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CollectionsYour library (3,153), Currently reading (2), Public library books of interest (27), e-books (6), Books I'll get back to one day (3), Wishlist (6), To read (10), Early Reviewer (13), Read but unowned (10), All collections (3,197)

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About meA bit of history:
I've been an avid reader as far back as I can remember. (Update, I used to be an avid reader - though I still read a lot of stuff online, I've not read so many books recently) The two most memorable reading related memories from my youth were (1) a reading pin in 4th grade for being the best reader in my class, and (2) being in a chair in the backyard during summer vacation, so engrossed in my book that a snail had crawled up my arm before I realized it (then I freaked). I fell hard for science fiction (and never recovered) at age 11, after checking "The Martian Chronicles" out of the library and reading it.

At various times, when not reading, I've been a design engineer, fiction writer, UCLA student, student pilot, rockclimber, seamstress, hiker, cross-country skier, gymrat, moutaineer, world traveler, and probably several other things I've forgotten. Oh, and since finding LibraryThing, I guess I better add book cataloguer to the list.

About my libraryI have lots of books, gathered over a lifetime, covering a broad range of subjects. It's a reading and reference library, though there might, by chance, be a collectable or two. I'm starting with entering my rather large Science Fiction collection. These books have the most entertaining covers. To that end, I've been careful to use the correct cover, scanning and uploading in those cases where one wasn't available. I have to admit to loving the science fiction collection in cover view. Sorting by date makes a nice cover timeline as well!

I have several other good sized collections, including space exploration, literature, philosophy, general science, archaeology, and mythology. I really have a bit of everything though. I'm entering these in a bit at a time to break the process up. I hope to get much of my library added into the GwenH library database over time.

On Rating:
I haven't rated a lot of books yet, but I've tried to describe my ratings in words.
1 star - I’m not likely to have any one stars, as it's a book I wouldn't get too far into.
2 stars - The book had its moments, but was too flawed to really enjoy. Not likely to recommend it
3 stars - I enjoyed it despite some flaws. I might recommend, but would do so with warnings.
5 stars - I loved it, it was well written, and I would recommend to anyone with compatible interests
5 stars - Loved it, universally of interest, one of a kind. I’d recommend it to almost anyone

On Reviewing:
When I review a book, I try not to include any spoilers. It sometimes makes details a little vague, but I don't like to read spoilers and so I don't like to include them myself.

On Snooping
I enjoy snooping around other people's libraries and have already discovered a few new books of interest! These were often made when exploring libraries with which I share a book in common. It's also surprising to see which books show up in many libraries and which are uncommon.

GroupsAncient History, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Early Science Fiction, Final Frontier - Spaceflight, Group Reads - Sci-Fi, Literary Snobs, Los Angeles Loves Librarything, One LibraryThing, One Book, Science Fiction Fansshow all groups

Favorite authorsRay Bradbury, Italo Calvino, S. C. Sykes, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Del Amo, Dave's Olde Book Shop

Favorite librariesCharles E. Young Research Library (UCLA), College Library in the Powell Library Building (UCLA), Redondo Beach Public Library, Torrance Public Library - Katy Geissert Civic Center Library

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Real nameGwen Hembrock

LocationRedondo Beach, CA

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Member sinceMar 19, 2008

Currently readingThe Paradise Plot by Ed Naha
Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs by Bob Brier

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Thanks:) Glad you appreciated the comment.
Thanks for the Clive Barker/Murder on the Leviathan headsup: clearly this is a howler screated when I got Library Thing to import all my GoodReads reviews. I'll go attend to it when I get a chance.
Hi Gwen. For me (in the UK) Vaporware was listed as an ebook in the March list, so maybe it depends where you are based.
read two chapters last night. This looks like a good one!! (and B Fagan is terrific)
Hi, Gwen! I saw your posts in the "Finding some place to print your catalog" thread. If you are still interested, I believe I have a solution for you regarding the double name problem you mentioned. (I know that the thread was originally from April, so you may already have found an alternative.) I would use the print file you generate from your catalog, not one of the export programs. If you are comfortable working with a table in Word, I can walk you through about 5 steps to clean up the file. You can leave a message on my profile page if you are interested.

It looks cosy, but not pictured is the cruel winter chill; for some reason it wouldn't stand still for the photograph.
This is fun!
No problems with that at all, just remarking that there were a lot of books nominated for J. G. Ballard - I thought that only one or two of his more popular books would be nominated.
Hi GwenH - I understand going back to keyboarding rather than dictating. I've done that myself, but of course problems like carpal tunnel and tendinitis tend to recur. FWIW, I do somewhat better if I close my eyes while dictating (it doesn't help much with the cooking and house cleaning, though...) damselfly/Carol
Hello-I'm fairly new here, and noticed your post about voice recognition software in the Writer-Readers group. I have the same problem - ideas flow from my fingers, but not my mouth... I believe it's a "right brain/left brain" issue - I'm trying to figure out how to work around this. Don't know if it gets better with time or not, or if you can "fool" your left brain into believing you're not really speaking aloud... good luck! Carol
Yes, you definitely want to make time for it! I am going to go back and read his other books.
Congrats on getting Zoe's Tale - I reviewed it on my blog -
Please feel free to be influenced (or not) by our rating system. I've found two very good things about it. The first is that it doesn't involve weighing minutiae. You simply ask yourself five questions: Did this book change my life? If not, did I enjoy it enough to read it again. If not, did I like it this time or when I read it in the past. If not, is there any reason why this book is belongs in our library? If not, is this book so bad it should be skipped by most thinking people? If the answer to the last one is no, I leave the book unrated, feeling that clearly I am just not it's intended audience. Secondly, the system leaves the half ratings open for when Tim and I disagree.

I'm interested in seeing your mythology section as it grows so I've added you as an interesting library.

-- Billie
Hi Gwen!

I saw you wanted a copy of "The Inverted World", by Christopher Priest. I have a copy and would love to send you one! Please forward me your address!
Hi, Gwen. Went back and re-read your post. Sorry I misinterpreted. And I know what you mean about the all caps titles YELLING AT US. I always fix those, and try to remember to cap "all the important words" in a title. Sometimes I do things on automatic pilot, if you know what I mean. Anyway, you are a welcome addition to our merry little band.
Saw your comments on the site improvement discussion board. I do not know if the comment you mentioned re: median/mean came from this discussion or not, but I found it helpful. I do know after reading this discussion I went back and performed some entry and tag cleanup.

Group: Rare, Old or Offbeat Topic: Median/Mean

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