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CollectionsYour library (2,740), Owned, but no longer (5), To read (21), All collections (2,745)

Reviews28 reviews

TagsSF (544), science fiction (543), fantasy (473), detective (403), children's (299), graphic novel (207), humour (185), superhero (181), comic book (160), thriller (101) — see all tags

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About my libraryThis library has been collected over fifty years and is shared with my housemate and best friend. It reflects old and continuing passions, though it also contains something of everything – also that we are more interested in content than form, and believe that paperback fiction is better because it takes up less room. Cataloguing has only just begun but, eventually, will tell us how many thousand books and graphic novels we own.

There is a great deal of genre fiction, mainly science fiction, fantasy and classic detective, though there are also many historical novels and thrillers. This collection is weeded at regular intervals on the basis of "Are you going to read that again?". However, as we have very different tastes in all these genres, we still hold a lot of books that I hate, and equally many that my best friend hates. There is also a collection of classics, mainly written before 1600 and often in translation, and some modern literary novels, plays and poetry.

There is also a collection of children's books, which includes rare and first editions.

The collection of Graphic Novels and collected comic book editions reflects various periods of 'catching up' and the filling of gaps in a life of intermittent comic book collecting.

We also have a rather large collection of reference books for two people who are not academics. Of these, the largest numbers are on ancient history (centred on the Persian Empire, and on Rome from Scipio to Hadrian), the second world war (and, in particular, the undercover war in Europe), science (in particular biology and evolution), television and film, witchcraft and ritual magic, myth and religion and related topics, and domesticated animals, particularly horses, dogs, cats and falconry. However, there are very few subjects that we cannot reference from our library – if we can find the appropriate book!

GroupsLivejournalers, Name that Book, Science & Mystery Adventure Series for Children, Science Fiction Fans

Favorite authorsPeter S. Beagle, Richard Dawkins, Terry Dowling, Monica Edwards, John M. Ford, Nicholas Stuart Gray, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Reginald Hill, Ellen Kushner, Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Ivan Southall, Roger Zelazny (Shared favorites)

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LocationChigwell, Essex, England

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceOct 22, 2007

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Hello, LS. Not long ago, I enjoyed Zenda and Hentzau. Then, I saw your negative review of the Holmes-Hentzau pastiche (didn't read that book myself), and thought I'd check your library for Hope works. Haven't gotten far on that yet, but see we share two Lyall novels that I thoroughly enjoyed. Will continue browsing your virtual stacks with interest. Merry Christmas.
Hi there, Lil_Shepherd's Partner.


Love maps myself, in: fantasy, science fiction, history, historical fiction, detective tales, and in adventure books, including children's adventure books like Will Scott's 'CHERRYS' series.

Over the years I've built up a small map collection, and numbers of books having maps and plans in them. Wish I could post some of them here.

What's especially fascinating about Lilian Buchanan's illustrations and maps is the way they all 'mesh' together.

‘Aurélien Arkadiusz’
Hi there, Lil_Shepherd's partner.

Great to hear from you.

Indeedly Will Scott's 'Cherrys' series, ably supported by Buchanan's maps and ilustrations (including her covers), add up to something rather special in the way of children's books. One proof of this is that all these years after they finally went out-of-print the Cherrys Books tend to linger on in the mind, which will explain why they are expensive, sought after items on the web.

This lingering impact has also resulted in occasional web postings about the series, mostly from people now middle-aged, who read the books as children. There are also postings from a few younger folk who have inherited and muchly enjoyed copies of some of the books. And postings from a few oldies like myself - I caught the first few titles as a kid, but was grown up before the last title [T C & T Blue Balloon] was released in '65, about the time of Scott's death.

There are a number of unanswered questions about the series, some of which Will Scott's daughters (if still alive) and grandchildren would be able to answer, but identifying them and locating them would probably be a task!

Anytime, I will be glad to hear from you about this series.

Regards from
‘Aurélien Arkadiusz’ in far distant New Zealand.
For me, a major attraction of playwright Will Scott's 'CHERRYS' series is much of the detailing shown in Lilian Buchanan's sketches and maps. In particular:
1 the unusually close agreement between all Buchanan's pictures and maps, together with their faithfulness to Scott's texts.
2 the inclusion in the maps of several details which are highly unlikely to have been featured in an invented map based solely upon author/artist whimsy.

If anyone is interested, I would be pleased to exchange thoughts about Scott's 14-book CHERRYS series.

- AurelArkad
Hello there ... might you be a Blake's 7 fan also?
There are more Dowd pirate photos, and some other people you might recognise, at
Thanks. :)
Ah, I was reading your LJ post about Librarything this morning, and wondering if I would be able to find you here...
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