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What to do, what to do...

Well, I've reached another pause point in cataloging the books.  The big bookcase of general SCA reference books has been cataloged, so I can stop for a bit without worrying that I'll lose my place.  The next dive into the wonderful world of LibraryThing will be the bookcase of manuscript references.  That one is going to be slightly scary in some ways - I haven't had a lot of self control over the years where my scribal references are concerned.  Notwithstanding that, if the trend continues I'll still find some to purge.  That, however is not my dilemma.

Once I get through the manuscript reference and the assorted other references, I'm going to get to the "general" books on the west wall of the room, and that's where it's going to get a little difficult.  My non-science fiction/fantasy fiction is over there, and that's not a big deal.  The general reference however, is harder.  I've got a lot of old reference books, particularly some old runs of Time-Life books, and by "old" I mean "came to us second hand when I was a child."  The science in a lot of those is somewhat to fairly outdated.  So here are the bones of my  dilemma:

*  Books with outdated information;
*  The age of the internet, so with reasonable care, Charlotte will be able to easily find current information;
*  Paper books are just so much, well, cooler.  And more permanent;
*  I'm fond of them, damn it;
*  Finite shelf space.

I mean, I'm the person who used to dream about being able to own the Unabridged Oxford English Dictionary - because it's THE dictionary of the language.  All of it.  I love books.  It was a requirement to our realtor that there be a room that could be a library.  Getting rid of reference books cuts against the grain, but if they never get used it's better to give the shelf space over to more current volumes.

Ug.  I don't know what to do.



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Mar. 11th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, you should purge the collection of the really outdated science stuff, if nothing else.

What's your LibraryThing handle? I'm on LT as well.

BTW, have you picked up the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik? The first book is _His Majesty's Dragon_. I'm reading the 7th book, which came out this week, and just so happy to have a really good series to enjoy and look forward to.
Mar. 11th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement - I'll probably need more as this process progresses. I might need to have you come over and make me get rid of them. :-)

I'm krisbenysek on LT - I've left the profile public. You?

I've heard of that series/author, but haven't read any of them. Oh good - something to play with on my Kindle!
Mar. 11th, 2012 04:44 am (UTC)
Yes, I can come over sometime. I'd love to see Charlotte and what you've been doing around the place.

I'm byroade on LT--I just sent a friend request.

They are really fabulous--plot, setting, character all nailed. Imagine Horatio Hornblower or the Patrick O'Brien books--but with dragons. The world is (mostly) the same, just with dragons. I hesitate to call them fantasy, since there is no magic--the dragons are governed by the laws of physics. I'd say they are speculative fiction in the truest sense because it explores our world with dragons. They end up traveling all over the world, running into a wide variety of human-dragon cultural permutations.
Mar. 11th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
I'll ditto the thankyou for the recommendation -- that sounds like fun.
Mar. 11th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
I just freecycled a couple dozen history of science books. It made me twitch...but I'd rather make space for the books I've actually reread since I married Rob.

Do you actually have the catmouse? What was the final verdict on the privacy debate ~10 years ago?
Mar. 18th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
I'll tritto Naomi Novik. Good stuff. The Napoleonic Wars with an air corps!!
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