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08:49 pm: Random links
Reposting from a link shared by a friend on Facebook: Flowchart navigating NPR's top 100 SF&F books.

My favorite part: What's your ideal pet? → Unicorn -- Bunny -- Dragon
Also hilarious: Enjoy stories about orphaned farm boys? → No → Tough.

And on the topic of books, I found these pages while researching bookshelves...most of these aren't really practical, but they sure are interesting...

20 Unusually Brilliant Bookcase and Bookshelf Designs
15 (More!) Unusually Brilliant Book Shelving Systems
25 (More!) Unique Book Shelving & Storage Solutions

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From:mangaroo
Date:September 30th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
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I admit that I love the bear-shaped bookcase, and I like the idea of the chair one (though the books don't look safe and the chair doesn't look comfortable), and I need the "bibliophile's dream" home where the bookshelves cover ever single wall (though I don't quite understand the curvature there), but for the rest...all visually striking, but why are so many avant-garde shelving solutions designed for people who appear to have only 25 books to shelve? I don't mean the denuded shelving in the pictures designed to show off the shelves themselves, but who has time to "strap in" a collection of 1500 books? Why choose the instability of a rolling shelf when you can put your tall vase someplace your books aren't? Even the slanted shelving left me frustrated at the prospect of trying to reshelve a book taken from the base of the slant. Gah! book-owning amateurs!
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 30th, 2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Yes, totally agreed. (Though I also loved the staircase shelves and the bookcase hiding the door--only my hypothetical bookcase door would be SUPER hidden, because there would be shelves on either side of it, too.) They're neat to look at, but most of them seemed to be more about the "uniqueness" of the shelf, rather than finding ways to fit more books into a room, which is what I'm more interested in.

I don't quite understand the curvature there

I believe the idea is to eliminate corners, where books cannot be shelved.
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From:manga_crow
Date:September 30th, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Have to also agree here - most of them were about making the shelves attractive or a "wow factor" - but what can possibly be more attractive than a massive amount of books?
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:September 30th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
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though I don't quite understand the curvature there

That picture just made me feel drunk. I have alcohol for that purpose, I don't need $10,000 in home remodeling expenses to do the job.

But I loved the bookcase-stairs! Now I want to redo my attic staircase with bookshelves.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:September 30th, 2011 06:31 am (UTC)
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I loved that flow chart! Nice to see a few classics made it to the list.
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From:mangaroo
Date:September 30th, 2011 07:39 am (UTC)
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I want a poster of the flow chart, definitely. But it was most disturbing...my choices didn't lead to books I enjoyed, and walking backwards from books I like led me through choices I wouldn't consciously make. It's like I don't know myself...or want to admit what I really like.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:September 30th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
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I don't think the flow decisions were meant to be serious. In fact, I think I liked the snarky decision making flow more than the list of books.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:September 30th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
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Love that flowchart! (Totally agreed with mangaroo, it would make a great poster.) I really loved:

I am as yet unfamiliar with your tropes. Do your worst. --> Lord of the Rings --> No. I'm not that new.
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From:collarnojutsu
Date:September 30th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
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Flowchart was fantastic. I got more laughs on the Sci-fi side, though. Love love love the edit about Stardust too, because I was just re-watching that movie this past week and laughing about the sky pirates. I like staircase bookshelves.
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From:manga_crow
Date:September 30th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Is it sad that I've read every single book* on that chart? There are some pretty hilarious thought chains to follow, though - I think the Animal Farm one may be my favorite^^




*There are a few series on there I haven't finished - I'm still working my way through the Malazan and the Culture War series, and the Sword of Truth can go &^(* itself.
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