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I collected book related askMes on the wiki into readMe.

I have gone along way toward collecting book related AskMes into a single wiki page, readMe on analogy to eatMe. I skipped the questions about finding the name of a specific book.

I did all of the entries tagged "book" or "books" up to November 19, 2007. So if anyone wants to jump in for the more recent ones, that would be great. I also put a link to the askMe collections in the Interesting Things section. The fiction section could use some organization.

This was a lot of work, there are around 650 lists of books. You all need to get out more.
posted by shothotbot to MetaFilter-Related at 8:26 PM (77 comments total) 153 users marked this as a favorite

Um... Us?





Seriously, though, neat!
posted by PhatLobley at 8:30 PM on December 8, 2007


Effing hell. Awesome work!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:44 PM on December 8, 2007


This is terrific.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:45 PM on December 8, 2007


Wow, that's "weep helplessly at the overawing glory and my own comparative weeniness"-grade marvelous. There goes an entire folder worth of bookmarks I'd been keeping track of - quite brilliant, what a great idea!
posted by zeph at 8:51 PM on December 8, 2007


Fantastic!

*blows kisses at shothotbot*
posted by Quietgal at 8:54 PM on December 8, 2007


Holy Shit. That is going to kill a lot of time at work. Very well done. I hope my fellow MeFites are not too intimidated to help keep it current. Let's sidebar it, shall we?
posted by Rock Steady at 9:03 PM on December 8, 2007


Mother of God. I'll never leave the house again.
posted by maudlin at 9:06 PM on December 8, 2007


Point taken, PhatLobley.
posted by shothotbot at 9:07 PM on December 8, 2007


Epic.
posted by chrismear at 9:15 PM on December 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


Oh snap! Your hard work is definitely appreciated.
posted by spiderskull at 9:32 PM on December 8, 2007


Wow - that's wonderful. How long did it take you?
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:53 PM on December 8, 2007


This is very nice. Thanks.
posted by BigSky at 9:59 PM on December 8, 2007


This is teh awesome. You're my new hero.
posted by ikahime at 10:07 PM on December 8, 2007


God damn.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:11 PM on December 8, 2007


Dude, that's fucking awesome.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:25 PM on December 8, 2007


Holy crap. Good work dude. Now I need to find me some Dickensian Post-Apocalyptic short stories/novellas for teens who think they might be pagans.
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 10:38 PM on December 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


Holy good Jeebus! Nice work!
posted by TwoWordReview at 10:40 PM on December 8, 2007


Well done!
posted by boo_radley at 10:44 PM on December 8, 2007


I am awed. Beautifully done! Thank you so much, shothotbot.
posted by melissa may at 10:49 PM on December 8, 2007


Oh, dude, you are fucking rad. Thank you!
posted by sugarfish at 10:50 PM on December 8, 2007


(I didn't explicitly say thank you yet, did I? Thank you!)
posted by maudlin at 10:55 PM on December 8, 2007


Thank you.
posted by Bookhouse at 11:00 PM on December 8, 2007


Impressive, and majorly useful! Thank You.

now let us know when you have the links to each of our local public library collections for each book. kthx?
posted by a_green_man at 11:18 PM on December 8, 2007



now let us know when you have the links to each of our local public library collections for each book. kthx?


Wait, what? We have to go out to the library/bookstore to get these things? I thought all of the books were going to be scanned and uploaded to readMe - we don't get OUT, that was the whole reason this sucker was possible in the first place, why on earth would we want to start going out now?

Ripoff! Phony! I take back my praise and appreciation, AND everyone else's for good measure!
posted by zeph at 11:36 PM on December 8, 2007


Yeah, this is fantastic and all, but I'm lazy and churlish - could you read them into mp3 files for me next? I don't want to be unreasonable; no need to do character voices in the fiction works.
posted by Abiezer at 12:05 AM on December 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


Thank you. This is some seriously useful stuff.
posted by adamvasco at 12:27 AM on December 9, 2007


This is terrific!
posted by painquale at 12:29 AM on December 9, 2007


Oh, can we post a big link on the AskMe post page to this wiki? That way it saves people the hassle.
posted by spiderskull at 12:59 AM on December 9, 2007


Wow, that's incredibly cool, thank you!!!

I love the "trials of book ownership" category, how cute!

And I see there has been no books in or about taking place in Paris question - might have to remedy that when my week is up...
posted by ClarissaWAM at 1:18 AM on December 9, 2007


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posted by ClarissaWAM at 1:19 AM on December 9, 2007


This is great. Thanks.
posted by ClanvidHorse at 1:39 AM on December 9, 2007


Flagged as fantastic. (Sidebar!)
posted by grouse at 1:57 AM on December 9, 2007


Wow.
posted by sveskemus at 3:11 AM on December 9, 2007


Excellent work, thanks!
posted by goo at 3:14 AM on December 9, 2007


Ooooooohhhhhhhh
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:11 AM on December 9, 2007


Very, very cool! Thanks for that, what a fantastic resource.
posted by gemmy at 6:27 AM on December 9, 2007


This is my new favorite work/play resource on MeFi. Thank you shothotbot!
posted by carsonb at 6:28 AM on December 9, 2007


Amazing. Definitely sidebar material.
posted by slimepuppy at 6:42 AM on December 9, 2007


Awesome.
I always favorite any book post (unrepentant bibliophile here) but this is really really great.
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 6:43 AM on December 9, 2007


Awesom.
I think shothotbot deserves a metafilter gold account!
posted by Memo at 7:14 AM on December 9, 2007


Very good!
posted by WPW at 7:28 AM on December 9, 2007


sidebarred, btw.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:18 AM on December 9, 2007


Wicked cool. My local bookstore thanks you; my bank account does not.
posted by rtha at 8:28 AM on December 9, 2007


*looks at limited bookshelf space, sighs*

I'm a bit surprised there isn't more fantasy stuff, actually. Y'all are the wrong kind of nerds, and I shun you for it.

The laxative effect of bookstores is great.
posted by CKmtl at 10:04 AM on December 9, 2007


Marvelous! Thank you.

*looks at limited bookshelf space, sighs*

That's why they make libraries!
posted by amro at 10:18 AM on December 9, 2007


Awesome, great job!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:45 AM on December 9, 2007


That's why they make libraries!

The last time I went to my neighbourhood library (admittedly over a decade ago), I wasn't very impressed by their English selection though. Gobs and gobs of French books; tiny, tiny English section. I'm not too keen on reading translated works when I could get my hands on the original. They've since moved to a bigger, newer (and closer!) building... but I'm still not too hopeful about finding what I want. Maybe I'll check it out again, or one of the bigger libraries across the river.

Plus I sort of like owning them. That new book smell, crisp and shiney covers/dustjackets. And I read indulgently slow, especially with big fat epic-length fiction.
posted by CKmtl at 11:03 AM on December 9, 2007


Unbelievably awesome. Thanks!
posted by scody at 11:32 AM on December 9, 2007


This + Amazon = my Christmas shopping is like butter.
posted by Bookhouse at 12:12 PM on December 9, 2007


Wow, that's amazing! And dangerous. Thank you!
posted by oneirodynia at 12:13 PM on December 9, 2007


Wow, so awesome. Thank you.
posted by yarrow at 12:35 PM on December 9, 2007


shothotbot - Have I ever told you that you're the wind beneath my wings?
posted by deborah at 12:42 PM on December 9, 2007


Great work, thanks.
posted by bru at 12:50 PM on December 9, 2007


Three great poetry discussions that should probably be added: 1 2 3

I'd add them myself, but I'm lazy.
posted by roll truck roll at 2:03 PM on December 9, 2007


This is awesome. Thanks for all the good work.
posted by CrazyLemonade at 2:03 PM on December 9, 2007


I am glad everyone likes it. I wouldn't have bothered if I didn't it would be appreciated. By convention I think I am supposed to say I spent way too much time on this, but reading about what books people want to read and the interesting responses is pretty fun. And I am all about sorting stuff. Am so not all about spelling, so keep a look out.

1) Is there any way I can look for posts tagged literature but not books?

2) Who is going to step up for hearMe?
posted by shothotbot at 2:26 PM on December 9, 2007


Great work. Thanks for doing this.
posted by ibmcginty at 2:46 PM on December 9, 2007


Goddamn awesome. Thanks.
posted by chinston at 6:56 PM on December 9, 2007


Who is going to step up for hearMe?

I dunno, but I call dibs on feelMe and touchMe.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:24 PM on December 9, 2007


Nice work!

(I think maybe it's time I pay my library fine.)
posted by thivaia at 8:31 PM on December 9, 2007


Oh, yay! Just in time for winter break, when I can read something non-school related! Thank you for the work!
posted by bibbit at 8:41 PM on December 9, 2007


One day, I shall look up and have spent all my days in reading.

And this will have been the start of it.

Cheers though, good effort.
posted by Happy Dave at 6:02 AM on December 10, 2007


Thanks!
posted by stagewhisper at 7:04 AM on December 10, 2007


Yay yay yay!!! I think I love you, shothotbot!
posted by INTPLibrarian at 11:30 AM on December 10, 2007


I think so too, but its only been 10 years of therapy so I am still not sure.
posted by shothotbot at 12:20 PM on December 10, 2007 [1 favorite]


Thank you SO much for the early Christmas present--it's like you are my personal Secret Quonsar or something, making up this wonderlicious list.
posted by misha at 7:02 PM on December 10, 2007


roll truck roll:
I added the posts tagged poetry.
posted by shothotbot at 8:06 PM on December 10, 2007


Wow! This is amazing. I added my ask.me about city life in ancient Rome, bringing the Rome related ReadMes to a grand total of three. It'll need its own section soon.
posted by Kattullus at 8:18 PM on December 10, 2007


I added the steampunk question, on the same line as the cyberpunk and unconditional cyberpunk links.
posted by lostburner at 9:05 PM on December 10, 2007


I've added some questions that weren't tagged with "book". "Cookbook" was fertile ground so I added a new section.
posted by patricio at 8:10 AM on December 11, 2007


a query: Does a question like this one about Infographics belong? The question asks for general tips and there are a mix of books and websites recommended. Obviously not every question which has an answer pointing to a book belongs on the that wiki page - what do people think the threshold should be?
posted by patricio at 8:20 AM on December 11, 2007


In cases like this I have been adding them to the list if the questions are general enough that others can get some use out of them and if a good part of the answers give book recommendations, so in this case I would vote to include it.

thanks for pitching in!

posted by shothotbot at 8:27 AM on December 11, 2007


This is fucking win (as the kids say.)
posted by cowbellemoo at 12:42 PM on December 11, 2007


Holy crap!

If MetaFilter had some kinda equivalent of the academy awards or whatever, ShotHotBot would SO get nominated for, like, something. I dunno whut, but this deserves some kinda major kudo thing that doesn't exist, but should, cuz of stuff like this.
posted by ZachsMind at 8:58 PM on December 11, 2007


Marvelous. Big thanks to shothotbot.
posted by normy at 6:52 AM on December 12, 2007


Wow! I'm in awe. Thanks for doing this.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 8:18 PM on December 12, 2007


I've been meaning to do this. No, really, I have. I was going to get started on it any day. Just as soon as I figured out how to make a wiki. (Seriously-- thanks, this is just great)
posted by nax at 7:47 AM on January 3, 2008


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