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About meCanadian with a lifelong obsession with books. I live in Calgary, I hoard books and hope someday to have an actual library in my house.

My 75 Book Challenge for 2010:

My 75 Book Challenge for 2009:

About my libraryWhat Kind of Reader Are You? Your Result: Dedicated Reader You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.What Kind of Reader Are You?

Re: Taste
I have an eclectic reading taste. I love SF, romance, erotica, literature, mystery, YA. I would say I don't like westerns, memoirs or when male writers can't write female characters well.

Re: Reviews - If you want to see my thoughs on the book, I keep them under "Comments" - caution spoilers - . My "civilized thoughts" is under the "Reviews". I do not summarize in my reviews, you can read the Amazon description or Harriet Klausner for that. Instead, I try to be straightforward on why the book did or did not work for me.

Re: Tags
Own = Bought
Read = Borrowed

Rating system:
★ - HATE. I chucked it or wanted to.
★★ - BAD. Probably had a couple decent elements.
★★★ - DECENT. Worth the read, but wouldn't re-read.
★★★★ - GREAT. Must read.
★★★★★ - FANTASTIC. My faves.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, Ferocious Rainbow Mini Eggs

Favorite authorsJulie Anne Long, Anne McCaffrey (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAnother Dimension Comics, Pages on Kensington, Powell's City of Books (Portland)

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Real nameSteph

LocationCalgary, Alberta, Canada

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Member sinceNov 28, 2006

Currently readingNarcopolis by Jeet Thayil

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It's awesome! Also I am stealing your rating system.
I think we share some common likes and dislikes and we are both in the 75 challenge for the past couple of years. I hope you'll approve my friend request. Cheers! ~Nancy
Ahh friend, prepare thy self for my recommendations. Some of these you may have already seen so this list may not be all that fabulous. Here goes:

Jane Eyre 2006. Toby Stevens is sizzling. And I absolutely love the lady who plays Jane.

Little Dorrit 2009. Matthew Macfayden is so sweet in this. Also love the young lady playing little Dorrit.

Wives and Daughters. Not as amazing as North And South(to me at least) but such a lovely period adaptation. Anthony Howell is the lead male. Does nothing for me but he is a sweet guy and that is never a bad thing.

Our Mutual Friend. I really enjoyed this one but be warned its Dickens and he does love some good ole suffering so he drags that out for a while. But the male lead is cute in a quiet serial killer sort of way.

Persuasion. 2007. I know that most people swear by the Amanda Root one but I am so sorry, that one did absolutely nothing for me. The 2008 one is not perfect but I still love it. And Rupert Penry Jones is just GORGEOUS in it.

Rebecca. 1940. Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine were just divine in this. And they have the housekeeper from hell.

Lost in Austen. Many consider this a travesty to Austen but I really liked it and took it for what it is. The guy who plays Darcy is Elliot Cowan and he is brooding and hot all at once (then again is that not the essence of Darcy).

Emma. The Paltrow and Kate Beckingsale ones. I have not seen the latest one yet. Both Mr. Knightlys were not bad to look at.

Okay I can't remember any more right now but I am sure that I can come up with some more.

Okay I am off to gaze at Mr. Thornton with stars in my eyes.


Well, by definition, IBC is not really discovered early. And by the time I went in to get checked out, I had the full-blown classic symptoms, so at least there was no dithering about mastitis. And you think the online information is appalling, you should read the medical literature: "virtual death sentence." I kid you not. The plus is that still no sign of metastases, and there are women on the support list who've been going strong for 18 years who started out in a worse state than I did. Luckily, I live close to a comprehensive cancer center, so I don't have to travel far at all, maybe a 10-minute drive--a real boon during the daily radiation treatments last year. I do deal with chronic fatigue, but I've already been coping with that for a few years now, so it's not too bad. Have to keep working, though, both because I love my job and there's no one to cover for me and because that's how I maintain my health insurance in this wacky country.

I understand the whole reading vs. writing dilemma. I am more of a wannabe than an actual writer because I'm always reading to relax or cope or because I can't do anything else right now or...
Hi Steph - what a wonderful surprise waiting for me when I returned from Whistler.

You really shouldn't have - but your choice is impeccable. I am SO excited to now have this particular book to read.

THANKS SO much. It is really one of the nicest things anyone has done for me this Xmas.

Hope you have a lovely Xmas, too. Hope to see you around in 2010!!


Nice! My August ER book still hasn't arrived, but hopefully it will soon. The writer's festival starts soon, but the event I wanted to go to sold out. Oh well, this month is going to be really busy. Can't believe I'm back in a week!

- T

I haven't read it but it looks really interesting. Thanks for the recommendation. I will add it to my ever growing list :) Man, LT is bad for that.

- T

Hey Steph;
Thank you for your response. I will let Mark know
your preference. You will be hearing more as it gets
nearer the time for the read.
Again, thank you for your interest.
Mark and I have been discussing the possibility of another group read in November and want your input. We have narrowed it down to two books at this point. "The People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. So chat it up with friends or us and let us know if you are up for it and what you think. Probably the same plan as with "Pillars of the Earth" which seemed to work out perfectly for almost all of us.
Think it over and give one of us a shout.
hugs and looking forward to hearing from you,
Thank you for the support (and flagging my library). I'm 38 now. I stopped feeling truly ageless at 35. I am now the same age or older than my doctors. I have spent most of my life avoiding passion, smothering it perhaps. I think perhaps that I did not want to exhaust myself hurtling myself against the many barriers I encountered in my youth or to deal with the disappointment of failure, so I did not let myself care or want too deeply. And it certainly seems like whenever I do show some enthusiasm or exuberance or strong feeling it inevitably is perceived as anger, so another reason I have tamped down on the emotional barometer over the years. I'm loosening up though. And I'm exploring and engaging and realizing that I have opinions and preferences. Have I mentioned that I'm a late bloomer in this as in all things? Anyway, enough about me, me, me. It is always a pleasure to chat about books and ideas. Unfortunately, I have been rather busy and will continue to be, so I have not had much opportunity to post on LT. I am now rather behind on writing reviews, etc. Sigh.
Yes, I'm surprised that I'm getting enough sleep AND finding time to read! It really helps that my husband works from home so that we can be flexible. Your friend might like Anne Lamott's "Operating Instructions" - it's about her son's first year. I read it when my first daughter was born. It's a nice read - not literary, but good for a first-time mom. I've got Alias Grace on my TBR list, too. I tried The BLind Assassin a few months ago but couldn't get into it. I may have to try that one again, too.


Thank you for the good wishes! The new baby sleeps a lot, so I've actually gotten MORE reading done since she was born. I see that you recently read The Handmaid's Tale. Have you read The Penelopiad? I just started it this morning and it's amazing so far....

Thank you for the kind words. It's always nice to share a rant with someone who understands I guess. My querido doesn't appreciate it when I spend too much time reading blogs, because then his ear gets bent for hours sometimes. I think I'm getting old and cranky and it's manifesting in a great many ways, including being more opinionated and more vocal about it than I ever used to be. But it's probably also a sign of my increasing rigidity. Oh well. I look forward to reading upcoming reviews. I am still lagging behind myself. So many books, so few online hours.
Did I apologize for ranting on your thread? Looking back on it, I think I was a little strong, so I'm sorry for putting my soapbox in your living room.

I don't object to sex scenes on principle, whether it be porn, erotica, literature of some sort, whatever. I like some sex in my diet. I just sometimes get annoyed by over the top or unrealistic portrayals. And when I'm expecting something akin to Disney, it's kinda shocking to get Larry Flynt. I admit I'm afraid to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, though morbidly intrigued.
You are welcome!!

I wondered after sending the wine book that you might be a teetotaller.

No more bets, thank you very much!!

Hope you have a great summer. We are sitting in ideal sunny balmy weather for the past few days. Almost like New Zealand!

All the best,

You have been one busy cataloguing chicky!
Oh and wicked link, btw. That would be sooo awesome to have if I had a yard!
Oh ya! Sorry I forgot about that one. Its called "A Land So Strange" and its about Spanish conquistadores and settlers who get stuck in Florida everyone dies except for 4 people. Those 4 eventually make their way to the pacific coast and encounter many different native societies along the way. Many of the natives disappeared shortly afterwards due to epidemics and enslavement, so its one of the few historical records of those peoples. Anyway its a really incredible story.
I was recommending a couple of books. One was "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". I think the other was "Before the Dawn", which is about human pre-history and things like "When did language start?" and "When did we start wearing clothes?". I haven't really got into Conceit yet, so I can't recommend it one way or the other. Too many books on the go right now. And that's not even including my travel books to research my trip!
Lol! When I read it the addendum had not been added, so I had to check it out again and see what you were referring to. Wow!
Reminds me of some of defensive comments you see on Dear Author after they give a bad review.
Lol, check out this review for a book called Pureheart:

It makes Any Given Doomsday seem high brow. :)
Reading Wodehouse? Nice! I loved the Jeeves and Wooster tv series with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. You should check it out.
Congrats on the "Hot Review" :)
No problem! I figured it's not high up on your "wish I could read that" list :)

Have a great week!
Yeah, I guess I don't hand out too many high ratings. :) Those books absolutely deserve it, though. They're among the best things I've read in the past couple of years.
Hey I was just reading on Cait's thread re: biblical references in literature. There are a ton of them and not just in kid's books, as you know. Maybe reading through some of the narratives in a version like The Message would be a way for you to pick up some of the stories. You're missing out :)

There are a mess of versions online at and if you're looking for stories (like that in A Wrinkle in Time) you might try starting with Genesis -- a lot of readers, myself included, kind of just buzz over the geneaologies, but there are a ton of much-referenced tales in just that first book of the Bible alone.

You are welcome!
I'm glad to hear you liked Graceling! Did you know there's a prequel(ish) volume coming out in the fall?

I hope you enjoy Carnival, too. Elizabeth Bear is awesome.
Hi Cauterize - send me your address and I will ship off the 'Snakes and Earrings' book to you.

Cheers, Karen
For Yolen, are you looking for Wizards (Wizard's Hall), Dragons (Pit Dragon, Celtic (Alta), The Devil's Arithmetic (time travel), etc? She's written a lot of other books, but those are favorites. :)

For a Heinlein series, try

Stand-alone younger novels
Have Spacesuit-Will Travel (What would you do with a spare spacesuit?)
Glory Road (older teen in fantasy adventure)
Space Cadet (classic spaceschool story)
Tunnel in the Sky (teen farmer)
Star Beast (teen + alien pet)
Rocket Ship Galileo (build a spaceship and fly it)

Stand-alone older novels
I Will Fear No Evil (multiple personalities in 1 body)
Job: A Comedy of Justice (like the Bible, but, well, not)
Waldo & Magic, Inc. (2 novellas, typically bound together; 1st sci-fi, 2nd fantasy)
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