Monday, August 11, 2008

Series, Awards, Characters, Places

Some time ago we added pages for series. We've now added pages for three other Common Knowledge fields: Awards, Important Places and People/Characters.

All four page types, together with the author pages, now also sport extensive cross-linking, so you can get from Stephen King to the Bram Stoker Awards to Hannibal Lecter to the Marquis de Sade to Cornwall to Guenevere. (Bonus points if you can get back!)

Here are some observations on the various page types:

Awards. Awards are important to a lot of readers. Personally I have no use for them, but they're fun to browse through. And there are so many! Sure, we've all heard of the British Book Awards or the Hugo. But how about the Compton Crook Award, Macavity Award or Printz Award?

Places. Some of the most interesting places are the small ones. Paris is already too much, and even Philadelphia. But Antarctica is small enough to take in, and large enough to be interesting. So too Martha's Vineyard and Petra, Jordan (one part Left Behind, one part Indiana Jones and another academic).

But we need more for Faerie, Hell and particularly Moldova. As for Nuevo Rico, where are the Nuevo Ricans!

Speaking of odd, The Playboy Mansion is currently occupied by Shel Silverstein. What?

Series. Series pages aren't new. But I might as well drop that series are the most complete, best Common Knowledge data. It's not just Harry Potter, Star Wars or His Dark Materials, but also New American Nation, Time-Life: Mysteries of the Unknown and Hellenistic Culture and Society.

People/Characters. A lot of fun can be had here, particularly with characters that cross between fiction and non-fiction, like Lincoln and Alexander the Great and Pope Alexander VI. You will, of course, find familiar faces like Jack Aubrey, Gandalf and Sherlock Holmes.

Fun can be had with minor characters. Take Reepicheep from the Chronicles of Narnia. Can you remember which books he appears in? (It's Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Last Battle; if you found that easy, how about Jill Pole?)

The "related" boxes can show up scarce data. For example, right now God is showing up related to 69 individuals. Jesus is number one, but he's followed by Bernice Summerfield, apparently a character in Doctor Who. (Incidentally, Jesus is somewhat split between Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus Christ, etc.)

Post here or discuss on Talk.

Tim is gone! Incidentally, I am now on an official "code holiday." I have at least three days without any obligations whatsoever, and I intend to stay in, order pizza, stop answering the door, stop answering the phone, stop writing on Talk, and even—gasp!—stop answering email. I may even put one of those "vacation auto-reply" messages up. After three days, I hope I have something.

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Blogger WorldMaker said...

For series and awards it would be a neat toy for completists to see a list highlighting books they are missing from the series/award... For the others it might be neat to see which books you do have.

8/11/2008 5:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will there ever be a way to merge awards? Compare Printz Award and Michael L Printz Award: same medal, different names.

8/11/2008 10:07 AM  
Blogger The Paddy said...

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8/11/2008 11:48 AM  
Blogger The Paddy said...

You made more metadata love for us! No other site on the Web offers all of the useful and fun options that that LT does.

One suggestion: add the characters, place, awards, and so on to Power Edit. Some of us have an awful lot of books we could improve with that information and not a lot of time to open a few thousand one by one.

8/11/2008 11:51 AM  
Blogger Seo Sanghyeon said...

Isaac Newton is pretty funny too.

8/13/2008 3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a way to filter for books in your library that have won awards (just an on/off, not partic awards)? Thanks!

8/16/2008 10:20 PM  
Blogger JKD said...

This is just really some awesome work done and I greatly appreciate it!!!!

8/23/2008 12:32 PM  

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