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CollectionsYour library (858), Currently reading (4), Kindle (36), Read, no longer own (157), Read, never owned (105), SJPL (102), To read (4), Abandoned (48), Released unread (21), Don't recommend (24), Favorites (16), Wishlist (42), Edited by me (23), Medieval history (20), All collections (1,208)

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About meLast visit: 9/16/2014.

My resume (Wordle):

Thus Spake Zarathustra (Wordle):

Handy link to the formatting post:
(old thread: )

About my libraryI've done relatively little cataloging per se, but I have kept up with acquisitions since joining. Most of my older books are unlisted. In the meantime, many genres and subject matters are disproportionately represented or underrepresented.

The tag 'NR' (no rating, not rated) applies to books to which I have some sort of personal connection: I know the author, for instance, or I edited the book.

Books Finished (or Abandoned) in 2014

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[Last updated 1/5/2014]

GroupsCrime, Thriller & Mystery, FantasyFans, Le Salon du peuple pour le peuple, Opera, or Nobody Knows the Traubel I've Seen, Readers Over Sixty, SF Bay Area Librarythingers, Skeptics and Rationalists, The Diogenes Club, The Green Dragon, Tropic of Ideasshow all groups

Favorite authorsArthur Conan Doyle, Tana French, Neil Gaiman, Olga Grushin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Thomas Hardy, Vladimir Nabokov, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Stevens Creek Blvd, Books Inc. in Mountain View, Bookshop Santa Cruz, The Harvard Coop

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Real nameMeredy

LocationSan Jose, California

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Member sinceNov 15, 2011

Currently readingSexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia
The Films of Akira Kurosawa: Expanded & updated 3rd edition by Donald Richie
An Incomplete Education by Judy Jones
Irene Dalis: Diva, Impresaria, Legend by Linda K. Riebel

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I belong to 'the 75' and one of my friends there, Canadian one generation removed from the UK , wrote: '"I was sat on the chair, she was stood beside me" sounds like Northern England, Yorkshire or the northeast...but a century ago.'

I am going to try some of those six-worders now and then, some books only deserve that much!
Thanks for taking that Chris Ewan to task for the weird verb usage 'was stood' etcetera..... I listened to it on audio so I didn't catch the write offs right off.... (ow ow ow ow) .... but I'm not surprised. Too bad as the story itself wasn't the worst I've encountered.

It's a pleasure to read your reviews and comment, Meredy--I always enjoy your analyses and seeing what you're reading, and am happy to catch periodic book bullets from you. Please keep posting!
I enjoy participating in your thread—it's comfortable. Your reviews are so interesting and thoughtful, and you really seem to pay attention to the details of what you read. Even when my tastes differ from yours, I still like to read what you have to say.
Hi, Meredy -

RE: the ewillse/PatienceFortitude issue:

See the discussion starting here: and following.
Thanks for your comments on my reading thread. Stopped by to poke around a little and saw lots of interesting stuff. best, Jim
Thank you for your help - it's very much appreciated. I shall increase my knowledge little by little :D
hi meredy

still down in my righ hand will you pls make th 17 may thread?

Too painful to give instructions, can't type w/more than one finger.

Wikipedia today's date and pick someone! Thanks
Hi Meredy, and I should say that I always enjoy your comments and glad you're a constant poster. Yes, it seems there's been a wave lately of really imbecilic spam posts, but I can't think of any effective way of preventing them. I always 'flag' them, of course, but in the years I've been on LT I've seen every sort of moronic foolishness you can imagine posted in the threads, and nowadays such garbage barely registers on my radar.
I see you've got The Golem and the Jinni which I read several months ago, and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

All the best!

Thank you, Meredy! I used an incorrect close-tag. So glad you caught it, and that you're enjoying the bios.

Thanks....I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Moral dilemmas, psychological mindbenders.....does it get any better?
OMG! A very embarassing error.......
I *think* the reason your recipe wants you to dredge the blueberries in flour is so that they don't turn everything in the batter blue. It sounds like your baked version of oatmeal worked just fine!
Meredy: Those measurements were correct for baking powder (2 teaspoons) and a quarter teaspoon baking soda. I wouldn't cut the butter in half as a starter; I'd cut it back by maybe 1 or 2 tablespoons at least initially. It is there as a liquid but it's also there to help the oatmeal get toasty in the oven. You might add in an egg as you decrease the butter, but I couldn't swear to the results. The banana would help certainly. (Sorry that I may have missed your actual dinner time!)

Hi, Meredy. No-- I generally think saying a thing once is quite enough, and sometimes something just once is one time too many. I just put up a profile today and much of my content was imported from Goodreads, apparently rather over-enthusiastically. Thanks for letting me know, and I hope you didn't feel compelled to read all three identical reviews! Did you like the Night Circus better than I did?
Thanks for your great message, Meredy, and for building and wounding in the same stroke. That's excellent; totally nails A.M. Homes. Among the short stories of hers that didn't work for you, was "A Real Doll" one of them?

Sorry to take so long, but I rarely look at my own profile page. I'm delighted you like my reviews. Always glad when someone says they actually helped. I shall continue!
I wish I could do art that well! *G*

That's the way I look, most of the time, in the graphical chat world where I hang out. The only thing I can take credit for are the colors of the body and head. (But not the hat.)
Meredy, I'm flying out the door, headed to Malice, but I wanted to thank you for picking up on those comments of mine! I think you're right about Michael Innes in large part, but may have a few thoughts to add.
Looks like you're one of us who loves House of Leaves! Glad you took a risk on it.
Well, you were very fair in your analysis, and a good sport in giving it such a good long go, even though from the outset, it looked obvious to you that it was not going to be up your alley. Thanks for the report.
It seems like we're going to have a San Jose/Santa Clara meetup this Saturday! The details still aren't completely finalized, but what I know is in the thread.
That Woman in Black sounds really intriguing. Have you read Susan Hill's I'm the King of the Castle? Got a copy of it earlier this year, supposed to be uncomfortably creepy. I'm hoping to read that Peter F. Hamilton you got there too.
Hi Meredy,

I just noticed that you'd added yourself to the location wiki and are in San Jose, so I wanted to draw your attention to this thread of Bay Area meetups in case you can make it up for any of them. We seem to be having a lot of little meetups, and some big ones :). It would be great if you could join us.
What are the total busts you mention? Do tell. Once I get back to it I'll be sure to let you know.
The few pages I've scouted out and the reviews I've read make me hopeful it's a winner.
Thanks for sharing that story. I read that book many years ago, but something tonight brought it to mind.

I'll have to read it again...
It was published as a trilogy in Japan, but one book only in English. So no worries, you should have the whole thing:) Glad you're enjoying it!
In answer to your question about what I found frightening in Martin Zender's book. First, the idea that my concept of Judgement/Hell, as I have understood (or not understood) from my readings of the Bible, may be completely wrong is unsettling, more than frightening. He didn't really give any substantial evidence for these things he spouted out, and although it would be nice to believe that my understanding is incorrect in one way, I find it frightening that for 2000 years everyone got it wrong. I also find it very hard to believe. What I don't find hard to believe is that I may not understand everything about God and the Bible. That seems to drive Zender up the wall, but it doesn't bother me that much. I figure I have a long time to observe and learn, so what's the hurry?
"How would you characterize the difference between the two groups?"

ULTB seems focused only on the absolutely rare and singular titles. And there isn't any talk about enjoying the contents or recommending reads to each other. It's a bragging corner, and has it's own place, but I want to talk about the reading and other aspects.
Hi Meredy,
I´m happy you have decided to go on, finding comfort in the thought that the book almost certainly will continue to grow on you, as good books do.....
And again thanks for telling me, I shall certainly take care not to reproduce a blunder like this! Mikalina
Hey Meredy:

I loved "One Hundred Years of Solitude." I gave that thing five stars not too long ago. Still, I enjoyed the forthrightness and honesty of your review. - TheAmpersand
Hi Meredy,

Just bought that book tonight. I know very little about it, other than it took its author 18 years to write. Nadas is a huge literary figure in Hungary apparently. I'm interested in anything on the history of the Berlin Wall, and then factor in that the novel might as well double as a barbell ... I was sold.
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