Thursday, November 13, 2008

Playing with Databases

A search of the WorldCat library database using the subject category "Witches -- Fiction" turns up 1,286 hits, once children's books have been filtered out, and specifying English-language titles. (Adding films, archival materials, sound recordings, etc., boosts the total to more than 1,500.)

The Widows of Eastwick is at the top of the list, as ranked by number of libraries holding the book. Anne Rice is heavily represented in the first listings as well.

If you have read all 1,286, let me know, and I will see that you get a prize.

This is what happens when I go looking to make an interlibrary loan request for one particular book.

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Blogger Erik said...

Interesting. I did a similar search on Druids -- Fiction -- Non-Juvenile and turned up a modern mainstream murder mystery featuring (neopagan, presumably) Druids... A Holly, Jolly Murder by Joan Hess.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

In my case, I was looking for Keith Hartman's The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse, but now you have given me another possible for the list. Did you read the Joan Hess book?

3:47 PM  
Blogger Pitch313 said...

Yes, there's lots of relatively new fiction out there with themes/hooks into witches, occultism, vampires, werewolves, magic, and the like.

I couldn't tell just how much reading even some of this fiction has influenced my own outlook, but it definitely has.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Peg said...

I want The Widows of Eastwick, too. I think I will buy a copy but maybe I can reserve one here.

6:34 PM  

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