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Welcome once again to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at one fan’s shelves. Would you like to show off your shelves? Drop me an email and let’s see what we can do.

Today’s edition of Shelf Porn comes from book reviewer Joshua Hill. While he has a small-but-growing comic shelf, he more than makes up for it with his collection of science fiction books. So let’s turn it over to Josh …

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My name is Joshua S Hill, and I’m currently in the process of editing my first novel whilst simultaneously writing environmental news at Planetsave.com and fantasy book reviews at, funnily enough, FantasyBookReview.co.uk.

A good portion of the fantasy books you’ll see on my shelves have been sent to me by publishers to review, and I’m doin pretty well in terms of read-and-reviewed compared to simply shelved-and-unread. Though you’ll see that Anathem by Neal Stephegnson has a nice big bookmark in it (but so does Ulysses by James Joyce, so I shouldn’t be too upset about it).

These are my shelves.

The four here are the main shelves I will be looking at, though there are four more out of shot that house various religious texts, biographies, classics and miscellaneous. I moved a chair out of the way to take the shot, as the carpet marks show in that corner … there.

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And of course the dusty top of two shelves which house seasons 1-8 of Stargate SG-1, and the complete collections of Buffy and Angel.

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I’m actually rather proud of my library, as I think I’m allowed to call it at this point. Three bookshelves almost totally dedicated to fantasy. A bookshelf almost totally dedicated to Star Wars, two shelves to TPB’s and three to Star Wars.

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This is probably my favourite shelf, as it contains a large collection of books written by (or in a couple of cases on) J.R.R. Tolkien. There’s the original trilogy, Hobbit, Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and several other smaller collections. Moving across into the History of Middle Earth stuff, into another copy of the Silmarillion and then the reference books, before another two copies of the Hobbit and an Alan Lee illustrated Two Towers.

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Another of my top 5 authors is Terry Pratchett, and owning 18 hardcovers is a nice thing, let me tell you. Completely re-readable.

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And there’s the Star Wars collection. Top row contains books BBY up until the X-Wing series, which continues the ABY books and into almost all of the New Jedi Order books.

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You really can’t have enough large fantasy series, and some of my favourite authors claim shelves to themselves; including Steven Erikson, Robin Hobb and Robert Jordan.

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Next is the TPB’s, and this is my “Big Two” shelf. The Omnibi are my prides and joy, though the deluxe Gotham Central’s aren’t half bad either.

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And the “Everyone Else” shelf, which includes some of my favourite writing from the pen of Greg Rucka and Brian Wood.

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I’d have more comics but I can’t justify buying them because I can’t review them. Not yet at least. I’m working on it. I promise.

And that’s all that you care about. There’s a shelf of books that get sent to me that I just don’t want to read, and another shelf of books that get sent to me that I want to read, but are further down the list than the publishers would like them to be. I’d show you the books signed by James Barclay, Michael A Stackpole, Trudi Canavan and Isobelle Carmody, my Star Trek figurines and the multiple copies of the Lord of the Rings movies I have, but you’d get bored. So I’ll leave it at that.

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Is this guy an Aussie (is that the Bradman Albums I see up on a shelf?)? If so, good on us Australian blokes keeping it real. If not, well good collection anyway!

Holy crap I wouldnt want to help you move !!! Nice collection

Yeah, I’m Aussie and that’s the Bradman collection the shelf there. Nice catch! :D

Dingaling … nice. :-)

Augie De Blieck Jr.

April 22, 2010 at 7:34 am

Josh — Where did you get those Looney Tunes posters? Are they available on-line? Love ‘em!

Brent Stringer

April 22, 2010 at 8:13 am

I agree with Augie!! Those Looney Tunes posters are badass!! I want them!!!

I love Discworld. I’m always reading one. I even buy the _ing calendar every year! Well done, you.

If you’re a Greg Rucka and Queen and Country fan I’d recommend getting his two Q&C novels if you already haven’t and also checking out the old British TV series The Sandbaggers. All great stuff!

I couldn’t help but notice your copies of A Song of Ice and Fire. I love that series.

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