The Book Lust Mistakes

I have (so far) spent ten years with Book Lust and over that course of time I found numerous oddities. I don’t know what made me do it, but here is a list of all the errors or weird things I discovered:

Within the Table of Contents:

  1. The chapter “Eric Kraft: Too Good To Miss” (p 140) is completely missing from the TOC.

Within the text:

  1. The title Moving On does not include an author (page 203). Larry McMurtry’s name doesn’t appear on the page at all.

Within the Index (these are the book, short story and poem titles not included in the index but are mentioned in Book Lust somewhere):

  1. “Ado”
  2. Alice, Let’s Eat
  3. American Practical Navigator
  4. American Fried
  5. The Achieve Of, the Mastery Of, the Thing
  6. “At the Rialto”
  7. “Blind Heron”
  8. “Blue Garden”
  9. Bonny’s Boy
  10. Burn Marks
  11. Bonobo: the Forgotten Ape
  12. “By a Swimming Pool…”
  13. A Bridge Too Far
  14. “Brown Wasps”
  15. Caged Owl
  16. Caddie Woodlawn
  17. Choose Your Own Adventure
  18. A Child’s Life
  19. The Citadel
  20. Casket and the Sword
  21. Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s
  22. “Corn-pone Opinions”
  23. Collected Fictions
  24. Cruddy
  25. Crazy Creek
  26. “Days of Pie and Coffee”
  27. “Devil Baby at Hull House”
  28. “Crack Up”
  29. “Dear Derrida”
  30. Dog Next Door
  31. Dream Gold
  32. “Drug Store in Winter”
  33. End and the Beginning
  34. “Ethics of Living Jim Crow”
  35. Ethel and Ernest
  36. Eva Luna
  37. “Exorcist of Notre-Dame”
  38. Freedom at Midnight
  39. Fredericksburg to Meridan
  40. “Forgetfulness”
  41. “Funeral II”
  42. “Golden Retrievals”
  43. “Golden Angel Pancake House”
  44. Ginger Pie
  45. Good Times are Killing Me
  46. Green Eyes
  47. “Goodbye, Place I Lived Nearly 23 Years”
  48. Hitty
  49. “House of Blue Light”
  50. In Between Sheets
  51. In the Gloaming
  52. “Introduction to Poetry”
  53. Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer
  54. Jew of New York
  55. Jimmy Corrigan: the Smartest Kid…
  56. Kid From Tomkinsville
  57. “Law of Acceleration”
  58. Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  59. “Letters from a Birmingham Jail”
  60. Little White Horse
  61. M16
  62. Maus
  63. Maus II
  64. Moffats
  65. Minnow on the Say
  66. Old Yeller
  67. Only Bread, Only Light
  68. Now Read This
  69. Now Read This II
  70. Pendragon Cycle
  71. Red River to Appomattox
  72. Saturdays
  73. Sea is Blue
  74. “Sex Ex Machina”
  75. Second Common Reader
  76. “Stickeen”
  77. “Strip Poker”
  78. Terre des Hommes
  79. Third Helpings
  80. “Tortures”
  81. “Try to Praise the Mutilated World”
  82. “True Love”
  83. Tumbling
  84. War Babies
  85. “Two Tramps in Mud Time”
  86. Wait for Marcy
  87. Ulysseys
  88. Wetware
  89. Wheels Within Wheels
  90. “Workshop”
  91. Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet

Within the Index (these are the authors not included in the index):

  1. Lynda Barry
  2. Eleanor Cameron
  3. A.J. Cronin
  4. Gardener Dozois
  5. Kristin Waterford Duisberg (note: last name was missing – indexed under Kristin Waterford)
  6. Eleanor Estes
  7. Rachel Field
  8. Robert Frost
  9. Phoebe Gloeckner
  10. Slavomir Rawicz
  11. Keith Robertson
  12. Art Spiegelman

Pagination errors in index:

  1. Asimov, Isaac
  2. The Brothers K
  3. Death Comes for the Archbishop
  4. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  5. Paul Eddy
  6. Educating Esme
  7. Grand Sophy
  8. Robert Heinlein
  9. The Hobbit
  10. I Don’t Know How She Does It
  11. In the Fall
  12. Inflating a Dog
  13. Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  14. Kazuo Ishiguro
  15. Lord of the Rings
  16. Alice McDermott
  17. Moo
  18. Larry McMurtry
  19. Midnight’s Children
  20. Alice Munro
  21. Pride and Prejudice
  22. Remains of the Day
  23. Salman Rushdie
  24. That Eye, the Sky
  25. The Trial
  26. Timbuktu
  27. Vietnam
  28. Winter’s Heart
  29. Dean Young

Title Errors:

  1. Shockwave Runner should be Shockwave Rider
  2. The Eye, That Sky should be That Eye, the Sky
  3. Too Late Boyhood Blues should be Too Late American Boyhood Blues
  4. Twelve Days of Christmas should be Hillary Knight’s Twelve Days of Christmas

Interesting omission: The name of the series has been indexed but not the individual titles within the series. The only reason why I bring this up is because Pearl does list the individual titles in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  1. The Pendragon Cycle:
    1. Taliesin
    2. Merlin
    3. Arthur
    4. Pendragon
    5. Grail
  2. The Complete Sherlock Holmes:
    1. A Study in Scarlet
    2. Sign of Four
    3. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    4. Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
    5. Return of Sherlock Holmes
    6. Hound of the Baskervilles
    7. Valley of Fear
    8. Last Bow
    9. Case Book of Sherlock Holmes
  3. Irish R.M.:
    1. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M.
    2. Further Experiences of an Irish R.M.
    3. In Mr. Knox’s Country
  4. Sea of Fertility:
    1. Spring Snow
    2. Runaway Horses
    3. Temple of Dawn
    4. Decay of the Angel

Interesting oversight in reverse. This time the individual titles are indexed but not the name of the series:

  1. The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Of course, this is not a comprehensive list. I am not done with Book Lust (not in the least) so there is a possibility other mistakes will crop up. I just felt like posting this now. If there are any additions in the future I will be sure to mark them.



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