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About meI'm a former librarian currently residing in a really rural area. Stay tuned for future developments on that front - lol. The fuzzy critter pictured is my other expensive hobby (besides books!), Sunny (or one of his buddies). A lot of my free time is spent "horsing around" but there's always plenty of time left over for reading!

About my libraryMy genres of choice include fantasy - classic or urban - and sci-fi, action/intrigue, horse-related almost anything, and YA books, with the odd mystery and a romance or three (and a miscellany of non-fiction thrown in for interest). It's a bit of a hodgepodge.

Okay, I admit it, I don't actually OWN everything in here.

I have, however, read or re-read everything that's in my catalog since opening my LT account with two exceptions: the non-fiction horse books I own, and some of the items on my wishlist. The horse books I've entered in total, and am reviewing as I have occasion to refer back to them (which I do fairly frequently). My wishlist consists of items to-be-acquired, some I've read and some I haven't. Other stuff will be entered and - for the most part - reviewed as I go along. If you agree or disagree with a review, or have a suggestion, I'd love to hear from you!

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2013, A Quieter LibraryThing, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, Early Reviewers, FantasyFans, Horses, Librarians who LibraryThing, Read YA Lit, Reviews of Early Reviewers Books, Science Fiction Fansshow all groups

Favorite authorsC.W. Anderson, Ilona Andrews, Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, MaryJanice Davidson, Clare B. Dunkle, Doranna Durgin, Jasper Fforde, Dick Francis, Laurell K. Hamilton, P. C. Hodgell, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jayne Ann Krentz, Mercedes Lackey, Louis L'Amour, Marjorie M. Liu, Elizabeth Lowell, Katie MacAlister, Alistair MacLean, Robin McKinley, Linda Lael Miller, Andre Norton, Terry Pratchett, John Ringo, Nora Roberts, Mary Stewart, J. R. Ward, Janny Wurts (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesMitchell Public Library, Plainville Memorial Library, Williams Library - Northern State University


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You are very welcome. I thought it would be something that you want, but would think twice before purchasing due to price. I hope you enjoy.
I just wanted to stop by and tell you Thank you so much for the books you picked out for me. I love them all. It is so fun doing this Secret Santa on here and having the surprise of what another reader chooses for you. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I also noticed all the pictures of your horse, I used to ride and show appaloosa's I miss having them around. I had to sell mine several years ago because I couldn't spend enough time with them and wanted them to be happy doing more than standing in the pasture. So seeing your page brought a smile to my face. Thank you again, you did a wonderful job shopping for me. :)
The Vorkosigan books are great, though yes, you'd ideally want to come in at The Warrior's Apprentice or Shards of Honor. Though Ethan of Athos or Falling Free are standalone in that universe and wouldn't be too bad places to start.

Some of her fantasy stuff is also excellent. I highly recommend The Curse of Chalion, which is the first book in a series set in an original fantasy universe. The second of those is The Paladin of Souls which I think won a few awards. The third one took a bit longer to grow on me but I enjoy it too (The Hallowed Hunt) but while they share a world and the first two have overlapping characters, they are fairly stand alone.
Her Sharing Knife four part series is in a completely different original fantasy universe. No taking off of Tolkien for our author. Those books are definitely in a continuing series with continuing characters and have more of a romance element.
OK, yes, appears to be the same book, but to me 'The Carradyne Touch' is a much better title than 'The Lady' (who is the Lady?)

Read Ring of Fear and Mark of Merlin but a long time ago. Don't own those.

Looking at the books we have in common, I'm curious as to whether you've tried Lois McMaster Bujold yet?
Just curious. Have you read The Carradyne Touch by Anne McCaffrey (Not SF/Fantasy) But Horses. And coming of age story. I enjoyed it a lot.
Have you found the chapbooks they created over the years? For a while they were limited release but now they are available as ebooks via various sources (kindle/nook/smashwords?)
Or some of them as a compendium from Baen webscriptions. Contains various shorter stories that fill in some of the gaps (like what happened to Shadia and Clonak just before I Dare)
Read your review of Balance of Trade. One of the books Sharon and Steve are working on is a sequel to it. Along with the sequel to Ghost Ship and another book which at the moment is under the working title of 'The book known as George'
Welcome to the Quieter LT, fssunnysd! It must not be an accident that your name looks like "funny", because your post yesterday had me laughing at my computer like a crazy person! Very glad to have you!
Thanks! I enjoyed writing the review more than reading the book!
He was! That's Somebody's Peach. We had a good time. What do you like to do with your horses? (I can see four in the picture.)
Hi. Having just entered a new book, "Last of the Saddle Tramps", I found your name and review, which I thought excellent. I discovered the book and actually paid full price on Amazon, something I don't often do. Looking forward to reading it. I have a book you don't seem to have discovered, "12 Miles to Paradise" by Ted Simendinger. There is only one other member who has it. I haven't reviewed it, pretty new here and just starting to review things, but it is a funny, heartwarming story of an unusual race horse. Totally unique and highly recommended. Most of my books are in boxes in storage and maybe after we finish redoing our arena, fixing the tracter, rewiring the barn, etc, etc, etc, we might get around to remodeling our little house, at which time I will introduce walls of bookcases. One can dream.
Thanks for your compliment on my review of Ordinary Princess! That book has become the standard by which I've been judging all other non traditional princess stories. :)
Ah, crud. I just left you a comment and accidentally erased it. Rawr.

Hey! You left me a comment ages ago, and because I haven't been around LT that much (my main home is LiveJournal - I didn't see it until just now when I hopped on to look up an old friend! So apologies on the delay!

I laughed when I saw your note about the boxes of books and the saddles. When we got married, my husband had five books. Exactly. One was Shogun, and the other four were Akira graphic novels. Just like you, I also had appx twenty boxes of books and four saddles that I insisted on storing in our house because of the temp control. I don't double-shelf my books, but I do stack them dangerously. (See -

That's a good-looking horse in your profile pic. QH? Paint? I've got a bay TB mare and a liver chestnut QH gelding. What would life be without the horsey children and books? Is Western your primary discipline?
Actually, Sherrilyn Kenyon is on my wishlist/TBR list, I have heard so much about her books lately. I also heard that Maggie Shayne has a new book, I don't know which series it is in, but they are also high on my lists.
Thanks for your comment on Howl's Moving Castle. The book and the movie are quite different, but I think it's quite enjoyable.

Mary A. Axford
I just read your review on OLD BONES, THE WONDER HORSE & loved it. Like you, this was one of my fave childhood books, and re-read it innumerable times as a child.

During the course of cataloging for LT, today I re-discovered my beloved copy. I have very distinct memories of purchasing it in 1963 with my own money for the princely sum 10 cents. This was on my 8th birthday during a community festival in the rural Washington State town where I grew up. It's delightful to see that others loved OLD BONES also!
Not getting in much riding (or reading) at present as I have a 12 week old springer spaniel pup who is bent on destroying western civilisation (Motto: 'teeth first')... Managed to get out with the horse yesterday for the first time in a week. She hacked through a packed campsite - tents, caravans, screaming kids, frying bacon - without batting an eyelid, then did HUGE spooks at every single tree stump in the woods. (It's a long-running debate we have - she maintains they are trolls, I say they are tree-stumps). Sigh. Did I mention that she is 17 years old?
Have you read 'Barrenlands' by Doranna Durgin? The horses in her fantasies are as much characters as the humans. I get a bit fed up reading fantasies where the horses have no names and never spook at lurky-things!
Do you have carniverous daffodils as well? Spring grass is coming through here in southern England & hacking out at the moment = 80% sideways, 10% forwards, + 10% upwards...
Thanks for your answers and I can't wait to see what your library looks like when you are done (as if any of our libraries are EVER going to be "done" LOL!)...and I'd like to extend to you an invitation to come and check out a Book Forum/Message Board that may interest you, and help you out with making that well rounded library! LOL...check it out and you may be surprised to see how many LTers are members and share our libraries!
thank you so much for choosing my library as one you found interesting! I see that we share at least 20 books and we enjoy the same genres. You may be interested in taking a stroll on over to the web-site that is in my profile. You have a LOT in common with a couple of the forum members over there as well as many of our members are members here and are horse lovers too!

I'm curious - It killed the cat you know *grin* just how did you find my library and what drew you to it?

PS - I am going to send you a friends thingy (invitation), I hope you accept!

Dianne - Cats57
Oh, yes, four cats can be a circus at times but they are entertaining!

I do find that reviewing books helps me remember titles/storylines better. I try to read YA at work (during Silent Sustained Reading and at lunch, although there are days I don't get to do either) so I can recommend books to the kids.
Yes, the cat in the photo is Fiona. She was quite a character; she had a congenital heart defect and had to be put to sleep when she was about 1 1/2 years old. I have four of her crazy brothers, though. I think I took the photo without a flash which is why her eyes look normal :)

I really need to start going to the public library more. There's a branch within walking distance of my house so I have no excuse. I've been swapping books on Bookins, too, which helps keep the costs down.
Yikes, just what I needed, ANOTHER library full of great books to look for :) You have some great YA stuff in your catalog.

Since joining LibraryThing my reading horizons have expanded enormously. The old saying is definitely true: So many books, so little time!

And I am NOT jealous that you own a horse, I am NOT jealous ... ;)
I figured "online" should be there somewhere in your original comment. :-)

Reading is my expensive hobby, so I bought a Sony ebook reader back in May. Overall a nice device, though single purpose and with some quirks. OK, so maybe the cats are more expensive, but you know what I mean.

Webscriptions offers two main options: buy a monthly release bundle or individual titles. If you want everything in the bundle, it's cheaper than individual purchase of everything in the bundle. A bundle is also released in stages, you get material before release day. The buying experience is much like Amazon -- add items to your cart, then go to a check-out page where you enter payment information. Downloads are available as soon as the check out form is processed.

The largest annoyance I have with the site is that books will be double and triple listed under an author: once as an individual, then once for any bundle the book's included in. On the other hand, they're good about marking items as "already purchased" or "in free library." You do have to create an account with them to purchase.

If you'd like to chat more and move it into email, I'm at stmanke @ . I didn't want to drop you a line at what looks like a work email without checking.
Happy to pass along tips! God Stalk is one of my favorite books, so when I had a chance to get an ebook version I grabbed it. My paperback copy shows signs of hard use. :-)

I'd say 90% of the items tagged as #ebook in my library came either from webscriptions or Baen's Free Library.
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