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Well, it appears that our advance scout has secured the terrain, and it's time to form up the supply lines, by which I mean Carlota landed us an apartment (with separate bathrooms, a surefire road to domestic harmony) and I'm starting to pack.

Books form the backbone of my existence, and packing them up is the hardest bit. I've sold off a good half of my collection, but even more are going to stay here. Since I'm going for an estimated 6 months-to-one-year, it's a little like the desert-island-scenario. I am bringing only the indispensable reference books ("Book of a Hundred Hands,"  "Artist's guide to Facial Expression," "Sibley's Guide to Birds of Western North America," "The Idiot's Guide to Amazing Sex,"--you know, the important ones!*) and my comfort reading shelf, and leaving the rest in storage to await my return.

So the Pratchett comes with me, but the guides to birdfeeding stay. The guides to decorating a miniscule apartment come along, the guides to Santa Fe architecture stay. Lovecraft comes, but not Derleth. Snow Crash comes, Cryptonomicon stays. Demon-Haunted World comes, How the Irish Saved Civilization stays. Mieville comes with me, Dark Tower stays. Most of my comics stay here, because I don't re-read comics all that often, with the exception of Sandman, which is definitely coming with me. And all the books that I read when I'm feeling low, or have PMS, or just feel small and lonely and insignificant come--Robin McKinley, Sharon Shinn, the better Tepper (including Gate to Women's Country, which I re-read when I really want to wallow in my misery) Bujold, Juliet Marillier, that Anne Bishop trilogy that reads like fanfic and is a totally guilty pleasure, Diane Duane, a couple of random books by Georgette Heyer that I have no idea why I like, and the collected quatrains of Rumi.

Stripping down the bookcases is making it all start to feel real, but it's not close enough for me to get excited yet. I begin to feel anxious, and slightly melancholy instead. I'm leaving the art up until the bitter end, because once the Barong come down, the apartment won't feel like home any more.

Still, at the end of the day, you just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

*If you have to ask which one I'd take to a desert island, you haven't been paying attention. I might not get laid out there, but I would damn well ID every bird on that island before they picked me up.

Definitely Tepper. I don't think I'd move anywhere without Raising the Stones.

How the Irish Saved Civilization-- while very enlightening the first time you read it, definately a book to be left behind.

See? Priorities! A good birding book on an island, surrounded by the ocean, with no people? You won't want to leave when the boat swings by to rescue you!

You might want to invest in a bird book with more global scope for your desert island adventure, unless you plan on only getting stranded on islands within US territorial waters :)

As I found out in my move last week- Books take up far too much volume of space, and this dramatically increases when one takes them off the shelves. My living room was filled with paper boxes three high of all my books...and now I get to unpack them.

Diane Duane & Robin McKinley on your indispensable shelf? ^_^ I shouldn't be too surprised I'm sure...

I have to ask though... Have you read much David Weber? or Orson Scott Card? Sci-fi as opposed to fantasy of course and very different writing styles than the aforementioned pair but I get similar feelings when I think of many of their books.

Orson Scott Card is a good one! I have one of his that is kind of more fantasy than SF, but I'm having trouble remembering the title now....Wyrms, maybe?

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No, but it has recently been recommended to me in the strongest of terms. Gonna have to check it out...

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You do realize that if you're jonesing to re-read Snow Crash, EVERYONE IN SILICON VALLEY HAS A COPY?

On second thought, bring it; it's kind of an entrance requirement.

dv_girl works at Linden Labs - and I believe she has never read it. Despite LL explicitly name-checking the "Metaverse" in their mission statement.

I still consider Tepper's early True Game books to be a guilty pleasure. Her more Serious work never quite worked for me, but I really enjoy her fluffy fantasy stuff like those and the Marianne books...

And don't forget those ten or so books that you'd be really, really sad to lose, even if they may not be ones you refer to, or use as comfort reading. I don't think your stored stuff's likely to go the same hurricane route my shipped stuff did, but damn, I really wish I'd kept stuff like Steadman's Alice or Froud's World of the Dark Crystal in my sight.

Everytime i move (which has been at least once every 10 months over the last couple of years) i seem to loose my recently replaced copy of Tanith Lee's The Silver Metal Lover (a guilty pleasure book), i must have rebought that book 5 or 6 times now.

I'd take my unedited, unexpergated copy of Count of Monte Cristo with me.
Albert's hash dream, Valentine and Maximilien's romance, and all the other sub-plots that you can't find in the editions on the shelf anymore.

The Black Jewels trilogy? Daughter of the Blood,Heir to the Shadows, Queen of the Darkness? That one?

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You do know that Tepper has a new book out called "The Margarets" and Bujold has the second Sharing Knife book out called "Legacy"? McKinley and Heyer are also favorite authors of mine.


! hehe

This is funny to me because I had just told myself I should try to pick something by this Tepper person up if he/she/it was enshelved with Pratchett, Duane, and McKinley. ^_^; And, oddly enough, somewhere in my stack of library books is a copy of "The Margarets" I picked up as it looked interesting... I didn't remember the author before I read your post.

I love it when life works out like that.

a couple of random books by Georgette Heyer that I have no idea why I like

When I went to see Bujold in San Francisco earlier this month, she got some questions about Heyer, and described as one of the great unsung influences on 20th century literature. Then I went to see Emma Bull, another favorite author, and she mentioned Heyer, too. And now Ursula, if in less glowing terms :p

Which books? I'm meaning to read some, given the quality of recommendations that I've been getting this month (as soon as I finish the billion library books I've got out right now...)

I really enjoyed "The Grand Sophy" for no apparent reason.