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CollectionsYour library (1,856), Currently reading (12), Acquired abroad (197), Comic books (65), Ebooks (331), E-Reader (267), Favorites (100), Literature (29), Mythology & Religion (75), Poetry & Drama (94), Reference library (508), Sciences (21), Secondhand books (668), To read (140), Top of the TBR (19), Travel (40), Umpteenth rereads (63), YA & children's (144), 1001 books (135), All collections (1,856)

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About meI’m just a cerebral guy, trying to avoid living an uncomfortable life. I probably like a sunset, a hug and the feeling of a job well done as much as anyone else. I believe I would enjoy being ambidextrous (I’m right-handed). Sometimes I get wordy.

About my libraryAbout my library
My library, in a nutshell, is a work in progress. As I somehow manage to not die and to continuously meet new people I find that my tastes change and, furthermore, that I don't mind.

I have catalogued here the books, both physical and digital, that I have purchased and therefore own in the traditional sense. Free ebooks from Project Gutenberg and similar sources are not included in this catalogue unless I've actually read them through and they, therefore, occupy a non-trivial spot on my mental shelves.

My reading tastes are fairly straightforward, I'd say: I'm an English/Dutch linguistics major who browses through mainstream fiction as well as genre fiction -- science fiction, fantasy, crime and, sporadically, horror. In recent years I've rediscovered the joys of reading non-fiction in areas outside my specialization -- mainly history, archeology and some popular-sciency works on biology, physics and cosmology. Neither am I averse to a little young adult fiction now and then.

If much of this seems superficial and unsystematic, it's because I read large quantities of specialist literature in my day job, so when I read for pleasure my choice is generally influenced by my short attention span, friends' recommendations, and how mentally acute I happen to be feeling.

About my reading
These are the books and separately published novellas/short stories that I read in the year:
2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

GroupsAsk LibraryThing, Cognitive Linguistics, Combiners!, Danish Thing/Dansk Thing, Fairy Tales Retold, FantasyFans, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, LibraryThing in Swedish, Name that Book, National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo)show all groups

Favorite authorsMargaret Atwood, Jorge Luis Borges, Herman de Coninck, Tanith Lee, Amélie Nothomb, Iain Pears, Terry Pratchett, Jack Vance (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresAcademia Nakladatelství, Akademibokhandeln City, Paludan Bog og Café, Plato (Leuven), Sterling Books

Favorite publishersNYRB Classics, Orbit Books, W.W. Norton

Also, NaNo, Take11

LocationStockholm, Sweden

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceDec 16, 2006

Currently readingLøgnhalsen fra Umbrien by Bjarne Reuter
Adjectives of comparison: Lexical and grammaticalised uses by Tine Breban
The Holy Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments. Translated out of the Original Tongues and with the Former Translations diligently compared and revised by The Gideons international
Introduction to Christian theology: contemporary North American perspectives by Roger A. Badham
R for dummies by Andrie De Vries
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I'm glad you enjoyed The Man Who Bridged The Mist! Thanks for your message, and have a happy new year!
No problem - what matters is helping out. I could never be unhappy with your generosity.
STW is a great great favorite of mine, so I'm rooting for you to read more of her. LW is, I think, her first novel. NYRB also reprints SUMMER WILL SHOW, which is among her best. Read that, read that!
Hi Petroglyph,

begrijpelijk! Mocht je toch een keer zin hebben, er zijn geen leesverplichtingen, hoor! Er zijn ook mensen die alleen voor de tips komen. Meelezen doe je alleen als je dat leuk vindt. Ik deed dat in het begin ook niet, maar na verloop van tijd begon het aanstekelijk te worden...

Succes met het lezen, werk en niet-werk!

Hi Petroglyph,

ik zag een berichtje van je staan in de Name that book groep. Het was fantasy gerelateerd, en ik vroeg me af of je misschien interesse hebt in een Nederlands fantasyforum? Ik ben zelf ook een keer door een lid benaderd op Librarything en ben toen lid geworden van het forum. Er wordt veel over boeken gepraat (ook ander genres, maar voornamelijk fantasy) en elke maand wordt er een boek gekozen om samen te lezen (maar meelezen hoeft niet, alleen als je wilt). Als je het wat lijkt, het adres is: Als je geen lid bent, kun je niet alles zien, maar het zou toch wel een beeld moeten geven. En als je geen interesse hebt, is het natuurlijk ook prima! Ben benieuwd of het wat voor jou is...


Thanks for the comment on my review of "The Girl in the Castle...." That was my first encounter with her art. I've since gotten my hands on an actual art book of hers titled "Beautiful Nightmares" -- much more adult in theme but the same unmistakeable style. There's another one of hers I love called "A Dignity of Dragons". I'd love to have a print of something of hers on my wall, but haven't found anything at the right price just yet (and my walls are pretty full anyway....)
Yes, it's a wonderful book. I'm so glad you have enjoyed it! She really expresses much of what I feel about books!
Thanks for the compliment. ;-)
Thanks Petroglyph. I will link. (J.H.)
Dank. Zodra deze algemeen beschikbaar is - daar gaat altijd enige tijd overheen - zal ik 'm kiezen.
Thanks! I took your cover... I like finding cover pix for all my books.
Brilliant, thanks a lot for identifying that book, I've been trying to remember that for years. Now to see if I can find a copy...

Was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Saw you liked Tideland, and I thought you might like my novel since it's also southern and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


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