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CollectionsYour library (1,542), Currently reading (6), To read (48), Ken's Books (200), Favorites (4), Corralled (61), Read but unowned (313), Childhood books (62), Stuck in the Middle (27), Of Interest (44), ER Requests (60), Kicked to the Curb (99), Loaned Out (1), Wishlist (57), All collections (2,346)

Reviews872 reviews

Tagsseries (501), hb (439), audio (300), thriller (265), mystery/detective (260), 1st ed. (217), Ken (190), British (188), unread (181), mmpb (177) — see all tags

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Recommendations32 recommendations

About meAm in my 40s, married, no kids unless you count 2 spoiled cats. Besides reading I'm into hiking, nature, photography, x-country skiing, kayaking, kettlebells and Olympic bars, walking, Paleo eating, Primal living, and my E36 M3. I also have a love of food (bacon!), wine (zin!) and heavy metal (Clutch!). My iPod almost never leaves my side. I used to be into motorcycles, aquariums and iguanas. I may be again in the future, but things ebb and flow.

LTUN 59825

About my libraryIf you’re looking for method or correctness, this is not the library for you. I buy books on a whim, but stick with authors I like until they disappoint me {coughPatriciaCornwellcough}. Some years I buy a lot of books, some years I don’t (that whole no money thing sure is a drag, huh?). Sometimes I purge my collection. Once nearly all my books were stolen. I rarely ever give books away.

Turn ons include thrillers and books about crime with an occasional foray into some historical fiction and what I would call “quality modern literature”. I like a good detective series, but not too many because there is only so much time to read and collect and remember the characters. My lust for coffee table books must be reigned in with discipline. Turn offs include romance, fantasy, “heartwarming” Oprah choices and classics labeled as such because they are merely old.

Notes on Collections:
Yeah, I’m one of those. A LibraryThing Purist. Until Collections released I only entered books I owned. Those are housed in the My Library collection. A subset of that is the To Read collection which consists of books I have, but haven't read and are on deck. It's a big deck. All else is vaporware and collected in the following ways;

Childhood Books – pretty self-explanatory, these are books I owned or read as a kid; those I can remember anyway.
Corralled – books contained within omnibuses in my collection.
Kicked to the Curb – books purged over the years; either accidentally on or purpose.
Read not Owned – self-explanatory.
Wishlist – books I plan to purchase at some point. Stars indicated level of desirability.
Of Interest – books that caught my eye, but haven’t made it to wishlist status.
Stuck in the Middle – books I still own that I’m stuck in. Maybe I’ll finish them, but maybe they’ll get Kicked to the Curb.
Ken – my husband’s books.
Loaned Out – self-explanatory. Dates and borrower’s name in comments.

Some tag info -
hb = standard hardback size
mmpb = mass market paperback
tpb = trade paperback
shb = hardback with the page size of a tpb (these bug me!)
lhb = hardback larger than standard, but not a coffee table
lpb = large or over sized paperback
ken = books owned by my husband Ken
cover scan = actual scans of my books, fascinating huh?
lovcov = covers that I particularly like or was drawn to

Reading habits: I always have a few books going. Almost always fiction and different enough to suit my individual moods. I can read riding in the car or a plane or waiting for my turn in the dentist chair. Once I had a commute that was about 110 miles round trip so audio books were a lifesaver, and I still listen to them even without the drive.

For many years I have kept a Book Journal because my memory for things is pretty poor. That’s where I get most of my review material. I try not to include plot-spoilers, but will warn of such if it occurs to me.

So…enjoy. Have a laugh at my weird taste. Drop me a comment or two. Then leave me alone and let me get back to my book.


Groups40-Something Library Thingers, All Things New England, Ancient & Mystic Society of No Homers, Blog the Book, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Brights, Cemeteries & Gravestones, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Early Reviewers, Gothic Literatureshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, William Boyd, T.C. Boyle, Stephen L. Carter, Raymond Chandler, Lee Child, Robert Crais, Michael Crichton, Alexandre Dumas, Tana French, Robert Goddard, Edward Gorey, Michael Gruber, Carl Hiaasen, P. D. James, Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, David Liss, Daphne du Maurier, Patrick McGrath, Sue Miller, Ruth Rendell, John Sandford, C. J. Sansom, Martin Cruz Smith, Ross Thomas (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Manchester, RiverRun Bookstore

Favorite listsBooks Read in 2014


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Member sinceJul 19, 2006

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Ho! Just got a note of "won" book, so maybe you will too!
Thanks! Yep, most sites you can't (Amazon should pay attention, LOL!)

I just started using LibraryThing, and am impressed by it! I try to post my reviews everywhere I can. I do a lot of 'read-for-review' for Indie authors, as well as being an editor. The better the service, the better possibility of getting more clients (well, that is the hope anyway!)

It is nice to meet you!

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Great pic of Thomas the cat. He's really intent and curious isn't he? In my experience that's usually the case just before they risk the leap and send everything on the shelf flying!
Me too:)
Hey, thanks for the words of reason!
To fully appreciate Ivan Doig read his early books, especially "This House of Sky" and "Dancing at the Rascal Fair."
Hello, I have noticed your name in some threads. I recently posted two new topics that may be of interest to you. I would be honoured if you were to participate. Let me know what you think.
I see we have significant overlap in catalogues, I see you have 790+ reviews (gracious), and your blog had some interesting titles unfamiliar to me. So I've marked yours as an Interesting Library, primarily as a way of reading reviews (both of works I know of, and those I don't). Now you know!
Happy Thingaversary! May you enjoy buying (or dreaming about buying) your 8 books to celebrate. :D
I liked [Asylum] -- thought the dread kept building in that one. And I completely believed in the characters. It was a satisfying read. McGrath also switches perspectives in [Contance], but the whole thing doesn't work. That woman was annoying!
I just finished [Constance] and read your review. Whew! That book was all about suicide, wasn't it? How to get rid of the most interesting characters: Have em commit suicide. And Constance herself never earned my sympathy. You're right, Iris would have made a better story.
"...a twist on the buddy act - a cop and his dog. Not a pet. A partner. Two cops. One gun. Six legs. All heart." --what a great line! I enjoyed your whole review, and agree with you. Crais does a fabulous job with character and background, but could have fleshed out the plot.
Thanks so much for your comment on my Maltese Falcon review. I've been reading a bit of Hammett lately and really enjoying his work. I'll have to try out the others you suggest. Thanks for the suggestions. :)
Thanks for your comments on my review of the first four books of the Master of Rome series. I agree they set a high-bar. I've read a lot of historical fiction, and quite a few set in Rome. I love Robert Graves books, but otherwise find the books I've read by authors other than McCullough set in Ancient Rome--by Saylor, Davis, Harris, among others, disappointing. They just didn't give me the insight into the society McCullough's did. And the last work of fiction I just read set in the world of Ancient Rome, George's Memoirs of Cleopatra--again, when I compared it to McCullough's novels...
I haven't received the Laura Lippman book yet either.
Hi - I was looking at the Early Reviewer's group and noticed that you said you did not receive a book in May or June. I did not either and I thought it was very odd. I snagged Linwood Barclay and Lisa Unger, but did not receive them. Were these the books you won and did not receive? Just curious.

Lisa Yowell (Beecharmer)
Thanks, I've been away for a while and re-familiarizing myself with the site.
Your name caught my attention, it is awesome. And then I saw your photo and it is fantastic.

I couldn't find anywhere on your page that said if you were a dude or a chick, so:

Excellent work Sir or Madame!
Hello Neighbor!
Nice photo of Indian Pipe! I had scads of it in my woods last year, both the plain and the pink. Isn't it the strangest wildflower ever?
what kind of movies do you like?
let me intro myself I am a nutcase, no sorry I am Godlike and I LOVE movies.
I read by day, watch 4 or 5 movies a night.
Hi, Book... er, Marque(?) - Thanks for your note. Since you seem to be an afficianado of crime/thrillers, I'll recommend an excellent Michigan author who's equally unknown on a par with Clark - John Smolens. I've read all of his books and everyone is outstanding. Look him up. - Tim
I was the guy that posted today to Cemeteries & Gravestones about Ocracoke Island's mini-cemeteries. I would encourage going to Ocracoke. It's a wonderful, quiet (off summer season), remote feeling place. 90 or 95% of the island is National Seashore, so it's pretty untouched. No chain restaurants, motels; no Wal Marts, Targets, etc...

I did venture to your Graven Images pages; which I found full of interesting shots. I frequently visit Galena, IL which is an old lead mining (Galena = lead ore in Latin) town which feel apart economically in the late 1800s after the Civil War ended and lead use for munitions declined. It wasn't revived much until around 1970-80 when the town fathers (& mothers) decided to restore rather than tear down the 1840-1890 buildings. Anyway, it was a major Illinois town 150 years ago and has some interesting cemeteries. I've thought for some time that it would be interesting to wander those and photograph them much as you have done. I'm inspired now.
Great idea about McGrath short stories! I found one such book in my book collection (Blood and Water and Other Tales) and hope to read it next. :)

Hi BookMarque,

I really liked your review of Dr. Haggard's Disease. I think that Patrick McGrath is a wonderful author but not nearly read widely enough by the general public. If you've never read his book Spider, grab that one as well. It's great.

Cheers from Rockville, Maryland.

Erm, yeah. Sorry about that. I think Beatles missed the whole "Wit of the Happy Heathens" point. I have said so in the thread, please give it one more chance.
Thanks for your comment! Oh dear, that's too bad about Marlowe. But even knowing how his character develops, I still want to read about him, oddly enough. Emotionless sociopaths for the win!
And as I told blackdogbooks, The Maltese Falcon will be my next case :)
Thanks for the Info. I did look, and indeed expected to find a glossary of terms, but no, my version doesn't have it. I had heard so many good things about this book and it is a shame not to finish it. but, I still have another 120 odd books to read, a life is short.....
Awesome profile pic from Highlander!!
Both your blogs are now linked on mine, if that's okay.
Hi Bookmarque - I just read your review of Fever Dream, and saw that you referenced my review. How cool was that? I've never been quoted before. And I totally agree with your assessment of the book except that I did enjoy Laura's interaction with Pendergast. I, too, am going to be sad if they make us wait any longer than they already do between Pendie books. I don't know when I've ever been as intrigued by a character as much as him. Anyway, I enjoyed your review and will be looking for more in the future.
Those are utterly beautiful! I'm afraid I wasn't paying close attention to the dates at the bottom of the pictures, did you go out once a day? More than once? They seem to come and go so quickly here. I was awed by the one photo where you caught a blossom falling. What patience and skill you must have. Thank you very much for sharing it with me.

I read your review for Darkness Peering by Alice Blanchard. Unfortunately it spoiled my reading fun, as the it summarizes the complete book, even giving the ending away. Could you edit your review and add a spoiler warning before your writing, enabling a future reader to decide if he wants to read the review or not?


I noticed that you were searching for a good jewelry making book. Did you ever find it? I've kicked around the idea of making jewelry, but like you, I don't want it to look crafty.

Anyway, appreciate your reviews and would like to hear if you found something that gave easy instructions where the final piece ended up fabulous.


Dana Jean
You're welcome!

By the way, have you considered posting in the "Photography Show-Off" threads (the current one's here)?
I saw the photo you posted here: it's beautiful! Did you take it?
Just noticed that you had posted about Clutch when I mentioned them a while back in a discussion. I meet very few people who even know who they are so it's nice to see them being appreciated.
Thanks for recommendations on Multiple Voices post, much appreciated.
I was glad to see someone else felt like I did about Atwood's latest book. Have you ever heard of Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey? It would fit in very well on your bookshelf, dark, twisted, and humorous.
The term fiction reader needs quotes? Are we a euphemism? Do you not believe in us? Are we your fiction?

Totally cracked me up! Thanks!

(notice how I cleverly avoided the phase 'LOL', even though I DID!)
Hey there,

thanks for the comment on my rant about The Ruins, BTW even though I'm a Uiversity student, it's part time (distance learning), I'm one of those rare horror lovers in their 30s.

I do have to admit, it is a LOT harder to scare me lately, so I have to search even harder, the last really scary book I read was Robert Bloch's Psycho - which is weird bacuase I had seen the movie so I alreaday knew how everything turned out. I guess that's just the benefit of a really well done book.

Again, thanks!
It works! It's fabulous! Thank you so much!! :)

Also, it was great to meet you. It's definitely fun to sit down and chat with a fellow LTer.
Thanks for letting me know about that half star trick!
I saw your comment in the Owen Meany conversation, and had to tell you that I completely agree! I would have much rather gouged out my own eyeballs than finish that awful, awful book. Ugh.

Haha! Have a good day!

Hi, I am really sorry to bother you. I noticed that you have the Early Reviewers book called Primitive by Mark Nykanen and I was wondering if you could help me. I received the book but I can't figure out how to add it to my library. Whenever I search for it, it doesn't show a match. I need to add it so I can write a review. Could you tell me how you managed to add it to your library?
I added you to interesting libraries 'cause I love your reviews -- critical, funny, and personal. :-)

no one does St. Evanovich as well as you do.
You need to add 4 more books to your "Books Cataloged" total. 1,234 is a perfect number!

It's a slow night at Open Library. Sorry.

Mary Lou
AlyssaE: I will try to work on that! Thanks for pointing that out. I never really payed attention to that when i was typing. For me it's a little harder for me to use punctuation and everything on the computer. But, my mom said to tell you that she agrees with you. Then she walked off talking to my step dad about bow people use LOL and all that stuff these days. Then how catch phrases from the 70's would be understandable to him. I thought that conversation was pretty funny. I thought your comment was interesting though. Surprisingly enough as it is, English is my best subject. I would throughly like to apologize for not using punctuation (Proper typing grammar?). Thnaks again for calling me out on that.
Look at what showed up in my email today! A LIVE interview with Boyle, from the New York Times, no less:

Hope it works for you.
Your review of Sweetpea's Secret had be laughing out loud, so much so that I had to read it to my husband. You sir have wit and I will now read anything that you write so be warned as my expectaions are high!

Well done!
thank you, thank for for your "Sweetpea" review - had a really grueling day and needed a good laugh. That you made it through 26 pages is astonishing. Appreciate your sharing those excruciating quotes.
"And before you award me the medal of bravery, I didn't actually read the whole thing. : )"

That's 26 pages that I won't be reading... and 26 pages of that drivel is enough to warrant a medal, if not an hour of your life back!
Howdy. I've just snickered, choked and o_0'd my way through your review of Sweetpea's Secret... an excellent, well-evidenced review.

Some books are just bad enough to warrant taking the effort to slate properly, aren't they? This was clearly one; your sacrifice in having to read the infernal thing is noted and appreciated!
I too have to comment on your review of Sweetpea's Secret. I have to can you call this book bad? That's like calling fruitcake bad! Perhaps like the mysterious fruitcake, there's only one copy of this book floating around and it just gets passed from person to person gradually becoming a legend.

All that aside, I thought your review was entertaining and I have a feeling it's a much better read than the book would ever be. Keep up the good work and I only hope to aspire to the heights of your reviews!

Having read your reviews (not all but 4-5) over a period of time, I doubt strongly that I'm more discerning--maybe just the luck of the draw. i have hopes for the November one that's coming my way soon.

Well done on the Sweet Pea review! Loved it. So far, I have really been disappointed in the quality of the books I have receiver on Early Review, but maybe 4 is not a good enough sample.

I just read your review of Sweetpea's Secret. Great job. If you hadn't included all those quotes, I wouldn't have believed it could be so absolutely terrible. I could hardly stand to read the quotes. What drek!
About Renay Jackson: He is one of the POD people. That's right a "Print On Demand" wirter. All his books are self-published. I went to his webiste where he tells everyone he's a custodian for the Oakland Police Department. I wouldn't be bragging about that. But nice to see he has a day job. In the days of the internet any fool with grandiose ideas of being a writer can be one if he wants to shell out his own dough to print the books. What galls me is these high caliber POD "publishers" can issue ISBN numbers for these self-published works. That makes it seem like a published work, but it's not really.
Oh, I did like your review of [Sweetpea's Secret]! And you still gave it half a star - your kind heart will be the ruin of you.
Interesting library, although we have little overlap I sense a kindred spirit in our attitude. And I'm very covetous of those 'What life was like' titles - I must try to hunt them down.
Nice meeting you...
Thanks, I didn't recognize Clancy Brown in that pose - it's been years since I watched Highlander!
Hi, I was wondering about your picture, can you tell me what movie it is from? I like it.
You were asking about mysteries about reporters which I responded to (Alison Gordon). Jan Wong, a reporter for the Toronto Globe and Mail, wrote three books about China, one from being a student there and two as a reporter. You might like them.
Red China Blues: My Long March From Mao to Now
Jan Wong's China - Reports From a Not-so Foreign Correspondent
Beijing Confidential: a Tale of Comrades Lost and Found
By the way she is third generation Canadian Chinese from Montreal.

Thanks. Whatever system you have you're going to have glitches. The last one was actually caused by changing MySQL configuration an an unsafe way, which would have killed any master-slave replication system, whether or not MySQL was virtualized. What we need, I think, is redundancy. But thanks for the note.
Hi, Kris ~ Looks like we both snagged the same ER title in the July. I haven't read anything by this author yet, but I saw that Harlan Coben praised "The Killing Circle," so I'm hoping it will be really good.


I agree with your review of The Yiddish Policeman's Union. Although I kinda like the metaphors.

However, I do have an answer to your question, "Would a modern populace still go to these absurd lengths to force their ancient, cryptic texts to come true?"

For what it's worth!
Your Slayer comment reminded me of this video. I don't know if anyone besides a room full of graduate composers would find it funny, but here you go: Slayer, MIDI style:

Glad you agree about Invisible Prey. I emailed John Sandford's website yesterday and spoke to the webmaster. Apparently Sandford has considered killing off Weather but he has discovered that 50% of his fans LOVE Weather and so he thinks that by killing off Weather, he would alienate half his fans. I told the webmaster that perhaps an attempted murder and a permanent coma might be in order instead!!!

Mark (obsessedwithbooks)
Actually Brave New World is on the back burner so to speak, I was having real trouble with it so I've put it to one side while I read a couple of others and then I'll get back to it. It may be because it's a re-read I don't know, perhaps I'm craving utopia instead of dystopia.

As for P. K. Dick I think the only one of his I've read is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which I found enjoyable. Not sure if I would in my present frame of mind though.
Hi fellow Stephen King Fan!

I just noticed that you completed the Series field for Fethering Mysteries. Unfortunately you didn't put the book in brackets i.e. Fethering Mysteries (book 1) and so the books each received a Series page. I was so bold to correct it ^^.

Happy reading!
hello there.

I just wanted to let you know that we share a love for Pete Steele. I saw the comment (and wonderful pics) you left in the GD thread. Several years ago I saw them in concert and a friend of mine got back stage, sadly I did not. However, he told Pete that I was a little obsessed with him. Pete asked my friend to give me a present, it was a signed copy of bloody kisses that said "Kelly (my name), kiss these lips. love, Pete Steele. I'm older and married now...but still sigh when I see a pic of him, especially if it is from his playgirl layout :)

have a good day!
I've just seen that you have added me to your "Interesting Libraries' listing,so many thanks for that.I also see that we share 186 books overall and thats not bad either.
All the best.
Hurray! Two of my favorite books! And I'll definitely check Run out!
Just wanted to say 'Hello'. Was perusing a forum and noticed that we have a 99% affinity. Have a nice day!

I saw we had a lot of books in common, so when I have time I am going to look for some recommendations in your library!

Have nice day!
Thanks for the comment! I haven't started the book yet, my dad's reading it first. I'm going to see Crystal on her book tour though, on the 22nd, I can't wait!

Preludes is pretty awesome :)

I'm actually already a member of the messageboard, my username there is thefrenchinhaler88 :D

LOL I am so used to the 'evil eyes' I didn't even notice how nasty she looks in that picture.
Hey Kris,

Read your comment in Happy Heathens. Just wanted to say well done. I was lucky not to be born into a religious family. Whilst I am pleased about that now it's also a bit scary not knowing if I could have worked things out for my self if I had been.

Kudos to you.



PS for historical fiction try [Patrick O'Brian]
I found the long-lost book you mentioned in one of your posts:

The Mouseball.
by Manfred Kyber
Illus. by Trudi Oberhänsli. [English translation by Roseanna Hoover.]
New York, Atheneum [1969]
[20] p. col. illus. 31 cm.
When they discover a tub of butter in their cellar, the mice decide to hold a ball to celebrate the occasion, but first they must get the cat to cooperate.

Amazon resellers are showing 8 used copies available from $3.50-$38.00
You can find out more about Helge and sign up for the newsletter to find out when he'll be in your area with his slide show. It's worth it to go. Check out his website.
Hi. I'm the other librarything member with Helge Pedersen's book. Have you seen his slide show?
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