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CollectionsYour library (941), Read but unowned (5), Favorites (9), All collections (946)

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TagsFantasy (444), Science Fiction (159), Urban Fantasy (90), Forgotten Realms (79), Action-Adventure-Thriller (55), Collection (51), YA (44), Dragonlance (43), Anthology (40), Graphic Novel (36) — see all tags

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About meFrom Neil Gaiman's American Gods:

"I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not. I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Marylin Monroe and the Beatles and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen-I believe that people are perfectible, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkledy lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and the future rocks....I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative....I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like the Martians in War of the Worlds....I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars....I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off....I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too. I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby's right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it."

About my libraryI have tried to rate the books in my library to the best of my ability. If I have not rated a book it is because I either haven't read it, can't remember it well enough to acurately rate it, or can't decide on a rating.

Groups20-Something LibraryThingers, FantasyFans, Forgotten Realms Fans, Science Fiction Fans, The Green Dragon, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsRay Bradbury, Terry Brooks, Jim Butcher, Octavia E. Butler, Orson Scott Card, Peter F. Hamilton, Douglas Preston, Melanie Rawn, Brandon Sanderson (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceJan 28, 2007

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Same here. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my reviews. Of course, I will absolutely stay in touch either way. There are so few people I know interested in sci-fi and fantasy.
Noticed you liked The Bluest Eye, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also southern and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


After an additional 6 months, I am back. At least for today.
No I haven't read it. I'm putting it into my "to read que" you're right on the money with my book leanings. I love sci-fi that really delves into the "what ifs" of the world. Thanks!
I'm currently trying to get through "Vellum" and am relieved to see another avid fantasy/sci-fi reader to be unimpressed. I've been thinking that maybe my attention span is getting poor because the word-craft is good but the story telling isn't.
Hey again - you're very welcome. :)

I know what you mean about having a lot to read - I have about 200 on my to-read list, and it just keeps growing. If you ever want more recommendations let me know, or if you get round to reading some of those authors, I'd love to know what you think of them.

Cheers, K
Heya. :)

Our poor spouses hehe. My hubby gets stuck with me reading rudely when we're out for lunch; fortunately he's lovely and patient and pretends to understand my addiction. (I make exceptions for romantic dinners ~rolling eyes at self~).

Hm, as for fantasy, well I notice you're missing a few from your collection that you might like. If you like George R.R. Martin you may like Steven Erikson - they're as different as night as day in respect of their story-telling, and world-building etc, but the quality of each is great. Erikson world-builds on a fantastic scale; the scope of his series is huge (First book is Gardens of the Moon). A note/hint/tip - if you choose to read him, don't worry if you're utterly confused. You're meant to be - the guy's a social anthropologist - he shoves you into his world with no explanation about what's going on, and his world is huge with many cultures. You might also like R. Scott Bakker, a recent hero on the stage of fantasy - his world and characters are quite dark, and his story-telling is reasonably complex. His character's aren't precisely likeable, but for me personally that's why I like them. I get tired sometimes of the cliched fantasy hero. (First book is The Darkness That Comes Before). I see you have Tigana by GG Kay...that guy is a genius, so if you liked that I recommend all of his novels (other than his Fionavar trilogy which is tripe, and might as well have been written by a different author).

More authors:

Carol Berg and her Rai-Kirah trilogy. One of my favourites..
Sarah Zettel and her Isavalta trilogy. Sadly underrated, but so fantastic...
Greg Keyes and the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone - a four book series that is traditional high fantasy
Patricia McKillip - she just writes beautifully...she writes a lot of Young Adult fiction, her adult fantasy 'The Riddlemaster' trilogy (available in an omnibus) is sooo lovely. Her style of writing is different from anything I've read before.

Ok, I'm sure that's enough for now!

Cheers, K
Have added you to interesting libraries, as it is indeed quite interesting. :)
I sometimes wonder the same thing about my library. And yes, I've enjoyed Tigana; almost finished with it, but reading has been interrupted by an impending move, so I'm stuck about 100 pages before the end.
Thanks for getting me hooked on this site. I should be doing a lot of other things this very minute, but instead, I am here. I think Lynn is even more addicted though, as she has a somewhat "disturbingly" close relationship with her books (to use your favorite word).
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