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Member: Aquila

CollectionsEbooks (4), Fiction (1,560), Your library (1,721), Wishlist (22), Currently reading (1), To read (136), Read but unowned (74), All collections (1,750)

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Tagsfiction (1,534), juvenile (720), series (624), read 1986-1992 (412), science fiction (405), fantasy (330), read 1993-1998 (316), usa (305), england (284), romance (201) — see all tags

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About my libraryI've just marked everything for kids and teens as juvenile, because the line between children's and young adult was just too blurry and arbitrary. Of course the line between juvenile and adult isn't much better.

psychic powers is a tag because I've only marked a few books as being truly a blend of science fiction and fantasy, but plenty of sf has magical handwaving in (though saying that does not mean I believe all the books marked with psychic powers are engaging in this). And I've been pretty lazy about it. Really I should have gone through and marked all the Pern and Star Wars books with it too.

uber has a specific meaning in Xena fandom, and I've used it broadly as it tends to be used by the fanfic archives; if the story includes a lesbian romance and is written from within the fandom it has been included as uber, whether the characters and storyline shares any characteristics with the original archetypes or not.

As far as tieins and movie/tv/comic novelizations and continuations go, I've used novelization to mark a retold story, and legal fanfiction to mark a new story set in the same universe. I mostly don't like novelizations, but I collect them compulsively. They are at least usually cheap. Related tags would include fairytale reimagining, arthurian and robin hood. I'm going to need some sort of retold folklore tag to cover the Tam Lin reworkings as well, I think.

I very briefly on the 20th September 2005 made the 25 largest libraries list with 720 books. It'll never happen again, so I'm recording it for posterity.

And on the 19th April 2006 I made it into the top tagger list, with 6,430 tags (an average of 5.99 tags per book). That won't last either.

I've now done most of my collection, barring a couple of boxes I need to dig out of the garage.

It's interesting to look at what I own versus what I've read, I've mostly not bothered to buy many of the books my parents own, so I'm missing a lot of the mainstream lit, and various classics. I'll see books in other people's libraries and think "I own that, I should add it" and then realise actually I don't, my mother does.

Here's my wishlist - it needs some cleaning up as it's a rather out of date Amazon wishlist import.

Here are my DVD's, I'm still debating whether to try and put them into Library thing.

If you've read this far, leave me a comment to say Hi!

GroupsAboard the Jolly Roger, Arthurian Legends, Authors In Memoriam, Books in Books, British & Irish Children's Fiction, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fiction/Non-Fiction, Bug Collectors, Children's Literature, Combiners!, Council of Elrondshow all groups

Favorite authorsC. J. Cherryh, Pamela Dean, Monica Edwards, Maurice Gee, Melissa Good, Ursula K. Le Guin, Diana Wynne Jones, Robin McKinley, Elyne Mitchell, Josephine Pullein-Thompson, Rosemary Sutcliff, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBorders - Auckland, Borders - Sylvia Park, Gotham Comics, Onehunga, Hard To Find Books (Onehunga), Hares and Hyenas, Real Groovy, Auckland, The Other Change of Hobbit, The Women's Bookshop, Unity Books, Whitcoulls - Air NZ Domestic Terminal

Favorite librariesAuckland Central City Library, University of Auckland General Library

Other favoritesHay Festival of Literature & the Arts


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Member sinceSep 15, 2005

Currently readingLavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

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I wanted to thank you for recommending "Beak of the Moon". I grabbed the last book of amazon and now have a good read on this one. It's really good.
Hi. Back in January of 2008, you added The Shield Ring as the fifth book of the Dolphin Ring cycle. I'm wondering if you could take a few minutes to pop along to the Series post I've just put up (, as I'm confused about whether that's correct. (It might well be: I've very little concrete information to go on, so I thought putting it up for discussion would be the easiest thing to do!)
hi Aquila

I came to your profile to let you know that I finally found the Dutch translation of "Frontier wolf", now only ONE Rosemary Sutcliff book to find YAY!

Would you be interested in selling the Lindley Boyer children's book "Who Am I" by any chance?
Thank you for your help today!
And, I had a laugh this morning because of the Silmarillion review you quoted over at FantasyFans->Magical jewels, so thank you:-)

- Sanne
Hi Aquila,
I would like to thank you for giving me the answer to my question about the book called Deceptions. I went straight to the library to check it out. It has been bugging me for some time-the not remembering the title. I cannot thank you enough.
Hi Aquila,

Just wanted to send a big "Thank you" your way for adding Canonical Titles to Mary Gentle's Ash books.

Cheers, and Happy Reading!
hi Aquila

you wrote: Heh, I've just made a guess that "Aquila, El Ultimo Roman" must be "The Lantern Bearers".

You could first Google the title to be completely sure ;-)
With translated books I put the original title(s) as a comment.

Anita Meulstee
Not sure how good of a review I'll be able to leave, but I should be able to tag fairly well.

Thanks for marking me as an interesting library. Yours if pretty awesome in itself. Also thank you for starting up the Uber Readers group. I happened to meet another member on there that has become a great friend.

You've also inspired me to sit down in the near future to tag and review my library.
Hi Aquila
I wrote before under meulstee, but changed my name when I took a paid membership (and only found out I could change my user name after that.

I read your notice at Sutcliff's "Op de splitsing van de weg", it contains translations of The truce of the games, A circlet of oak leaves, The chief's daughter, Shifting sands and The changeling

The book "Helden en Monsters" contains Beowulf dragon slayer and The hound of Ulster.

Two more books to go then I have all books of Rosemary Sutcliff that are translated into Dutch :-)

Anita Meulstee
Hi! I noticed you on one of the SF/F groups. I'm an SF junkie. Just love it, esp Ursula K LeGuin and Lois McMaster Bujold and, oh heck, waaaaay too many to list. We have lots in common, but I just haven't clicked all my books into LT yet!

TK Kenyon
Hi Aquila!

Your name stood out as the lead of my (joint) favourite Sutcliff, so I clicked to see what we had in common, then enjoyed reading your profile and your tagging strategies. I'll be fascinated to see what other books we have in common as I carry on adding my library.
hi Aquila

Thanks for saying hallo, I like your library!
We have some books in common, and I did read your whole profile and was tempted to say "hi", but you were faster. I only catalog the books I have red this year, because I am still in doubt to upgrade to the paid service.
When I upgrade I will probably get a new account, for me and my husband together and put there our whole collection, I collect the Children's and Young Adults books, his half of the collection is poetry, Dutch and translated into Dutch literature, with special interest in Japanese writers.

I like Tolkien and Diana Wynne Jones too. I red Tolkien the first time when I was 12 and since then about every two to three years again.
Thanks for adding me as an "interesting library", Aquila. I see that we are the only two users with Bernard Gadd's "I Have Seen the Future" anthology - I have a soft spot for this anthology as it contains my first published story! Bernard Gadd died recently, alas.

Hey there! I'm, uh, back again...stupid grad school, grumble grumble.

Did you ever manage to find the third of the Secret Country books?

And...yeah...I'm starting to do the tagging thing. :D My goal this quarter is to be super-organized and therefore to do things I actually enjoy!

I came across your entry for Oxus in Summer; I have the other two. The author entry seems to need a fix; it shows as Katherine, and Whitlock, Pamela Hull. There are two copies; I sent a message to Doubler as well since I can't tell what needs fixing. You seem experienced at this and can probably figure out what's going on.

You are on my 50 similar libraries list; 132 matches. I must study to see what they are.
Thanks - I didn't notice - I'll try and sort it.
Thank you! It is now fixed.
Thanks for noticing the author error in my list. I don't remember how I entered it the first time, but I reentered it by ISBN and it seems to have cleared it up.
"If you've read this far, leave me a comment to say Hi!"

Thanks for letting me know. Sometimes things on the system seem to have a mind of their own!
Hi Aquila,

Thanks for that, I did notice the strange author connection at the time and checked that Frauca was not some strange pseudonym. Will fix it!

We share 5 books! Although one of them isn't really mine. And the other you just told me to get like what, two days ago?

YAY shared books!
Hi! You said, "If you've read this far, leave me a comment to say Hi!" so I am leaving a comment to say Hi! Along the way, I also signed up for an account. Since it took like two seconds. Then of course I had to add some books. My collection is going to be rather limited, since I ... how do you say.. pare down? my books often due to limited space. But yes, Hi!
Oh good, I hope you're enjoying it. :) (The location tags are mostly because 95% of my books are currently in boxes in my parents' garage.)

I didn't know you liked Pamela Dean!! Yum. Pamela Dean.
Also, don't you wish it was possible to edit comments on profile pages :-)
looking forward to reading it, especially as I didn't want to pay $79 order-in at borders so waited for my partners next order from amazon. Will probably tackle in August as I don't see my beatuful hardcover being an easy train read on way-from work. Can't wait til I get uninterupeed focus time! Most of my reading lately has fallen into the 'easy & entertaining & can put down for later' headspace. Isn't it a nice feeling to have a really good book to look forward to? :-)
Hi Have you read your copy of Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia by Gilles Deleuze yet? I ampresently in the thick of it and am seeking others' evaluations.
I have to gloat and I think you're the only person who might get this~ I found 2 of the Merry trilogy on ebay! Got one for $16 and the other for $20. (Late 40's hardcover with dustjackets). Very happy.
Now will push my luck and wish for #2 to appear there one day. :-)
You are the only other librarythinger to have "Punchbowl Midnight". My husband got this as a prize in Sunday school in the 1950's. How did you get yours???
Thanks for commenting on mine (way back in Oct) to point out the glitch with two of my Chalet School books. I think the system had an issue with the fact they were double editions. All sorted now. xxx
Sorry for late reply & thanks for the tag comments. I'm really enjoying using tags to link not just series/author but to find commonalities in unrelated books. But the more specific I get with some, the more I have to go back and update others....addictive.
With the ficton tag - I started trying it to describe books which had their own fictional universe that was some kind of alternate earth. But that tags getting confused with everyone's typos so not working very well. I read about it in Spider Robinson and Heinlein books. See Wikipedia entry for a much better definition.
With location - yep, ex-Kiwi so have more NZ authors than Australian ones. Still trying to find old favourites like the Merry books when I can. Thanks for the tip.
Dear Aquila:

By the way, congratulations to YOU on hitting 1000. And it looks like you have pretty covers for most of them--something I need to go back to do. (Worm Ouroboros now has 131 copies--how far we have come--though, I wonder how many have actually read it!) Cheers!

Aquila said "If you check the books I've tagged with Aquila, I choose my name from a character (or actually several related characters) in those. It's the Latin meaning of it." and "Hmm, 50000 is fiction, 40000 is reference, 30000 is language books, 20000 is history, 11000 is religon (is 10000 religon and 11000 Christianity or?) and I can't quite grok 60000. Is this your system or a library system I don't know (I only know around four, so that's entirely possible)."

I see.

10000 Philosophy and Religion (the two are, I believe, very closely related)
11000 Trinitarianism (Christianity)
20000 Reference and Language
30000 History, Biography, and True Events
40000 Mathematics and Science
50000 Fiction
60000 Arts, Games, and Hobbies

It is my own system, though someday perhaps others will use it.
I call it SBNS (Simple Book Numbering System), though it may cease to be simple.
I am going to make it more detailed eventialy (thats why there are extra digits). ;)
I was just wondering why you chose the screen name of aquila?

I'm the only one who shares a copy of Vortex: New Soviet Science Fiction. I've noticed that you have set the original language to Russian. I contemplated it, and decided against it - but I'm uneasy with my decision. My rationale was that although the individual stories were all translated from Russian, the book itself isn't - if that makes sense. I mean that there isn't a corresponding anthology that exists in Russian that this book was translated from, the short stories were selected for this English version. Was that something that you had considered?
I try to restrict myself with GGBPs. I buy all the Chalets that I haven't got in hardback (most of them!)and fill-ins - I know I'd regret it later if I didn't, I regret now not buying all the books I wanted before, though I was a student with no money so I couldn't. I also buy all the Antonia Forests, and Gwendoline Courtneys (after someone persuaded me and got me hooked!).

I keep thinking of more tags to add to my books.
Hi Aquila,
We share quite a few books. Mostly Chalets I think but we'll share alot more once I can put moe books on. I've been looking through your catalogue and have picked up on some ideas for my own - I'm so desperate to catalogue books that aren't available at the moment that I'm looking for more and more tags!

I finished my MA in Librarianship last summer.
Hey! Replying to your comment: this represents very, very little of my collection. I imported some from a database I had, but of course few of the EJOs I own *have* ISBNs, so I have to manually enter them. Plus apparently free accounts are limited to 200 books, and having entered 97 I haven't even entered half of one set of bookselves...
p.s. Can you tell I want to focus on Cataloguing when I make it into Library School? (;
Heh, yeah, it's addictive. I found lots of opportunities surfing in mystery or fantasy and finding names of popular series. Also, every time I see an abbreviated tag like "cog sci", I click on it.
I might just end up using "juvenile", too, because I'm not super happy with my split between ya and children's.

As for the non-overlapping tags: I manually typed in the URL (hovered my mouse over the javascript link so I could see the format to type). It has to be done from within the tagCombine page, though. I've now done that for a few of them…
I've read this far, so "Hi!" :) Nice to see someone else with such a large collection of teen/YA/juvenile books as well.
That makes sense. Amusingly, I do use "children" to mean "children's", because I can't figure out how to include/embed apostrophes in my tags.
Though, I noticed you have both "children's book combined into childrens" and "children's literature combined into childrens". I don't think "childrens" is going to act like a supercategory. I'm pretty sure this will/would instead end up equating the two.
Ah, good point about 'children's nonfiction'.
Hey, I separated 'bronze' from 'bronze age' because there might be, e.g., some sculpture reference book about only the former.
Yes, it is!
Fun with authority control!
You ask: "Are you my great- great-grandson." Actually I'm not too clear about my ascestors. I harly know who I am here on this battlefield full of the slain warriors of my tribe, including my brother and father.
I'm glad to see someone else adopted our tag of "desert island shelf" and wish more people would. I'm not familiar with most of the books you selected.

You got me interested in this, so I added my own stuff. This is what I have on my shelf. I might at some point add the ones I have in boxes under the stairs in the storage space. Should I get the energy. :)
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