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About meI am a writer, book reviewer, librarian, and cat rescuer, not necessarily in that order. My short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and two of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthologies. I also have a story in The Sky's the Limit, an anthology from Pocket Books celebrating the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation (October 2007). I am a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop (class of 2000). Hobbies include entertaining my collection of ex-stray cats, making art trading cards, learning Japanese, and trying to recover my long-lost German fluency.

About my libraryMy physical library consists primarily of science fiction and fantasy, young adult fiction, children's books, and girls' career romance novels from the 1930s to the 1960s. In addition to my own books, I also catalog those books that I either no longer own, or that I have read but do not own, and use tags and collections to identify them as such.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2012, Art & Books, Atheist Fiction, Audiobooks, Australian LibraryThingers, Baker Street and Beyond, Balletomanes, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Book Care and Repair, Book Nudgersshow all groups

Favorite authorsSarah Addison Allen, Poul Anderson, Octavia E. Butler, Lauren Child, Arthur C. Clarke, Beverly Cleary, Chris Crutcher, Julie E. Czerneda, Anne Emery, Ian Falconer, Nicola Griffith, Anne Gutman, Joe Haldeman, Marjory Hall, Janette Turner Hospital, Greg Keyes, Glenda Larke, Gregory Maguire, Wil McCarthy, Patricia A. McKillip, Audrey Niffenegger, Philip Pullman, Mary Doria Russell, Betty Smith, Robert Charles Wilson, Jeanette Winter (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBook House of Stuyvesant Plaza, BookPeople, Brazos Bookstore, Murder By The Book, Red Balloon Bookshop, Tattered Cover Book Store - Historic LoDo


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Currently readingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen by J.K. Rowling
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
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If it's any use to you I have uploaded covers for Lonestarcon 3, Loncon 3 and Shamrokon books
Oh thanks! It wasn't clear where self-promotion would be permitted. Just trying to make the most of making all my hard work free ;)

I really appreciate the tips!

I picked up My Real Children at ALA. I saw her speak at a panel with Terry Goodkind and three or four other authors. Could have gotten the freebies signed if I'd wanted to stand in line 2+ hours.
I don't read The Blogess; but a friend basically told me "read or die" when she sent me this link: -- no dead animals involved.
We have two copies of The Wonderful Electric Elephant. The earlier of these is a very heavy book (for a Saalfield) with a large number of illustration plates (many loose) on glossy paper. I have thought that it would be interesting to photograph this entire book with the idea of making it available in a print on demand fashion (e.g. under our 24 Palmer Street Press imprint).

I first sought this book out when I learned that one of the proposed titles for the original Tom Swift series was "Tom Swift and His Electric Elephant". In looking for inspirations for such an unusual invention concept, I came upon the one by Frances Trego Montgomery. I suppose you know that she was most associated with the Billy Whiskers books (also published by Saalfield of Akron, Ohio).

I have read Elephant and found it somewhat like a dime novel Edisonade or inventor plot (e.g. Frank Reade Jr. stories). I have expect to learn that it first appeared as a dime novel or a serial in some publication as high as St. Nicholas or as low as Golden Days or Golden Hours (weekly story papers). However, no such source has been discovered yet. Everett Franklin Bleiler agrees with the dime novel plot assessment in his Science Fiction: The Early Years (Kent State U, 1990).

As you can see from our catalog, we like Jules Verne and also space stories. Yet, I have not yet read On a Lark to the Planets. I am pretty sure I obtained this book before Elephant when I managed The Prince and the Pauper Collectible Children's Books in San Diego in the 1990s. I have not tried to seek out a first printing of this book but wonder if it is opulently illustrated as Elephant is in its early printing.


That sounds like an exciting trip! I've never been to Dublin (I've been to London, but I live in the North of England so I don't go down very often) - and I've never been to a science fiction convention strangely (I must admit though I have been down to the Doctor Who experience in Cardiff, being a bit of a fan!).

I'm enjoying Library Thing a lot so far - I also have a profile on Goodreads but just couldn't seem to 'get it' - for some reason I'm just having a better time on here.

By the way, I've just listed my new sci-fi short story collection for a member giveaway, so opportunity for a free sci-fi book if you are interested! (It should be listed soon).

Anyway, thanks for accepting my friend request and stay in touch!
I spent yesterday trying to remember, but no luck. Most of my books are in storage while I'm in Germany, so I couldn't go look, either. I may be due for a reread of that series.
OH!! That could be so so so good. *fingers crossed*
Did you finish The Martian? A friend says her husband is JUST like Watney. I have this weird image of her husband muttering about Three's Company while he rebuilds a toaster in their kitchen.
Hi there, I'm a fan of Koontz. Best stories - the Odd series.
Oh no Amy, please don't apologise! Our fires here are just one of many worldwide disasters and I certainly wouldn't have expected you to have known about them. I've chosen to live with the risk of bushfire for over 30 years now but the thought of a hurricane scares me silly :-(

How wonderful that you've been able to regularly attend the World Science Fiction Convention (with the added bonus of meeting Scott Lynch). I'm hoping to attend my first convention - the Supanova planned for Sydney next year - with the added bonus for me that my favourite fantasy writer, Robin Hobb, hopes to be there.

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.
Thanks for your reply Amy and I do hope that you and your husband have the opportunity to visit the Blue Mountains at some stage, but not just yet as it is like a war zone here at the moment because of bushfires. We've had the noise of choppers overhead waterbombing, it's difficult to even see through the smoke and many of my friends and neighbours have lost everything, so I consider myself incredibly lucky to still have a home. However, we're still on high alert with three major fires still burning and if the wind sends them back our way it will mean we'll have to leave in a hurry!

I'm using LibraryThing to de-stress as we wait for news and, although I haven't read any of Glenda Larke's other books, I'm very keen to do so. I've made my own little personal challenge this year to try to finish some of the series that I've already started so I have quite a lot of reading ahead of me before I can get to hers. Some of the series I'm working through are from authors such as George RR Martin, Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie, Naomi Novik, Tana French and Karin Slaughter, so as you can see I have a long way to go :-)

I hope we'll catch up again soon,

P.S. I must look up your Star Trek anthology....I read quite a lot of ST with my son years ago!
Hi Amy,

I hope you don't mind that I've dropped round to say "hello" but I noticed that you enjoyed Glenda Larke's "Isles of Glory" as much as I did and had recommended it to someone else as a good read. It seems that we might have somewhat similar taste in our reading matter and I'm always happy to receive recommendations or just have a chat :-)

All the best,
I read your review of The Girl in the Castle inside the Museum, and I just wanted to say: for me too Ceccoli's art was what made me order this book (well, that and the title). I'd gotten to know her artwork through postcards that a local crafts shop sold and googling around before ordering a few of the books she's illustrated. Her drawings are so worth owning on large, glossy, physical paper protected by a hardcover.
Cool! I was involved with the design and test of the NEAR spacecraft, but not so much with ops. I'm over in systems these days, so get to do it all!
Amy -

Nope, never attended Shore Leave or Worldcon. I've been in MD for 25 years, though, so we may have run across each other somewhere. :)

I've worked on quite a few spacecraft over the years. I'm currently mission system engineer for Solar Probe Plus. We're slated to launch in 2018 to fly through the Sun's corona to make in situ electromagnetic and Palma/solar wind measurements over 7 years. Before that I worked New Horizons - it'll get to Pluto in about three years. Before that was MESSENGER, now in orbit around Mercury doing surface mapping and composition studies. Before that was NEAR, the first spacecraft to orbit and then land on a near Earth asteroid. Plus several Earth orbiters. I'd love to chat with your husband sometime. As a planetary geologist, he probably knows some of my compatriots on the science side of our projects!
I'm quite civilized. :) No, need to thank me! Just glad it was someone like you that replied. Polite and helpful. Once again, thanks and sorry for the trouble.

Hope to see you around.

p.s. that link ( have a TAB of it's own, really helpful.


Donovan Sotam

oohh, Sorry! thanks for the heads up. I looked if there were any rules for that specific discussion thread, but didn't see it. Sorry. If that's the case, it's best if I take it down then. I'll post in those threads you mentioned.

Thank you so much for helping a newbie here at LibrayThing.

Cheers :)

Donovan Sotam
Good morning,

Sorry to burst in, but two things... first, my condolences receiving the most idiotic review ever (on Minghun Unlikely Patron Saints No. 5), and second, I liked the story a great deal.

Enjoy your weekend!
Ok then, please give me some advice on how to properly make readers aware of my book and open myself up to questions on this forum. No where have I added any superlatives to my comments. I am merely acknowledging my books existence and allowing readers to decide what its worth is.
Thank you for the recommendation for Octavia Butler's books! They look very interesting and are going on my wishlist, although that list is getting a little out of hand lately. I absolutely loved The Hunger Games trilogy and will be starting the Divergent series once I get through Red Seas Under Red Skies.

His Dark Materials trilogy are by far my favorite books. I read them for the first time in middle school, while living in The Netherlands, through a recommendation by a teacher and have read them I don't know how many times since! Each time I find them new and exciting and full of so many nuances.
I have no idea where one of he members found that photo but it really defines the group. I'm so glad you joined and we can hear more of your thoughts when you get the chance.
I sent you an invitation for our "series" group in case you wanted to become a member. I hope to hear more from you soon about your favorite series and sci-fi novels!
Fyi, it's The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, not Bastards. See Scott Lynch's web site here:
Funny you should mention Vorik.... I was just reading on a site today about how the same actor played both. (And the actor playing the role(s) is the son of ST producer Jeri Taylor, who suggested that Taurik & Vorik were twin brothers!) Go here and scroll about 3/4 down the page to the section labeled "Continuity":
Hi, Amy.

Yesterday I read your story "'Twould Ring the Bells of Heaven." Very good! The TNG episode "Lower Decks" has always been one of my favorites and I was very happy to see Taurik as one of your main characters. The aspect of Troi's first command of an away mission was fascinating as well. Your settings, pacing and characters were all spot-on and the story flowed splendidly. Well done!

Thanks again for the book. I appreciate it very much!
P.S. Keep me in the loop if you have anything else come out!
Hi, Amy.
The book arrived today--thanks so much!
I will read the story as soon as I'm done with the book I'm reading now.
Take care and hope you have a wonderful Holiday season!
Thanks again,
Hi, Amy.

Just thought I'd stop by and drop you a note. We had corresponded a few times back in Feb 2010. At that time, I'd read your story that had appeared in Strange New Worlds VII. Well, I recently ran across my copy of Strange New Worlds VIII and have just finished reading your story "You May Kiss the Bride." Once again, great job! Loved the humor and how vivid the scenes were. :-) I also liked your clever method of interjecting dictionary definitions in the breaks between scenes.

I also continue to be surprised by not just the number of books we have in common, but the variety of them. For instance, we are two of only ten people in all of LibraryThing who have a copy of Black Range Tales by James A. McKenna. And that's not even sci-fi. What are the chances? LOL. McKenna is actually buried only a couple of miles from my house. A while back, someone on another site I belong to had asked for a volunteer to photograph his headstone, which I did. (That was over four and a half years ago, and the requester and I have remained online friends ever since!) Intrigued by an author being buried nearby, I ended up tracking down a copy of his book (although I confess I haven't gotten around to reading it yet).

Anyway, that's all. Just wanted to say hello and that I enjoyed your story. (Sorry it took me a while to get around to it).

Take care,

I noticed that you put together the Charlie's Angels series located here:

I found someone recently done a review of another Charlie's Angels book and I;ve gone ahead and added it to the series.

Not sure where it fits within the series but I hope you can resolve that.

Don't worry Amy - they both just got mooched; by someone from here too...I wonder if she will send that book Beautiful Creatures. I think I will put it back on my wish-list. Oh my goodness, just got an email, the other book got mooched for me!!! Anyway - back to my message - cancel that one if you think you have waited long enough; I hate hassles with angel-mooches. *sigh*

Dear strange.
~ L.
Wow, we do have a lot in common! Now I'm looking through your library at all the awesome books. I have a feeling I'll be adding some to my wishlist, since we have similar tastes. :)
Where I live now I can't have animals, but my dream is to be one of those rescue-people. Someday!
Do you have any interest in the following?
Angel on Skis by Betty Cavanna
The Boy Next Door by Betty Cavanna
McKillip Trilogy (3 Books - Harpist in the Wind, Heir of Sea and Fire, Riddle-master of Head)
The Glass Harmonica by Louise Marley
Ack. You can see how often I get on here. I just saw your note about the Princess Bride. Ha! No, I didn't send away for the love scene, but I still adore the book and movie... book better. :)
Yes please to Merro Tree. I wishlisted and/or read the Del Rey Discovery line, as it's usually interesting to see an author's first book. :)

*inspects your wishlist*
The Diary of Trilby Frost was my 14-year-old self's idea of a perfect book. I'll have to reread it soon. You do have a lot of YA and children's books. I'm working my way up to YA as my daughter ages. I'm rediscovering old friends and getting a chance to read books I didn't come across when I was ten. We just finished The Egypt Game, which, while dated, was really well done. Charlotte loves fantasy and I don't, so there's some divergence.

Enjoy your cats. We have two dogs, sized medium and extra-large, which restricts our cat population to one cranky former stray who loves only my daughter and brings her regular gifts. Yesterday that was a live chipmunk.
Ramona! My son and I are reading the Ramona books together (with my 10-year-old listening in) and we just finished Ramona Forever.

Thanks for letting me mooch the Libby Bray! My daughter and I are planning a trip together later in the year and that will be perfect for the long drive. She's a huge fan of fantasy (She loves Howl's Moving Castle) so this will be fun for both of us.
I reserved Peter Rabbit's Garden Job (in Japanese) for you on Bookmooch. Mooch at your convenience. I'll try to get this week's batch out Tues or Wed.
Thanks for your comment re our review of The Last Stormlord, and the correction. Can't blame spellcheck for that one as slate and shale are both correctly spelled :-) Must have been a switch in Crisetta's head; they are both rock...

Hi, Amy.

Cool on the literature program from Western New Mexico University!

And wow, the Hayabusa retrieval sounds very interesting! (In fact, just going to Australia in and of itself would be awesome). The New Horizons mission was actually my 2nd launch, but the other one included one of the most regrettable experiences of my life. It was for the launch of STS-66 back in 1994. The launch was spectacular. The day was extra special because it just so happened that a documentary was being filmed at the visitor center and I not only got to meet (and pose for a photo with) an astronaut (forgot his name) but Jacques Cousteau as well. Of course I made a great effort to capture all of the day's events with my camera, only to discover at the end of the day that my camera was devoid of film! This discovery remains one of my most horrible regrets ever. Of all the times in my life to forget to put film in my camera, it just had to be that day. Too bad digital cameras weren't the norm back then!

I've also been to a landing of a shuttle at Edwards AFB in California, and that was a very memorable experience as well. A friend and I camped there overnight and got up at dawn to witness the landing. Awesome!

Hope you had a great weekend!
Hi, Amy.

Wow, a great story! I had no problem at all, being quite familiar with the entire storyline of DS9. I enjoyed all of the series', and find it difficult to pick any particular one over the other. Of course, there were certain episodes in each series that I felt worked better (or worse), but overall I think I enjoyed each one equally. I've missed there being one the last few years.

But back to the story, I think you handled the indicators of the timeline quite well--the references to the Borg-Federation treaty, volunteers joining the Cooperative, DS9 becoming FP-1, Jem'hadar crew members--all of which keep the reader anchored in the future while at the same time allowing reflection on the nostalgia of Ezri, Curzon, "old man," etc. My favorite line: "But only one person has ever called me that." Great job!

I also envy your husband's work! What a fascinating field. Yes, I took a number of astronomy courses as electives in college the first time around (an indication of how clueless and lost I was in terms of picking a career, since my major was horticulture at the time, LOL!) and had the good fortune of taking classes (at NMSU--New Mexico State Univ) from such noted professors as Reta Beebe and even attended lectures from then-professor-emeritus Clyde Tombaugh, whom you probably know as the discoverer of Pluto. (I even got to hold one of the photographic plates with which he made the discovery!)

A few years ago I was involved with a makeshift internet volunteer campaign to raise awareness for the almost-canceled Pluto-Kuiper Express mission which evolved into the New Horizons mission. Through these efforts I got to know Alan Stern, the head of the New Horizons mission, and he kindly invited me to the launch in January 2006. What a fantastic event! I can't wait until the encounter in 2015. (Coincidentally, there was a press release from NASA about Pluto just today, announcing the latest photos of Pluto taken by Hubble).

Regarding your wish to be close to home during hurricane season...I can certainly understand that! I'm a bit lucky being on the west coast of Florida, which sees far less landfalls than the east coast, but we've had our share of close calls, too. And many say we're due for our share in terms of a big one at some point--I think it's been since the 1920's that a major hurricane has struck the Tampa Bay area severely. Before my time here, anyway.

OK, that's all for now. It's been nice chatting with you!
Take care,
Hi, Amy.
Thanks for the nice message!

You're right--we do have a lot of books in common. (In looking at your page from my side, however, it only shows us having 212 in common rather than 290. But I seem to remember another LT friend and I had noticed inconsistencies in these figures before. And besides, 212 is still more than enough to indicate common interests).

I used to go to a lot of sci-fi conventions, but they were pretty much restricted to here in the Florida area. Prior to moving to Florida I lived in southern CA (Orange County area) from 1980 - 1990, and I did attend the World Con the year it was in Anaheim in the early-mid 80's, but that's about it as far as any outside of FL. And I haven't been to any here in several years.

I see in your bio that you've been publised in a couple of the Strange New Worlds anthologies--very cool! In the past I'd considered trying to write something to submit to them but kept procrastinating it. I've had one short story published in The Rejected Quarterly and a few others that have placed in various low-key contests, along with a couple of poems and photos, but that's about it.

I just checked and found that I have a (still unread) copy of Strange New Worlds VII with one of your stories in it; I'll look forward to reading it!

Thanks again for the comments!
Wow, I do own the most! I'm not completely shocked.

Yes, Traveling Shoes is Apple Bough. (They all got those Shoes-tie-in titles when they crossed the Atlantic.) I love Streatfeild because she was (one of?) the first to write about kids actually doing *professions*, and working hard at artistic careers at a young age.

So with the understanding that my tastes are skewed by my love of performance (and skewed by being totally rabid about these books as a kid :), my favorites are probably Ballet Shoes, Theatre Shoes/Curtain Up, Skating Shoes/White Boots, & Circus Shoes/Circus is Coming. Second favorites: Family Shoes/The Bell Family, Tennis Shoes, and Traveling Shoes/Apple Bough.

If you read a few of them you'll definitely notice the same character types and struggles popping up. I thought the recent Ballet Shoes movie came out pretty well, actually - I was pleasantly surprised.
I'm amused that you added a book subtitled "The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need" and promptly added two more screenwriting books. Obviously Blake Snyder was not the be-all and end-all he figured himself to be.
Oh, yes, and thank you for the nice comment on my review. That was actually a book my sisters and I owned when we were teens. I've acquired most of my Scholastics as an adult. I really missed out!
Thanks very belatedly, Amy, for the comment! I've only just gotten back to Library Thing...for a time it was just more than I could do to keep working on getting books catalogued, but as soon as it's summer break I plan to keep at it.

I only learned of the maltshop genre fairly recently. Many, many vintage Scholastics are in this genre, especially the "T" books. (The books for older children and Young adults are numbered T and TK, mostly, although you can find maltshops in the TXs, too.)
Hi Amy:

Fan-geekdom indeed! You're very lucky. Sounds like a treat; a tour AND a party.

I really like BSG a lot. That's one of the advantages of being married - you learn about what interests your spouse and sometimes find something new that you can enjoy together.

And you write! Wonderful. I can't remember the exact quote, but somewhere in JD Salinger's Glass family stories is a quote about writing what you want to read... hmm. That sounds like a thread - to find the quote and ask people what they'd write.

I've always admired people who write and get published.

Have a great holiday season!

In response to your question (from last year) on whether I was associated with UND, the answer is no. I just have a general interest in regional events and history, science & science fiction. I'm from Minnesota and attended the U of M.

Sorry this response is so late - I entered my books in one large binge and haven't been back until now.
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