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Cataloguer. A profession for which the ideal qualification is to know everything in the universe. I'm working on it ...

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The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton
Jefferson Morley
Galaxy's Edge, Issue 32, May 2018
Mike Resnick
Galaxy's Edge, Issue 31, March 2018
Mike Resnick
Galaxy’s Edge Magazine: Issue 30, January 2018 (Galaxy's Edge magazine)
Mike Resnick
Galaxy’s Edge Magazine: Issue 29, November 2017 (Galaxy's Edge)
Mike Resnick
When the Girls Came Out to Play: The Birth of American Sportswear
Patricia Campbell Warner
Petty Pewter Gods
Glen Cook
The Middle Class: A History
Lawrence James
Latvian Dreams, Knitting from Weaving Charts
Lizbeth Upitis, Joyce Williams
HTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual QuickStart Guides)
Bruce Hyslop, Elizabeth Castro
SPOILER ALERT!

It's those little quirks ...

The Widowmaker Unleashed - Mike Resnick

Have been reading, for the first time, Mike Resnick's four-volume "Widowmaker" series over the past few days. It's entertaining, basically a space western as most of it takes place in the author's vast Inner Frontier setting.

 

But volume three, "The Widowmaker Unleashed", deserves special mention for revealing an interesting quirk of the title character: along with banking much of his bounty money for his old age/retirement (a chronic health issue changes his plans and triggers the events that are the series), the man has stashes of real paper books (he doesn't like "reading pixels") stored on various planets which he plans to send for once he settles down so he can spend his time reading them (along with gardening and birdwatching). When he buys his first house, planning to live out his remaining years there, one of the priority renovations is building bookshelves in anticipation of his collection arriving. It's impossible for me not to love a fictitious character who does that. :-)