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Member: Sean191

CollectionsYour library (473), Wishlist (166), Currently reading (4), To read (17), Read but unowned (284), All collections (917)

Reviews345 reviews

Tagsfirst printing (115), signed (62), Read prior to 2000 (31), post 2000 (25), read prior to 1990 (20), Xanth (19), Read in mid '80s (16), first print (12), circa 1990 (10), Gris Grimly (9) — see all tags

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About meI love to read and I love to write. I can never find enough time to do either as much as I'd like.

My wife loves to read too, but doesn't get my passion for collecting books, so she's kind of banned from reading anything expensive I have since she tends to put things down wherever she gets distracted - wet kitchen counter, front porch, on the cat... etc.

Which leads me to my next point: I have a cat who thinks he's a dog. True story. I think. I can't read my cat's mind, but just taking a guess.

Space above for rent.

About my libraryI am going for total, brutal honesty here. I've listed any book I can remember ever reading - so there's stuff from pre-teen and teenage years along with more recent selections. That should make my library a pretty confusing mess for those trying to find a kindred spirit. The possible thought process of someone coming across my library: "Oh, this guy has a bunch of books similar to my deep, intellectual, meaningful library. Let me see what else he has... 'Walter the Farting Dog?'" Yes. And as a matter of fact, the book is hilarious...and that's not a good example since I read that as an adult.

Majority of my books are hardcover, most are first prints, many are signed. I may move away from signed unless I'm involved with getting them signed directly. I only send books to get signed if I intend to keep them. I think it's a lousy thing to have an author go through the trouble of signing if you intend to just profit off their efforts. My rating system is simple:

5 - One of my favorite books ever...probably only room for 5 to 10 of these...and I'll insist my friends and/or wife give it a shot.

4.5 - I'll rave about this book probably lend it to a friend, track down a first edition if I can afford it.

4 - Would recommend to others. Might re-read.

3 to 3.5 - Would likely read other books by this author and would recommend.

2 to 2.5 - Probably would not read another book by this author. Unlikely to recommend.

.5 to 1.5 = Probably shouldn't have seen the light of day and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, Rare, Old or Offbeat

Favorite authorsSherman Alexie, Mark Z. Danielewski, Tristan Egolf, Rainer Maria Rilke (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresNorthshire Bookstore

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

LocationWest Pawlet, VT

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMay 16, 2006

Currently readingStalking The Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons
Battle Royale: The Novel by Koushun Takami
The Terminal Beach by J. G. Ballard
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

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That would be sweet! I haven't read much in the last few years...just a handful that were either given to me or that I picked up in an airport pre-flight. I'm not one to hold onto anything so it won't be easy adding past reads to my library. The few I just added were still lying around/fresh in my head but beyond that, I'd have to dig deep in the mental abyss that formed pre-3-children :) If I have time later, I'll try to add more as I think of them...I used to read so much but my memory is bad so I don't really remember the majority of what I've read. I'd recognize it in an instant if I picked it up again but unlike you, I don't recollect books enjoyed at the age of 10! I do, however, remember things (such as wearing diapers) at the age of 2. Bizarre, right? You think I'd remember the stuff that's important LOL Anyway, if your wife is on your back and you have some reads you're willing to part with, I'd be really grateful! I'll find some way to make it up to you one day as I always like to pay a good deed forward! :)
Hi Sean.

It was a while ago, but I'm pretty sure I added you because of the books we have in common--a lot of scathing social satire.


Thank you for your review of my novel, "Dauntless Homecoming." I know it was several months ago, but I had wanted to leave you a little note and never made the time for it.

I appreciated your criticism, and took the book off the market for a couple of weeks last fall to do a more thorough proofreading, and to remove 90% of the "scowling" from it. Your comments pushed me to produce a much better product.
Sean, many thanks for the review. It's highly appreciated, and I'm so glad that At the Sharpe End was a "genre-buster" for you.

Best regards
Thank you for requesting my book, "Dauntless Homecoming," in the Member's Giveaway. I put it in the mail today, and the post office estimates delivery on Monday. If you don't get it by Wednesday, let me know and I'll look into it.

I hope you enjoy it!
Thanks, Sean!

I just started LibraryThing the other day and it seems pretty awesome. I really appreciate that review you gave The Suburban Swindle. You got exactly what I was trying to do with that book.

I've listed two copies as giveaways here so feel free to spread the word to anyone you think would be interested in checking it out.
Actually, I read close to 20 of them. I received them as a "gift" from my high school economics teacher (they were part of a larger collection of books). I read them because I owned them, and then I passed them on.
I think you should invest more time in developing the skills necessary to read your cat's mind. It'll be worth it. I'm almost sure.
sean, i had a Nadine Gordimer jag in the 90s and read every novel of hers i could get my hands on -- i adored her writing style, and of course, the issues she dealt with were then very much in currency. (with the seeming rise of racial tensions again in SA these days, similar topics may again gain literary attention...) i've never read any of her short stories, though, so i can't compare between these and the novels.
Yeah, I had it public, but at the moment I am moving and am using librarything to keep track of all that my husband and I own. Since I had stuff I wouldn't normally have in my library, like his books, I set it to private.

I receive an Amazon package and I'm all ready to open something I'd ordered only to find...mystery books? Then I realize a) they are amazing and b) they are from my Secret Santa.

Thank you!!

I love them and have really been hankering for a new comic to read, especially. Hope you were just as lucky with your gifts!
thanks for the comment! i took one look at your favorite authors and thought - yes!

i use this site only to keep track of my library, not for reviews. if you're interested in my reviews of books, you can find me on goodreads:
Yes I did. Thank you for the selections, I think I'm going to really enjoy them! Unfortunately it may take a while to actually read them since I've got a monstrously large to-read pile...
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