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About meHi! I'm really Nancy, and I am one of those people who would rather read than eat. I devour books and have no problem working my reading schedule around my busy life, even if it means staying up into the wee hours to read.

My other interests revolve around my family life, freecycling, and trying to put my social conscience to work whenever I can. I think mean people suck.

The picture is "Hello Cthulhu," a mix of Cthulhu meets Hello Kitty. This is how my warped brain works. Another example: on my first cruise ever, I left a copy of The Poseidon Adventure on a deck chair for someone to find.

I'm a reader, not a writer, English major or professional critic. My ideas are my own, for better or worse, and I often find myself swimming against the tide of public opinion. I don't consider that a negative -- I tend to march to my own drum in the book world.

Feel absolutely free to contact me about anything and drop in and visit my online reading journal!

About my libraryI truly don't have any clue as to how many books I actually own. I have them literally in every room of my house and constantly continue to add more.

I don't normally read romance of any kind, self-help, or chick-lit; rarely are there trendy or young adult novels on my shelf. I absolutely love European crime fiction and novels in translation, as well as British fiction, and then there's the fluffy stuff: steampunk, Cthulhu-ish weird-fiction books, fantasy, and other things I read when the brain needs a rest.

Currently reading
The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
The Dracula Papers, by Reggie Oliver

Groups1010 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 999 Challenge, And Other Stories, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Cthulhu Mythos, Early Reviewers, Floridians, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contestsshow all groups

Favorite authorsBoris Akunin, Margery Allingham, Paul Auster, Laird Barron, Ramsey Campbell, H. P. Lovecraft, Brian Lumley, Charles McCarry, Arthur Phillips, Charles Stross (Shared favorites)


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Thumb up for your review of Tenderwire. Have just finished All Names Have Been Changed, thought I'd check on Kilroy's other books, and what you say makes that book worth keeping an eye out for--I'm quite keen on the dark and puzzling. It's good as well that you pointed out that it's not mass-market; that's something not always easy to determine from reviews, and usually I must deduce from the number of people who own/review a book whether or not it's airport stuff. Cheers.
Hi Nancy,
I found your review on 'Eddy's Bar' - the story (mystery) within a story sounds intriguing.
I also particularly like books about immigrant experiences/adjustment, so think this will be an interesting read.
I love this: "The picture is "Hello Cthulhu," a mix of Cthulhu meets Hello Kitty. This is how my warped brain works. Another example: on my first cruise ever, I left a copy of The Poseidon Adventure on a deck chair for someone to find."
Yes, I did a review on it! Thank you!
Oh, I am so sorry to hear you got sick, I will pray for you. Get better!
Oh, I am so sorry to hear you got sick, I will pray for you. Get better!
Did you mail out the book?
MaryAnn Koopmann

Indeed, we live very close to one another. I did a search by location and couldn't believe how many people on LT live close to me!


Hello Nancy,
I read your. review. on Babbitt and wandered over to your library. I read the book for the second time three years ago. Lewis is an excellent writer. I still have. some vivid memories from that book. The relationship between Babbitt and and his girlfriend was something out of the movie Blue Velvet. His friends really twisted George's arm to get him back in line. I felt a little sorry for him. He just wanted to do something different and have a little fun. He couldn't do that and also be a pillar of the community.
Your library looks interesting. I like mysteries. You have a lot of collections, looks very organized.
I have several of Lewis's books on my tbr. I read Elmer Gantry and it was well written. Time to go.
I love the books you read - I have you on my "interesting libraries" list just so you show up on my home page connection news. That way I don't miss anything good!
Thumbs up on a great review of "Polish Boxer" - even without any hint of what the plot is about, which is usually my main interest, you've made me want to read it. Thank you!
I hope you don't mind me adding you to my interesting libraries. I've never read many mysteries until the last couple of years and find I gravitate toward European and UK mysteries, thus my interest in your library.
Also, I have read quite a few Arthur Upfield mysteries and find them fascinating as to Bony's character and also the description of the Australian outback.
Nancy -- thanks for the great Santathing book! Hope you had (and continue to have) a wonderful holiday...
Absolutely. Agreed about the nature of cerebral horror, just reading Dead but Dreaming 2 by Miskatonic River Press. Would recommend it
Dear Nancy

Thanks for the excellent review of the The White people. I am also going to read this soon, and have never read Machen before, but am now looking forward to it.


Aref Dyer
I've added you to my "interesting libraries" mostly because you have a fabulous collection of British mysteries. I look forward to browsing.


Great. Send over your e-mail address (mine is, and I'll send you the pdf. I don't want to post it publicly.

Thanks again,


Not sure if you remember me or not, but you reviewed my novel, Dirty Little
Angels, a while back. I'm writing because I'm almost done with my new novel, In
the Valley of Falling Stars, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in
taking a look at it and giving me your opinion. I can send you a complete
summary, but it's essentially about a mentally-ill man living in post-Katrina
New Orleans who becomes convinced that his wife is pregnant with Jesus Christ.
The book is still in process, but the entire book is sketched out, and I
currently have eight chapters that I feel are done. If you're too busy, I
understand. Just thought I'd ask.

Hope you're doing well,

Thank you for letting me know! And from one klutz to another I hope you are feeling better!!! :)
Hi! I really like your library and your reading lists. I see we share not so few books. Nice to have found you!

Yes, I know how difficult it is to write a good review without spoiling things, but they are called spoilers for good reason. When I review things I warn if there are spoilers ahead and try to have a few lines before the spoilers for someone who just wants to get a feel of the book.

"The Red Thumb Mark" is my first Freeman -- I really enjoyed it and have advised my Holmes-loving spouse that he would probably enjoy it as well.

And now I will be spending a good part of the next few days devouring the Thorndyke books.

Best wishes for the holidays.
I was just reading your review of "The Red Thumb Mark" by R. Austin Freeman. I enjoyed and particularly appreciated the fact that gave a good indication of what the book was like without spoiling it for those who have yet to read it.
I really loved your review of THE REPORT by Jessica Francis Kane. I also thought the book was incredibly well-written for a debut historical narrative.

I have a copy of her first book BENDING HEAVEN: STORIES, and as soon as I finish reading it would be very happy to forward it to you, if you are interested.

Happy Holidays!

Irene (aka saratoga99)
Nancy, Iceland has an interesting history around WWII as noted in one of the previous Indridason's mysteries, so maybe this is where some of his interest lies. He probably needs a break:-) I did have a great chat about immigration in Iceland using what was revealed in Arctic Chill (I think that was the one about immigration). I give most of my mysteries when I've finished to my sister-in-law in Maine, so I can't check back. - L
Hi Nancy!

Hell was such a fun read! I hope you find it as good a read as I did.

I probably should have sent my copy of it out on a Bookcrossing bookray, but now it's too late. I've already agreed to send it to a BookMoocher. Too bad that this book is not more well known.

If you like Hell (the book, not the place!), you'd probably also like the work of Amelie Nothomb. Check out her writing as well. Very bizarre!

Regards from Rockville, Maryland,

The copy of The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno by Ellen Bryson which you sent via priority mail arrived today. Thank you very much.
Hi - thanks for the invite - great library you have there :)
Thank you so much! I am really excited to read the book. No worries about the date :)

Just a quick note to let you know I received Still Missing today. Thank you so much for participating in MG. I look forward to reading this and promise to post a review soon.
How ya doing? Are you there yet? Huff puff, what do you think? LOL
Oh Good, let me know when you're read 'cause I'm almost finished and wishing it wouldn't end in some ways.

Hi Nancy--I've won the David Mitchell book too and am devouring it. Let me know when you get tucked into it and we can talk midstream if you're willing.
Our tastes and attitudes about books sound very similar (other than Cthulhu which I haven't even read yet. Sorry) I've been collecting British mysteries since around age 10, and I'm drowning in them LOL.

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