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Member: Michael_P

CollectionsYour library (1,457)

Reviews39 reviews

Tagsnot read (478), series (467), fantasy (296), science fiction (271), reference (232), shared universe (189), American (142), book fair (133), horror (124), 20th Century (107) — see all tags

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About me"So many books, so little time."
I am a LibraryThing Purist - these are only books that I own.


Personal Website:

What I've been reading:

About my library"...The rest, with very little exaggeration, was books. Meant-to-be-picked-up books. Permanently-left-behind books. Uncertain-what-to-do-with books. But books, books. Tall cases lined three walls of the room, filled to and beyond capacity. The overflow had been piled in stacks on the floor. There was little space left for walking, and none whatever for pacing."
- "Franny and Zooey" J.D. Salinger



Just to give you an idea of my shelf situation:
- I have six bookcases in my den/study/computer room. Four of them nearly touch the ceiling. The other two are approximately five-feet high.
- I have three bookcases in the spare bedroom. Two nearly touch the ceiling, while the third is slightly higher than waist high (three shelves).
- In the bedroom, I have two bookcases that consist of only two shelves each.
- In the living room, I have one bookcase, shoulder-high with three shelves.
- In the downstairs spare room, I have a twin of the bookcase in the living room.
- Through-out the rest of the house, books are just randomly stacked, i.e., "Hey, there's a clear spot! Put them there!"

Initially my problem was running out of shelf space. Now my problem is that I'm running out of wall space to put new bookcases. I need to buy a bigger house.

Personal Website:

GroupsAsian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Banned Books, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books on Books, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, FantasyFans, Forgotten Realms Fans, Happy Heathens, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, Japanese Cultureshow all groups

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, T. S. Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frank Herbert, Brian Hodge, Stephen King, D. H. Lawrence, H. P. Lovecraft, Sylvia Plath, Mickey Spillane, Peter Straub, J. R. R. Tolkien, Margaret Weis, William Butler Yeats (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Mid Rivers, Borders - St. Peters

Favorite librariesSt Charles City-County Library Middendorf-Kredell Branch, St. Louis Public Library - Central Express


Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

LocationSt. Peters, Missouri

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/Michael_P (profile)
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Member sinceMar 12, 2007

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Many thanks for your interest in "Shop Like a Chef: A Food Lover's Guide to St. Louis Neighborhoods" (Early Reviewers). We just received word yesterday that the list was distributed months ago and apparently we never received it. In any case, your review copy is now packaged up and will ship out first thing Monday morning.

Thanks again for your interest--and your patience!

Have a good weekend,
Sharon Woodhouse

Everything Goes Media
Just a reminder! One week from today, on February 1, 2010, we will begin our Missouri Readers discussion of “The Moonflower Vine” by Jetta Carleton. We’ve started a thread, but try to avoid spoilers until next week!
the books currently in the running in the MO group read are The River Wife by Jonis Agee, Winter Bone by Daniel Woodrell, and King of the Hill by A.E. Hotcher. We try to read Missouri-related books (mostly set here, so far, because most of us are fiction readers, I think). Here is the link to the discussion.

Hi Michael! The Missouri readers group is starting to think about our next group read. Would you be interested? We're still gathering ideas for books. Stop by and let us know!

As I suspected :)
Hahahaha, Ganeshaka is right! And I particularly like your line about "our sharp-as-a-bowling-ball heroine."
Ah, that Doomsday book! Don't we already get enough stories about the raging shapeshifter, his wisecracking female friend, and her mission to save the world...each night on the Fox Campaign 2008 news?
There's nothing worse than an awful book you're forced to finish because you have to review it! My most torturous ARC was Dream Chaser by Sherrilyn Kenyon *wince* I don't even know if it was published -- I had nothing positive to say!

If you're looking for something great, surprising, and subtle, maybe you could read The Thirteenth Tale next. It's at the top of my best-reads-this-year list :)
Loved your review of Any Given Doomsday. Sharp!
Just thought I'd let you know that my new girl is posted! She's a bit racier than the last, but I don't think I should get any complaints. At least, I hope not - I'd hate to retire her so soon.

Thank you! My unread pile keeps getting bigger than my read pile! Of course, blogging doesn't help because now I'm flooded with ARCs, but hey - free books!

I've been using my LT account to track the number of books I've read this year. This means I've also got library books (tagged with my library initials) in my library. I also have given away a lot of my ARCs and Early Reviewer books, but since I need to keep the reviews up, I've got those tagged as given away. What all this means? I am not a LibraryThing purist. But then, I'm not much of a purist about anything, really.

And thanks for the compliment on my little pin-up girl! I collect pin-ups (on one of my other forums, my avatar is always a pin-up of some variety) and I think I've found a new one with a book that I can use for this profile. Can't be too racy, you know. So keep an eye out for a new girl.

Thanks agagin for the kind words about my library...

Just wanted to let you know that we've been given permission by Tim to continue the BannedBooksLibrary project!
I appreciate that you're a librarything purist. There's no other way to be, imho! I like your blog, too. :)

All 10 copies of Different Seasons have different covers. At one point I just wanted to get all of the different movie covers, but as with all things King there have been lots of editions so I ended up buying another copy every time I saw another cover.
You know, once you put brackets up on one section of your wall, it is only a matter of time before those posters start to look like wasted space....I'm just sayin'. ;-)
I love that you have that out on your non-book-buying goal (will finish a series...). The first thing I did when I decided to try to not buy so many books when I already have a huge tbr pile is to outline the exceptions: reference books, cookbooks, books I already have a copy of (and I am replacing because I found a better edition, or they are worn out), books in a series I have already started. It's a sickness I have, I'm telling you.
Hey thanks! I just joined the Three Investigators group. I'm off to a conference, but look forward to exploring the group/posting when I get back....
Wow, we do have a lot in common!

My proudest cat rescue is Agamemnon, a huge feral tomcat that we trapped. The vet thinks he was about 1 1/2 to 2 years old at the time, and she was the only person who thought we had any chance of socializing him. He was battle-scarred, and scared to death of us. It took a year and a half for him to purr for the first time. Now he runs to great us at the door, can't get enough scritching, and sleeps on our bed when what passes for winter in Houston arrives. (We trapped him in upstate New York, in February, in a year that we'd already had 100 inches of snow!) We trapped a little girl at the same time and assume they're related in some way, but she was much easier to socialize.

Re: Trek, I've gone to Shore Leave every year for the past four years; it's one of the few remaining fan-run Trek conventions, and many of the big-name Trek authors attend every year. I started writing Trek for the Strange New Worlds anthologies, which were run like open-call contests. This past year, I was invited to pitch for the Sky's the Limit anthology. It was my first time getting a contract for a story before I'd written it, and it was pretty intimidating! But it all turned out well.

Re: Hardy Boys, my favorite was The Mystery of the Chinese Junk. But yes, the Three Investigators were much more intelligent, in my opinion. I think most kids who read them got them from the library; I don't think they were marketed in bookstores the same way Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys were.

Those Battletech manuals are my husband's. I've never managed to figure out most games; I can't think ahead more than a move or so, so I'm bad at them. Not long ago, I played Risk for the first time, the Lord of the Rings version. We started the game at 11 p.m. Oops.... we finished at 5:30 a.m. (When you don't have kids, you can still be really immature and stay up all night playing games!)

Can I borrow/steal your tag idea for "books about books"? I like it!

Boy, I write long, wordy comments, don't I?

-- Amy
Hi Michael! Thanks for the comment!

I didn't own most of the Three Investigators books -- I read them at the local public library. I remember some of the details very, very specifically -- esp. Terror Castle, which I think was my favorite. With the Invisible Dog, I remember it was some valuable crystal figurine or statuette, and I think it was hidden in a swimming pool, where it couldn't be seen because it was transparent.

I did own one of the Three Investigators books, which my parents gave me as a gift: Magic Circle. Ironically, that was one of my least favorites in that series, which is why I didn't keep it.

Oh wait, I have since bought a copy of Terror Castle, probably on ebay or abebooks.

The Hardy Boys books we owned -- my sister had some and I had some. I think she gave hers to me, but kept her Nancy Drews.....

Wow, it's easy to get going on the nostalgia thing!

I noticed we have a lot of science fiction in common. I mostly read SF and young adult these days.

Take care,
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