Or you can join in here. It simply appeals to my sense of ... something! Perhaps a serendipitous survey as a change from a well-considered one! May prove the universe is controlled and meaningful. ;-)
Here are Buddhu's words:

"Pick a shelf of any bookcase in your house/flat/tent/cave and list
its contents from left to right with no omissions. You are not
allowed to explain or justify the presence of any book."

As for myself, I've just taken a bookshelf in this room at random and this is what is on it, from left to right. (I have loads of bookshelves in my room, and this is just one of them.)

Rupert Bear Annual 1971
Undue Influence – Anita Brookner
Newnes' Pocket Atlas of the world and Gazetteer (Undated but very
Marmion by Sir Walter Scott
Tekeli-li! (journal 1992)
The Remains Of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
The Beach – Alex Garland
The Pier –Rayner Heppenstall
Tales of the Uncannyy & Supernatural – Algernon Blackwood
On The Shores Of The Infinite – Mrs G. Stuart
Grasshopper – Barbara Vine
20000 Leagues Under The Sea – Jules Verne
Mr Stone and the Knights Companion – VS Naipaul
The Little Girls – Elizabeth Bowen
The Peppered Moth – Margaret Drabble
Real People – Alison Lurie
Shadowdance – Angela Carter
Stories from the New Yorker 1950-1960
The Marriage of Sticks – Jonathan Carroll
Hindu Myths (Penguin Clssics)
Marcel Proust a biography Vol 2 – George D Painter.
New Arabian Nights – RL Stevenson
50 Years of Ghost Stories (old Hutchinson book)
Hester Lilly – Elizabeth Taylor
Ada – Vladimir Nabokov
The Willow Cabin – Pamela Frankau
Radon Daughters – Iain Sinclair
English Novelists – Elizabeth Bowen.
Aaron's Rod – DH Lawrence
The Dark Half – Stephen King
The Works of Oscar Wilde
Little Altars Everywhere – Rebecca Wells
The Panic Man – Jonathan Carroll
The Third Miss Symons – FM Mayor
The Gooseboy – AL Barker
Collected Impressions – Elizabeth Bowen
Fury – Salman Rushdie
Classics of the Macabre – Daphne du Maurier

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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 01:50 am:   

Well, I don't have bookshelves per se, but these are the first umpteen books I can see lying around.

Memoranda—Jeffrey Ford

The Mayor of Casterbridge—Thomas Hardy

Flowers for Alegrnon—Daniel Keyes

Economics—Paul Samuelson and William Nordhaus

Storeys from the Old Hotel—by Gene Wolfe

Dossier by Stepan Chapman

Don't Look Now—Daphne du Maurier

We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History—John Lewis Gaddis

The Physiognomy—Jeffrey Ford

Fury—Salman Rushdie

Grimus—Salman Rushdie

New Selected Poems 1966–1987—Seamus Heaney

Cry, the Beloved Country—Alan Paton

Smoke & Mirrors—Neil Gaiman

The Melancholy of Anatomy—Shelley Jackson

The Unconsoled—Kazuo Ishiguro

American Gods—Neil Gaiman

Stranger Things Happen—Kelly Link

Making History/Reality Dust Paul McAuley/Stephen Baxter

Perdido Street Station—China Mieville

The Complete Short Stories—J.G. Ballard

and the last one that I care to list (I have to stop somewhere), a book that starts out being Patrick O'Leary's Door Number Three and then, two-thirds of the way in, turns into Gene Wolfe's There Are Doors before turning back again in the last sixth of the book. This last volume is badly damaged from being hurled across the room and trod on repeatedly.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 05:00 am:   

Great idea!

I'll have to come back tomorrow! I'm at work at the moment and can't remember what is on any of my shelves! (at least not with any accuracy)
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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 11:03 am:   

Random bookshelf:

The Enquiries of Doctor Eszterhazy, Avram Davidson
The Island Under the Earth, Avram Davidson
Limbo, Bernard Wolfe
Mutiny in Space, Avram Davidson
Blood Music, Greg Bear
The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker
The New York Trilogy, Paul Auster
The Year 1000, Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger
The Gormenghast Novels, Mervyn Peake
Last Call, Tim Powers
Expiration Date, Tim Powers
Earthquake Weather, Tim Powers
Arabian Nights
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
Adam Bede, George Eliot
Ghost Stories, M.R. James
Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
Dracula, Bram Stoker
Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
The Alphabet Abecedarium, Richard A. Firmage

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Jack Haringa
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 03:32 pm:   

Being mildly anal-retentive, my books are dully organized first by genre (broadly: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama then within genre by format (hardcover, trade pb, mmpb) and within those alphabetically by author. Short fiction and poetry anthologies end each format section, alphabetized by title. Okay, maybe that's more than "mild" anal-retentiveness. Here's the bottom shelf of the closest bookcase (trade pb novels and collections):

The Kill Riff: David J. Schow
Kalimantan: Lucius Shepard
Life During Wartime: Shepard
The Jaguar Hunter: Shepard
Black Butterflies: John Shirley
Really, Really, Really, Really Weird Stories: Shirley
The Exploded Heart: Shirley
City Come A'Walkin': Shirley
The Book of Hyperborea: Clark Ashton Smith
Tales of Zothique: Smith
Only Forward: Michael Marshall Smith
Zodiac: Neal Stephenson
Mockingbird: Sean Stewart
The Dreaming Jewels: Theodore Sturgeon
The Final Trick of Funnyman: Bruce Taylor
Punktown: Jeffrey Thomas
The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer
The Autobiography of Special Agent Dale Cooper
Death Drives a Semi: Edo Van Belkom
You Bright and Risen Angels: William Vollmann
13 Stories and 13 Epitaphs: Vollmann
Butterfly Stories: Vollmann
The Broom of the System: David Foster Wallace
Scary Rednecks and Other Inbred Horrors: David Whitman and Weston Ochse
The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
Grimoire: Kim Wilkins
Arcady: Michael Williams
The Crow: Clash By Night: Chet Williamson
The Mind Parasites: Colin Wilson
Sex Diary of a Metaphysician: C. Wilson
The God of the Labyrinth: C. Wilson
The Earth Will Shake: Robert Anton Wilson
The Illuminatus! Trilogy: Robert Shea and R.A.W.
Therese Raquin: Zola
Elvissey: Jack Womack
Random Acts of Senseless Violence: Womack
The Waves: Virginia Woolf
Mythologies: W. B. Yeats
A Vision: Yeats

Given the organization of the shelves, it's not quite as eclectic as some, but not horribly misrepresentative of my tastes, either.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 02:31 pm:   

No pattern (other than the odd duplicates) seems to emerge from any of the random bookshelves I've seen reported here or elsewhere, or the sample is not yet big enough to show the pattern that is aching to emerge, or there is no pattern at all, or there is a pattern that we may ever find it hard to discern ... but it's good to think about these bookshelves all over the world shaking hands in good fellowship of learning and lore. Or are we being cruel in revealing these sideways-open coffins with spines for all to read?
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2003 - 11:13 pm:   

Friend Des, this tantalising strand of your web has entangled my interest. O.K. This cyber shelf contains real books and books I wish existed. My shelves tend to be shamelessly random in order, sometimes authors of the same leanings will cling together for comfort, sometimes get flung in amonst the most unruly and disreputable company.

Paul Celan: Selected Poems.
Robert Louis Stevenson: Treasure Island
Jean Cocteau: Opium
Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita; Lolita Grows Up.
Julia Kristeva: Tales of Love.
Marquis de Sade: Justine; Sentimental Love Ballads.
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles;The Giant Rat of Sumatra.
Surrealism; Desire Unbound.
Dore Ashton; A Joseph Cornell Album
Jean-Paul Satre: Nausea; Crystal-healing - Does it work?
Mary Shelly: Frankenstein; The Heart of a Poet.
The Necronimicon. (bound in human skin.)
Gustave Flaubert: Madam Bovary Survives!
D.F.Lewis: Captain Nemo's Greatest Voyage.
Jeff VanderMeer: Meercats I have Lunched With.

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Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2003 - 07:10 am:   

I'm at school, and I just got back from my Spring Break, during which I ferried home all the books I read first half of the semester, so my only bookshelf is looking depressingly empty, but here's what's on it:

Statehood Quarters
Writers Inc: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning
Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson
O Pioneers!, by Willa Cather
McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, ed. by Michael Chabon
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass
The Luck of Madonna 13, by E.T. Ellison
Self-Reliance and Other Essays, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
The Autobiography of Benhamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin
The People's Choice, by Jeff Greenfield
Things That Never Happen, by M. John Harrison
Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
In Our Time, by Ernest Hemingway
The Smell of Telescopes, by Rhys Hughes
Stories from a Lost Anthology, by Rhys Hughes
Nowhere Near Milkwood, by Rhys Hughes
Journeys Beyond Advice, by Rhys Hughes
The First Book of Lankhmar, by Fritz Leiber
Mine, by Robert R. McCammon
Moby-Dick, or The Whale, by Herman Melville
Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask, by Jim Munroe
The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, by Vladimir Nabokov
Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov
The Gold-Bug and Other Tales, by Edgar Allan Poe
Declare, by Tim Powers
Life During Wartime, by Lucius Shepard
Aztechs, by Lucius Shepard
Carrion Comfort, by Dan Simmons
One of Us, by Michael Marshall Smith
Heroes Die, by Matthew Woodring Stover
Blade of Tyshalle, by Matthew Woodring Stover
Walden: Or, Life in the Woods, by Henry David Thoreau
City of Saints and Madmen, by Jeff VanderMeer
Album Zutique #1, ed by Jeff VanderMeer
The Mabinogion Tetralogy, by Evangeline Walton
The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation, by Laura Lee
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel, by Joshue Piven and David Borgenicht
Everybody's Book of Correct Conduct, being The Etiquette of Every-day Life.
On Writing Well, by William Zinsser
Major Modern Essayists, ed by Gilbert H. Muller and Alan F. Crooks
In Brief, ed by Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones
The New Anthology of American Poetry, Volume One: Traditions and Revolutions, Beginnings to 1900, ed by Steven Gould Axelrod, Camille Roman, and Thomas Travisano
Modern American Poets: Their Voices and Visions, ed by Robert DiYanni
We The People, by Benjamin Ginsberg, Theodore J. Lowi, and Margaret Weir
Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Political Issues, ed by George McKenna and Stanley Feingold
The New Solar System, ed by J. Kelly Beatty, Carolyn Collins Petersen, and Andrew Chaikin
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KJ Bishop
Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2003 - 12:05 pm:   

Most of my shelves are fairly well organised, according to subject matter, era, author, or any other method of book-wrangling that seems useful.
But a couple are in chaos, so I've chosen one of these.

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, Marilyn Manson with Neil Strauss
Jonah, Louis Stone
The Death of Pan, Tom Petsinis
The Alexandria Quartet, Lawrence Durrell
The Iliad of Homer, trans. Richmond Lattimore
Flashman's First Omnibus, George MacDonald Fraser
Flashman at the Charge, George MacDonald Fraser
Round the World Again in 80 Days, Jean Cocteau
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez,
The Company, Arabella Edge
The Desert, Pierre Loti
Masque of the Gonzagas, Clare Colvin
Under the Skin, Michel Faber
Catch 22, Joseph Heller
King and Joker, Peter Dickinson
Judas, Lanza del Vasto
Beau Geste, P.C. Wren
Collected Stories, Lily Brett
Last Chance to See, Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine,
Far Away and Long Ago, W.H. Hudson
Daughter of Persia, Sattereh Farman Farmaian
How Did It Begin?, R. Brasch
The Magic Kingdom, Stanley Elkin
Charlotte's Web, E.B. White
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
City of Blok, Simon Louvish
The Harem Within, Fatima Mernissi
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Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2003 - 11:02 pm:   

Impressive lists. Mastadge, ferrying that lot back from collage you must have muscles like Conan! Or a van. :-) As Des said there are curious and manifold duplications in these shelves, I find that very interesting, no doubt a paradigm will be unveiled, watch this space - also lots of favorites, past and present and (no doubt) future in these lists - I like the term 'book-wrangling.' Certainly applicable in my bookcases, the darn mavericks will not be coralled - their moto seems to be 'don't fence me in.'
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Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2003 - 10:42 pm:   

Happy Holidays to all in USA from me in UK.
Time for some good reading??
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Neddal Ayad
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 02:55 pm:   

It looks like I came extremely late to this thread. A random shelf:
The Trouser Press Guide to 90's Rock, Ira Robbins, ed.
Head Press #22 - "Bad Birds" issue.
Fundamentals of Music Acoustics, ?
Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll, Ritchie Unterburger
Our Band Could Be Your Life, Michael Azerrad
Do I Come Here Often?, Henry Rollins
Smile, You're Travelling, Henry Rollins
The Last Dance: Murder In Canada, Neil Boyd
Better Than Sex, Hunter S. Thompson
The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, D.M. Mitchell, ed.
Mr. Monster: Origins, Michael T. Gilbert
Batman: Arkham Asylum, Grant Morrison/Dave Mckean
100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call, Brian Azzarello
Kabuki: Circle of Blood, David Mack
Dragonlance: The Annotated Chronicles, Weis & Hickman (stop laughing - Ms. Bishop has a Marilyn Manson biography on her shelf...)
A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin
How to Boil Water, Brian Keene

City of Saints and Madmen - Jeff Vandermeer
Armed to the Teeth With Lipstick - Blag Dahlia
Hard Looks - Andrew Vachss
Blue Belle - Andrew Vachss
The Life of Insects - Victor Pelevin
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett
Shadows Over Innsmouth, Stephen Jones, ed.
The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, Lovecraft/S.T. Joshi
The Complete Stories, Flannery O' Connor
Out of Place, Edward Said
Lying, Cheating, & Stealing, Sarah Nichols, ed.
The Arab World: 40 Yrs. of Change, Elizabeth Warnock Frenea & Robert A. Frenea
Every Creeping Thing, Richard Coniff
The World's Shortest Stories of Love and Death, Moss & Daniel, eds.
Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
Aquagenesis: The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Sea, Richard Ellis
50 Poems, Osip Mendelstam
The Beothuk, Ingeborg Marshall


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