A 23rd Birthday Book Haul

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On Friday I celebrated my 23rd birthday with vegan blue cheese pastries and a lot of lovely book-related presents. Among this selection are books I received as gifts, books I bought when out shopping on the big day, and a few I ordered in advance as gifts from myself. Birthdays = book-buying excuses. Here's a mini-rundown of everything:

Frank - Jon Ronson - Under 100 pages, Ronson's mini-memoir on his time with Frank Sidebottom. Now a movie with Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Fassbender.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick - Blade Runner, the book.

Just Kids - Patti Smith - One of Smith's many memoirs, this one on her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman - I have no idea what this is about, but I've never met a Gaiman book I didn't like.

Girlfriend in a Coma - Douglas Coupland - Dystopian, fantasy? No descriptions are telling me what this book is about but it's been on my TBR for years.

The Mind's Eye - Oliver Sacks - Discussions on the eyes and brain by the pop-psych master himself.

Dry Store Room No. 1 - Richard Fortey - A 'memoir' of the Natural History Museum.

The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin - Psychological suspense in a near-idyllic American suburb.

Artful - Ali Smith -  A series of lectures on art and literature told in a quasi-storylike way, as per Ali Smith usual.

Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh - Comics on depression and on failing the most simplest things. And weird dogs.

Hitchcock on Hitchcock - Sidney Gottlieb - Extracts on Hitchcock talking about himself and his filmmaking.

Starting Point: 1979-1996 - Hayao Miyazaki - The first of Miyazaki's two memoirs on his time creating Studio Ghibli films.

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology - Ann and Jeff VanderMeer - Does what it says on the tin.

Assassination: A History of Political Murder - Lindsay Porter - Also fairly self-explanatory.

Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett and Graham Higgins - A graphic novel adaptation of Pratchett's first City Watch book.

The Thames and Hudson Manual of Bookbinding - Arthur W. Johnson - A very comprehensive book on bookbinding for my conservation volunteering.

The Sandman Overture - Neil Gaiman, J. H Williams, and Dave Stewart - The recent prequel to Gaiman's Sandman series.

M x

P. S. Some still haven't arrived. Oops.

P. P. S. I'll be writing up a post soon on my experiences at the Terry Pratchett memorial at the Barbican last Thursday. It was a rather emotional experience, and something I won't be forgetting any time soon! I was breathing Neil Gaiman's magic realism air.

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