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Member: bibliorex

CollectionsYour library (6,169), Currently reading (6), eBook only (47), Reviewed but unowned (29), To read (3,363), All collections (6,169)

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Tagsto be read (3,363), rpg (1,503), fantasy (1,329), science fiction (1,282), horror (645), crime (484), history (478), pulp (383), men's adventure (356), d&d (319) — see all tags

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About meLifelong bibliophile. I mostly read genre literature: science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime/mystery, and pulp fiction, among others.

I'm a voracious reader and a fairly prolific reviewer. Please check out my book review blog, Tales from the Bookworm's Lair (URL listed below), for some of my recent book reviews.

About my libraryTo the best of my knowledge, all of the books in my library are present in this catalogue. Whew! All of the books entered are ones I actually currently own, not ones I'd like to purchase, or have read, or checked out of the library. The only exceptions are a handful of books I have written reviews of but no longer own; these are in the collection "Reviewed but unowned."

My library is heavily weighted toward speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror). I also have a fairly large collection of pulp fiction, men's adventure novels, and historical non-fiction, as well as a large role-playing games collection. My non-fiction collection is a bit sparse because I use the library for most of my non-fiction.

I'm always interested in conversing with folks about books, so feel free to drop me a line if you see anything that catches your fancy in my library. I appreciate feedback about my reviews as well.

Diligent readers and observant cyber-stalkers will note the tag "to be read." This is not one I'm proud of, but it had to be done. Of all the books in my collection, I currently plan to read (or re-read) around 3200 of those. Ugh. That's a lot. One heck of a lot. But like many bibliophiles, I buy more books than I can conveniently read. I have made a concerted effort to go through my entire catalogue and determine if the "to be read" tag applies; in most cases, I have rated all the books that I have already read (or at least those I clearly remember reading).

I am enjoying the recently added feature that lists the books you are currently reading on your profile page. My plan is to keep that updated as I finish books and start new ones. As you can see from that list, I read a number of books simultaneously. I find that this keeps my interest at a higher level and allows me to read books from multiple genres and series at the same time.

GroupsAdventure Classics, Baker Street and Beyond, Bibliomysteries, Books in Books, Books on Books, Casca, Cozy Mysteries, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Cthulhu Mythos, FantasyFansshow all groups

Favorite authorsDan Abnett, Iain Banks, M. A. R. Barker, John Bellairs, Glen Cook, Michael Flynn, George MacDonald Fraser, Walter B. Gibson, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, George R. R. Martin, Doug Masters, Warren Murphy, George P. Pelecanos, Kenneth Robeson, Dan Simmons, Charles Stross, Chad Underkoffler, Jack Vance, Paula Volsky, Roger Zelazny (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAtomic Empire, C & W Used Books - Woodbridge, Dark Delicacies, Edward McKay Used Books & More Raleigh, Iliad Bookshop, McKay Used Books - Manassas, Mystery and Imagination Bookshop, Nice Price Books - Durham, Second Story Books - Rockville, MD, The Regulator Bookshop

Favorite librariesDuke University Libraries - Lilly Library

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Member sinceJan 11, 2007

Currently readingThe Destroyer #031: The Head Men by Richard Sapir
Coming Full Circle by John H. Crowe, III
Delta Green: The Rules of Engagement by John Tynes
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I'm currently reading "Of Dice and Men". What did you think of that one?
I loved those Lemound's Tiny Hut columns that Lakofka wrote for Dragon.
Shane has been doing work for computer game companies lately.

I looked through your cover gallery, you have a BUNCH of books that I covet. You can't touch a copy of Jess Nevin's Encyclopedia of Victorian Whatchamacallitca (can't remember the exact title right now) for less than 3 limbs, unfortunately.
IIRC, I think the first time I saw Len's name was some sort of RPG fiction tie in, maybe in Dragon magazine?

Unfortunately none of those places are around anymore. Shane is out in California none and Fun and Games is a pale shadow of what it once was. Blacksburg has one really good used bookstore, a fairly new place that I like. Books a Million just closed. If you drive up to Charlottevsille you'll find a ton of good used bookstores within walking distance of each other.
I just happen to live near campus. I went to Radford University. Newman has a rather large SF/pulp collection that was donated to them awhile back. At one time they were working on scanning said material to a digital format, but I don't know if that is still being actively pursued.

Is Books Do Furnish a Room still open in Durham? It's been quite awhile since I was down that way (for example when Second Foundation used to be Chapel Hill).
Dear Andrew,

Just a note to let you know that your signed copy of The Black Stiletto by Raymond Benson is shipping today. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

If you have a chance, look us up on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/oceanviewpub. If you "like" us, you will be able to follow our book news and trivia contests.

Our website is www.oceanviewpub.com

Thank you for entering the Library Thing Early Reviewer giveaway!

David
Hey Andrew,

I just read your review for Level 26: Dark Origins. I remember that when I read the book, I had assumed Dark's wife was black. And I didn't watch the videos, so I picked it up from the text somewhere. Makes me wonder if the book is just full of errors.

Did you have to sign up to watch the videos? I remember that the site asked for my email address and I didn't quite trust them. I will admit that your mention of the Sqweegel video (and what a stupid name that was) kind of makes me want to check at least that one out.
No problem! I'm just now trying to figure out Library Thing after learning about it when my new book was on the early reviewers list. Ah, and your library reminds me that I need to add George RR Martin to my shelf. Looking forward to July : )
I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it.

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Congratulations on winning a copy of The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin! We'll have your copy in the mail shortly.

Warm regards,

Paula
Hey Andrew,

I started reading your review of Halloweenland (but stopped when you mentioned the spoilers).

Anyway, you mentioned the hard to find short stories and novella that he wrote about Orangefield.

The book Horrorween (what a godawful title) actually contains 'Hornets', 'The Pumpkin Boy' and 'Orangefield'. I wrote a review for Horrorween and just recently updated the Orangefield series page to clarify that.

If you buy the three Leisure paperbacks you will have all of his Orangefield stuff (that I am aware of).

I'm actually planning to read Hallows Eve next in honor of the time of year and will probably save Halloweenland for next year.
I do love the cover! Funnily enough, it was recently featured on the blog Awful Library Books, with much oohing and ahhing in the comments.
Andrew,

Thanks for the comment and glad you liked the reviews. I would love to write a review for every book I have read in my library, but there are quite a few books that I just couldn't get excited enough about to write a review. There are some exceptions. One of the JFK books I read was so horribly biased I had to write a review as a form of therapy for bothering to finish the whole thing.
Hi Andrew.
Thanks for accepting my friend invite and adding me to your interesting libraries. Iam very flattered. Reading anything especially good at the moment?
Velma
Hi Andrew,
You are welcome and I hope that my comment does inspire you to write more reviews because I will be on the lookout for them. I've just finished Glenn Beck's Common Sense and I agree with you about much of it. One thing that I did notice was that at times some of his comments did not agree with the quotations he used to support them and at other times he contradicted himself. However, I do believe that he is sincere in his belief and despite the sensationalist feel to the book it could provoke people to investigate this subject more, which is what I feel Thomas Paine's original Common Sense did. And I think that the subject of government control could use more investigation.
Happy Reading!
Velma
Nice review on Glen Beck's Common Sense! Thanks.
Velma
Sorry, I've been somewhat occupied lately :(.
How did you like "From beyond" ... the movie is, after all, no more than a mere adaption of the "topic" of the story :).

LL
The add has been quite a pleasure, since there a lot of "things" (read: interests) that we have in common ... and more points of interest will come to light soon, since I am not done with updating my library yet :).
Matters seem to be sorted out; a reminder of how complicated this project is.
I think it was just a short term glitch, but it's the general principle of the thing.
I figured; most annoying. Particularly since I tried reposting it a few times.
Question. I tried posting a review of "Making Friends with Hitler" last Monday, but there was some sort of glitch with posting reviews that day. Did it happen to show up in connections?
Brian Linn's "The Echo of Battle," would seem to be the closest thing to this broad ranging examination of the Army's approach strategy to come out of late, though it's really more of an examination of the metalities most prevalent in the officer corps. I could easily imagine Linn taking the next step of writing a new "American Way of War" though; he's as well positioned to do the job as anyone.
That's a good collection of reviews you posted there.

On "The American Way of War" review, a few years ago I remember reading an extended critique (probably in the Journal of Military History) of how the book has stood up over time. Weigley's observation on the critique is that all the points were well taken and that any time that the reviewer wanted to redo the book he was welcome to do so! The point being that there has been so much change over the years that a simple updating would not cut it.
I'll have to check out I Luv Halloween. Sounds like one of those shows VH-1 fills their weekends with.

As for Desperation/The Regulators, it really doesn't matter which you read first. There is no order and each book is really a stand-alone. However, I read Desperation first and of the two I preferred it (though the difference between the two is a half star, both are very good books to me).

Sorry for the bad news on Monster Island. I don't want to tell you not to read it, but I'd have trouble recommending it. It wasn't as irritating as The Rising, but it wasn't 'good' to me.

The main problem is that the main characters are just so far out. From the synopsis, I thought it was about a guy from the rural Northeast who has to head in to Manhattan to get some medicine.

Instead it's a guy who was part of a U.N. Peacekeeping force in Somalia who is sent to New York with a retinue of school girl commandos. I found it too hard to believe that a Somalian warlord would send the guy all the way to New York rather than somewhere closer. The situation was just too outlandish to sympathize much with the characters.

Also, some of Wellington's zombie powers just came off as too comic-book-super-hero for me.

Monster Nation was a bit better overall.

The thing is I like David Wellington's writing. I'm looking forward to reading his vampire stuff. I think you can kick out the jams there and it will work. But zombies are a much narrower niche.
Hey man, we do share a lot of faves, don't we?

I definitely wanted to love The Rising too. That book had so much good will from me going in. I may try it again, but I will read other books of his first.

Another one I wanted to love but just couldn't was Monster Island. Like Keene, I do like David Wellington's writing. It's the goofy stuff he does to try and make the zombies his own flavor that failed. Strill, Monster Island was better than The Rising. I finished it. (And since I bought the sequels before reading the first book, I will read all three.)

A zombie book I'd recommend is Dead City by Joe McKinney. This is goold old fashioned George Romero dumb, slow zombies. No master zombies or wisecracking demons in this one. Just a guy who's world is turned upside down by the living dead.

As for SK recommendations after Needful Things, it isn't 'new' SK (and doesn't make everybody's list of favorites) but I would recommend Desperation and The Regulators. Both are good books, but they are better if read back-to-back. Since I've joined the SK reading group, I haven't had time to read his newer stuff. But it's been fun reading those early books and seeing what a quantum leap forward he was compared to other horror writers of the time.

And The Thing, what a classic, huh? John Carpenter is one of my favorite directors and The Thing is probably his best. I actually picked up Alan Dean Foster's novelization of it, just to see what's been added. I'll write up a review for it soon.
Amen on your review for The Rising. I thought I was the only one who disliked that book. Very good review. You hit all the points that drove me bats when I read it.
***TOWARD AN UNDERSTANDING OF SCHIZOPHRENIC SHELVING PRACTICES IN THE NORTH EAST***

So this is how we categorized our books while unpacking and putting them on shelves.

Because we built our shelf unit, we have size issues, meaning that the height of the shelves vary and were tailored according to book size. For example,the bottom left shelf was made to primarily fit my art history books, and our records. Two shelves above that is just big enough to fit German Reclam Ausgaben, etc.

So working within the size restrictions and pretty much just unpacking as quickly as possible, we came up with pretty random categories. It's also worth mentioning that our shelving behavior was motivated more by feel than by logic. Also, note worthy is that Cyrus began shelving alphabetically by author then quickly abandoned that for a more timely method. That said, these are some random and not entirely logical (again working by feel)categories we created:

Autobiographical by education- all the books used for my thesis together, all books for Cyrus' thesis together.

Cyrus intentionally put next to each other: All the Kings Men, Machiavelli's The Prince, Communist Manifesto, History Will Absolve Me, The Political & Scientific, Animal Farm, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and The Double Helix. --This can probably be used to analyze his personality.

We also had a worldly and unworldly section including Atlases, Star Wars books, C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. Note: Harry Potter books were put in a separate spot because they didn't fit with the rest, and they looked better elsewhere.

Then finally, we thought it appropriate to put The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich next to Michener's Poland.

So, in short, we threw books on the shelves first by size, then I think, by look (appearance of book) and feel (feel in consideration of subject matter).
Hey bibliorex,

Long time, no write. What have you been up to?

I'm off to the LA Times Festival of Books in a few hours to, specifically, get Joe Hill to sign my copy of "Heart-Shaped Box." Before going to the signing, I thought I'd check out his website to find out a bit about him (other than that he's Stephen King's son), and the second thing on his site's blog at http://joehillfiction.com/ is something titled "My Kung Fu is Better than Your Kung Fu." I thought it was fairly amusing. I think I'd have to pick system #1, since system #3 requires more imagination than I have and system #2 relies too much on external materials.

I went to the book festival yesterday and managed to get Jeph Loeb to sign the first 6 issues of Superman/Batman for me and I also got Steve Niles (of "30 Days of Night" fame[?]) to sign his two Cal McDonald supernatural detective books. But, the crowning achievement was getting Mike Mignola to sign "John Byrne's Next Men" #21 (the first appearance of Hellboy, doncha know). My joy was slightly tarnished when I realized I'd left my Dark Horse Comics, 4-issue Hellboy mini-series at home in the rush to get to the festival, but JBNM #21 was the main signing focus w/ Mignola, so I'm not too bummed. My body is aching in several places from moving long boxes to find the afore-mentioned comics. I had the choice of starting at one end of 40-ish boxes or the other end, and I chose the wrong end, of course. JBNM #21 was in the second to the last box, natch. Methinks some organization will be required in the future.

I've run across a couple of books that may interest you, but I don't have the time to dig out the details now, so I'll get you that info down the road.

Later,

bookstothesky
I just noticed, looking at your supers tag, that you have lots of Aaron Allston books, but you don't have "Doc Sidhe" and "Sidhe-Devil." I highly recommend you track them down for an interesting twist on Doc Savage.

bookstothesky
Good idea about the group thing. I've created one and will start inviting those with Casca books into the group shortly. The website I began way back in 2000 and interest has slowly grown over the last 8 years. Getting about 1200 hits a month now.
Hi Bibliorex

Have you tried www.casca.net? Its the Casca fans website and has everything there about the series, fans feedback and news about forthcoming books coming out soon.

Cascawebsite
Thanks for the offer, I'm sure I will get round to it eventually - I knew this project would take a long time...
I probably would have checked out your page eventually, just on the presence of Bullock's Osprey booklets on Russian Civil War AFVs.

If I may ask, what's the thrust of your studies on that splendid little war?
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