The Typesetters, the Proofreaders, and the Scribes

Very interesting post by WebRover, a volunteer at Distributed Proofreaders.

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scribeAt Distributed Proofreaders, we are all volunteers. We are under no time pressure to proof a certain number of pages, lines or characters. When we check out a page, we can take our careful time to complete it.

We can choose a character-dense page of mind-numbing lists of soldier’s names, ship’s crews, or index pages. We are free to select character-light pages of poetry, children’s tales or plays. Of course these come with their own challenges such as punctuation, dialogue with matching quotes or stage directions. We can pick technical manuals with footnotes, history with side notes, or  science with Latin biology names. We can switch back and forth to chip away at a tedious book interspersed with pages from a comedy or travelogue.

Every so often though, I stop and think about the original typesetters.

They didn’t get to pick their subject material, their deadline or their quota. They…

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Mount TBR 2017

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This is my first year participating in Bev’s Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017. For details and to sign up, see Bev’s Blog post or Goodreads group.

My goal is to tackle Mt. Kilimanjaro (Level 5) and read a miniumum of sixty books which were on my TBR as of January 1, 2017. I’ll be keeping track at Goodreads. The 164 eligible books include:
I Am Frankenstein by C. Dean Andersson
Heart of the World (Carlotta Carlyle #11) by Linda Barnes
Lie Down with the Devil (Carlotta Carlyle #12) by Linda Barnes
Vitals by Greg Bear
Pushing Up Daisies (Agatha Raisin #27) by M.C. Beaton
Lovecraft’s Providence & Adjacent Parts by Harry Beckwith
The Queen of Atlantis by Pierre Benoît
Queen of Hearts (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #8) by Rhys Bowen
Malice at the Palace (Her Royal Spyness #9) by Rhys Bowen
Crowned and Dangerous (Her Royal Spyness #10) by Rhys Bowen
Hearse and Buggy (An Amish Mystery #1) by Laura Bradford
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Deception Point by Dan Brown
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon #1) by Dan Brown
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon #3) by Dan Brown
Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown
Claws and Effect (Mrs. Murphy #9) by Rita Mae Brown
A Dark and Lonely Place by Edna Buchanan
Writers in Paris: Literary Lives in the City of Light by David Burke
Carl Sandburg: His Life and Works by North Callahan
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
Lovecraft Remembered by Peter H. Cannon
Scream for Jeeves: A Parody by Peter H. Cannon
Pulptime by Peter H. Cannon
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
Altered States by Paddy Chayefsky
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
Blood Memory (Catherine McLeod #1) by Margaret Coel
Scratch the Surface (A Cat Lover’s Mystery #1) by Susan Conant
Marker (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #5) by Robin Cook
Abduction by Robin Cook
The Garment by Catherine Cookson
Hannah Massey by Catherine Cookson
The House Of Women by Catherine Cookson
Justice Is A Woman by Catherine Cookson
Katie Mulholland by Catherine Cookson
The Menagerie by Catherine Cookson
Miss Martha Mary Crawford by Catherine Cookson
The Moth by Catherine Cookson
The Obsession by Catherine Cookson
The Silent Lady by Catherine Cookson
The Spaniard’s Gift by Catherine Cookson
The Upstart by Catherine Cookson
Tracks by Robyn Davidson
Diana: Secrets & Lies by Nicholas Davies
Out of Africa/Shadows on the Grass by Isak Dinesen
A Single Eye (Darcy Lott #1) by Susan Dunlap
Justine (The Alexandria Quartet #1) by Lawrence Durrell
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad #2) by Tana French
Steppin’ on a Rainbow (Kinky Friedman #14) by Kinky Friedman
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (Kinky Friedman #15) by Kinky Friedman
The Prisoner of Vandam Street (Kinky Friedman #17) by Kinky Friedman
Ten Little New Yorkers (Kinky Friedman #18) by Kinky Friedman
Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned by Kinky Friedman
Lady L by Romain Gary
A Scots Quair (Sunset Song, Cloud Howe, Grey Granite) by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Strait is the Gate by André Gide
A Life’s Morning by George Gissing
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
The New Colossus by Marshall Goldberg
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
The Private Diaries of Sir H. Rider Haggard, 1914-1925 by H. Rider Haggard
Dead Water (Benjamin January #8) by Barbara Hambly
The Shirt on His Back (Benjamin January #10) by Barbara Hambly
Ran Away (Benjamin January #11) by Barbara Hambly
Song of Orpheus (Beauty and the Beast #3) by Barbara Hambly
Ghost-Walker (Star Trek #53) by Barbara Hambly
Crossroad (Star Trek #71) by Barbara Hambly
The Xibalba Murders (Lara McClintoch Archeological Mystery #1) by Lyn Hamilton
The Maltese Goddess (Lara McClintoch Archeological Mystery #2) by Lyn Hamilton
Day Shift (Midnight, Texas #2) by Charlaine Harris
Death on the River Walk (Henrie O #5) by Carolyn Hart
Resort to Murder (Henrie O #6) by Carolyn Hart
Set Sail for Murder (Henrie O #7) by Carolyn Hart
Lovecraft’s New York Circle: The Kalem Club, 1924-1927 by Mara Kirk Hart
Secrets from the Sand: My Search for Egypt’s Past by Zahi A. Hawass
Valley of the Golden Mummies by Zahi A. Hawass
The Woman and the Ape: A Novel by Peter Høeg
H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life by Michel Houellebecq
Silence of the Grave (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries #2) by Arnaldur Indriðason
Strangled in Paris (Victor Legris Mystery #6) by Claude Izner
Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson
Firestorm by Iris Johansen
I Lived to Tell It All by George Jones
Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes
Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi
The Game of Thirty by William Kotzwinkle
Boundary Waters (Cork O’Connor #2) by William Kent Krueger
In the Forbidden Land by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson
The Priestess (Dr. Owen Orient #5) by Frank Lauria
The Seth Papers (Dr. Owen Orient #6) by Frank Lauria
Blue Limbo (Dr. Owen Orient #7) by Frank Lauria
Sideshow by Anne D. LeClaire
A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
Escape From Tomorrow: 3 Previously Unreprinted Weird Tales by Frank Belknap Long
Howard Phillips Lovecraft: Dreamer on the Nightside by Frank Belknap Long
To Quebec and the Stars by H.P. Lovecraft
Letters to Alfred Galpin by H.P. Lovecraft
Lord of a Visible World: An Autobiography in Letters by H.P. Lovecraft
Letters to Rheinhart Kleiner by H.P. Lovecraft
The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft & Donald Wandrei (Letters 1) by H.P. Lovecraft
Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation by Aili McConnon
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy
The PMS Outlaws (Elizabeth MacPherson #9) by Sharyn McCrumb
Too Many Murders: A Carmine Delmonico Novel by Colleen McCullough
Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt by Barbara Mertz
Locked In (Sharon McCone #26) by Marcia Muller
Coming Back (Sharon McCone #27) by Marcia Muller
City of Whispers (Sharon McCone #28) by Marcia Muller
Looking for Yesterday (Sharon McCone #29) by Marcia Muller
Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company by Multatuli
I Am Not Spock by Leonard Nimoy
Leaf in the Storm by Ouida
The Second Opinion: A Novel by Michael Palmer
Hard Time (V.I. Warshawski #9) by Sara Paretsky
Total Recall (V.I. Warshawski #10) by Sara Paretsky
Blacklist (V.I. Warshawski #11) by Sara Paretsky
Fire Sale (V.I. Warshawski #12) by Sara Paretsky
Hardball (V.I. Warshawski #13) by Sara Paretsky
Body Work (V.I. Warshawski #14) by Sara Paretsky
Breakdown (V.I. Warshawski #15) by Sara Paretsky
Critical Mass (V.I. Warshawski #16) by Sara Paretsky
The Vanishing Thief (Victorian Bookshop Mystery #1) by Kate Parker
That Bringas Woman by Benito Pérez Galdós
Balzac by V.S. Pritchett
Still Me by Christopher Reeve
The Night Stalker (The Night Stalker #1) by Jeff Rice
Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal
The Sea-Hawk by Rafael Sabatini
The Delegates’ Choice (Mobile Library Mystery #3) by Ian Sansom
The Bad Book Affair (Mobile Library Mystery #4) by Ian Sansom
The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott
Olympic Gold: A Runner’s Life And Times by Frank Shorter
Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith
The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton by Elizabeth Speller
The Pearl/The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
The Short Reign of Pippin IV by John Steinbeck
Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
Curse of Al Capone’s Gold by Mike Thompson
Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery #9) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on Bank Street (Gaslight Mystery #10) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on Waverly Place (Gaslight Mystery #11) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on Fifth Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #14) by Victoria Thompson
Murder in Chelsea (Gaslight Mystery #15) by Victoria Thompson
Murder in Murray Hill (Gaslight Mystery #16) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #17) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #18) by Victoria Thompson
Murder in Morningside Heights (Gaslight Mystery #19) by Victoria Thompson
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
The Vicar of Wrexhill by Frances Trollope
The Lost Chronicles: The Official Companion Book by Mark Cotta Vaz
Emile Zola – Novelist and Reformer by Ernest A. Vizetelly
True Women by Janice Woods Windle
97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman
The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola
The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola
Truth (Les Quatre Évangiles #3) by Émile Zola

Clever Hans

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Can a horse think like a human?

To many people in the early years of the 20th Century, the answer to that question was “Yes!” After all, thousands had seen von Osten’s Russian trotting horse, Clever Hans, use hoof taps and head nods to solve multiplication and division problems, spell out words, name colours, and answer complex questions from a variety of people, even those who had never worked with him before. Sceptics were quickly convinced that what they were seeing was an animal capable of conceptual thought, limited solely by the lack of the ability to speak from taking his place in human society.

In Clever Hans (The Horse of Mr. von Osten), biologist/psychologist Oskar Pfungst disproved popular opinion regarding that clever horse — and, in so doing, created a landmark study in how to apply the experimental method to human and animal behaviour.

What made…

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H.P. Lovecraft’s Fungi from Yuggoth and other Poems

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Are you a fan of Lovecraft’s stories but maybe not his poetry? I thought that was the case with me until listening to H.P. Lovecraft’s Fungi from Yuggoth and other Poems. Magnificently read by Will Hart with music by Graham Plowman, the experience was head and shoulders above merely reading the poems. I have already listened to most of the tracks more than once.

Visit CthulhuWho1’s Blog for more information and various links including a lengthy sample on YouTube.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WHH!

Raising my glass, Sam! Thank you for reminding us to celebrate William Hope Hodgson today.

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Today, November 15th, is Hodgson’s 139th birthday!

It was on this day in 1877 that William Hope Hodgson was born to Samuel , an Anglican priest, and Lissie Lissie Hodgson. The second of twelve children, three of whom would die in infancy, Hope and his family had a hard life. They were often poor and reliant upon the charity of Samuel’s parishioners. A controversial figure, Samuel was moved about frequently by the church, serving 11 parishes in 21 years before his death in 1892.

In 1890, Hope was apprenticed into the Merchant Marine and he would spend the next 10 years at sea sailing around the world several times and receiving the Royal Humane Society medal for heroism after saving a shipmate who had fallen into shark infested waters. During his time at sea, Hope would also develop his life-long interests in physical…

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone
(The Great Library #1)
by Rachel Caine

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Jacket blurb:

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn….

 

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First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To play along, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon.

The first clue Jess had that his hiding place had been discovered came in the form of a hard, open-handed slap to the back of his head. He was engrossed in reading, and he’d failed to hear any telltale creak of boards behind him.

His first instinct was, of course, to save the book, and he protectively curled over the delicate pages even as he slid out of his chair and freed his right hand to draw a knife . . . but it wasn’t necessary.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jenn of Books and a Beat. Anyone can participate. If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at Jenn’s Books and a Beat or on my Tuesday Memes Page.

The paper was the morning edition, and it must have just turned evening, because as Jess handed it back, the newspaper erased itself, and filled line by line with new words. The ink-licker stayed front-page news, which probably would have pleased the vile old creature.

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I can’t resist. Here is another quote from this world where censorship is rampant and it is illegal to own an actual paper and ink book. If you happen to visualize the concept of a press-printer, it’s best to keep quiet and not propose a demonstration.

The pernicious heresy that began with Gutenberg once again appears among us, as if some great and sinister force insists on destroying the greatest institution of learning humankind has ever known. That it should spring from the mind of one of our most valuable and well-regarded Scholars, one so closely connected to the Iron Tower itself, makes it even more disturbing.

As with Gutenberg and all others who have followed, we must destroy this heresy immediately and completely. We have no choice.

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This YA book isn’t my usual fare, but I am really enjoying it. The story is pulling me along at a rapid pace. Thank you to Selah for bringing it to my attention.

What are you currently reading? Do you have anything to share with us?

More Frozen Wilderness Books

Last year I read Shackleton’s Forgotten Men by by Lennard Bickel and mentioned in a post Frozen Wilderness Book how they were able to obtain salt through a method mentioned in one of the books they had brought with them.

Thanks to Stu for tweeting about an article in the BBC News Magazine titled What books were taken to the Antarctic 100 years ago?

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When Sir Ernest Shackleton set off for Antarctica on his ship Endurance, he made sure he had plenty of reading material. But details of precisely what books he took have remained hidden in this photograph – until now.

The image from the ill-fated South Pole expedition – taken in early March 1915 by Australian photographer Frank Hurley – has been digitised by the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Photo digitisation process completed with help from Picturae.

The list of books from the article:

Encyclopedia Britannica
Seven short plays by Lady Gregory
Perch of the devil by Getrude Atherton
Pip by Ian Hey
Plays: pleasant and unpleasant, Vol 2 Pleasant by G B Shaw
Almayer’s folly by Joseph Conrad
Dr Brewer’s readers handbook
The Brassbounder by David Bone
The case of Miss Elliott by Emmuska Orczy
Raffles by EW Hornung
The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett
Pros and cons: a newspaper reader’s and debater’s guide to the leading controversies of the day by JB Askew
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Woman’s view by Herbert Flowerdew
Thou Fool by JJ Bell
The Message of Fate by Louis Tracy
The Barrier by Rex Beach
Manual of English Grammar and Composition by Nesfield
A book of light verse
Oddsfish by Robert Hugh Benson
Poetical works of Shelley
Monsieur de Rochefort by H De Vere Stacpoole
Voyage of the Vega by Nordenskjold
The threshold of the unknown region by Clements Markham
Cassell’s book of quotations by W Gurney Benham
The concise Oxford dictionary
Chambers biographical dictionary
Cassell’s new German-English English-German dictionary
Chambers 20th Century dictionary
The northwest passage by Roald Amundsen
The voyage of the Fox in Arctic seas by McClintock
Whitaker’s almanac
World’s end by Amelie Rives
Potash and perlmutter by Montague Glass
Round the horn before the mast by A Basil Lubbock
The witness for the defence by AEW Mason
Five years of my life by Alfred Dreyfuss
The morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J Locke
The rescue of Greely by Commander Winfield Scott Schley
United States Grinnell Expedition by Dr Kane
Three years of Arctic service by Greely
Voyage to the Polar Sea by Nares
Journal of HMS Enterprise by Collinson

Another article with numerous other photos from the expedition is here.

Discovering a Centuries Old Library

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In the end she turned the key but left it in the lock, and stepped cautiously through the door she had opened into what had probably been a dining room but was as large as the ballroom of her aunt’s house in Mayfair. It was lined floor to ceiling with books: goods boxes had been stacked on top of the original ten-foot bookshelves, and planks stretched over windows and doors so that no one square foot of the original paneling showed and the tops of the highest ranks brushed the coffered ceiling. Yellow-backed adventure novels by Conan Doyle and Clifford Ashdown shouldered worn calf saints’ lives, antiquated chemistry texts, Carlyle, Gibbon, de Sade, Balzac, cheap modern reprints of Aeschylus and Plato, Galsworthy, Wilde, Shaw.

Traveling with the Dead (James Asher #2) by Barbara Hambly

 

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Need I say that the name Balzac grabbed my attention! There is another great quote from later in the book when one of the vampires says, “We follow families, names, neighborhoods for years, sometimes decades. To us, chains of events are like the lives of Balzac’s characters, or Dickens’. The nights are long.”

I was unfamiliar with the name Clifford Ashdown. Research showed that it is a nom de plume used by Richard Austin Freeman and John James Pitcairn for books on which they collaborated.