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CollectionsYour library (1,508), Currently reading (5), Read but unowned (13), Formerly owned (47), Art (18), Cartoons & captions (33), Fiction (727), Games (22), Graphic fiction (408), Mythology (12), Non-fiction (282), Poetry (19), Reference (50), All collections (1,568)

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About meI'm an IT professional, born and raised in the US, now resident in London.

LibraryThing appeals to me in a number of ways. For one thing, I'm simply enough of a geek to be pleased by well-ordered databases full of stuff. When that's stuff I appreciate as much as I do books, I'm sold. I am also appreciative of the amount of power which LT devolves to the end user -- allowing you to tweak titles, covers, and the rest of it. Lastly, I'm impressed by the responsiveness and openness of the LT team. They listen to the community, and they explain what they're doing and why, and they're enthusiastic. I like it.

About my libraryEverything I actually own is now listed here. Tags are being added as I read things, but the older stuff isn't tagged very well. I'm scanning all covers as I acquire new books, but many of the older ones are from whatever was available on-site when I joined. Ratings are pretty much complete. I'm doing some reviews, but my dedication to them is variable (I want to do more, though, because they do seem to help me remember what the hell the books were like.)

I left behind quite a lot when I crossed the pond, so most of my academic stuff (philosophy and theatre, mainly, since you ask), as well as the fiction I found early on, is no longer with me.

When reading for pleasure, I'll most often choose science fiction. I also enjoy mainstream literature, science writing, and humour. I recently got back into the comic-book characters I loved in my youth, and added a lot of graphic novels. I don't think of myself as much of a fan of fantasy writing, but there's a fair bit of it in my library -- I guess I do rather like it so long as it's not too stereotypical.

In 2011, I got a Kindle. I'm on my second now, and still ambivalent about it. For books where beautiful binding and illustration matter, it's obviously not a good substitute. For cheap casual reads, it's obviously better. For most books, there's a whole tangle of conflicting preferences, and I'm never sure whether I'm buying the version that I'll wish later that I'd bought. Until I work that out, I'll at least buy DRM-free e-books when I can, and strip the DRM from the rest if possible.

GroupsAmazon's Kindle, Atheism and humanism, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Brits, Bug Collectors, Combiners!, Comics, Group Reads - Sci-Fi, It's a LondonThing, Librarything Localshow all groups

Favorite authorsIain Banks, Bill Bryson, Richard Dawkins, Tibor Fischer, Michael Frayn, Edward Gorey, Peter F. Hamilton, David Malki !, George R. R. Martin, China MiƩville, Charles Palliser, Tim Powers, Alastair Reynolds, Tom Robbins, Spider Robinson, Matt Ruff, Michael Marshall Smith, Neal Stephenson, Charles Stross, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBlackwell Charing Cross Road, Blackwell's Oxford, Daunt Books - Marylebone, Forbidden Planet - London, Foyles, Kenyon College Bookstore, London Review Bookshop, Much Ado Books, Strand Bookstore, Waterstone's Piccadilly

Favorite librariesBritish Library, Kenyon College - Olin and Chalmers Libraries

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Member sinceNov 7, 2007

Currently readingAction Philosophers!: The More-Than-Complete Edition by Fred Van Lente
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Ta for the tip - duly wishlisted. Just back from a nice holiday in north London! Spent 4 days working in Jon & Ali's garden and crashing at theirs. Got plenty of reading done - 2/3 of the way through Great North Road - good stuff, but he does go on, doesn't he?
http://www.librarything.com/topic/83806
Interested?
Hiya. I see that you've done some work on the Callahan's Place series. Have you noticed that there's also a Callahan's series, of which it is a subset? It's tempting to delete the former, but I thought I'd canvass your opinion before contacting jseger9000 who seems to have done a fair bit of work on both.

Elsewhere in the news, we've been joined by abhorrent.
A reminder - Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost, for all your silly sci fi needs. I laughed out loud! No, really. That doesn't usually happen. There are three so far; all are good. Arguably they get better as they go on, actually.
What ever happened to renaissance books crystal palace?
Accidentally had a 2 hour lunch break in the park as I HAD to finish Distress. Blimey, is all I'm saying.
Quite so - he doesn't hold back, does he? I'm sort of pacing myself through his stuff - not so much because I want to make it last, more because there's only so much my poor little brain can take. Currently reading Distress, which is only partly about 3 competing Theories Of Everything. Nuff said.
Let me know how you like Dreamsongs. I'd be interested to know if it's worth buying.

Steven
http://steventill.com
Thanks for the recommendations. I actually haven't heard of any of those except for Fevre Dreams. Dying of the Light sounds a bit familiar. Have you read any of his short story collections in Dreamsongs? I leafed through Volume I or II a while back in a local bookstore.

Steven
http://steventill.com
I haven't read any of his earlier stuff. Are you referring to Fevre Dreams? I've heard good things about that one from others.

Steven
http://steventill.com

Always nice to find other fans of Martin. I still have A Feast for Crows left to read in ASOIF. I'm about half-way through it now. How did you like it?

And of course, you have to love Tolkien. I see you have him listed among your favorites.

Steven
http://steventill.com
Hi,
I see that you entered the Kingsthorpe Bookshop in Northampton on LT Local. I don't know if you are aware of the fact that it is closing at the end of this week.I have noted this in the 'Comments wall'.
Hi;

We're up and rolling on the GEB read at http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=33412
Looking forward to your comments. Jim
I didn't know you had got the GhostMap - they were talking about it on the radio last week and raving about it - Can I borrow it at some point?
Thanks for adding all the libraries for me :)
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