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About mePrincipal of a Project Management company in Malaysia. Originally from Wakefield in West Yorkshire have been living in Johor Bahru, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur since 1994. Married to Hani with three children: Yasmyne, Kyran and Belle. Love reading and listening to my extensive CD collection usually at the same time.

About my librarySome would call it eclectic I would say it was a real hotch-potch of stuff: "serious" fiction, thrillers (classic yarn merchants such as Ambler, MacLean, Innes and Bagley), westerns, series detectives (especially the scandanavian crowd), history, biography and current affairs. With the exception of Tolkein not too keen on fantasy nor romance literature although of course not averse to the odd sex scene well placed!

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Favorite authorsEric Ambler, Honoré de Balzac, Melvyn Bragg, André Brink, Pearl S. Buck, Andrea Camilleri, Albert Camus, Peter Carey, Charles Dickens, Sebastian Faulks, Robert Goddard, Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy, Paul Krugman, Henning Mankell, W. Somerset Maugham, Rohinton Mistry, Brian Moore, Alice Munro, R. K. Narayan, Jo Nesbø, Sharon Kay Penman, Muriel Spark, Howard Spring, John Steinbeck, Graham Swift, J. R. R. Tolkien, William Trevor, Elie Wiesel, Émile Zola (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingThe Complete Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
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Hi Paul,
I have a little bit of a favour to ask. Me and the lovely gennyt are planning an LT meet-up in Birmingham next month. Would it be OK for me to use your thread as a vehicle to widely disseminate this information? Just a quick plug in the form of a post I'll write is all I require.
Cheers, Hannah.
Hi Paul. You seem to have disappeared; are you stuck in the causeway jam? Hope everything is fine.


You're such a sweetie Paul! They announced the winners just before you submitted your wonderful limerick I think, but I feel like a winner anyway since I have such a great buddy!

xx i.
1213 14th Ave East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
Paul, here's my full response to your kind message.

I'd note that it wasn't your ill-advised attempt to effect a rapprochement between Ilana and me that caused the problem. It was the fact that you didn't, and still don't seem to, see her behavior as a personal attack on me. Not my taste, not my politics, ME.

Left publicly because I've got no reason to hide or disguise anything I say.
Paul, you are such a gentleman in the old-fashioned, totally positive connotation of the word! How you make it around to us all, making totally lovely (if possibly undeserved) personalized compliments to each, is simply amazing to me. I tip my hat to you.

And allow me to congratulate you, only slightly belated, on your nuptial anniversary!
Thanks for the update on your MIL; it seems to be a patchy time for us all for the older generation.

Just checking on your plans for the weekend; are we going to miss each other yet again?

Are you still expecting to come over next weekend? I see Hani & co. have already been and gone.

It's an awfully strong one, isn't it, Paul? He has some other good ones, too, but that one's a knockout.
Hi, Paul.

As I mentioned on your thread, one of the great (and sad) war poems is Randall Jarrell's Death of the Ball Turret Gunner. I didn't think it fit to post it there, so here it is:

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.
Hi Paul!
Thank you so much. I really appreciate your help. This paper is due on Tuesday the 18th. Thank you so much!
Thanks, Paul; very helpful indeed.
Noticed it is Ben Lerner's (author of Leaving the Atocha Station) bday today!
Thank you dear man. ♥
Berryman deserves an advocate, don't you think? Poor sod had all sorts of problems in RL, but he sure could write.
Nice Berryman-inspired poem on Abby's thread, Paul. That's one of the things I like about him - he makes you want to write. Dean Young is another one like that for me.

- Joe
Hi Paul, Just dropped in to say Hello, I hope all is well with you and yours. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? What are you reading now? I'm reading "The Book Thief" "Second Chance Dog" (an ER book) and listening to "Flight Behavior) by Barbara Kingsolver, who reads it as well. I love her writing and her voice when she reads for the audiobook. Sometimes her themes may seem unexciting, but it is her writing that is spectacular. She always uses brilliant metaphors in a world of tired and tattered metaphors. My best to you. Hope I talk with you before the holidays are over! MB
Paul, I need some help from the master of photo posting. I want to post some pix I took of our cruise. But I'm a little handicapped in the area of posting pictures. Where do you put your pictures so that they are accessible to your thread? Do you use one of the online picture services? Or Google Docs? And then can you give me an example of how to put them in my thread?

You'd think after 40 years making my living with computers, I'd find this unspeakably easy, but not so.

Hi Paul....I noticed your comments about louise Penny and Still Life. Please don't let the first one bog you down from diving into and enjoying a really great series. Still Life (like many 1st in a series) is the weakest, and IMHO not something that should turn you off the following episodes. If it doesn't click this second time around, just try to get a picture of the main characters and proceed on. I found that it was actually only after reading about 3 or 4 that I truly appreciacted the first when I went back.

Hope you enjoy them as much as the rest of us who are dyed in the wool fans.
Tina (aka Tutu)
Hi Paul, just taken a look at your profile after your comment on my 75 book challenge thread. You have some beautiful photographs and some great books. :-)
Hi Paul,

I see you have got many of Bernard Cornwell's 'Sharpe' series in your library, and was wondering - as I only recently took the plunge and added the first (chronologically) of that series to my wishlist, and then today bought a local library discard - 'Sharpe's Company' - do you have any recommendation for a reading order for the series? By order of publication, or in their chronological order? Does it matter - do they all work just as well in random sequence?

Hope all is well with you and yours,

Paul - we arrive in KL Thursday 25th pm and leave Sunday am. Let me know if you are able to meet up at any of these times as that would be great. We are staying in the Shangri-La Hotel - a bit of luxury at the end of the holiday hopefully (some of our other places are rather less luxurious).
here's the link to McLachlan's paintings.

hey, Paul. i'm listening to Beth Hart and Joe B doing "Sinner's Prayer." if you ended up enjoying Bonamassa, check out the live version of Hart and Bonamassa. the sound is much, much better off the album, of course, but it's still dangerous blues! watching Beth Hart doesn't do a lot for me, but i like her work.

hope all's well with you and yours. :)

Hi Paul,

I just wanted you not to miss this post so I put it here. I guess working on my threads on LT late at night is not working out too well for me because I screwed up so many times! But I also learned a few things about how mistakes can be fixed and by whom so it probably worked out as a life lesson.Anyway, I should only have one thread as Jeremy was kind enough to get rid of the extraneous thread for me.I also caught on to my blunder made by ever thinking I could read 169 books this year. I have fixed everything within my threads so they should be easier to follow now. I am working on getting some pictures on my threads but I am having no success taking them from the Internet. Maybe I will have more success when I download my pictures from my phone. I have been very busy the last few days so I am spending today with LT after cleaning the kitchen, taking the dogs out and cleaning the office, oh, I'll throw supper together in there somewhere too. Can't complain though, DOH (dear old husband) came home last night after a hard day's work to me wrapped up in a quilt on the couch,all the dogs sleeping beside me, and proceeded to make me a supper plate, rice and eye round, leftovers, but just the same, what a guy! See you soon via LT, Mary Beth
If you may?! What a daft thing to say. I'm certainly not going to complain about any book being so generously given to me!!

I've just scrolled through and updated the few things it was throwing up that I already own or have read but hadn't put in my library.

Thank yo so much again.
Hi Paul,

I just wanted to let you know that your book arrived safely a day before we left for our holiday. I haven't been on the net for the past two weeks but am home again now and wanted to say thank you, I hope you and your family had a great holiday season, and I am really enjoying the book!

Popping in to wish you a belated Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year!! You are a wonderful presence here in LT. Thank you so much! Big Hugs.
Hi Paul! A new year is dawning, and I was just wondering about something that was discussed on my 75 thread a while ago. Are you going to be reading The Brothers Karamasov this year? If so, did you want to do a joint read of The Brothers Karamasov? :D I was so wowed by Crime and Punishment that I cannot wait to dig into some more Dostoevsky, and I would love to discuss it more deeply.

Hope this comment isn't a bother!
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This is so cool! I wish my local farmer's market was this size!
Hi there!

Great selection but the choice was easy, my eye went directly to The Woman in White as I've wanted to read this for a very long time. Thank you so much, I shall watch my letterbox with growing anticipation. I hope your selection will be just as exciting when it arrives. Great christmas idea this!

It's been ordered. A great choice, I read the books last year and saw the movies a few years ago. And I get to keep my own copy of the book!
Sorry, wrong link.

Please post here, too :



Hi, Paul,

Thanks for adding your name to the Location Wiki. Could you please also post here :

And to put your username link on the wiki (which I can't do for you - it would just add mine), just use three squiggles: ~~~ (by themselves) and it should create it automatically.


Hi Paul, are you interested in doing a Christmas book swap? Amongst NZ, Aus, and SE Asian dwellers from the 75 group.
My idea is for names to be drawn out of who is interested and whoever is designated the giver, makes a list of 10 books they are willing to part with, and the receiver picks the one most to their liking. All done through private messaging once I have drawn and allocated the people involved.
Me (megan)
Cushla (cushlareads)
Lisa (KiwiFlowa)
Alex (roundballnz)
Leonie (kiwinyx)
Kerry (Avatiakh)
Prue (PrueGallagher)
OK, now I need help. Who else have we got out there in the region?
Hi Paul- You are right sir! That was tough. I would not have got it. You the man!

Paul, thought you should know the package hasn't arrived. I'm not concerned with the delivery (surprisingly enough! LOL), but if it's been sent then there is a problem.

Bless you and thank you for your care.

Paul, Thanks for taking the time to list those for me as it gives me a place to start. I saw Mankell on a dvd talking about Wallender and in addition to loving Kenneth Branagh's portrayal of him, what Mankell had to say about writing the books and his obvious consideration for making them ring true as a character study and not just action made me want to read them. I think also, in regard to some American authors, they lack that the detective is tied to the case in ways that extend beyond the job, without being maudlin. Does that make sense? I really haven't read enough detective novels to make a case but have become more interested in them over the past year. Tell me what you think of "The Swan Thieves" it's on my TBR. I'll see you on the posts! I should be doing several reviews over the next few days to catch up. I'm working on getting a distinctive voice in my reviews so as not to blend in with the many that we all read. I don't think I'm anywhere near that yet. I can write a decent review,yes, but I am striving for more. There are a few people on here who do a great job,IMHO. Richard, for one, and a girl who goes by Dead White Guys, I think. Very distinctive voices. Anyhoo, have a great weekend:-) MB
Hi Paul, I spent a good part of the day reading your 200-odd posts on your 75 book challenge page. You referred to scandinavian detective books, and again here. Can you tell me who you favor? I definitely like detective stories, and those written by Henning Mankell, Steigg Larsen and a few names I can't remember right now really stand out. I am actually acquainted with Wallander from the television series and have 4 TBR's by Mankell. I know Mankell is Swedish, and I think Larsson also. I actually just found a site that had a list of Scandinavian authors, but I would still appreciate your opinion on who you enjoy most. Also, what is it that sets them apart from American writers of detective books? Thanks for any help you can give me:-) Mary Beth
Paul -- I'm checking with my gal too. I find it impossible to believe she didn't tell me it arrived, but anything's possible -- right? I'll let you know what I hear.

Thank you so much. Yesterday I didn't see how we could continue.. not enough of anything (people, resources, etc.) And today, we have one more person (a highly effective one too) and a new gift. God is good.

Bless you.
An LT Decameron? Now there's a thought....I must confess that I always thought I ended up a journalist simply because I am such a nosy cow! Other people's lives just fascinate the hell out of me. My view is there is no such thing as a boring person - or life - one just hasn't asked the right question.
Happy birthday to her, and best of luck.
Hi, Paul. Is it this week your mum finds out (finally) how things are going?
Snap, Paul! I just ordered 'The Women's Decameron' from Abe Books..
Hi Paul, I see you just added Lord of Misrule - I've wanted to read that since I read a very positive review from Michael Dirda when it came out. Do let me know what you think of it. :)
Have I told you that I appreciate the kind, loving soul you are?

What a wonderful presence you are on LT!

Thanks for your outreach. It means a lot!

In appreciation,

I'll be sure to let you know! :)
"Romania always conjures up romantically gothic images to my bookish sensibiities but I bet the realities were quite different?"

I'd say "incomplete" rather than wrong. It's amazing... the countryside is beautiful, the folks generous, the food fabulous (helps if you like polenta, tomatoes, onions and red peppers (not hot)). We took one of our vacations in Romania while there and were consistently amazed at the beauty... natural and man-made.

If you ever find yourself on the way there, give me a shout and I'll send you some links :)
Great! I'll send you a small version when it's done and then, if you like it enough to want to print it out, I can send you a high resolution version.

There's the American Library in Paris, but Paris, while close enough (1.5 hrs) just not easily accessible. The train's 20 euros, the husband commutes every day (happily this side of Paris so 1 1/4 hours if all goes well), but if I go with him I not only have to be up at 5:30 with him (if I was asleep!), but then have to stay the full day.

I'm sooo glad I'm a re-reader!! That helps. And The Book Depository helps too. I envy you as I read your lists of books purchased at lunch! Are they cheap? Piyush gets them for so little in India. I'd still rather have a library! LOL

I did find a library in the States that would sell me a membership so I could use their ebooks. But since our move back to France (we were in Romania for 4 yrs), I've been reunited with the lion's share of my own library and have been enjoying my old friends.

I bet you miss your family... Bon courage ! And I'm so pleased you're happy where you are -- that's the important thing :) Blessings!
Hi Paul, just having a browse around a few threads and came across Prue Gallagher's and your messages to her so i had a look at your profile and surprise surprise found that you are originally from Wakefield, so am i, originally living in Sharlston for the first 21 years of my life and then got married to Karen and moved to Walton and am still here two kids and a granddaughter later. I must say that i have seen your various posts and enjoy them very much.
Hi, Paul. Thanks for the "interesting libraries" tag. Right back atcha! I see we share 270 books. That's a lot out of your 8,000, I'd say. All the best from Northern California. -- Jerry
As you probably figured, Mamie got it immediately. She is a movie-answering machine and she loves books too! Hey, you got it too. That wasn't an easy one. I just started Zoo Station and I'm liking it.
I was in Kansas that weekend. The tornado managed to hit the industrialized area right around the Boeing plants and the Air Force Base. The papers said that there was lots of damage to hangers and repair shops associated with those two installations. The good thing about tornadoes in Kansas, unlike here in Alabama, is that when they do appear they are unlikely to hit anything of value due to the sparse population out there. Kansas is a state with twice the area of Alabama and half the population. I laugh and told people that I lived most of my life in Kansas and never saw a tornado. I have now lived in Alabama a long time and have never seen a tornado. Tuscaloosa had a bad one a year ago on April 27, 2011 that really tore up the town. Fortunately for me, it went four blocks west of where I live so all I had at my apartment complex was tree damage.
I don't have my own thread. I have enough trouble just keeping up with others and adding comments in when appropriate. (And sometimes when not.) I do have a thread on the BOMBS list. This is where I keep track of books off my shelf. It is where I also post reviews. I don't expect comments. It is just a way for me to keep track of how many books I have managed to get off and out of the apartment. When I joined LT I didn't think I would participate in the chat stuff. I wanted a way to keep track of my books. However, as I got more comfortable and familiar with it I started reading and posting. Now it is something I do almost daily. I don't have a computer at home, and that is the way I want it, for now, at least, so only take a small amount of time at work to post and enter books. I do like the idea of people from all over the world who like books gathering in one virtual space to talk about them, but other than that, I am not much of a computer geek. I get enough of that at work.

Speaking of work, I work at McLure Education Library at the University of Alabama. However, I am not from Alabama. I am from Kansas and lived most of my life there, and that is where my heart is. Unfortunately, my job isn't. Being a flatlander, I am somewhat a fish out of water here in the American South, but after almost twenty years here I am getting accustomed to it.

Nice to know I have a friend in Kuala Lumpur. Someday I want to see that city. And Singapore.
Hi Paul,
Eeek, such a shortened trip itinerary!
Here's an from Chch via a night or 2 on the West Coast (Fox or Franz Josef Glacier) to Queenstown. 2 or 3 nights there (hits the beautiful scenery asap and gets you to Queenstown in time for amazing autumn colours on trees) and then fly to Auckland, hire another car and drive south stopping at will, dump car in Wellington, ferry between islands to Picton, train to Kaikoura for a night, then train again back to Chch. Easy, no?

Keen for meetup at end of week. Friday morning (1030-130), or saturday any time during the day. Pm me your mobile number if that is how we can get in contact closer to the time.

Hi Paul,
Here is that accommodation list (copied from her email to me so excuse the colloquial nature of it). Hope it helps, now you just need about 10 uninterrupted hours to research. Let me know if I can help with anything that cant be done via the internet.

ChCh - Copthorne Commodore Hotel is nice and has family units - on Memorial Ave towards airport. De Lago on Papanui Road near Merivale is good motel although maybe noisier. Lorenzo on Riccarton Road has good reviews on Trip Advisor if they want to be near the Mall and all that.

Tekapo - Peppers Blue Water family apartment perhaps higher end but really nice - avoid Godley.

Queenstown - Amity lodge (or something like that?). We often use Copthorne Lakefront and lower end Bella Vista standard motel but good location. Obviously there are HEAPS of options there.

Wanaka - something special is to stay on Lake Hawea at Glen Dene Station or actually you could suggest an overnight farm stay at Dunstan Downs!* I can check with mum and dad about motels but Edgewater would be good if have a good deal.

Nelson - Century Park Motor Lodge (won top 20 People's Choice in the WORLD few weeks ago!!!) It's in the main hub I think - perhaps Beachcomber if they want to be near Tahuna Beach?

Kaikoura - The Waves Apartments (on the Esplanade) has great views, just across from beach and is modern. The honeymooners I just sent there said it was best accom in NZ on their whole trip!

Wellington - Copthorne Oriental Bay? Fairly standard hotel but nice sea views. Or Trinity Hotel close to all the action. Plenty of options here.

*Dunstan Downs is a high country sheep station located off the main road between Tekapo and Queenstown. It's run by family friends of mine, and they have a bed and breakfast thing at the homestead plus stays up at the mustering huts in very rustic conditions. SWMBO might not be too keen on that though :)
Hi Paul --

I had a great time reading through your threads last night -- well, except for my concern over Bambi!

Please don't feel obligated to visit my thread, although you are certainly welcome. My 75 thread can be found here. My thread is a quiet one; I have a few regular visitors with whom I share similar reading habits, mostly mysteries and SF&F.

I'm looking forward to following you thread!

She Who Must Be Obeyed...LOL! That is very funny. And, of course, I can tell you are an intelligent man who understands the incredible truth of this title. : )
Hi Paul--Just gotta ask...what does SWMBO stand for? Dying to know!
Welcome to LibraryThing, PaulCranswick...
As you can tell Im very excited for you about your trip here. Im living vicariously through you as would love to be planning my own trip.

I have only done the Trans-alpine trip (Chch- Greymouth) it has great mountain scenery and some cool big bridges and a few tunnels with one looong one. The Coastal Pacific trip also has dramatic scenery along the coast with lots of short tunnels. (There is also a North Island trip too called the Overlander, my partner has done it and doesnt recommend it based on the scenery and amount of stops/delays.)

Id say do the Alpine one over the coastal, as the road that you'd drive between chch-Kaikoura follows the train lines a lot of the way so you can get great enough views driving- plus you can stop when you want in the car and look at seals etc. You could even do it one way and pick up a hire car in Greymouth? Saves having the car and not using it while you're travelling by train.

Hope this helps.
Hi Paul...Im working on my friend to get me a list of reasonable hotel/motels (in the South Island anyway) to forward you for your trip. She does this for a living (arranging travel plans) so should be a reliable source!

Another thought - the trans alpine/ trans coastal railway trips are great trips scenery-wise and both depart Christchurch (can be done as day trips or as one way to either Greymouth or Kaikoura/Picton). Check out their website for inspiration. as if you need more to do :)

Hi Paul- Once again, thanks for your very kind words. I am looking forward to sharing another full year of LT with you guys. Enjoy your evening!

Hi Paul! I'm slowly catching up on posts (was away over the weekend with limited internet access), and I noticed several days ago that you wanted my reading thread:

I'm over in the 100 book groups, which is why I can be hard to find for you 75ers. :)

It'd be lovely to have you pop in at some stage.

Now, I've got ~200 posts on your threads to read! Might take me a while... :)
Might pay to book early for car/passenger places on ferry to Nth Island and back as your trip covers both the Easter long weekend and two weeks of school holidays. Its simple enough to do online, just google "interislander ferry". (Other option is to fly Queenstown- Auckland/Wellington and grab another rental from there.)

Must see places for South Island are:
Christchurch's crumbled city centre (day trips aplenty from here too, Hanmer Hot Springs, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula....)
Tekapo (has hot pools too, walk to top of Mt John, clearest skies in NZ for star gazing, have to go nearly past Mt Cook Nzs highest mountain to get here)
Queenstown/Arrowtown/Wanaka (beautiful mountains, seriously amazing Autumn colours which you'll be just in time for, heaps to do for kids in these places, gondola, jet boating etc)
Milford Sound (maybe, is a long drive in and out but is very beautiful)
West Coast- Glaciers at Fox and Franz Josef Glacier (has hot pools too), great driving through rainforest
Sunny Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park for nice beaches and native bush.
kaikoura (whale watching, dolphins)

Just some ideas, happy planning!
Hi Paul,
Im keen to find out more about your upcoming trip to NZ, and to try and make sure you dont miss out on any good bits.
Are you using a rental car to drive the whole trip or are you flying between some centres? Where are you flying out from and how many days are you spending in each Island? Thats all the questions I have....for now anyway :)
PM me your vague plans and I'll message you back a must see list!
Paul, you are such a card! So much fun! I know perfectly well that you'd never give Hani the slip!;) You love her and your three lovely children far too much - I can tell!



Just a quick message to thank you for your outreach! It means a lot.

Wow, I'm surprised at how quickly it got to you—clear across the other side of the planet! Glad you enjoyed.


Honored to be your friend, Paul!
btw, your gallery pictures are fantastic!
Beautiful family.... :D
Happy New Year, Paul!
Hello Paul,
Thanks for the Christmas message. Ha,so you have heard of us and our lousy football team ! The Northampton lighthouse is also famous. (work that one out)
May I send return Christmas greetings to you and you family. Have a good New Year also,
All the best.
Peter (and family)
Hi Paul,

Thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries. I see we have many books in common so I've done the same. I don't think I'm going to make 75 books this year. I'm reading #72 right now and will have very little reading time the next few days but, at any rate, this is the most books I've read in any year previously and I expect that number will climb precipitously now that I'm fully retired and not busy planning a wedding;-) It's all good.

I really enjoy your pithy comments on the threads and I loved looking at your member gallery. You have a lovely family.

Take care,
Hi Paul, thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list - we share a lot of books! I sent you a friends request because I read your thread daily on 75books and 12-in-12. My goal for 2012 is to delurk a bit more :) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Hi Paul, about to faint with fatigue, but just wanted to let you know your friend Antoine called me this evening and said he'd come tomorrow evening to deliver the book to me. He seems to think I'm very clever for having guessed it was a book to begin with. You obviously didn't tell him how we came to know each other! :-)


No worries, Paul. I genuflect in awe at your supreme organisational skills. I'm honoured to be included in one of your spreadsheets. ;-)

Thank you for including me in your " interesting librairies"list- I have done some good reading since I retired from teaching!
Hello Paul,
Many thanks for your kind post and for the 'friends' request,which as you see I have accepted gladly.
We seem to share quite a few of the same authors on our favorites list,and indeed share a quite remarkable number of books (1333)
I am reading at the moment a Jeffery Deaver 'Snakehead' which is rather exciting. I do try to read a fictional crime or spy novel and at the same time a non-fiction such as 'The Invention of Murder' by Judith Flanders.
We live in the English Midlands on the outskirts of Northampton (never heard of it he says) Nothing like as spectacular as your location,but not at all bad. Quite historical in fact.
I will enjoy browsing your collection in due course and will be in touch anon.
With best wishes to you and to your family.
Hello Paul,

Thank you for your reply. I live in Shoeburyness in the Borough of Southend-on-Sea.

I worked in the City until I retired at the end of September 2011. Loving being retired as I can pursue my creative activities, which I have always wanted to do, but I didn't fancy being a starving author with a wife and three children to support!

I have now written five books and I am sure there will be a few more!
I have only published The Confession of Sandy Harris so far, but I am in process of reviewing and revising my first written book, The Book Traveller. It was Linda (Whisper1) who first instigated my writing.

You can read sample chapters of my books on my website:

See you on the 75 threads.

Hello Paul,

I am a fellow Brit. I went to Kuala Lumpur a few years ago for my company. Thankfully, I am now retired and have started to publish my books. My recent book [The Confession of Sandy Harris] was thought by two of my readers to be rather explicit. But as it is a story about sexual predation it would be!

Hoping you are enjoying your time in Malaysia?

Hi Paul, thanks for selecting me as an interesting library. I see that you are on TIOLI. Been off of LT for a few months but looking forward to joining back in.
Happy Thanksgiving Paul. I'm thankful that you are a part of the 75 challenge group. Thank you for your frequent visits to my thread and thank you for your wonderful reviews posted on your thread.


Paul, I am soooooooooooo lame! I've searched and sought, and come up empty. Could you send me a link to your current thread? All I can find is the "12 in 12" Challenge thread.

Thanks--and say "hello" to She Who Must Be Obeyed. She looks charming in her pics.

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Good friends, good food (Krabi Aug 11) Cheryl Jones, John Jones, PC, Maao San, Mazita, SHE-WHO-MUST-BE-OBEYED, Marina Coppey, Augustin Coppey
Paul, I lurk on your thread all the time! Also, I am an "exile", too, an American now in London for nearly 35 years.
Hi, Paul, thanks for adding me as interesting library. I see you are also in my "most books in common" list, although I'm not in yours. I'll have to add some more of yours to mine!
Wow, thanks for adding my library to those you find interesting, Paul. It's only with the help of LT recommendations that my library has become the least bit inteesting.
It's been nice to see you popping into threads lately, now I'll need to check out your thread.
I'm so discombobulated I didn't answer yr. question about the harp -- I play Irish music mainly and since it is the celtic harp I'm a harper not a harpist. Heaven knows why, but that is the distinction. Check out Grainne Hambly on YouTube to get some idea of why I love it so. Lucy
Oh look! there you are :) I see your posts all over..
but have been too lackadaisical to look you up. Thanks for adding
my library, and back at you !
Chiming in with thanks for being considered "interesting." We certainly have an interesting mix in common. I'm enjoying your activity on the 75 thread now that I've found you!
Hey Paul,
Thanks for marking me as having an interesting library. We do seem to have some similar interests. I look forward to seeing what you are reading.
Hi Paul
I feel honored to be marked as an interesting library. We share a few books, some favorite authors (well, I am too lazy to list them) and the name. I must confess that I never stopped in Wakefield on my way to or from Scotland, nor have I been to Singapore or Malaysia.
Greetings Paul. Am flattered you found my library interesting. And how odd - you and I also have 379 books in common. What are the odds of that happening two messages in a row.
Hey there, Paul. Thanks for adding me to your interesting library list. I see we share 379 books. It would probably be many more than that if I ever approach the size of your library.

I had fun nodding and smiling through your Best 100 list. I've read and enjoyed 34 of those books and plan to look into the few titles that I wasn't familiar with. The majority is on my TBR list. With all the recommendations I get on LT, I'll never run out of good books to read!

Happy reading,
Paul, I'm glad you marked my library as an interesting one. Thanks.
Hi Paul,

I will certainly visit your site. Yes, it is very easy to buy English language books here in the Hague, or to order them via a bookseller (for your Dutch friends: the one with the lowest prices is Van Stockum). I prefer original English versions, but there are moments that I am lazy or in a hurry. And there are also a few books that I like to have in both languages, like for instance recently Edmund de Waal: The hare with the amber eyes / De haas met de amberkleurige ogen. Or, longer ago: Diarmaid McCullough: Reformation / De reformatie. And of course all that is available in Dutch too by that great travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. I’m an eclectic too, with a craving for history and good story telling.
Thanks for adding.
Hi Paul- Yep, we might as well go all the way! LOL. I can't believe that Linda shares 1300 books with you,that's more than I have in my LT library! Wow!
I do not make it into the city very often but I will look up the "Spire".
BTW- I was looking at your Profile photos. You have a great looking family!

Hi Paul- We share 350 books? Wow, that's got to be a record! Very cool!


p.s. did you ever start "the Guards"?
I own a Nook. This is an electronic reading device sold exclusively by Barnes & Noble. It is the basically the same thing as a Kindle - the electronic reader sold by Amazon. The reason why this collection is dominated by spy novels is that B&N lets you read for one hour a day for free while you are in their store. I live only about four blocks from a B&N so go there about twice a week - buy a large cup of coffee (usually a hazelnut cappuccino)and read a novel for free. I figure that B&N uses that knowledge to target me and then send me e-mails telling me what I should buy next. In effect, they are spying on me. In turn, I figure that I will only read spy novels for free for that reason. Weird, I know, but I like to think that I am taking advantage of them and tweaking their nose at the same time. Hence, that reading list is heavily waited towards spy novels. I have deviated from that rule when I simply couldn't get into spy novels. A problem that has been happening much of late. It seems that my Nook has blown a gasket, or something. I have had it at the Nook help desk at the store all of last weekend and now this morning.

On Wed. morning I work out at the gym early in the day and that is where I read "Jane Eyre." Today I couldn't open that book, so I finally got irritated - took the Nook to the store and said "fix it, or get me a new one!" As we speak they are still working on it. I probably will end up with a new device - or machine, as I call it. But we will see what happens this weekend.

I figure that I am not really reading the book for free as I purchase a 4 -5 dollar coffee drink every time I go to read for one hour, so I probably pay much more in coffee than I would if I would just buy the book and read it whenever I wanted to do so.

I don't usually read just spy novels or mysteries. It just seems that this year the trend has been in that direction. Some years I don't read any mysteries, and one year I read lots of fantasy. I am not sure what genre I like the best. I seem to just like to read. Some people like to have the books. I just like the content. I love the stories so it doesn't matter to me what format they are in. I just want to read them.

I am not from Alabama. I don't really like Alabama. I just work here and go back to Kansas whenever I can do so.
I was amazed when I looked at the numbers in your library. I thought I had a big library, but mine is small compared to yours. Of course I live in a small apartment and that limits the number of books I can keep in the place. It suffices to say that I make wide use of the local library - and of the library in which I work.

I was interested when your comments started showing up in LT because we don't get that many people from other places participating in the discussions. Malaysia is a long way from Alabama. Glad to have you around and keep posting those pithy comments.
Hi Paul--I wanted to leave a belated thank you for adding my library to your interesting library list. I'm honored.

I've been following your thread with interest, even though I mostly lurk. I see you live in Malaysia. My parents lived in Singapore in the late 1960's/early 1970's. I was in college in the US, but I spent two long summers, as well as 2 month-long Christmas breaks in Singapore, and I did some traveling in Malaysia, including KL. I'm sure it's all very different now. I was there just a few years after the Chinese/Malaysian riots. I hope to get back someday.


Paul That is wonderful news about your father! so glad to hear it. Oh, hubby isn't going with me on holidays - bad time for him to get away from work...I'm flying solo on this trip!
Oh and I forgot to add hopw much I enjoy seeing all the pics of your family - what a gorgeous group!
Thanks for the comments on the farm pics, is a beautiful place to be (especially when we have had a good winter - that lovely green won't last much longer though...Melbourne is a 3 1/2 hour drive or train journey from Warrnambool. So, a weekend is always possible - but not an option in terms of finding someone to care for mum. I do get a few hours respite during the week and on Saturday mornings (which I really appreciate) but all day and overnight care just eats into the budget. Mum is on a government-funded care package that provides a certain amount of money allocated to certain services over the course of a year, so I have to be careful!
Bad luck today, though as a Scotsman can't honestly say I am crying into my beer!! lol. You should be on TV, your analysis was spot on. Looking forward now to see who can get through from the big 3 southern hemisphere teams and to supporting the Welsh boys.
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where was this again, Paul?
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where is it Paul?
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Hani and I in Thornes Park, Wakefield
Now you are a pro at TIOLI!
Hi Paul, I just checked and you've done it perfectly - except we tend to enter them alphabetically unless otherwise noted. So in Challenge #1 - Of Mice and Men should be listed after #23 The Mill and the Floss. We usually disregard "The" and "A" and "An". In Challenge #2 - Room should be listed under #20 and it will be considered a joint read. You don't have to worry about the little asterik (*), you can either add it or Madeline will add it later. It is used to denote a joint read.
Hi Paul, I only wish I was as much a reader of books as a buyer of books!! Yes I am or was a rugby man being from hawick it is almost obligatory especially when the late great Bill McLaren was your teacher. I was at one time fairly fast but also fairly rubbish so they stuck me out on the wing!! Looking forward to the big bame this Sat? lol
Thanks for inviting me to the group devoted to reading Nobel winners for a month. My reading is much too opportunistic for me to commit to that, but it's a good reminder that I should think about trying some Nobel winners who are unfamiliar to me. Rebecca
Hi, Paul. Am I completely delusional, or did we discuss perhaps reading Nobel Winners in October? Or November, giving October over to Halloween reads?
Hi Paul, thanks for the info on Centara Resort. Yes, it is a little far for a weekend trek. But it sure is beautiful!
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Oh, how do I get there? Can I leave right now?
I didn't realize you read my thread, you lurker you! :-)
I am insanely jealous!
3,245!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3245!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Legend, LEGEND.
Look forward to the Bainbridge review, Paul - and appreciate the Tyler vote. I think I have read 'The Dressmaker' but nothing else by Beryl...
So many additions since I last looked at your library, Paul! So many authors (from 1000 Authors) that I have never even heard of! I was interested to see you have added 'My Brilliant Career' - a sentimental favourite of mine and a beautiful movie...I have never heard of Julia Glass - I am assuming she is British? (as she hasn't popped up on any of the US LT threads)...
Bit of a fan of M.Zola myself - must read Andre Gide. At one time I owned a copy of 'Straight is the Gate' but I fear my mother purged it at some time (it pays NOT to go overseas if one expects to maintain a bo0ok collection)
Ooohhh and I see a few new additions to the library, if I'm not mistaken...When you get to it, will be very interested to hear what you think of Andre Gide...
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Now if only the crowds weren't quite as thick! jeez - isn't Thailand just like paradise...
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wow! That's gorgeous!! big sigh.
Agreeing with Prue about August August and the Series and Serials September. Just ordered a few firsts in some of the series you mentioned over in Prue's thread. Your list pulled me over to the dark side right away...not that I put up much of a fight!
wow Paul - love your plans for August August and Series and Serials September..Which Bainbridge are you thinking of? 15 in August - my eyes are straining at the thought! Thanks for starting the tread - can't believe it is almost August!! yikes!!
Thanks for the invite, Paul. I'm in : ).
Dear Paul - John Cheever the male Ann Tyler - could well be! must raise him up the TBR pile!
Hey Paul - currently reading another crime book from the Shelves of Shame (well, ok, it's a new one - but the last acquisition for a while, honest guv)called A Cold Day in Paradise - it won Edgar and Seamus (Shamus?) awards for best debut novel. It is really good in that hard-boiled cop-turned-PI kind of way. So, yeah, nothing terribly original in the set-up, but very well written....Quite getting into this crime thing again!

Ooohhh I see you have added the two Wapshot books - they are on my SoS too...if you get to them first, I shall be interested to know your thoughts.
Hi Paul : ). Had to chuckle at my "ringing endorsement" of Verghese. Yes - I am afraid I am once again a fishing swimming upstream in completely missing the appeal of Cutting for Stone. I had the same experience earlier this year with Middlesex. In any case, I'll be interested to hear what you think of Verghese when he makes the top of your pile!

We do have a lot of wonderful books in common. I am adding to my wishlist right now your recommendations of A Fine Balance and Child 44. And thank you for the recs on Karen Fossum and Hakan Nesser to round out my Scandinavian adventures : ).

Somehow I am not surprised that music tastes should coincide! I omitted Midnight Oil, REM, Santana, Leonard Cohen, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Billie Holliday, Doris Day (yes, love the DD), Rufus Wainwright, Holly Cole, Beach Boys, Talking Heads, Carly Simon....on and on. Michael Feinstein is a very, very fine interpreter of Gershwin songs - if you like Nilssen, I suspect you will love Feinstein. Sufjan Stevens kind of defies description - but worth checking out. He is, I think, a musical freak.
Hello Paul - enjoyed looking at your list of music favorites - we share quite a few. My list looks something like this (though not as orderly!): AC/DC (it's a long story!)Armatrading, Beatles, Bowie; Cash (but only the American Recordings; Nick Cave; Dylan; Marianne Faithful; Joni Mitchell; Norah Jones; Stones; Springsteen; Paul Simon; Nilssen; Sinatra; Michael Feinstein; Savage Garden; Crowded House; Queen; George Michael; Michael Jackson (now that he's dead, I think it is ok to enjoy the music again); Tom Waits (love, love, love); Kinks; Sufjan Stevens; Clapton; Van the Man Morrison; The Band; k d Lang; Eurythmics; Pretenders; Neil Young; Simply Red; Moby; Dire Straits; and on and on...In classics, I love classical guitar (especially Villa Lobos), huge fan of Callas (the tenors, not so much); Ravel; Beethoven; Mozart, Dvorak; Vivaldi; Gershwin....

Have to get back to you on the interests question!
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No room for a lounge chair and reading lamp! lol
Paul! O. M. G. That huge thud you heard was the noise of my jaw dropping suddenly to the ground at the sight of your library. WOW! Amazing! Love the stacks! Especially the stacks on the table - I have a coffee table like that here, groaning under the weight of big art and cookbooks! It looks quite organised and I like tyour purist approach to just having books on shelves (and no little dust-catchers). The shelves look GREAT. What a great space! I have shelf envy! I covet your niche. *wipes drool* Sigh.
Hello Paul - love to see the photos of your chaos!

As for Book Depository - I have found it to be faultless in terms of service. It is not a great site for browsing - it helps to know what book you are looking for, or what author...There is a wish-list facility and other Amazon type things - if a book is out of print it directs you to second hand supplier, Abe Books.

The books arrive by airmail, usually within seven to ten days. I have never had a book go astray and I have always received every book. Never had a problem of any kind. I recommend it heartily. Happy hunting!
Whoa, Paul! Some very impressive and heavy-weight non-fiction additions lately! Think I might give 'Principles of the law of contract in Malaysia' a bit of a miss - though I can see the appeal for you. You are certainly building a well-rounded library. Don't think you will be finding many sporting biographies or related volumes on my shelves any time soon though. Always a pleasure to come see what you have added...cheers Prue
A bit of 'on the ground' information would be so very welcome, Paul! Thanks so much!
Hi Paul. Thanks so much for the friend invite, I see we have almost 500 books in common so I guess that tells me you are a bookaholic like me, I also have a special fondness for mystery/crime novels and I am following so many series that I have a hard time keeping them all straight! I know we have crossed paths on the 75 Challenge, mostly on Prue's thread, I will have to track your thread down as well.

I sympathise with Hani! Hate the cold...
Sounds like you have carved out a wonderful way of living, Paul. And you live in a WARM country - it has been freezing here of late and this old house is not heated, and it's draughty, and I am sitting here with four layers of clothing on. So cold!
Do you work from home, also, Paul? Is your neighbourhood residential or urban? Apartment or house? (Nosey nosey, I am hopelessly endlessly curious about other lifestyles in other countries).
Loved the little tale of family food dynamics you left on my profile, Paul! I go to Nigella for watching (and definitely for sweet things and baking). Probably a bit over Jamie now and I think he is really more of a food 'arranger' than a chef. But unlike some cooks, at least when you cook his recipes it looks like the picture! And I have got to admire what he has achieved and his passion. (I admire Nigella for her lascivious gluttony and food porn). I also really enjoy READING her books...I like her tone.

I imagine that food-wise KL would certainly take some beating. Sigh. Food envy.
Ah, food and the allure of cookbooks! Best thing about being about switching to a gluten-free diet is the opportunity for more cookbook purchases! My favourite cuisine to dine out for is Japanese. At home I love Thai foods (especially Thai beef salad and pad thai-style dishes) and I love Italian food (not quite the same with gluten free pasta, but what is available is improving!). Can't say I have much interest in French-stle cooking (at least, not the traditional sauce-based dishes). LOVE middle-eastern food - all that dipping and gazing and little bits of this and that. And I was a very happy chappie in India! (I like it spicy!) In my immediate Melbourne neighbourhood - and I imagine it is similar in KL - we have loads of restaurants - Japanese, Thai, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Hungarian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, Korean. All in walking distance. I am amazed to note that even here in Warrnambool, I can buy a wide range of chinese/Asian vegetables and even fresh Durian.

I can see you have both Nigella and Jamie - preference?
Hey Paul! See you just added a bunch of Jeeves - I have the first Jeeves Omnibus and read one of the books there-in - in my mind (shock! horror!0 I figured I would leave the rest for some other time when I wanted pure escapism. I received a whole bundle from BD yesterday - mixed bag and not the ones I was particularly looking for, but I think 'The Forsyte Saga' is one I might move to the bedside.
Hello Paul - we went to Angkor Wat last year as part of a holiday in Thailand. Can't speak for Pnomh Penh, but absolutely fell in love with Siem Reap! Fantastic destination - great food, great hotels and Angkor Wat. sigh. Nope it was Laos and Vietnam I was thinking of. Though Malaysia is tempting! My brother and girlfriend have been there twice and just rave about it! (And I love Malaysian food - love all Asian food!). So who knows?
Hey Paul - about the new Shriver - I enjoyed her Post-Birthday Worlld - rude cow or not!
Hello Paul - I see you have added an Insight Guide to Laos and Cambodia...have you been to Laos? Vietnam? I am planning to go there in October this year, but I will only have 2 weeks - any suggestions? (I have read that travel within Vietwnam can be a little difficult). I guess my goal is maybe two days of beach-side resort R&R and the rest as much culture and experience as I can gather. Would welcome any tips (unless you have yet to go there, in which case, first there best dressed!)
OOoohhhhh now I feel nervous about Breathing Lessons - what if you don't like it???? Ah well, fingers crossed you will enjoy it (it will be at least a change of pace!).
1000 Years of Annoying the French is such an amusing title - is it living up to it?
I am a bit of a fan of Bill Bryson's - he is so avidly curious about the world. And he is responsible for some of the funniest laugh-out-loud passages I have ever read. At Home is interesting, but I probably prefer his books on language - Mother Tongue and Made in America - and I loved his A Short History of Almost Everything. He is just so darn amiable!
Wow Paul! Quite a haul - it's a far less guilt-inducing experience ordering online - hardly seem to notice it! (I mean, I notice the bank balance drop, but as I am no longer spending my money on train fares, or cups of coffee, or bought lunches or daily kind of all comes out in the wash!). And of course, my mother can't complain! What most impressed about your booty though was how few I have heard of. I will be most interested to follow your progress! About Eggers, what really impressed was that he stayed at the venue to sign books for two hours after his talk and only stopped because the cleaners insisted...So I got my books signed, one of which read "I apologise for all the usual things" which I think I would like as my epitaph. I am looking forward to the mail each day to see if [Stoner], [The Uncommon Reader] or [The Meadow] lie in wait. Also erecently ordered [Swamplandia] and [A visit from the Goon squad] - call it caving in to popular vote!
Paul - recommend Dave Eggars heartily - I have read his [Heartbreaking work of staggering genius] and [What is the What] - WITW is probably a little more polished (Heartbreaking Work could have done with a little more editing) But I have seen him at a writing festival and I just think he is such an amazing person that I would read a shopping list by him. Zeitoun is on my TBR and seems to have received best reviews of all....But WITW gives real insight into the Lost Boys of Sudan. It's been a few years since I read Neuromancer - and I am not normally a sci-fi person - but I remember that I really enjoyed it.
Oh, I always received a couple of 'Girls Own' type annuals in the Christmas stocking....all about English boarding schools and exciting and exotic fare from a 'Tuck Shop' - with a Primary School of just 14 students (across all grades) and no uniform, I was deeply envious! As we didn't get much television and what we did receive was poor reception for many years, reading was my major pastime. I loved What Katie Did, and Little Women and Good Wives, but especially adored the Anne of Green Gables series by L M Montgomery. Enid Blyton - not so much. Liked Secret Seven, but I found the Famous Five confusing (was there a girl with a boy's name or something?). As I went to high school, I really loved Dickens, the Brontes and other English classics (Plus Agatha Christie) and went through a massive John Steinbeck phase also(yes, I was a nerd - the phrase 'always has her nose stuck in a book' rang around my unhearing ears for most of my youth). When I lived in London during my twenties, it was all Margaret Drabble, Frederick Raphael, Bernice Rubens, Iris Murdoch et al (terribly south England, terribly 70s and 80s, and terribly BBC 2). NEVER understood Doctor Who - think it's guy thing! (but as a nine year-ol, adored Robin Hood - the original TV series with Richard Greene and Bernadette O'Farrell.) Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen, Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men...feared by the bad, loved by the good! Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood. LOL
You have a fabulous library Paul - very complete in its representations of various authors. (all those Doctor Who books - no comment! :-))
About the only small brush I have had with the literary famous is that, for a time, I worked with Graham Swift's long-time partner, so we had the occasional dinner together. That was back when he had just published his first novel, 'The Sweet Shop Owner'. He was a very nice guy - quiet and somewhat introspective - which you would expect, I think, from his books.
Adding to the Graham Swift collection I see. I love his work. Have you read A Maggot? What rating, if so? The Magus was one of the first books I read where I really went 'wow'. I think I was 17 and it showed me a whole new world of books...
One third???/ WOW!!! i think one of the best (?) things about LibraryThing is it frees me from my own book-buying guilt, when I see the depth of others' addictions (kidding!). But it is nice to be among like-minded souls who will also buy more books without having read everything on their shelves!
Hey Paul - I have lost your 75 Books thread - can you please send me the link?
I love Richard Ford - Independence Day and Lay of the Land. There is a sense that you are in a car with him driving across the American landscape (well you are a lot of the time, I guess) But I became so sucked into his changing world. Frank Bascombe touched me in a way that Updike's Rabbit never did. Couldn't agree more with your comments on 1001 - especially about the more modern books not becoming classics. But there are many perfectly wonderful writers of the late 20th century who you rarely see in bookshops now and so they fall out of fashion/favour - Fowles, Golding (apart from LOTF), Solzynetsin (can't be bothered to look for correct spelling), and yes, Robert Graves. Some get resurrected through TV adaptations - Lark Rise to Candleford and Cranford, for example. Tha's why I love Book Depository and its opportunity to track down those writers that get shunted off the shelves to make way for the latest publisher's investment. Sigh. And don't get me started on the lack of representation of less global US writers - Willa Cather for example, James Agee, Eudora Welty...
There it is! Sportswriter, as well - what is your view on Richard Ford? Also enjoyed Midnight in the garden of good and evil, and have his Venice one in my TBR. Curious to know your view on 1001 Books to Read before you die: it gave me the shits that there was more than one book per author, and found it seemed deliberately perverse in its selections. Very UK-oriented (if you look at the selectors, it is very much an academic team). That said, it is interesting the way it highlighted some forgotten gems. Oh, and - if I remember correctly - wasn't the synopsis on eavch book a bit of a spoiler? (Or maybe i am thinking of one of the other similar tomes that are around - 501 Books to read, I think is a spoiler a page!)
"If nobody speaks of remarkable things' is on my TBR - is it on yours or have you read it? Tell me, are you being sure to put the correct cocver up (the one you actually own) or it is anything goes? Just curious to see how anal you are! (I have to have the same cover, myself, and if I could alphabetise by author, I would!)
Ah! I see you have added Independence Day (must dig further to see what else we share!)
My reading friend says Pynchon is pretentious and over-rated; yes I think I preferred Couples to the Rabbit series - and I think Richard Ford does a similar thing to the Rabbit series, but does it much better (I heartily recommend The Sportswriter, Independence Day and the Lay of the Land - if you haven't read already. With Da Vinci Code - yes, good plotting but it annoys me when a writer of very average skill (yes, albeit good plotting - even though I think he stole the idea)makes so much money and sells so many books!
which writers/books would I like to see rated first? Ok...2666 was on my wish list for a while, but then I deleted it - interested to know your thoughts. Also curious to know what you thought of Manhattan Transfer (also on my TBR). Wonder how you rate Updike, Pynchon, Lolita, Possession ans Da Vinci Code and Everything is Illuminated....there, that's it for now!
wasn't meaning to apply pressure, Paul!!
Wow! you HAVE been busy! What a great collecftion. That's Step 1. Step 2: I plead with you for your star ratings! (what can I say - I am a journalist and nosy). I love to see if other people get it right (i.e. agree with me!)(kidding) Vive la difference, I say!

Hello Paul - great to hear from you! I would absolutely start with Anne Tyler's Breathing Lessons...and I would save a 'A Slipping Down Life' for last - it is not one of her strongest. I loved Noah's Compass also - but it is a quiet book. Enjoy! I will be interested to see what you make of her work...
Hi Paul--Great recent books you have posted. I loved [Norwegian Wood] and [Child 44]. Welcome to LT and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
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