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Reviews51 reviews

TagsWBR (106), Fiction (92), Discworld (49), History (25), (23), Not owned (11), Humour (11), USA (10), Kindle (9), Reacher Crime Fiction (7) — see all tags

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About meI was greatly influenced by my father, he was a lunatic. {:o)

Outdoor walker, wanderer, rock-climber. Known to friends as “Miles away Ray”. (Books always in rucksack)

Servant to a Calico Cat who thinks she knows more about life than anyone. She says you are no-one until a cat or a dog, preferably both, loves you.

I think she reads my books when I am not at home. I now suspect she also uses my laptop.

**That is a lie. I do NOT use your laptop !!**

Every time I return from shopping, books appear like magic and my place is full of them. Then I get lazy about listing them, it's an endless cycle. I guess the only thing to do is to read 'em all.. .. ..

Hounded as a criminal by UK authorities because I do not have TV or TV licence, too busy reading! The BBC are unable to accept that some of us do not watch, do not own and do not want TV.

About my libraryA tapestry, something for every mood. I'm working my way through my bookshelves (and floor) laboriously listing my books. I am about 50% into them but would be more advanced if I would stop reading them, and trying to do the cryptic crossword before the cat does.

** I'm going to scratch him. **

Terry Pratchett comes up biggest in my author cloud. Why? Hmm, well, here is what his Granny says about opera:

"There's your heavy opera where basically people sing in foreign and it goes like oh, oh, oh, I am dying, oh, oh, oh, I am dying, Oh Oh, I am dying, that's what I am doing...dying. Then there is your light opera where they sing in foreign and that goes, beer, beer, beer, beer, I like to drink lots of beer, beer beer, Oh how I love beer, lots of beer. Although sometimes they drink champagne instead.

That's basically all of opera really."


"Britain has been shaped for the better by many
pre-Christian, non-Christian, and post-Christian forces. We are a
plural society with citizens with a range of perspectives, and we
are a largely non-religious society." Terry Pratchett 2014


My ***** System :

^= Thumbsdown...... *= Well worth reading...... **= Better.
***= Really Good. ****= Outstanding. *****= Did I write this?

Most of my ratings are upwards of 3 stars because the majority of my reads are recommended by friends. The odd thumbsdown is usually something I chose for myself, a mistake. Life is too short to waste time reading junk, go with the recommendations. That's my experience but I generously refuse to take all the blame for it.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, BBC Radio 4 Listeners, Brits, BritWit, Frequently Asked Questions, It's a LondonThing, Name that Book, One LibraryThing, One Bookshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Charles Dickens, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett (Shared favorites)

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Real nameLord Lucan.

LocationCornwall, England.

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceSep 1, 2007

Currently readingNanga Parbat Pilgrimage by Hermann Buhl
The Find of a Lifetime: Sir Arthur Evans and the Discovery of Knossos by Sylvia L. Horwitz
Leonardo da Vinci: the Complete Works by Leonardo da Vinci
The Unadulterated Cat (** Well, I think this is worth more than 3 stars.**) by Terry Pratchett

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I've an ol' tabby remarkably similar to that of Mona Lisa's!
Why, it's Huck and Jim, relaxing by the river side! (Huckleberry Finn, the greatest picaresque story since Homer).


Thanks for looking. When I finish the Sharpe series I was going to start the Starbucks civil war series , but I may have to read The Fort first. Thanks for the recommendation.
You read the wrong Rankin! Try "Fleshmarket Close" and if you still dislike Rebus, you can ignore him with a clear conscience.

Incidentally, my cat would like to correct your cat's wording. It's "you're no-one until you love a cat." He wanted to replace "love" with "worship", but I refused. He has no opinion on dog/human relations as they do not affect him.
Lovely cat compared to the woman (Sorry Mr. da V)! Cat looks uncomfortable though.
Aussie for underpants
The very one.
He is better known as John Buchan. 1st Baron Tweedsmuir PC GCMG GCVO CH (26 August 1875 – 11 February 1940) 15th Governor General of Canada since it confederated.

Not a lot of people know that!
I am glad you like the uniform. Do you know the person wearing it?
Hi thanks for the comment. I do that a lot esp. where there are only a few people with a book I have. I like your picture gallery too. I was very tempted by a book christmas tree but.......

Love the cat. Mine is an unhappy sod at the moment, not eating etc but I think he has been fighting and come off worse again. Cant find any wounds tho. He was supposed to stop that when he lost his two veg!

Good to see you like Pratchett. I don't have many. We went to the same secondary school (claim to fame). I love his take on life but only in small doses. I do prefer Douglas Adams tho.

Happy reading!

Hi - I'd logged out; replied now - and seen your comment.
I'm not going to ask how you know that....
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