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Member: AHS-Wolfy

CollectionsYour library (1,329), Currently reading (2), To read (497), Read but unowned (36), All collections (1,365)

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About meTo tie in more with my other online persona's I've changed my user name from the original djay666. As Wolfy was already taken, I've added the AHS tag to my new name. I'm a 47 year old confirmed bachelor (wouldn't be fair to inflict me on anyone permanently) born and bred in Manchester, England where I've lived all my life.

Prior to participating in this wonderful place I had mainly stuck my head into the Fantasy genre with a bit of Sci-Fi thrown in for a change. I am looking to expand my reading horizons and am participating in the Category and Reading Globally challenges with this in mind.

My reading challenges: 999 Challenge (Finished 12th November 2009)
1010 Category (Finished 13th December 2010)
1111 Category Part I, Part II (Finished 30th October 2011)
1212 Category Part I, Part II (Finished 31st December 2012)
1313 Category Part I, Part II (Finished 29th November 2013)
1414 Category
Reading Globally
European Mystery Tour
50 US States Mystery Tour
Alphabet Challenges (Finished 6th November 2011)

Other passions include Japanese rock music and anime. Alternatively known as [AN]Wölf_Brother in my anime communities.

About my libraryEverything listed in My Library is physically owned by me. I've never been great at reviewing or rating things so don't expect too much from me on that score.

Guide to my ratings

* - Didn't like the story or the style of writing
** - Didn't really like it but has some redeeming qualities
*** - A decent to ok read
**** - Very good
***** - Excellent
Read but unrated probably means I don't remember enough about the book since I read it last.

Groups1010 Category Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 40-Something Library Thingers, 999 Challenge, Alphabet Challenges, Brits, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, FantasyFans, Fifty States Fiction (or Nonfiction) Challengeshow all groups

Favorite authorsRobert Asprin, Lauren Beukes, Christopher Brookmyre, Ken Bruen, Glen Duncan, Raymond E. Feist, Neil Gaiman, Graham Greene, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Robert Jordan, George R. R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Jack O'Connell, Janny Wurts, John Wyndham (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites

Favorite bookstoresParamount Book exchange, Shudehill Book Centre, Waterstone's Manchester Arndale, Waterstones Manchester Deansgate

Favorite librariesCentral Library, Manchester

Other favoritesOxfam Emporium

Also onLast.fm, Twitter

Real nameDave

LocationManchester, UK

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Member sinceJan 14, 2006

Currently readingThe Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 by Roger Zelazny
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

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After I finished the book, wrote and posted my "review" and comment here, then I read some other LT reviews. I'd say Lawhead gets mixed reviews and I felt a bit like an unschooled girl when comparing how impressed I was with some others POV. Oh, well, no matter. I read for enjoyment and find the reviews enjoyable, too.

I enjoyed knowing you were interested. Thanks. This is one of the many ways in which I love LT.
Hi.

I finished reading [Hood] by Stephen R. Lawhead and here's the bit I wrote about it:

Delightful! A re-telling of the Robin Hood tale, set this time on the border between England and Wales, shortly after 1066 +/- a couple hundred years. Welsh are depicted as proud, fierce, and willing to go to war to maintain their independence. First to invent and use a long bow. And the deep, virgin primeval forests are their home base for a guerrilla war against the invading... Franks, perhaps. I appreciated the obvious research done to give the description of the times, the conflicts, and the environment the feel of the real. I could almost think that Mr. Lawhead was a descendant of Robin Hood's and that he had family papers to consult. I am thinking I must buy the next two books in the trilogy.

And then, here's a bit more:

I did buy the next two books in used condition as I'm really trying to limit the dollars flowing out of my pockets. I really did enjoy the book and probably in part because my family name is Welsh, my maternal grandfather came to the U.S. from England, and my paternal grandmother came from Scotland. I have a little tiny bit of interest in the English speaking isles and come to it naturally, I guess. I also am fascinated by history and enjoy reading historical fiction as well as nonfiction.

If you do pick it up soon, I'd be fascinated by what you thought of it.

I sympathise with the problem of challenges as I've committed myself to one for Spring (10 books), a SciFi/Fantasy read for September, as well as working my way through a so called list of "100 best works of Fantasy". Foolish girl!!
I think you'll find it worth the wait! Only my opinion though.
Hurry up Wolfy....read Talulla Rising :)
Sure! I like adding like-minded or just plain interesting libraries. As my "interesting libraries" add books, those scroll up on my home page. Great way to get suggestions for new reads. Which I have absolutely no need for with 300+ books in the TBR pile.
Agreed that it's a series worth owning on DVD. I'm not sure what made me start watching Downton Abbey as I actually don't watch a lot of TV but it seems to capture that era quite well and I'm looking forward to it's portrayal of the war years. I've not long ago finished The Wolf: How One German Raider Terrorized the Allies in the Most Epic Voyage of WWI and found it a compelling read, but it's Australian political content may not appeal as much to other readers.
Thanks again Dave. "Box Nine" has been on my hit list for quite a while so now I'll push it further up the pile! For something a little different in the Urban Fantasy genre you might like to try "The Stolen Child" by Keith Donohue.

I'll also add "Death of an Ordinary Man" as my next Glen Duncan book. It's difficult to call a book whose main theme involves a man's torture an "enjoyable" read but I'm always happy to find an author who captures my imagination and even better when the stories are so varied. And hey, I'm probably just the perfect choice for a "wolf" story as I knew absolutely nothing about Glen Duncan when I picked up "The Last Werewolf", so the great writing was a bonus for me.

Let me know if you find anything else you'd like to recommend.

All the best, Kim
That's true Dave, it's probably the mark of an exceptional writer to be able to portray in depth main characters of either gender and I'm quite excited about that sequel, although I'm purposely restraining myself from looking up any of the blurbs. The use of expletives by a character when it's appropriate is never an issue for me but nothing annoys me more (well yeah, maybe a few things.....this is making me sound really crabby, isn't it?) than when language is totally out of character. It's taken the gloss off a couple of books to have a medieval fantasy character saying "wow" and "you guys"!

I'm usually okay with violence (or even torture) in fiction, although I struggle if it involves children or animals. I think I've been desensitised by all those forensic and serial killer novels over the years. The reason I decided to try "A Day and A Night and a Day" is that I thought Glen Duncan would create an interesting relationship with the characters in that story but I'll let you know how it goes.

Thanks again,
Kim
Thanks Dave, and yes that's the only Glen Duncan book I've read so far, but the others sounded interesting and they're on my Wishlist. I did enjoy his writing and I forgave him a couple of minor plot holes, but wondered sometimes with the foul language if it was the author speaking or the character. I hope that makes sense, and perhaps you could give me your own impression since you've read his other books.

All the best,
Kim
Sure thing, Dave. I like to check out other folks' libraries to see what's making the rounds. So often I'm either editing my own fiction (or that of my clients) or reading my indie author friends' works. I rarely get to see the latest traditionally published fiction out there. So if I check out reviews of books by others, it's almost like reading it myself. Okay, not really. But I like to pretend it is! Ha!

~Cheri =)
I apprecaite when somebody adds me, and your library is pretty interesting. I like seeing what other people are adding.
Hello!
While searching for your challenge thread I just saw how many books we share!
I'll be stalking your 11 in 11 even more now. :)
Happy New year!
~ Lyn
Hi. Can you believe it's actually my 1st Stephen Fry book! He mentioned he was selling it as an iphone app which peaked my interest. I think its sadly a cut version of the actual book but it works very well on my phone, as I read when I have a 5 minutes so so spare.

Anyway I keep thinking I should try one of his fiction books so if you have any recommendations where to start let me know.
I did see that--it made me feel very smug. I didn't comment because I thought it would sound too much like bragging. Still, I'm very pleased that you liked it, even if it stretched the wolf theme a little.
Hey AHS-Wolfy! A while back you brought up the Trigun movie on one of my challenge lists. Thought you might like to know that Funimation just picked it up. They don't have a release date yet, but at least we now know that it's getting closer to worldwide distribution (and probably English dubbing).
-Katie

I thought the same way about audiobooks. And then I stumbled upon a recording of American Gods, which I thought would be by Neil Gaiman himself. Turns out it wasn't, but the guy who performed it (and it *was* a performance!) was brilliant. Different voices, accents, it was like the book had taken on a whole new life, a different, not better, not worse, just different life.

And don't worry, black humor (which can sometimes be offensive) is one of my preferred genres. ;)

Tess
Hi! Ok, so I'm reading Christopher Brookmyre's Wikipedia page, and one of the things I first notice is the label "Tartan Noir"... which is a pretty cool label.

But then, it says this:
Brookmyre has said that the inspiration for Jack Parlabane was Ford Prefect from Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...

So I'm sold! Now, for my question:
Which of his novels would you recommend I start with? The obvious first one? Are they all linked some way or could I just dive right into any one of them?

Thanks! :)
Well, it's been that way in the past. I left the Poetry Fool and Pro and Con LT groups
because people were ganging up on me and sayng nasty things about me. I finally had to
get Tim involved and he put an end to it. But I felt at the time I had no other choice
but to leave those LT groups because of the things people were saying about me. Any way
from time to time I still get the feeling that people dislike me. Maybe HATE was too
strong a word to use. But I still wouldn't win any Popularity Contests at LT. For the
most part I like the people at LT. But like anything else in life you're gonna have
some rotten apples in the barrel. And I do think LT has more than their fair share of
rotten apples.

Beatles1964
You know sometimes I fail to grasp someone else's style of humour and to me it might
come across as a criticism where I think I'm being picked on for something I might've
said earlier or I get the feeling they're being very sarcastic to me at that particular
time. I didn't get either type of feeling with your post. Though I really do get the
feeling from time to time that some people here in LT HATE my guts. When you read someone
else's posts to something I said in one of my many LT groups I belong to do you ever get
the feeling I'm very popular around here in LT? And that some people really HATE my guts?
I just like to have an honest opinion from you about the way others feel about me.

Maybe it's because I post so much in some of the LT groups I'm a member of but I do
know that some people erally do HATE my guts because I watch Fox News and they HATE
Fox News with a passion They know I don't like Obama. It really was a Huge mistake to
Elect him as President. I still say he's not my President, I didn't Vote for him. Just
like all of the Bush Haters out there said the exact same thing when he was our President
for 8 years. All Obama and his Democratic cronies have done the whole time they've been in
the White House and controlling both houses of Congress is Tax & Spend. Oh and Obama has
been bowing to foreign Political leaders and Apologizing for America's Greatness and trying
to change us from a Nation of Capitalist values to a Nation of Socialist values. I really
believe he is a Left-Wing Radical and also a Socialisr too. People also don't like the
fact I like and support the Tea Party. The Tea Party is the best thing this Country has
had Politically since Ronald Reagan. Fox News tells the news like it should be told unlike
ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN and evetyone else. They are all so Pro-Obama and Democrats they
lost their objectivity as Journalists. I'm just hoing it's a Land slide victory for the
Republicans in November and they gain all the Seats in the House & Senate they need to and
even more to take back control of this great Country of ours. Obama and his Democratic cronies
are ruining our Nation and leading it in the wrong direction. Thank the Goddess for both the
Tea Party and the Republicans. Well, enough of my Political talk. Thia is exactly why I'm so
unpopular with a lot of people here. The thing is I find there's a double-standard here in
LT. It's OK for other people to criticize me about the Republicans, FOx News, the Tea Party, etc.
But it's NOT OK with them for me to speak up and support Fox News, the Republicans, the Tea Party
and to say things about Obama even when they're proven to be true. By the way, I really do believe
he is a Muslim. If he's not then why did he change his name from a nice All-American name like
Barry to a Muslim sounding name like Barack Hussein? And when I hear his middle name I can only
think of one thing. Saddam Hussein. I'm not saying he's related to him in any way. Don't get me
wrong and misunderstand me. I'm just saying his middle name is the same as the Evil Dicttator's
last name. That's all I mean. Can you imagine aomeone naming a son Adolph whose father, grandfather,
uncle or someone else in the family fought and died in World War II against Hitler and his
Nazi's?

Beatles1964
Well, I bet they don't have too many (if any) Werewolves in this group. I like to
consider myself as having an open mind on most things liek UFO's Aliens, Nessie,
Big Foot, what happened in Roswell, New Mexico way back in 1947, Ghosts, Witches,
the Bermuda Triangle, and everything else out there you can possibly mention as well.
Like I aay THE only way I'e ever heard anyone can become a Werewolf is to be bitten by
one and then survice the attack. Anc according to all th eold Horror Movies and books
written about Werewolves Silver is fatal to them. Like puer Silverware Utensils, Candle
sticks, Coins, Neck laces, Rings, etc. As long as it's Pure Silver. I know in the 14th
& 15th Centuries in France people were believed to be actual Werewolves and that's were
the Werewolf Legend actually began about people becoming a Werewolf. Now that I know
what it takes to become an actual member of the LT group I may have to buy some books
on Wicca and become a Solitary Wiccan Practitioner. I didn't if this group was supposed
to be a Role=Playing group where they act out fantasies about being Witches, Vampires,
and Werewolves or if was it was a group that read books on Witches, Vampires, and Werwolves.

I would imagine most people who are memebers of this group would either be Witches or people
who lead the Goth Life style and dress up and act like Vampires.

Beatles1964

Hi AHS-Wolfy,

Am I now a member of Witches, Vampires, and Werewolves Oh, My! Group? I didn't see it being
listed under Your Groups. I think I would definitely be a Witch rather than a Vampire or
Werewolf. Could you Please explain to me about what this group is about and what it does.

Beatles1964
Thanks for your note, Dave. We have a lot of books in common, and when I saw you were going from one of my favorite series, The Dresden Files, to one of my favorite books, Neverwhere, I thought it was time!

We love Chicago; my wife and I grew up and lived in a number of other parts of the country before meeting here many years ago. Raised our kids here, and it looks they'll both come back (one's back living here already).

I've never been to the anime convention, but my daughter took me to Comicon last summer and we had a blast. We plan on going again next year.

Have never visited Manchester, but we've been to the UK several times now. You're in one of our favorite parts of the world. Hope Spring is starting to spring for you!

Best wishes - Joe
Sure thing, if I get there, it's a promise!
Thanks for the lovely comment!!! I've always believed every book should deliver...done my best to shoot for a quality story. I'm on the forum because I love to read (and it's a great bunch of people). Always open to recommendations of authors I may like, but might not yet be familiar with.

I appreciate (so much!) that you've enjoyed the books, and were willing to say so - this is quite a critical year after long eclipse period where I had to wait out the old contracts (in the USA) for the rights to return. Bless your countrymen in the UK for keeping the fire going, meantime (It's HarperCollins UK doing the US territory, now.)

Loved Manchester's art museums - hope to return, one day!
Bless you, thanks so very much for that post!
Have just been reading your challenge threads on Reading Globally, Europe and 50 states and noticed you're reading or thinking of reading a lot of the same books I like (I'm also a crime fiction reader).
thank you for joining. I hope you like the group.
you had alot of topics we both had looked up, so i desided... why not. lol

btw..way that a compliment? :P
Thank you for participating in my new thread.
hey--just wanted to say i was so taken by the title of the book by brookmyre you posted on the 'silly game' group, A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil, that i looked up the author. unfortunately, the only way to get them on cd in the US is, as with terry pratchett, to order them from the UK at about $80 a pop and i can't afford that. americans are sooooo clueless. ;)

i did find downloads of the *rubber ducks* and *snowball in hell* that were affordable. i've listened to a sample of *snowball* and am quite taken with it so have bought the mp3.

thanks for broadening my horizons. :)
Thank you for joining my thread
Inviting some people to the thread I just started. Thought it might be of interest to you.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/66785


Hey there Dave. A few years ago I had never heard of our friend Jeeves. My husband loves all the old British shows and turned me into a Jeeves fan. I have to agree with you about reading and seeing these facial expressions and ways. It really is an enjoyable read. I think I may have read two but not sure. I have picked up a few more along the way that I just haven't got around to yet. There are just too many books out there that I feel I have to read. I never know what the next book will be. I keep it as a surprise to myself. I have many many books that I myself own but friends to recommend books to me and ask me to read them. For the most part I do enjoy them all. I feel they have all made me think, feel, learn, and all have given me a place to go to other than my busy life.

I am glad that you are enjoying your book. I will have to check out your library before I forget.
Seeing that you were reading Carry on Jeeves. I believe that is the only book of his too but what a delightful book it is. I have many times seen the show on tv, but the book is so much better, don't you think?
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