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About meAvid Reader. Favorite reads are historical fiction, sf/f, mystery, world fiction, history, science, memoirs.

Love cats, chocolate, Scuba Diving, Foreign Travel and the New England Patriots - not necessarily in that order.

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What I am Reading Now:

The Imperfectionists
By Tom Rachman

The Devil of Great Island
By Emerson W. Baker

The Sound of Building Coffins
By Louis Maistros

Still Reading

Justinian's Flea
by William Rosen

The Complete Stories of Truman Capote
by Truman Capote

The Lion of Saint Mark
by G.A. Henty

Cork Boat: A True Story of the Unlikeliest Boat Ever Built
by John Pollack

Recently Completed Reading:

Picking Cotton
By Jennifer Thompson-Cannino

Children of the Street
By Kwei Quartey

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

By John Donohue

A Dance With Dragons
By George R.R. Martin

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2010 100 Book Challenge Thread

2009 100 Book Challenge Thread

***** Quit 2009 *********

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

The Last of the Angels
by Fadhil al-Azzawi

***** Quit 2010 *********

Sky People
by S.M. Stirling

***** Quit 2011 *********
A Place of My Own
By Michael Pollan
Their Eyes Were Watching God
By Zora Neale Hurston
The Winner Stands Alone
By Paulo Coelho
Let The Great World Spin
By Colum McCann
By Marlene Van Niekerk


About my libraryI joined LibraryThing in July '06. Since then I have been adding only the new books I buy, and the older books that I read. I have over 5,000 books cataloged on an Access Data Base, and having to put tags on them all is a daunting task. I may do it at some point.

I have been cataloging my books on Access since about 2001. Besides my own books I have the books of both my parents (deceased) in my library. I grew up with a library in the house, though my parents didn't catalog theirs.

Update 2007: I have started to add my book catalog to my on-Line account. I am adding them a letter at a time (author's last name). I am up to "P" as of the end of July. I still add the new books I buy, but am working my way slowly through my older books.

Update: 2008: Still adding the old books. So far I am up to the letter "T", so I should finish soon if keep at it, and don't have anymore printer/internet problems. Now if only they would fit in my house as easily as they fit on these pages :)

Update April 2008: I have finally uploaded all the books in my library (except for my un-cataloged box; kept because of my irrational fear that something bad will happen if I am ever completely done.)

Now I am working on getting everything spiffy. Love the series function. Still not ready to start the tagging project.

Update 2009: While my books have all been on LT since 2008, I only started seriously using all the features in the summer of 2008. Specifically doing reviews, and entering both starting and ending reading dates.

I also forgot to update books that I had read in the early part of the year (2008). Starting in January 2009, I have gone back and marked those 'Read' that I have missed (added Tags, Stars, and Date Ended). I have the date read from my Access Database, though I only record month and year.

LT requires day, so I have arbitrarily picked the first day of the month as the completion date. Obviously I could not have read all the books listed on the same day. So please note that most Ending Dates in 2008 that are the first of the month are simply place holders for completion sometime in the that month.

Update 2010: I am going to try some group reads this year.

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In which Game of Thrones house do you belong? Your Result: You belong in HOUSE STARK - Winter is Coming

House Stark is the most influential and notable power in the North. From their stronghold at Winterfell, the Starks guard the old ways against the dishonourable and fractious houses of the Seven Kingdoms. Their devotion to honour and the old gods wins them few friends in the court of King’s Landing and beyond, but this very same dedication to tradition commands respect from the lords of the North. Those Northmen who bend the knee to Eddard Stark have been hard won with respect, devotion, and justice. His sons show signs that they too will be well-respected and beloved leaders in the North upon ascending to the lordship of this enduring and storied house.

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Groups100 Books in 2009 Challenge, 100 Books in 2010 Challenge, 100 Books in 2011, Alexander the Great, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, All Things New England, Ancient Egypt, Ancient History, Anglophiles, Archaeologyshow all groups

Favorite authorsWilhelmina Baird, Nancy Baker, Robert T. Bakker, Don Bassingthwaite, Elizabeth Bear, Brendan Behan, Anne Bishop, Gillian Bradshaw, Christine Brennan, Bob Brier, Poppy Z. Brite, Tedy Bruschi, Lois McMaster Bujold, John Burdett, Jim Butcher, Octavia E. Butler, Richard Lee Byers, L. Sprague de Camp, Orson Scott Card, Jeanne Cavelos, Ann Chamberlin, Suzy McKee Charnas, C. J. Cherryh, James Clavell, Barbara Cleverly, Nancy A. Collins, Storm Constantine, Julie E. Czerneda, Kara Dalkey, James F. David, MaryJanice Davidson, Lindsey Davis, Samuel R. Delany, J. M. Dillard, Allen Drury, Gerald Durrell, P. N. Elrod, Janet Evanovich, Nancy Farmer, Mick Farren, David Feintuch, Jasper Fforde, Lynn Flewelling, Michael Flynn, Leslie Forbes, Mark Del Franco, Valerie J. Freireich, C. S. Friedman, Stephen Fry, Brad Geagley, Pauline Gedge, Roberta Gellis, Mary Gentle, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Phyllis Gotlieb, Robert Graves, Simon R. Green, Jim Grimsley, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Tate Hallaway, Barbara Hambly, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Mo Hayder, Gillian Rubinstein, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Georgette Heyer, Joey W. Hill, Cecelia Holland, Tanya Huff, Walter H. Hunt, Charlie Huston, Marie Jakober, Tove Jansson, Gary Jennings, Gwyneth Jones, J. V. Jones, Dara Joy, M. M. Kaye, Guy Gavriel Kay, Frances Parkinson Keyes, Elizabeth Knox, Sally Kohonoski, Ellen Kushner, Donna Leon, Simon Levack, Morgan Llywelyn, Karin Lowachee, Eric Van Lustbader, Elizabeth A. Lynn, George R. R. Martin, John Masters, Susan R. Matthews, Colleen McCullough, Mil Millington, Elizabeth Moon, Christopher Moore, Richard K. Morgan, Janet Morris, Haruki Murakami, Linda Nagata, Sharan Newman, Audrey Niffenegger, Larry Niven, Albert Noyer, I.J. Parker, Severna Park, Eliot Pattison, Sharon Kay Penman, Marge Piercy, Ricardo Pinto, Sylvia Plath, Terry Pratchett, John Preston, Ian Rankin, Kathy Reichs, Mary Renault, Lane Robins, Madeleine E. Robins, Laura Joh Rowland, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mary Doria Russell, Sean Russell, Geoff Ryman, Marella Sands, Steven Saylor, David Sedaris, Anya Seton, Susan Shwartz, Dan Simmons, Wm. Mark Simmons, Susan Sizemore, Joan Slonczewski, E. E. Smith, Martin Cruz Smith, Wen Spencer, Nancy Springer, John Steinbeck, Jennifer Stevenson, Sean Stewart, Kyle Stone, S. Andrew Swann, S. C. Sykes, Amy Tan, Cecilia Tan, Judith Tarr, Karen E. Taylor, Sheri S. Tepper, Jeffrey Thomas, Will Thomas, Carol Thurston, Sue Townsend, Karen Traviss, Peter Watts, Liz Williams (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAnnie's Book Stop, Annie's Book Stop, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Nashua, Borders - Nashua, Mori Books - Just Read Books, New England Mobile Book Fair, Pandemonium Books and Games, Toadstool Bookshop - Milford

Favorite librariesNashua Public Library

Other favoritesReadercon 21, Boskone 47 @ Westin Waterfront Boston, Hotel, Arisia 2011

Favorite publishersAngry Robot, Orbit Books


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Hi FF,

Two top literary magazines have just published excerpts from my novel-in-progress THE FATHER WHO NEVER YELLED. One excerpt (UV-30 ) is realistic, robust and sad, the other (Night Swim is surrealistic, sensual and mysterious. Read in tandem, they should give you a solid feel for the new book.


Ive seen you joined football folies... Please invite all your friends that like football...
I was just looking at your wishlist thread and noticed you were looking for The Diamond Path. I have a copy I'd be happy to send if you still want it.
Hey, just wanted to drop a note and tell you we've missed you in "Book of the Month Club". We'd love to hear what you've been reading and what you recommend!
If you didn't get a chance to read it in paperback, The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed is now up as a podcast on Woven into the podcast are the songs of 20 contemporary Asbury Park bands (the legacy of Springsteen) is free and hassle free. The direct URL is


Many thanks. I have alerts on them anyway, but I got yours first :)

I completely understand! I live in an apartment with too much furniture (left by my landlady, so I can't remove it), and there is not really space for more than one or two bookshelves.
Books overflowing everywhere also looks very nice, though (in my opinion).
Wow, your library is amazing! I'm bookmarking you to look through your virtual shelves as soon as I get the chance. From your profile, I get the feeling that your actual real-life library is a beautiful sight. Do you have photos anywhere?

Happy reading!
Great News! My copy of Under the Poppy came in on Friday too. I wasn't at home and my neighbor kept the package for me so i didn't even realise that it came until last night. YAY!!!! lol
Wow, Massachusetts! Well i'll let you know when mine come in. Thanks so much for the heads up. I hope you enjoy your copy. Hey, maybe we can exchange notes about the book. Let me know how it goes ok : )
No actually, i have not seen the book arrive yet. I suspect its still in transit though but i can let you know when it does. Usually on the Early Reviewers Page where it displays the books that you have won, mine still say that i haven't received it. And yes, I added it to my library when i saw that i won a copy. I hope this helps.
Glad everything is fine. Just missing you. No pressure on the thread maintenance. You can just come say hi on mine every now and then. ;)

Yea, I thought you said you put it down but I saw it on your profile and thought you picked it back up. Oh well, I'm sure you'll get into that "Neanderthals with AK-47's" mood again. I mean, I get in that mood all the time and only wish there were more books on the subject. =P
So, has the Sky People gotten any better for you or are you still not liking it?
I know what you mean about enjoying it and being horrified too. I've read a ton about the time period but this contained details I hadn't heard of before, and I certainly had no idea of the starvation the people went through in this particular area.

How much of it do you think was true to the facts? I know the grandfather said he could make stuff up, but even imagination isn't always that brutal.

Hey, I saw on a thread that you just finished City of Thieves....did you love it? I finished it last month and really liked it, with a few caveats. Pretty brutal stuff.

take care,
Ah a Ficus is the source of Figs. Also those rubber plants you see in offices and such,they're Ficus too. Also,if you're still awake,the Banyan tree,under which Buddha supposedly sheltered and received divine inspiration was a Ficus! (I'm a plant geek!.)
So you like Ficus eh…;)
I see your name and feel a bit guilty for calling a ficus tree a banyan in THE CAT WHO THOUGHT TOO MUCH (just up on Googlebooks tonight!)-- i think the horrid MS Word spellcheck ambushed me and i could not see the dictionary to check and could not check on-line because it was bad weather and i use a satellite.

I see we share 3 books -- i have a bit of paglia in the chapter on the aesthetic cat and another chapter on the cat as a true or false animal. And, did you know liza has a new novel out?
Hey FF,
I see you are reading Book 1 of the Lensman series. I cut my scifi teeth on that series when I was still in grade school. Most people feel it has not survived the test of time, but I still remember it fondly. It led me to Azimov and Bradbury, so it can't be all bad. I haven't seen a mention of it in years. I look forward to reading your review of it.
And NH is right between Massachusetts and Maine, where I have some of my relatives, so there is a mutual "connection". :-)

I have one of Kjell Eriksson's books, though I don't know its English title (if there is one). But I don't read much fiction. Looking at our shared titles, I find Douglas Adams, genetics and cryptography.

The lack of geographic accuracy is my primary excuse for not investing more time in the locations of libraries and other venues right now, and I'm hesitant to add biographical data until authors with identical names can be disambiguated (Kjell Eriksson is already two authors on LT).
Hi FF, just testing what happens to the right hand side of the box here when I post from home.


Ficus- I finally posted a short review of "White Sky, Black Ice", which I really enjoyed and highly recommend. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I'm planning on starting 'Every Last Drop" later today. Take care and have a nice Sunday!
Actually, today was my first day back on LT in a long timie! I thank you for your note.

Many happy days ahead, and I expect I'll see more of you now that I'm back at the Thing.

Haha, I agree! I believe they are the only team I enjoy seeing lose as much as possible. I was very torn during the superbowl last year...considering the Cardinals knocked my team out of the playoffs a couple weeks prior. I wanted them both to lose. =P
Yea, that first half was a pretty close game but things kind of stopped working after half time for the Falcons. The weekend wasn't a complete loss though, the local teams that I watch did well. The Ohio State Buckeyes in college shut out Illinois 30-0 and the Bengals had a VERY exciting finish against the Steelers, converting two 4th downs and scoring with 16 seconds left to win. :)
You are most welcome and deserving of it.
I am sure I will enjoy it immensely.
Good night Ficus
Very well done FicusFan;
Loved your HOT REVIEW on "The House at Riverton". My copy just arrived today and I can't wait to cut my teeth on it. Excellent job girl.
RE: Manil Suri, The Death of Vishnu,
I read this when it first came out. I live in Montgomery County, Maryland and I believe that Suri does as well, so perhaps the local book store was pushing a local author. Through all of the serious stuff in the book, I loved Suri's sense of humor. I am sure you will remember the Russian Salad samosa calamity. The book has an author email, and so I sent Suri an email and asked the correct way to make a Russian Salad samosa. He asked me to wait for the publication of "The Death of Vishnu Cookbook".
Saturday would work for me. Any particular place you'd like to go? I don't go out to eat all that much so I don't know too many good lunch spots.
Hi there!

There are no plans currently to re-issue 7faS, though it may be collected into an omnibus at some point.

Thank you for asking.

Thank you Ficus for your get-back and your honesty.
I can certainly understand time constraints, other obligations, the books just not grabbing you and even the desire not to participate. Whatever the reason it is all good. We will carry on and I will see you on the threads my dear.
Hope you are reading something really wonderful and also having a great day.
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,
Thanks for the heads-up about Heyer's "The Conqueror"! I have wishlisted same, drat you.

"Friendship with oneself is all important, because without
it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"A friend is someone who sings your heart's song
back to you when you have forgotten the words."
~ David Coppola, Ph.D.
Hi Ficus! Wow, you are my hero! You have logged so many of your books. I loved your home page, and I have to say that I have added the nerd quiz to mine; what a hoot! I am a Cool Nerd Queen. Hope to see you around.
Hi Ficus...I'm sooo glad to have caused you a fraction of my mental anguish in having encountered "Raven Black"! Although I think you'll most likely find a good deal of pleasure in reading "Part-Time Indian," and I can't be sure that "pleasure" is entirely the right word for "Raven Black." Magnus is such a...such...well...beautifully realized character, but one whose existence is...errr...oh, hell. I can't be sure how I feel yet. It's a little book with a big wallop. I think of that as a compliment.

...a palette cleanser. I like that. I read the original Dune series, but have never ventured into the other works. I will look forward to your critique on Paul when you get around to reading it. You read far more than I do.

I recommend "The Samurai's Garden" by Gail Tsukiyama. It is set in Japan during the Sino-Japanese war, and tells the story of a Chinese boy living in a small village in Japan at the family summer home while recuperating from an illness. I found it quite enjoyable. Unfortunately the used copy I bought was missing some pages at the end so I'm not sure how it turns out. It isn't at our library--argh.
I'm currently reading At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neil and the Black Arrow in the Sugawara Akitata series (along with 206 Bones, which I snagged in the July Early Reviewers list). I gave up on most gay themed novels long ago because most of them were trite at best and poorly written at worst. I have to say that after slogging through the first few chapters of At Swim, and getting used to the Irish colloquialisms, I am beginning to enjoy it. What do you think of Paul of Dune?
Had to lol @ your favorite authors list...
you may need a page two soon :)
I feel the same way.. I have considered messaging tim... but doubt he will do anything..
I do think though that ignoring is better. S/he is vile.
Hi - I saw your post in the What are you reading now? thread that you had finished both Shetland Island books and so I wanted to stop by and say that I am totally jealous at how fast you were able to read them. I wish I could finish books as quickly! It is a good series isn't it? Anyway, in case you didn't know, the third book, Red Bones, comes out in September - I've had it on hold at the library for a couple of months. Take care, Joanne
Ho! Of course I did (see below). BUT you have been MY friend since you were kind to me when I was upset about my catalog. (It's mostly ok now tho I still need to get the editors of the collections as you had suggested.) AND Joyce Cary is spelled CARY (not carEy) . . . I cannot imagine how I got so very very mixed up.
OHO!! Somehow it took until today but I think that my catalog now is just about the way I like it. (And I must admit I'd spelled the name of a favorite author wrong: Joyce Carey is correct. . . I'd missed that e.) Have yet to follow your suggestion about putting a name where there's no author. . . those are in carport closet and I haven't pulled them out. Esta
FicusFan- I wanted to let you know I finished "The Coroner's Lunch". What a terrific book! Great characters and a great sense of humor. I laughed out loud a couple of times, something I rarely do while reading. I will have to read the rest, eventually, I'm not as fast as you. My next crime series will be C.J. Box, hopefully in a couple of weeks. BTW, congrats on the anniversary! That's excellent. I just passed my 1st last month. Have a great weekend!
PS (from esta1923) I am not sure tho that reviews are practical there. Don't mean to bother you further but I can't remember what HAD been on catalog originally. . .I got thrown for a loop when I saw all the green added-on stuff that made no sense to me.
Thank you! I had quit for the day, and am going swimming now, but did stop at site and saw your note/did a quick look/ and. . . many many thanks!! (Yes, I will look and put editors in those early entries.)
It cost me more like $80, I think, but it was some years ago. Ironically, it was a mistake. I wanted volume one. Got volume two. Figured I'd keep it and get volume 1 later. Never did.

Academic titles are insane. Any decent university needs to have all three volumes, so I suppose the think is: why not screw people over the price?

Your review of Moran's Nefertiti was SPOT ON. I mean, it wasn't a burden to read all the time, but I think you pinpointed my exact issues with it.

Glad to be of help! Happy reading.

~ Porchy
I haven't seen Jeeves & Worcester. But I have seen Hugh Laurie on other BBC shows. I thought he was hilarious in the live action 101 Dalmation movie. I'll look into those other DVD's, they sound good.
Thanks for the movie suggestions. I have both the Micheal Redgrave and the Rupert Evert version of [The Importance of being Ernest]. I also have the [Ideal Husband] because I love Rupert Evert. But I haven't seen [Lady Windemere's Fan], I'll have to keep and eye out for it.
Again Thank You.
Glad you like the picture. She is wonderful!
That's exactly how I felt about Firmin! The ending was such a let down that it sort of brought the whole book down with it.
lol I feel better for knowing I'm not the only one. Thanks for being my friend!
Haha! That IS why. How fun that someone else was born the same day. Yes, originally someone told me that every seven years my birthday would fall on thanksgiving...but it has never worked out that way..I haven't had a Thanksgiving birthday in awhile..but should the next time my birthday falls on a Thursday! Hoorah for TurkeyBabies! lol
Ah, ha! You're at work too.

At your convenience, doesn't have to be tonight.

Hi FicusFan:

I cannot for the life of me find that little card that came in The Perfect Scent with the person's name who was requesting feedback - I have finished the book, written and posted my review here on LT, and want to send an e-mail to them.

If you still have the little card, would tell me the person's name and e-mail address?



Had to add you to my interesting libraries list based on your comment about liking historical mysteries (in some thread or another) and then the number of favorite authors on your list that are also on mine--we obviously share a number of reading preferences! But you have so many more books than I do (drool!).

The Used Books Superstore is on rt3A in Burlington. You can't miss it ... it's really large and there's good parking space in the strip mall. There's a little Korean restaurant, a Citizen's Bank next to it. Do you know where the La Cascia deli is? It's just down the road from it.
Cool library! Wish mine was this big... I will definitely pick up a few books.
I've been checking the 'who has your books' list and you come top with 272 books in common! How about that.

I know what you mean about it being a daunting task though, I haven't finished cataloging all mine yet either, buy hey it's raining outside, so maybe this would be a good time to work on it.

Happy reading

Great review of The Painted Veil. You expressed much of what I was trying to but was unable to and also understood it better than me. I did not appreciate Walter's death was a result of being punished for trying to kill Kitty. In fact, I even read it that Walter was wanting to kill himself and continued to love her.

Thanks, Ficus. Have invited both clong and readhead. :)
Hey Ficus! :)

Yep, it's monty here from sffworld.

Thanks for your help. :)

of the 35 books we have In Common (according to LT- i am upgrading my account as i type..) those are my Favorites (how do you know Jim Knipfel's work? i have a story, if you are interested)

look..we are both on What Are You Reading Now? not exactly Strangers//

what do you say? wanna be Friends?

Read On...Power

Quarterly was the instructions from the people sponsoring the club. Maybe they don't want to pay for more books, lol?

I was going to pick the first book and then involve the members in picking additional books, but unless we only have 4 members (oh I hope not!) then I think the way it will work is voting off of a short-list of possibilities for the next month. I had to provide a list of possible picks for budgeting reasons.

*sigh* I wonder if I can talk them into every other month instead? No one here will agree to every month. Some people will join just because joining these sorts of things looks good on our annual evaluations, and a book club is fairly painless compared to some of the on-your-own-time things they try to get you involved in. So I can't count on all of the members being big readers.

But I'm determined that there will be actual reading and discussing going on! I also have a feeling it's going to end up being exclusively women, which can be, um, interesting. Ah, the things I do for the love of books!
Wow, that was great - thanks so much for the thorough answer! I've bookmarked you website for inspiration. How did Conferacy of Dunces go as a discussion book? I've been thinking about reading that one for years but have never gotten around to it.

This is a new book club. I work for an engineering company, and they're always doing initiatives to retain women; one is a company sponsored professional association called WINS, which both women and men can join but is focused on women professionals in our company. They get funded by our company for retention initiatives, and one is this book club. It seems that the company will be buying the books for us - which is one of my lures for trying to get people to join. Free books! Yay! I'm trying to get them to pay for some food too.

At first, it seemed like there was some list of professional books we were supposed to be reading, but then the WINS leader who contacted me suggested "light fiction, like Eat, Pray, Love" and asked for a list of potential books from me. We'll only meet quarterly, and I'll send out an email announcing that quarter's book asking for who plans to read the book. I get a total count, give it to WINS, they order the books, and I distribute them to everyone to read.

I'm thinking about making one book a Read The Book/Watch The Movie event. My first meeting will be in January.

Since I only get to pick 4 books for each year, I really want to make them books people will like, as well as books that are good to discuss, since I know they are not always the same thing. I hope I can get enough people to join to keep this going. Partly cause I want the free books too, lol!
Hey, I just got put in charge of my office’s book club. I think we’re supposed to reading light fiction or motivational/professional nonfiction. As I mostly read genre fiction (of various genres), could you recommend a couple more mainstream-y books for a book club? I'm soliciting my librarything friend for help. BTW, do you know of any librarything features for book clubs?
Hey, if it turns into a deal, I think an ARC is a small price to pay. My concern is that he's decided to re-publish via Amazon's self-publishing service, so might not be in the mood to listen to alternatives. Well, I will keep you updated.

great! i hope u enjoy it as much as i did...
Thank you so very much, Ficus! I will hie me hence and see if he's interested in what I can tell him.

Hi Ficus...found your 4.5 star rating of Keith Hartman's books, and got curious about them. Seems the publisher is now out of business. I wonder if, anywhere on the books you have, there is a website for the author? I want to suggest to him that he pursue republication with an editor I know.

If and when you have time, I'd appreciate a line!

Thanks for the response on the Erikson books. I'm the same way, I'm a bit hesitant on starting a massive series like that, unless it comes highly regarded. I see you enjoy the Joe Pitt books. Aren't they great? Also a better length than most of these monsters!
hello, i read ur post about In the Time of the Butterflies. i've not read it myself, but would like to. just wondering if u have read Mario Vargas Llosa's The Feast of the Goat, a very well written novel about the Trujillo dictatorship and the events leading to his assassination, which hew very closely to the facts. might be an interesting accompaniment to ur reading.
I see you've read Steven Erikson. What do you think of that series, so far? I noticed that another LT'er loved him also. I do love the George R. R. Martin books, but I'm a bit reluctant on starting another long-winded series. Mark
I agree wholeheartedly that the development isn't a positive one, though the Gathering Place thread itself isn't such a bad idea for random chattiness.

As to the evidence for non-participants' non-participation, some few have commented unfavorably on the non-book chatter (thinking particularly of the onee who posted an irritable little snark when I mentioned I was sick of green beans or something one time) and following the "one-in-ten" rule (one complainer speaks for 10 silent ones), the proportion seems likely to be greater than zero.

Whatever. I won't be making non-book comments there, and will call every non-book comment made while citing teelgee's authority when I do so. If teelgee doesn't like that, too effing bad.

Thanks for adding BannedBooksLibrary to your Interesting Libraries. Happy Reading!
Thanks for the note about sffworld. I'll check it out.

Hi Ficus! I am employed! I start on 9/8. Woo hoo!!
Thanks for adding me! I've been attempting the same task as you (catching up on cataloguing my existing library, while keeping up with new acquisitions) but am nowhere near complete. Your completion is quite an achievement. I noticed we have quite a few favorite authors and books in common, and I'll enjoy browsing your library for future recommendations.
Yes, I like Jonathan Coe very much. I've read his House of Sleep, which is excellent. I did start 'What a carve up!', too, and the only reason I haven't finished it is because I've mislaid my copy!

Hello again Ficus, have you started Apartment in Athens yet? It's a favorite of mine from the era.

Just wondering....

Re: Dwarves of Death

I've only just bought it, so I haven't read it yet. However, the blurb on the back reads as follows:

"Music, murder ... and Madeline

William has a lot on his mind. Firstly there's The Alaska Factory, the band he plays in. They're no good and they make his songs sound about as groovy as an unpressed record. In fact, they're so bad he's seriously thinking of leaving to join a group called The Unfortunates.

Secondly, there's Madeline, his high-maintenance girlfriend whose idea of a night of passion is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical followed by a doorstep peck on the cheek. Maybe they're not soulmates after all?

Lastly, there's the bizarre murder he's just witnessed. The guiding force behind The Unfortunates lies bludgeoned to death at his feet and, unfortunately for William, there aren't too many other suspects standing by..."

Don't know if that helps!!!

Yes, it was about 24 hours after I had put them in that they ended in the past, but not all of the ones I put in. Some seemed to stay put, while about three of them moved to Past Events. I tried for a couple of days to go into edit and save them again. This made them current, but the next day they were past events again. Today I couldn't edit any more. I couldn't click on the edit symbol.
I'd go in and "Save" an entry again and it would become a future event again - until yesterday. Now I play hide and seek with the edit button (pencil)and can't move it out of Past or change it at all. Not sure what'll happen when the date is really past or not there at all.

I suppose I could just redo it if it disappears before the date. It's frustrating! I don't know how many people are actually interested, but if someone became interested they wouldn't find it. Ah well, I'll keep trying.
Yeah, I figured out that my calling the vent title an author that the title came up on my home page.

Now if I could only get them to stop calling things Past Events when they are not happening for 6 weeks.

For that I discovered that all I have to do is "edit" the event and hit save without actually doing anything.
Okay, I have to say that I see you know about The River God but I can't find anything reviewing it by I just that tired and dimwitted?

Cheers again
Hi Ficus! Thanks for the update on the two Nefertitis you cataloged. I think I'll wait until something makes a five-star impression before committing to another Egyptian read after the Jacq. And while I think you're generous to remind me to allow for translation trouble, I was just so ticked that I think I meed to let other books flow before me in their unending stream prior to another journey on the Nile.

Speaking of which, did you ever read Wilbur Smith's The River God? I could chck your library, of course, but I am whipped at the end of a long day in the sun running a yard sale. It was a favorite of mine back ten years or so ago.

Cheers again, and thanks for the very helpful hyperlink,
I'd definitely classify the book as Young Adult with a psychological emphasis. It also has a very Southern Gothic feel, if you're familiar with that genre. Much of the book deals with Hailey's developing mental disorder and how it affects her view of the world. I'd say the book is dark, but I wouldn't call it fatalistic.
Hi Ficus,

The ms is only 60,000 words and it reads very quickly, similar to S.E. Hinton, if you have read her work. The book DOES involve religion, and Hailey DOES hope for redemption at times, but she never really receives it (in case you're wondering, this is definitely not an Oprah-style book where the narrator finds religion at the end). For this reason (as well as the fact that Hailey often finds religious people to be somewhat hypocritical) the primary reaction from religious people has been that the book is a bit anti-religious, though I disagree:) Does that help?
Hi Ficus...quite a Nefertiti kick going on! Let me know how they pan out. I had a book called The Black Pharoah for a while and it was so awful that it urned me against Egyptian historical fiction for the past year or so. If either new acquisition makes a favorable impression, do let me know, okay?


My name is Chris Tusa, and I'm a writer from New Orleans/Baton Rouge (I actually teach in the English Department at LSU). Anyway, I noticed your profile, and I was wondering if you'd be willing to read a novel I just completed. The manuscript is currently being circulated among some of the larger NY publishers, and my agent wants to get opinions from a few readers. Let me know if you'd be willing to read the manuscript and give us your opinions. Of course, if you're too busy, I'll understand. Just thought I'd ask:) I’ve included a summary below that we plan to include on the book jacket:

Dirty Little Angels
Set in New Orleans, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses’ lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses’ twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.
Thanks so much,

Chris Tusa
I agree with ashmodai. Dan Brown's stuff seemed like baby writing. I found it unreadable.
I usually only read before I go to bed. All day I am looking forward to reading. It is crazy. Expecially if it is a good book. I hate to close the book and sleep. Seems like a waste of time.

Hello FicusFan, since we share 83 books of those so far entered by each of us, I venture to make a suggestion for your next read: Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber. It was my first Weber, and I have really really enjoyed it.

Quite the library! Wonderful stuff in here, and I've already added a few titles to the wishlist. *sigh*


Thanks for leaving the comment. I haven't yet finished reading _Tolteca_ and was very excited about it when it came out, but thus far all my attempts at reading it...well, it's just not clicking for me. I've tried picking it up to read it about 3 times now and each time I put it down in favor of something else. I think the writing style just isn't working for me in general; it feel very heavy on setting at the expense of character. I haven't quite given up on it yet, since there's so little fiction out there with this setting and myth background, but I would probably recommend either waiting until it goes to paperback or seeing about buying a good cheap copy on Amazon.
Thanks, i have been looking at other entries and have figured it out (I used to do a lot of these gawdawful forms for various newspapers ...etc while at the Toad. Not sure I want to go in and redo them all at the moment.

btw, Readercon is in danger of selling out (apparently). If you don't already have a membership I think you can still get one online until midnight tonight (though not sure). Otherwise, if Saturday is the day you are coming you may want to come early to get in line. Best, Lois
FicusFan, based on your recommendations, I suggest the Tiptree Award anthologies for science fiction and fantasy exploring gender.

FicusFan, I found your library because we both have Marge Piercy and Lois McMaster Bujold as favorite authors. ((He, She and It is one of my all-time favorite books.) If you have have any suggestions of other authors or books that I might like, I'd be most grateful to hear them. (I realize one suggestion would be Octavia Butler, who I see is already one of your favorites, but I've already read all of her books.)

If this request is an imposition, please disregard it. In any case, thanks for sharing your libraries and reviews.

Hi there, yes I noticed you mention your NZ tag problem in the forums. One more step on the way to world domination! I thought my problem had fixed itself, but this morning I can see yet another random New Zealander's profile page. Since neither LibraryThing or my ISP seem to be able to do anything about it, I guess I'll just have to get used to having a split personality.
Good to hear from you, Ficus! That's mad cold where you are! Still, I bet it's warmer indoors than it is in my all-electric house. :D
Thanks for your friendship! I look forward to checking out your books and hope you enjoy mine.
Just read and enjoyed your review of Finity's End by Cherryh. Always nice to find another fan of hers on LT. Don't know if you are aware of her fans' site Sheijdan (link from her author page) there are some serious fans other there if you are interested.
I am not sure you are clear on what a cartoon is, here. :) Cliff Note things are small pamphlets explaining books for the not so bright American student market? Most tie-ins of course will be fairly ordinary. So are most books. Sturgeon's Law, and all. Written faster, pay less, so certainly will be worse on average from that point of view.

I, personally find Jim Butcher's writing very bland. As far as bad jokes go, Kim Harrison's Attack of the Killer Tomatoes joke is one of the baddest I have seen for a while. The Dresden thing does go on about black magic and the good stuff, at length, too. Harrison very anti-demon specist too. :)

Those books of course, are romance tending novels, so always going to be less action. The point of view identification for the whole paranormal romance thing is for girls that want some hot bad boy shagging, in a lot of them, as well as kicking a bit of arse. A way to get the romance readers to buy some fantasy novels, as well as joining the whole urban fantasy thing from the 80s and giving something different to elves and dragons and dark lords.

Depends what you mean by old time horror. Van Helsing in Dracula is, of course, ghost busting. Certainly more horror than romance novel though.

Graham Masterton, Peter Straub, et. al. and that sort of thing I see as different to where a heroic figure sets out to do something about a situation, or protect people. Although there is obviously some overlap here and there.

Pretty dismissive to say horror as a concept is past it, I don't think that will ever be the case, at least given the past couple of hundred years and more evidence. The written fiction part is, of course, nowhere near as popular as it was 20 years ago or so, and I certainly haven't read much since then, of the black books with skulls on the cover variety. If horror was over, the whole supernatural/paranormal thing wouldn't be around to the same degree.

If you tell me nurse fiction is over, I am more inclined to believe you. :) Although again there are still hospital tv shows.
Thanks very much for the Kiernan info, that is great.
No, Ghostbusters the movie books go in the spoof section, because, well, they are. :). You don't have to like the movie, but a lot of people did, including me. :)

Quite a few of the Ghost Busters are human. Not all of 'em. Depends how many you have read I guess. Quite a few have superhuman abilities or outlandish skills of some sort of another, of course, even if it just being really, really good with a gun, like in Steakley's Vampires.

That's an example of kill the monsters, too, no getting along there. Like Sabat, Silver John, Vampire Hunter D, Necroscope, or whatever.

As opposed to the Dresden files type milieu, with group politics as you say.
Another question seeing I see you have a few of hers listed. Caitlin Kiernan, how do her books interrelate, if you are familiar?


Right, well that is what I mean by that in general. Ghost busters, ghost breakers, occult detective, monster hunters. etc.


Sorry if that was confusing. :)

Thanks very much for the rundown!
Hi FF, Unshapely things is a ghost buster type of story then. You say the guy is unpowered in this?


When all the Dan Brown hype began, a friend of mine borrowed me The DaVinci Code, which I read in english, and Sakrileg (german) and found myself passionatly hating his childish writing style. And opinion which no one in my environment seemed to share. Just read your comment on him in the forum and had to say Thank You!
Oh, I was trolling your library and noticed the Mo Hayder. She has a new one coming out called Pig Island, I think.
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