A science fiction writer's blog.
Seeing all these pictures of Asher (and other fantasy/sci-fi novelists) novels on shelves highlights my huge bugbear of the moment. The decision by publishers to move to larger format paperbacks for this genre. My bookshelf used to be so neat and ordered. It's been particular annoying with Tor publishing Peter F Hamilton's second installment of his Void trilogy in the larger size. Thereby making that line of books look odd. Neal's Spatterjay sequence now also looks odd.
I love the larger format books TBH, the piddly small ones annoy me when the book is a long one (as Hamiltons and Ashers tend to be).Also, I quite like to see a bookcase that is 'all over' and lived in, its a personal thing I know but to me it means I care about the reading and nothing else.
Yup. It offends my OCD to see paperback by the same author all with differing heights.
@Hitch. I agree the larger format are easier to hold and read from. So from a practical point of view they are good. But from an aesthetic point of view I think it's horrid. But like Paul, I have OCD when it comes to striving for a tidy and ordered bookshelf. Or DVD collection. Or CD rack.
I also dislike all these odd sizes for some paperbacks. I mostly buy paperback and once shelf space runs out I resort to horizontal stacking. Unfortunately the larger size of some paperbacks and the few hardbacks I do own makes it extremely difficult to keep things in alphabetical order.
ditto, i dont have room for anything, but am not willing to kindle. cant wait until these books can be shot directly into my skull by controlled prion torpedo.however, did buy a big ENGINEER RECONDITIONED because i make exceptions for certain authors. (Vance, Fredrick Brown, Asher) these days.
It's not so bad for me as I have CDO (that is OCD just in the right order...how it's supposed to be).;)Seeing as Hamilton got mentioned: How was the Nights Dawn trilogy for you?I loved The Reality Dysfunction, then Neutronium I found to be decent but I cannot get into Naked God at all. It should grip me as it's the final instalment but it just isn't :(
@Fader209. I am a big Hamilton fan but The Naked God is a poor final volume for the series. It gets more and more silly and the entire crisis that Hamilton has spent the previous 3000 pages in detailing he wraps up in the last fifty pages with a big deus ex machina. It was like he was about to miss his deadline, panicked and rushed the ending.On the other hand his Fallen Dragon stand alone book is awesome (but I am in a minority). His Greg Mandel series was clearly him finding his feet as a novelist but still excellent - especially The Nano-Flower. His Commonwealth Saga and follow up Void Trilogy are very good indeed - but massive and epic in scale.He's in my top five fave sci-fi authors along with Morgan, Banks, Abnett (for his 40k novels) and of course Mr Asher.
Fallen Dragon IS awesome. It was the first Hamilton novel I read and I was immediately hooked on his work.I'm saving the Commonwealth Saga and the Void Trilogy for later reading. I don't want to finish them and then have nothing of his left to read...
Engage mean Scotsman mode: And of course we get charged more for the larger paperbacks!
That's surprising. I noticed the changes in the size of the books but it never even occurred to me to be bothered about it. Then again, my shelves are like Hitch's.
i'm out of shelves.
Well, me too, Vaude.
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