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About meI'm a lifelong reader. Read War and Peace at 14.

I've dabbled in writing fiction off and on most of my life. Have had some minor publication the last few years. I started a new novel in the summer of 2013, a dark novel, a departure for me. I'm not sure where it is going to go.

A link to one of my stories:
Comments welcome.

I'm a father and grandpa, married 42 years.

About my libraryI read just about anything, though mostly fiction. I've read many more books than I own. I don't have a compulsion to own every book I read. If you own a book, but haven't read it, do you really own it?

I hope to dialogue with other readers and writers.

From Tim O'Brien: "The problem with unsuccessful stories is usually simple: they are boring, a consequence of the failure of imagination."

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Currently readingThe World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection by Clifton Fadiman
A Century of Great Western Stories-An Anthology of Western Fiction by John Jakes
The Best American Essays 2013 by Robert Atwan
The Horsecatcher (Bison Book) by Mari Sandoz

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Re: "To the Last Man", I didn't explain why I thought it was namby-pamby bullshit because I was tired of the book and didn't want to expend any more energy thinking about it. To expound on my foggy memories, soldiers have never cursed less, smoked less, drank less (except when Jeff was trying to make a point about how drinking is bad), fucked less, been less interesting or more earnest than in Jeff Shaara's boring novel. Maybe I'll copy-and-paste that into my review to avoid future confusion.
Hi Charles, I LOVED The Tontine and first read it as a pretty young reader. I still have my very old and ancient copy.

Sorry to take so long responding. I've been reading and have also been on GoodReads participating in a Classic Club reading group there as well as a Moby-Dick Big Read group I started.

I see you submitted something to Glimmer Train. Good luck.
Thanks, Charles! I see you've read Marianne Williamson -- I am slowly working my way through ACIM. The work of a lifetime.
Thanks for you comments, Charles. I would love to know who the author is whose writing your wife enjoys. Also glad to know she'll enjoy the pix of my dogs :)

This publishing thing is odd all the way around. Traditionally published or not, most of us don't make enough $ to justify the effort, but there is some strange internal compulsion to share, something that convinces us that our words are necessary to some "other".

Catherine the Great was an interesting read, and, as often happens, I now find connections to her story every time I turn on PBS or the History Channel. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have liked her, but I'm glad I know about her now.

Best of luck on your submission to Glimmer Train.

Hey, thanks for the recommendation. James Sallis sounds like an author I would love, and what better recommendation than one coming from his student? I'm definitely going to have to check that out.

Thanks for giving me a shout. Mind if I put you on my LT friends list?
Hi, Charles. That was an interesting question about my "read and recycled" category. I'm not sure I can take credit for making that up -- I'm thinking that I may have seen it somewhere else and appropriated it. It's a nice, all-inclusive place to put books I've donated to the library, given to friends, traded at paperback swaps, sold to used bookstores, and a few that actually went to real recycling centers as they were in too bad a condition to be of much use to anyone.
Hey, Charles - Just read your comments in a discussion from a year or so ago about Elmer Kelton's Hewey Calloway books. I just read THE SMILING COUNTRY and loved it. Think I'll try that 3rd book, SIX BITS A DAY, soon. I see you're writing and mention a coming-of-age novel. Try Don Lystra's SEASON OF WATER AND ICE. I met Don a couple years ago. He's an engineer who started writing in his fifties. His book is just beautiful and really hits you in the gut. We correspond frequently now. I write too, but mostly just my own geezer stories. Hope your own book is coming along. The book biz sucks, but writing is its own reward. - Tim
Hi Charles,
I guess I don't really "collect" bookmarks in the usual sense - i.e. not as a potential investment opportunity. I just like the look and feel of them and feel compelled to buy them whenever I can. I really hate the gimmicky ones - with frills and attachments, etc. My favorites are those with something of significance: pictures of people or places and/or beautiful art or design.
Oh, my goodness! YES! That one makes me cry, too.
Chapin certainly was able to get the emotion across.

I looked at Musashi on, and it's now on my wish-list there. It will be quite a while before I can get it, though, as I just received a large shipment and have spent all I can spend for a while. Part of it was a gift card from my daughter, which always helps!
You're welcome for the tip.

I haven't read either of the books you mentioned.

I simply cannot understand why "Dunces" didn't work so well for you the third time. lol I could probably read it again, but it would have to be many years from now.

Harry Chapin was one of the greats. No doubt about it. My favorite of his is "Mr. Tanner." "The Shortest Story" makes me cry every time.

Dan has been dead three years, now, but it sometimes hits me as if it were just a few weeks ago.

Happy Reading!


PeeEss~You might get this twice. I just posted it, but it didn't show up. Maybe I checked the 'private message' box. (?)
Hi, Charles~

I, too, loved Heart of the Country. I read it a very long time ago and have been meaning to read it again but have so many books that have not been read the first time. "So many books, so little time."

I think you would enjoy Lucia St. Clair Robson. Walk in My Soul would be a nice one with which to start, along with The Tokaido Road: A Novel of Feudal Japan. She writes about American Indians and other early USA history and has a book about the Mexican revolution. I rate her highly -- in the same category as Morgan Llywelyn, who wrote many books about Ireland, from ancient times to the present.

A Confederacy of Dunces is one of my favorite books, if not the favorite. I have read it more than once.

We don't share very many books, but the ones we do share indicate that we have some wonderful ones in our libraries. When you get a bunch more added, please send me a little note. Thanks. I'd be interested to see where your list takes me.

There's a little button that looks like a gear at the top right of the shared-books list. Click on it, and you will find the options to sort in a certain order and also to set the number of books to show at one time in list.


I hope you enjoy the Breem book. I'm looking forward to it myself, but I don't know when I'll get to it.
Hi Charles!

I'm glad you like the picture - I wish I could claim it but my husband is the shutterbug. Inara Starbuck is our newest kitty at 3 years old, with the cutest antics and raspiest meow.

I hope you're doing well and reading good books. I've been on a mystery binge lately with the exception of When We Were Orphans and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet for my bookclub. We all disliked Orphans, which was my book choice and actually generated one of the better discussions in recent months. We'll discuss Hotel this coming Sunday.

How's the writing going?

I always figured rugby was at least slightly similar to American football, but without all the padding and helmets. However, I don't know much about either, putting me in a minority here in Pretoria where there's a large Afrikaner population, and they LOVE their rugby.

I'm surprised you didn't know much about Nelson Mandela though - he's like the world's most famous South African (except perhaps for Charlize Theron, in some places, haha). They still make a big fuss of him here of course, but the poor man's so old, I think they should leave him alone to play with his great grandchildren.
Hey Charles, nice to hear from you! How's Playing the Enemy going? I remember when it came out - I was still working at a bookshop and we had tons of copies. I also remember watching part of the rugby match in question - it's probably one of about 2 rugby matches I've ever watched :) I like Francois Pienaar though, he seems like a nice guy, although today you only see him in ads for Lays chips.
Have you seen Invictus?
Hi Charles- It's good to hear from you! I'm doing well! Reading like a crazy person! Yes, I do love reading about the Civil War, fiction or non-fiction. I'm behind in my CW reading, although I have a handful of titles in the stacks. I've heard great things about "Team of Rivals" and will have to get to it one of these days. Thanks for mentioning the new Sallis book. I still need to get to "Moth". I've been doing bad with series books, just been flooded with other books! Thanks for checking in!

Hi Charles:

Doing okay. My daughter's a senior in high school and I'm very busy with Band Boosters. I have been reading a lot, but mostly re-reads and light fiction. I hope you're doing well - we don't seem to be posting to the same threads right now.

I love Bookmooch. I have given 349 books with 100% feedback and received 364 books - only 3 or 4 were a disappointment, usually because the sender didn't put in condition notes that would have prevented me from mooching. A couple of the books had BookCrossing stickers plastered all over them, which I abhor.

I think it's a great way to get books. You do have to spend money on postage and you do have to decide whether to only send domestically (that's what I do - I really can't afford international postage even though I would get 3 points per book sent instead of one), have people ask before sending, or always agree to send internationally.

You should go for it if you have books you want to get rid of. Sometimes it's hard to get the books on your wishlist and people frequently recommend having a huge wishlist so you have the chance to get hits. They've recently added an option to see each and every book added in real time so you can monitor that and snag books as they come available.

Have you checked out the Bookmooch group on LT? It's got a lot of good information in the newbie threads.

The tortoises are there because I loved the photo, and they seemed to suggest age and persistence.
I guess the image is like One Foot in the Grave - I don't mind - it was beautifully written, isn't that what we all want?
Hi Charles
Thanks for the suggestion. It made it possible for me to find another interesting contact. What a long list of comments you have!
I'm just sending off my third novel to be printed. I can see it will be a summer of proof reading.
I just came back form the Winchester(UK) Writers' Conference where I sold a book to a fascinating psychologist from America.
Do you think I can now say I'm an international author?
Hello, from Wales!

Very addicted to LibraryThing. It's like, well, a giant book club, and more stationary than Twitter (which is like a giant train station).

I started blogging to tie in with uni stuff. Had tried it before but kept running out of things to say. Now I keep it short, because life is busy, and it makes it a far, far nicer task.

Really like Bernard Cronwall, he makes history a lot more digestible than some other thins I've read, and he has some good characters. Sharpe, of course, but the others too.

Hey Charles- Nice to hear from you! I haven't started "Horns" yet, plan on starting tomorrow! It's been getting some very good buzz. I have not read his earlier books either. I did recently read "The Magdalene Martyrs" by Ken Bruen. The 3rd Jack Taylor and it was terrific! Take care!

Hi Charles:

I don't think your opinion of Heart-Shaped Box compared to 20th Century Ghosts surprises me too much - I think you really like short stories.

I prefer novels although some short stories - including yours - are quite wonderful.

I just finished Horns, Joe Hill's second novel. I'm not quite sure you'd particularly like it either.

I also just finished Andre Agassi's autobiography Open - being a tennis fan and all - and really enjoyed it. It made me appreciate him a bit more than I have in the past.

See you around!
Charles- How are you? Thanks for the note! I'll be watching for your thoughts on the S King book. BTW, I turned on a friend at work, to the Lew Griffin books. He really liked them. I have not read "Moth" yet, but it's on the pile! Also "Mr Shivers" does sound good! Take care!

Hi Charles:

Mr. Shivers sounds good - one of the reviewers described at a mix between Stephen King and John Steinbeck. I've got it wishlisted on BookMooch.

I adored Heart-Shaped Box. It kept building and building and getting scarier and scarier. The premise is so very strange - buying a ghost over the internet. I loved Jude, the "hero".

Things are going okay - my leg is recovered fully from my ladder mishap and I've recently finished a couple of good books - The Conjurer's Bird, The Anubis Gates, and the Various Haunts of Men. I just started the second book of Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge series called Wings of Fire and it's very good so far.

Let me know what you think of Heart-Shaped Box.

Hi Charles:

It's directly because of Joe Hill that I'm a member of LT. I read Heart-Shaped Box and liked it so much that I looked at Joe Hill's website. On it he referred to LT, so I came here to check it out, and the rest is history.

I have heard about the newer version of The Stand that has added material. I think the one I'm getting is the original.

Bye for now.

No worries, Charles, consider this me shrugging. Reviews are subjective and obviously you don't "get" my humor. That's fine as honestly you're not my target demographic. We both would have been better served had you taken the time to see if my book was your "cup of tea" before requesting a review copy. I, as well, should have reviewed your profile before sending you one. I challenge you to give my book to a daughter or niece, and see if she agrees with you. Best wishes.
Hi Charles...I have to assume it isn't my book! You are very kind to try and save the author's feelings (and possibly your own if s/he doesn't accept feedback gracefully). There are a few different options.

If the book was poorly written from a basic literacy standpoint, that is one issue. I differentiate response feedback from structural feedback because reader responses are subjective, while structure is completely objective (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc). That feedback is important, and not objectionable in the least.

As the person below mentioned, you could direct a private email/posting (if a Librarything member) to the author, outlining your response to the book. Response feedback from all readers is valuable because it provides the opportunity for professional growth, to understand which readers do not find the story appealing. Reading is so entirely subjective that there will always be people who do not enjoy/relate/understand the author's writing...I have had a number of negative reviews for my own work, juxtaposed with the positive. Giving the author the feedback before posting a review gives them a chance to respond.

But, in the spirit of Librarything, reviews are meant to be honest personal responses to the books, and if only positive reviews were posted prospective readers would not get a true impression of the book. When an author offers their work to the world at large, they must be prepared not only for the accolades which hopefully come thier way, but also the criticism. Other readers who share your interests might appreciate the opportunity to hear from you in your open, posted review. I do suggest to try and avoid spoilers, I had one reviewer who absolutely detested my book, and in her review listed all the reasons why, which happened to give away the entire plot...I asked her to post a 'spoiler alert' warning because it can be unfair to interested readers to ruin the ending...I didn't mean for her to go change her entire review but she did. I respected her right to not like the book, but didn't want the story itself spilled in the review. I would hope the author would respect your preferences as well, and not cause you grief in response to a posted review. Have you happened to look at his profile and see if he's communicated with other reviewers? Does the book have other negative reviews?

In most cases, the author will either shrug off the review, or use it to improve their writing in their next effort. Since Librarything expects you to post a review for each item you receive, you do not want to jeaprodize your ability to receive another book by not posting a review, so perhaps a short explanation of why the story did not resonate with you would fulfil your Librarything obligation while not coming across too harshly, and maintain your comfort level.

I hope this helps!
Charles....saw your post over on Karen Marie's thread about having to review a book from an author that was less than exciting. I've had that happen a few times. If I can plod through the book, I try to write an honest review indicating the book wasn't my cup of tea and why. In one case, I simply could not force myself to read a book I really considered trash (it wasn't self published either, but I did get it from the author). I emailed the author, and indicated that I could not give a fair review due to the subject matter, and asked if I could pass it on to someone else. He was ok with that. I am very careful now about accepting books directly from authors....I try to get two or three emails back and forth before I agree, and I don't promise meeting a deadline or a positive review.
Hi Charles, Thanks for the note. To be honest, I was surprised (but delighted) by how much I enjoyed The Rapture of Canaan. I suppose it's the most fun when books sneak up on us like that. I don't have The Pitch that Killed, although I have heard very good things about it. I have If I Never Get Back but haven't read it yet. One of these days, for sure. My turn for a recommendation. The recent biography of Satchel Paige by Larry Tye is very, very good. All the best, Jerry
Hi Charles- Thanks for letting me know about the King book! I hope you enjoy it! I was a bit let down, considering I loved his last 2! I saw you added "Jar City". It's a terrific police thriller! BTW, I nabbed the next 2 Jack Taylor books. A friend at work, is reading "The Magdalene Murders" and is loving it! See ya!
Hi Charles, thanks for your kind comment on my review of The Long-Legged Fly. I picked up Moth at my library's quarterly book sale last month and will probably get to it soon. Reading is one o many things for which I need more time! best, Jim
Thank you. I hope you enjoy it. Happy Holidays!
Charles- Yes, I agree with you about the messaging! It would make things much easier to respond to someone's message. We should make the suggestion. Hope you have a great holiday!
Charles- The Magdalene Murders is the 3rd Jack Taylor book!
Hi Charles- Thanks for all the info on Sallis. I did see that trilogy with the Turner books and will probably order it. Hope you are enjoying the Bruen book, I of course loved it. I just found a used copy online of "The Madelene Murders", the 3rd Taylor book. Take care!

Hi Charles- Unfortunately, I got the S.K. book returned back to me today. It said "no such number" on it but the address label was partially torn off. Bummer! So I'll try it again on Friday. Sorry. Send me your address again, just to make sure that I had wrote it down correctly.
I finished and loved "The Long-Legged Fly". I'm working on a mini-review and I will continue the series. I'd like to read his other series too, with Turner, I believe? Sounds very good. Well, I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!

Hi Charles- Did you ever receive the Stephen King book? I hope so. Let me know. I've been reading "The Long-Legged Fly" and it's been very good! Hope you are having a good weekend!
Hi Charles- I read "A Little Piece of Another Life" and really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing it and I wish it could have been longer. Nice imaginative piece! And I loved the "middle"! Good job!

Hi Charles -- The only book I own and have read by James Sallis is "Drive." Been a while since I read it, but remember liking it (because of where it is placed in my collection; tend to shelve books according to likes, believe it or not). I am sure that one day I will get around to a Lew Griffin story.
Hi Charles- I just read your review of "the Guards" and gave you a big thumbs up! We need to get more readers into this guy! I also liked your review of "A Fine Balance". I have it in my tbr and need to get to it someday. I'm loving "Jar City". Terrific writing! I have not got to the link, to your short stories, maybe I can later today!

Hi Charles- I'll try to get the book out tomorrow! So you enjoyed "The Guards"? You should stop by and star my 50 Book Challenge and check me out:
Take care good sir!
Hi Charles- I think the Lehane book you mean is "Shutter Island". I read it a few years ago and was underwhelmed. Hard to believe it was the same author that wrote "Mystic". I think the film version might be better. His private-eye books are very good though, particularly "Gone Baby Gone."
Shoot me your address and I'll send you "Just After Sunset". Later!
Charles- Of course I've been reading "The Killing of the Tinkers", the 2nd Jack Taylor book and guess what I stumbled across today: Bruen name-dropped Sallis twice and mentioned the Lew Griffin series. Very cool, huh? Is the book you are sending, the 1st in the series? I'm really looking forward to it. Have you read Dennis Lehane?
Hi Charles- Thanks for letting me know that, about Bruen & Sallis! Very cool! I saw you have added "A Fine Balance". I've had that in my tbr forever. I've heard such good things about it. Take care!
Hi Charles- I hope you enjoy "The Guards" and that's excellent timing because I'm just under a 100 pages into "The Killing of the Tinkers" and it's been fantastic. I'm not familiar with that program. Any good?

p.s. did you mail out the book?
Hi Charles- You asked about Walter Mosley. Yes, I've read a couple, including "Devil in the Blue Dress", which I did enjoy but I guess he just never clicked with me. Have you read Charlie Huston? He's my favorite crime writer right now! See you around!
Hi Charles:

I hope you're doing well. I saw your "up for another" challenge on the I'll Read Yours... group. Good for you!

I just finished World Without End and I thought it was excellent. The only thing I can criticize is that there isn't as much architectural detail, which I found fascinating.

See you around!

Charles- Glad you reserved "Guards". I've had to get to the 2nd book in the series, which I have at hand. Hope you are having a good weekend.
Hi Charles- Thanks for dropping me a message. I have been on LT for about a year and a half and it has been an incredible experience. I have made many amazing friends and I'm reading more than ever. It's tough keeping up with this well-read bunch! I appreciate the James Sallis suggestion. I also belong to Bookmooch, maybe I'll stop over there and see if any of his are available. Have you read Ken Bruen? If not start with "Guards". We are doing a Group Read of "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks, starting Nov 1st. Give it some thought and let me know, also stop by my 50 Book Challenge and you can see what I've been reading:
Take care and maybe we can chat again!
Hi Charles:

Thanks for the comment - I'm doing pretty well. I'm very busy with being Treasurer for Band Boosters and we're in the middle of competition season, so my next 3 Saturdays are taken up with competitions, then the Saturday after that we're working at concessions stands to earn money. And then, of course, I have to start getting ready to have 6 family members descend on us from California for 5 days and Thanksgiving! All good stuff. It just all keeps me busier than I'd like to be because I also work full time.

I've been doing some good reading, but am not interested in any challenges right now. I've re-read some Agatha Christie, read a good book called Passage by Connie Willis (too long but good - look at my review if you're interested), am reading a book about The Battle of Waterloo right now, and am contemplating the sequel to Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett called World Without End - my 16 year old daughter just finished it and wants me to read it so we can discuss it.

Surprisingly, I'm listening to Duma Key by Stephen King - I've deliberately never read any King, sort of like your feeling that Vonnegut would be too weird, I feel that King is too shallow and scary - but had heard good things on LT, saw it at the Library and decided to give it a try. Now I'm trying to find excuses to be in the car to listen to it!

Your challenges sound interesting. I'm glad you're "meeting new people" and reading things you wouldn't otherwise read.

I read Frederick Douglass' autobiography last year and it was compelling. I just put Douglass' Women on my bookmooch wishlist.

See you around!

It's actually taken in my backyard. But I did take the picture of Burton Barr Library on its profile page. Hasn't the weather been so nice lately?
Hi Charles

I had to go and look that one up - it put it on so long ago and forgot about it completely :)

It's under 'collections' (the little brown icon). If you don't have that listed, then I probably added it myself (just click on 'edit collections' and add a new one).

Hi Charles:

Yes I have. It's been a crazy several days. I'm going to forward it to my work e-mail today and I might have a chance to read it and respond!

The picture of your grandson is wonderful. He's a beautiful child.

Thank you Charles for your kind words.

Hi, Charles. I'm just starting The Rapture of Canaan and I noticed you haven't joined the I'll Read Yours if You'll Read Mine group. Hope Barchester is going well.

Hi Charles:

What I do is write a review in Word. It's easier to wordsmith and get things in the right order. Do not use the brackets to touchstone the book or author - they don't work there.

Then go to Your Books and find Slaughterhouse Five. If you don't have it in your library, you'll have to add it if you want an official review. Personally I don't add books that I don't own - there are tons of threads where people discuss how they use LT and some use it to catalog books they've read, books they want to read, books they have on their shelves, books their dog ate 10 years ago, books they remember from when they were in 3rd get the idea. If you don't want to add the book to your library, just post the review in our thread. That's good enough for me.

Once you’re at Your Books and have found Slaughterhouse Five, click on the pencil icon on the far right side of the book title. It opens up the detail page for your personal copy of the book. Scrolldown a bit and you’ll see where to assign # of stars, then the review box. It’s teensy, so that’s why I use Word to create the review first. Cut and paste from Word into that box. Depending on how I have the spacing set in Word, sometimes I lose the blank line between paragraphs - check to make sure you didn't lose those. If so, add them back in, click save, and you’ve got a review.

I put the "extended version" of my review, with spoilers, in our thread, but put a non-spoiler review on the book in my library. Most people do not like to see spoiler reviews and get quite angry if you've given away anything significant without warning them it's coming, so if you're going to do that, warn people early so they can choose to not continue reading if they don't want to see what you're giving away.

Glad you got it finished. I'm really looking forward to your review. This has been quite a positive experience for me.

How was the visit with your grandson? How old is he? I hope you had a good time.

I actually did not read a single word of any book yesterday. Very unusual for me. Busy with Band Boosters Treasurer stuff, tennis (I'm a huge fan and the US Open is on right now) and taking and picking up our daughter from working concessions at UNC Chapel Hill for Marching Band. Busy day.

I created a new group, I'll Read Yours if You'll Read Mine. The description lost all the spacing, so I'll have to go back and fix it. Your input is especially important, although I think some other people might want to give some input too. I don't want lots of rules because I wouldn't join a group or post a thread if there were too many rules, so why should someone else?

Looking forward to your input! Hope the visit with your grandson is going well, and hope you're getting along with Slaughterhouse Five.

Hi Charles:

Getting free books is always fun. I hope you enjoy it.

I got an Early Reviewer book in July and read and reviewed it just before reading The Rapture of Canaan.

Now I'm hedging about which book to read - have started 2 and put them down.

Today at lunch I'll try Handling Sin by Michael Malone or Ice Hunt by James Rollins - both promise to be light and fluffy.

I'm in the middle of writing a review of Rapture. I'm glad I read it although I still tons of negative feelings about evangelical Christianity. I'm going to post the review on our thread and then a non-spoiler review for the book itself.

Hey Charles;

Yes, I'm 'friends' with people on LT, but I typically respond to people on LT through threads, not offline, as it were. So I'm afraid I'm not a very good LT friend.

I do have several people that I talk back and forth with on profile comments, but we haven't identified ourselves as LT friends.

Strange, I know.

How's Slaughterhouse Five coming? I'm liking Rapture, even if I absolutely dislike their lifestyle and they way they worship God. Nettles indeed.

Good morning, Charles!

107. Yipes. That reminds me of Southern California days. The heat just blasts at you like a furnace. North Carolina gets hot but less hot; we get much much more humidity. I prefer the dry heat, still, after 18 years of living here.

I'm reading my ER book right now, Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, by Christina Thompson, to clear the decks so to speak. I'll finish it in a couple of days and write a review then start Canaan.

Hi Charles:

I'm never surprised anymore about how people respond, or don't respond, to threads on LT. We'll have fun with our challenge regardless.

Good morning, Charles!

I've posted our challenge thread in BookTalk. Here's the link:

Rapture-Slaughterhouse Challenge

If you want me to change anything in the post, just let me know!

I got notification that Rapture's on its way, so I hope to have it within the week.

Coincidence here - just went over to the Book Talk group, and there was a thread called something like "Shameless Self-Promotion". The message got flagged big time, but the person below wrote about this group: Writers Brag and Rag Bag

This might be where you put your short story link and comments request.

Just a thought.

Okay! Slaughterhouse and The Rapture of Canaan it is.

I will probably get the book in a week or so via BookMooch, and will probably need a couple of weeks to read it. I used to whip books out like crazy but with work, husband, 16-year old daughter, AND being Treasurer for Band Boosters, my time is not my own as much as I'd like.

I'll create a thread to say what we're doing - probably today, but if work gets busy, then it will be tomorrow morning.

This is exciting!

Regarding your short story - you have to be very careful about referencing published works - if people think you're trying to sell them something they will show no mercy and flag your post.

If you are simply asking for feedback it might be okay. I'm not the best one to ask here - you might want to research other authors on LT and see if they've done anything similar to that.

Ah, Charles!

Kurt Vonnegut is a particular favorite of mine, and Slaughterhouse Five is my favorite by him. In fact, just thinking about it makes me want to go home, go into the Parlour and look on shelf 3, row 3 to find it! Then I'll read it again. In fact, I'll read it again so we can discuss it if you will read it for our challenge.

Vonnegut can be "weird", but his writing is strong. Here's a bit from Wikipedia (I know, suspect source, but this encapsulates how I remember Slaughterhouse Five) - "Slaughterhouse-Five explores Fate and Free Will and the illogical nature of human beings. Protagonist Billy Pilgrim is unstuck in time, randomly experiencing the events of his life, with no idea of what part he next will visit (re-live) — so, his life does not end with death; he re-lives his death, before its time, an experience often mingled with his other experiences."

If you'll read Slaughterhouse Five, I'll read The Rapture of Canaan. In fact I just BookMooched it (familiar with BookMooch? It's a site where you can list books you don't want anymore, mail them to people who do, and use the points earned to mooch books that you want in return. I've mooched over 200 and sent out over 200 in a little bit over a year. My username is karenmarie there, too. BookMooch

Let me know if this is acceptable. If you really can't stomach the idea of Kurt Vonnegut it's probably the right book to read, because I really can't stomach the idea of reading the Rapture of Canaan - we'd both be making a sacrifice!

Once we decide on our choices, I can post a new thread somewhere with what we're doing - that's a good idea, too.


Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you liked the Dandelion Wine review, Bradbury has long been one of my favorite authors. I guess I have what one might call an expansive or inclusive view of favorites regarding authors. When it comes to specific books I have many 'favorites' as well although I tend to like novels of ideas the best. I'm currently reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and, while it is certainly a novel of ideas, neither the author nor book is likely to make my list of favorites anytime soon. Some recent reads that I would consider among my favorites include Kim by Kipling, Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson and The Cairo Trilogy by Naquib Mahfouz (long but a wonderfully insightful view of Cairo during the first half of the twentieth century).

Hi Charles!

I have given some thought to our personal challenge to read a book we anticipate "hating", but I can't get my hands around what type of book I think you might not like without it being a frivolous romance.

Let me mention some of my favorite recent reads and see if any one of them makes you think "blech" - The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Killer Angels by Jeff Shaara, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (I've just started re-reading it), The Perfect Scent by Chandler Burr, or In the Woods by Tana French.

What'cha think? If none of them sounds horrible, I'll do some more thinking.

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