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  1. says

    “Bug Sex”? It says more about you than I ever wanted to know ;) ;) ;) Of course, looking at MY book case, you might mistake me for a theologian… “The Basics of New Testament Syntax,” etc.

  2. CycleNinja says

    I think that says “Big Sex,” and I’d love to know the full author and title.Oh, and I have a lot of those books too.  The one by Brian Greene was easily recognizable.

  3. says

    Yes! A Herbert fan, not a Dune zealot (at least not exclusively)! FH was brilliant *outside* of Dune as well, where “White Plague” is one of the better ones. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. GOODNESSaidan says

    May be writing down all the books you have for a future reading list. /creepalso holy geez i want to hang out with you.

  5. Caliguy7281 says

    Degree,  As Nature Made Him, Sexology, The Fabric of The Cosmos = SmartPokemon, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter = NerdBooks by Dawkins, Harris, and Sagan = AtheistJesus figurine next to Dawkins books = WisenheimerName on Degree = Female

  6. Lance Finney says

    Two copies of Ray Comfort’s bastardization?You have me beat on that.But are either of yours signed by PZ, Greta, Nickell, and Randi?

  7. Samantha Grover says

    I see intelligent and fun.  I also see that Purdue has not changed their diploma formatsince 1986, when my hubby got his.  Sam

  8. Michelle says

    It says that we’re soul sisters. Potter, LOTR, Douglas Adams, and–most importantly–the almighty Neil Gaiman.

  9. Chris says

    “I find your lack of Star Wars disturbing.”…or is it bad form to misquote Darth Vader’s ‘lack of faith’ line to an atheist? (even if the ‘pants’ game is true on that line?)

  10. says

    Jen, I am happy I am not the only godless geek with “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel ” on my bookshelf. I loved that book. It was a beast to get through, almost as big as a bible, but I loved every min. reading it. Have you read Clarke’s short story anthology — The Ladies of Grace Adieu?? It was great as well.

  11. Tony says

    Conclusions:You are not a book geek. You put sex books next to Dawkins, not sure what Freud would say about that. You haven’t a single shred of OCD in your body or the lack of a hardcover “Sorcerer’s Stone” to complete your HP set would be annoying you immensely. Surprising utter lack of Doctor Who references for an Adams/Gaiman fan. 

  12. Shaun says

    You mean beyond your excellent taste in reading material?  I’d say that’s a bookshelf of +5 awesomeness.

  13. Azkyroth says

    By the way, do you know any materials science people?  I ask because I want to test my hypothesis that the cardboard they make Ikea boxes out of has a coefficient of friction lower than that of polished diamond, but I don’t have any to hand. >.>

  14. dasunt says

    Your bookcase states “too few books”.  :p  I have three bookcases to the right of me, all overflowing with books.  A lot of general non-fiction, but some sci-fi, some fantasy, and some fiction.  I think the only plushie I have is the herpes one (google “giant plush microbes” for a source).While you are a remarkable person, I am starting to wonder about you.  You have far too few books in your household.  ;)But you get a plus for going to Ikea.  Cheap big-box store bookcases in the US tend to deform under the weight of the books, I’ve discovered, much to my dismay.

  15. Elin Nilsson says

    Tells me that you have a very small bookcase. Where are all your books!??! I have three bookcases twice the size of that one and they’re full >.<

  16. Azkyroth says

    You haven’t a single shred of OCD in your body

    The meticulously uncluttered and organized space would kind of shoot that down. O.o

  17. Azkyroth says

    For my own part, the concept of Ikea kind of bugs me, as does the marketing and the stupid gimmicks like having to go through all the little stuff to get to the boxed *furniture*.  On the other hand, they seem to be the only furniture manufacturer on earth who has heard of this strange and wondrous invention called a “baseboard.” >.>

  18. EllieMurasaki says

    Yeah, there are things other than books on the shelves, and there’s nothing on the floor. Not nearly enough books.

  19. Praedico says

    Let’s see… pretending I didn’t know who this bookcase belonged to:Female; Educated (big ol’ science nerd); probably an atheist, or at least a freethinker; not shy about sex; likes pokemon and sci-fi; owns a pirate hat; has at least attempted to read the Silmarillion (if you have actually read it all, you’re a better person than I).In short: “The person who owns this bookshelf is AWESOME.”There’s a website idea in this: whatdoesmybookshelfsay.com or something :)

  20. warner says

    In 72 I flew from Illinois to Washington DC with one suitcase for what I thought was a job interview. I was hired on the spot and put to work. No books except the one I read on the plane. It happens to people, I had over a 1000 in Illinois.

  21. The Artful Nudger says

    I agree on both counts.  I was hoping that wasn’t your only bookshelf.(And I see from a subsequent post that it’s not!  Hooray!  You’d mentioned reading Pratchett in the past, so that was my suspicion.)

  22. says

    I didn’t know there was a pirate version! I have the original and Eco-Fluxx, but the games tend to take too long when I mix decks together.

  23. says

    I actually haven’t read Jonathan Strange yet – I bought for like 50 cents at a book sale and never got around to it. One day!

  24. says

    Every time I move and have to put my books away, my paperback copy of Sorcerer’s stone annoys me. Then I see something shiny and promptly forget about it.

  25. the_Siliconopolitan says

    It’s so small.And tidy.Where are the Chick Tracts?Is that the new Mickey Mouse tailored for the US market?I actually have that unit. Even with the same birch finish. I put wheels on it, but in the end I’ve never moved it …

  26. jose says

    Does anyone else here feels discouraged from buying science fiction because of the terribly cheesy cover art? It’s like a plague, and pretty exclusive to science fiction.

  27. ajb47 says

    I didn’t know there was a Pirate one, either.  We like Zombie Fluxx here, but were uninspired by Stoner Fluxx.  But then, we’re not stoners.  We haven’t yet tried substituting beer/wine/whiskey for blunts/doobies/mary jane.

  28. mireille says

    One of my favorite books ever…  When I heard HBO was making a series based on American Gods, I was only disappointed that it wasn’t Jonathon Strange instead.  Especially after seeing Game of Thrones, I think it would be possible to do a great series based on JS & Mr N.

  29. says

    Hell yeah, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell! I adore that book. It’s a pity that I can’t goad any of my friends into reading it, and just resolve myself to pestering people on the Internet about it.I enjoyed the Ladies of Grace Adieu, particularly “The Duke of Wellington Misplaces His Horse.”

  30. says

    I think science fiction has -always- had cheesy cover art – have you seen some of the novels from the 1940s-50s? Dripping with cheese! :)

  31. says

    Yeah – talk to me when you are contemplating which wall of your house to convert to shelving next (currently, I am up to 2.75 walls or so – each about 12 x 8 feet; around a few hundred linear feet total or so)…

  32. says

    I don’t see a copy of House of Leaves in there (seriously, every good home library needs a copy of that book, if only to confound your friends and loved ones)…

  33. Eamonn Murray says

    Very similar in book choices but no Hemingway ? You should really have for “Whom the bell tolls” on the shelf :-)

  34. GrahamMartin_Royle says

    This says that you have nowhere near enough books, go out and get some more, about another 4 or 5 thousand should be enough for a start.

  35. says

    Good deal, I actually came across my copy of it at a Dollar Tree store of all places. I was never able to find another copy for a buck . . . but you beat me!Once you start reading it, I am sure you will be hooked!

  36. says

    Yeah, there is supposed to be a movie in the works…… but who knows if it will happen. I think it would make a better series as well. Thanks to the mass of the book.

  37. satanaugustine says

    Michael Crichton!?!  You’re a global warming denialist. ; )Also, not enough atheist books. : )

  38. says

    Well, the fact that you have Mostly Harmless means you have awful taste in books. I mean, really, any sensible person ends that series with “We apologize for the inconvenience.”

  39. Steve Corbin says

    It says you have an awesome brain, and that, barring HP, you’re the type of person I enjoy discussing books with. (Not to hate on HP; just not my thing)

  40. Azkyroth says

    Unfortunately, the Harry Potter series, while decent in and of itself, got loaded up with so much hype that the writing would have required a level of “solidness” on a par with the forces that hold atoms together in order to withstand the strain.

  41. says

    It shows me that your bookshelf is made of awesome.  I like that a whole section is taken up by Harry Potter books and that you have action figures on your bookshelf.  In response to your comment above, I also watched the Lord of the Rings movies before reading the books.  (I started reading The Hobbit after the first movie was released.)I’ve also concluded, as others have above, that you should have more books.  As a student myself, though, I understand that that’s not always financially feasible — that’s why I love used book sales.Happy reading!

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