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All that is to say: You can be whatever you want to be, especially if you want to be a yak shaver. You can look around the site here: books.rixx.de

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All of this was a very productive and good use of my time, and not at all a sudden day-long hyperfocus on a stupid idea I had during breakfast.

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The book shelves resize with different browser window sizes fluidly, by the magic of flexbox. Cover images are loaded once you hover on the books so that the main page doesn't throw 600-or-so images at you.

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The spine colour is derived from the cover colour, so it's easier to find books I'm looking for. Credit for the idea goes to Alex via alexwlchan.net/2019/08/finding, though I added a particularly hacky hack to get a better colour selection.

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Notably, the books are displayed in proportion to their real size (where known and within reason). Where I didn't know the size, the spine width scales with the number of pages. Since I know the dimensions for over 600 books, I had a good source for the factor of pages per cm thickness.

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My biggest gripe with flexbox is that you can't do meaningful things to the rows/columns you get with flex-wrap.

I have finally watched Labyrinth and never have I been this ok with queer coded British villains.

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:flan_nom:​ so what's your weekend project?

I'm slowly wandering towards the "Whyyy do I keep doing this" corner, but don't worry, I'm following the path of "Now that I've started, I might as well finish"

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And yes, I'm firmly in the "What can be done, should be done" corner of my mind, thank you for asking.

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So apparently the GoogleBooks API has book dimensions, but only if you look up a book by ID, not if you look it up by ISBN. Universal Love, said the Cactus Person.

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Is there an API or website or any source that will tell you the physical size of a published book?

I suspect I'll continue posting reviews at this rate or even a bit more frequently for the next week, until I'm caught up with my current reading. This is your reminder that you can mute if you don't care to be spammed with my reading habit.

10/ Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler. Short story that could not be more Octavia Butler: Aliens and humans being wildly different, but cohabitating, in a functional yet gross way.
books.rixx.de/reviews/2020/blo

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9/ The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke. A calm, optimistic story of the last humans leaving Earth, visiting another human settlement. Infuriatingly it left out everything I wanted to hear more about, and was lovely nevertheless.
books.rixx.de/reviews/2020/the

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8/ Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers. I went on a bit of a mystery streak here. This one is mostly character building for Peter and Harriet and their interactions. Good to read through a historian's lens, because holy gender role batman.
books.rixx.de/reviews/2020/hav

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7/ The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers. The tedious Lord Peter mystery – focused on a very boring plot, little in terms of dialogue and characters. Only people fishing and painting, forever.
books.rixx.de/reviews/2020/the

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Heart emoji colours are the new hanky code.

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