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Tagstravel literature (34), outdoor literature (12), global warming (11), climate change (9), travel (8), middle ages (7), classic literature (6), environment (6), travel writing (5), robert louis stevenson (5) — see all tags

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My homepage, things & stuff, has a bunch of bookish projects.

A Year In Reading 2010, of singular instance.

WikiThing page for Stbalbach, notes in the sand and stuff.

About my library

Some favorite books. They left a strong and lasting impression. Many others also.

Vital Stats Tree Rings, yearly snapshot showing annual growth rings.

New Books Watch Program, I wrote a computer program for myself you might also find useful. It monitors an author watchlist and emails whenever a new book is published.

How do you rate this book? Thoughts on scoring books.

Did you know.. More English-language novels were published in 2010 than in the entire Victorian era (1837-1901)?

GroupsMedieval Europe, Travel and Exploration literature

Favorite authorsLawrence Anthony, William Dalrymple, Alphonse Daudet, Charles Dickens, David Grann, Brendan I. Koerner, Pierre Loti, Hampton Sides, Robert Louis Stevenson, Émile Zola (Shared favorites)


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Nope I did not read or review the book in question
Leaping Jesus (that really should have the same place in the language as Jumpin' Jehosophat) it's me again. I noticed that the link you gave in review of Gentleman Overboard is no longer working & thought you might want to know. I don't know whether it's now on a different page on the site but if it isn't it's also available @$b301132;view=1up;seq=15
Proportional to the number of photos this is probably the most eclectic collection of them I've seen on a profile page here. Well done. (Though I was less surprised by it when I saw Alphonse Daudet listed as a favourite author; good heavens, of course the sort of person who found & then displayed a picture of a delighted naked man jumping from a great height along with one taken on Mars *would* admire someone so nearly forgotten as Daudet, wouldn't he? [though no doubt somewhere on this site is someone who lists his son as a favourite].) Cheers.
Since you've helped add Common Knowledge about Tournament of Books winners in the past, I thought you might be interested in joining us in ranking this year's entries in a LibraryThing List. Hope to see you there!
Followed yr recent thread on LT load wait-times, came here, saw you review consistently and that we have a nice overlap in libraries. Which is why I marked yours as an interesting library.
You gave a good review on Before the Wind I thought. I found it very "true" reading and despite the obvious time difference was comfortable with the descriptions that bought back memories for this 'old salt'.
Try Paul Fussell's "Samuel Johnson and the Life of Writing." If you liked "Journey to the Western Isles," you're gonna like Fussell's book, too. The literary whorl around Dr. Johnson makes meat for some toothsome bios.
hello stephen
waaay better than recommendations on LT is someone who prodigiously reviews and rates
you are incentive for me to not slack off reviewing
and thank you! for reams of nonfiction and fiction ideas which will translate into years of reading

rather than me comparing notes from my duality of LT accounts, i'd like to give back with a half dozen titles not amongst your 793 but hopefully worthy of your bookshelf

Jack Bennett, Jamie; Fred Bosworth, Last of the Curlews; John Masefield, Bird of Dawning; O Richard Norton, Rocks From Space; EC Pielou, After the Ice Age; and Alexander Solzhenitsyn, A Day in the Life of Ivan D.

cheers from the tundra
subarcticmike, as well as, mike61n94w
Just dropped by to saw Shadow Divers really is a great book, isn't it? Brilliant non-fiction, told with such enthusiasm & spirit that it felt like a 'high-seas' adventure. I always enjoy reading other people's reviews of it, because the enthusiasm is contagious. Your review made me remember that my uncle has my copy - time to reclaim it for a reread!
Hello Mr. Balbach,

Thank you for bringing the broken link on Lois_Green_Carr's LibraryThing to our attention. I have repaired the link.

To visit Dr. Carr's biography on the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, please point your browser to:

Best regards,
Maria Day
Deputy Director, Special Collections
Maryland State Archives
very interesting review of Canticle... I didn't know any of that information when I read the book a number of years ago. Now I am eager to go back and see what I missed.
I like your review on 'The Stranger'.
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Obscure 19th century French Romanticist poetry reference on the Simpsons. You might say it was accidental, but the French flag on Homer clinches it I think.
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. I see we both liked American Salvage. Those stories are staying with me like no other short stories I've read. I think it may end up on my Top 10 for 2010. Happy reading!
Hey, no problem...maybe we will see eachother in passing here on LT!
I was hoping you liked the books I sent you. It was tough going through your library and finding world literature that you didn't already own! :) And now, I never thought to go through your wishlist!! That would have made things easier! All the same, it was fun to try to find you books that I thought you would like. I chose The Fall as I have talked to many people who feel this was his best book. You will have to let me know as I haven't had yet the chance to read it. I guess I never thought about The Fall being a fitting title at this time! pun intended! I hope the books give you some good reading while you recover. I hope you are enjoying your Christmas weekend...

Merry Christmas. Thanks for your thoughtful selections for SantaThing. By coincidence, I have a niece who is currently teaching in Khartoum, so the Sudan book is very interesting to us. And, as you noticed, I'm a travel book junkie. Both are in the pile for the carry-on to get through our flight to Singapore.

The DeSoto book sounds interesting. I may have to get a copy of that... Thanks again, hope you had a good Christmas.

Dave Larkin (larxol)
Thanks for your interest in my library It's very much a work in progress!
I enjoy your reviews!
Can't remember if I replied or not - age thing (though I'm only in my 40's). Anyway, I like Wickham and this new one might be more of a narrative. If it is I'll probably pick up a copy or maybe I can find one at a Bookseller's booth at a conference to thumb through.

The guy definitely knows his stuff. The amount of info in Framing was amazing.
I've read bits of that wikipedia article before. You've done a nice job with it. I'll check with cemanuel for books on crime and punishment. Thanks!

Thanks for the suggestions. I am not familiar with any of those. I'll look into them. Do you know of any good books on feudalism or crime and punishment in the middle ages?

Always nice to find others interested in medieval history. I found your profile through the Medieval Europe group. Any particular book you would recommend? What's your favorite non-fiction book on medieval history? I'm always looking for new books to add to my library. Thanks.

D'oh! Thanks for that, I didn't realise it would appear on BOTH pages. It's Tristram Shandy which is the less story-driven book, of course. I enjoyed your review of Tom Jones, by the way.
Never mind, I just found it. Thanks for your time. You have a great list and the reviews really help. I will read 2666 soon. f.
Good evening! I was wondering if I can alter my book grid to have the date completed as you have? Thanks, f.
I always enter the year of publication when I "edit" a book. So the information is there, since I have for many years kept track of the year of publication on any book I read, as well as the year of first publication. LibraryThing has no space to enter the year of first publication, but it does have a space for entering the year of publication of the book I read. There must be a way to read that but I don't know whar it is. But I enter it.

With regards to Penguin's edition of the Earth, it was first released among their third edition of classics, translated by Douglas Parmee. It seems that the exact same edition with the same translation was re-released when Penguin created their latest edition of the Penguin Classics line in 2002. Penguin tends to recycle its ISBNs when it reissues books, but I'm fairly certain this latest edition is still in print.

As for Germinal, the first three editions (1954, 1971, and 1988) are all translated by Leonard Tancock. In 2005, Penguin released a new version among its fourth series of classics with a new translator: Roger Pearson.

I'll put your name on the list at HH. I'd love it of course if you review it and remember the one for Brutal Journey. I don't know if they send ARCs to civilian reviewers, but they should. Let me know if you don't get it in the next month or so.

Hey Stephen,

I"m not sure if I'm supposed to reply here or on my page--I'm kind of new to these sites but the publishers now want everyone to join them. (It's apparently cheaper for them than advertising or buying table space at the front of Barnes and Nobles).

It was coincidence about that other book, and I haven't read it either. It's probably a fine book, I'd just had enough of CDV by the time I finished. Now I have a new book on Bonnie and Clyde coming out and I know there is another one coming out a month later...

Thanks again for the nice review way back then and check out Bonnie and Clyde when it comes out.
I will make the change, but when I entered this book into my collection there was no standard entry on Amazon.
Hi Stephen,
I just saw your message today, asking when I added the following book to LT: I added "Macbeth (Bloom's Shakespeare Through the Ages)" on 7/27.
How very kind of you!
I'm enjoying reading your reviews, and look forward to reading more, particularly your reviews on travel literature. Have you read Lawrence Durrell? Another great travel writer. Also, I highly recommend Chatwin's The Songlines.
Best wishes,
Thanks for finding my "library" interesting. I am much impressed with the quality of your reviews, and look forward to going over them in detail.
I an adding "reviews" to my listings, but they are really only comments. They are based on post-reading notes I have been doing on the books I read--a practice I have followed since 1969, my theory being that if one spends hours reading a book one should also spend a few minutes noting what one thought of the book. As of now, I have commented on every book I have read since 1989, and am working backwards.
I see you keep track of the time you read a book. I have kept track of the date I finished a book since 1944--and every book I have ever read in full is listed on my site. As far as I have been able to determine no other person has ever kept track of every book he or she has read. I feel fortunate that I have done that...
Nice overview of "Lord Jim," as always. Strangely enough, I happen to be in the middle of Conrad's "Secret Agent" right now, and have had a lot of thoughts while reading it that mirror your own reflections here. My review will be coming next month; I'll be interested in seeing what you think of it, as compared to your own Conrad experience.
I'm curious - what were the plot holes you saw in Red October ?
I very much love hunting out the book resources in Montgomery County that I've added to LT Local. My plan is to continue to flesh it out. I'm happy to have you here helping me.

Regards from Rockville!
I meant Jones&Jones. I'm new at this, and didn't realize LT brings up all the translations (& reviews) under the one title. Any suggestions?
I am slowly going through my library and writing reviews on books I have enjoyed and still remember. When I went to review Silverado Squatters, I found your review and realized I had nothing more to add to what you already had written. I checked your other reviews. They are well written and show considerable thought. Nice job.
Thanks for the heads up on historian John Burrow. After reading your message, I checked the British Library and Libraries Australia (my goto sites for name authorities). They both list him as J.W. (John Wyon) Burrow, 1935- so, to be consistent, I have done the same.
Thanks for the advice! I haven't given up on him yet, since I really love the topics he writes about. And if the other two you mentioned have a little more life than this one, I would definitely read them.
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