Recent Book Activity
Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets
Dreaming Down-Under (Book 1)
Dreaming Down-Under (Book 2)
The Book of Dave: A Revelation of the Recent Past and the Distant Future
The Traveller (Fourth Realm Trilogy 1)
Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
Labyrinths (Penguin Modern Classics Series)
The Selfish Gene
100 Love Sonnets: Cien Sonetos De Amor (INT BOOK RING)
Of Mice and Men
Coalescent: Destiny's Children Book One: Homo Superior (Gollancz S.F.)
The Plato Papers
Hotel Du Lac
Music: A Very Short Introduction
The Advancement of Learning (Everyman's University Paperbacks)
The Worlds of Frank Herbert
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BookCrossing London Monthly Meetup
There is a regular meetup of London BookCrossers, usually on the second Tuesday of each month. This is an opportunity to bring along/take away/talk about books over a few drinks - it's all very social, so don't be afraid to just turn up. It's co-ordinated through bookcrossing.meetup.com/---/"this page on the Meetup.com site.
If you are not in London (or even in the UK) then it's worth searching bookcrossing.meetup.com/---/"here on the Meetup.com site, or looking on BCUK (see above).
My Book Rings and Rays
This is a list of my book rings and rays that are active. If you would like to join any of them, please PM/email me.
The Portrait of Mrs Charbuque, Jeffrey Ford - International Book Ring. Started January 2006.
The Child That Books Built, Francis Spufford - International Book Ring. Started June 2005.
One Hundred Love Sonnets, Pablo Neruda - International Book Ring. Started May 2005.
The Poetry of Robert Frost, ed. Edward Lathem - International Book Ring. Started May 2005.
Making Happy People, Paul Martin - UK Book Ring. Started March 2005.
Labyrinths, Jorge Luis Borges - International Book Ray. Started March 2005.
The Backroom Boys - The Secret Return of the British Boffin, Francis Spufford - International Book Ring. Started June 2005. Ended May 2006.
The Vanishing Princess, Jenny Diski - International Book Ring. Started June 2005. Ended May 2006.
Skating to Antarctica, Jenny Diski - International Book Ring. Started April 2005. Ended March 2006.
If On A Winter's Night A Traveller, Italo Calvino - International Book Ray. Started April 2005. Ended February 2006.
Station , China Mieville - UK Book Ring. Started May 2005. Ended January 2006.
Riddley Walker, Russell Hoban - UK Book Ring. Started April 2005. Ended January 2006.
Book Rings and Rays that I have joined
This is a list of book rings and rays that I am a member of and that are active.
Spanky Christopher Fowler. Run by DaemonWolf.
Sweets: A History of Temptation Tim Richardson. Run by DaemonWolf.
Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer. Run by DaemonWolf.
Music and Silence, Rose Tremain. Run by Clarrie-Rose.
Mutants, Armand Marie Leroi. Run by Caro1.
European Fiction Bookbox. Run by BookManiac70.
Disturbia, Christopher Fowler. Run by DaemonWolf.
Peace Is Every Step, Thich Nhat Tranh. Run by kittiwake.
If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things, Liz Jensen. Run by Caro1.
The Hollow Choclate Bunnies of the Apocalypse, Robert Rankine. Run by Mastuela/WistfulDragon.
The Powerbook Jeanette Winterson. Run by DaemonWolf. Read September 2006.
Moab is My Washpot Stephen Fry. Run by Spike1972. Read August 2006.
Astonishing Splashes of Colour Clare Morrall. Run by Detailista. Read July 2006.
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers. Run by neverbelilith. Read July 2006.
The Koran. Run by Droogie. Read June 2006.
Twighlight Sleep, Edith Wharton. Run by Chich. Read June 2006.
Rock 'n' Roll Babes from Outer Space Linda Jaivin. Run by DaemonWolf. Read March 2006.
Toast - The Story of a Boy's Hunger, Nigel Slater. Run by Jenatleisure. Read March 2006.
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, Steven Sherill. Run by Caro1. Read March 2006.
Not on the Label: What Really Goes Into the Food on Your Plate Felicity Lawrence. Run by Normy. Read February 2006.
Roofworld, Christopher Fowler. Run by DaemonWolf. Read February 2006.
Nine Tomorrows, Isaac Asimov. Run by WistfulDragon. Read February 2006.
Twighlight World , Poul Anderson. Run by WistfulDragon. Read February 2006.
Abhorsen, Garth Nix. Run by Vespa. Read February 2006.
Lirael, Garth Nix. Run by Vespa. Read February 2006.
Geisha of Gion Mineko Iwasaki. Run by MissyZ. Read February 2006.
The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966, Richard Brautigan. Run by Acanthium32. Read January 2006.
London Orbital Ian Sinclair. Run by DaemonWolf. Read January 2006.
Unique Item Milorad Pavic. Run by zzz. Read January 2006.
Books Read in 2006
Below is the list of the books I have read so far in 2006, alphabetical by author with re-reads marked with an *.
In 2006 I'm doing the A-Z Reading Challenge again. This means I have to read 26 books by authors new to me during the year, one author per letter of the alphabet. These are marked with a [AZ].
I'm also doing the Dewy Decimal Challenge. I have to read and release 10 books, one from each of the DDC's 'century groups'. These are marked with a [DD].
I'm also working my way through several reading list projects. For more info see my List Central page.
Number of books read so far in 2006: 117
[DD] Number of Dewey Decimal Challenge books read to date: 3/10
[MB] Number of Man Booker winners read to date: 6/39
[OB] Number of Observer 100 Greatest Novels read to date: 25/100
[TI] Number of Time 100 Best Novels read to date: 25/100
[RH] Number of Random House 100 Greatest Novels read to date: 19/100
[MI] Number of 1001 Books Your Must Read Before You Die read to date: 135/1001
[SF] Number of David Pringle's 100 Best SF Novels read to date: 75/100
[HG] Number of Hugo Award 'Best Novel' Winners read to date: 41/56
[NB] Number of Nebula 'Best Novel' Winners read to date: 24/45
[AC] Number of Arthur C Clarke Award Winners read to date: 8/20
Some of the books below I have read on rings or rays, some I have read and released and some are on my (real) bookshelf. If there is anything on the list that I have and that you are interested in, drop me a line - I may be open to lending/swapping it.
Belle De Jour: The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl, Anonymous
[SF]Non-Stop, Brian Aldiss
Reaching for The Moon, Buzz Aldrin
[TI][MI]Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
[MI]The Information, Martin Amis
Twighlight World, Poul Anderson
*Nine Tomorrows, Isaac Asimov
[MI][MB][TI]The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
[MI][AZ][OB]The New York Trilogy, Paul Auster
[MI]Super-Cannes, J G Ballard
The Algebraist, Iain M Banks
Dawnthief, James Barclay
Blood Music, Greg Bear
Rubber!, Janet Bloor and John D Sinclair
Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain
[AZ]The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966, Richard Brautigan
All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye, Christopher Brookmyre
[TI][RH][MI][SF]A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
Septimus and the Danedyke Mystery, Stephen Chance
Heavy Time, C J Cherryh
[MI][OB]The Riddle of the Sands, Erskine Childers
Ghost World, Daniel Clowes
[MI][MB]Disgrace, J M Coetzee
[MI][RH]Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
[AZ]Girlfriend in a Coma, Douglas Coupland
Generation X, Douglas Coupland
Beasts, John Crowley
Les Carnets du Major Thompson, Pierre Daninos
[AZ]The IPCRESS File, Len Deighton
[MB]Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Roddy Doyle
[AZ]How We Are Hungry, Dave Eggars
[AZ]The Thought Gang, Tibor Fischer
[MI][OB][TI][RH]A Passage to India, E M Forster
Roofworld, Christopher Fowler
Noah's Rocket, Tony Frais
[SF]Alas, Babylon, Pat Frank
Moab is My Washpot Stephen Fry
The Snow Goose, Paul Gallico
[MI][OB][RH][TI]Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
No Man's Land, Graham Greene
[OB][MI]The Quiet American, Graham Greene
[TI][RH][MI]The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene
[AZ]Drowned Son, David Guterson
Pandora's Star, Peter F Hamilton
Judas Unchained, Peter F Hamilton
Rancid Aluminium, James Hawes
*Citizen of the Galaxy, Robert A Heinlein
Pilgrimage Zenna Henderson
[AZ]Strange Meeting Susan Hill
Native Tongue Carl Hiaasen
Angelica's Grotto Russell Hoban
[MI]What I Loved Siri Hustvedt
[AZ]Geisha of Gion Mineko Iwasaki
Rock 'n' Roll Babes from Outer Space Linda Jaivin
Waiting, Ha Jin
*Biggles of 266 Capt W E Johns
*Biggles of the Camel Squadron Capt W E Johns
Biggles in France Capt W E Johns
[AZ]Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic, Terry Jones
[AZ]Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains, A L Kennedy
[MI][OB][RH][TI]On The Road, Jack Kerouac
The Second Angel, Philip Kerr
[AZ]Not on the Label: What Really Goes Into the Food on Your Plate Felicity Lawrence
Tuva or Bust Ralph Leighton
[DD]Hannibal's Footsteps Bernard Levin
[MI][MB]Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Subb, C C MacApp
[RH][TI]The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
[MI][MB]Amsterdam, Ian McEwan
[MI][OB][TI]Atonement, Ian McEwan
[HG][NB]Dreamsnake, Vonda McIntyre.
[AZ]Tulip Fever, Deborah Moggach
*The Last Disco in Outer Mongolia, Nick Middleton
Astonishing Splashes of Colour Clare Morrall
Underground - The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche, Haruki Murakami
Lirael, Garth Nix
Abhorsen, Garth Nix
[AZ]Nymphomation, Jeff Noon
[AZ]The Roan Colt of Yamboorah, Reginald Ottley
[MI]Choke, Chuck Palahniuk
[SF]A Mirror For Observers, Edgar Pangborn
Unique Item, Milorad Pavic
[AZ]The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl
Adventures of a Joe Boy, Joe Phillips
[SF][NB]Man Plus, Frederick Pohl
[AZ]Zazie in the Metro, Raymond Queneau
[DD]Biblioholism - The Literary Addiction, Tom Raabe
Knocked Out by my Nunga-Nungas, Louise Rennison
Dancing in my Nuddy-Pants, Louise Rennison
The Clockwise Man, Justin Richards
Budgie Bill, James Robson
[OB][TI]Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
[MI][AZ][MB]The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
[AC]The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell
[MI][OB][TI][RH]The Catcher in the Rye, J D Salinger
Seize The Moment - The Autobiography of Helen Sharman, Helen Sharman and Christopher Priest
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, Steven Sherill
[MI][AZ]London Orbital Ian Sinclair
Toast - The Story of a Boy's Hunger, Nigel Slater
The Planets, Dava Sobel
[SF]More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
[MI]The Light of Day, Graham Swift
[MI][AZ]Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S Thompson
[AZ]The Not Knowing, Cathi Unsworth
[AZ]Life in the Land of the Living, Daniel Vilmure
[MI]Billy Liar, Keith Waterhouse
[MI][TI][RH]A Handful of Dust, Evelyn Waugh
Twighlight Sleep, Edith Wharton
[MI]Sexing the Cherry, Jeanette Winterson
The Powerbook Jeanette Winterson
[HG][NB]Doomsday Book, Connie Willis
[AZ]A Scientific Romance, Ronald Wright
[AZ]The Good Women of China, Xinran
[AZ]Strangers, Taichi Yamada
[AZ]Chess, Stefan Zweig
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