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The Sandman Vol. 8: Worlds' End by Neil Gaiman

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About meWhen I was 7, I tried to teach myself to read one book with each eye.

My URL is for my illustrated dream diary, updated most days.

About my libraryMy list includes only books I've finished reading. Be forewarned that I include trash as well as treasure, so its appearance on my list may serve more as a guilty confession than as a recommendation.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 250 book challenge


Real nameJessica Denham

LocationNorth Hills, CA

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Member sinceNov 14, 2007

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I'm overwhelmed by your reading life!!! Even though I'm retired, in a condo & don't take on much volunteer, or outside activities -- Reading is the priority of life -- still can't manage read more than 30% of what you do.
Can you give me some tips?? Or have you succeeded in reading a book with each eye?
SO SORRY YOU ARE NO LONGER RATING YOUR BOOKS - just a little star click?
All the best
Carole Yeaman
(near Ottawa, Ontario)
Dear Dyrfinna,

In case you want an image for the cover of On Searching the Scriptures, I just uploaded one I scanned from the book itself. Look at the page for the book and you can change the cover. I imagine it's the same as mine.

Oh, we seem to share a lot of books! Unlike you, I haven't read all the books in my library, or at least not just yet. I'm considering scanning the separate volumes from this set as well. I just (painstakingly) installed one of those all-in-one printers, but I know I will likely NEVER use the fax. I think the scanning and copying features are great, though.
I love your library!
I noticed you finished The Passage and thought I'd ask what you thought of it - I can't decide whether to read it.
So I've spent the last two days raking through your enormous list of books, adding a good many of them to my wishlist. I only recently rediscovered my passion for reading five months ago and since then have read about 35 books. I'm aiming for 75 in 2010. I am envious of your time available to read so much. I work three jobs so have to read almost everything on audio book. How do you get so much read?
Good grief! I thought I had a voracious appetite for books. I think I am at about 170 so far this year so I will make the 250 mark but not much more than that. Congrats on reaching that milestone!

I like how you have been counting pages. I do that as well and thought I was a little weird. :)
Your library is really interesting!
I didn't know you were on LibraryThing, too! Guess I should have figured. :D (I actually prefer LT, myself.)
Creator hear us, for we are your children.

Father we thank you for all that you have given us.

We thank you for the lessons that you have taught us and
for the life that you have allowed us to lead.

We thank you Mother Earth for your beauty and sustenance.

We thank the masters of this universe
for their guidance, protection and direction.

Father we thank you for the white light that surrounds us, and for
that same white light which transmutes all negativity
into love and healing.

We thank you father, for the healing of our souls,
the healing of the Earth and for the healing of all mankind.

We call upon the power of the universe, to
allow us happiness, prosperity, healing and love.

We call upon the power of the universe for
good relationship to all things.

We call upon the power of the universe, for sacred direction,
sacred protection, sacred correction and sacred connection.

We call upon the power of the universe for magic and miracles.

We honor you Creator, as we honor all things seen and unseen.

We honor you Creator, as we honor our ancestors,
as we honor ourselves.


- two feathers - native american
Hi, Proud to join with you!!!!
Saw you liked Bastard Out of Carolina, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). Thought you might like it since it's also southern and a bit dark. I'd be glad to e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:

Indeed, be wary of waterfalls and exotic pets ;)

I appreciate the advance notice, although I'm suffering similar TBR challenges; I may be forced to forever cede the lead now that I'm attempting to write one of these things myself.

Bolaño is still on my to-do list, with 'The Savage Detectives' fist up, so my edition of '2666' will have to satisfy itself by separating Balzac from Brontës on my bookshelf for the time being. Gauging the latter book's reputation given the fanfare and the circumstances of its publication suggests similar trepidation for this reader as well. You'll have to give me the low-down if you decide to hold onto it.

Have a pleasant holiday.
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list. What a compliment! *blush*

Can you recommend some rtechnique for quick reading or it's your natural ability?

Thanks a lot.

I am amazed at the number of books you've read this year.

But mostly, I had to leave a comment about how much I love your "About me" section. Being able to read one book with each eye would certainly open up rather a lot of possibilities.
Dear Dyrfinna,

Thanks so much for listing your titles on Library Thing. I joined recently and have been reconstructing my long reading life from lists of my own, lists from Amazon, and lists from other Library Thingers who show up as having collections similar to mine. Your list recalled many titles for me. It was interesting that your collection includes so many novels that I read (and forgot)in the 1960s and 1970s, even though you look so much younger than I (64) in your picture! Anyway, I really enjoyed going through your list.

Thanks again.


PS Is your screen name Irish? Welsh?
This is terrible-- I don't even remember it!!! Her other books have been memorable, though. Have you read the Oliva Joules book?
Your library is really interesting!
Faulkner is difficult (understatement). I tried reading his work in high school but found it tough going so I gave up. Later, after college, I tried him again and enjoyed his work immensely. Go figure.
In Dubliners, Joyce has a story titled "The Dead" which I recommend. Arguably one of the best short
stories ever written. I would say it's a toss up between "The Dead," "The Open Boat," "The
Lottery" and "The Enormous Radio." My opinion, of course.
There's so much literary allusion and stream of consciousness it's mind boggling.
In comparison, Dubliners and The Portrait of An Artist were a breeze.
Does anyone read Ulysses nowadays? I've tried twice. And Finnegan's Wake once.
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