Two Weeks of Books

I was away from the house for two weeks, and in that time here are the books that arrived in my absence. There’s several dozen books here, some of them even ones I’ve written: two of the boxes here are author copies. But a significant number are from other authors. I’ll be posting a couple of “new books and ARCs” stacks very soon to catch up. But if you were ever wondering about the inflow of books at the Scalzi Compound, this should give you some idea of what it’s like.

30 Comments on “Two Weeks of Books”

  1. Even for people who read fast, that’s a LOT to keep up with. How do you decide what you want to read or not? And what do you do with it all? Certainly any house would get overwhelmed with books fairly quickly! Even considering the paper as insulation instead of literature (as Jubal Harshaw did with his junk mail…) one would run out of space.

  2. WOW! (Stares off in the distance, wondering what it’s like to work at the postal substation/UPS facility serving the Scalzi compound’s area).

    Spider Robinson had a method of dealing with the overflow of reviewer’s copies he had when he was reviewing. I still shudder thinking about it!

  3. When people send you their book, what are their expectations of you (e.g., expecting you to read it and give you feedback, and/or expecting you to publicize it on your blog, etc.?), and do their expectations always jibe with what you think is reasonable? And if not, does it lead to hard feelings? I remember from reading “Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded,” you had a strongly worded argument against people who expected you to invest your professional time to give free critique and whatnot to their writing. Maybe that was just for unpublished amateurs?…but then again, should it be any different for someone just because they managed to get published?

  4. Oh good, I’m not the only one wondering about the teeny chair. It looks a bit too big to be dollhouse furniture.

  5. The “chair” looks like some sort of hardware thing screwed to the plywood behind it. What its function is, I have NO idea.

  6. You are a legend at the local post office. Guaranteed.

    “All those books. Every day. Every week. For years. The books always go in. But they never come out!”

  7. Thanks susan5660! I’ve been following here for several months and still feel like a newb. Would be nice if there were a “Whatever” FAQ.

    What’s in the big box in the middle? A new boxed set edition of all the “Outlander” books?

  8. Your New Books and ARCs posts, and the comments on them, are very much appreciated.
    Thanks for taking the time to stack ’em and snap ’em, and to everyone who has thinky bits and bytes to share about them.

  9. Just out of idle curiosity, how many “author copies” of a book do you get?

  10. You’re welcome, Pianoman. I found quite a lot of useful information in the right-hand side items (on a laptop – it’s harder to find on a mobile).

  11. Two books have been my most eagerly-anticipated for this year. One is “The Consuming Fire,” and the other book was just released and I’m reading it now. I’m very curious as to whether it’s in that pile. OTOH, it’s published by Tor, and Tor releases have been pretty scarce in “Whatever.” Which seems odd, since Tor is Scalzi’s publisher, and I would think they would routinely send him their new releases, to possibly be put on display here. (but maybe I missed out on a “FAQ-able” comment relating to that too?)

  12. There must be days when you feel like Mickey in the ‘Magicians Apprentice’ portion of “Fantasia.”

  13. And they just…SEND THEM? Random books arriving on my doorstep would be beyond awesome. Grrr.

  14. Can definitely say that among writers, you are definitely the man. I’m sure that the local library would enjoy any donations from this latest delivery.

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