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At the moment, LibraryThing is broken for this amount of tags/collections it seems, so I've had to use that account too to make things not take forever, for me.

Apparently Groups don't work either, as I tried adding both to a Blue Tyson group some time ago, but it still shows as no books.

Apart from the few thousand we have lying around the place, and the superprose research project, I am slowly trying to list, weed in and/or out everything that I can remember that I have read, within reason, as far as books, etc., go.


I am also going to try and write something I remember about each book, and those I read from now on. Likely take a year or two, if I can keep it up. (I basically have, apart from remembering stuff, authors C through I to go).

Wandering through a secondhand bookshop will often trigger an 'Aha' moment, as far as 'yes I read, that and that and that'. Or, 'maybe I read that', look it up.

Not every little golden book read when I was 3, but the odd kid's book that I remember that I will likely find useful when someone asks for a recommendation for that, or for what to buy a nephew, etc.

Someone else mentioned adding the trade of comics read, so that is a useful thing to do, as well. Not much good for all the decades of the Phantom, though!

Magazines and comics I threw in to make it easier to keep track of, and not to buy any more duplicates, and find what I can get rid of. Spousal units seem to have this problem with knitting magazines, too. Now, with PalmThing, that list of books is always to hand.

I started rereading a bunch of anthologies, so decided to do those too, and if development gets around to that sometime on LT, which I presume is likely one day, they will be done to roll into that as well, rather than having to do it all at once then.

This has more than paid for LibraryThing membership, itself.

I think I might be cured of single issue comics now, apart from The Phantom, which is much, much cheaper and in your average newsagent.

"Back in a Flash." -- Daphne, Heroes.

"It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside."

"Barbarism is the natural state of mankind," the borderer said, still staring somberly at the Cimmerian. "Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph."

"Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say "YES"!"

Johnny Ringo : Isn't anyone here man enough to play for blood?
Doc Holliday : I'm your huckleberry.

Sherman McMasters : (of Wyatt) Where is he?
Doc Holliday : Down by the creek, walking on water.

Johnny Ringo : My fight's not with you, Holliday.
Doc Holliday : I beg to differ, sir. We started a game we never got to finish. "Play For Blood" - remember?
Johnny Ringo : Oh that. That was just foolin' about.
Doc Holliday : I wasn't.

"Trust the Gene Genie."

"I'm not expendible, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going!". .
- Avon

"On my planet there is a saying -- the man who trusts can
never be betrayed, only mistaken." - Cally
"Life expectancy must be fairly short among your people." - Avon

"Sentiment breeds weakness, let it get hold of you and you
are dead." - Avon

"I have never understood why it is necessary to become
irrational in order to prove that you care, or why it should
be necessary to prove it at all." - Avon

"There is something very suspicious about a man who keeps
his booze under lock and key." - Vila

"I am not interested in trying to compensate for your
amazing lack of observation." - Orac

"I have never taken things on trust. I see no reason to
make an exception in the case of a mysterious area of
danger." - Avon

"What went wrong?" - Blake
"I relied on other people." - Avon

Dayna: Don't you ever get bored of being right?
Avon: Just with the rest of you being wrong.

"HEREIN lies the peculiar significance, the peculiar sacredness even, of penny dreadfuls and the common printed matter made for our errand-boys. Here in dim and desperate forms, under the ban of our base culture, stormed at by silly magistrates, sneered at by silly schoolmasters -- here is the old popular literature still popular; here is the unmistakable voluminousness, the thousand-and-one tales of Dick Deadshot, like the thousand-and-one tales of Robin Hood. Here is the splendid and static boy, the boy who remains a boy through a thousand volumes and a thousand years. Here in mean alleys and dim shops, shadowed and shamed by the police, mankind is still driving its dark trade in heroes. And elsewhere, and in all ages, in braver fashion, under cleaner skies, the same eternal tale-telling still goes on, and the whole mortal world is a factory of immortals."

"'Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.'"

"Shut up, Loiosh."

"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."

"These aren't the droids you're looking for."


"When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone.

Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood from the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six Signs the circle, and the grail gone before.

Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of gold
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree."


"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king"


"Let the winds of jungle’s night
Stay the hunter in her flight.

Evening’s breath to witch’s mind;
Let our fates be intertwined.

Jhereg! Do not pass me by.
Show me where thine egg doth lie."


There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around
That the colt from old Regret had got away,
And had joined the wild bush horses -- he was worth a thousand pound,
So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.
All the tried and noted riders from the stations near and far
Had mustered at the homestead overnight,
For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are,
And the stock-horse snuffs the battle with delight.

There was Harrison, who made his pile when Pardon won the cup,
The old man with his hair as white as snow;
But few could ride beside him when his blood was fairly up --
He would go wherever horse and man could go.
And Clancy of the Overflow came down to lend a hand,
No better horseman ever held the reins;
For never horse could throw him while the saddle-girths would stand,
He learnt to ride while droving on the plains.

And one was there, a stripling on a small and weedy beast,
He was something like a racehorse undersized,
With a touch of Timor pony -- three parts thoroughbred at least --
And such as are by mountain horsemen prized.
He was hard and tough and wiry -- just the sort that won't say die --
There was courage in his quick impatient tread;
And he bore the badge of gameness in his bright and fiery eye,
And the proud and lofty carriage of his head.

But still so slight and weedy, one would doubt his power to stay,
And the old man said, 'That horse will never do
For a long and tiring gallop -- lad, you'd better stop away,
Those hills are far too rough for such as you.'
So he waited sad and wistful -- only Clancy stood his friend --
'I think we ought to let him come,' he said;
'I warrant he'll be with us when he's wanted at the end,
For both his horse and he are mountain bred.

'He hails from Snowy River, up by Kosciusko's side,
Where the hills are twice as steep and twice as rough,
Where a horse's hoofs strike firelight from the flint stones every stride,
The man that holds his own is good enough.
And the Snowy River riders on the mountains make their home,
Where the river runs those giant hills between;
I have seen full many horsemen since I first commenced to roam,
But nowhere yet such horsemen have I seen.'

So he went -- they found the horses by the big mimosa clump --
They raced away towards the mountain's brow,
And the old man gave his orders, 'Boys, go at them from the jump,
No use to try for fancy riding now.
And, Clancy, you must wheel them, try and wheel them to the right.
Ride boldly, lad, and never fear the spills,
For never yet was rider that could keep the mob in sight,
If once they gain the shelter of those hills.'

So Clancy rode to wheel them -- he was racing on the wing
Where the best and boldest riders take their place,
And he raced his stock-horse past them, and he made the ranges ring
With the stockwhip, as he met them face to face.
Then they halted for a moment, while he swung the dreaded lash,
But they saw their well-loved mountain full in view,
And they charged beneath the stockwhip with a sharp and sudden dash,
And off into the mountain scrub they flew.

Then fast the horsemen followed, where the gorges deep and black
Resounded to the thunder of their tread,
And the stockwhips woke the echoes, and they fiercely answered back
From cliffs and crags that beetled overhead.
And upward, ever upward, the wild horses held their way,
Where mountain ash and kurrajong grew wide;
And the old man muttered fiercely, 'We may bid the mob good day,
_NO_ man can hold them down the other side.'

When they reached the mountain's summit, even Clancy took a pull,
It well might make the boldest hold their breath,
The wild hop scrub grew thickly, and the hidden ground was full
Of wombat holes, and any slip was death.
But the man from Snowy River let the pony have his head,
And he swung his stockwhip round and gave a cheer,
And he raced him down the mountain like a torrent down its bed,
While the others stood and watched in very fear.

He sent the flint stones flying, but the pony kept his feet,
He cleared the fallen timber in his stride,
And the man from Snowy River never shifted in his seat --
It was grand to see that mountain horseman ride.
Through the stringy barks and saplings, on the rough and broken ground,
Down the hillside at a racing pace he went;
And he never drew the bridle till he landed safe and sound,
At the bottom of that terrible descent.

He was right among the horses as they climbed the further hill,
And the watchers on the mountain standing mute,
Saw him ply the stockwhip fiercely, he was right among them still,
As he raced across the clearing in pursuit.
Then they lost him for a moment, where two mountain gullies met
In the ranges, but a final glimpse reveals
On a dim and distant hillside the wild horses racing yet,
With the man from Snowy River at their heels.

And he ran them single-handed till their sides were white with foam.
He followed like a bloodhound on their track,
Till they halted cowed and beaten, then he turned their heads for home,
And alone and unassisted brought them back.
But his hardy mountain pony he could scarcely raise a trot,
He was blood from hip to shoulder from the spur;
But his pluck was still undaunted, and his courage fiery hot,
For never yet was mountain horse a cur.

And down by Kosciusko, where the pine-clad ridges raise
Their torn and rugged battlements on high,
Where the air is clear as crystal, and the white stars fairly blaze
At midnight in the cold and frosty sky,
And where around the Overflow the reedbeds sweep and sway
To the breezes, and the rolling plains are wide,
The man from Snowy River is a household word to-day,
And the stockmen tell the story of his ride.


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hi. I am trying to join the SF group but not having success. I am sort of new to LibraryThing and slowly adding my collection (I collect first edition F&SF) and learning my way around. My library is private until I decide how to hide the multiple versions and copies of certain books I have. (Yup--I am one of those.)

You may have noticed I also requested to add you as a contact.

I hope to get to know you and others in the
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Greetings. Have you read this topic in Science Fiction Fans?

Do you have a strong opinion on it one way or the other? If you're not tooth and nail against it, would you mind changing it?

Can you read my recently reprinted novel, Rarity from the Hollow, and mention it here? My favorite review:

Rarity From the Hollow: A Lacy Dawn Adventure by Robert Eggleton

Review by Adicus Ryan Garton

Imagine Wizard of Oz and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy smashed together and taking place in a hollow in the hills of West Virginia. Now you have an idea of what to expect when you sit down to read Rarity From the Hollow: A Lacy Dawn Adventure by Robert Eggleton.

This novel is an unabashed, unashamed exploration of the life of young Lacy Dawn, as she learns that she is the savior of the universe. The naked, genderless android, Dot-com, who lives in a ship in a cave, told her so. Add her abusive father, her weak-willed mother, a sexually-abused ghost for a best friend that was murdered by her own father, trees that talk to her, a dog that can communicate telepathically with cockroaches and so much more.

There is so much to this story, and its writing is so unblinkingly honest; Eggleton spares us nothing in his descriptions of her father beating her and her mother, the emotions that the mother and daughter go through, the dark creeping insanity that eats away at her Iraq-veteran father, and the life in general of people too poor, too uneducated to escape.

In part, it is a grueling exposition of what children endure when being physically and emotionally abused. Eggleton almost seems to suggest that the only way for a child to escape is to learn that she is the savior of the universe. Lacy Dawn is strong, tough, smart—all those attributes that any child should have—and she reminds us that children are survivors, adaptive and optimistic. Instead of giving us a story of escapism, Eggleton shows us a girl whose life follows her through the story.

But don't think you're going to be reading something harsh and brutal and tragic. This book is laugh-out-loud funny at times, satiric of almost everything it touches upon (some common themes are shopping, masturbation, welfare, growing and selling drugs, and the lives of cockroaches). The characters from the hollow and from the planet Shptiludrp (the Mall of the Universe) are funny almost to the point of tears.

I hate happy endings to stories that deal with any kind of oppression or abuse because they tend to suggest, “In this case, it worked out okay,” and the reader walks away with the impression that the world is a better place (think of all those inner-city sports movies about black kids who win the big championship despite being addicted to crack). I thought for a long time that this book was an escapist fantasy, and when the fantasy broke, it was going to be tragic. No one wants to see a little girl go through heaven only to learn that hell awaits her at the end. And then when I realized that Eggleton was not writing an escapist fantasy, I worried that this happy ending effect was going to take place, making me not like the book, despite all its positive attributes. But when I realized that Lacy Dawn had to fix her life first before the story could progress, and that this was IMPOSSIBLE except by extraterrestrial means, and that Lacy Dawn carried her past with her as part of her instead of in spite of, it made the prospect of a happy ending much better.

Go here, buy the book and read it. It's absolutely fantastic, and the proceeds go to the Lacy Dawn Adventures project. It's like buying ice cream for charity—everybody wins.

Adicus Ryan Garton is the editor of the online science fiction magazine Atomjack. He is currently teaching English in South Korea.

Can you fix the Science Fiction Fan's group image? Some tool of an author decided to upload their book's cover as the primary image. And as far as I can tell, only you can set it back.

Just curious, but how the heck do you manage a collection of 47,000+ books? I'm in total awe!
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where can i find a copy of this magazine for my collection ?
Wow, looks like you're not just busy on Twitter but on LT as well. ;-)
Thanks for including, in your review, the link to Project Gutenberg's When the World Screamed by A. C. Doyle.
Dear bluetyson,

I see you have Wilbur Steele's "The Woman at Seven Brothers". Have you read it? I think it's an overlooked gem.

Lisa Shapter
You may well know already, but a review of yours is mentioned in this podcast from last January:
Something about how an optimistic Paolo Bacigalupi story would be proof you'd slipped into an alternate reality. It's at about the 25-27 minute point.
You've entered a work as title "David D. Levine" by the author "David D. Levine". You linked it to , and I think you meant to have the short story title "Sun Magic, Earth Magic"
I enjoyed your review of the Starship Sofa anthology; Tony C. Smith's site is a recent discovery for me. Have you listened to any of his Sofanauts podcasts? Interesting commentary on the field, though it's often a bit more detailed than I, as a reader, want.
For superhero fiction, please check out Rising Shadow. It's the first of five fantasy novels in the Soterians series (the second book, Merger, is coming out shortly). The protagonist is a female college student, and the basic premise is that people carrying a rare gene develop special powers when the balance of good and evil shifts too far in evil's favor.

Jacquelyn Wheeler
A gift of incredible powers. An enemy that can't be destroyed.
Hey Bluetyson,

I was just wondering: I know Larry Niven's A World Out of Time was originally published as the serial Children of the State.

On Larry's author page, each work shows as separate. I was going to combine them, but aren't sure they are the same. I see you have both. Should I combine them?
I think I mentioned earlier your review of January Dancer convinced me to pick it up and finish it. Man, am I glad I did! Your review mentioned how it had a slow start, and that was exactly what caused me to set it down. But I had set it down exactly where it finally goes into full motion. After I started again from there, I only wanted to continue reading. I thought it was a heck of a book. I also agree with you totally on the end. It made sense, but there was much more I wanted to hear about that normally I would have thought might have been elaborated upon. Possible "sequelitis", you said. I hope so! It's kind of a detraction, but between about page 50 and the end were many pages of highly thought-provoking writing.
Anyway, thanks again for that review. Otherwise I wouldn't have experienced the pleasure of finishing a hugely rewarding book!
I am, of course, blown away by the rate at which you can read and review books! And the size of your library. Amazing!
I'm writing because I've noticed you frequently add stories in books in such a way that they show up as individual works by an author, which is great! But if I am just looking at the author's page and see one of those stories listed and want to see what book it's in because I'd like to read more by that author, I can't find a way to see the original volume. I click on the work, and it goes to the "work" page for the story, but there is no actual publication information on the work page. It seems like a waste, to get the work into the list but then not have a way for people to find the work. I am guessing it's a defect in the way LibraryThing provides for works to be entered - or maybe I'm simply not doing the right thing to get the information - but I'm just wondering if there's anything you can do to get the publication info in there? Just the name of the collection or magazine and the year of publication would probably be enough. If you simply don't have time, that would be easy to understand! But in that case, maybe you could just save the time on entering the stories at all, because it doesn't really do so much good - save the time for more reading or reviews!
Also, you often will read a short story collection and give the gist of each story in three to six words. Half the time, those blurb summaries aren't really interpretable. I try to imagine what a story that fits the description might be about, and I can't even picture it. Sometimes. I'm not being critical. I've summarized each story in a collection a few times in reviews, and it seems to take forever. I'm sure you don't have the time for that, or the inclination, given the number of books you go through. But the minimalist summaries aren't really that helpful, and short though the summaries are, I'm sure they still take a fair amount of time. What might be more helpful, in my opinion, and take no more time, would be rate the stories for yourself as you do, i.e. 3 out of 5, but not bother to list all the stories. Just list the stories you put in the highest category you find in the book (all the "4 out of 5" stories, for example), and then for those specific stories, include a slightly longer summary of each that gives a better flavor of what those particular stories are about. Or just take the best two stories in a collection and describe them in slightly more detail (meaning maybe 3-4 sentences), or something like that.
Well, those are just a couple of thoughts. I think you are doing some amazing stuff with all these reviews! What a time commitment! Maybe here's a couple of helpful ideas. (Or not.) Keep up the good work! And thanks!
Thanks for replying :-)

Hello, while searching for Rising Stars # 3; Change the World (isbn 141650432X) I noticed that it's listed in your library. Do you have any information on this book? You are one of two people listed as owning it on Library Thing and it seems impossible to find for sale or lending. It's driving my dear hubby a bit crazy, I would appreciate any info you can share.

Wow. You are one vociferous reader. Thanks so much for adding and reviewing. Keep up the great work. I'm sure a lot of people, both readers and writers, appreciate it a lot.
Just come across your library. Hope you don't mind if I add it to my interesting libraries. Looks like a good place! :)
Avon rules! Closely followed by Travis (the original, of course)
So nice to know somebody out there loves Blake's 7. When we played it at my (all girls, grammar) school I was Avon. still my favourite!
Hi Bluetyson,

A belated thanks for combining the entries for "A necklace of ivory" by Gareth L. Powell. Thanks also for the "interesting libraries" link, which I will reciprocate once I discover where the feature is on LT.



I seem to have created a duplicate entry for the story A necklace of ivory by Gareth L. Powell. Your original is at, mine is at Normally when I add a review to something already in LT, my material just gets added. But in this case not..any idea why?


Well, the good news, I guess, is that lots of people seem to disagree with you.
Too descriptive for you? Too many metaphors and similes?
I'm interested. You say bad. Can you be more specific? Do you mean that (you think) the writing itself isn't any good? Is the subject matter simply not something that interests you?
Man, that's cold-blooded. It only took you a chapter to determine that it was bad. It must be really, really bad :)
You've just reviewed Sam And the Flying Dutchman by Ben Bova. Is this an outtake from Sam Gunn Unlimited or a new short story set in the same world? Sam Gunn Unlimited was possibly the best bit of writing I ever read by Bova (ok that's not setting the bar that high).
nice set of norbert davis you have.....ever dealt in grails or just mainstream? ~-U
OK - Along with Rynosseros there are three others:
1. An Intimate Knowledge of the Night
2. Rynemonn and
3. The Man Who Lost Red

And the prices are good. Which would you recommend? Rynemonn has your name in it!!!! Or all three... which I am not averse to. :)
I'm not sure how to respond to that! Should I be disappointed in some way? LOL! Actually I'm relieved to know that somehow...and it made me laugh!!

Oh, and so did the second comment!!!! :) Go Blue!!! I am leaving those until I have lots of time; I need to start again. Writing a review after each will then help my memory, and I will need to take breaks in between.

I'm umm-ing and ah-ing about Rynosseros - need another book to offset the postage I think; but great site and thank you so much!!! You are such a font of information that you have changed to Castellar!!! Geddit? :)

Hey, let me know what you think though I am sure to see your review - you will post one, yes?
Does elfshagger-necromancer-in-me-italicised book = Keeping It Real??
Damn if it is; I was hoping this would be a good series. Good to know, so I don't buy them - they are expensive!!!

I have some science fiction on my 2009 list this year too - I have been stuck in Crime and Booker authors lately, which are a nice change, and I have read some fantastic books, but I feel like some hyperbole on life, the universe and everything!

Have you just read all those Paul Di Filippo, or are you just adding reviews?
And I'm trying to find a copy of Rynosseros; any ideas?
Hi Blue Tyson!

I saw that you have among your Kniiting books the exact one I'm looking for!

I am anixiously trying to find a copy of "Interweave Knits, Summer 2005" as its oddly enough is the only one I don't have/can't find for that year!... And I'm trying to knit some baby socks (booties)which were featured in that copy... and don't have the rest of the pattern! - - I'm wondering if you might send me a copy of the patterns. They are the Aran stitch, "Hugs & Kisses" and 2 others.

Please let me know!? You may email me at! Thanks in advance for your help!

Hey there Blue Tyson! As one of my LT buddies, I thought you would want to know that my book MONSTER RALLY has been published! My LT profile is now an LT Authors profile, and my book is in the system.

MONSTER RALLY is now available at, as well as local bookstores.

If you would be kind enough to give me a small hand in promoting myself, I would be ever so grateful. Just point your friends in my direction, maybe suggest that they check out my author site or the book on Amazon, both of which they can reach through my LT profile.

Thanks for your help!
You are such a fount(?)/ font of 'useful' information - that IS a compliment BTW :)

Hey Blue,

Happy New Year!!!

I almost forgot to post this - I was too busy reading one of my favourites The Man from Snowy River with ALL the verses!!!! Can I copy that to my computer?? I lost my book with it a long time ago - well I think I know who stole it... I must get me another come to think of it.

What's been happening? Besides closing in on 52,000! You are truly awesome!!!

~ Lyn
I have more books in common with you than anyone else, and when I saw you had 50,000, I was like, whoa, must be a library! Read through your comments, and I think it's neat you are capturing your life's reading here.

And then, I came across this:

"Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say "YES"!"

and big LOL!

Ok your going to have to explain the review you gave on "To Serve Man". I'm afraid I'm not quite getting it.
You have a lot of favorite authors. Although you and I 'share' 211 books, the only favorite author of yours which i have read anything by is A. Conan Doyle. So I guess we live in different worlds.
I just read your review of Irving Wallace's The R Document. You might be interested in They've Shot the President's Daughter by Edward Stewart. It is about a similar theme to the Wallace book (a plot to overthrow the Bill of Rights), but in my opinion is better written.'s more of a meta-superhero novel, but Chabon's 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay', maybe? Indeed, his latest, 'Gentlemen of the Road might' also sneak in.
I just wanted to say, I loved, loved, LOVED your review of "The October Country" by Ray Bradbury. You rock.
hi was going though some of Kristine Kathryn Rusch works and came across the taste of miracles and i was just wondering where did you find that book cause i cant dont find it anywhere it be much help thanks
Thank you for sending the information on the Peter Fleming story. It was published in 'A Tale to Tell' which I recently obtained.
Thanks for your greeting (from several weeks ago). 94 wasn't too bad for one pass, but I have quite a few to go - albeit not as many as I once had...

(The challenge of LT is that now I start thinking of all the books I don't have anymore, and which of those I might want to get again... *sigh* )

Dear Bluetyson

You have a book in your Library, The Kill by Peter Fleming. If this is Peter F, the elder brother of Ian Fleming, then I wonder whether you could send me details of the book, in particular Publisher/ISBN and some information on its contents.

Fleming died in 1972 and this may be a collection of his journalism. It is (obviously) not listed in any Bibliographies that I have seen. I collect PF’s work and am intrigued that I have never heard of it - and incidentally what does ‘Bar the doors’ signify?

Of course, it may be a completely different Peter Fleming, indeed this is the most likely explanation, but I would like to clear it up if you have a moment.

Many thanks and regards to all Aussies.

Christopher Fallows
Hi Blue,

Felt I needed to 'pop' in to say hello, it has been so long, and see what you have added lately! How goes it all? I wanted to let you know that I only have one more book to go in collecting The Black Company series AND I have scored some through Bookmooch, which is even more of a bonus. Hmmm, what else have you done to influence my library. :) Oh, I am a Justina Robson fan now; I keep looking for Greg Egan; I can't stop buying books from The Book Depository, and I am running out of room and have to double up on my book shelves now!

At the moment I am slogging through Crytonomicon - know you have read it as I saw your review. Not sure what I think yet, but for some unknown reason, I just have to keep reading it: perhaps to find out if it all coalesces as I suspect it might. I wonder if it needs to be 900+ pages, something I will find out if I ever finish it. This is the first of Stephenson I have ever read - he seems to polarise his readers, but I wanted to see for myself. I think books that tend to be loved or hated in such extremes are often a very interesting read - and this one is, at the least, very interesting.

Hope you are well,
Yipes! What can I say? We hardly ever run out of memory. Still, as said before, we were running out of memory storing some of your data. Yipes.

Can you give me an example books. Chances are we have the data in one of the two places it's stored.

"Don't drop the black hole, dorkbrains."

Possibly the best first line of a book review I've ever read. Thanks for the laugh!

Hi fellow dog lover! Thanks for stopping by my profile and saying "hi" -- great blog!
Probably - its been going since 2000 and interest has grown over the last 8 years so now there's about 1200 hits a month.
You might be interested in seeing the complete Casca series at my website which is the fans website. Has everything about the series and the character.
Thanks for the response. When you say Dinosaur was your fav - did you mean the short story or the book itself? I think my favorite short story is Faith, which is in Dinosaur. My favorite of Kelly's novels is Wildlife. It's kind of interesting to read Wildlife and then read the story Mr. Boy, in Dinosaur.... have a great day!
You got me curious and so I searched about; and as far as I can tell, these books haven't ever been published in mass market paperback. :(( Curiouser and curiouser, as it was said in some book. How rude is what I say!! I hate that - I'm not sure I WOULD buy them in hardback even if I had a big win - Blood Follows is S50 on Galaxy.
Hi Blue,

These characters do appear in the Malazan books - in the third book Memories of Ice. How much more I don't really know as I haven't read the last few yet. But they are great characters IMO, especially Emancipor Reese (how can you not love that name). Did you get these books from your local library - hardback edition? I haven't been able to find them yet and I would love to get them - they are not in any of my stores or on-line. Sigh. And they were published ages ago! I have a feeling that these books could be even better than the main series - I checked your reviews; you liked them. yes?

BTW I've been very busy collecting Justina Robson books, thanks to you! Looking good...

Hope you are well and not too wet.
WOW. I thought I was a James Patrick Kelly fan. What's your favorite by him?
Well, besides the wineries, I do see you have some lovely caves and, of course, Kangaroo Island in your area. The decisions will be very tough. It would be a hellavu lot easier if your country was a wee bit smaller, say, the size of Italy! - L
You got some great books in your library.
Hey Blue,

What a neat cover! I suppose the picture belongs to the Triplanetary story mentioned, but it looks like something right out of The Thing/Who Goes There?
Hey Bluetyson,

Why no group picture for the Science Fiction Fans group? I think a panel from the old Buck Rogers comic strip or maybe a shot from 2001 would make a great group photo.
Interesting you should say that as Name of the Wind is on this month's Galaxy newsletter as "Fave Rave New Title" and when I read that I wondered whether I would actually like it - sort of sounded OK and maybe a bit different from the usual formulaic fantasy?? It is getting lots of good reviews - even for a "best written tedious fantasy"! LOL. Your review was great - got a thumbs from me. I will wait for the paperback to come out, which will be a year probably! These trade books are becoming outrageously priced - as we have discussed before! I'm looking forward much more to reading the Abercrombie books, which are on my list after a few other genre reads.

At the moment I'm reading this book about a Samurai detective in 16th century Japan (not as weird as that sounds) and I am enjoying it a lot. I find I enjoy fantasy and Science fiction more when I read something different in between now - and I am disinclined to read anything bad as we have too too many books to read!

What are you reading now?

BTW is your FF still making your catalogue out-of-line?
Thanks for the update on the Amazing anthology. I think I saw the TV show exactly once, and I don't think I ever ran across the book.
OMG!! despite the starving elf pretty boy half of Fabio romance type cover I didn't notice THAT!! LOL!! BIT of a worry?! I have to go back and take another look. One of my other LT friends has read it 'MisterJJones'; interestingly he considers it more for younger readers. His review about it wasn't too bad - books are like food though, very much a personal taste! I have to check the covers on LT now...
I just saw the next Abercrombie book in trade size this evening - another great cover too - how weird as I thought of you when I saw it. ~cue twilight zone music~ AND the Rothfuss book, also in trade paperback size (I hate those big expensive books), but I guess lots of books are appearing for Xmas selling. Have you actually got it to read?
Thanks for the info on the Egan story, I will check it out this weekend.
BTW, I like your short, succinct reviews, but I just thought you must have liked that book as its review was so much longer. :) I have got my hands on the next three Black Company books too - coming my way through swap sites - v. excited to get books I want FREE!! Looking forward to those too.
I see you have hit the 32,000 well and truly - HUH, I am getting excited about me closing in on 2000; our shared is going up too. You inspire me, you do!
I've just started Double Star which I hope to knock over tonight actually - he is v. easy to read - yes?
I'm off to look at what you added today, I have a spare few hours!!! hehe!
Thanks for becoming a friend! Impressive catalog of books.
hi, a tragedy... i don't find any translation of Blue Tyson in French! do you know if one exist somewhere?
yours sincerely
4 1/2 stars!!!
V. long review (compared to some of your other succinct - dare I say curt - one liners); and very good: got a thumb from me.
Guess it is an OK fantasy then. :))
I'm very happy - might be a fantasy book we both like. I hope the next is as good. I haven't seen it around yet, though I know it is out there.
Might need to change my TBR list but you have motivated me to read more sci-fi so it may have to wait!!
There's a Vol I on BookMooch - in AU:
I spoke too soon - the ISFDB does not list a "Vol I" under "Bauer",
but an Amazon search DOES turn it up:

ISBN 0441019064 Oct 1986;

whereas Vol. II is

ISBN 0441019129 DEC 1986

So my guess about the similar ISBNs showing a reprint was wrong - they ARE two different books, as a close look at the photos proves - "Vol II" is so labeled at the top.

So - a Vol.I does exist, V.I/ V. II are two different books, both with Bauer as editor of record.
Ah, from that link seems like there is actually 2 of them, and that one doesn't look familiar, so must have been the first one.

Well, not necessarily.

I assume Bauer was a scriptwriter for the tv show; Vol. I of this was apparently under someone else's name.

And according to LT, this Vol.II has a couple of different ISBNs, which matches Ace's practice of giving a new number to a new printing.

So it's entirely possible that Bauer's collection appeared with different covers.
So that is one of the ones that it is a bit scary to get to at your place then?

Well - a few years ago, we ran out of shelf space, so stuff like that has been boxed up. A few boxes are around the house, but most of them have gone to a storeroom. (Which is now ALSO full....)

I typically only get to my store room in the warm months. On the weekends. When it's not raining. When I don't have much else on the schedule.

(So in practice, I only look in a couple times a year.)
Amazing/Bauer: not having the copy to hand (...and not having read it...), this is the best I can do:

I think that's the book....
Amazing - I'll keep a lookout for it.
You're funny!
I had to get out my copy and trawl through it to figure out what the hell you meant! :))
You almost got a Pauline Hanson "Please Explain?!" but then I saw what you meant - I'm so glad its good (in your opinion - which means I should love it). I want to read it now, may have to shuffle my list and stop checking out authors YOU keep telling me about (like Justina Robson - looks like an interesting author). I haven't seen the second one of this series in the shops yet but I know it is published.

Part II better not let us down...
Howdy Blue,

Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list. Sorry for the delayed response, but I somehow missed your notification in the "flurry" of other messages I received on or about the 17th. I have to say, I'm starting to feel some real love from my fellow LT'ers:)

I picked up a Baker's Dozen of Perry Rhodan books the other day (#'s 3-15 at US $1.50 each), but I need to track down books 1 & 2 before I start reading them. I detest starting a series anywhere else but at the beginning.

Talk with you later,

Hi bt,

How is The Blade going - I have that book but I am doing my usual wait-until-I-get-all-the-series thingy so I don't forget what happened in book 1 when I am reading book 3 - is is good? Looks good and it, along with Scott Lynch are, IMHO, the most interesting fantasy series to come out lately.

I'm not sure which Shillitoe series the author is talking about. I think I have all of his books but I haven't read the last two series. I have heard good things about Blood, Passion and Freedom so I bought the next series 'Dreaming in Amber' on 'spec' - and because I like to support local if I can. That may be the one he means, but I have just found out there is a fourth book out soon and I'm not sure how many more will come after - I think the new fantasy 'trilogy' has now changed to at least four; which may or may not have anything to do with monetary gain, depending on one's amount of cynicism, so I'm a bit peeved and therefore have put all his books down the ladder of my TBR list. I'm annoyed because it is the third series I 'thought' I had got all books for; and they all have a fourth (and who knows how many more) book coming out. I'm starting to feel 'over' these multi-book fantasies (SACRILIGOUS!!) unless the writing quality remains as good or improves. And, without being politically incorrect or sounding harsh and uncalled for, these authors take so long to finish that some of them are now dying on us!! There is a personal story I have to that which I will get around to telling one day...

Finished ranting now. I wanted to be part of the group read (as I hadn't read that Heinlein) but I am having difficulty finding a copy of Double Star. BTW, in your opinion, is it worth my while hunting down a copy?

Do you go to lots of book convention / shows? It seems like a fun thing to do.

thank you very much, especially for the lede on elections story. all the way back is also in Issac Asimov's MONSTERS;

andy ray
hey mate: mike shaara never wrote a BOOK called "All the way back" nor "Grenville's Planet" or "Election 2066." He did write many short stories and two of the above i have found in collections. My question is two-fold: If I am misinformed, please tell me the BOOK form of the above so I can chase them down; (2) I have never heard of "Elections 2006" in any form. Could you give me publisher, year, and title, please. I'll be your LT slave forever if you do. :)

andy ray
The dog's name is Boru. He's an eight year old victorian bulldog (or olde english bulldogge, but I hate all the pretentious extra "e's").

And yours?
Hi Blue,

Nice to hear from you - though I still wonder how you have time to put down words when you are adding so much to your library daily. As for time for reading.... !

Back to topic: I'm glad, and I've got my hands on the first three Black Company books plus three Greg Egan - woo hoo! Not sure when I will get around to reading them but they are there when I want to. Actually I think The Black Company books will be pushed up my list as I am feeling curious - and if they are like the Malazan books then I want to read them. I am waiting for more Malazan books to be published - I'm feeling worried after RJ's sudden demise - before I read any more.
I am trying to find the sf story "Mechanical Mice" by Maurice A. Hugi (Astounding Stories 1941) which I remember reading 50 years ago in high school. I can't find any mention of it on amazon. On google there is a quotation. Could you tell me what collections this might be in and which sites might be good places to look? Or which store or site you found your copy on?
ps One other story I was looking for was "Killdozer!" by Theodore Sturgeon and I found this on amazon. Thanks, Anthony Bullock (aka paperpusher.)
As others have said, awesome collection - I'm flattered that you tagged mine as interesting...

Some superhero books you don't appear to have caught are Julie Kenner's Superherocentral series
has a list of them.

Standard sorts of superpowers, X-ray vision, etc.

I'm in awe, and also grateful because you have some older stuff that I have -- that I didn't think anyone else would have
awesome collection!
Thanks for the comments of the Terry Brooks books. I'll keep that in mind when I decide about reading more.
Surprised to read your review of David Malouf's "Fly Away Peter." War is a messy business, and his portrayal is vivid indeed. (Saw it just as I was going to recommend the book! Now I'll need to write a review too. ) LibraryThing does give all of us a voice, and I wonder if you really thought it such a bad book. Esta1923
Thanks for the comment on the Analogs. I'll try it as time, and my wife, allows! "Don't you do anything besides sit in front of that computer?!"
Thanks, but you're right, Google did find those. I suppose a lot of early stuff might have been in pulps but then sank pretty much without trace.
Regards, Jim Roberts
you are the only person with The Case of the Candied Diamonds cataloged. I get only 5 Google hits for it, one is LT and another is your blogspot. Was it ever issued under another name?
Regards, Jim Roberts
Re: Moorcock IZ.

Yep - I'm an IZ subscriber so I already have it. Although I may not have catalogued it yet, August is an incredibly busy month for me.
He IS!
Have never heard of them - I think - what are they?
Thanks for the reminder, I occasionally cruise ebay looking for Modesty Blaise and that's how I got my copy of The Silver Mistress.
Gosh, your catalog is simply amazing (and definitely puts mine to shame) :) I'm gonna have to take several weeks just to go through all your reviews (for book recommendations), been thinking of devoting more reading time to SF, which is one genre I have always neglected :)
glad to see you are well at it still. I was just wandering & saw your inquiry re: contents of Page's HEROIC FANTASY. if you need one, I'll cheerfully send you one
Yeah, 777 is kind of like you say - actually a significant Qabalistic number and the title of one of Aleister Crowley's books on the subject.

- Leigh
here ya go:

"Heroic Fantasy" edited by Gerald W. Page and Hank Reinhardt
DAW #334 April 1979 0879974559 320p.

from the blurb: "New writers and old masters contribute original stories"

14 original stories and three essays

Sand Sister by Andre Norton {a Witch World novelette}
The Valley of the Sorrows by Galad Elflandsson
Ghoul's-Head by Don Walsh
(First Commentary: Swords and Swordplay by HR)
Astral Stray by Adrian Cole
Blood in the Mist by E.C. Tubb
(Second Commentary: Armor (unsigned))
The Murderous Dove by Tanith Lee
Death in Jukun by Charles R. Saunders
The De Pertriche Ring by H.Warner Munn
(Third Commentary: Courage and Heroism (unsigned))
The Hero Who Returned by Gerald W. Page
The Riddle of the Horn by Darrell Schweitzer
The Age of the Warrior by Hank Reinhardt
The Mistaken Oracle by A.E. Silas
Demonsong by F. Paul Wilson
The Seeker in the Fortress by Manly Wade Wellman
Hi, I see you show up on the Zeitgeist page as the most prolific reviewer on LibraryThing. Quite an amazing acheivement! Congratulations. - Leigh Blackmore (666777)
(Hi, sorry I'm just getting back to you, I was away for a few days.) Yes, my older DAWs are right at hand, I'll post that info in a day or two when I catch up with some things.
Heh, you read my mind - I was just about to go searching you for Aurealis and Orb :)
Richard you're a champ! Thanks for the Andromeda Spaceways listings.
Actually, it's much the same here in my local Borders: When the Hugo nominees were announced, I went out to look for them - and the only one of them still in my local Borders (say, an average of 8 months after publication) was the paperback of the Novik. So I'm sort of scratching my head over: "Well, who DOES buy the hardcovers?"

The answer seems to be (largely): "Libraries".
Oh, I was going through the Locus "Year's Best" issue, and one of this year's recommended books is something called

"Myths for the Modern Age" edited by Win Scott Eckert - which they describe as "a collection of essays by Philip Jose Farmer and various scholars about Farmer's Wold Newton fiction family tree."
Bluetyson-as far as the superhero prose-if noone's told you about it Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep falls into this category-a new book,out sometime this month.
By the way,I see you're the only other LT'er with Nonstop to Portales-what did you think of it?
checkout I don't know how I found it...thought you gave it to the group.
So what you're saying is is superior to Wordballoon looks to be moving to another forum; it's also hard to understand what they are offering.
Bluetyson--Some months back you recommended a website where I could listen to discussion about comics. I looked thru the threads till I got dizzy and still find it. Thanks. Belle
I just found your three on
which covers the question.
Looks like the Saberhagen anthology will make my Amazon wishlist.
So, I'm cleaning up the Daniel Gilbert page with three very different works, and I edit the disambiguation notice to state they are from three different authors. I then ask the author of Stumbling on Happiness permission to use his photo. The reply of the Harvard psychologist:

"Yes you may use the photo. The credit is Marilynn Oliphant.

The Disambiguation notice says : As far as we know, Daniel Todd Gilbert who
wrote Stumbling on Happiness did not write Guitar Soloing : The Contemporary
Guide to Improvisation. Neither of which probably wrote the sci-fi Kokomu."

I did not write "Guitar Soloing" but I did, in fact, write "Kokomu."


Prof. Daniel Gilbert
Department of Psychology
1430 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Tel & Fax: 617.495.3892
Website: "

And the only LTer with Kokomu is Blue Tyson!

So, tell me about Pawn to Eternity tag. Bierce, Zelazny and Gilbert
hey, dukedom noticed that on Lucius Shepard's blog, he cited your reviews recently. I think he particularly noted a review you did for one of his books... Just in case you hadn't heard about it yet.... Best, Lois
Re the Adept series - it varies through the set I'd say. It starts off more as an occult detective piece, and always retains that, but becomes increasingly high fantasy as it goes through.
Hey, just realized I never answered your last question re: [Operation: Super Ms.] - I was expecting a spoof, especially with the cover art, but it was done totally straight.

Right, found it. And it very nearly persuaded me to rejoin....
Thanks for the link, blue.

And I'm glad you like the books. Check my bookmooch listing in a month or so, I should have unearthed another box by then.
je suis nouvelle sur ce site... et comme vous semblez parler francais, j'aurai été intéressée pour avoir une explication de "a list of superhero prose novel type works", parceque mon anglais est assez mauvais! merci...
Thanks again.

1) They certainly are profliferating: I COLLECT these, and a couple have nearly snuck past me.

1a) I NEVER SAW the Strahan "Very Best of 2005" in any store( it's still nearly unknown on LT),
I wound up having to order it from Amazon.

2) I might have to re-join SFBC simply to get my hands on "Best Novels of the Year" series.
Thanks for the link to the "Best SF" site, I learned some data points.
(I'm of somewhat mixed emotions to realize that I have a better collection of "Best ofs..." than the "best SF" site has....)
Thanks for that, it's true enough to make me laugh.
Thanks for your kind words about my Lin Carter reviews. I'm a fan although it may not seem like it from some of the unfavourable comments I've made about his work.

Just reviewed 'Found Wanting' which is one of his last books and I think it's actually great - he must have peaked really late in his career.
Do you mean 'done' as in ASIM?
Profiles on many aussie SF/F authors, with pics and some bio details. If you ask Donna she might send you a review copy.
empire princess NOT sword & sorcery, but does have intelligent critters amidst the dreck. bsh

I wish I could be more helpful, but I don't remember the details of The Apocalypse Door and it's lost in the library right now. Perhaps someone else will have better recall.

hi bt
this is a review of EP #4:

"The Beasts of Hades: Adventure of the Empire Princess #4 by Graham Diamond is a good old-fashioned sword and sorcery epic featuring a warrior princess with an affinity for animals, Stacy the Empire Princess! From the cover copy:

From the tranquil forests of Haven, a small and gentle rabbit brings a message: The peace of the empire is threatened by animals maddened by bloodlust. And in their violent wake there is an unearthly creature, not animal, not man.

With her trusted wolf at her side, and the small rabbit as a guide, Stacy the Empire Princess begins a hellish descent far beneath the forest. In a subterranean world of fire and brimstone lives the true enemy: their plans do not include either the puny human race or the many animals that live on the earth’s surface. It is up to Stacy and her animal friends to stop them from turning the world into another hell."

not my review & I can't say I recall it quite that way, so now I'll have to go dig these up and have a look. more to follow scott
The Diamond stuff is largely swashbuckling and Arabian nights, though a couple - Samarkand and it's sequel - do present as sword & sorcery candidates. Most have a supernatural element (and none are very good.) I probably have a bunch available. :)
From Pink Parka Girl -
You asked me about the Empire Princess series a few days ago. :) I do believe they are sword and sorcery oriented - I could be wrong though, as I haven't had the chance to read them yet, honestly, but I've looked them over. :) They're also printed by Playboy Press - that should also indicate something XD They DO have some uniqueness though from a lot of other sword and sorcery books in that talking animals play a big role, as opposed to pretty much all other titles in the genre :)
I never read any Ghost Busters movie books, wasn't even aware that such things existed. I am not a big fan of media tie-ins, they are the Cliff's Notes version of actual books. Horribly bland writing and static stories, pre-digested for easy absorption.

I would agree that Steakley's book could be called a Ghost Buster, besides being appallingly written (the joke about monkeys and typewriters in a locked room springs to mind), it was cartoonish and had very little depth to it. Not in the same class as Dresden, or Anita, or Harrison, or any of the others who are working in the same general vicinity.

In fact the other books you mention along with Steakley's seem to be of the cartoonish variety where they could just as easily be about super-heroes, cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, or humans and magical beings. I would agree that those could be called Ghost Busters, I just don't see them as belonging to the same category as the books that attempt to deal with the idea of magic in the world in a more modern manner.

The cartoon variety when applied to magical beings seems to be a return to old time horror, but with the emphasis on action and gore, since horror as a concept is past it. A return to black and white concepts. They do have often have a human as the POV because they are geared to those who want to be that character.
Caitlin Kiernan

These books I have listed as Stand Alones:

The Five of Cups
Tales of Pain & Wonder (Collection)

These books I have as being part of the Threshold series, I have not read them all so I don't know how accurate it is:

In The Garden of Poisonous Flowers (prequel, published later)
Low Red Moon
Murder of Angels
Daughter of Hounds

There are two other books that I don't have yet, and I am not sure how they fit in. They are still in hardcover and I wait until they go into paper to buy them.

Dry Salvages
Alabaster (the newest book)
Re: Ghost Busters

No confusion, just disagreement. Besides being a terribly dorky movie, the premise of Ghost Busters is humans fighting against magical, powerful, and often evil beings. That humans have to overcome and defeat the magic, in order to live safe lives.

All of the books that you refer to as Ghost Busters , at least those that I have read, feature a POV character that is not human. The story is told of how that person lives in the both the mundane and the magical world, and the difficulty in melding the two. There is often evil and mysteries involved but none of the cartoonish, good (humans) out to vanquish the bad (magical beings)and restore the world to a non-magical status. The books are about how different communities struggle to get along and deal with their differences.
Hi. I just want to tell you that not many normal 6-year-olds are going to pick up Harry Potter and read it. And they are definitely not going to read Lord of the Rings. So you say that Harry Potter is childish, well I think you are wrong!! Sorry for being mean, but I ccan't believe you think 6-year-olds would read it! Bye.
Re: Unshapely Things

No I wouldn't call it Ghost Busters. It is a murder mystery, and a slice of life in a world where the modern day has magic, monsters, and denizens of horror as a real part of life.

The main character is a Druid, who once had lots of power. This book seems to equate Druid and Wizard. His magic ability was damaged by a confrontation with an eco-terrorist Elf, and is now among the walking wounded. He has been retired from the Guild due to disability, so he works on his own with the Boston PD. He has a limited amount of magic, and inside information. He is pitied by the others who still have magic, and distrusted by many humans who only see a magical being, whom they consider dangerous.

Besides the series of murders, the story deals with his past and his current problems with both the magical and the mundane. How he survives, his relationships, and life in the Weird (the magical section on Boston). Think Anita Blake/Harry Dresden those types of dark urban fantasy. Not as good as either, or as good as Kim Harrison's series, but not bad. Just something about the writing that didn't flow.
I don't remember whether everyone has the abilities or just the ruling class, but I'm pretty sure it's everyone.
Timeshadow Rider is sort of a romance novel and sort of science fiction. The two main characters come from a planet of psychics, and when civilization on that planet collapses they have to figure out how to bring it back before the chaos there spreads to the rest of the universe. I thought it was pretty good.
The BookMooch scheme actually works, even internationally. They bill 2 points to 'mooch' from another country, and award the giver 3 points for international shipments. That's a little steeper than domestic mail rates here, but it makes it quite reasonable.

And 'multiple-books-to-the-same-address' makes the BookMooch system extremely rational. Two books = 6 points = roughly $10(US) in postage. I've had a collector request a dozen titles at once.

And I've found some great stuff on BookMooch, enough that being asked to do the occasional international shipment doesn't bother me at all. With US postal rates, BookMooch allows me to pick books for an average cost of about $1(US) each in postage.
...mindmelter tag...

Good stuff. Top of MY list under that tag is still Egan's Axiomatic.

which reminds me: (Somewhat related)- I was reading a discussion where someone referred to "Algernon moments": those works where reading them seems to make you smarter, as if one actually understood the underlying science.

(And speaking of Book Mooch - I still have a bunch of SF listed, and I'll be listing some more in a few weeks.)
I haven't got my hands on the Simon R Green Druid's Torc yet but from all accounts it is James Bond with magic
[Haggard] Anonymous. "The Doom of She, Fragment of a Romance of Political Adventure" in Punch March 31. 1888.

[Haggard] Anonymous. "An Interview with She" in St. James's Gazette February 16, 1887. Parody.

[Haggard] Anonymous. "She-That-Ought-Not-To-Be-Played" in Punch September 22, 1888. Parody.

[Haggard] Black, James. "She" a short story in London's Pictures & the Picturegoer Magazine new series number 117, 13 May 1916. Based on a silent film version of She that was directed by Will Barker & starred Alice Delysia.

[Haggard] "Daniel" [author unknown, ascribed to publisher James Burns]. MR. RIDER'S SHE, The Interpretation. Ln: Burns, 1889, 76p wraps. Associational. A little-known 40,000 word study of the character of She, brought to collectors' attention by George Locke.
[Haggard] DeMorgan, John [published anonymously]. BESS: A Companion to Jess." NY: Munro, 1887. A parody of Haggard, involving a matriarchal African tribe.

[Haggard] DeMorgan, John [published anonymously]. HE, A Companion to She. NY: Munro, 1887. Not a parody but an a serious lost race novel about Aztec-Phoenicians of Easter Island.

[Haggard] DeMorgan, John. "IT"; A Wild, Weird History of Marvelous, Phantasmagorical Adventures in Search of He, She, & Jess, & Leading to the Finding of "It." A Haggard Conclusion. NY: Munro, 1887. Goat-people.

[Haggard] DeMorgan, John [as By the Author of He, It, Pa, Ma, etc.}. KING SOLOMON'S TREASURES. NY: Munro, 1887. Troglodytes plus human-like sacred apes; prehistoric survival. Pastiche of Haggard.
[Haggard] Forrest, G. F. "The Deathless Queen: She-Who-Must-Be-Decayed" in MISFITS, A Book of Parodies. Oxford: Frank Harvey, 1905. Reprinted in AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MURKINESS edited by George Locke. Ln: Ferret Fantasy, 1973.

[Haggard] Lang, Andrew. OLD FRIENDS: Essays in Epistolary Parody. Ln: Longmans Green, 1890. One of the parodies is a letter written by Allan Quatermain to Sir Henry Curtis.

[Haggard] Lang, Andrew, & W. H. Pollock [as by anonymous]. HE. Ln: Longmans Green, 1887 wraps. The true first was limited to 25 copies; reprints were also paperbound. Parody of She set in London.

[Haggard] Marshall, Sidney J. THE KING OF KOR; or, She's Promise Kept: A continuation of the Great Story of "She" of H. Rider Haggard. Washington, D.C.: S. J. Marshall, 1903.

[Haggard] Ragged, Hyder [pseud of Sir Henry Chartres Biron]. KING SOLOMON'S WIVES; or, The Phantom of the Mines. Ln: Vizetelly, 1887, wraps. Parody.

[Haggard] Sims, George R. "The Lost Author" a parody of Haggard in TINKLETOP'S CRIME. Ln: Chatto & Windus, 1891. Originally in Hood's Comic Annual Christmas 1888.

[Haggard] Tremayne, Peter. THE VENGEANCE OF SHE. Ln: Sphere, 1978 wraps.

[Haggard] Weird, Walker [anonymous]. "Adam Slaughterman by Walker Weird, author of Hee-Hee & Solomon's Ewers" in Punch August 27, 1887. Parody.

[Haggard] Weird, Walker [anonymous]. "A Haggard Annual, specially written by Walker Weird, author of Hee-Hee & Solomon's Ewers" in Punch December 5, 1888. Parody.

[Haggard] Williams, J. X. HER. San Diego: Corinth, 1967, wraps. Erotic lost race parody of She.

several of these were reprinted in the Arno lost race & fantasy series




etc (first lot from Salmonson's lost race site)
Hi again.
re: Operation: Super Ms. - yes, as the cover says - "The superagent of the 70's who makes Wonder Woman look like Nancy Drew"

I'm reading it now and it's a lot like an early Bond novel. She's beautiful, sexy, extremely good at everything. Not as risque (so far) as the cover might suggest. So far, I'd say it's average, not great, but ok.

Re: Harkfast. I don't think I ever got round to reading it, so it's probably something that my late husband picked up in an SF convention book room (a "4 books for £5" deal or similar). I tagged it as fantasy because that's what the blurb made me think it was. My personal definition of fantasy is pretty broad and encompasses everything from orcs to alternative history and Terry Pratchett to brave-animals-in-peril stuff.
I'm not sure about Harkfast. It's one of those books I've had forever (probably 10 years) and never got to. I assumed it was a kind of -Mists of Avalon- thing but that was purely instinctual, I haven't actually read anything about it.

Very impressive library BTW. My trifling (by comparison) 2500 books took 3 or 4 weeks to enter, I can't imagine the number of hours you've put in.
Hi Blue
Tremayne's book is certainly a "pastiche" in the sense of a hodge-podge. He takes the HRH character (sort of) and tells a story. I seem to recall it's a novelization of a very bad film - and a mediocre book at best (too bad because Tremayne is capable of competent writing.) I'm not around the library at the moment, but if that's not correct I'll update when I get home. Lots of HRH pastiches that are more fun and better done. Your library still looking great! best, scott
Thanks for the Howard corrections.
I'm a newbie that needs to pull back.
OTOH, if you are a Howard fan, I strongly recommend watching the indie film "The Whole Wide World."
Hey bluetyson,
I just stumbled across this site and was thrilled to see that you had "tagged" my book. Thanks.

Ty P. Norling
Thanks for the Kim Newman link, most cool. Now I have to read more of the series. Dammit anyway.
bluetyson, I've started an "Australian SF & F" thread on the Readercon Group if you'd care to post... Eventually, I'll do threads for other major regions, but one at time. Best, Lois
Ah, I didn't know of the prose novel. Thanks for the clarification, I had assumed that the one entry with [novel] after it was just a quirk.

Is it any good?
Wow, that's some library you have!! I stopped by to let you know I looooved Ill Wind by Rachel Caine and spent this week reading the entire series. I'm starting book five today. I definately have no problem recommending these books.
Nope, no ebooks for Hal yet. My publisher doesn't have an ebook division, and it wouldn't be a good idea until print versions were available in the bigger English-speaking markets.
Thanks; the only one I've heard of is Doc Savage, of which I read one book about 30 years ago. I'll check out the others sometime; thanks again.

Yup, been a Tarzanophile since 1964 (age 10). Have enjoyed the complete series, not quite as enamored of ERB's other books, and am slowly upgrading to the old hardcovers in good condition. One you might enjoy (haven't yet perused your collection) is "Tarzan Alive", by Phillip Jose Farmer, which is his postulation that Tarzan was actually a real person with roots in heroic iconology, and may or may not be tongue-in-cheek, your call.

Lovers and loathers of Dan Brown and his on-off relationship with the English language are directed to You know it makes sense. Well, more sense than the book.
Hi! Thanks for joining Used Books.
Sorry for not responding sooner. I have only just returned from travelling. I believe Healer is part of the Chronicles. Honestly, I am not an expert. I own the Chronicles as well as certain pieces of it and can't even remember which parts I have read in their entirety. I continue to feel that his self-contained Black Wind is just brilliant, though it seems to be among the works of this prolific writer which is least read.
Hey BT - you haven't been to a book club yet, and that's totally fine. Our group is for newbies and veterans alike. We've got a bunch of really great folks so far, and some good conversations, too. Feel free to join or just pop your head in now and again. It may inspire you to host/join a book club. Reading is great, and talking about what you've read is where the real fun often starts. :-)

Hi Bluetyson. Thank you for picking up my book. If you like the out-of-body superhero "Ram" then you might enjoy my next novel, a modern day Cheyenne warrior with incredible powers. "The Dogman Cometh" is not being released until next fall but you can read an excerpt at my website, If you like that, perhaps you would like a full preview for your compilation?
Thanks again.
Thanks for picking up my book,
Ron Fortier
Hi again.
I have, indeed, read Superheroes by Michael Parry, but it was 20-30 years ago, so I don't remember too much about it.
I'll see if I can dig it out and refresh my memory.

Hi bt, I didn't realize you could leave comments here! I just use Librarything to catalog what I've read, bought recently for trade on and have in my TBR pile.
In responce to your question; I love Bill Pronzini books and I think I have read most of them over the years. I own very few because I give away books I love faster than ones I don't.
Look up the author and start at his earliest "Nameless Detective" series. Nameless (who aquired a name a few years ago) is a great character. As the series progress other characters grow along with him. I enjoy that. The stories are simple and straightforward. They are an easy, fast read which I enjoy when I don't want to think too much.
I was surprised that I enjoyed his Western type books also as I don't usually like this type of fiction.
Mr Pronzini is married to the author Marcia Muller and they have written a few books together which I enjoyed. Some of her books are pretty good, others I didn't care for.
Try him out. You may enjoy his writing.
Fortunately for the world, my book is unpublishable. :)
Re: biology-based SF and superhero fiction, I've written a nasty little novel about that intersection!
I noticed you also have the newest Hellboy novel "The God Machine". I haven't had a chance to read it yet. Have you read any of the other various novels?
Hi - You asked me about The Ultimate X-Men. That's an anthology of short stories written by a number of authors, including myself -- looking furiously around for my copy to tell you who else is in it -- umm...eluki bes shahar, Ashley McConnell, Dean Wesley Smith, Ken Grobe, Andy Lane & Rebecca Levene, Glenn Haumann, Stan Timmons, Evan Skolnick, J. Steven York and Dave Smeds. To the best of my knowledge, Marvel has only authorized two anthologies, and this is the first one. There may be a guide to the X-Men out there, but if so, I don't know its title. Thanks for dropping by my library!
I've got one for you - The Great Gold Steal by Ted White.
It's a Captain America novel from around the same time as Avengers
Battle the Earth Wrecker.

It's in my collection.

Have you checked out the "Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series"? They're reprinting pulp classics such as "Gladiator" and the works of Clark Ashton Smith. I've heard good things but haven't gotten a hold of any myself. Like to hear your opinion if you have anything in the series.
I noticed that you have Arthur C. Clarke's Oddyssey II and III tagged with a Wold Newton universe association. What's the connection there?
"caveman fiction, that is a good tag! Hope to see that one expand!"

Oh, hi.
Yeah, thanks, me too - that tag occurred to me as I cataloged a couple specimens of the genre. I don't actively read or collect that tag, but long ago I did read a children's "caveman fiction" story that I would not mind finding again. (It's too bad I don't know the title or author.) Maybe if the tag spreads, someday I'll find it.
The CDROM of my "Revised Crime Fiction IV: A Comprehensive Bibliography 1749-2000" should be priced at about $50. From Locus Press.

Allen J. (Al) Hubin
Check out Superheroes, a short story collection edited by John Varley. I realize it's not a novel, but it sounds like something you might like.
In response to your The Black Company question:

Back in High School, I did read the first couple of books in the series; fun, but the series real didn't hold my interest.
You asked about the publication of my crime fiction bibliography. Well, the current version ("Crime Fiction IV: A Comprehensive Bibliography 1749-2000") is available on CDROM from Locus Press and in print (5 volumes, $500!) from Battered Silicon Dispatch Box (George Vanderburgh) in Canada. I've completed work on the Revised CFIV and hope for publication on CDROM later this year (whenever Bill Contento gets around to incorporating all the new/corrected information I've sent him); publication in print form is also possible. Naturally (since I've been at this game so long, with contacts with so many helpful people and new data sources continuing to turn up) new/corrected information continues to flow in, and I'm planning to send batches of this (as Addenda to the Revised CFIV) to Steve Lewis for posting on his Mystery*File web site. Probably more than you wanted to know...

Allen J. Hubin
Hi - you'd asked me about The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril...

It's a great read - the premise is that the leading pulp novelists of the 1930s investigate intermingled cases that might have come from their own pages... it has the feel of Kavalier & Clay or Carter Beats the Devil with a gripping story that just maybe possibly might have happened.
Glad you liked the review of V. Yup, although I never thought I'd see myself using the words I recommend the novelisation, in this case this is exactly what I'm going to tell you. The fact that Steve Moore is a close friend of AM, and more or less closes the circle linking GN to film, and the film back to GN, via his novelisation, makes it a very readable book. He also gives a lot of internalisation to the character of V, which he doesn't have in either of his other two incarnations. If you want a different perspective on the film, however, have a look at what Leah Moore has to say about it here. Yes, that's me interviewing the pair of them...
Re: making it to 400 books this year, yes I hope so. I've reached over 200 so far this year and it's only May!
I forgot to answer your WEIRD HEROES question. I did read those as they came out in the late 1970's. They are wildly uneven but the good stuff is very good indeed. Particularly if you have a taste for pulp/comics/adventure fiction. THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BIRD by Harlan Ellison is a great SHADOW story grafted the Philip Jose Farmer meta-universe of heroic fiction. The Doc Phoenix/OZ novel is odd but quite collectible as bot h OZ and Doc Savage collectors are looking for it.
Well, it's not much yet, but it'll look like the biblio-equivalent of the Deathstar when I am nearer to the finish. For instance, once I decide to post in a certain area things get sort of lopsided - like my Twain 8-1 ratio against the rest of the LIBRARYTHING database. When I am done there is no question that I'll "own" certain tags like SF, vintage paperbacks, noir, comics (I have 58,000), Ellison, etc. As for "have you read most of them yet?" - oh, heck no. Harlan Ellison is fond of saying "Who needs a library full of books they've already read?" and I would have to agree. There are other factors. I keep some books [my slowly expanding "451" tag] on principle. Other books round out sets. For instance I will probably never read all of Twain's JOAN OF ARC or half of Dicken's novels (unless I live a VERY long time) but I'm still going to have them on my shelves. I also have multiple translations of many Greek, French and Russian works. At some point I'll figure out what the optimal translations of Flaubert and Turgenev are - but I'm not there yet. I do have some idea of what's in each book and have a reading plan, but the plan assumes about triple my projected lifespan AND that people stop writing new and interesting books. I hope for the former and dread the later. Or perhaps the other way around. ;-) - Barney Dannelke
Alas, I am several years behind in my to-be-read pile and haven't read Godplayers just yet. Sounds like an interesting update on Amber though. I have read Judgment of Tears, and I did enjoy it immensely. It is a mystery, set in 1960's Rome, and even has James Bond, Orson Welles, and Patricia Highsmith's Ripley as characters. Newman's whole Anno Dracula series is awesome, I just wish he would come out with the collection of novellas set in the same universe. Have you read his excellent Back in the USSA? It's a collection of stories telling the history of a communist USA; with Tom Joad, Charles Foster Kane, Annie Oakley, Kurt Vonnegut, Harry Truman, and Isaac Asimov as characters.
Blood Music by Greg Bear is another pretty good SF book focused on biology.
I tend to avoid biology SF so I can't give you good recommendations. I know too much about the subject, and I get annoyed when the authors get something wrong. With other kinds of SF I either don't catch mistakes in the science, or it just doesn't bother me. Also, reading biology SF is too much like what I do at work all day. :)
It is the same. Tom DeHaven. He wrote 3 fiction/humor books about news paper comic strips and "Funny Papers" is the last one I need.
That's funny... I ordered the Tarzan book along with the Wold book and DeHaven's "Funny Papers". Also, I was very sad to discover that I can't get a copy of any of Farmer's other related books at any of my local used stores. Nor can I find any of the 70's-80's copies of the Burroughs' books or the Doc Savage books. Used to be you couldn't go into a used shop without those books falling on your head...Now that I'm interested of course they're gone...
Glad you liked "crummypb"... Thoght you might like to know that I just (yesterday) ordered the Wold Newton book because I read the comments here on your page and it sparked my interest... I'm looking forward to its arrival.
yup, the kids finally arrived in the "basement" where a lot of the paperbacks are. we've been trying to weed out duplicates. They're about 1/3 of the way through the mass market stuff (unless I turn them loose on the stuff in boxes.) After it's cleaned up, I'd like to make my wife happy and trim down to maybe 5K titles. Then I'll tackle the music. Somewhere in there I'll try to consider what "superhero" items I might not find in yours (especially if you define that for me a bit.) I had to chuckle at some of the responses to your e-listings; some pretty fragile egos out there. Hang in there! scott
I have read Nobody Gets the Girl, but unfortunately before I was doing reviews to help myself remember. It survived the great purge of 2002, so I must have liked it some. As I recall, it was a reasonably standard superhero plot; the gimmick was the novel rather than graphic novel format.
Well, since my favorite Wallace was the book of essays, I'll make a plug for that, but I expect I'll like Infinite Jest a lot when I finish it, too. It is an absurdist look at the future, where years have corporate sponsorship (like the Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment) and characters struggle with tennis and other life-and-death matters.
I found the Wold Newton book was really interesting about how every (pulp) fiction character was interconnected in some way. It felt a lot like the brillant League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series, if confined to a specific time period of stories. One downside to me is that I haven't gotten around to reading a few of the characters discussed, such as Doc Savage or Tarzan, and so didn't quite get those essays. Plus some of the essays degenerate into a "A" begat "B" sort of thing that makes for really dry reading, especially if you don't know much about say Turkish fictional gangsters. But overall I found it to be interesting and fun, and I want to definitely try out more pulpier fictions. Sorry for the late response, I haven't checked out LibraryThing in a couple of weeks.
i'm not sure i understand why people care so much about what you do. i too could care less about the stats. while i hear what tim is saying i can't see where one would know this is "against" policy. i would think an option to pull large user libraries out of the recc funtion would be the answer but what is large? the guys with 500 books seem to be complaining and I have probaby 5x if i had the time to put them all in. people complained when they heard people might put in kids books. for some reason those were "not important enough". i guess i just dont understand the competition. if i want to catalog my sons books why do they care?
David Foster Wallace writes epic sentences, fiction with footnotes, footnotes with footnotes, and otherwise baroque but engaging prose. I have yet to make it through his immense novel Infinite Jest, but I think his essay collection A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again is a wonder.
Thanks for the comment about Doc Savage. It took me about five years, but I was finally able to collect them all.

I enjoyed looking at your superhero prose novels. I noticed you listed The Further Adventures of Batman, edited by Martin Greeberg. I believe there is a similar title called The Further Adventures of Superman, and if I remember correctly, one of the stories in that volume is by Wil Murray, who ghost-wrote the new Doc Savage novels.
hey, I was just wondering if you could tell me what books are in your omnibus copies of the elric saga pt. I and pt. II, thanks bro.

I find Harrisonn fairly heavy going. Some are still unread.
Cheryl Morgan has several reviews on which might be worth a look, she's enthusiasic). I find, having read a number of her reviews, I can get a good idea of how I will like a book from them whether she likes them or not. So its probably worth reading her reviews of a few books you know to get a background. (true of any reviewer in my opinion).
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