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Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« on: August 09, 2007, 04:09:40 pm »
What does the books in your bookshelf tell about you? I suppose a whole lot more than a lot of other stuff people use to judge you.

So, therefore, I shall start another little game. I'll list a summary of the content of my bookshelf, and you'll tell me what you think that says about me. You are of course also free to post your own content, or if you want to keep secret who you are, PM it to me for me to post it.

So, here goes:

Upper shelf: My Hellblazer collection (every trade paperback, except the last two, plus a graphic novel), several movies, including the Godfather Triology, Taxi 1 and 2, Dracula (the original), several I haven't seen (including United States of Leland, Insomnia and Switchblade Romance) [plus a box of floppy disks, a porcelain eagle, and a mini-drum-thingy]

#2: Some RPG books (Kult and Call of Cthulhu), some fitness magazines, most issues of Nemi released since I started studying, and several more comic books (Preacher, Transmetropolitan, V for Vendetta, From Hell, Watchmen, Maus, Rex Mundi, ElfQuest) [a bottle of Port Wine (Graham's), bottle of Lagavulin whisky, shot glass with pigs on it]

#3: H2G2, Terry Pratchett (two hardbacks, and all three Science of Discworld, plus assorted), several books by Steven Brust (all of his Taltos books), Good Omens (Pratchett&Gaiman) and American Gods. Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales (but no LOTR). The Bible. China Mieville's Perdition Street Station and two Pratchett books lying on top of everything [a wooden turtle, a wooden viking bottle opener, two metal viking figurines, one Warhammer model]

#4: Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Illustrated Works, a book on the history of execution, A Riot of Our Own (Clash biography), several horror and other anthologies, Cryptonomicon, Dracula [candles and a small teddy bear]

#5: An Encyclopedia [two boxes, a candle]

#6 A number of different study-related books. Math, Physics, some chemistry and programming. Quite messy [nothing]

It's time to judge me...
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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2007, 09:21:26 pm »
You're a nerd.

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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2007, 09:39:54 pm »
What if you don't have a bookshelf and don't own any books....

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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2007, 11:49:38 pm »
What does the books in your bookshelf tell about you? I suppose a whole lot more than a lot of other stuff people use to judge you.

So, therefore, I shall start another little game. I'll list a summary of the content of my bookshelf, and you'll tell me what you think that says about me. You are of course also free to post your own content, or if you want to keep secret who you are, PM it to me for me to post it.

So, here goes:

Upper shelf: My Hellblazer collection (every trade paperback, except the last two, plus a graphic novel), several movies, including the Godfather Triology, Taxi 1 and 2, Dracula (the original), several I haven't seen (including United States of Leland, Insomnia and Switchblade Romance) [plus a box of floppy disks, a porcelain eagle, and a mini-drum-thingy]

#2: Some RPG books (Kult and Call of Cthulhu), some fitness magazines, most issues of Nemi released since I started studying, and several more comic books (Preacher, Transmetropolitan, V for Vendetta, From Hell, Watchmen, Maus, Rex Mundi, ElfQuest) [a bottle of Port Wine (Graham's), bottle of Lagavulin whisky, shot glass with pigs on it]

#3: H2G2, Terry Pratchett (two hardbacks, and all three Science of Discworld, plus assorted), several books by Steven Brust (all of his Taltos books), Good Omens (Pratchett&Gaiman) and American Gods. Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales (but no LOTR). The Bible. China Mieville's Perdition Street Station and two Pratchett books lying on top of everything [a wooden turtle, a wooden viking bottle opener, two metal viking figurines, one Warhammer model]

#4: Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Illustrated Works, a book on the history of execution, A Riot of Our Own (Clash biography), several horror and other anthologies, Cryptonomicon, Dracula [candles and a small teddy bear]

#5: An Encyclopedia [two boxes, a candle]

#6 A number of different study-related books. Math, Physics, some chemistry and programming. Quite messy [nothing]

It's time to judge me...

Your bookcase sounds like mine, before i got married. Now it's still like that, only bigger, and with occational crap-books in between. ;)
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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2007, 11:56:05 pm »
Dear sir,

Based on your bookshelf I have come to conclusion that you have slight interest in fantasy, witchcraft and occult (most comics and books deal with these themes). Mostly these things interest you in fictional level but you love to play mind games "what if..." of these things too (I would not go so far that I would claim that you had actually tried spiritism, spells, spirit travelling or such but I would not be surprised if you had). You've slight interest in spirituality and it's relation to occult things (for example themes of Hellblazer and Priest... And you have Bible as well). You like characters who are torn between two opposite forces. You like to let your mind travel in dreams and fantasies (rolegames). You like to play various games with your friends and you're social (rolegames + you have someone's booze bottle on your bookshelf!). You like wine and whiskey and drink whiskey as it's meant to drink (you like whiskey more because that's your bottle - you also keep it at hand and at suitable temperature). You know that atmosphere is half the food or decent rpg session (you have candles which is not common for males to have at bookshelf). You like old scandinavian myths and spirit of vikings (two viking themed objects + pigs at shot glass).

Judgemet : your bookshelf is very interesting combination of facts, fiction and practical things.
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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2007, 01:15:45 am »
Oh hohohom, I'll hive this a shot now:

Top shelf has upon it 23 issues of White Dwarf, ranging from issue 289 to 318, along with random copies of Edge and Gamesâ„¢ gaming magazines. Alongside these magazines are various Warhammer 40000 codices (current and last editions of Codex Imperial Guard, Codex Witch Hunters and Codex Dark Angels) and books including His Dark Materials Trilogy (Nortehrn Lights, The Subtle Knife and Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman), Ciaphas Cain - Hero of the Imperium (Warhammer 40000 novel by sandy mitchell) Ambassador Chronicles (More warhammer, by Graham McNeill) and one lone Harry Potter book.

The shelf below contains numerous Diskworld books, including a couple of hardbacks with illustrations. It also contains the entire series of The Dark Tower by Stephen King, and a compilation of books by Joe Haldeman that I picked up for no apparent reason other than it was three Sci-Fi books in one. There also sits there my copy of Lord Of The Rings including an illustrated wersion of Return Of The King.

Below that is just a mess of Warhammer 40k bits, paints, glue, paintbrushes, glue and minitures scenery.

And an honourable mention goes to me shelf next to the bookshelf, on which sits my legal music collection (2 Machinae Supremacy albums, 2 'Maiden albums, 1 Tool album, 3 Opeth albums, 1 Megadeth album, 1 Radiohead album, 1 Daft Punk album, 1 Trivium album, 1 Candlemass album, 1 Guns N Roses album and 2 Dragonforce albums), my DVD collection (Anime films, and a couple of other movies. Mostly comedy (Read: Shaun of the Dead and Monty Python) and my Games. PS2 and DS. Interestingly, out of 7 or so PC games, only one that I personal;ly own is not a 'Strategy Game' of sorts.

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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2007, 01:45:08 am »
fuck reading! Here is a representative selection of my bookage.

Top shelf: Language


Second Shelf: Miscellaneous + Neal Stephenson


Third Shelf: "Real" novels, humor


Fourth Shelf: Political Philosophy, Orson Scott Card


Big Shelf: Large Hardcovers, Reference material, programming


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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2007, 03:03:43 am »
My bookshelf? OK.

#1 - bunch of encyclopedias and dictionaries
#2 - bunch of books which i haven't even touched yet
#3 - another bunch of books + comics (i did touch them!) + few harry pothead books
#4 - CD's
#5 - CD's

I'm a night guy, so I only read ebooks on my PSP, they included some Pratchett ones and some books on psychology.
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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2007, 03:40:28 am »
Torp is a dork.

DuGAE is a slightly more lovable dork because it's easier to needle him about the fiction he enjoys.

My bookshelf:

On the top (what I can make out):
Otherland vol 1. by Tad Williams
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
A smattering of RPG books I planned to resell and never got around to

Top shelf:
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Every last goddamn book in it.
The Man Who Never Missed by Steve Parry (pulp sci-fi, and damn good)
A horrible book by Whitley Streiber that I do not care to remember except it's about TRUE ALIEN ABDUCTIONS LOL
The Ender series by Orson Scott Card.
Collapse by Jared Diamond, Lake Wobegon 1955 by Garrison Kiellor, and Stories by T.C. Boyle (who is great)

Shelf below that has assorted fantasy not worth talking about, most notably David Eddings.

Below that is a couple Bloom County collections and various philosophy-related items.

Then there's the floor. On it somewhere is On My Way to Paradise by Dave Wolverton which is one of the best books I've ever read in any genre except it happens to be SF so many people dismiss it because they're silly. He needs to stop writing Star Wars fanfiction, it's a waste of his talent.

More:

I can't make anything out except I think The Man who was Magic by Paul Gallico. It's fantastic. I do know that in this shelf is a bunch of classic SF - Isaac Asimov, Philip Jose Farmer, those "greatest SF vol XX" collections of award-winning shorts, etc. There is also, inexplicably, a copy of She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb who I think is really a woman in disguise because damn that book there is no way.
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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2007, 04:36:37 am »
You seem to be quite the geeky, educated person ~tima

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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2007, 04:50:31 am »
Okay.. not many books really. Top shelf, left half is DVDs, right back is mostly Terry Pratchett, right forward is mostly Wheel of Time, plus is a few Neil Gaiman, far right forward is money jar stuff.

Far left bottom are CDs.. from bottom right to left there is.. random roleplaying books.. WHFRP! Hardbacks.. mostly TP, plus 1 Gaiman, then Harry Potter books and Dark Materials, Myst hardback books, then Necroscope books (just the main Harry series) and paperback Myst books, lastly a few of King's Dark Tower books.

No I don't read that much. But then, I'm young.

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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2007, 08:37:18 am »


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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2007, 09:06:58 am »
Dear sir,

Based on your bookshelf I have come to conclusion that you have slight interest in fantasy, witchcraft and occult (most comics and books deal with these themes). Mostly these things interest you in fictional level but you love to play mind games "what if..." of these things too (I would not go so far that I would claim that you had actually tried spiritism, spells, spirit travelling or such but I would not be surprised if you had). You've slight interest in spirituality and it's relation to occult things (for example themes of Hellblazer and Priest... And you have Bible as well). You like characters who are torn between two opposite forces. You like to let your mind travel in dreams and fantasies (rolegames). You like to play various games with your friends and you're social (rolegames + you have someone's booze bottle on your bookshelf!). You like wine and whiskey and drink whiskey as it's meant to drink (you like whiskey more because that's your bottle - you also keep it at hand and at suitable temperature). You know that atmosphere is half the food or decent rpg session (you have candles which is not common for males to have at bookshelf). You like old scandinavian myths and spirit of vikings (two viking themed objects + pigs at shot glass).

Judgemet : your bookshelf is very interesting combination of facts, fiction and practical things.

Daaaaamn!

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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2007, 12:25:12 pm »
Torp is a dork.

Are you calling me dull and stupid? :P

My bookshelf is missing various items due to low space, or because I don't need to own them myself* (and because they're lying somewhere else in my room, like House of Leaves). Many of the books in the shelves are book I haven't gotten around to reading yet, while many books I have read (including most of my sci-fi**, which Magicman seems to miss) have been moved home.

On to your bookshelf, Magicman:

Your collection of classic sci-fi makes me feel you're a bit of a purist. You have standards when it comes to what you read, and won't read books you consider meaningless, lacking anything but a cheap distraction. You seem to have several books written by good authors not very well-known to the general public, so you think yourself a bit of an intellectual. The philosopy-related material hints the same way. You're also quite well grounded and not apt to believe anything you read. And all the mess means you're not a very structured individual. More of a chaotic one. You're also in touch with your feminine side, or your emotinal side, or whatever you'd like to call it (She's Come Undone).

I never knew Algebra and Trigonometry was Fantasy... ;D

Oh, and sci-fi actually has some of the most thought-provoking fiction created the last century. People dismissing sci-fi are therefore, as you say, quite silly.

On to PrescriptiveBarony:

You either study language, or you're just generally interested in it (my guess is the former). You have an interest in politics, philosophy (I'm guessing that the most interesting fields for you are ethics and morality, as well as obviously political philosophy), and the effects of science upon society (a major theme in most cyberpunk). And you're politically left-wing.

Lexx:

I'm not really sure. A whole lot of pretty mainstream fantasy authors (not that they're not good, but so many different people read those). You're a bit of a geek (in a good way :P ). RPGs means you're social (though it doesn't neccecarily mean you're socially apt - I've met both kinds of roleplayers. The fact that it's not D&D or Vampire makes me lean toward some social skills, at least). You own a good deal of CDs, so you have an interest in that field. I'm guessing you take your music seriously, and can sometimes be found just listening to music, focusing on it rather than using it as background noise (either that or you're awfully law-abiding). The collection of movies and series tells me you have a fairly good taste in movies and series (though it's still pretty mainstream, all of it).

As most of your stuff is pretty mainstream, I'd say you're quite young (but I knew that already). Your tastes haven't been refined and specialised yet, though you've found a general direction.

yasiekk

Too little info to really say anything. Geeky. Psychology interest hints of being social.

Pete

Your bookshelf reminds me of the one I have home, though that one also has a lot of different strange stuff. You're obviously into Warhammer, so you're a bit of a geek. You have Warhammer fiction books, which suggest that you're not one of those who play Warhammer to beat other young warhammer players and feel like you're better than them (oh, the horror of some young warhammer players...). Your fantasy books, like Lexx's, are pretty mainstream, so you're young and haven't had the chance to delve deeper. The collection of different fairly mainstream works of similar characteristics makes it hard to accurately judge you.

*My second cousin and flatmate owns Encyclopedia Britannica's Great Books of the Western World. That's 60 volumes of some of the most important works of fiction, philosophy, natural and social sciences ever written. I must admit I haven't gotten through it, by far, but I suppose I will have to try. I'm also pretty sure that once I can afford them, and no longer live with my second cousin, I will have to get them.

**Not that much, to be honest, though I have no idea why. There's a lot of good sci-fi out there.
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Re: Judging someone by the content of their bookshelf
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2007, 12:58:20 pm »
Pete (The Destroyer) : Only thing that's evident, based on your bookshelf is that you like to use your hands - you like painting miniatures and focus on details. Your books are curious mixture of science fiction and fantasy. Especially interesting detail is that only Stephen King books you have there is that Dark Tower trilogy. It's not that common to have only those books on shelf.

PrescriptiveBarony : You are interested in languages, both human and computer. You're interested in politics also which indicates that your interest is not only focused on languages but larger systems as well. I would consider you as one familiar with original hacker-philosophy and one that thinks that knowledge should be free for all. Maybe you consider politics as "third language" - international language that works on sublanguage levels. LMAO for that Marx-Engel book with large "USED" label on it! Most interesting is that third shelf because it shows a lot what kind of fiction you like. You got Omerta, King Rat and Shogun... Interesting books! Strangely enough these all are kinda politic in nature as well - human relations and systems. Based on your bookshelf I would consider you as more serious guy as you seem to be based on your forum behaviour.

Psychroteuthis glacialis: You like ties and Kendo - combination of these might suggest that you like forms. And you had that Algebra-Trigonometry book at top on one of the piles which usually is the mark of the most used book. Forms... This combined with fact that bookshelfs are rather unorganized-looking might suggest of artistic nature. Visual arts? I was kinda looking for big art books but failed to notice any of them. Although you have some fantasy books your book selection tells that you like science-fiction more. You like dark themes.
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