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Subject: Who has the largest shelf of fantasy books?
Date Posted: 10/1/2013 4:49 PM ET
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Or least more than 10?  I am having a hard time finding any.  Oh, maybe I'll find 112 romance and 2 sci-fi, but it's been slim pickins for me and may fantasy searches.


Judye / maysied

Date Posted: 10/1/2013 4:53 PM ET
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I don't know that you can search the whole site by genre size, but you can go to "Box-O-Books" and look up the genre. It'll list BOB members and how many of those they have on their shelf.

Date Posted: 10/1/2013 5:53 PM ET
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You can try searching the shelves of people posting in the fantasy and sci fi genre forums.  Some of the regulars in the Book Bazaar have larger genre shelves too.

Another thing I do when I'm looking for all the books in a series is search for one of the books and 'order' it but before confirming the order I click the 'order more from member' button. This brings up their shelf. If you see other books you want you can add them to your order or ***this is important*** back all the way out to the search/book data page so no order goes through. I'll often try this with all the books in the series and sometimes I can find a member who has all or most of them, just in different stages of the FIFO.  You can also access the member's profile this way and send them a PM if you want more info or to ask for multi-book deals.

Date Posted: 10/1/2013 9:39 PM ET
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Linda, that's what I do as well.

Date Posted: 10/1/2013 10:59 PM ET
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SF/F has always been, in my experience, in short supply.  I remember when I joined.  I posted most of my collection and got absolutely swamped with requests.

Date Posted: 10/2/2013 12:25 PM ET
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You can go to your account page ~ go to Friends and click on (Gold Key) Search Friends' Books in the yellow strip at the top under Friends. There you can look for a certain fantasy book that is familiar to you to see if any of your friends have it on their bookshelf. Then you can click on their name to see the rest of their bookshelf.

Date Posted: 10/2/2013 4:10 PM ET
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I think SFF is in short supply - period.  I ordered Mockingjay from eBay, and they cancelled it.  I had to go back and order it again from another source.  Connie Willis has been a challenge - try and find her on PBS.  I bought three from eBay to get a feel for her work.  Although not SFF, I can't find Bill Sloan on PBS at all. 


That's how I came to the conclusion that PBS is short on SFF - I can't find the books I want here.  Some, yes, but most - not.


Judye / maysied

Subject: Daily Digest
Date Posted: 10/3/2013 12:27 PM ET
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You could sign up for the PBS Daily Digest and choose to receive daily emails that would tell you what science fiction/fantasy books had been posted in the previous 24 hours. Go to the My Account button in the gray bar near the top of all pages. From its pull-down menu, choose Settings. When that page comes up, there'll be a bright yellow bar near the top of the page, on which the second item over is Daily Digest. Click on that and you can indicate which categories you'd like to hear about. Remember to click the small white button to ON when you've finished; I didn't remember to do that and felt very dim. I find more books I want to read through the Daily Digest than I am curently getting through my Wish List.

Date Posted: 10/3/2013 6:12 PM ET
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Pretty much any fantasy book I've ever posted here has been wishlisted. As others have said, they just fly off of people's shelves.

ETA - I'm sure you realize this, but adding more books to you WL really helps. I've gotten lots of fantasy books via the PBS WL queues.



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Date Posted: 10/3/2013 7:00 PM ET
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I think, if I hit Half Price Books this weekend, I'll be looking for the Xanth novels.  I have lots of catching up to do, but I wanna start from the beginning.  :)

Date Posted: 10/3/2013 10:17 PM ET
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I second having stuff on your Wish List. I frequently goto FOTL sales and buy sci-fi and fantasy stuff (lots of it for 25 cents) and get lots of credits by posting it. There's not too much on my shelf right now because it does get ordered fairly steadily if it's not already WL ...

I also sent you a friend request because I do read and post a lot of sci-fi/fantasy. Generally when friends show up in my list as having a book on their WL, I will go to their WL and see what else I can post to them.

And sometimes I just sit on stuff instead of posting it because I have a lot of credits and I don't want to mail out everything as single books. Right now I have a bunch of books from the "1632" series by Eric Flint and a bunch from the Change series by S. M. Stirling ready to mail out ... but most of them are WL so I am waiting until I feel like making one of those mega forum posts that lists everything (I have to be in the right mood to make all the links ... ugh)

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Date Posted: 10/10/2013 1:59 PM ET
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You could also poke around in the fantasy forum and check the bookshelves of people who post in there.

Date Posted: 10/14/2013 5:53 PM ET
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I have almost 70 sci-fi/fantasy books on my shelf. Most are sci-fi.  Some have been there a long time.  A lot of my sci-fi is from early authors, so I suspect that 'younger' readers don't know about these gems.

Laura M. (LMM) - ,
Date Posted: 10/19/2013 9:47 AM ET
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Never mind :)

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Subject: SFF
Date Posted: 10/21/2013 7:00 AM ET
Member Since: 1/22/2008
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You may want  to watch the WL multiples topic in the Book Bazaar.  Also you can post in the Book Bazaar that you're looking for SFF books.