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Member: AdonisGuilfoyle

CollectionsRead in 2014 (31), Your library (872), Currently reading (1), All collections (874)

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Tagsread but unowned (261), Kindle (238), 2013 (140), 2012 (128), 2011 (124), 2010 (98), 2009 (77), Biography (44), Nero Wolfe collection (41), Star Trek (35) — see all tags

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About meI work in a library (though I'm not technically a librarian), and so naturally I buy most of the books that I read! I read as a frustrated amateur writer, inspired by characters, in biographies and fiction, and building my store of trivial knowledge through non-fiction.

About my libraryRandom. Eclectic. Historical fiction and biographies, modern-day 'pulp fiction', anything with a pretty cover. If an author's style or characters appeal to me, I will latch onto them and read their whole back catalogue, from Baroness Orczy to Rex Stout. I have a growing 'To Read' list, but still keep returning to treasured favourites, because I view books as escapism not a checklist. I derive immense satisfaction from buying spanking new copies of books, even if I know it will be a while before I can get to read any new additions.

Favourite books include:

Emma by Jane Austen
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Tagging books read this year with '2014', merely to keep an accurate tally of the number I get through (also indicating library books and other sources as 'read but unowned').

GroupsI Love Jane Austen, Prolific Plaidy, The Black Orchid (A Nero Wolfe Group), We Seek Him Here ...

Favorite authorsJuliet Archer, Jane Austen, Carrie Bebris, Carol Birch, Elizabeth Chadwick, Raymond Chandler, Michel Faber, Elizabeth Gaskell, Winston Graham, Amanda Grange, Philippa Gregory, Harper Lee, Baroness Orczy, Jean Plaidy, Rex Stout, Charles Todd, Markus Zusak (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceNov 24, 2006

Currently readingLook Who's Back by Timur Vermes

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Odd we share seven books together and a last name. Brone.
I had to tell you your review of Madame Bovary's Daughter was fantastic, and absolutely spot-on!!! I had been musing over reviewing it but yours said everything I would have said! :)
Thanks for your comment on my review of Star Trek: Crucible: McCoy. Glad you enjoyed the review. I was surprised anyone was still reading my review after so long, but then I saw that the book hasn't exactly been reviewed a million times since then. =)
Fan Fiction is generally broken up into Gen(eral)--that is non-romance, "Het" - that is romance involving opposite sex couples, and infamously, "slash"--that is same sex couples:

Djinn
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/125463/Djinn1

She's one of the few fan writers doing Original series Kirk--and doing him well--that's currently active and been around a while. I'd call her Chapel-centric. She does stories pairing her with both Spock and Kirk. She's really good though, although really prolific--over 300 stories listed on Fanfic Net. You might want to use the "find" to find the Kirk stories. A good start might be "Clean Slate"

LouiseB
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/4024687/louiseb

A new fanfic writer, and a good one that's very much Kirkcentric. You might want to check out her favorites page on Fan Fiction Net for more good Kirk stories. "Errors on the Edge of Forever" and "The Memory Within" are great Gen and friendship/character pieces.

Jungle Kitty
http://www.invisibleplanets.com/tos/index.html

You might start with her Gen pieces "The Seige Perilous" and "What Lies Within." A lot of her other stuff is Kirk/OFC (original female character) or Kirk/Spock. Back when I was actively reading Trekfic she was the 800 pound gorilla among the Het writers--and a big defender and fan of Kirk.

Killasandra
http://seacouver.slashcity.net/killa/part1.html

She was the 800 pound gorilla among the Kirk/Spock slash people. The above, "Bitter Glass" can be read as a friendship story rather than slash though. Novel-length and a favorite of mine.

UKJess
https://sites.google.com/site/jessinengland/geni%27vewritten

Very much a Kirkcentric writer. She wrote Kirk/Spock, but I particularly love her Gen pieces--as did Jungle Kitty. We'd both name "Fortune's Favoured Child" as our favorite among her fic. It's a Gen piece, as is "Lost and Found" and "Playing Chess"

Donna Frelick
http://www.fastcopyinc.com/orionpress/2275-2283_The_Second_Hiatus/heaven.htm

"Heaven" is one of those rare works of Kirk Het NOT by Jungle Kitty or Djinn. Kirk/Antonia

Cathy German
http://www.fastcopyinc.com/orionpress/2266-2270_The_First_Mission/comeuppance.ht...

"Comeuppance" is a funny and fun Kirkcentric gen piece.

Almost all of the above writers have published professionally. Won't identify which, because there's still a stigma surrounding fan fiction and few of the above would want that known. But they're good--and they're free after all :-)
I haven't kept up with Star Trek pro fiction--or read it for years. I could probably recommend great Kirk fanfiction more easily than pro-fiction to be honest. And even there, the pickings for Kirkcentric stories would be slim, because fandom is so Spock-focused--and I found many Trekkies don't even like Kirk! You already have ordered the one pro-novel Kirk fans generally would put first on their list (and is supposed to have influenced the Reboot) Diane Carey's Best Destiny. Besides, Carey, I also thought Vonda N. McIntyre (a good writer of original science fiction in her own right) did well by Kirk, so I don't think you could go wrong getting her novelizations of the films or The Entropy Effect or Enterprise: The First Adventure. Not Kirk-focused, but I did really enjoy Uhura's Song and though I haven't read them, Trekkies I know have raved about Star Trek books by Diane Duane, John Ford, Peter David, Barbara Hambly, Jean Lorrah, D.C. Fontana, and Carolyn Clowes. If you like short fiction I'd also put in a plug for the series of Strange New Worlds anthologies--but those are collections of stories for all the different Treks, not just the Original series but Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager.

Hope this helps!
Re: your review of A Tale of Two Cities - can I just add a resounding YES! I am so glad I'm not the only one who wished she was reading The Scarlet Pimpernel instead.

I know--I just read and thumbed up your review. One of the best historical novels Well, not sure which I'd name as great literature, but A Tale of Two Cities definitely would not be on my list (nor War and Peace for that matter.)
About Rebecca, actually near the end of the book, she is introduced at a party as Mrs. Caroline de Winter. So, technically, she does have a name. It's just easy to miss.
"The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters," a painting by - I think - Goya. To be fair I only know that because I read it in another review somewhere.
Thank you for your comments on my review - it's always good to know I'm not alone in my opinion! Your reviews are much more thorough, and better structured - a very interesting read.
Thanks for your kind comments on my review of Emma! I had heard not-so-great things about the 2009 adaptation and so I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would (though there are still some cringe-worthy moments in the script). Paltrow's Emma is surprisingly faithful and it probably is still our favorite. It's nice to have lots of good options when it comes to JA adaptations!
The completion of Sandition I've read and enjoyed so much is this one:

http://www.librarything.com/work/11198360/book/59572481

The name on the copyright is "Marie Dobbs" so I doubt it's the same as by Helen Baker. Mind you, I'm not saying she's Austen's equal, but the continuation was seamless, smooth, respectful of Austen's intentions and her romantic hero Sidney Parker had lots of charm. I like where she took the characters. Since we can never have Austen's own completion, I'm grateful for one so winning.
I'll definitely look for ohn Coates' continuation of 'The Watsons' then. Certainly Jane Austen's fragment intrigued me--and you know, I did rather love the continuation of 'Sandition' by "Another Lady." She's not Austen. Who is? But that one really was an enjoyable read so I know it can be done. Just not by Aiken.
Thanks for the heads up on the movie. It does seem to be well loved and after reading it I can see why. There's a girl in my neighborhood that would make a perfect "Scout".
I shall definitely return to Bebris on your recommendation. Thank you.
Just seen your comment (was reading through your reviews and wishlisting the Cornthwaite Mr Knightley one on amazon.uk for self when in funds) I'll certainly check out your austen sequel tag later. I loved the idea of Bebris making a "thin man" couple out of Mr + Mrs Darcy, but dropped the series because of Lizzie's blasted womanly intuitions. I blame the publishers' marketing for my annoyance, really, because I felt a bit bait and switch: me reading a crime, logic and deduction story while Bebris was writing something more new agey. I wonder if I could go back to the series from book 3 on with expectations more in line with Bebris and enjoy it more.

By the way, if you can get it via a library, I always think Mrs Oliphant's Miss Marjoribanks has a lot of unregenerated Emma to her. Or have you come across it? It was written about midway between Austen and, say, Mapp and Lucia.

Thank you! I missed the Elinor + Marianne parallel until reading your comments; I ought to have my Austen fan status taken from me in disgrace. I hope that doesn't involve having to give up on the fan sequels too - I have a hopeless weakness for them which made me spot Bebris and Grange in your fave author list rightaway.

Obvious about the sisters being comparable, when you pointed it out, but I don't think I would have seen it. Thank you for that insight.

I come to Burney and Edgeworth with such low expectations of pleasure that am amazed when any part of their books work for me as a modern reader.
Bronte and Hardy with perhaps a little Austen, too? It sounds a good combination to me.
Hello again, and thank you for your comment. I am flattered that you think my collections "inspiring." As for what books I decide to read, that is actually an unexpectedly difficult question to answer. I was about to type out a reply this morning right after reading your comment, but realized that I didn't have one. I can tell you that I aim to read all of the classics I can find, however popular or obscure. Some of these I enjoy, some I do not, but I still think any time with them is well spent. I love historical fiction too, and I read a lot of novels based on time period and setting.
As for books showing up in connection feed news, those will include the books I am buying as well. Similarly to my reading, I aim to own every classic and piece of literature, whatever my personal opinion of it. I find a lot of obscure, uncommon books because I do my book treasure-hunting in charity shops, Goodwills, and thrift stores, where you never know what you're going to come across. It would be more difficult to find a quirky, unheard of book in a Barnes & Noble's (or at least, I've never found one there).
Hope that that helps!

By the way, I see that you read "Cold Comfort Farm" this year. How was it? I have been curious about it lately, maybe because I keep confusing it in my head with "Cold Sassy Tree."
I'm glad that you enjoyed my review! Writing it was the only fun part about reading the book, hehe.
It looks like you have some good reviews, too! Just in time for my tea. :)
Hey! Wow, what an in-depth comment! I did finish the book, but I think I was more annoyed by Emma making such a similar mistake after I had just heard her repent for interfering with Harriet and Mr. Elton. I love it when I run across people that really love books I disliked or vice versa. Your points about Mr. Knightly, Emma and her father towards the end of you comment lead me to think that I may have missed out on some of the more subtle points of their characterization. I will try to keep that in mind for if I read the book again, and maybe an analytical guidebook might be helpful (for example, there's no way I would have gotten as much as I did out of Ulysses if not for Declan Kibbard's analysis). And I will check out the BBC series. I know I got a lot more out of reading Pride and Prejudice after watching both film versions; it kind of fleshed out the subtlety for me. Thanks for such a thought provoking comment!
Thank you anyway. :) Glad to know about "A Test of Wills." That is on my wishlist as a recommendation, so it's nice to know that two people who read mysteries I like enjoyed it.
Hi there, I have a question about Stout novels and wondered if you could help. I posted it in the Black Orchid, but I'm afraid that group is so quiet that no one wants to wake it up anymore! I was discussing Saul Panzer with a new reader and wanted to recommend one of the better stories featuring him. Do you know off hand?
Thanks for your kind comment on my review of "Willoughby's Return". Your review is much more thorough. I always think I'm going to write more and then I don't ... Anyway, nice to know someone reads my reviews (besides myself!)
Thank you for the feedback on my Nero Wolfe reviews. I had read them (the books) years ago and, like you, had a special place in my memory for Archie's comments. This year I decided to do a very systematic rereading of all the detective series I had followed. I don't let myself skip so much as a page and I make notes at the places that 'glitch' for me. I find it helps to try and reread in as close to publication order as possible in order to watch for developments in writing and interactions with real world events.

At present I am working through Nero Wolfe, Roderick Alleyn, Philo Vance and Ellery Queen.

It's great to be able to share this with other book lovers.

Margaret
Thank you for the recommendation! I wasn't planning on seeing the movie since I thought the book was so-so, but now I'll have to watch it. I'll let you know what I think!
Thanks for your comment on my profile. I reread "To Kill a Mockingbird" last summer, after I read The New Yorker article as I said in my review, but I only started adding my reviews, which I've been posting on reading threads, on book pages yesterday, so it was great to get a response to that so quickly! I still think it's a good book because of Scout's voice and its portrait of the south at the time, but I'm not convinced it presents all the admirable features many others think. Rebecca
Thank you for your comment. There have been several movies which I preferred to the books, another one is The Princess Bride. I like your review because it puts into words some of the thoughts which I had, but was unable to express. Often I will know that something bothers me about a book, but I don't know how to define what it is.
You wrote, "'The Scarlet Pimpernel' does not deal with a number of unpopular -isms because it was written long before there was a paranoia about offending minority groups with -isms, thankfully." Thankfully? I beg to differ. Maybe that's because I'm a member of a minority myself.

I have two goals when I write a review: to express my opinion about a book, and to inform the reader what's in the book. I try to give examples or explain why I like or dislike something. There were things about The Scarlet Pimpernel I enjoyed, and I mentioned them. You obviously like Orczy's books a great deal.

Irene
I absolutely love the song All Time Love. Such a sweet song and very, very fitting for North and South. Thank you for introducing Will Young to me. I probably would never have heard of him on my own.

Did you finish your next N&S wall paper? And yes you have my condolence on having to watch North and South again for research. Gosh, you must be in pain. Poor dear. Try and limit yourself to two back to back viewings. Seriously how much suffering can one person take :)

Talk to you soon. Take care.

Trish.
Hey Friend,
I didn't forget you at all so please don't think so. I have been caught up with work, life and season 7 of Spooks arrived in my mail box so I was spending time loving Richard Armitage in a different forum. But I am taking the day off on Thursday and I plan to devote the day to re-watching North and South so I will have much to say about it soonest.

Gosh, it seems like we have many similar favorite moments. Like you I love that scene where Mrs. Thornton comes in and sees John, exhausted after a hard day with the troubles of the world on his shoulder, asleep at his desk. It is both sweet and heart breaking.

Again we are in agreement as to Gaskell taking away John's money. I totally get it but I can't say I am in love with it.

The imdb forum is a great place to talk about N&S. The ladies are hilarious with the things they come up with and the insights they have about various scenes. They also clued me into so many other period dramas that I may never have heard of on my own.

I love your wall paper. I love the moments it captures and I also love the write up you made. And no, I did not at all think it was amateurish. By the way the song you spoke about "All Time Love", who is it by? Youtube has some absolutely amazing videos made in honor of North and South. Some will bring you to tears.

Alrighty, I am off to get some reading done. Talk to you soon.

Trish.

I'm beginning to understand the impact of taking away John's money and power, now, but I still wish they could have met as equals. Still, with her money and his business sense, and their combined humanitarian instinct, they could build up the mill again as Thornton was starting to reform it - better working conditions, amenities for the 'hands', etc.

Oh, I've already been hunting the Internet for places to talk about this book (and the series) - the IMDB page looks a little full on, but I have posted (about favourite poignant moments). There are some good scenes and stories at fanfiction.net, too (I was looking for a satisfying conclusion or epilogue for the book!)

Although I'm too daunted to write anything about the characters myself, I have made a wallpaper for my PC, if you would like to see! I was inspired by a song called 'All Time Love'. The result is amateur level, and a copyright nightmare, but it's only for fun. Here's a link to my Livejournal gallery: http://pics.livejournal.com/madeleinestj...

Hope you like it,

Sarah
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