The Great Purge, Part VII
Something over a year ago, I started a complete purge of my library. Some books got put into boxes for a while, while others I decided to get rid of completely. But as things go when you've got three kids in the house, I didn't finish the job. I finally got around to working on it this afternoon. I suspect that there's more purging to come, but at least I've gotten through all of the mass market paperbacks, along with a few others.
The following books I'm getting rid of only because for one reason or another I have duplicate copies.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling
- The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers
- The Best of Cordwainer Smith, by Cordwainer Smith
- The Instrumentality of Mankind, by Cordwainer Smith
- Norstrilia, by Cordwainer Smith
- Quest of the Three Worlds, by Cordwainer Smith
- The Oathbound Wizard, by Christopher Stasheff
These books, on the other hand, simply didn't measure up.
Posted by Will Duquette at January 17, 2004 07:43 PM
- The Children's Hour, by Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling
- Somehow this didn't ring any bells for Jane or I, and it should have.
- An Introduction to General Systems Thinking, by Gerald M. Weinberg
- This is a classic, and it should have been right up my alley. I enjoyed reading it, but couldn't see any way to make use of it.
- Time Machines, by Paul J. Nahin
- This is a survey of time travel concepts, gimmicks, paradoxes, and so forth in the fields of physics, metaphysics, and science fiction, and it isn't as interesting as it sounds.
- The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler
- Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler
- Once was enough.
- Death at Gallows Green, by Robin Paige
- Once was more than enough.
- The Murders of Mrs. Austin and Mrs. Beale, by Jill McGown
- Oddly, I can't remember anything about this book except that the cover design reminded (erroneously, as it turned out) of Sharyn McCrumb.
- Trouble and Her Friends, by Melissa Scott
- I generally like Melissa Scott's books, but this one left me so cold I couldn't finish it.
- Maigret Has Scruples, by Georges Simenon
- Yes, Maigret is classic; but that isn't everything. It was OK, but it was insufficiently OK to prompt to buy any more of this series.
- The Last Templar, by Michael Jecks
- The Boy-Bishop's Glovemaker, by Michael Jecks
- Historical mysteries, set in the Middle Ages. I read one of these, and thought it interesting enough to try another...but not interesting enough to try a third.
- Chung Kuo, by David Wingrove
- The Broken Wheel, by David Wingrove
- The same applies to these. It's a grand saga about a future Earth ruled by China in which the entire planet has been encased in a metal shell and few ever see the planet's surface. Uh-huh. Asimov got away with it, but Trantor had a galaxy to feed it. Chung Kuo has only itself.
- A Grave Talent, by Laurie R. King
- To Play the Fool, by Laurie R. King
- With Child, by Laurie R. King
- These are from King's "Kate Martinelli" series, which I never cordially liked. I'm keeping the Mary Russell series, though.
- The Samurai's Wife, by Laura Joh Rowland
- Write 500 times on the chalkboard: "I won't attribute late-20th-century attitudes to 17th-century women."
- The Incomplete Nifft, by Michael Shea
- The A'rak, by Michael Shea
- I bought these thinking that they were by someone else. I read them anyway, but there's no reason I have to keep them.
- The Ringworld Throne, by Larry Niven
- I've heard this called "The Ringworld Thrown Across The Room". 'nuff said.
- What's Wrong With Dorfman?, by John Blumenthal
- Not a bad book, but not my kind of thing.
- A Comedy of Heirs, by Rett MacPherson
- Plenty of heirs, not enough comedy.
- The Walls of Jericho, by Jon Land
- I'm not sure where this one came from, but I know where it's going.
- Native Tongue, by Suzette Haden Elgin
- I read this once. Elgin's an engaging storyteller, but I find this book to be ideologically silly.
- The Gate To Women's Country, by Sherri S. Tepper
- Grass, by Sherri S. Tepper
- I've rather gone off Sheri Tepper, especially since she decided to write books of Cultural Significance. Of the ones I've read, these are the two worst offenders.
- Household Gods, by Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove
- Oh, yes. I found the main character to be so uncongenial I couldn't get past the opening scene.
- The Soprano Sorceress, by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
- Generally I like Modesitt's stuff--but he seems to have thrown this one together to pay the bills. It's the first in a series, and though I've occasionally inquired as to whether it got any better later on, nobody has ever written to tell me so.
Will, your reasons for getting rid of a book are nearly as much fun as your reasons for reading a book. I assume you are not saying this to the folks you are giving them to, however.
Will Duquette said:
Why shouldn't I? I really don't think the public library is going to get its feelings hurt....