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For sale: Books

  • 8th Aug, 2006 at 1:10 PM

I have some books that I want to get rid of. I have this insatiable habit for book-buying and sometimes I just get carried away. I don't need these ones anymore, so I thought that you might want them. I'm selling them, but not for money. Used books have terrible resale value. Instead, you must offer to do a good deed (that you normally wouldn't do) to some friend or stranger. You get to pick what that deed is. Then I'll be happy to give you a book of your choice. You need only leave a comment below.

Iron council by China Miéville (ISBN 0-345-46402-8)
I bought too many copies of his hardcover novel. China's a brilliant author who builds glorious worlds that are deep and dark and dusty. I read Perdido street station and fell in love with it, I don't see why I won't with this book.

Ender's game by Orson Scott Card (ISBN 0-812-55070-6)
Speaker for the dead by Orson Scott Card (ISBN 0-812-55075-7)
These two paperbacks comprise the first two books in the Ender Quartet. They are also the only two worth reading, as the series goes sharply downhill from here. It follows the life of Ender, a boy genius, who was formed into a tool in the first book and then has to make his own way in the second.

The subtle knife by Philip Pullman (ISBN 0-375-80211-8)
Why I have a paperback of the middle book in a trilogy, I don't know. But His dark materials is a wonderful fantasy series, so you should probably try to get your hands on the first and third books as well. Deep like Milton, but a far easier read.

The rituals of dinner: the origins, evolution, eccentricities and meaning of table manners by Margaret Visser (ISBN 0-00-637909-5)
We migrate from one knife to another. This trade paperback is a fascinating account of why we eat the way we do. No really, I know you don't believe me, but it's absolutely absorbing!

How to eat: the pleasures and principles of good food by Nigella Lawson (ISBN 0-7011-6911-7)
Once you know why we eat, it's probably best that you learn how to. This was Nigella's first cookery book and certainly one of her most charming. It's in paperback and it's in metric and all of the recipes are fabulous. Which is why you want it.

How to be a domestic goddess: baking and the art of comfort cooking by Nigella Lawson (ISBN 0-7868-6797-3)
Forever summer by Nigella Lawson (ISBN 1-4013-0016-2)
These two books are hardcover, but they were printed in the United States. All of the recipes are good as Nigella just really enjoys eating. However, some of the conversions to imperial units were done a bit poorly so you might have to fiddle. Or convert back and do some rounding.

Class by Paul Fussell (ISBN 0-345-31816-1)
An old paperback which was first printed in the mid-seventies. This book is a slightly dated categorization of the North American class system, a system that we still vigorously deny. Wryly amusing and slightly depressing, but a good read.

Nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (ISBN 0-8050-6389-7)
This book is actually depressing. In this paperback, Barbara describes her adventures trying to eke out an existance as a minimum-wage worker in the United States. Although she came under criticism for not being good at living frugally, it still highlights the fact that minimum-wage is still below the poverty line.

Fast food nation: the dark side of the all-American meal by Eric Schlosser (ISBN 0-06-093845-5)
Another paperback to give you pangs of social conscience. This book describes how terrible the fast food industry was in the eighties. In fact, it triggered a huge change in how fast food is produced and could be responsible for the decline of McDonald's steady growth. It'll make you want to avoid certain restaurants in the future.

The long tail: why the future of business is selling less of more by Chris Anderson (ISBN 1-4013-0237-8)
A hardcover book on market segmentation. Well, I suppose I could go further, but I haven't really read it yet. It does have the reputation for being quite good. For some odd reason, I got a second copy of this book for free. Perhaps it's because I'm on the long tail of technology adoption?

T.A.Z. The temporary autonomous zone, ontological anarchy, poetic terrorism by Hakim Bey (ISBN 1-57027-151-8)
This little paperback, it's almost a pamphlet, is Bey's magnum opus. It changes how you perceive society, because it advocates the formation of small autonomous enclaves within the cracks of formal structures. A small book full of big ideas.


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8th Aug, 2006 17:24 (UTC)
If you've run out of good things to do for me, as I'm sure you have, you'll just have to decide on something to do for somebody else!
8th Aug, 2006 17:37 (UTC)
This is petronia, am logged out for the moment
I'll take the Nigella Lawsons!
8th Aug, 2006 17:59 (UTC)
Re: This is petronia, am logged out for the moment
can i have one of the three?
Re: This is petronia, am logged out for the moment - (Anonymous) - 8th Aug, 2006 18:05 (UTC) - Expand
8th Aug, 2006 17:40 (UTC)
In fact, it triggered a huge change in how fast food is produced

8th Aug, 2006 18:16 (UTC)
Yes, the beef industry reorganized itself when McDonald's required more stringent safety standards. This was a direct reaction to the public outcry caused by Fast food nation.
8th Aug, 2006 17:59 (UTC)
Temporary autonomous zone! Do I pick the good deed, or do you? [grin]
8th Aug, 2006 18:17 (UTC)
You do. But I get to veto, in case you think assassination is a good choice. :)
8th Aug, 2006 18:00 (UTC)
this is springbird
Oh phooey,

I wanted the Nigella Lawson books. Oh well :)
8th Aug, 2006 18:26 (UTC)
Re: this is springbird
You can get one of the two left. You should decide with soufpawed and figure out which ones you get.

You should also think about how you're going to pay forward some friend or stranger. :)
Re: this is springbird - springbird - 9th Aug, 2006 01:59 (UTC) - Expand
8th Aug, 2006 19:49 (UTC)
I've been meaning to get + read Iron Council for quite some time now.. can it be mine? Incidentally, have you read The Scar? It's a sequel (same world but only tangential connections between the characters) to ..Station. You can borrow mine if not...

As for the good deed, I'll have to think of something. The "normally wouldn't do" is the hard part.. maybe I should go bury some quarters in the sand at the local playground :)
8th Aug, 2006 19:51 (UTC)
That's a good one. You should do it in the sandbox, so they're likely to be found!

Normally wouldn't do can also be something that you would do, but at an abnormal frequency.
8th Aug, 2006 21:48 (UTC)
I'd be interested in "The Rituals of Dinner".

P.S. With regard to the blurb from "Nickel and Dimed": What's wrong with minimum wage being below the poverty line? Isn't it *supposed* to be there? I always thought that demanding that minimum wage be above the poverty line was like insisting that 100% of all test results be "above average".
9th Aug, 2006 02:35 (UTC)
You've got your analogies wrong.

"The poverty threshold, or poverty line, is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. People who have an income below the poverty line have no discretionary disposable income, by definition."


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9th Aug, 2006 00:39 (UTC)
I'll take Ender's game. In return I'll join the Umbuntu cause (as already promised) AND give away one of my own books.
9th Aug, 2006 14:02 (UTC)
I'll mark you down for it.
9th Aug, 2006 13:16 (UTC)
Hi Simon, I'll take "The Long Tail", and I promise to pay it forward. :)
9th Aug, 2006 14:03 (UTC)
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9th Aug, 2006 16:08 (UTC)
Lapsus. I haven't seen that word in years.
9th Aug, 2006 19:27 (UTC)
nickle and dimed
if it hasn't already been claimed (and it might have been, but the thread's kind of ambiguous) i'd like nickel and dimed, or even just to borrow it. in return for which, i will engage my downstairs neighbour in conversation (she's elderly and seems lonely) AND post an umbrella i borrowed back to it's rightful owner. what say you?
9th Aug, 2006 19:32 (UTC)
Re: nickle and dimed
It's yours!
Re: nickle and dimed - (Anonymous) - 10th Aug, 2006 18:14 (UTC) - Expand
9th Aug, 2006 20:44 (UTC)
I will take Class, if no one else has...
9th Aug, 2006 21:08 (UTC)
You've got it. Have you thought of what you're going to do?
(no subject) - stolen_tea - 9th Aug, 2006 22:11 (UTC) - Expand
10th Aug, 2006 20:38 (UTC)
All this time and no one's claimed The Subtle Knife? It's really quite fantastic... I'll take it off your hands if you're still desperate to get rid of it. Did you like it?

I plan to juggle for small children waiting for airplanes in the coming weeks.
10th Aug, 2006 21:21 (UTC)
I loved it. And it's yours.

Juggling is such a good skill.
11th Aug, 2006 02:17 (UTC)
Hey dude - sorry for the off-topic reply to your comment:

If i needed some minor desktop support help w/ Ubuntu, where could i go for help that isn't the official Ubuntu forums? I seem to be experiencing a problem that nobody there can (or cares to) solve. :(
11th Aug, 2006 03:15 (UTC)
There's always IRC and paid support. Google may also help.

But the forums are basically it.
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