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About meI was born October 15, 1954. I'm a disabled former Army medical librarian. I'm also a former Air Force brat, born at Fort Dix, New Jersey, because my late father was the NCO sent to help open McGuire Air Force Base. (It was still the Army Air Force when he first joined up in World War II.) My late mother joined the Civil Service when her youngest child entered school. Dad was stationed at Andrews A.F.B. then. It was the Army that hired Mom.

Dad had a massive heart attack while he was on Alert -- he became the first patient to have cardiac bypass surgery at Walter Reed. That enabled him to live another 12 years, but he was still retired as a 100% disabled veteran. My parents bought their first house -- and the Army moved Mom's job a year later. (She may have started out as a GS-1 part-time clerk typist, but she retired as a GS-12 or -13 assistant branch chief.) Four years later it was moved almost completely across the country. After moving so much when I was young, I've stayed put.

That medical library job was the first one I could get after library school. I'd studied to be a children's librarian, but I discovered I really LIKED medical librarianship. Got to learn interesting things, got to help staff, patients, and students (which I loved), and I got paid for it. How great was that?

My mother wanted to be a librarian and never got to be one, although she did volunteer for the local Friends of the Library. She was doing volunteer work there the last day of her life.

My father wanted to be a doctor and never got to be one He was going to study to be a medical technician after he retired, but his heart forced him to drop out in his first semester. It sort of seems that by becoming a medical librarian, I combined my parents' unrealized dreams.

I learned to read from my mother reading aloud to me. She thought I'd just memorized the books we had, but my first grade teacher proved to her that I could read by having me read from Green Eggs and Ham, a book we didn't own. I've been an avid reader ever since.

I'm still cataloging my personal library and the library books I check out (painful hands, painful feet, have to limit how long I sit up with my legs down). I add so many details in the book descriptions because of the frustration I've had trying to catalog my older books. When I'm up to it, I add a detailed cast list because that's the sort of thing I like to know.

About my libraryWe didn't have much money when I was little, but used books were cheap and just as good for reading. Of course there were libraries, too, public and school. Mom's family looked on our visits as an opportunity to clear out some old books.

The problem with being a natural speed reader is that one goes through a lot of books. I read and reread mine and had my library books finished well before our next visit. My mother had her beloved childhood books and her equally beloved Victorian authoresses, so I went on to those. To this day I can still read late 19th and early 20th century books for fun.

Because used girls' and boys' books published in WWII or earlier were so cheap back then, I grew up with old Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, Hardy Boys, Honey Bunch, etc. books. (I wanted Nancy Drew's snappy blue roadster!) See the 2nd picture here:

If Mom passed on her love of old books, history, cozy & classic mysteries, and Regency Romances; Dad passed on his love of science fiction, Edgar Rice Burroughs, manly mysteries [though not mean streets], ghost stories, and horror. (Fantasy for readers older than children I kept on with on my own.)

Even though our house already has a heavy book infestation, we still get more!

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2012

Favorite authorsDonna Andrews, John Bellairs, Patricia Briggs, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jim Butcher, Dorothy Cannell, Madye Lee Chastain, MaryJanice Davidson, Lindsey Davis, Elizabeth Enright, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Joan Hess, Georgette Heyer, Diana Wynne Jones, Charlotte MacLeod, Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters, Tamora Pierce, Terry Pratchett, Rex Stout (Shared favorites)


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Thank you for sharing your information about Saint Nicholas. Obviously there are some other interesting stories I can learn about him!
must be the US edn (mine is printed in GB by Biddles)


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cheers, scott
Mine has no price. It is the Oxford Univ Press edition, hardback.
No price.
Hey Jalen -- My copy of Strange Tales from the Strand does not have a price listed anywhere. It's a trade paperback that also does not have a barcode.

I don't think it's a book club edition, though. I bought mine from the remainder table at Barnes and Noble. Do they remainder book club editions?

I'll check when I get home.....

Congratulations on winning a copy of THE FISHING WIDOW in LibraryThing's Early Reviewers Giveaway for June! Your book will be shipped from Craig, Alaska on Prince of Wales Island on Monday, July 8th. Shipping times vary with the weather and barge service (did I mention it's a remote Alaskan island?), so if you do not receive the book by August 1st, I would appreciate it if you could drop me a line here or at: so I can address any missing parcels.

I hope you enjoy the story and any and all feedback is GREATLY appreciated! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Take Care,

Amy Marshall
I didn't make that connection. I think there might be more than artwork missing from my book. lol.
I never did buy into the idea of Ivan as an idiot; self-centered and lazy, yes. However, no idiot could so reliably rescue Miles so often.
Didn't care for all of the plot contrivances, but enjoyed seeing how Ivan and Alys really felt about things.
IIRC, Dorothy Sayers was Bujold's fourth favored author; I think I read that in an autobiographical essay in one of her trilogy compendiums. Have you gotten "Vorpatril's Alliance" yet?
Hello there,

it's been too long since I read Black Juice for me to really have a thought on that. Several stories linger in my mind, but the clown one is pretty vague in my memory. The Jesus/Yay-Zoo connection sounds plausible to me (even if there is nothing NECESSARILY bad about calling someone a clown). But with what I know about Margo Lanagan's work I'm not sure I believe that she would write so directly in response to real events. But an intersting interpretation - thanks for sharing it with me! Makes me want to reread the story.

That Victorian angel must be beautiful. I can't imagine the patience it must take. You have very lucky relatives :) For us it's the same as you: Christmas ends on January 6th. I was told as a child that it took the 3 kings 12 days from the time they saw the star to the time they finally found baby Jesus in the manger. The 12 days of Christmas.

Any good books lately?

I hope you have a blessed and peaceful 2013.

All my best,
Hi! How are you? I just wanted to wish you a very Happy New Year! I keep finding wonderful titles in your library. All the best to you and yours for 2013

Hi JalenV,

Re Terovolas, I don't know how far you've gotten, but Van H recovered her diary after she fled, so no, it shouldn't have been possible for her to continue writing entries after the events of this story.

Re AndreFan, yes, that refers to Andre Norton. She is my favorite author. I coresponded with her for some years before her death, and even met her once. I was devastated when she died. If you like her work, you might want to consider checking out this site:

There is much discussion of her work there. Currently some of the members are doing a comprehensive re-read of all her works. I'm not participating due to other constraints.

I got your message. To answer your question, yes, I felt that the book (Wizard of Oz as American Myth) was cobbled together from the derelicts of other Oz essays. I've noticed that this seems to be the case with much of what MacFarland seems to publish: psudo-intellectual babble that only appeals to pseudo-intellectuals. I have read 4 books published by them, and only have enjoyed only one of those works, which, oddly enough, was a republishing of a book previously published under a different publisher.
Sounds like good summer fun :)

Bella is doing great. She is with us almost one year (August). Time flies!

I have been enjoying the Hawkenlye mysteries. It has been hard to find some in the library. may have to actually buy them.

Yes, I did take my user name from the Shadow pulps.
A Golem is indeed what a Telemon looks like. Must have been impressive back in the day.

FYI, put some pictures of Fox in Sicily up in my photo gallery :)

Thanks for both of your reviews on my books. It is very much appreciated :)

Maybe I should upload all the fox photos here :)

I live to pun and for a good pun. Who could resist nuns who make pastry :)

And yes, my mother is indeed the hero of the book. Everything was for her. And she had a blast! :)

Correction about Condor Joe because I had only one cup of coffee this morning: he did not make the cut. Maybe next book ;)

I'm pretty sure I can guess because it haunts me so much I'm always buying new reading glasses. A pair breaks? well, I have fifteen more. So if I ever find myself the sole survivor of the atomic bomb with all the books in the world and no pesky, resentful humans to ever interrupt me, I'll make sure I carry my 15 little darlings with me. Now, can you guess which part of Inkheart bothers me? I'm sure you can. Speaking of movies (and novels), what do you think of Fahrenheit 451? Isn't it the ultimate nightmare? I am not fully comforted by the ending either. Becoming a living book? I hope it never comes to that. I love the look, the feel, the scent of paper books. I hope the codex never ceases to exist. Then again there's that little thorn on my side: the e-reader.

It was so nice of you to lend your friend your later editions of her lost books. I'm sure she was forever grateful. I certainly would have been.

I'm sorry you don't have enough room for all your books. If you have 5 bookcases and 3 storage towers in your bedroom and still the majority of your books are in the garage, you must own an awful lot of them. I sincerely hope that soon you will be able to get them out of the garage. When my father passed away I salvaged what was left of his library. He took great care of his beloved books, but then, after he had his stroke, someone took his bookshelves to the garage. I found them in such a poor state, attacked by humidity and roaches. I'm glad your books are protected. My father's were there on the open shelves for years until his passing.
I would have flipped if someone had done to me what they did to your co-worker.
As it happens I myself have a room where my books "live" and I hate it when people go in there and and are careless with my books. I don't mind if they take them from the shelves to inspect them, but please, return them where they belong! How did your co-worker react?

Secret of the Tiger's Eye is the kind of book that I'd love to read and collect. Never mind that it is for children. Imagine, a trap-door that leads to your great-aunt's library (sigh). This reminds me of the movie Inkheart, when the girl discovered her aunt's labyrinthine library and began to explore it. It's like dying and going to Heaven, isn't it? The part where the books were whispering to her from their shelves made me drool non-stop.

Of all my friends on this site you are the one who loves books the most. I really enjoy reading your messages. Everything you write is what I would like to read more from my other friends, who are interesting none the less but not as much as you are. I really enjoy your friendship. Thank you. I'm so happy to meet a fellow bibliophile!
Thank you for your comment. Oh my goodness,I wish I had that button with me. Well, here in Florida basements don't exist, which would solve the problem of our own book infestation :D But, on the other hand, you and I are blessed, because basements are humid and they do flood. I've heard some horror stories of books drowning....

Well anyway, thank you again for your kind words. I was looking through your collection and I love the titles.
Thank you. There were more books that interested me this time.
Thank you for letting me know.
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