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About meJournalist, librarian, book reviewer, picture editor.

About my libraryIt is huge, mainly art and fiction, with a levening of poetry, craft and history. I love picture books, and also own a respectible collection of graphic novels.

GroupsAfrican Literature, History and Politics, Bestsellers over the Years, Bibliomysteries, Historical Fiction, Humor, Librarians who LibraryThing, London in Fiction, Post-apocalyptic Literature, South Africa, Time Travel, Alternate Histories and Parallel Worlds

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Real nameAmanda Aubrey Dorothea Paton

LocationJohannesburg, South Africa

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I love your review for 'Superdate' by Tracy Cox - I can only assume it hasn't got more thumbs up because it isn't widely read :)
Thanks so much for this review of kissing Bowie and your message! It means a lot to me that you liked the novel, and wrote such nice comments. I've been a bit concerned that Sam will come over as pretty unlikable to people - the problem being that she does not like herself! Having a lead character that people like and relate to can be a real winner in terms of how people respond, so I am not surprised that some readers feel a bit unengaged, given Sam's tone and behaviour. I am really pleased that you 'get' the story and find the ending right. Have a happy day. Joan

Just started [sorry] which I see you reviewed. Should I stick it out?


I found the most marvelous thing. I was looking in my study and found an old diary that I started in 1968. At the back I listed all the books I read that year as well as films. It then went on all the way to 1973. So lots of entering to do both here and take11. Can't believe how many 1 members I have now. 2 I could not even find any record at all and could not enter it manually even. I can't believe I have read 13 James Hadely Chase books.

Ok better go print the next 2 episodes of G of T.

Only joking about the washing. You just reminded me to print episodes 6, 7 and 8 so I can follow.

I have not been to Good reads or the FB page. Doubt if they as good as this. I don't know any south africans on GR either.. Wonder why so overseas people are prepared to catalogue.

See you reading graphic novels now, lol

I had a good find at home. I found my 1968 dairy where I listed all the books and films I read that year. I was 16 going on 17. Even read Tropic of cancer and Fanny Hill that year I see. Wonder how.


I wish the Characters would bath more often and wash their hair. Watched episode 5 last night had no idea what was going on
You know whats interesting. In entered both the Sunday Times Award long list and the Alan Paton long list into CK. At least 30% had no readers so I could not enter the award. This shows how few South Africans take LT seriously. In fact most of the books entered had 1 or 2 members only. Compare this to the Australian Award list, where most books have dozens of readers.
eg Prime Minister award short list
All That I Am: A Novel (379)
Sarah Thornhill (159)
Foal's bread by Gillian Mears (73) W
Forecast : turbulence (19)
Autumn Laing (57)

I have tried in vain to recruit many readers but have failed miserably. How have you done?
For game of thrones I have to print out an episode summary to follow what is going on. There are a few you seem to have missed. Look for them if they are repeated.

The Street, Skins, Criminal Justice, Outnumbered (great). Historical, Lark Rise to Candleford.
Which BBC stuff you like? I PVR a fair amount... prefer it to all the American series
thats a shame you still doing reviews though?
Hey u missing today ... you lost your column?
Hello Amanda,

Just a quick message to say that I enjoyed your review of Philip Hensher's book [The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting and Why it Matters]. Don't worry you are and Mr Hensher's are not alone in the joy of fountain pens, added to this number is myself and my big sister Barbara (so that makes at least four of us!). In fact I am off to the local pen shop in York this lunchtime to buy more violet ink cartridges for my pen. The Missing Ink is going to be my March book purchase - I am currently trying to contrain my purchases to one a month....ish

Best wishes,

Ruth (one half of Bowerbirds-Library)
I'm in the IT game and being too lazy to drive out of Walkerville everyday do a lot of remote support so stare at the pc most days !
Do you mean my comment on [Exit Ghost]? It's not really a review. Nice to see you around again
Thanks for your comments - very interesting - I also only record books that i am physically in possession of and not books that i have read - interesting to hear there are other librarything members in Walkerville - I bought a plot here 10 years ago but dont really socialize so havent met many locals - both my kids attended Aloe ridge school and my daughter Alice was headgirl there 6 years ago. Regarding good old Grahamstown - Was in PE over weekend and thought I would drive to Grahamstown to visit my good friend Astley Driver - the road between Grahamstown and PE washed away on Friday night - see pics on - Have known the Drivers since 1971 - even used to see Simon (who passed away) when I lived in Cape Town. I have kept in touch with Astley over the years and last saw him 2 christmasses (sp?) in Fitzroy street - Small world - so nice to hear from you please keep in touch
Hallo Amanda,
I'm still a very keen LT fan. 2012 is just going to fast for me. hope to be more active in the coming months. Glad you are still here!
Wow Amanda - what an eclectic little collection of books we share! Thanks for the add to your interesting libraries, I'm defnitely going to be following yours with interest now too as we have such similar taste. Interestingly, the first book I see on the 'books you share' link is The Mall by S.L. Grey which was one of the best books I read in a long time - what did you make of it? I've been waiting with baited breath for 'The Ward' to make an appearance in the UK.

Do you review books for a living? I'm green in the face imagining it - it sounds like a dream come true. Anyway, lovely to meet you on here - do feel free to send recommendations my way :-)
Always nice to be remembered! I do keep an eye out for your reviews which I generally find informative and entertaining.

re FForde, I wasn't that impressed with the YA series (Last Dragonslayer and Quarkbeast), but did quite like his 'other' other series "Shades of Grey". So far there's only one book written but I think he's working on the next. It's less contemporary than Thursday Next or the Nursary Crimes, but more relevant than the Dragonslayer. Set in the future, the world has gone a bit odd....


Hi Amanda,

Like you said, many Holmes pastiches can turn out to be disappointing. I enjoyed The West End Horror by Meyer too, though I read it quite a few years ago now. The one I have most enjoyed recently is by Anthony Horowitz and is called The House of Silk. It is perhaps a bit darker than the original stories but I think it is one the best 'in the style of' Holmes books I've read for while. I hope this helps, and I'll have to look out for the Lestrade series you mentioned as I haven't come across those yet.

Hi, My name is Ronel. I have added you to my "interesting libraries" list. We share 172 books, as well as a love for Georgette Heyer and murder mysteries. I love browsing through your library and adding new titles and authors to my TBR list.
Hi, I saw your review of Cast a Cold Eye, of which I just found a copy. Just scanning it in the bookstore intrigued me as a book I absolutely had to have. I recommend rereading it, it does not strike me as a book that will lose any impact whatsoever, you may enjoy it even more.

Hi! Always nice to keep in touch. I read The Passage this summer and have to say I loved it! But I'm definitely into that sort of thing. I only ever read the first Dexter and was not impressed. I've finished Darren Shan's latest two The Thin Executioner (so-so) and the final book in his Trilogy for adults which I loved. Also decided to get in on The Hunger Games now that it's completed, loved the first two, and just have the Mockingjay left to read. I've also been keeping busy with graphic novels and manga. Upcoming reads include said Mockingjay, Room by Emma Donoghue and Laura Lippman's latest standalone among many.many others. LOL
I see what you mean I never looked at your works in detail. I try to use a tag not really for me but for others. So I never use say 2009 read etc. I also, I am afraid to admit, have just tagged some tashy or growing up trash or erotic pulp. Do u tag electonically. I see there are companies that specialise in doing that?

How did you know I was in the Actuarial/ Accountancy profession? Are you saying we are all Anal?

I agree with you about home libraries. However, since last year when I found LT, I itch to catalogue one when I visit somebody and see their shelves.

I also see you are into graphic novels and the like... this is not my forte at all neither in books or movies. In fact I have never read or seen a potter or a Tolkien and avoid anything with man in the title... Bat/Super/Spider. I never even saw Avatar and thought District9 was terrible (As was Invictus)

But thats another story

Thanx for the reply

Yes I have done a fair amount of work on the various lists.. well into the Thousands. Its sort of a hobby that I carried over from pre computer days and it keeps the grey cells ticking. Its absolutely nerdy as my kids say but keeps me out of trouble.

Such a pity that South Africans are not into it. You also need a certain type of person who would go to the trouble. But then if they are on facebook the whole day , they may as well do something useful. I am close to retirement and have thought about hiring out my services to people with home Libraries to catalogue their books here. Not sure if it will sell though.

Its also interesting to see the numbers of people that have listed various books. It amazes me how many SF or fantasy readers there are. I read something, say a Booker nominee and see a few hundred, if that, readers. I come across works in the SF genre that have several thousands. 99% of these I have never heard of.

I was also doing some work on Biblical books, separating the versions etc. I can't believe how many copies there are and most of them seem the same. Like Pauls letters or such. It seems that many religious institutions have put their Libraries on here

Anyway try get a plug into the ST again


Thank you for that recommendation, which I have not read. I have ordered a copy. All I know of Joss Hay and his crowd I learned from Fox's White Mischief.
Hi Amanda: Your review associated with Peter James - Looking Good Dead ( is a review of his Dead Tomorrow. The good thing about this is that without that anomaly I might not have read others of your interesting reviews. Theo

I've actually not read 'Wolf Hall' yet as I only bought it at the weekend. It's on my list, but it's too big and heavy to read during my daily commute, so it may take me a while to get around to it. I'll let you know when I do though
Hi Aubrey:

Well, the cliffhanger ending is a problem with this, but I still recommend getting it as the ending gives you enough to wait - or else fails to hold you so that waiting isn't a problem. I had a problem with this book as a trilogy, as I may have written, as it wasnt first conceived as a trilogy, but requested as such by the publisher. I think that Cronin would have had an instant classic had he added 200 pages and restructured a bit and told the story he originally conceived. That said, I will be reading the next two books to see whether he can sustain the pace of this book. He really is a fine writer and the book holds you in its hand as you read.

Let me know what you think as I both loved it and had doubts as bizaare as that seems and would love to know what other people thought.


Doubt if I'll get round to it, but I'll read your review: always worth while.
Hi Aubrey, Thanks for the greeting! It's great to find like-minded people. I haven't read Georgette Heyer but I also love Ngaio Marsh. I started slowly re-reading her mysteries in order a few years back but got sidetracked along the way :-) but no hurry, I'll pick up again someday. You're not doing too shabby yourself with over 500 reviews! I have Mo Hayder's latest book "Gone" sitting here but I'm trying to see how long I can last before I read it! My resistance is starting to wane.
I think you've coined a useful phrase and should get the credit: release it in an article on the internet!
You classed The Road as dickfic which is maybe true but did you coin this expression? I could find it on google. [Blood Meridian] is definitley dick-fic though.
John Osborne: "Looking Back: Never Explain, Never Apologise". Definitely a book for you. Just got Attenborough autobio: thanks for the warning re its shortcomings(your review)
Thanks for your lavish review of Lost Worlds, a book I always have to share though only with those over 40: younger friends are unlikely to "get" a lot of it. Glad to find you are also on the same continent. Will explore your library with interest. Have to say i have found Library Thing totally addictive, but such a happy addiction!
Hi Aubs! Am finding my way around! By the commentrs left must read your reviews! Di
If not for your outstanding review, Kilgore's book might have escaped my attention.

Thank you and regards.
I noted your review of Gone With the Wind and your comment about not knowing any straight men who have read it - well I'm one. I think I first read this book when I was about 15 in 1963, and I've read it again since. I wouldn't really call the book 'chick lit', although there certainly are elements of it that would fit that moniker. But I found myself focusing more on the fact that Scarlett and Rhett and several of the other characters were presented in such a manner as to become real people whose fate and actions in the face of adversity mattered to me.

There are few books that really have such a strong female person at their center. In some ways Scarlett reminds me of Dagny in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged (another of those door-stoppers!). I wish there were more, and then maybe there would be more men (of any stripe) willing to read such tomes.
Just want to say my ribs are still hurting from reading your review of Who Switched off my Brain!
Just come across your poetical review for Miracle at Speedy Motors. What fun. I hope you do some more like this sometime.
Love your review of The Ice Soldier - based solely on the opening line: "COMBINE the literary genius of Evelyn Waugh, the story-telling skills of Alistair MacLean, the experience of Sir Edmund Hillary, and the verve and tenacity of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and the result would be something like The Ice Soldier," I MUST read this book.
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