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Member: Trismegistus

CollectionsYour library (3,107), Wishlist (10), Currently reading (3), To read (12), Jettisoned (41), All collections (3,158)

Reviews246 reviews

Tagsmy cover (811), 消化 (661), rdo (619), (597), indc (397), manga (374), yaoi (320), fiction (307), owned (290), ya (213) — see all tags

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About meIf there is any justice in this world, one of these days someone will pay me to sit at home and read.

About my libraryMy library is mostly composed of books I physically own; lately I've been adding other titles I don't own because I borrow them from friends, family, or the library.

I speak Japanese, Latin, and Korean, so there are a fair number of books in those languages as well.

GroupsAncient China, ARC Junkies, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Bloggers, BookMooching, Buddhism, Combiners!, Early Reviewers, Feminist Theory, Japanese Cultureshow all groups

Favorite authorsKoh Akizuki, 천계영, 直野 儚羅, 畠中 恵, 久保 帯人, Shiho Sugiura, Lloyd Alexander, Hiromu Arakawa, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Ciaran Carson, Kye Young Chon, Susanna Clarke, Monica Furlong, Neil Gaiman, Hiromi Kawakami, Tite Kubo, Robin McKinley, Kazuya Minekura, Garth Nix, Diana L. Paxson, Philip Pullman, Shushushu Sakurai, Kazusa Takashima, J. R. R. Tolkien, Megan Whalen Turner, Kurt Vonnegut, Brad Warner, Banana Yoshimoto (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresCaveat Emptor, Myopic Books, Politics and Prose, Random Walk - Kyoto, Youngpoong (영풍문고)


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Member sinceApr 12, 2006

Currently reading告白 by チャールズ・R・ジェンキンス
禅の本―無と空の境地に遊ぶ悟りの世界 by
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

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Thanks, sometimes I think everyone disagrees with me and it's not worth it to keep being the lone dissenter on threads like that... it's good to know it's not completely true :)
Greatly appreciate your comments on 韓流熱風 (the Korean wave), especially since I may not be able to read the book. Love your sense of humor/sarcasm!
It was all I had time to do last night! lol I will get the rest of the library on there as soon as I get my homework done!
Yeah, I actually know what you mean about how people look down on manga for not being literary enough when there's really a lot of bad writing out there. I've read fanfiction that's better than a lot of published stuff, which is sad, when you think about it (I always kind of excuse romance novels from the crap writing category - it seems like a compulsory clause in the contract to me, lol).

I really hope someone will buy out DQ, as you say; translation can be very expensive, so it would be a shame for it all to go to waste - not to mention that way we'd still get Tyrant XD

I know what you mean about extensive tbr piles - I have so many books lying around waiting to be read, it's unbelievable. And yet I can't seem to stop myself buying more - especially manga, because most volumes take a couple of hours max to get through :D
Thanks about the library :) sometimes I think it's a little manga-heavy, but I love it so I don't mind :D

I knew Tyrant's publisher were up to no good of some sort, but I didn't know it was so serious. Eep :S well, I've already read all the chapters I could find online anyway, it's just a shame they're unavailable in paperback form :(

Ah well, thanks for letting me know anyhow. Are you on bookmooch too then?

See you around :)

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Enjoyed your review of The Tulip. For the past few springs I've tried to read it and reshelved making it less the halfway through. I guesz it wasn't just me ... I'll have to send it out the door this year instead of letting it gather more dust!

Thanks for the reply post! Part of my senior year thesis is about the Newbery Medal winners. As part of my research I came to understand that Arthur Bowie Chrisman, the author of Shen of the Sea: Chinese Stories for Children, had been told these tales by a Chinese man, a friend, while in California. I had read, somewhere, that it took the author another 7 years to translate and write this collection of stories for children. I know he wrote two other volumes. Do you know anything about them? I really need to check my research. I don't want to make a fool out of myself!
Thanks for your reply post!

Still no sign of my review on the Penguin site. Ah well. Did you get your hands on the book yet?

Happy Holidays!

I have officially broken my pubic...oops, cherry. Read on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins with no spoiler alerts!!!
Yay! I'm glad the book made it to you (or at least to your family). My review is still not up, but I'll let you know when it is. I hope you enjoy the book!

Thanks for keeping me posted!

Good Afternoon, Trismegistus!

I fear you probably have a better feel for the literature on Cahokia and pre-Columbian history than I. North America wasn't even on my radar until 18 months ago. I was strictly an early Medieval gal.

That said I've started my reading with some of the seminal academic papers to get my headings -- A.R. Crook and Moorehead. [These are short and interesting and available free on-line at if you are at all interested]. William Foster has some interesting things to say about trade through that region, but it's not the particular focus of his book on the lesser La Salle.

So I guess I would say that the best article that I've run across is actually by a fellow LTer. "The Frontier in Pre-Columbian Illinois" by Alan Shackelford has addressed some questions that I haven't seen talked about anywhere else: the "demise" of Cahokia and effect this had on the Illinois Territory. This paper was published in the "Journal of Illinois State Historical Society" last fall. I got it thru ILL. If you've ever wondered about the ties (political and economic) between various ethnic groups in the region, then this is the paper you want.

Do you have access to JSTOR?
Well, I have to say I'm more inspired to write some of the harsher reviews that are currently swirling around in my head after reading yours! I always seem to enjoy reading the negative reviews more than the positive ones anyway, and people have the right to know what they're getting into before spending good money on a book!
LOVED your review of The White Lady. It's not often I laugh out loud while reading book reviews, but that one did it. You should, in fact, get paid to read books (and then review them!).
Thanks for the heads-up about "Tribes That Slumber", Trismegistus. I've added it to my Amazon list.

Do you read a great deal of early N. American history? I see you're widely read, but I didn't notice any books in your stacks falling into this category.
I JUST had to drop by and tell you that your review of "The White Mary" is one of the best reviews that I've read in some time. (And I read reviews almost every day.)

Good Job!
I totally agree with your review of "Alive in Necropolis" (such a great review I thumb-upped you). Doug is actually going to have some guest posts on my blog in a couple of weeks (and again in a month) while I'm out of town. Anything in particular you think I should ask him to blog about?
hi! i got Growing Seasons today- thank you so much! I'm looking forward to reading it. It looks like it's right up my alley! :-) and it's signed! thanks!!!!
You've read more Su Tong than I, since I haven't read Red Lantern...yet. I didn't know that he had another novel coming. That is great news! Re: Taran. Me too.
I was thrilled to read your glowing review of Su Tong's latest. Read his other novel, Rice, which is quite different (starts with a starving peasant instead of an emperor and is set in more recent times) but equally amazing. P.S. Lloyd Alexander rules! (Although I admit its been awhile since I read the Taran books.)
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