February 22nd, 2015


Links I found interesting for 22-02-2015


What is the best-known book set in Belarus?

See note on methodology

Slim pickings here, I'm afraid. The top books on both LibraryThing and GoodReads which are set are two different non-fiction accounts of the same set of events, an organisation of Jewish partisans who fought against the Nazis from the Naboliki forest. One of the books was adapted for the cinema, the film starring Daniel Craig. The two books are:

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Some way behind is a novel about the Stalinist occupation of a village in the Pinsk marshes, published in :

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The top novel by a Belarusian writer writing in Belarusian is a tale of a folkorist visitng an isolated castle, confronted with an ancient family curse. It is:

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Also worthy of note, on LibraryThing a collection of poetry by a Belarusian resident in America has attracted some attention, published in a bilingual English/Belarusin edition in 2008. It is:

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The TBR meme

I got this from Victoria over at Eve's Alexandria - her answers are much more interesting than mine.

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Physically, I have an entire bookshelf (see last picture here) with books owned but not yet read beside the bed. Its population fluctuates - we bought a companion bookshelf a couple of months ago, already more than half filled with Arthur C. Clarke Award submissions.

Electronically, I use LibraryThing, which tells me that I have roughly 462 books in the house which I have not read. Plus a few Clarke submissions which I track separately.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

Print, for sure. If I buy an ebook I tend to read it immediately.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

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4. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest

Not counting Doctor Who books, and books I am pretty sure I've lost, it's Transit of Earth, a collection of sf short stories which I bought at Boskone in 2009. I will start it tonight or tomorrow.

5. A book you recently added to your TBR:

I went to the local book fair yesterday and came away with:
11/22/63, by Stephen King
Who I Am: A Memoir, by Peter Townshend

and three Dutch-language comics (all translated from French):
Professor Bell v1: De Mexicaan met twee hoofden by Joann Sfar
Professor Bell v2: De poppen van Jeruzalem, by Joann Sfar
Golden Dawn: Het genootschap van Socrates, by Yves Leclercq and Stéphane Heurteau

6. A book that will soon be added to your TBR:

I expect I will buy the next Doctor Who books to come out as soon as they do.

7. Numbers of shelves used to house your TBR:

About 6, including one for Clarke submissions.

8. On a scale of 1 to 10, how painful is it for your to discard will-never-be-read TBR books?

It will never happen. Though I do occasionally lose them. I'll normally give them at least fifty pages before giving up.

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you:

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

10. Name your sources of powers– where do you get your books from?

Bookshops when I am in an English-speaking city (and often when I'm not). Online on impulse.

11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read:

Kushiel's Justice, by Jacqueline Carey.

12. A book you’d recommend others add to their TBR shelves:

Impossible Stories, by Zoran Živković - I reviewed it for Strange Horizons in 2006.

13. Is your TBR a force for good in your life?

Yes. I enjoy working through the obsessive-compulsive structure I have created for myself, and it gives me a sense of achievement to see the list gradually decreasing - even if I then increase it again.