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Reviews945 reviews

Tagsnovel (631), Library Books (305), Uncorrected Proof (255), detective fiction (202), memoir (174), short stories (116), History - Civil War (106), biography (99), crime fiction (95), thriller (89) — see all tags

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About meI became an avid reader before I started first grade and the habit has grown over the years. I can't imagine how anyone can be a non-reader in an age when movies and television have set such low standards. I was born with the "collector gene" and, when I really admire and enjoy an author, I feel the urge to be a completist and want to own everything they've written. This habit has rewarded me in the past because I now own some nice first editions that have appreciated in value very nicely...but they won't be sold because I plan to give my granddaughter the library someday.

About my libraryThe size of my library is limited only by a lack of shelf space (and cash). I've even built shelves inside some of the lesser used closets in the house but it's a constant battle to find space for new books. I'm a big fan and admirer of Joyce Carol Oates, Larry McMurtry, Ruth Rendell, James Lee Burke, Elmer Kelton and writers of Civil War history. My library largely reflects that fact.

GroupsAmerican Civil War, ARC Junkies, Bloggers, Books Compared, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Canadian Bookworms, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Deep South, Early Reviewers, Fans of Joyce Carol Oatesshow all groups


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Houston Champions, Brazos Bookstore, Half Price Books - Kirby/Rice Village, Half Price Books - North Oaks, Murder By The Book

Favorite librariesHarris County Public Library - Barbara Bush Branch


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Your review of What's So Great About America is why I am stopping by. I just got a copy of the book, and wanted to see what the LT reviews said. Thanks for writing it.
Hey Sam,

Thanks for the fantastic review! Can you post to Amazon? Many many thanks.



The Works page for Shakespeare's Birds indicates you added it recently, which is why I'm bothering you. I recently learned of the book and am considering it as a gift for my bird-watching sister, but Google has been unable to tell me what the book is about. It seems reasonable to assume it's about the natural- and name-histories of birds mentioned in his plays, but I'm chary of giving a gift based upon an assumption. I wonder if you might have time to tell me a bit about it?

Hullo Sam,
I like your book summary style - I got snagged on your review of Kings Just After Sunset and was delighted to find you a prolific reviewer! - I was wondering if you'd read (and had any intention to review) Pilgrim by Timothy Findley. It's next on my to-be-read pile, after Chabon's The Marvellous Adventures of Cavalier and Clay (which I'm enjoying greatly if you want a random recommendation). My reading year has been so ridiculously hit and miss that I'll take a thumbs up or down at the moment *insecure glance at TBR pile*

Hi, I just read your review of "Unfinished Business" - well done! I also really like your blog and have become a follower.

I've read both of Verghese's memoirs, but not the new novel. I think he's a terrific writer. There was a movie made of his first book, but I can't remember name right now; very good though. Try Tom Groneberg and his wife Jennifer Graf Groneberg's memoirs - all very good. I did a deal with them too. Jen's book, Road Map to Holland has won some western awards. I too read a lot of memoirs, especially since I began writing my own. I've written four books now and have a fifth nearly ready to print. But I enjoy fiction too. Love Molly Gloss's stuff, and Don Lystra's new book, Season of Water and Ice, is very good (another swap). Gotta go let my dogs out, then will read myself to sleep. - Tim
Hi, Sam - Just saw your review of Joyce Dyer's Goosetown. I liked it too. Don't get jealous now, but I worked a book swap deal with Dyer, and own all her books now, inscribed and signed. And Gum-Dipped and In a Tangled Wood are also very good. Joyce is a writing prof at Hiram College in Ohio and we've exchanged a few emails now, as well as books. We share some interesting books. I'm currently reading North Toward Home by Willie Morris, whose My Dog Skip I had read some years back. I think he also did the ending chapters for James Jones' Whistle, after Jones died leaving it unfinished. Maybe I'll keep an eye on your books. I wonder if we are of a similar age. I just turned 66. Be well. - Tim
You are quite welcome - my "kind words" as you termed them were meant sincerely and when I posted my comments, as usual upon finishing a book towards one of the reading challenges, I called out your review specifically. As far as normally receiving only negative comments, I was inclined to discount that statement until I read the comment posted here just below mine. Well, I guess agplus3 was having a bad day back on Aug 5. Of course, some people seem to have 7 bad days every week. I'm sorry if you're routinely subjected to them, but that thought makes me want to be more diligent about passing along positive comments when I have them.
Sam, I wanted to compliment you on a great review of "Stone's Fall". I finished the book yesterday and have been having trouble putting my reactions into words. You did a fabulous job summarizing a long and complicated book without revealing any important details. Now I don't have to attempt to write my own review - I will simply refer to yours instead. Thumbs-up!
Just read your review on the book "Waiter Rant".
It is interesting to always hear the views of a bad tipper. Those who have a million excuses for being cheap. Some one who has never had a boss asking why his check average is down, or have you? Is it not the same as a CEO asking why stocks are down and firing the sales rep responsible? But if our averages are down, it directly reflects the groceries in my family's cupboard that same day. I once had a customer put five $1 bills under the sugar caddy and told me that for everything he wasn't happy about he would take back a dollar. I refused to serve him and gave that table to another server. Every now and then the customer needs to be reminded that I am your server and not your personal servant. Just because I am a server doesn't put me at the bottom of the food chain. Do unto others as you would have done to you, try being a server for a couple of weeks. Or better yet, learn how to cook and stay home.
Dear Sam-

Hello down there in Texas.

There's a new ETTA Facebook page!

Maybe you could start the discussion!

Here's the link!


Hello, again Sam-

The ETTA website is up and running!

I hope you enjoy it and don't forget to play the song!


Hi Sam,

Your blog is one of my very favourite book blogs, so I thought I might befriend you here as well :)

Tigertwo (who blogs as thebooktiger)
Hi Sam
I finished the Joyce Carol Oates book and found it to be well written and very interesting!

I took a break from reading her books because she seemed rather dark and foreboding. But, perhaps I'll re-visit some of her latest works.
I'm currently reading Wild Nights by Joyce Carol Oates and found your review. Thanks for your well written comments and insights...
If you're looking for Canadian fiction, a book that I really enjoyed was The Way the Crow Flies by
Ann-Marie Macdonald. It had a real sense of place - a Canadian military base in the 1960s. I'd be interested to know if you like it - it was my choice for my book club's discussion & everyone loved it (although they weren't happy at first when they saw the size of it!), but we're all women (and we all work on a military base).
I really liked your review of No Great Mischief by MacLeod. And I agree that the conversations with the twin sister were the weakest parts of the book. This is the second book I've read of MacLeod's, the first being a collection of short stories - also beautifully written.
I posted about this (the "police" issue) on another forum and one of the book fanatics there said it is a construction they use all the time on "The Wire", which is set in Baltimore. Apparently, it is the common local construction, but it still strikes me like a wrong verb tense or something.
I have talked with several friends who have lived in Baltimore and the surrounding areas and none of them were familiar with it. I did talk to one person who thinks she heard one of the detectives on Homicide use it, which sparked quite the tv debate, the conclusion being that if the guys on The Wire don't use it, the it's not right. Now I'm going to have to look for a website or something where I can contact her.

I came across your review of What the Dead Know after posting my own and I am SO glad that someone else mentioned her use of "police" as a singular noun. "I'm a murder police" sounds like something a 5 year old would say, and I have a hard time believing that this is some sort of Baltimore slang. Glad to know I'm not alone.

You have such a refreshing outlook on life and technology.

I am so glad to have other like-minded people in my life.

My name is Dawn and I am a librarian and the host of Toronto Public Library’s online book club: Book Buzz and a fellow LibraryThing member.

This month we are reading Consolation, by Michael Redhill. I noticed that you include Consolation in your library and I enjoyed your review of the book.

I’d just like to invite you to visit us and share your thoughts about Redhill’s book. It’s a friendly easy-going book club with over 500 members and we are always looking for new points of view.

We will also be hosting the author himself until the end February.
Post your questions for Michael Redhill and he will answer from his current home in France.

If you are interested, visit us at .

Thank-you for your time,
Hi, Sam! I came by today to update my Librarything library and saw someone else owned my new novel, "The Witches of Dixie." Since it just came out, I immediately clicked on the link and found it is you. I had forgotten you mentioned on your blog that you are a member of Librarything. Neat! I also belong to and have been spendng lots of time there getting my Author page set up. Now that it is done, I am back and thrilled to find you here. Well, enough chatting (grin)...I'm off to finish revamping my Librarything library. Happy reading and magickal blessings!
Hi! Esta here. . . envious of all your reviews! (I didn't even finish full catalog/revise my profile etc etc and meant to do lots of reviews. . . . but glad to get your note!) You asked about my Gordon Baxter: I picked it up at used book sale, and it is an autographed copy! It seems to have changed hands twice: "From Julia to me!" in ink: date 2/22/80 in pencil. Then "From me to Jack Happy Birthday! 6/11/80 Dad" And there's an address sticker = John J. Davis Sr. 9835 Shadydale Lane Dallas TX 75328 ( probably Dad). . . Julia might have gone to a bookstore reading. (Written in haste. More another time.) Esta 1923
Hi, Sam. I appreciated your thoughtful review of Leave Me Alone, I''m Reading. I'm of the female extract, and I find Maureen Corrigan's feminism annoying, so I can understand why you would, and why it would deprive you of a lot of enjoyment in the book. I'm definitely not for women's oppression, but I get tired of those who interpret every event in life, and every book, and every everything in light of its oppressiveness to women. Women are a lot more than victims!!! The rest of the book I've truly enjoyed, especially her efforts to trace the influence of books in shaping her life and thought, and her writing about how certain books, often unlikely ones, like people pop up at just the right time in one's life to make a huge difference. I've also enjoyed her emphasis on mysteries and her consideration of them as "real" literature. Blessings, Martha Huntley
Sam, thanks for posting a review on the book called "Season of the Witch" by Natasha Mostert. I had seen in at the book store but was waiting for someone to review it before I spent the money on it. Great job on the review.
Welcome to Books Compared. Hope you'll feel inspired to contribute a comparison review!
I agree with you about ditching a book that isn't "working" for you. (Quote marks because that might not be the best word!) I notice we share Anne Tyler books, and that's a case in point. I was one of her earliest enthusiasts. Bought them, read them, put other people on to them. And then one came along that seemed to lack any spark of sense! For the first (and only) time I returned it to store for credit. Generally I've had good luck with library books, but some go back unread. I'm now at a stage where I'm re-reading off of my shelves at home. Listing them here has reminded me how very good some are! Esta 1923
Thank you for joining Reading Resolutions!
Oddly enough, I was at the 140th Gettysubrg Reenactment, where Newt Gingrich was signing [Grant comes east]. I've had a passing interest with the Civil War, but I'm afraid though that I've only read the Sharras' novels of your fiction list.
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