Welcome To The Shelf: Patterns, Phones, and Poems

Welcome To The Shelf: Patterns, Phones, and Poems

Although I’m a big fan of You Need a Budget and everything they’re about, I’m equal parts proud and ashamed to say that I don’t have a budget line for books. No part of saying “this is how much I’ll spend on books each month” makes any sense to me. You don’t budget; you just buy. The more books the better! Fill up every bookshelf in the house and when you’re done, buy another bookshelf. Today, we welcome some impulse buys based on random posts I saw on Twitter.

The Black Phone, by Joe Hill. Joe has been blowing up Twitter with reactions to the new movie based off his short story of the same name. I can only vaguely remember reading any of his work before, perhaps Horns, but I’ve never really given him a chance. So what better place to start than a collection of short stories? The premise of the Black Phone movie sounds great, and with the knowledge that the book is always better than the movie, it only made sense to pick this one up. I’m hoping for an Asimov or PKD situation where Hill’s short stories are so good that they make me want to read the novels. (Honestly, I thought that’s why novelists wrote short stories in the first place, to drum up interest, but 🤷.)

Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson. Considering how much I love Neuromancer, I was a little ashamed that I had missed this one from the father of cyberspace. Gibson’s other novels have been kind of hit and miss for me, but I saw Pattern Recognition mentioned multiple times in a single day (though now that I think about it, those were probably Gibson’s retweets), so I decided to get myself a copy. It also didn’t hurt that a review of Vise Manor calls out a similarity between my book and the Blue Ant series that this book kicks off. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out I’ve ripped off Gibson yet again (see: Xronixle), but I would at least like to see the source material.

Collected Poems (1947 – 1997), by Allen Ginsberg. If you’re anything like me, and I know I am, then you remember exactly where you were sitting when Dade quoted Ginsberg’s Howl in English class. It’s just one of those poems that stick with you, that keep showing up in popular culture as each new generation discovers it. I saw Ginsberg mentioned on Twitter the other day and thought my shelf could use a collection of his poems. And that’s how books get purchased. I don’t have a strong intention of sitting down and reading this book cover to cover, but I want it on my shelf just in case.

That’s it for this week. In the mail as we speak are a handful of books that no shelf should be without. Hit that bell and like and subscribe and wupfh so you don’t miss it!

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