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CollectionsYour library (841), Currently reading (3), Read but unowned (116), All collections (841)

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Tagsread (754), english (634), random comments review (399), wwe (317), science fiction (267), dutch (206), translation (166), no longer owned (100), read 2009 (93), read 2010 (91) — see all tags

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About meI'm a thirty something guy from the Netherlands who reads obsessively to escape from my day time office job. I regularly review fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction. Recently I set up my own review blog here.

About my libraryA lot of my collection is fantasy and science fiction, with a few historical novels and history (non-ficion) mixed in. I am increasingly reading English language books but there are also a fair number of Dutch titles in my catalogue.

GroupsFantasyFans, Hobnob with Authors, Nederlandstalige lezers, Science Fiction Fans

Favorite authorsDaniel Abraham, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ted Chiang, Arthur C. Clarke, Steven Erikson, Mary Gentle, Ursula K. Le Guin, Frank Herbert, Robin Hobb, Guy Gavriel Kay, Nancy Kress, Scott Lynch, George R. R. Martin, Ian McDonald, Alastair Reynolds, Kim Stanley Robinson (Shared favorites)



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Real nameRob

LocationHeerlen, the Netherlands

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJun 30, 2007

Currently readingSteampunk World by Sarah Hans
The Widow's House (The Dagger and the Coin) by Daniel Abraham
Scale-Bright by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

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Hi Valashain,

I just read your review of my Tritcheon Hash. Thanks for the kind thoughts. I thought you might be interested in knowing that I've got another book coming out later this year. If you want to know when it'll be out, sign up for my newsletter at

I only send out announcements once every other month or so.

Happy New Year!

Sue Lange
Hallo Rob,

Pure Fantasy zou zo maar kunnen! Ik ben daar ook niet meer zo actief alleen als verhaalchirurg kom ik daar nog. Ik ben nu het meest actief op de ff-leesclub. Dat is een klein en overzichtelijk fantasyforum. (de link staat hier in mijn profiel).

Ik ben ook heel enthousiast over LT. Heerlijk om hier rond te hangen, maar ook al mijn boeken in een overzicht te krijgen. Ik ben nog niet helemaal klaar met invoeren. Ik denk dat er nog 200 boeken in moeten voor het compleet is, maar het is vakantie (ik werk op een school) dus ik heb weer wat meer tijd.

Ik verwacht ook geen sociaal gedoe hoor. Gewoon kunnen rondkijken in jouw boeken.

Leuk dat je me geaccepteerd hebt.

Groetjes, Connie
The trilogy first it is then. Thanks.
Ha! When I clicked on your reviews, most of them it showed were quite long, and had no links. I was a bit surprised when I checked again and most were links. The way you do it is better than most, because you at least say where the link will take us. Most just C&P the url, and I hate clicking on those links (and in your case, I've already got your blog and BSC subscribed in my RSS reader, so when you say "Random Comments review" or "My Bookspotcentral review" I know I've already seen it). One thing you could try to garner more links from here would be to post your entire review as a link - it would show the amount of effort you put into your reviews, and it would also be the annoying blue print on white background so people may click on it just to read it in a more reader-friendly color scheme.

Speaking of your blog, I saw your very nice review for Chasm City the other day and I want to read more Reynolds (having only read Revolution Space). Should Chasm City be the next one I read or should I finish the trilogy?

I plan to move some of my comments to the reviews section... when I have time (I've been planning on doing it for over a year now, and I need to start putting them there when I add them to the comments but I'm too set in my routine). And I agree with you about how weak some of the "reviews" on this site are. I'm also not a big fan of the link to the blog without any content in the review.
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