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CollectionsYour library (1,857)

Reviews1,421 reviews

TagsHistory (431), Political Science (386), Caribbean (325), Political Theory (273), Literature (207), Politics (169), Authors I know (163), Science Fiction (154), Philosophy (147), Fantasy (122) — see all tags

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About meI read. It is a central part of who I am. Many of the books listed have to do with my work, but by no means all. I'm a political scientist, focused on Latin America and the Caribbean (more the latter than the former), and political theory (and the overlap between political theory and the Caribbean -- there's more than you might think).

About my libraryIt's mixed. Many of the books are ones I have in my office, some are books I have at home. It's a work in progress. I read science fiction, fantasy, and alternative history for pleasure. Not surprisingly, most of the books in my collection have something to do with my academic interests and work. I also like books of blunders, typos and curiosities (when you have students who tell you the Soviet Union was founded by John Lenin, you need a laugh).

GroupsAtlanta Bibliophiles, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Caribbean Literature in English, Children's Fiction, FantasyFans, Humor, Making Light Denizens, Philosophy and Theory, Science Fiction Fans

Favorite authorsChinua Achebe, Manuel Álvarez Torneiro, John Barnes, Louise Bennett, William Blake, Dennis Bloodworth, Anthony Bogues, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Kamau Brathwaite, Patrick Bryan, Tobias S. Buckell, George Gordon Byron, Baron Byron, C. P. Cavafy, Susanna Clarke, Friedrich Engels, Eric Flint, John M. Ford, Herald Froy, Neil Gaiman, Robert Graves, John Hearne, Nalo Hopkinson, Arend Lijphart, Michael Manley, Karl Marx, Brian Meeks, George Mikes, John Stuart Mill, John Milton, Alma Hyacinth Bernadette MockYen, Pamela Mordecai, Mervyn Morris, V. S. Naipaul, Rex Nettleford, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Friedrich Nietzsche, Denys Parsons, Orlando Patterson, Philip Pullman, Kim Robinson-walcott, Dennis Scott, Olive Senior, George Bernard Shaw, Wallace Stevens, I. F. Stone, Tracy B. Strong, Charles Stross, Hugh Thomas, J. R. R. Tolkien, Harry Turtledove, Peter Ustinov, Gore Vidal, Helen Waddell, Derek Walcott, Jo Walton, Anita M. Waters, Max Weber, Eric Williams, Garry Wills, Simon Winchester, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hume Wrong, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Roger Zelazny, Hans Zinsser (Shared favorites)


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Real nameF.S.J. Ledgister

LocationAtlanta, GA USA

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Member sinceSep 13, 2005

Currently readingAxis by Robert Charles Wilson

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Lately, I've been reading up a bit on China, & yesterday called up Dennis & Ching-Ping Bloodworth's "The Chinese Machiavelli", which I'd read with pleasure some years ago, to see if anyone else had read the book, and found your succinct review.
The very next item I looked up was George Ostrogorsky's "History Of The Byzantine State", which I'd just acquired, and . . . found your favorable, succinct review.

I thought you might like to know that LT-ers are still reading reviews you wrote eight years ago!

Thanks for writing your reviews & posting them on LT.

All The Best,

---Steve ("j.a.lesen")
Is he in astronomy? I don't think so, though it seems we share an advisor!
Any chance your friend was Desmond Nicholoson ?
Thanks for the response. I see we share the Honeychurch book. He dropped by (on a boat) when we were in training in St. Lucia and gave us a great introdutory lecture to the Caribbean. If I travel back I will probably check out the French islands.Yes, Antigua was a great experience. I worked at the Dockyard museum with an archaeologist.
My Kingdom

A little kingdom I possess
where thoughts and feelings dwell,
And very hard I find the task
of governing it well;
For passion tempts and troubles me,
A wayward will misleads,
And selfishness its shadow casts
On all my words and deeds.

How can I learn to rule myself,
to be the child I should,
Honest and brave, nor ever tire
Of trying to be good?
How can I keep a sunny soul
To shine along life's way?
How can I tune my little heart
To sweetly sing all day?

Dear Father, help me with the love
that casteth out my fear;
Teach me to lean on thee, and feel
That thou art very near,
That no temptation is unseen
No childish grief too small,
Since thou, with patience infinite,
Doth soothe and comfort all.

I do not ask for any crown
But that which all may win
Nor seek to conquer any world
Except the one within.
Be thou my guide until I find,
Led by a tender hand,
Thy happy kingdom in myself
And dare to take command.

Louisa May Alcott
I have just started adding my Caribbean books purchased in the Peace Corps in the Caribbean 5 years ago. I visited 6 English speaking islands and collected there, but was in Antigua, so most of my materials are from there. Looks like you live in Atlanta too.

And alternative history

Did you read World War III by that British military fellow
Thanks for stopping by with a comment! I'll leave you with this sentence (I promise I didn't make it up). "If a Vestigial Virgin betrayed her valves, they buried her alive." (I'm reminded of the "You know you're a teacher if---" list where the first item is "---you think they should put a Valium lick in the faculty lounge.")
I miss teaching as it was ten years ago; I don't miss last year at all.
Old, know it, can't help it, wouldn't if I could.
I'm not sure how I got here - maybe through Wallace Stevens.... We don't share many books, but I do love the ones we have in common. I had to stop and speak, however, because of your student quote in your profile. I'm too lazy to actually try to write something, but I have kept all of the wonderful things students have said and written through my teaching career. Everything from "The Romans held chariot races in the Gluteus Maximus" to "I like Macdonald's because they have the dollar mean you." If I ever published my collection, I name it That was a Big Missed Ape - (from one confessing to having given a paper to a friend to copy)
So, well-met!

(I could use an edit function here. This is the third time I've tried to underline my book title and nothing else. If it doesn't work this time, I'll just look ignorant. So there.)
Here's a unique opportunity for all of our LibraryThing friends to take a peek at our prepress review copy of Preparation: [H]ead before it is officially published!

We are awaiting our prepress copies to arrive in the mail for us to look over before giving the official go-ahead and assigning the ISBN. Although the link may allow you to purchase the book now, please don't! No matter how valuable you may think it may prove in a future eBay auction, we don't want anyone to be disappointed should we discover errors in the physical copy.

We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did writing it.

Feel free to sound off with review commentary!

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Boomer M. Wadaska
Illegal Pad Publishing
I don't think so, but I did notice you on my shared favourites list and picked up a vague idea of your interests from there.
What I have learned from the LibraryThing reviews of AMERICAN THEOCRACY UNPACKED:

1) no one really liked the book very much, and some people really hated it;
2) the structure, content, and style, which was a conscious experiment, wasn't a very successful one;
3) people really hate seeing Wikipedia listed as a source.

Fair enough! Onward...


Fred Zimmerman

PS to fledgist -- "vastly unauthoritative" was ironic ...
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