@woodhouse I miss our HPB’s first few years; we found a lot of great books there, historical, sci fi, metalworking… we sold a few older and interesting books to them too. unfortunately they went downhill pretty badly. And now they’re gone.
We sold a few books to them early one but they got so lowball on everything we gave up.
@duodec@f00l I work near enough to a Half Price (not in TX) that people will come in occasionally and conversationally complain about their offer from HPB and I always tell them that if they itemize their tax deductions they’re probably better off donating their books.
The thing is that HPB makes their money on volume and as far as I can tell they’re not interested in interesting books as much as popular mass market paperbacks. The other thing is that there may only be one or two books out of a bunch that they actually want, and the rest will go directly into the recycling bin behind the store (which is a paradise of crap and why I have multiple Rod McKuen books in my car).
When I visit HPB I head straight for my interests.
Certain fantasy and mystery writers, esp if not available in e-book format.
After-Doyle Sherlock Holmes pastiches.
Atlases and ref books.
Children’s picture books. Caldecott stuff.
Anything that catches my eye.
Then I hit the vintage and collectibles section. I look at everything I have time for. I esp love vintage kid’s books.
If it’s expensive, I compare online prices.
And I spend too much. Somehow or other.
Around here (DFW), I don’t know whether they dump books as trash or recycling. But the buyers have told me that they sell a lot of “books by the yard” to decorators and to people who “dress” empty for-sale houses, and they donate frequently to hospitals, group homes, shelters, nursing and care facilities, etc.
Of what people bring in to offer, they only have a purchasing market for a fairly small percentage of items.
@duodec Eh, I worked at the closest library for many years and once got a grocery bag full of John Dickson Carr paperbacks because they were too old and beat up to be interesting/put out on the sale shelf (greatest day of my life? depressingly possible!). I don’t think the library is interested in storing a bunch of not particularly valuable books. I’m not even sure if thrift shops would want to deal with the volume. Honestly, it’s nice the books are even being recycled.
@f00l I take a slightly different route past the collectibles case (for tarot decks) to vintage/old and interesting, scoot around to New Age/occult/folklore, then to fantasy/sci fi to check for The Shadow of the Torturer (it’s never there) and horror to check for any Robert Aickman. Then I either go straight to clearance or run through sheet music or crochet first.
I have been known to eye the occasional vintage children’s book.
Which fantasy and mystery writers do you seek, if it’s not too personal?
@mossygreen I didn’t say to donate to the library, but to the ‘Friends of the Library’. Maybe thats not a general thing, but in both Las Vegas and my current suburban Chicago area, the main branch of each town seems to have one. They take in book donations year round. I expect the library proper cherry-picks some for its shelves but nearly all of it is stored and then sold in mass used book sales several times a year.
The money supports the library; the FOTL are, at least here, volunteers who get the perk of being able to read lots of donated books, and (maybe) getting a little early access to the book sales when they happen (I know they don’t get a discount here).
Better than a recycling bin, and that remains an option for truly unsellable stuff.
Fantasy. Not up to date at all
JRRT, GRRM, Rowling, Robert Jordan, Harry Dresden books
Mean to do Name if the Wind.
Way out of it with fantasy.
So many over the years. Can’t remember them all. Can’t remember more than a few if my favs
I like Hillerman a lot.
The great Golden Age writers.
Lightweight pleasant stuff like Royal Spyness and McCall Smith.
S Holmes of course.
A bunch of the Scandinavian writers.
John D MacDonald
James Lee Burke
Martin Cruz Smith
A bunch of stuff I havent gotten to yet.
I am forgetting a bunch. There are so many good ones.
If it’s halfway decent I’ll read it.
The incomparable John Le Carre
/image spy who came in from the cold
This is all super incomplete.
So many more good ones that don’t come to mind at the moment.
@f00l@mossygreen Turns out yesterday through Sunday was the annual FOTL holiday sale.
I found three worth picking up. “Something of Value” by Robert Ruark, and two volumes of Horatio Hornblower novels; I loved the few Ruark books I read before but this one was hard to find for a while and I had stopped trying. And Hornblower kept coming up again and again as recommendations from my acquaintences with military service or connections.
All three hardcovers in very good condition (but no dustcovers), $10.
@f00l My current fantasy interests are mainly a vague plan to reread everything by Tanith Lee in chronological order and maybe one day finally read the Mythago Wood series (read the short story the author turned into a novel back in the '80’s, I think, and then was excited to see the novel sometime in the '90’s and now it’s way later so I’m clearly in no rush), so your list seems reasonably up-to-date to me. I guess I’ll also read any Arthurian legend/pastiche that comes down the pike.
Oh wait, I’m totally psyched that Philip Pullman finally published another book, so it’s probably time to reread the His Dark Materials trilogy. Did you ever read his Sally Lockwood series? The first book is essentially The Moonstone with a teenage girl detective.
As for mysteries, I can’t stop rereading Dorothy L. Sayers and John Dickson Carr.
@duodec Curses! I have to devote more time to FOTL book sales. I have a short list of books I want to own which are quite expensive online. I mean, sure I never finished Conjuring Up Philip, but I don’t want to spend approximately $100 to find out how it ends. I mean, I know how it ends because it’s a non-fiction book about a Canadian psychic research group who decided to see if they could manifest real phenomena around a fake ghost they made up, and they say they did, and that’s the book. BUT WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE?! All I want is a withdrawn library copy.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand: you did well at the sale! Congratulations on your haul.
@ruouttaurmind i generally avoid Dean Koontz and Stephen King movies bc they are such a let down after the books. I made the mistake of giving Odd Thomas a chance, particularly after how good Anton Yelchin was in Star Trek. Nope, back to avoiding those movies.
@mollama I haven’t read any of the Odd Thomas books. I watched the movie on a miserable plane ride from London to Detroit, and I didn’t hate it. But then maybe that’s mostly because it distracted me from the excruciating ride?
I’ve only seen the TV miniseries Stephen King movies, and, well… ya. Although I did see Creepshow in the theater when I was a nipper (6th grade, sneaked in with friends after buying tickets for ET). I did enjoy that quite a bit. Of course I was 10 at the time, so…
@f00l Here’s mine, anyways. http://372pages.com/
Mike Nelson (Formerly of MST3K and currently of Rifftrax) and one of his senior writers Conor Lastowka did a “book club” podcast of Ready player one. It was immensely entertaining. They wrapped it up a few weeks back but are planning on continuing with the author’s next book at some point
I just poke around for podcasts. See the recs in iTunes etc. Try them. See what I wanna make time for as a priority.
Lately I’ve done a bunch of news and political stuff. Mostly the big names.
And one for fun:
better off undead.
Which name changed to
Worst Podcast Ever.
There are some really good ones out there
@CaptAmehrican mentioned some history podcasts. And other people have comes up with some.
I’ll try to dig up the links and put them here.
I don’t do much reading if blogs. Lack if time.
If I were going to read blogs I might start with
Other blog recs welcome (any topic!) since I’m so out of the loop.
We’ve also had book and podcast discussions in the past. I’ll try to dig up those links.
What radio/audio programs do you like?
What are your interests?
There are so many good podcasts that narrowing it down is the problem.
I’ve yet to listen, but a lot if people really like something called
I think it’s personal stories from many people. Not sure?
TedTalks is available thru podcasts.
Many well-known media outlets
Slate, Salon, HuffPost, Vice Media, NYT, Washington Post, the New Yorker, NPR, etc, have good and intelligent podcasts in many areas far beyond standard news and politics.
Jazz. Tech. Science. Language. Philosophy. Animation.
Whatever you want.
There are also good ones in the fitness/health/finances/motivation/life-hacking areas.
I haven’t really looked around yet that much.
There is just so much good stuff.
If you have Amazon prime check out the included “Audible Channels”
I haven’t done that much yet. But good stuff there.
@f00l My wife loves true crime murder podcasts. Specifically, long ones that follow the same case throughout a season. She says that every murder podcast that comes out goes to #1 on the charts, but i suspect that’s a chart iTunes has customized for her as a murder podcast junkie and not necessarily the iTunes top podcasts chart.
@f00l we both enjoyed the first Serial. The second with Bowe Bergdahl we couldn’t get into, but that seems to be a widespread response. S-Town was also enjoyable.
Since then she has gone on a deep dive into true crime podcasts that i didn’t follow her on. I think Serial is just about the gold standard for what she would like, a long form podcast with a developing story as it goes if you follow it in real time. It seems a lot of these podcasts originate in Georgia for some reason, and some have brought attention to cases leading to arrests or renewed investigations.
My wife does these deep dives regularly. At one point she had watched damn near every horror movie on Netflix, well into the ones with a one star rating. Some of those were laughably bad.
Amazon is remaking ‘Lord of the Rings’ as a series because everyone wants their own 'Game of Thrones’
Who says originality is dead?
The rumors are true: Amazon Studios is moving ahead with a small-screen adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy series The Lord of the Rings, despite the fact that Peter Jackson’s film trilogy was pretty much perfect and a remake is wholly unnecessary. (We won’t speak of The Hobbit franchise.)
Amazon has acquired global television rights to the series and given it a multi-season commitment, which will “explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring,” according to a company release, implying that the show may weave in aspects of Tolkien’s The Hobbit, since that story involves a number of characters who later reappear in Lord of the Rings.
“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series at Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”
“We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”
The deal also includes an option for a spinoff, which fans have speculated could potentially utilize storylines from The Silmarillion, a collection of tales which explore the years before The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings took place.
Hope they don’t screw it up.
If only they could get PJ to show-run the entire thing in NZ.
@ruouttaurmind Whereas for me the ‘cartoony’ shit Jackson put in the movie undermined it pretty badly. I’ll take the book any day.
If LOTR gets redone with some of the cartoony shit left out (Legolas and the oliphant, dwarf tossing, “suspension of disbelief destroying” crap like that), then maybe it will be worth it.
Tom Bombadil and Goldberry, neutral, but it would be nice to have the scene where they pick up the Blades of Westerness (Barrow Blades), forged by the men of Númenor; their presence and capabilities were part of the story that Jackson just smurfed around.
@aetris Scenery and special effects matter but the story, and respecting the characters, the world, and the author/creator also matter. This page says it better than I could (but 'ware the pop up ads): Here
@duodec - Again, I’m not disagreeing, but a long time ago I figured out the truth of what @f001 said elsewhere, that Hollywood’s advice to authors is 'throw your work over the wall, we’ll throw the money back, then you just WALK AWAY."
I have tremendous respect for all the artistry that went into the Jackson films, and the script… could have been worse.
If I’ve learned anything from subscribing to NetFlix, it’s that films can be worse. Much, much worse. Even Nicholas Cage films…
@sligett My publishing company will back you on this project. I’ll forward your advance post haste in the sums of 4,000,000 millions us dollar. You need simply only to prove your bank account detail number to me
Don’t forget to use your B&N ebook settlement credit. I went to a store, found a decorating magazine about English Style that I’m going to regret, and my online credit paid for most of it. They can scan the barcode in your email.
@f00l from a B&N email dated 20 Oct. An explanation:
’…You previously received an email informing you that you have a new credit in your Barnes & Noble account as a result of a redistribution of the Apple Settlement. We’re happy to let you know that your settlement credit for $x.xx is now in your Barnes & Noble account and ready to spend.
You can use your credit toward books, eBooks, and more in any of our channels – online at barnesandnoble.com, on NOOK®, or in stores. This new credit can also be used in combination with any remaining activated credit from the previous Apple settlement distribution.’
I recently joined a weekly email list that lets me know about free romance & erotica ebooks on Amazon. They are poorly written, but they’re free. I even discovered a new fetish I didn’t know I was into!