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But the impact doesn't make a sound

Up until 0100 or so cataloging and reading Fleet of the Damned. At this point I have 211 titles in the list and a handful of duplicates, which I'm sure will increase as I move into the bedroom and start tackling the shelves and boxes in there.

The vast majority of the collection, of course, is SF (128 out of 211) with fiction a distant second at 28. Literature (Shakespeare, manga, a Spanish literature anthology,and various collections of essays) is close behind that at 23. I'm not sure quite how to catalog the manga; for now I'm classing it with the rest of the Japanese literature in 895.6, although the Liberty Meadows and Charles Addams collections are in 741.5973 with the rest of the cartoons.

Yes, of course I'm using the Dewey Decimal System. It would be dumb to use anything else, in my opinion, since the 500 or so books I'm likely to have on hand really don't require the kind of painstaking detailed breakdown that the Library of Congress system offers. Besides, the LCCN system is insanely complex and therefore difficult to memorize, unlike the Dewey, whose major divisions are fairly simple to master. I sometimes wonder if the switch from DDN to LCCN was a factor in the decline of philology...when the systems describing the fields of knowledge became too complex, did people experience more problems in getting their heads around those fields and just throw up their hands?

Fairly slow day at work today, which is good since I'm still fighting off that cold. God curse all my illiterate fellow workers who can't remember to close the door to the print room, or read the sign directing them to do so.


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Oct. 11th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
I need to get reading again. I need a new SF series (new in the sense that I haven't read them) Do you have something you would lend/recommend?
Oct. 11th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
If you're looking for combat SF I have several good series to recommend which are also available for loan. ^_^
Oct. 11th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'd like that, I've read the Honor Harrington series already.
Oct. 12th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Well, let's see. I have an enormous quantity of David Drake, including the Raj Whitehall novels (the original five, plus The Chosen and The Tyrant and most (if not all) of the Hammer's Slammers novels & collections. If you don't care for Drake, I have the more recent Posleen invasion series by John Ringo, or the Prince Roger novels by Weber & Ringo.
If you're in the mood for an older vintage, there are Jack Vance's Demon Princes novels. More to come as it's cataloged...
Oct. 12th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
I'd like to try some Drake, I don't think I've read him!
Oct. 13th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
Do you want to start with some of his space opera (the "Lieutenant Leary" series), something from the Hammer's Slammers universe, or would you prefer one of the Raj Whitehall series of books that he did (mostly) with S.M. Stirling? That last one is a rather interesting take on the life of Belisarius with some odd twists to it. I'm rather partial to it, myself - which is to say I have it in at least one paperback set and then went out and bought the hardback edition when it hit the stores.
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking if this is a series, I probably want to start at the beginning, if not a series, anywhere you think is good.
Oct. 11th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
what are you using to catalog these?

Have you heard of http://www.librarything.com? It can catalog your collection for you by using the ISBN numbers and finding the titles off of Amazon.com
Oct. 11th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
Excel. I keep the main file on my thumb drive and back it up onto my workstation at the EBN; there's a copy of the file on my TX that I use as a scratchpad when I'm feeling lazy and not wanting to drag stacks of books over to my desk.

Thanks for reminding me about librarything. edwarddain recommended it to me, and I may switch to it. I see that it does in fact pull the DDN for each book, which kills one of my ignorant objections to it... at the moment, I'm pinging the loc.gov online catalog when I get stuck, or using my abridged copy of the Dewey Decimal reference manual. That book is a joy to read, for reasons that will probably not make sense to anyone who never read through an encyclopedia.
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