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

Currently reading

Terry Pratchett : the BBC Radio Drama Collection
Vince Foxall, Terry Pratchett, Michael Butt, Robin Brooks, Bob Hescott
The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton
Jefferson Morley
Bookburners: The Complete Season 2
Mur Lafferty, Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Andrea Phillips, Brian Francis Slattery
When the Girls Came Out to Play: The Birth of American Sportswear
Patricia Campbell Warner
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
Teach Yourself Visually HTML5 (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))
Mike Wooldridge
The Thorne Smith Reader : Nine Novels
Thorne Smith
Practical Cataloging: AACR2, RDA and MARC21
Anne Welsh, Sue Batley
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. :-)