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Something Very Like Murder by Frank Kuppner

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About meI will put something here at some point in the future.

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Borgen - Danish West Wing-type series - not a patch on The Killing but decent enough.
The Big Bang Theory - it makes me laugh. It also makes my partner say, "You're a bit like Sheldon".

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Billy Bragg - Fight Songs (available from his website, a collection of downloads from the last 10 years written about (then) current news stories)
Camera Obscura - Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi (a Scottish band so poppy that they could make the biggest grump in the world smile. Think an updated Bacharach & David).
Jesus H. Foxx - Endless Knocking (slightly disappointing debut (overworked?) from one of my favourite Edinburgh bands).

About my libraryYou can ignore this library. I have another account where I am building my library again - link when completed. This account will remain my main one for everything else though.

GroupsAll the World's a Stage, Ancient History, Atwoodians, Australian LibraryThingers, Author Theme Reads, Awful Lit., BBC (Radio) 7 Listeners, BBC FOUR VIEWERS, BBC Radio 4 Listeners, Bob Dylanshow all groups


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PS: My brother might even be interested in that as, among his many degrees, one is a law degree. What can I say...he enjoyed taking classes...
re: Battered Haggis. That's what it sounded like over the phone. Although, I'm not sure how exactly one would batter Haggis unless it could be molded into a shape of some kind!
P.S.S. I like how you include movies and music on your profile page. I might have to steal some of that idea...
Oh yes we are definitely in the minority. Most people absolutely love The Time Traveler's Wife.

...whenever I see someone is reading her new novel I want to ask them, "Why?"

FYI: the Wolrd Cup thread:
I hope you will be my friend. Reading John Mortimer`s autobiographical "The Summer of a Dormouse" I was taken with his comments re: Laurie Lee`s "Cider with Rosie". It is in my library unread. Deciding to investigate this book, I caught your comments in long ago review. You have such a wonderful way with words and must be a fun person to know. I am a wannabe Scot married to a real one descended from a Kerr from the lowlands. My DH will review John Mortimer for our bookclub this week. We are both enamored with him and so sorry to have lost his wonderful talents. You and I share many books in our LT libraries. Judy Kerr
Saw a couple of your posts (Comment on Beatles) There's currently a Librarything thread ( ) that's doing a month-long interview with me about my novel The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed. The Beatles and their music are woven into the story. I think you might enjoy the Q&A. Please drop by. If you'd like to read/browse the book online as a PDF (or download) the URL is

Despite having many warm and fuzzy feelings for Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, I could not disagree with your review. There is nothing deep in the story--but oh, what an American Gothic surface! I did love reading Bradbury (although mostly did so in my teens)--but remember being embarrassed for him after listening him giving an interview. Perhaps it was because he has nothing to say...

Anyway, I am curious if your SF reading has ever included anything by Colin Wilson--The Philosopher's Stone, for example?
Are you still watching the US Open? We miss you in the Tennis group.
Noticed you liked Clockwork Orange, 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 about a group of violent kids (and also 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 (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more about the book before you commit:


thanks for adding me...Hope to get the chance to get to know you better!!
Your reviews are excellent. The ones for The Stranger and On Chesil Beach really caught my eye. Best wishes!
Hello Jargoneer - I looked at that photo and thought, "Could that be Edinburgh?" and I see that it is. Ahhhhh! Lovely beautiful gorgeous Edinburgh. Hello from down-under in BrisVegas. I hope to see Edingburgh again one day. Many fond memoris of lunch at Jenners with all the china rattling as the 1 o'clock gun went off :) Now there's excitement!!!
the PAL/NTSC crap was why my attempt at conversion failed. There was a picture - but not one anyone wanted to watch. I'm sure there're ways around this, but not in the shareware world i was trolling through.
I'm fascinated with your chronicling of all short stories within a collection or anthology in your library in the comments field (I was looking at your Oates' books). Michael is quite irked that there is nothing on the book's page or CK that will accept the same information and make it searchable. And he doesn't want to go to the trouble of entering all that data and then having to redo it when LT comes up with something proper. I haven't been that much of a short fiction fan until fairly recently, so I am only just now coming to understand his frustration (and I'd like to avoid buying, say, Joyce Carol Oates redundancies). Best, Lois
delighted to make your virtual acquaintance!
"Are opinions are equal? No, they are not. The problem with books, and the arts in general, is that people THINK all opinions are equal because everyone can read (or see or hear). A Professor of Literature should read better than a lay reader because that's their job. (By better, I mean on a more sophisticated level: plot construction, literary techniques, intertextual references, etc) - if they don't, they should be sacked."

best comment in the history of LT (at least that i've read.
i am delighted when i get hold of an edition of anything layered that has explanatory notes/footnotes/endnotes. Probably the ultimate example of this in our library is "The Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha - Revised Standard Version - College Edition - With an Introductory Article the Number, Order, and Names of the Books of the Bible" which i had for a text in old/new testament courses during the spell when i was a religion studies major (my real interests were eastern religions, but it would've been impossible to get the degree w/out a bit of monotheism)..Of course i switched majors and transferred schools to end up w/ something completely different. (Medical/historical geography/public health/librarian degrees).

Carroll was exceptional in his ability to layer levels of meaning into a work explicitly written for relatively young children but w/ asides/jokes/puzzles that most modern kids, at least, wouldn't catch. But a fair bit of the children's lit written for the Victorian/Edwardian middle classes assumed that the kids would have a background that would enable them to catch references/allusions that would go past modern readers, esp. todays children. The estimable E. Nesbit peppered her excellent kids fantasies w/ asides that very explicitly expressed her personal socialist POV.

The beginnings of the "self-help" educational movt. in England in the first half of the 19th C had fascinating repercussions- eg allowing poor Keats (in every sense of the year) to do a marvelous job of self educating himself to the point where, by the time he died ~ 25? he'd given himself a pretty decent grounding in the classics (in translation) and allowed him to leave such classics as "on first looking into chapman's homer" (title isn't right)which, just by its existence, reveals a young man, born into poverty in London, managing throughout his short life to ground himself quite deeply into the European literary heritage w/out the benefit of Oxbridge.

Jargoneer--Really only 'Viva dead horses'. I find it funny at times, profound at others--the rat in the maze piano intros--going between lightness and heaviness on a dime--the socio-historical-political commentary. It is just a very iconclastic piece of work. I have another CD by them but it just is not as good. Anyway I have very whacky musical tastes at least according to everyone else around me but you like what you like.
I love the picture
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