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Gremmi
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Feel free to lock/delete this if you feel it's duplicating it too much, but I was just staring at the absolute metric mountain of books I have (seriously, fucking hundreds of them) and was thinking about doing a large-scale book swap type thing. Even perhaps a book club, where copies of a book get sent around to various people who each read it and post their opinions and whatnot.

I dunno. Thoughts? Something to just stick in the swapsies thread? Again, bearing in mind I'm talking about literally hundreds of titles here.
#1 at 22:38:27 - 30/01/2007
kentmonkey
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I tried this on EG and it died a death in about 2 hours. But I'd be up for that, I've got quite a lot of books that I'd happily loan out or permanently swap.
#2 at 22:39:25 - 30/01/2007
Gremmi
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I think EG is probably a little too big for something like this. Book swapping/clubbing is best done on a small (dare I say it, cliquey) scale.

I'm in the process of cataloguing all the major titles I have, so I'll have an early list done prolly next week or so.
#3 at 22:41:05 - 30/01/2007
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Well count me in, I'll be interested. I probably read as much as I game these days, and that seems to be a similar thing amongst other "gamers" I know, despite what the Daily Mail would like everyone to believe.
#4 at 22:47:08 - 30/01/2007
Salaman
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I've got

the time traveller's wife
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell.


#5 at 22:48:59 - 30/01/2007
Gremmi
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As a sample, here's Paperback Shelf 1 (of 8). I haven't started on the hardbacks yet, 'cause most of them are in the attic. :/

Negotiator - Frederick Forsythe
Congo - Michael Crichton
2001 - Arthur C Clarke
The Hippopotamus - Stephen Fry
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Star Wars Trilogy - various
Dragonlance - Anne McCaffrey (was free with something)
Ring
Spiral
Loop - that Japanese fella. Can't read his name from here
First Casualty - Ben Elton
As Seen On TV - Chris Kerr
A Scanner Darkly - Phil K Dick
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - Verne
Countdown - Patrick Moore
Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
One Hit Wonder - Tony Hawks
Sharpe's Company
Sharpe's Waterloo - Bernard Cornwell
Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
Virtually all the Aubrey/Maturin books
The Iron Man - John Watson
Dark Half - King
If Chins Could Kill - Bruce Campbell
A Complete History Of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
Hannibal Trilogy - Thomas Harris
The Prestige - Christopher Priest
Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
Iron Coffins - German Guy
Where Eagles Dare - MacLean
Archangel
Engima
Fatherland - Robert Harris
Battle Royale - that Japanese fella who didn't write Ring.

Condition ranges from mint to scuffed, but are mostly good quality.
#6 at 22:52:47 - 30/01/2007
Salaman
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A Complete History Of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

Had that one in my hand several times.
Would you be tempted by anything on my list.
/stretches term "list"
#7 at 22:55:06 - 30/01/2007
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Bloody hell, I thought I had a lot of books but I've probably only got 3 times that amount, you've got 8 times that amount!!!

I'll post mine up Thursday when I'll have more time to sort through them all and write them up. Mine will be all "mint", I'm one of these "don't turn the pages over or I will kill you...and don't you dare break that spine" kind of person.
#8 at 22:56:45 - 30/01/2007
Gremmi
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I'm afraid I have both of those already. :P

Time Traveler's Wife is a cracking read though. Quite unlike anything I've read before. Be..interesting to see how they handle the movie, what with it's Lolita-esque overtones.
#9 at 22:57:33 - 30/01/2007
Salaman
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I also have:

C.S. Lewis:
Perelandra
That hideous strength
Which are two parts of a sort of trilogy I think.

Bridge of birds (Barry Hughart)

Cadfael The Holy thief (Ellis Peters)

Freakonomics

The Naked eye (Desmond Morris)

Every second counts (Lance Armstrong)

The five people you meet in heaven (Mitch Albom) - recommended



#10 at 23:00:21 - 30/01/2007
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Gremmi said:As a sample, here's Paperback Shelf 1 (of 8). I haven't started on the hardbacks yet, 'cause most of them are in the attic. :/

Negotiator - Frederick Forsythe
Congo - Michael Crichton
2001 - Arthur C Clarke
The Hippopotamus - Stephen Fry
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Star Wars Trilogy - various
Dragonlance - Anne McCaffrey (was free with something)
Ring
Spiral
Loop - that Japanese fella. Can't read his name from here
First Casualty - Ben Elton
As Seen On TV - Chris Kerr
A Scanner Darkly - Phil K Dick
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - Verne
Countdown - Patrick Moore
Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
One Hit Wonder - Tony Hawks
Sharpe's Company
Sharpe's Waterloo - Bernard Cornwell
Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
Virtually all the Aubrey/Maturin books
The Iron Man - John Watson
Dark Half - King
If Chins Could Kill - Bruce Campbell
A Complete History Of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
Hannibal Trilogy - Thomas Harris
The Prestige - Christopher Priest
Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
Iron Coffins - German Guy
Where Eagles Dare - MacLean
Archangel
Engima
Fatherland - Robert Harris
Battle Royale - that Japanese fella who didn't write Ring.

Condition ranges from mint to scuffed, but are mostly good quality.


humm... I have a few of them... all in portuguese unfortunately... so if somebody is learning portuguese I'll happily swap a book with him...
#11 at 23:10:43 - 30/01/2007
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Salaman: I've actually discovered there's another copy of the Bill Bryson book in the house (my mum has a copy too), so I'd be more than happy to whack it in the post to you if you'd like. Pop us your address to gremmi at gmail dot com, and I'll either stick it in the post, or if you're coming to the morrissmeet on Saturday, I can give it to you there.
#12 at 23:13:24 - 30/01/2007
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Does anyone happen to have any Carl Hiaasen books they'd want to sell?
#13 at 23:18:25 - 30/01/2007
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Got Sabriel and Lirael by Garth Nix available if anyone wants them. Thought I had Abhorsen as well, but can't find it at the mo.
#14 at 23:21:29 - 30/01/2007
Gremmi
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I -think- I have Lucky You somewhere, but I'm really not too sure where.

By the way, can a mod rename to just "Book Swap/Club Thread"? Ta.
#15 at 23:22:43 - 30/01/2007
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Gremmi said:I -think- I have Lucky You somewhere, but I'm really not too sure where.

By the way, can a mod rename to just "Book Swap/Club Thread"? Ta.


I'd offer to swap, but almost all of my books are science/physics/space related, so not sure they'd go down too well with people who like fiction. I do have a stack of old Stephen King hardbacks though (that my dad collected), some of them even signed.
#16 at 23:28:44 - 30/01/2007
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Gremmi ... I might be there on Saturday.
That's be very kind of you.
I guess I'll have to take you off my shit list then.
:-)
#17 at 00:12:50 - 31/01/2007
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The thing is my books are akin with my children (not really, but hey, I'm painting a picture here). I could never part with them.

If I had the money, I'd do what John Lennon used to do. He'd buy 3 copies of every book; One to read, one to keep 100% fresh, and one to lend.

Until that time however...
#18 at 00:38:20 - 31/01/2007
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Same here, morriss. I have a mate (well, had, but that's another story) who always gave his books away when he head read them, and he read a lot. Only kept maybe a dozen.

I am not a collector type of person at all, and pretty good at getting rid of things, but books - no.



They also all smell horribly of smoke, of course.
#19 at 00:42:40 - 31/01/2007
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I was on a shitlist?

;_______;
#20 at 12:38:45 - 31/01/2007
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So how would this work?

Do we do swaps or does Gremmi just send all of us a book?

I will try and get a list of mine together over the weekend, I am like Gremmi got about 10-12 shelves full of books. Also, like kentmonkey they are almost all mint (apart from my copy of Jurrasic Park that I lent to my brther and it came back looking like it had been in the washing machine)
#21 at 13:02:07 - 31/01/2007
Salaman
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Sorry Gremmi. I won't be making it to the meet mate. No need to drag the book along.

#22 at 12:06:57 - 03/02/2007
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UncleLou said:Same here, morriss. I have a mate (well, had, but that's another story) who always gave his books away when he head read them, and he read a lot. Only kept maybe a dozen.

I am not a collector type of person at all, and pretty good at getting rid of things, but books - no.


I'm actually getting good at getting rid of books. I used to have loads of them. But now I know I'll be shifting around I'll be trying to keep it light.

I left Peter Kaye's autobiography on the bus yesterday when I finished it and I've only got 16 books on my shelf, 3 of which will be heading to the charity store.
#23 at 15:54:56 - 03/02/2007
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sam_spade said:

I left Peter Kaye's autobiography on the bus yesterday when I finished it


Is it good?
#24 at 16:55:16 - 03/02/2007
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It's like a two hundred page stand up set really. There's no analysis of himself or why he's drawn to comedy just a lot of funny anecdotes and it stops when he starts doing standup professionally, so it's lacking about his comedy career.

He writes: "(I'm only joking)" quite a lot though and it stops being funny after a while.
#25 at 18:03:03 - 03/02/2007
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I like his stand-up sets, so I reckon I'll give it a go. Cheers.
#26 at 18:49:06 - 03/02/2007

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