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Books you just bought

Postby Zohar » Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:58 pm UTC

A few weeks ago I found out about a new used books store around here. So I went there with a friend and got 50$ worth of books. I also got a Studio Ghibli collection for 160$ which turned out to be pretty low quality, so I returned it and arrived with some friends so they'll use the refund. I ended up getting more books at the cost of 75$. So overall, 125$ of used books. Here's the list:
First 50$:
    Nemesis - Isaac Asimov
    The End of Eternity - Asimov
    The Stars, Like Dust - Asimov
    Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
    Distress - Greg Egan
    Peacekeepers - Ben Bova
    As on a Darkling Plain - Bova.
The later 75$:
[list=]Lethe - Tricia Sullivan
Lord Valentine's Castle - Robert Silverberg
Darwin's Radio - Greg Bear
The Many-Colored Land - Julian May
Footfall - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The Day After Tomorrow - Heinlein[/list]

I need to lay off books for a year. :-) Any thoughts? What about your own purchases? The first list was made while considering authors I enjoyed, the second list is mostly based on the store owner's recommendations.
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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:01 pm UTC

Nemesis I read years ago.. I enjoyed it then, dunno how I'd like it now.

Stranger is.. good and fucked up and awesome. Also, grok.

Lord Valentine's Castle is pretty good says my memory of reading it ... 15 years ago. There were more in that series, and I remember them being lessgood.

...those are the only ones on that list I've read.
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Postby Daemonic » Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:20 pm UTC

I'm a sucker for Forgotten Realms books... so I just picked up RA Salvatore's latest novel, Ork King. At the same time, I picked up Ed Greenwood's Dark Warrior Rising...

I also recently picked up Romeo Dallaire's book about Rwanda, Shake Hands With The Devil... And read through it very quickly... what a great book, though it opened up a lot of dark thoughts about what the international community could have done and didn't do. If you are into politics at all, this is a great read on how multinational forces can go wrong.

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:45 pm UTC

I just recently bought the latest book by James Lileks, "Gastroanomalies", a follow-up of his earlier work, "The Gallery of Regrettable Food." Here's a preview.

I plan on buying a handful of mandala coloring books for my enjoyment and time-wasting activities. I can keep one or two at work for when it's very slow, and the rest at home, when I'm tired of staring at a computer monitor or TV, and I don't feel like reading.
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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Memo » Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:56 pm UTC

It has been years since the last time I bought a book. They are very expensive around here. :(

(I get my fix reading ebooks)

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby VoteBob » Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:39 pm UTC

I just bought To Feel Stuff by Andrea Seigel. I'm only a few chapters in but it's pretty good so far.

I'm also anxiously waiting the arrival of Lockpick Pornography and It's Too Late to Say I'm Sorry (both by Joey Comeau, the man behind the webcomic "a softer world").
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Postby Moo » Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:43 pm UTC

A friend gave me $50 worth of book vouchers. Like the saddo I am I bought £50 worth of Pratchetts. I have read many but own few; I want to build up a collection.
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Re: Books you just bought

Postby TheAmazingRando » Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:07 pm UTC

Just bought City of Glass by Paul Austere. Good so far, I'm only on the third chapter.

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Postby Jahoclave » Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:12 pm UTC

Hum, excluding text-books.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Bold as Love
The Female Man
Left Hand of Darkness
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Blue Mars
Neuromancer
Collected Works of Oscar Wilde
Collected Works of H.G. Wells
The Salmon of Doubt
The Metamorphosis
The Idiot
Don Quixote



I really shouldn't allow myself to go into bookstores.

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby George Orr » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:55 pm UTC

I stacked up on books right around new years, to take back to college with me...God I love Powells :)

A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami
The Big Clock - Kenneth Fearing
The Names - Don Delillo
Mao II - Don Delillo
Ratner's Star - Don Delillo
My Name Is Red - Orhan Pamuk
The Muse Asylum -David Czuchlewski
Dictionary of the Khazars - Milorad Pavic
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Postby Number3Pencils » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:47 pm UTC

Cien Años de Soledad, and then a Spanish-English dictionary to go along with it a few weeks later. Most recently, 5 Novels, 4 Fantastic Novels, and Lizard Music, all by Daniel Pinkwater.
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Postby Flying Betty » Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:28 am UTC

Bought some stuff on Amazon. Realized that if I got a book, I would get free shipping. (I wonder how much extra they've made off of that one) So I decided that I would buy the fourth Thursday Next book since I would obviously be getting number three from the library and reading it before it would arrive, and the next one will be shipped just in time.
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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Pathway » Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:25 am UTC

Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons.

Now library books... I've gotten, read, and returned at least 15 of those since the new year XD.
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Postby fukiyo » Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:57 am UTC

Jahoclave wrote:Hum, excluding text-books.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Bold as Love
The Female Man
Left Hand of Darkness
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Thus Spoke Zarathustra

I am rereading Thus Spoke Zarathrustra at the moment! One of Nietzsche's best works, I think.

I just bought Dreamsongs, a massive anthology of some of George R.R. Martin's past short stories and novellas, from his first story sold to the prequel of A Song of Ice and Fire.

It was like $45 though for a paperback. English-language books are expensiiive. :c

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Postby ponzerelli » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:13 pm UTC

Hamlet by Shakespeare (for class)
Thinner by Richard Bachman/ Stephen King
Jennifer Government by Max Barry

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby rrwoods » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:05 pm UTC

Mark Z. Danielewski - House of Leaves
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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Sunsnail » Sat Jan 19, 2008 4:14 am UTC

I've bought many books this month. Almost all of them have been because of this forum. I will read something about a book here and say "hey, that sounds neat" and then I'll go to half.com and buy it for 4-5$.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Man In The High Castle
The White Plague
A Wizard of Earthsea
The Stranger
Beasts of No Nation
The Telling
A Tale of Two Cities

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Postby thalia » Sat Jan 19, 2008 6:32 am UTC

I just bought "EverWorld IV" by KA Applegate, because I used to read them when I was.. what, 12? NOSTALGIA. Have been looking for Iain M. Banks's stuff like a madwoman, but no store around here seems to have them :(
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Postby no-genius » Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:50 am UTC

I just finished Gravity's Rainbow. Now I have £40 of book vouchers, and no idea what to get next :(
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Postby l33t_sas » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:09 am UTC

I don't actually BUY books very often but I recently got The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley. I also have given my mum a list of books which she has ordered but have not arrived yet:

Aldous Huxley: Point Counter Point
Robert J Sawyer: Hominids
Bjorn Kurten: Dance of the Tiger
Robert Silverberg and Isaac Asimov: The Ugly Little Boy
Robert Silverberg: Nightwings
Yevgeny Zamyatin: We
David Brin: Startide Rising
Kurt Vonnegut: Galapagos
Harlan Ellison: Dangerous Visions
Harlan Ellison: Again, Dangerous Visions
Harry Harrison: West of Eden

They are due in February *Waits impatiently*
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Postby ThreeLawsSafe » Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:49 pm UTC

Just got these over the weekend:

Singularity Sky by Charles Stross
The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card (currently reading)

Pastwatch is great. I can't put it down. The Zombie guide is awesome, I now know how to build my house into an impenetrable fortress against the living dead!
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Postby spi » Thu Jan 24, 2008 2:54 am UTC

Just recently bought:

Sun of Suns: Book One of Virga by Karl Schroeder - Very good book. Love the world building
The Sword of Angels by John Marco (currently reading)
Forest Mage by Robin Hobb
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Postby Amarantha » Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:53 am UTC

ThreeLawsSafe wrote:...Charles Stross


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Postby Upsilon » Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:20 am UTC

Today I finally picked up Dune, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Ender's Game.

Now to just finish reading Fellowship of the Ring...
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Postby Hurduser » Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:26 pm UTC

Amarantha wrote:
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I think I love you :mrgreen:

QFT!

I bought Glasshouse recently and finished it in one schoolday. It was a great read!
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Postby pieaholicx » Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:46 pm UTC

My most recent buys have been Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), and Simulacra and Simulation (Jean Baudrillard). I have a few more books I need to get soon though.
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Postby DanMulvey » Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:22 am UTC

I picked up these over the weekend, hoping to dig into them over the next few weeks...

The Audacity of Hope ~Barack Obama
Lies My Teacher Told Me ~James W. Loewen
Joel on Software ~Joel Spolsky
Hyperion ~Dan Simmons

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Postby Aceo » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:02 pm UTC

Just bought these two yesterday:

CHERUB: Sleepwalker - Robert Muchamore
The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett
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Postby spi » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:27 pm UTC

DanMulvey wrote:Hyperion ~Dan Simmons


Many many people I know have this book on their bookshelf. I would think that would be a big enough reason for me to sit down and read this book. Even though it has been on my radar for a good handful of years I haven't yet.
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Postby yukari koizumi » Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:19 am UTC

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami - for a friend.
Lysistrata/The Acharnians/The Clouds - Aristophanes
The Virgin Blue - Tracy Chevalier
Video - Meera Nair
The Song of Truth - Helga Ruebsamen

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Postby pieaholicx » Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:46 pm UTC

Recently got Skeleton Crew, Four Past Midnight, Lisey's Story, and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, all by Stephen King.
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Postby Narsil » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:47 pm UTC

Just bought:
-Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
-Chasm City, Alastair Reynolds
-Flatland, Edwin Abbott
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:19 am UTC

Today I bought a book that has all of the complete stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe, and finally bought Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. It's "The Ultimate" HHGTTG, with all five books. I've already started reading that one. Hope to have it done in a few weeks.
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Postby Rodan » Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:29 am UTC

Last thing I bought was Hellboy: Weird Tales Vol. 1.

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Postby Asleep or Wrong » Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:41 am UTC

a book of poetry by borges.
though i’m sure my enjoyment of it is purely self-gratifying, i fell into love with “los justos.”

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby TheAmazingRando » Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:49 am UTC

I just got The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay at a library bookstore for $1.50 (it's in excellent condition, not sure why they sold it for so cheap) and so far I'm really enjoying it.

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby cathrl » Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:47 pm UTC

Scorpia (Anthony Horowitz) for my son and the latest Molly Moon book by someone whose name I can't remember for my daughter.

I can't help feeling there's something wrong with buying a book for 9-12 year olds for my 11 year old and a book for teens for my 8 year old... though they have both read both books.

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Endless Mike » Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:40 pm UTC

I picked up Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle books in trade paperbacks. I have them in first edition hardcovers. And Quicksilver in mass market paperback. To explain: I do my reading on the Metro to work and back. Carrying around 800 page hardcovers isn't really ideal, so I haven't actually read the books yet. I picked up MM Quicksilver for a work trip, thinking it was the same book as the hardcover Quicksilver that I already have. Turns out it's only the first part of the Baroque Cycle, of which there are eight, of which only three are currently out, which were originally split between the three hardcovers, and then TPBs. So I bought the TPBs to read on the Metro to and from work since 800 page paperbacks are a reasonable size to stick in my bag. Also, they seemed to be out of print on Amazon, but I was just searching wrong, so I paid $5 more per book than I should have. Oh well.

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Military » Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:57 pm UTC

Used Books Stores. I got 15 older sci fi last month for $10, or I would of paid that much if it weren't a family store. Mainly Heinlein

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Re: Books you just bought

Postby Teut » Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:54 pm UTC

I've just bought -

The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks and
Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson, a Tale Of The Malazan Book Of The Fallen


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