Category: Books

Reed Books

By , December 30, 2008 3:25 pm

Jim Reed Books – Birmingham, Alabama

If you’re ever in Birmingham (or anywhere close), love books and wandering around junk/antique shops then Reed Books is a MUST visit! Located at 2021 Third Avenue North, Birmingham, AL. I gotta get back over that way just to visit once again and see what’s new (old). 😉

The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster

By , December 30, 2008 1:48 pm

Below, you will find the complete text of The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster which was first published in the Oxford and Cambridge Review in 1909. The wikipedia page is at, and a movie based on the story is available at the IMDb at IMDb: Out of This World : “The Machine Stops”.

Quite an interesting story, and more so when you keep in mind that it was written (come Thursday, January 1, 2009) a hundred years ago! Enjoy!

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The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne – Project Gutenberg

By , June 5, 2008 11:25 am

Île mystérieuse. English by Jules Verne – Project Gutenberg

First read this when I was 11 or 12. Fantastic book. Haven’t seen a copy in years so guess I’ll get to read it on the computer this time.

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne – Project Gutenberg

By , June 5, 2008 11:24 am

Île mystérieuse. English by Jules Verne – Project Gutenberg

First read this when I was 11 or 12. Fantastic book. Haven’t seen a copy in years so guess I’ll get to read it on the computer this time.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

By , May 12, 2008 7:59 am

Little Brother » Download for Free

Most excellent book, and not just for young adults. Highly recommended!

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

By , May 12, 2008 7:59 am

Little Brother » Download for Free

Most excellent book, and not just for young adults. Highly recommended!

Jim Reed, on The Museum of Fond Memories

By , May 12, 2008 7:17 am

Magic City

Jim Reed, on The Museum of Fond Memories….

My museum of fond memories is filled with triggers and unexpected alarms….

When you walk down the long hallway of Reed Books Antiques/The Museum of Fond Memories, you’ll be surprised every step of the way. Passing by the front counter, for instance, a motion-sensitive black box plays the opening music theme to the Twilight Zone. Pressing a button on a small white square brings audience applause. Buttons on a seemingly innocent flashlight produce eerie screams and howls. A potted sunflower suddenly bursts into “You Are My Sunshine” and smiles at you. A mounted fish sings “Well, I’d Like to Know Where You Got the Notion,” ultra violet lights make things glow unexpectedly, and an enormous record changer plays stacks of recordings of square dances, children’s tunes, belly dances, Mister Rogers songs, Wagner operas. You may have gotten the idea by now that my shop is dedicated to the obtuse, the fun, the unusual…and you’d be right.

Interesting place, and person. Both are well worth the visit. 😉

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By , May 12, 2008 2:20 am

Bookshelf: Bookman

The Bookman is a bookshelf in the shape of a man and is a highly decorative piece of furniture as well as a sculpture.

Interesting piece of work. I like!

Google Book Search Book Viewability API – Google Code

By , April 20, 2008 8:46 pm

Google Book Search Book Viewability API – Google Code

Cleaning out tabs… Another one I can’t remember if I have posted a link to. This one is mainly for my reference.

Friday buying more books that we don’t need or have room for

By , April 11, 2008 9:31 pm

Started out at Goodwill in Gadsden where we got a few. They have had their books on sale lately but the selection is rather limited and the largest number of paperbacks are in a large bin where it’s impossible to get to more than the top 3 or 4 layers. Doesn’t do much for the condition of the books either. They have plenty of room to expand but it seems that they had rather have junk piled on the shelves than put the books on them. Their loss.

Went from there to Americas Thrift Store in Rainbow Plaza and got more than I had planned on and spent more too. They use colored stickers on the outside of the books that are a real pain to remove, but better than the grease pencil that they used at the Pell City store on the flyleaf that ruined the book for collecting purposes. The colors are on sale at different times. They use a total of 5 colors and 3 of them are on sale at all times, just a different 3 each time we go it seems. The sale percentages vary too. Kind of a pain to figure out how much everything costs but sometimes you get REAL good deals. Other times not so hot. But their selection is improving as more folks donate so we’ll keep going back. Haven’t been in there yet that we didn’t find something. 🙄

From there went on to Eagle Rock Thrift Store which is only a couple of blocks away. Didn’t get as many as we have in the past, but still got a fair number of decent titles, both hard and soft backs.

Left there and headed toward Asheville to hit 231 to go to the Pell City Americas Thrift Store but saw a sign in front of the Rainbow City Library that they were having a book sale so looped back and got several titles. They didn’t have a lot but what they did was in good condition and didn’t have pages torn out like a lot of the other libraries are doing now. Will have to check with them next time we go over and see if this is a regular thing or just a one time deal as they have several shelves devoted to the sale.

Back on the road toward Asheville and over half way there the wind picked up and the rear wheel bearing started making bad noises and vibrating through the frame when I’d get over 45 so once we got to 231 we hit 26 (I think) and came back through Ragland and home with a stop at the grocery store in Alexandria.

Just as well we cut the trip to Pell City short cause the nasty weather sirens went off while in the grocery. Got home just before the storms and got the plunder inside and safe. Guess tomorrow will be spent fixing the bearings and checking the rear brakes and such on the van. Been needing to be done just kept putting it off but tis telling me that the time has come so will do the deed weather permitting.

Guess I will spend some time unsacking books and start peeling stickers off till the eyelid movies call gets too loud. Till tomorrow… 😎

Survey: Do You Read Books? : TreeHugger

By , April 4, 2008 8:45 pm

Survey: Do You Read Books? : TreeHugger

Maybe Steve Jobs doesn’t read anymore but that doesn’t mean everyone doesn’t. Go and take the survey and help prove just how wrong he is.

Downtime Tuesday

By , April 1, 2008 8:27 pm

Guess I’ve hit it too hard the last few days. Ended up inside all day and on the couch most of it. The time I have been up I’ve been cleaning up books, repairing books, and looking through software for selling books, so the day has been somewhat productive anyway. Will try for more tomorrow. Till then…

Another Wednesday done

By , March 19, 2008 9:10 pm

Feeling a bit better today. Gut is still kicking and back still out but was able to function a bit today. Went and worked on a video game for a bit this afternoon. Didn’t get it fixed but closer. Now to find the parts.

Still reading the Block short stories. The dude can write! Most of his stuff is crime fiction. I think the thing I like most about his writing is that he takes you into the heads of some interesting and sometimes really scary folks and makes you like it, and come back for more. Good stuff!

Calling it an early night. Till tomorrow…

Another one of those days

By , March 18, 2008 9:45 pm

Had plans to do things today. Didn’t. Another of the feel lousy all over and have a splitting headache on top of it kind of days. Guess I will try again tomorrow, but that depends on how bad the storms are when they get to us. At least they’re saying it will be daylight when they get here this time. Hate the night storms much worse than the daytime ones even though both will kill you just as quick. Guess I figure if I can see it coming I’ve got a better chance.

Been rereading some of Lawrence Block’s short storys today. Just finished Like A Lamb To Slaughter and am fixing to start on Sometimes They Bite, and then moving on to Some Days You Get the Bear.
Wonderful stuff!

Tis later than I planned to be up so am gonna close this for now. Till tomorrow…

Another Friday hitting the thrift stores

By , March 7, 2008 8:32 pm

Hunting books. Started out at Goodwill and had pretty good luck. Got 18 hard backs and 21 paperbacks there. Mostly stuff to resell.

Next hit America’s Thrift store and didn’t do much there. Screaming kids bouncing off my legs tend to make me leave anywhere prior to stomping on the little darlings. 😈 Only picked up 7 books there mostly paperbacks.

Next stop was Eagle Rock and didn’t do as well as we have in the past, but still got 23 paperbacks and one hardback. Again mostly titles for resale. Did find one Agatha Christie that we didn’t have. 😎

From there we hit 77 to 144 and crossed the dam to check out a weekly yard sale held in an old bar building a mile or so from the Ragland end of the dam. They have piles of glass ware and other stuff but today we struck out. Had a couple of things I would have liked to get but were a tad more than I would pay.

And home. I started the charcoal while Cat washed some veggies and skinned the chicken thighs. I cut up the cabbage, celery, carrots, and potatoes, seasoned and added oil and mixed well then put the chicken on top and seasoned it then cooked in the 12 inch dutch oven for an hour. Drove the cats crazy. 😈 And was quite tasty. Should get two more meals out of it.

Tomorrow is supposed to be the last game over here, so I am hitting the sack early. Not that I am planning on doing anything special for it. Just need to be there for whatever comes up and I am sure there will be something. Anyway, that’s all till tomorrow…

Books by Alan Dean Foster

By , March 6, 2008 7:56 pm

A very prolific Sci-Fi Author. Haven’t counted the total number of books he has written but we have 57 of them. Now that I have started with the lists looks like I am gonna have to start looking for quite a few more to fill in gaps I didn’t know were there. List of books taken from his page at wikipeoda and below the fold as usual…

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Books by Lawrence Block

By , March 6, 2008 10:43 am

This list of books (below the fold) by Lawrence Block is taken from his Wikipedia page, doesn’t list all of his short story collections (of which I have 3), but seems to be up to date on the series that he writes. At present it looks like we have 37 of these, though I would have sworn that we had more of the Scudder novels. Got to get into the front of the Q-hut and see what has gotten shuffled in there that shouldn’t have.

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The Cat Who Series by Lilian Jackson Braun

By , March 5, 2008 10:46 pm

At present there are 30 titles in the series along with several books of short stories. At present it looks like we have 26 of the books and a couple of the collections. Just finishing up the last one we have – #27 now. Gives me something to look for… 😉

1. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (1966)
2. The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (1967)
3. The Cat Who Turned on and Off (1968)
4. The Cat Who Saw Red (1986)
5. The Cat Who Played Brahms (1987)
6. The Cat Who Played Post Office (1987)
The Cat Who Had 14 Tales (1988)
7. The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare (1988)
8. The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (1988)
9. The Cat Who Went Underground (1989)
10. The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts (1990)
11. The Cat Who Lived High (1990)
12. The Cat Who Knew A Cardinal (1991)
13. The Cat Who Moved A Mountain (1992)
14. The Cat Who Wasn’t There (1992)
15. The Cat Who Went Into the Closet (1993)
16. The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (1994)
17. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (1995)
18. The Cat Who Said Cheese (1996)
19. The Cat Who Tailed A Thief (1997)
20. The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (1998)
The Cat Who Put Four in a Box (1999)
21. The Cat Who Saw Stars (1999)
22. The Cat Who Robbed A Bank (2000)
23. The Cat Who Smelled A Rat (2001)
24. The Cat Who Went Up The Creek (2002)
Quilleran’s Short and Tall Tales (2002)
25. The Cat Who Brought Down The House (2003)
The Private Life of the Cat Who…: Tales of Koko and Yum Yum from the Journals of James MacKintosh Qwilleran (2003)
26. The Cat Who Talked Turkey (2004)
27. The Cat Who Went Bananas (2004)
28. The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (2006)
Two Cats, Three Tales (omnibus) (2006)
29. The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (2007)
30. The Cat Who Smelled Smoke (2008)

Books by Agatha Christie

By , March 5, 2008 6:19 pm

Below the fold/more link, there is a list of 88 mysteries by Agatha Christie, some with several different titles, and I am sure that there are some missing. Of these, on the living room shelves we have 66 of them (and many more in the front of the Q-hut), with several different printings/editions of some.

Gonna have to look into setting up a database for this stuff rather than the way I am doing it right now. Maybe one of these days… 🙄

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Saturday on the book hunt

By , March 1, 2008 9:35 pm

Started out at the Poor Man’s Trade Day just to get a feel for the crowd. Quite a few folks both selling and buying. Picked up 6 paperbacks and 1 hardback mysteries all.

Moved on to Flamingo Trade Day where we ran into a guy that is selling nothing but books. Found a few titles and talked trade for a while. Nice guy, and has a good selection of books of all kinds. Will be paying him a visit on a regular basis. Bought 11 books from him.

Headed back toward Gadsden then turned onto Green Valley Road and out at the light in Southside on 77 to Rainbow City and for the 3rd time this week Eagle Rock Thrift Store. They keep putting more out and I gotta keep going back. 🙄 Got 30 paperback and 9 hardbacks there. Decided to see where the road went that Eagle Rock was on and ended up in down town Gadsden within about 3 miles. Went from there to Atalla and a small thrift store we try to hit a couple of times a year and picked up a few books there. Very slim pickens there today. Wandered around town and checked out several of the antique shops. Interesting place. Several new shops have opened since our last trip there. Gonna have to go earlier in the day next time we make the trip.

Back out to 77 and Green Vally and 432 to Saks Winn Dixie and then home. Been shelving books since other than for a short bit cooking and eating supper. Still got piles to get in place. Need more shelves. Which entails moving a large amount of dirt, and a mobile home. Then gutting and rebuilding said mobile home. And moving more dirt and another mobile home. Then I’ll have a courtyard about 60 feet square with buildings housing books surrounding it on 3 sides. 😎 Waiting is…

Tomorrow, we are gonna try to go to Scottsburrow (sp???) 1st Monday which goes for 3 days from what I have heard. Hope so. 🙄 If not we’ll have a nice ride anyway. Till tomorrow… 😎

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