Sunday, May 10, 2020

Stay-at-home shelfie #45

First up, a sense of where we are in the room. This photo is from the summer of 2017, but the furniture and layout haven't changed.

We just finished the bookshelf to the left — the dictionary stand. My desk sits in an alcove created by removing the closet doors. (Who needs closets, anyway?) On the wire shelves along the top of the closet, I created a spot for books, mostly mass market paperbacks, by using cardboard boxes. Perhaps not the classiest route, but it allows for a lot of books to go up there, especially when they're double-shelved.

There has been much change — pruning, adding, reordering — among the books along the top shelf since the summer of 2017. There has even been change since I snapped all the shelfies on March 29. For the next few days, we'll peer into those cardboard boxes, going from left to right.

(These aren't the greatest photos. It's another dark corner and there is some unavoidable glare.) This box is only partly double-shelved, to accommodate Edward Rutherfurd's historical fiction, which is on my list of aspirational reads.

There are a number of old science fiction and paranormal magazines here (If, Science Fiction Adventures, Amazing Stories, Analog Science Fact, Fate, Mystic, Search Magazine). They have been fodder for a number of fun Papergreat posts: July 2016, January 2017, April 2018, February 2019. I've also been subscribing to some recent UK-based folklore & psychogeography zines: Hellebore, Rituals & Declarations, Weird Walk.

John DeChancie's Castle Perilous books have since departed the shelves. I love the fantastic premise — an impossibly huge castle with 144,000 doors to other universes. But the writing doesn't draw me in at all. Beyond that we have Fritz Leiber paperbacks (the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser books) and an interesting trio of trippy books (The Probability Pad, The Unicorn Girl and The Butterfly Kid) that I'll write about some day. Add it to the list.

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