The New, Showcasing the Old

Saturday was a day of new stuff and crawling on the floor assembling things.

The morning was spent disassembling and rebuilding my PC inside a new case, with upgraded power supply and graphics card – it took longer than expected to get it running, but I’ve gone from 15 frames per second in games up to around 50.

In the afternoon, something I’m just as pleased with:

New bookcase!

I’ve been in dire need of one for years, but my room doesn’t have a lot of space. Featured on the shelves now are about half of the books in my “unread” pile, which is still growing even though I buy a lot less. I’ve had some of these books for six or seven years.

The ones that made it onto the shelves:

Top shelf: Red Seas Under Red Skies – Scott Lynch; The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart – Jesse Bullington; Use of Weapons – Iain M Banks; Lanark – Alasdair Gray; Dust – Elizabeth Bear; Above/Below – Stephanie Campisi/Ben Peek; Orlando – Virginia Woolf; The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov; Dune – Frank Herbert; The Time Machine – H.G. Wells; Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges; Shalimar the Clown – Salman Rushdie; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon; Escape From Hell! – Hal Duncan

Middle shelf: Chronicles of the Black Company – Glen Cook; A Cruel Wind (A Chronicle of the Dread Empire) – Glen Cook; The White-Luck Warrior – R. Scott Bakker; The Long Price: Part One – Daniel Abraham; Heart-Shaped Box – Joe Hill; Nova Swing – M. John Harrison; Bad Monkeys – Matt Ruff; Splinter – Adam Roberts; Yellow Blue Tibia – Adama Roberts; The Troika – Stepan Chapman; Trial of Flowers – Jay Lake; The Third Bear – Jeff VanderMeer; Palimpsest – Catherynne M. Valente

Lower shelf: The Crippled God – Steven Erikson; Kraken – China Miéville; How to Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe – Charles Yu; Pretty Monsters – Kelly Link; Fury – Salman Rushdie; Temeraire – Naomi Novik; The Ladies of Grace Adieu – Susanna Clarke; Only Revolutions – Mark Z. Danielewski; Brasyl – Ian McDonald; The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. LeGuin; Black Juice – Margo Lanagan

I have a long way to go, and like I said above, that’s only about half the full pile.


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