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Book Note: David Dyer-Bennet, Third Anniversary of Booknotes

I read this book about 15-Jun-2004. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2004. This note was last modified Wednesday, 29-Aug-2007 23:47:37 PDT.

This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.


So it's the third anniversary of my doing these booknotes. I thought maybe I should say something about it.

I'm planning to keep doing it. It's been fun. It's frustrating because I still find I have trouble getting to the notes, and have often forgotten things I wanted to say before I write them down. Now and then I do have fun reading a book carefully and taking notes, resulting in some of the longer articles. Whether those are fun for anybody else I think I'd rather not know, all things considered.

I like having a record of what I read. It's close to complete; I've skipped logging extensive browsing of books already talked about, and I have sometimes allowed myself an nth comfort re-read without logging it—perhaps two or three times in the three years. Plus another few times when I've read a manuscript in progress and have been asked or have chosen not to comment on it. (Plus quite a few times when I have commented on it.)

And it's indexed in Google, and people do seem to find things in it now and then. I get mail out of the blue every few weeks about something or other in Ouroboros in general, often something in booknotes.

I also keep running into the inadequacies of the data recording and indexing system. I'm now writing a booknote on Brain Ships. This is an omnibus combining two collaborative novels (different collaborators) set in the universe of The Ship Who Sang. How the heck do I make that come out right on the index page and in all the references? And any attempt to fix it gets instantly into very complex database relationships.

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