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About meAge: 49

Status: Married for 18 years.

Children: None. Zero. My books are my babies and I never have to change their diapers (just a fresh Brodart every so often).

Photo: Over the last few years I've come to gain an appreciation for "pulp" art covers like what's currently being put out here:
and in this Taschen book here: (
I recently downloaded a collection of various genre magazine and book covers, so I'll occasionally be posting them here in an effort to liven up this page a bit; other images may be uploaded as the mood strikes me.

Username: From an Arnold Lobel "poem" called "Books to the Ceiling." I wanted to use "outsideofadog" from the famous Groucho Marx saying, but some 7 book FA'er (Free Accounter) nabbed it 20 days before I thought of it. Can I get a "20 days!" repetition in an imitation Chris Rock falsetto to express my disgust? Thank you.

Books: Mostly science fiction/fantasy, but I've added quite a few mysteries and a smattering of espionage and historical fiction over the last decade+. I also have a fair number of western titles, although I don't have nearly the number I used to. My favorite type of story would probably be the "mystery in a science fiction setting" a la Jack McDevitt, Larry Niven (Gil the ARM), Peter F. Hamilton or Richard Morgan, just to name a few.

Favorite Authors: Fairly lengthy list comprised of authors read "recently" and authors I haven't read in many years. Some of the older authors may not make the cut if I were to re-read their books today, but I have fond memories of their writings, so on the list they go. Also, even though an author's body of work may be generally mediocre, if they've got at least one book I truly enjoyed, then that's enough to qualify for the list.

About my libraryHmm...Library. Possibly a bit ambitious because in my mind it connotes not just books (I have enough of those...wait, what am I saying?), but also a certain setting. You know, the built-in shelves, wheeled ladders on rails, fireplace, over-stuffed chair and ottoman, dog, etc. Not particularly original, I know, but it's my idea of how a library should look and what I want for myself, someday (except for the dog; frankly, I'd rather have a cat).

As far as what my library contains, well, it's comprised of about 2/3 mass market fiction and 1/3 trade paper and hardcover fiction, with the occasional business/investment tome thrown in so I can learn just how much money I would have had if not for an irrational need to own books:) I've been buying more and more hardcover books the last few years as I've become a more serious "hyper-modern" book collector. Luckily I live near Los Angeles so getting signatures is fairly easy.

Also, under the "follow the flag" theory of book collecting, the tags for my books reflect--to the best of my knowledge--an author's country of citizenship/birth, rather than the setting of any particular story or series, or the country where the book was published. If there's no country specified, then the author should be American (assuming I didn't screw up or just forget to check, which are strong possibilities). If you spot an error in my tags (or anywhere else, for that matter), feel free to drop me a note, if you have a moment to spare.

***Update 8/02/09***

Well, Collections is now upon us and it is not exactly what I was hoping it would be. You see, I used to be quite adamant that LT should be about books, and nothing but books. And those books should be owned by an individual or family on LT, rather than an entity, and above all else, those books should be real! But, over the last 3 years (wherein I actually set foot inside a county library and realized modern libraries now contain music, movies, magazines, newspapers and probably more) my conception of what an LT library may contain has expanded to envelop pretty much all printed matter, as well as music, movies and their related ephemera. So, in the spirit of Collections and more expansive libraries, I will be adding CD's and DVD's to LT and I've already begun adding my comic collection. However, there will be no wishlists from me as there does not yet seem to be a way to keep items of fantasy from counting toward one's overall library size on the Zeitgeist list, which remains my largest area of dissatisfaction with Collections.

***Update Redux 6/5/10***

Well, individual entry of comics on LT is quite the time consuming task, so I'm slowly adding titles to with the intention of importing them here at a later date. However, while comicbookdb is much faster, it's still a dauntingly slow task to enter everything and I've decided to put that on the back burner until I've tagged the whereabouts of all my mass market paperbacks in their respective boxes (23 of around 50 boxes done). DVD's and CD's will come after everything readable has been entered (I fully expect them to be obsolete technology by the time I get to them, heh).

Just a fun fact: On September 15, 2012, I had 7,777 books, of which 777 were signed; kinda wish I could freeze the library right there...

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Favorite authorsBen Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, Robert Adams, Boris Akunin, Aaron Allston, Piers Anthony, Neal Asher, Pierce Askegren, Robert Asprin, Gail Van Asten, Iain Banks, Elizabeth Bear, Alex Bledsoe, Kyril Bonfiglioli, Mayer Alan Brenner, Patricia Briggs, Ed Brubaker, Ken Bruen, Steven Brust, Lois McMaster Bujold, Chris Bunch, John Burdett, William R. Burkett, Jr., Edgar Rice Burroughs, F. M. Busby, Kurt Busiek, John Byrne, Christian Cameron, Miles Cameron, Orson Scott Card, Mike Carey, Jack L. Chalker, Howard Chaykin, Lee Child, Barbara Cleverly, Harlan Coben, Allan Cole, Michael Connelly, James S. A. Corey, Bernard Cornwell, Larry Correia, Desmond Cory, Robert Crais, Carroll John Daly, Ed Dee, Nelson DeMille, Sean Doolittle, Dave Duncan, Dorothy Dunnett, Phyllis Eisenstein, Steven Erikson, Ian C. Esslemont, Minister Faust, David Feintuch, Alan Dean Foster, Brian Freemantle, David Gemmell, Victor Gischler, Walter B. Gibson, Norman Green, Mike Grell, Peter F. Hamilton, C.S. Harris, Harry Harrison, Tom Hinshelwood, Christopher Hinz, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, James P. Hogan, David Housewright, Dean Ing, Craig Johnson, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Guy Gavriel Kay, Philip Kerr, Nancy Kress, Katherine Kurtz, Dewey Lambdin, Louis L'Amour, Hugh Laurie, John Lawton, Ann Leckie, Sharon Lee, Dennis Lehane, Martin Limón, Jean Lorrah, Sergei Lukyanenko, Jonathan Lunn, David Markson, George R. R. Martin, Ed McBain, Anne McCaffrey, Jack McDevitt, Gregory Mcdonald, Maureen F. McHugh, Adrian McKinty, R. M. Meluch, Deon Meyer, Steve Miller, Daniel Keys Moran, Richard Morgan, John Morressy, Jo Nesbø, Kim Newman, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Naomi Novik, Eric S. Nylund, Patrick O'Brian, Carol O'Connell, Andrew J. Offutt, Robert O'Riordan, David R. Palmer, K. J. Parker, George P. Pelecanos, Steve Perry, Thomas Perry, Max Phillips, H. Beam Piper, Mike Resnick, Alastair Reynolds, Mack Reynolds, John Maddox Roberts, Kenneth Robeson, Patrick Rothfuss, Sean Russell, John Sandford, Dorothy L. Sayers, John Scalzi, Jack Schaefer, James H. Schmitz, Ernest Thompson Seton, Dan Simmons, Maj Sjöwall, L. Neil Smith, Martin Cruz Smith, Sherwood Smith, Peter Spiegelman, John Steakley, Richard Steinberg, Neal Stephenson, Matthew Woodring Stover, Victoria Strauss, Mark Sumner, Keith Taylor, Peter Temple, Sheri S. Tepper, Steve Thayer, P. J. Tracy, Delia Marshall Turner, A. E. van Vogt, Brian K. Vaughan, Vernor Vinge, Karl Edward Wagner, Mark Waid, Bill Watterson, David Weber, Donald E. Westlake, Kevin Wignall, John Wilcox, Elizabeth Willey, F. Paul Wilson, Don Winslow, Roger Zelazny (Shared favorites)

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The first three bookcases of my library (Ikea black/brown Billy's, with extensions and glass doors). Probably going to replace this photo due to the glare on bookcase #1.
Hello there bookstothesky
It was a pleasure to receive your message. I have been meaning to send to you,but you know what it is I'm sure.
On the reading front I've started the 'Sharpe' series by Bernard Cornwell and much enjoying it too. The thing is its so completely different from my usual Crime and Murder stories,although come to think of it there's plenty of both within the pages.
Other recent reading - the 'Amsterdam Cops' series by Janwillem van de Wetering are coming along well. The author was it seems deeply into Zen,and his stories seem to reflect that. Thus some deep thoughts on that as well as very acceptable crime stories too.
Also been reading 'The Europeans' by Henry James,which I enjoyed and was encouraged to try more anon. In truth very little seems to happen,but the writing is superb nevertheless.
Regarding my Library total,I was pleased to finally reach the 12000 and hope to keep to around that number. As you will see I have added another few,but will try to dispose of some soon to compensate.
I am glad that your people in 'power' (so-called) are as daft as our own in dealing with the things that matter today. The world has truly gone mad I think. The more one reads and views on the TV the more one despairs.
Oh yes, you mention Jo Nesbo who is someone I have always been meaning to read,and your mention has reminded me and spurred me on. So thanks for that and again for your kind message.
With all best wishes
Thanks! Your comment inspired me to add another author picture from the same convention, one that I meant to add back then, but got sidetracked. This coming summer promises to be a good one for me, with my second Scalzi tour, and my first for meeting both Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill!
It is good to see your big long list of Favourite Authors - how can so many people on LT only like a handful of authors? That being said, all of mine are SF writers, so locals like Ian Rankin do not get a look in....I see you have in your library [Halting state] and [Rule 34] by Charles Stross, which are near future SF thrillers SF set in dear old Edinburgh and give Rankin a run for his money. Have you read them yet?

To my shame I have not been up the A9 in years...but I did manage to get to the Interaction
SF Worldcon in Glasgow in 2005!

Whoops - sorry for not replying earlier - didn't realise Librarything had messaging.

Many thanks for lightening the cover I uploaded - I thoroughly approve :-)

Another Daniel Keys Moran fan! There's only a few of us :-)

Have fun!

"Power Under Pressure", the 3rd book in The Society of Steam comes out in just under 2 weeks! Hopefully will finish up that trilogy with a bang! And I hope Mr. Mayer rights more books on The Society! What'dya think?
Just a quick note to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. (full of new book additions of course)
Sent from a somewhat soggy British Isles.
...and I love the pics of all the beautiful ladies! :)
Great library you have! I'll keep an eye on it for recommendations in the future! Good stuff!
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The Sting of the Widow: A Natasha Romanova Thriller employs the title from Amazing Adventures #7, written by Roy Thomas. The illustration is by Jack Faragasso, and originally appeared on the cover of “Bait” by George Cassidy and “Cravings” by Jack Woodford. It borrows the cover design from the Mike Shayne series of detective novels. Spot illustration by Daniel Acuña.
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No Place To Hide employs the title from Tales to Astonish #54, written by Stan Lee. The illustration is by Robert McGinnis and originally appeared on the cover of “The Wind-Up Doll” by Carter Brown.
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Hero for Hire employs the title of the comic Luke Cage Hero for Hire, written by Archie Goodwin. The illustration is by Stanley Borack and originally appeared on the cover of “Hellbottom” by Eric Corder.
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Every time a guy tries to relax with his pipe and a magazine...distractions, always distractions.
Thanks for the tip re Tom Wood - I've added The Killer to my reading queue. It looks like it should fit the bill as a Reacher replacement... fingers crossed.

Thanks for the nice comments! My library is nothing compared to yours though. ;-) I actually have quite a lot to enter yet. About a year ago, I was forced to sell my house. I had most of my books entered at that time (~3,000), but in preparation of the move, I needed to downgrade the size of my library. I made a decision to get rid of 90% of my paperbacks and book club editions, and probably 80% of my ex-library books, and I didn't have time at that moment to delete those specific books. Also, about halfway through my cataloging, I changed the way I entered my books, so a lot was left unfinished. In the end, I just packed up everything, deleted my entire catalog, and started over this spring. I worked on my limited editions, and signed books first, and have just begun to enter the "basic" books again. I estimate I probably have about 1,200 left to go.

I'm quite jealous of a lot of your books too! Especially the true first of The Quantum Thief, missed out on that one, and now it's ridiculously hard to find. The signed Reynolds are also very cool. I haven't been to a ton of signings in person (living in the fly-over states has that effect), though I do manage to get to a few. Robert J. Sawyer, Paolo Bacigaulpi, Stephen King, and Scalzi being the most recent. I actually had plans to see Doctorow a couple of weeks ago, he came within an hour of me, but most of my books of his are still uncatalogued in boxes (very carefully packed, of course!), and I didn't have time to find them all. That, and I had an exam the next day (in grad school) and couldn't really afford the time away from studying. Some time I'll see him though. After graduation, I have plans to relocate to San Francisco, within blocks of Borderlands, so I suspect I'll get a lot more chances to see authors in person then.

Most of my collecting habits have turned from the 1/1 trade editions I used to seek out, to saving up for the limited editions (mainly SubPress) that I really want. At least until I start earning some real money again. Even then, I get most of them on SubPress' semi-regular 50% off sale, or on eBay at discount, with the exception of the few authors I need to collect and match my numbers on. Robert Silverberg, China Mieville, Bacigalupi, etc... I've been on Paolo since he started writing, so was lucky to get the S/L of Pump Six, and a first printing of The Windup Girl, before they became prohibitively expensive.

Anyway, nice collection again!
Enjoy your vacation. :)
Just a line or two to keep in touch as it has been a while since we last communicated.I always enjoy reading your reviews although as you will be aware,while you are an expert and enthusiast of the Si Fi /Fantasy genre, I tend to concentrate on Crime fiction (in particular pre-1950 stuff) No bad thing to be drawn into a different genre methinks.
A funny thing happened to me on this site recently. Funny amusing or funny peculiar I cannot quite decide. I collect a chap called William Le Queux,who is a crime/spy writer of the (mainly) early 1900's. his books are fairly difficult in the main to find and I am lucky enough to have found over 60 out of over 200. I was therefore rather surprised to find someone had suddenly entered about 145 books by this author onto LibraryThing. I contacted this person who lives in Australia and after a while received a reply. It was to the effect that 'Oh no,I don't own any of Le Queux's books,They are merely Wishlist.' Things don't change here do they ?
Anyway,I continue to add books to my list (that I actually have in my house) and at the same time to dispose of a few too. Thus my totals remain fairly static and my library position goes down and down. But we won't get into that old chestnut will we ? How goes it with you ? Any news from you side of the world ?
Hope to hear from you.
best wishes

Hello-thanks for the message and i will be checking your library too.
Hello there,
Best wishes to you and your family (and books) for Christmas and the New Year.
I have been struggling to keep my totals from overpowering our house with I think some success.
I look forward to some book talk during 2012.
Speak to you soon
Thanks, I hadn't gotten around to it yet.:P
Hi, thanks! Your library is pretty awesome too. Always a pleasure to meet someone with the same addiction. :)

Thanks for the recommendation. I have the book, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I hope to read it sometime soon.
Thank you for the comment... yes, cats, real books, and real bookshelves & book piles are fun... although of late, I have been wondering as my long-haired cat shares my lap & book space, whether someone someday is going to open one of my books and wonder "what the ??" as long black hairs sprinkle out! Maybe I should let my daughters get him shaved again... never! I do need to get my kitty and his brother to do some more book poses for my photo album :)
thanks for the heads up on purgatory chasm!
Good to hear you finally got the Jo Nesbo. I'm with you,in that Once I've ordered anything,I'm inpatient to have it in my hands NOW !. I have had a book coming via ebay for a little time now and have finally received it yesterday. It came from an Animal Charity and the time it took,I think that the cats and the dogs have been packing it with their little paws and have got in a mess.
We did hear about the Nordic and Italian television shows that you mention and certainly meant to see them. Missed them however so will try to pick up on the repeats later as they do sound interesting.
Glad you liked the Flickr photos by the way.
More news on the Robert E .Howard book. - Have now read all of the Solomon Kane stories and liked them very much. He seems to be some sort of Puritan avenger I suppose. The few King Kull I found a bit difficult to get on with as he seemed to have just too little brain and too much brawn for me. The Bran Mak Morn (and the Picts) were much better,notably 'The Worms of the Earth' which your friend recommended. I thought that one was really good,and not a little scary.I shall next embark on the final (and longest) section 'Savages, Swordsmen & Sorcerers'. Will let you know what I think of them anon. It is most refreshing to get onto a completely new genre,so keep the recommendations coming please.
On Wednesday we went to a talk and signing by Robert Crais of his latest 'The Sentry' and was delighted to meet him. Haven't read it yet,but my wife tells me it is well worth reading,so I'll add it to my ever growing list.
I note your mention of Patrick Rothfuss and will look out for him.
All the best from a rather grey and cold England.

Hello again,
The information about Robert E. Howard was useful,for as I said,I knew absolutely nothing about him at all. Being an alien subject I did need a little help,so thanks.
I see that you have now received the Jo Nesbo and hope that you enjoy it. Interesting to hear about the delays due to the security checks,but I suppose they are necessary due to the sad state of the world today.
I have recently read a couple of books by Tony Broadbent 'The Smoke' and the follow-up. They are about London in the 1950's and feature a cat-burglar and jewel thief called Jethro. He becomes involved with the security services and forced to do some rather specialized work for them. The author has really got the mood of the era and I can throughly recommend both of the stories. (I have reviewed both for LT)
On a completely different style is Gyles Brandreth,who has written a series about Oscar Wilde as detective. Not as way-out as one would think and not for everybody,but not at all bad on the lighter side.
Speak to you soon.
As I know you as an expert in the field of fantasy in general and Robert E. Howard in particular,I crave your help. The subject is largely virgin ground for me but I have just been given a book called 'Conan's Brethren'.I have read a couple of stories in the section about Solomon Kane and enjoyed them. Completely different for me as I say. Any leads as to the best or indeed the ones to avoid (if any).
All the best from a house that is becoming increasingly full of examples of the printed word !
Hi bookstothesky,
Nice to hear from you. A Happy New Year to you and your family too.May you find all the books in the coming year that you desire.
Any book discussions that you desire will be fine with me. I never weary of the subject. I see that you are currently reading 'Bad Boy' by Peter Robinson which I've got to read soon. What do you think of it - Any good ?
All the best
Good day bookstothesky,

Haven't written in a while but wanted to drop you a line on a few things that may interest you.

Joe McKinney's book "Dodging Bullets" from Gutter Books was an exceptional, quick, and vicious read.

Getting into some dark lit lately (some with elements of supernatural) from a fellow named Greg Gifune. His books (all or most?) are put out by Delirium Press. Quite interesting stuff. Based on the three I have read so far, a common theme rings through: some occurrence from the past haunts and drives the psyche of the characters into the present. Those three reads are: "The Bleeding Season"; "Saying Uncle"; and "Children of Chaos," which was Gifune's cool, very dark version of "Heart of Darkness."

And lastly, a book that I believe could stay for a while among the top of my favorites list before being replaced: "God is a Bullet" by Boston Teran.

Well, that's it for now. Later.

Thanks for adding my library to your list. Of course, I have to credit my husband Dave with the interesting Sci-Fi stuff, and the interesting mystery/horror/ghost story stuff is mine. Your collection looks pretty great too. Isn't is fun to find a new "vintage" mystery you've never seen before?

any recommendations for ernest thompson seton fans?
Good evening! (Or whatever it is over there, here in Sweden it will be morning in a couple of hours...)

"...come up with some tiny anti-oxidant scrubbers in time to do a middle-aged guy like me some good. Is it too much to ask to live forever at a relatively young age?"

Haha, oh I will come up with something - promise. :P

I'm glad you liked the song. It has, like you said, a very nice, melancholy tune. It's been one of my absolute favourites for quite some time now (along with Alice's Prospettiva Nevski and others - I just never seem to listen to the same kind of music as friends my age!) and I never grow tired of it. The melancholy paired with the beautiful text just really appeal to me. It was, in fact, one of the first Cat Stevens songs I heard, which is kind of strange since it not that very famous.

/Lady D.

Haha, yes the sleeping cat is one of my favourites! I try to chose pictures that reflect what kind of person I am (one with humour :P), but also pictures that people will remember so if they come by my profile a second time they will think something like "Oh, I remember her! She's the one with the **** picture.". I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

Lady D'arbanville is a great song. There are several versions of it on youtube if you want to listen to it. I think it was first released on the album Mona Bone Jakon in 1970.

I'm actually not sure how I found your library. I think I was checking out Andre Norton's books and you had her among your favourite authors. But it might just have been me clicking randomly on membernames. ^^

If you want a good introduction to nanoscience I could recommend Nanotechnology for dummies by Richard D. Booker or Nanotechnology: A gentle introduction to the next big idea by Mark A Ratner. You could of course just go on reading sci-fi books like Michael Crichton's Prey. Just don't take them TOO serious ;). I get scared sometimes when I notice how little people actually know about nanotechnology, and what they DO now they learned from fiction books *sigh*... But it's very fun studying it. Later on I'm going to specialize in nanobiomedicine.

All the best

/Lady D

well, it's definitely morning here now that I'm reading your comment. ;) Thank you so very much - as I'm still new around here, I wasn't sure what to expect and was quite surprised to receive such a friendly personal comment. Thanks again! =)

Our tastes really match so well that I know your library will give me lots of ideas for new books. I look forward to browsing it at length.

Kind regards and all the best,
Hi there,
How is it going with you in LA.
I meant to tell you that I really like your present Profile pic. Does it apply to 'The Shadow Men' or to 'The Return of Captain Future' I wonder ?
We went to a signing recently,where we saw John Connolly and got a couple of books signed. These were 'The Gates' which I found very funny,particularly the demon 'Nurd' and his liking for fast cars and wine gums! More importantly I have just completed his latest Charlie Parker novel,'The Whisperers'. This was fantastic and I just had to keep reading until the end. The author is one of the nicest chaps that I have met at an author signing,which helps no doubt.
How are you getting on with Val McDermid's books - I know you were going to embark on some of her works a little while ago.
I see that your library has nearly reached 7,000 now. That's going some, I bet you are finding storage a problem - I know that I am. I manage to jettison a few from time to time,giving them to charity shops and so on,but the collection seems to be growing too fast for it to do much good. It's a good job that I've got an understanding wife although as she will admit,she is buying quite a few as well !
Spotted a couple of Joyce Porter's 'Dover' books on your list. Porter is a really funny writer and Dover is some character. As always the last few of any author's books are most difficult to get hold of at any sort of sensible price,and Joyce Porter is no exception.
Hope you are well and surviving both the global and political situation.On the latter front we have had an interesting time of it and have ended up with a strange sort of government by all accounts. We shall have to see how it goes I suppose.
Anyway I wish you all the best as always and hope to hear from you soon.
Hello, thanks for your message.
Please accept my apology for my written english.
I did find your library very interesting as we actually also share other favorite authors such as richard morgan (loved his sf novels, hated market forces, steel remains was quite good), don winslow (since the power of the dog, the earlier books are less good in my opinion), peter temple, john burdett (except the last), scalzi, rothfuss, steakley, vaughan, kerr, stephenson (even if i still haven't read his baroque circle but snow crash and cryptonomicon were so good) and, last but not least, dan simmons (the guy is so impressive...). I just need to update my list of favorite and generally my library (i am still adding books, mostly french that i didn't bought online and have to add one by one).
Moreover, I would say,like you, that mystery in a sf setting is my favorite kind of story (altered carbon !!! the first chapter !!!) and I do agree that UK seems to be where the action is now in SF (Stross, reynolds, mac leod, etc..).
Therefore,I just ordered a few books from some of your favorite authors that I never heard of before (richard steinberg, delia turner, christopher hinz, lawton, housewright and thomas perry).
You expressed interest for Harkaway and Mercurio. Both are brits, I think. Harkaway has only written one novel so far, 'the gone away world' and it is, in my opinion, really, really good (and brilliant, and SO weird).
Mercurio has written 3 books so far, first one 'bodies' is the least interesting (it's ER - the tv show - in UK), the second one, ascent, is a biography of a fictional soviet fighter pilot in the 50s and 60s and the last, american adulterer, is a kind of day to day chronicle of the last months of the life of John Kennedy from an intimate standpoint.
As I understand your tastes, I would recommend Harkaway over Mercurio but I may be wrong.
And what about comics ? Fables ? Millar ?
I would be pleased to hear more of you later & wish you the best.

Hello Bookstothesky,
Nice to hear from you and thanks for the Bookstore information,I'll be investigating the site in Sherlock Holmes fashion soon.
Interesting to hear that you are now into Mosley and McDermid and await with interest your opinions of them. I have only a few books by Mosley and they are not bad,but perhaps not entirely to my taste. Val McDermid is quite another matter with three series and quite a few stand alone books to her name. The main series ,(one of which I see you have just entered) features Tony Hill,a criminal profiler, and cop Carol Jordan,involve some of the most gruesome scenes to appear in a crime novel that I've come across.(they have also been shown on British television,albeit somewhat watered down) It is however with some of her stand-alone books that she really shines and my particular favourite is 'A Place of Execution',which ties in with the factual 'Moors Murders' (again some of the most horrible crimes ever committed in England.) McDermid is a somewhat controversial figure in English crime writing,not least because she nearly came to blows with another of my favourite authors,Ian Rankin. Caused quite a stir I can tell you.
I don't know James Thompson,but he sounds as if he could be interesting.
Ah yes the photo's. They are quite a good new feature,and good fun to add and make up the captions.I hope to add a few more soon.I have been finding that some of the much heralded new features have been (for me at least) of no interest whatsoever,so this one is good.
Speak to you soon.
How are you doing ? How is the weather in your part of the world ? We are in the grips of a cold snap at the moment with snow;ice;and it is very cold. Not too pleasant at all. Have you heard about all the transport problems we have been having ? Of course other countries would laugh at the relatively little snow that puts our services in a flat spin.
I see that we now share 441 books,which is not a bad total at all.
I seem to be going through a period of reading books that are not in truth all that good. I am increasingly going back to my store of old favorites.No bad thing I suppose. How are you coping in that direction.
My main reason for sending this message however is quite simply to wish you and your family a Very Happy Christmas and a Great New Year.
Hope to hear from you in the not too distant future.
All the best.
Hi Bookstothesky,
It's me, magnumpigg, again. Recently found these books that came out in Oct 2009 (but is the first I have heard of them). Know you like interesting cover art. Anyway, they are six books (only) put out by Harlequin in celebration of their 60th anniversary. Mysteries from the 1950s. If you want to see the covers, I guess the easiest way is to go to my library and in the search type Harlequin. All six should show up. I know the Harlequin site has them too: "the vintage collection." Went there to check out if more had been published, but alas, no. They did have some kind of "notable stationary" that had different art on it.

Hi Bookstothesky,

Saw in your profile that you are into pulp art. Thought you might be interested in this: a new pulp magazine (though is more like a trade paperback) out there called "Out of the Gutter." I seem to be the only one to have cataloged it (though by the time I found it the first issue was sold out). You can check out my library, tag "pulp digest." If you wish to go to their site:

i would like to invite you to join my new Author Chat
we are discussing books, new writers, publishing issues and the future of the library
irene brodsky
Hello there,
Great to hear from you once more. I was only thinking a few days ago of contacting you.
Many thanks for the recommendations,especially the Sherlock Holmes link .That is one I shall certainly follow up.I have recently completed 'The Girl Who played With Fire' and thought that it was a really exciting read.I too look forward with keen anticipation to the third of the trilogy.
Among the books recently read that I think may be worthy of your time and cash are -
A series of 5 (he only wrote 5) books by a chap called V.C.Clinton-Baddeley which feature a 70 year old academic (and detective) who lives in Cambridge. They are excellent and really appeal to me.
I have just read the latest in the Botswana series by Alexander McCall Smith in which absolutely nothing happens but which are so gentle and pleasant you just cannot help but enjoy them.
I have also started a re-reading of some of Edgar Rice Burroughs si-fi stories set on Mars and on Venus .Light but enjoyable reads if you are in the right mood for them.
You ask about signings and talks. Well last week we went to one in which Laurie King,Barbara Cleverly,Ruth Downie and Manda Scott were in discussion with Michelle Spring about their latest books and writing generally. That made for an interesting evening,albeit Laurie King rather annoys me with her Sherlock Holmes series. I mean to say,Holmes married ! what a joke.
Interesting to hear about the wildfires in your area. Certainly you would not want them to be any nearer,15 miles is quite near enough I would think.
We in the English Midlands are having quite a nice time of it at the moment,with warm and sunny days being the norm.
All the best,
Hey Books, I have gotten a few titles from your collection to check out, and that was in the first 10 pages or so. I haven't made it through your entire list...yet. I'm gonna have to disagree on the adding of CDs and DVDs though. I've worked off and on in a record store for about 15-18 years, and have a couple of thousand CDs, and at last count 665 DVDs. That's just to much work for me. :P
My babies are a cat named Freckles and a dog named Dickey Boy.
Howdy, books. I neither post nor read as much as you do, but I'm an active browser, and your virtual stacks provide many interesting leads to follow. Thanks for taking time to enter them.
Hey books,
I read your data. I need to get a life!
Also, no cell phone. When my wife bought me one, it ended up with a daughter.
For me a phone works when picked up and stops when put down. I hate the buttons.
20 days late for the username! Uuugh!! My heart goes out to you. Did you consider voodoo?

My point for finding you is James Munro (John Craig). I never knew about the fourth volume until recently (although I have continually looked for more).

Authors I like along those lines are also Ian Fleming (James Bond, 007), Rex Stout (Nero Wolf), Nevil Shute, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes, Challenger?, Sir Nigel?), Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles), Agatha Christie (Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot), Dorothy Sayers (Lord Peter Wimsey), etc.

My main question: Do you have a few authors (and characters) to recommend? Also, any groups?

What about that Medieval (?) monk? Do you know the author?

P.S. How did you end up with 'Battle' (R. G. Grant) in your collection?

P.P.S. I am currently trying to find some 'good' science fiction to read.
Hi books,
I hope to be cataloguing more books this week and I will be interested to see if we have any more in common. I have a tremendous amount that I haven't put on LT yet. I have aquired so many wonderful books I can't wait to get to them all. My husband says I could read one book a week for the rest of my life and still have enough to leave a surplus after I go into the light. I say,"As long as it is a book light." Well, check out my site some time this week and hopefully I will have some more titles on here.Bye now, Mary Beth
just wanted to let you know, I've just about finished adding the covers for most of my martial arts magazine collection. It makes an interesting collage I think.

Thanks! Check back in a few weeks. I'm working on adding my martial arts magazine collection.
Glad to hear you have started reading "The Last Detective" and await your comments with interest.If you do like it,and I really hope that you do,then you have quite a lot in the series to keep you busy in the future. The Peter Diamond books are quite a favorite of mine,but some of his others are less good. The worst for me was "The Reaper" - that was a stinker . Also not over impressed by his 'Bertie' books. (somewhat unlikely that the heir to the British throne would gallivant about detecting crimes) Some of his Victorian detective stories aren't half bad though.
Good to hear that you are back on the track of the 'Largest Libraries' again. It certainly needs someone to keep an eye on the list.
Having perused HorusE's profile page recently and following up your last message to him,I have got a couple more reading ideas for the future,Thanks. Mind you,if I didn't buy another book for a year,I would still have plenty to go at !.
My LT project at the moment is to increase the number of Reviews, and to keep within my own rules (as stated on my Profile Page) Somewhat difficult when I come across a popular book with many reviews already,but which I want to state my point of view.
Oh well,back to reading,and that's what it's all about really,isn't it.
All the best till next time.


I had just “discovered” Peter Lovesey about the time that Devenish recommended him to you. I read the Peter Diamond mystery The Vault. My family spent about two months in Bath, in an area called Bear Flat, and so I particularly enjoyed the sense of place. The story of the writing of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, plays a prominent role in this mystery. This was of interest since my wife and I had joined an English literature class last year, which included a boat ride along Lake Geneva to view the villa where the idea for Frankenstein originated. It also develops that Peter Diamond “resides” in Bear Flat. Devenish has a nice review of the book (since I borrowed it, I have some remarks under “conversations.”

I noticed Stieg Larsson’s latest book listed in The Book Depository, but got confused by the publication date and did not realize it was available.

Thanks for the reference to Billy Boyle. I have particularly enjoyed WWII mysteries by the authors Alan Furst, John Lawton, and David Downing.

A Beautiful Place to Die looks interesting, but it must be just out. A nearby library has it, but it seems to still be in processing.

I had never read any C. S. Forester, but Devenish recommended Brown on Resolution, which I got through inter-library loan, and it is very good historical fiction, involving WWI and a naval battle in the Pacific. Resolution is a fictional island positioned in the Galapagos.

Just finished The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, another Christmas gift. It has some of the elements of a mystery with crime and a exotic poison from the far east. It is primarily a boy with his parents in the business of breeding dogs and an uncle beyond redemption.

Good hearing from you.
Hello and Happy New Year,

I did well with books this Christmas, incling "Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World" by Vick Myron and "Sherlock Holmes was Wrong" by Pierr Bayard. Hope you did as well. Thank you for the Amos Walker reference, will have to check it out. Hope to start Nemesis before too long--that is before another Nesbo comes out.

Best Regards
I hope you are well.
You seem to have been extremely busy entering the many additions to your Library.
This is just a short note to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year.
Hope that it will bring even more books into your home than this one did.
Very best wishes.
Hi bookstothesky,

I finally got a copy of Nemesis, by Jo Nesbo. Due to the exchange rate and the discount at The Book Depository, it came to $7.59 for the paperback listed at 6.99 british pounds.

Hello bookstothesky,
How's it going with you,bookwise and (er) otherwise ?
I've been having quite an enjoyable and busy time here,albeit a rather expensive one.There seems to be a load of authors out on the road at the moment with their new books. In quick succession we've been to talks and signings by Val McDermid,Kathy Reiches,Robert Goddard and P.D.James.
For us,by far the best,both to hear talk and for the book itself was James. She is in her 80's but is as sharp and as bright as many younger authors,brighter in fact. Her book,"The Private Patient" is really good. Did not like her last one at all though. Although we don't get as many author signings as you no doubt do in the States,they are getting more frequent I think.
I see in 'largest libraries' that the two top ! ones have now disappeared in a puff of smoke and that the top of the pile states in his profile that 'I do not in fact own many books at all,this is my fantasy library' I think he has listed over 16,000 books. mad or what ?
However I am pleased to see that personal and non-personal libraries have at long last been separated.
I also see that you have "Diamond Dust" by Peter Lovesey listed,have you got round to reading it yet? A good series I think,with possibly "The Vault"being one of the best.
I'm closely following the election campaign which our media seem to be full of. But what with the dire state of world finance as well as all of the usual problems of wars,weather ect,well we all seem to be in a right old state don't we?
All the best as usual from (as Bill Bryson would say)a small island.
Speak to you soon.

I had to share this: perhaps the coolest personal library in the world.

Hey nice new graphic... read your recomindation and below is my review... enjoyed the book! Thanks again... Cliff

"Finally she scratched her forehead with two fingers, and I put two gold coins down when I bent to sign my pass. She stamped it with a wax seal , palming the money in the same motion. "This is good for three days. If the sun rises on the fourth day and finds you here, you will be subject to arrest and Immediate death by Hanging" "If I 'm still here in four days, I'll hang myself" I said , and pushed through the narrow opening past the guard. He tried to trip me but instead I locked his ankle with my own and threw him off balance. He didn't fall but he stumbled back into the fat women who took my money and she snapped in annoyance." Harry will you watch it please? My Hair!"

Like Garrett PI he does not like horses... but unlike him as character... a noble not a working class guy... sometimes a little more depth and maybe not as funny...when I read that I thought humm it this just going to be a rip off but it was not... good writing and a interesting story. Lots of conflicts within the character and a interesting twist when we find out why he truly became what he is currently. Worth the time of a read. I look forward to the second book!!!
Just to say I've read the new paragraph on your profile page,which answers the question about the picture header.I really must read these more carefully !
Hope you're not affected by the hurricane by the way.
All the best.
Hello bookstothesky,
How's it going with you.
I see from my Home Page (very useful feature this) that you have added a couple of 'Dover' books by Joyce Porter.I really like most of the books by this author. The Dover series most of all,but also the 'Hon Con' series too. Have you read any of the Porters yet or are they in the TBR pile.
Regarding "A Carrion Death",I'm really not surprised that you have put it aside in favour of other things. Although it certainly had it's moments and I did finish it in one go,I have to admit it was a slight disappointment.I had expected better.I have also taken your other suggested authors on board and will see what I can do to get hold of copiesin due course.
The Independent link was really interesting,it was in a newspaper easily obtainable here,but as I hadn't come across the piece in question,it was good of you (and jackanaples of course) to bring it to my attention.
Bengen is a great chap isn't he,and yes he seems to think the same way as we do on LT issues,in addition to having a nice crime section to his library too.
Congratulations for hitting the 6,000 level,which is by any standards a fantastic number.You will soon have to be thinking of building an extension like me. Only joking Mrs bookstothesky !
By the way,how is the Race for the White House going.It does get quite a lot of press coverage over here of course,but just how accurate that is I really wouldn't like to say.The last I heard was that Obama and McCain were now running neck and neck,it that right ? Also what is the main party of choice in your particular state ?
It is a very interesting subject here,as it will certainly affect this county as well as the USA.
Best wishes from the English Midlands (as this area is generally called)
and hope to hear from you again soon.

PS I see you have a new picture and being a nosy sort of fellow,wondered what it depicted? I promise that that is the final question in this particular post.


Thanks for the reference from The Independent. I had recently finished Motherless Brooklyn, which the article suggested for Brooklyn. I am just into Gorky Park. A friend had just given me two later books by the author, so I decided to start at beginning of the series.

I just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo>/i>. It was a great read. It started out quiet like, with just a hint of a problem with a missing girl, and then jumps to a wild ending. I took forward to the next two of the trilogy. I tried to get Nemesis by Jo Nesbo, but The Book Depository apparently ran out it (even though it still showed as available. I understand it will be published in the US in January.

Thanks for the tip--they sound good!
Hello Bookstothesky,

Thank you for your message. You have a very large library so it will take me a while to browse all your books.
Living in the country it is very seldom I have the opportunity ta actually meet the authors so I buy most of my books through the Internet.

It seems that a lot of people around the world have recently discovered Scandinavian crime authors. I do agree that one of the very best is Jo Nesbo, that's way I own all of his books. We do have a lot of new Swedish female authors who are beginning to be well known, I can recommend Anna Jansson and Liza Marklund. Still, in my opinion no one can compete with the British crime authors, I`m thinking of Colin Dexter, Ruth Rendell, Ian Rankin and, Peter Robinson among others.
If it is anything I can do to make LT members realise that it is only books that you actually own that should be registered on LT, please let me know. To me, it is also important that the images of the books show the books you have in your library and not another edition perhaps even in better condition.

All the best,
Thanks for the list. I've bookmarked it so I can go back and spend more time with it later. Yup, that's one view of my real library. The street sign was purloined by an unknown friend in an unknown state. I used to run a weekly feature in a Usenet news group, and I called it "Ponderables". We hadn't seen this unknown friend for a while when he popped in with a post and asked me how life was on the Ponderosa. I smile every time I look at that sign!
Hello there,

Thanks for your message. I've just started the Boris Akunin books, and have a couple of other series underway also. The 'to read' pile seems to grow ever larger.

Hapy reading,

Regarding "A Carrion Death". (don't worry I shan't give anything away,just in case you haven't finished it yet) The first thing that strikes me is that 9 times out of 10 the American covers are so much better than the English ones. This is particularly true of this one (and as a matter of interest, Nichola Upson's "An Expert in Murder) Why is that do you think? Anyway Michael Stanley,or rather Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip,told us that the basis of the story was that the most difficult thing with murder is not the actual killing,but the disposal of the body The book took them five years to write,and the second is also ready in manuscript form. The present book is quite a bit longer than usual for a debut novel.As they only attended one signing in England (the one I went to) I was very lucky to see them.They did about 10 in America,and after the English one they were flying to France and Italy.The only thing I will say about the story itself,until I am assured that I am not spoiling it for you,is that I think as the books continue,and the character of Inspector Kubu begins to develop,it will become an excellent series.
The Moe Prager "Walking the Perfect Square"sounds interesting,I don't know if it is available over here,but if so I shall have to give it a go. He's certainly won some prestigious awards.
I have just started Andrew Taylor's "Bleeding Heart Square",which is coming along quite nicely.He is another author that I have managed to meet recently.I wonder if you have read any of his stuff.My favorites are the "Lydmouth"series and the clever "Roth" trilogy,which can be read in any order you like!
Anyway,must get back to that very book and find out what dark deeds are afoot.
Speak to you soon
All the best.

I too like your photo... someday after I win the lottery...maybe I can get one going...I will check out your recommendations... I lived in Hawaii almost ten years on the big island... "Live Aloha" is a way of life for me... at least a goal... I also have Hawaiian shirts... a thundering herd of them...

I will let you know what I think of Alex Bledsoe

Have you ever read the Cold Cash War? Robert Lynn Asprin?

as always my warmest Aloha!
Hi, thanks for the "Interesting Library" linkage.

- Bob
Great (new) photo! I also dream - but my dream definitely has a dog in it...
Now that is a great picture in your profile--a dream.

I just got a very modest addition to my bookcases. A local used bookstore closed one of its branches, where it was selling its overflow for a dollar a hardback, and was offering it bookcases for sale.

Being retired, I spend some time serving at the town's visitor center, where I also get some reading time in. I was amused to see a recent visitor come in with a copy of Child 44 under his arm. Shepherdstown is sort of a small but quaint historic town and attracts a lot of visitors from the Baltimore-Washington area. Most of its stores cater to visitors, but it has great bookstore.

I'm one of these annoying people who don't tar large groups of people (like "men") with the same brush, so I don't think all men are clumsy. When I read aloud to my husband what you'd done with the shower door, Denis winced. He was thinking what might happen to him if he'd done something similar to our newly remodeled bathroom. Actually, I'd just give him The Look and move on, since he's incredibly handy 99% of the time.

The book blog (if you want to take a look it's ) hasn't done a thing to my reading enjoyment. I still tend to write reviews as a reader not a reviewer, if that makes sense.

Yes, I've actually read a book on horseback, even wrote something down, too. Ain't I special?
Great new photograph heading your profile page,although I must admit to missing the old one,which I had rather got used to.
Have just picked up that you have added 'A Carrion Death' to your new books. I wondered if you have read it yet or is it on the (no doubt) ever growing pile awaiting your attention.(I know the feeling well) I ask because I have just finished it,and recently went to a signing and talk by the two authors.I won't comment on it yet until I hear what you think.
Best wishes
You're getting off lucky if she only uses the candlestick. Love your sense of humor!

I just got a phone call that made me realize I almost came close to being Colonel Mustard in the conservatory with the lead pipe. Walking down the driveway this morning to open the gate so I could head on out to work, I spied the guts of a cell phone all over the drive. Thinking the neighborhood rug rats had left me another gift, I picked up the pieces and wound up leaving them on the passenger side floorboard of my car. I intended to throw them in the trash when I got home. (Took FOUR basketballs winding up there before the aforesaid rug rats kept track of their balls.) Come to find out, my husband had dropped his new cell phone last night when he came home from work. Whew--close call, Kemosabe! I'm going to go back to reading Mornings on Horseback where it's much safer....
Wow! Love the photo. Is that really yours or just on your wish list? I'm lucky in that I have an entire room in the house devoted to nothing but books, but it's nowhere near as posh as that. (Winning lottery numbers, where are you?)

I've now got all of Johnson's books. I'm trying to keep my mitts off the last two. Don't want to read them too fast and then have to wait for the next one! I've also started a book blog in which I've devoted a couple of posts to his books. I'm trying to get more traffic to it. I almost feel as if I'm on a mission!

Time to take a book and a cold drink out to the pool....

Happy Reading!

Nice Library... I look forward to surfing it to find some new material. Part of what I am using this site for is a tool to find like minded readers who may have read books that I have not. I have found them by going to libarything members who have read a lot of the same books I have. As I have gotten older I have downsized my personal library well as things in general... I actually have gone back to the days of my youth and use the public library. What I have tried to do on my Library site is list only books that I have read... unless they are tagged to read...I eventually also want to review all the books... (should take me awhile)or recommend what I feel are outstanding reviews within my review of fellow members. Again I appreicate your effort... and your sense of humor... you like Garrett P.i.

my warmest Aloha!
Please tell me that's a photo of your home library! :)
Always nice to find other fans of Cornwell and Martin. I read them the most. I'm currently finishing up the Saxon Chronicles from Cornwell, and I still have A Feast for Crows left to read in ASOIF. What's your favorite novels/series by Cornwell? Have you read A Feast for Crows yet? What did you think of it compared to the other three?

I guess I'm a "purist" too, in the matter of libraries and materials being posted as in the library. At first I put in all the books I could remember reading, even those that I no longer owned a copy of. Then I got an inquiry about a book, and felt foolish when I had to explain that I no longer owned. Thereafter I put only books I actually had a copy of in the library on my list.
And yes, I also agree that the lists should basically be Books, with actual pages and ISBN numbers when possible. I think I have a couple of books I can't find the ISBN number for, but they are rare.
Anyway, just my two cents, put forth in agreement with your statement about what should constitute one's library list.
Steve Harbin
Another Craig Johnson Update

I belong to a Yahoo book group called 4 Mystery Addicts. We're now posting our Mid-Year Top and Bottom Reads. So far The Cold Dish has been listed twice as a top read, and in August, we will begin a group read of the first three books in the series.

Good, eh?

Hello there,
How's it going. Have just spotted that you have added 'The Lemur' by Benjamin Black (Aka John Banville) Can I ask you,is this part of a previous series or a stand alone book ?.I haven't heard of it and as he is one of my favourite authors I would appreciate some details. Thanks.
Also,what do you think of the new Homepage ? Myself - I am unsure at the moment-will be better I think when we can delete and move stuff about.
Following on from our previous discussions about the (at present) two largest libraries,I note that Tim has said that he is going to do something ! about both of them in time,but exactly what I don't know. We shall see.
I've recently come across an interesting new author (to me at least) called R.J.Ellory, and have just completed one of his books 'A Quiet Belief in Angels',which I thought was a brilliant if rather harrowing read.I wonder if you have read it,or indeed any of his stuff ?
Speak to you soon.
All the best.
Craig Johnson Update

He was here in Phoenix Monday, but I had to work and missed him at the Poisoned Pen. Ah well. On a much happier front, I reviewed The Cold Dish for the Yahoo book group I am the list owner of, and one of the members was encouraged to pick it up and read it. She loved it and reviewed it on her blog. I just checked her blog, and there are at least two dozen comments from folks saying that they've purchased it or requested it at their libraries. Good, eh?

Thanks for your response. My mom recently dug up all of her old A.A. Fair books and has delivered them to me for a re-read, it will be interesting to see what I think about them 30 years on. Cheers!
Have nearly fell off my chair laughing !

In having a look a minute or two ago at 'Largest Libraries' (and checking later on the relevant Profile pages) I see that bluetyson,who with 47,971 books to his name,and for some years Number 1,has now been throughly trounced by someone who goes by windsorpl with a library of some 69,010. Not only that but his account is 'Public-free.
Comments on a postcard please !
How are you and how are things in your part of the world ?
The situation here is fairly quiet at the moment. The usual shady goings-on with the people that run the country and the fat-cat money-men (with no ofFense to the real cats) in charge of the large companies. Gas prices have just doubled and another large increase is promised soon,despite the fact that record profits have recently been announced !I'm sure that you have just the same things happening in the USA.
I've been following your messages to and from AAO and think you have put your argument extremely well regarding only putting in actual owned items.As we have discussed several times before,it makes no sense at all to put in stuff that you would like to own but don't.I have started to notice that books coming up as owned by me and another person,are when one looks into the matter,in fact only owned by me - the other person has simply put that book on his (or her) 'wishlist'.So they don't own it at all,but it has gone forward to swell their library totals !
I recently went to a signing by John Connolly for his new book 'The Reapers'. Have you read any ? I really like them (if like is the right term)Also he is such a nice chap,and being Irish has a touch of the blarney about him.
Another book that I read recently by yet another Irish author, John Banville 'Christine Falls'.This is the first of a new series of Crime novels which he writes under the name of Benjamin Black.Dark books by a Black writer you might say. Both authors are well worth reading.
Well thats all for now.
All the best.

Thanks for the recommendation of Child 44. Just finished it and it was a great read, went too fast.

Best Regards
I updated my library and deleted all things I did not actually own, plus some others for good measure. I'm not entirely sure the ones left are the exact right isbn/edition, but it's a start :).

I wonder if I should only include my most favorite books that I own? Or none at all, and just enjoy the other features of the site? Hm. Something to consider. I'm fairly certain I don't have it in me to actually input all my books.

Ok, have a nice day, Bookstothesky!
Dear Bookstothesky,

Thank you for the courteous and lively discussion; your points are well taken. Upon examination, the infrastructure of this site is clearly intended to show actual libraries, and not imaginary ones. I will look into finding a more appropriate place to house my imaginary/wish library. Thanks for the Amazon tip, I will explore that.

Furthermore, I can sympathize with your desire for accurate library size and appropriate use. This is clearly an important activity for you and a lot of individuals, and it's perfectly understandable to not want a bunch of willy nilly folks treating the whole thing in a cavalier manner, or huge collectives coming in inappropriately. Though I am no where near the serious book collector that you are, I believe I can understand, having other things (the word "hobby" seems casual) about which I am more serious. Poseurs are lame.

A philosophical question, just for fun: What if one has read a book, but does not own it? Is that intellectual possession enough justification to include it on a list? On the plus side, if contacted about it, one could participate in conversation. On the negative side, the person in question still doesn't own the actual book. Would you rather talk to someone who has read every book on their list but doesn't own any of them, or one who has not read any of the books on their list, but does own them?

I am an avid library reader, and like to reread my most especial favorites. I'd rather reread a really good book than read a mediocre new one.

"Don't Pet Betty" is a name Katy80 and I agreed upon for our group. The group petered out...well, it's more accurate to say it never really got off the ground, but that was what we named it, anyway. Betty is my cat, and she is very beautiful and exasperatingly feisty. Katy80, who has met Betty, is somehow charmed and delighted by this, and it was she who really dug the name.

I'm a bit shy to talk to you about actual books I've read, etc., because you are mighty in this. But here goes. I read and really enjoyed Pat Rothfuss' "The Name of the Wind." I read it from the library, but liked it so much I bought it in hardback. I might also buy the paperback. I recently read Naomi Novik's first three Temeraire books, and thought they were a lot of fun, except I didn't like the last half of the third one so much. Her work inspired me to try some Patrick O'Brian, and I'm reading Master and Commander. I don't get a lot of the nautical stuff and some of the manifestations of the sensibility of the age, but I'm still enjoying it. I want very much to like it, b/c there are so many to enjoy. I'm always hungry for something REALLY good...something I can't put down, that makes me forego food, water, etc.

Ok, thanks!
Wow, nice library, looking forward to browsing! I'm one of Jackanaples' pals. Only don't look at my goofy list of books b/c it's exactly what you don't like--a loose melange of things I've read, want to read, etc.
I wasn't sure exactly how I'd want to use this tool we call Librarything. I tried first as a way to keep straight all the things I want to read in additon to my most particular favorites of what I have already read. This is perhaps not a bad idea if the goal is not to create an accurate list of actual physical holdings, but to enhance one's reading experience over a long period of time.
But truly I'm not much of a cataloguer, so it's just gathering dust. Much more fun, for me, to use LT as a big search engine/recommendation generator.
Why am I telling you all this?
I guess just to gently suggest that "wish list" folks may not all be trying to get away with anything, or pad their book counts, but rather that they are merely using this tool to a different end.
Thanks for the engaging and thought provoking profile! Having said that, I'm going to browse your lovely library and look for some new terrific things to read!
Hello Bookstothesky,

We flew to Pasadena this last weekend to visit with the prospective in-laws of our younger son, and I used the opportunity to visit a couple of bookstores there: a branch of Vroman’s and Book’Em, a mystery bookstore in South Pasadena. Vroman’s had a selection of signed copies. Found some fiction relating to Brooklyn, where that son lives.

Thanks for the information regarding Jo Nesbo.

I am afraid my book purchases are getting way ahead of my reading. At least I have no more journeys for a while. I tend to fall asleep while reading on the plane..

“Child 44” sounds like a very good one.

til later,
Hello again,
Great to hear from you and I'm glad that you are feeling better.
"Child 44"has hit the bookshops and looks as though it could well be a good 'un. I'll let you know what we think on reading it.Vivien has (as a first step)ordered it from the Library. You mention that you are into Soviet based thrillers and I am just reading quite an old collection of short stories by Reginald Hill,that I have not previously read. "There Are No Ghosts in the Soviet Union" is the title and the title also of the first story in the collection.It is really good - do give it a try if you haven't already read it.
LT Local continues to expand I see,and seems quite a useful addition to the site,unlike many other things,which as you so rightly say are being put in front of the much more important additions of 'Collections' and 'Wishlists' (will they ever come do you think of are they a figment of our fevered imaginations.
Perhaps even more frustrating (and again I couldn't agree with you more) are these 1.Private Libraries,2.Bods using the site for (in effect) selling books.3.Libraries which are in no way Personal Libraries at all,and last but by no means least those members who enter incredibly high numbers of books,and who with a little investigation it is found that (for instance) Oh yes I have so many thousand books,but all but several hundred are those which are not owned at all ! I have no particular problem with folks putting whatever they want on their lists,but what I do (strongly) object to,is them appearing in the order that they do on 'Largest Libraries'. They should (as again you say) be on a separate list.
In the case of a Library which is Private,I have had a couple of requests to add mine to their lists of 'Interesting Libraries',and being the nice sort of chap I am LOL, I acceded to their requests.But (and it's a big but) really it is rather one-sided isn't it.They can see my Library in full,but what can I see,Nothing,because they have made their library private!Not very fair methinks.
Oh well not to worry.
Pleased to hear your opinions as always
All the best until next time.
Long time,no speak. Hope that you have got over the infection that I read about and that you are now fighting fit again.
I have just completed 'The Court of the Air' by Stephen Hunt,which I wonder if you have come across.I have posted a Review so I won't repeat myself apart from saying that (if you haven't read it already)being Fantasy,and not a bad effort either,you might be interested in it.
One I see that we do share is by Phillip Kerr." A Philosophical Investigation'. Now that I really did enjoy reading.
I have been following (or rather trying to follow) your Presidential Elections. I say trying because they seem a bit complicated after our own three horse race,of Labour,Tory and Liberal Democrat.
What is your take on the newish LT Local pages.I think they are quite useful on the whole . Need a bit of fine-tuning probably before they reach their full potential.
Were in the middle of some fairly wet and windy weather at the moment and a few weeks ago we had a minor earthquake here. This is unknown here and as it happened in the middle of the night was quite scary.Of course in contrast to your much worse earth tremors it was nothing at all,just most unusual.
Anyway that's all for now so hope to speak to you soon.
Best wishes.
Thanks for recommending Craig Johnson. I just finished The Cold Dish and loved it!
Yes that probably was the Barry Sadler website which is run by the publisher of all Casca books. I've set up a Casca group and will probably invite all those who have Casca books in their libraries to join. Might be interesting to hear what they have to say about the series and so on.
Hi Bookstothesky

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

Oh, yes, I forgot to say that I have not yet read "Where Angels Fear" by C.S. Harris, but, on your recommendation, I'll move it up to the top of my TBR pile.
Hi! I meant to respond to your message as soon as it arrived the other day but have been a bit frazzled lately. I'm moving (same building, different unit) this weekend and am busy packing, shredding, know, the usual pre-moving activities. :)

I love living in my downtown loft, which is amazing since for the past 30 years or so I was living in a suburb in a single-family house, so it's been a huge change for me. Next time you feel like taking a field trip, come on downtown and I'll show you around. It's completely different from it was 20-30 years ago.

Mary aka Storeetllr
Sorry to hear you've not been well - I hope that infection's clearing up now!

There is a small box to the right of the big box, where you reply/ leave your comment, with "make private" next to it. I did not realize it results in a different color comment indicator.

I am in the middle of The Private Spy, by Joseph Kanon. I note you have his first three. I have not read Los Alamos yet. The Private Spy concerns a boy whose father suddenly disappears after a McCarthy-like congressional hearing. Then the reader is placed in the Vietnam era and the Prague uprising.

Thanks for the fantasy reference. I recently finished The Golden Compass. I greatly enjoyed Tolkien and CS Lewis's Narnia series.
Hi Bookstothesky,

A friend gave me several of Beverly Cleverly and I have read The Last Kashmiri Rose so far. Today's Washington Post Book Review covers The Tomb of Zeus.

I note you have some of I J Parker; I just finished The Land of Exiles--very good. Devenish passed on your mention of The Secret of Lost Things. Will have to get that--thanks!
Hi back :) I must update my favourite authors list one day as I've scored a lot more since then :)

I'm pleased you've seen the noise about Peter Temple - his Jack Irish books are very different from The Broken Shore - and he has another one due out this year - Truth.

He is again very different from other Australian writers - but you might like to track down Adrian Hyland's Diamond Dove (renamed Moonlight Downs in the US) - first book last year, won the Ned Kelly for best first novel and it was highly deserving of that award. Garry Disher is also another local author who often appeals - he has two mains series - the Hallis books which are police procedural and the Wyatt books which are more energiser bunny in style. JR Carroll is a local favourite of mine, as is Leigh Redhead. If you are particularly interested in Australasian Crime fiction - I've set up a recommendations page at:

In terms of other authors - well I read a Norwegian book this year that is new but a real standout - The Shadow in the River by Frode Grytten - classic social commentary, wrapped up in a crime novel - that's my very favourite sort of Scandinavian crime fiction

Regards Karen C
Hi yourself!
Well,hold your horses now, because I don't consider myself a "proper" Swede, so maybe I wouldn't be as genuine as you'd like me to be.. Whew, long complicated sentence there.
Tennis I like, so no worries there. I even met Björn Borg once when he was young and dating Helena Anliot. Since I was more into horses at the time I seem to recall a weird discussion about strawberry cake and whatnot. This was back in the days when I lived in Kenya and was considerably younger (!).
But all the same, Scandinavia IS a beautiful place to vistit! You should come here.
I'm just leaving you this short note for now, but I'll be looking into the Swedish crime author aspect of your question until next time.
P. S. I had a yellow Lab for almost 15 yrs - her name was Daffodil, and a Jack Russell who unfortunately was killed by a horse at the age of 2 yrs - her name was Binti. Hence, Daffobint!
Thank you for the hi via Interesting Libraries - I see we share a lot of books in common - along with ideas about kids - although I will admit to 4 furkids as well as books that need frequent tending and cooing over :)

Everything listed on my library is a book and everything is something we actually own as well - I maintain my have read lists (with library books and borrowed from friends) offline - I agree with you about that as well :)
Hello again,
( Its that man again)

Just to let you know that I've just acquired a copy of "Mirrormask" (the Illustrated Film Script) It included an Introduction by Neil Gaiman,plus a number of letters between Gaiman and the film maker. It has given me an insight into yet another side of this writer.It certainly makes me want to see the film.
By the way regarding my last note,I see that I made several typos.Being rather weary at the time.I hope that it made some sort of sense.
All the best.
Great to hear from you and thanks for the useful information about Gaiman. It will come in very useful.
Funny you should mention Peter Hamilton,as I think I'm right in saying that he is a Northamptonshire author. Forgive me for assuming that everybody automatically knows not only the facts about the English Civil War,but the battlefield of Naseby,the defining battle of this bloody war taking place only a few miles from where we live. Also that Princess Diana (Spencer) lived in the years before her unfortunate first meeting with 'The Royals' in her home county of Northamptonshire,where she was much admired and loved. Enough,don't get me started on that !
Anyway regarding the Civil War itself,it interests me greatly,both fiction and non-fiction wish,I suppose partly as I've said earlier because of where I live.By the way the town of Northampton was itself a Parliamentary stronghold at the time.
Speak to you soon.
Believe me, when it comes to getting published, I don't even know where to start. Giving birth to my book is hard enough! So, thanks for the advice.

Also, I am so very behind in the Aussie, which is why I haven't been posting, so thank you for your discretion not to spoil. I thought I'd be able to fast forward a lot but there have been so many terrific matches that I've found myself watching big chunks of many of them, and I always watch Serena, Venus and Roger start to finish. I'm so mad at myself for deleting the Roddick-Kohlsch??ber match b/c I already knew the result, only to find out it was an awesome match. Aaargh!
You were right on. I'm in the black dress. :) Thank you for the comment. I love getting comments. It makes me feel special. *Grin* And yes I'm enjoying the free space a lot. I was worrying about how I was going to pay for an upgraded profile when I discovered I was a runner up and I had a gift. It was a good start of the year.
-A solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities-
Hello bookstothesky,
Yes,I have to admit that it was a very Booky Christmas indeed. My wife,Vivien,gave me two volumes of letters,Noel Coward's and The Mitfords,plus 'The Court of the Air' by Stephen Hunt,'Althorpe : The Story of an English House' by Charles Spencer. (Princess Diana's brother) Please note that I am no Royalist,though in the English Civil War I would have been on Parliament's side. However Northamptonshire is Diana's county and Althorpe was her birthplace and indeed where she was finally buried. Right now thats off my chest I get on.Finally she got me a book of Country Diaries.There's a brilliant wife for a book-lover eh.
The info re Edward Marston is welcome as,no, I had not heard of the book.
I shall be interested to hear your opinion of 'American Gods' (when you dig it out finally) Although not one of my absolute favorites,' Neverwhere' hold that place for me,with it's story of an alternate underground London,I do nevertheless place in in the top three or four. The only ones I haven't read are the graphic novels.Um where do you stand on this,I assume from your Library,that you go with them.Me,I don't know quite how to treat them,do you advise giving them a go or what ? Is one called 'The Sandman',and is this the best or what ?
Have just finished reading 'The Secret of Lost Things' set in an American Bookshop,which I've just written a review of.I can really recommend this.
Speak to you soon'.
All the best.

Thanks for your reply. Yes, I'm a fan of the band Drivin Cryin - and yes they're the Fly Me Courageous guys.

It's been a while since I've re-read the Horsclans books. I should do that soon. I probably read those around the same time you did - 9th or 10th grade.

I'm not someone who hangs out on a lot of social networking sites (Facebook, etc.), but I've always liked Library Thing, and I thought I'd send friend invites to the people who shared the most books with my library.

I still haven't finished inputting my library. It's taken quite a while since I didn't have ISBN's on my list of books in Excel.

Hello. To answer your questions, yes, there are two of us. We live in Arizona, but the signed thing is this-Lee is a science fiction convention runner and we do some reviewing for the local sf newsletter, so in the course of that, we attend a lot of conventions.
With regards to the mysteries-Scottsdale is home to an independent bookstore called The Poisoned Pen. It's been in business a number of years, and the owner has forged a ton of connections with various publishers and authors, both from the U.S. and the U.K. and so is able to get a lot of stock signed, which is how I came by a signed true first of Scar Night, for example. The website is and are happy to do mail order.
Thanks for your kind words. We are still not done cataloguing, particularly the sf/f.
A note-the signed tag in our library denotes a later printing or edition of a book that we had signed, or where we have the U.S. ,but the U.K. was the true first.
I thought The Redbreast was great! It has tow of my favorite elements in a thriller such as a involvement with the Nazis in WWI and a bit of history (the Norwegian involvement in Russia). I followed it up with Agent Zigzag, a true story involving a double agent, who incidentally spent some time "working" for the Germans in Norway.

I aos read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, another author I see you have books by. It was a great deal of fun--along the lines of The Dirty Job.

I also had a chance to the The Golden Compass, by Pullman--to get some fantasy in. I thought Pullman was clever the way he worked in the common radiometer as some mysterious object.

Thanks for mentioning those authors Meyer and Christopher G.Moore.
Hello Books to the Sky,
Thanks for adding us to your interesting libraries-I'm very flattered.
By the way, I see we both have the Alan Campbell book-FYI, Subterranean Press is doing a prequel novella called Lye Street, coming soon in a limited edition.
Hello. Yes, I know tennis should be my top priority, but I have to give myself a break after the US Open so I don't burn out. But I'm ready for the nail-biting to begin. As I tell my friends, watching tennis is not relaxing for me.

Yes, attorneys are generally not happy folk. Oh, well. It's just one step in my nefarious plan to take over the world. Thanks for the writing recommendations. I will look into them. On Writing is on my TBR list, for sure.

While I do enjoy the um, attributes, of the male players, that is not my primary focus. I love Roger for his tennis. Rafa and Andre, too. Andy? Well, that's another story ;-) (But I do love him for his serve, as I went on ad infinitum on the thread.) As for Marat, what a heartbreaker. I still have a tiny bit of hope. But he's always fun to watch, if only for the drama.

Oh, boy, I feel for you being in Paris 2 weeks before. I'd have been quite despondent and probably would've conspired to miss my plane, but you're probably the responsible sort. :-)

I believe that if Serena is healthy (and match fit (which she hasn't been in some time; for her I think that means playing and winning regularly, not having to fight the demons each tournament)) she'd give Justine a run for her money at the French (remember she has won it). So sorry for the punctuation nightmare.

I had to reassess my Vaidisova/Jankovic opinion after watching the last set of the latest match. I also hadn't counted on the fact that NV is 3 or 4 years younger. Who do you think will win a Slam first? Or will be Ivanovic?

Thanks for joining Tennis, Anyone? and for the kudos on the group page. Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Okay, where to start. I'll have to resort to numbered paragraphs. Methinks we have much to discuss.

1. Impressive mystery collection. When I have a little more time (which won't be soon considering the Aussie's in 4 days) I'll be pawing through your shelves. I'm always on the hunt for a literate mystery writer. Recommendations welcome.

2. Thank you for your remarks re my humor. If my careers in law and fiction writing don't work out, I'm going into comedy. I've decided that enough people think I'm funny now (I can count them on all my fingers and toes). It can work. Actually, I could be funnier right now if I were not sleep-deprived. Digression: spent hours on planes and in airports yesterday on not very much sleep. So.

3. I think you're funny too.

4. Now, for zee tenneece. (When sleep-deprived I sound like a drunk Pepe Le Peuw in my head.) I must confess I have been busy with Real World issues the past several weeks and have not paid much attention to the tennis world, but that's about to change.

I am so jealous that you have seen "virtually every top male player for the last 18 years" play live. Grrrrr. Tell me, does that include Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, Rafa, Roger!!!!!? Oh, I feel faint. Have you ever attended a Grand Slam?
There's a small possibility that I will be attending this year's French. Cross your fingers for me.

I read on the wire that Navratilova says Serena's looking fitter than she's ever seen her. That's something. If anyone would know fitness and talks before she thinks, it's the Mighty Martina.

I always root for Vaidisova over Jankovic. Not sure why, but I just like her better. Although I think Jelena's star is definitely rising faster and higher. To be fair, I get the impression that Jankovic might be a reader, too.

Feel free to barge in anytime to talk tennis (or whatever). I'm chatty. And obsessed with tennis and books and some other stuff. I am so not making sense.

I think I'll start a Tennis group in a few days, maybe just a topic for the Aussie. What do you think?
Nice to meet you! Enjoy the Aussie, it's almost time!
Nice to meet a fellow tennis buff. I'm swamped, so I'll write more later. :-)
Happy New Year Bookstothesky,

Enjoyed your note. I will put Redbreast on my next to read!

I just finished Good Omens (Neil Gaiman + a coauthor) and started on The Golden Compass. Good Omens had great humor, along the lines of another Christopher Moore (The Dirty Job was hilarious). I had not come across Christopher G. Moore.

I am off to visit a son in New York City and stop in at the Strandbooks store, with its "18 miles of books." Has a lot of current books at 50% off.

Hi bookstothesky,
I send you and yours Christmas greetings and very best wishes for a New Year full of piles of fascinating new books.

✺ ❅ ✥

✮ ☺ ☃☃☃ ❖✉❖

Hi Bookstothesky,

You seem to anticipate the authors that The Washington Post is going to review in its Sytle section. Below is the review (today's) of the latest Lakeman book: Chillwater Cove.

Thanks for the information concerning the B&N Mastercard.

I noticed something interesting on the top of your catalog. It referred to your having a suggested style for viewing. How did you set this up?

And a Merry Christmas to you too.


I meant Lakeman not Lakewood.

On the matter of The Redbreast and B&N's coupons. You probably got a coupon offer recently from B&N offering 45% off one purchase (in addition to a membership 10%) with a Mastercard charge. Had a chance to visit a B&N today and what caught my eye in the new fiction section but The Redbreast. I ended up with a discount of slightly over 50%. Thanks for mentioning the book.

There is a review of this book in the style section of The Washington Post today. You might catch it at

Thanks for the reference to The Bookdepository. I note that the Lawton book would be $10 there than at a US source provided by abebooks. The US is slow about getting the Boris Akunin books, in English translation, too. I ordered the Black Monk book from England and got it rather rapidly.

Thanks for the information about the Lakewood book--I see it is an local library and was checked out about 30 times.

It seems I have been into burning books recently with reading The Book Thief and Books on Fire(from the local library). There was a picture in The Washington Post today of a French public library having been subjected to a Molotov cocktail (riot result).
Well you have really produced the goods for me - a great list to keep me quiet for some time. Apart from the White,which I have read and enjoyed,and the Stewart which we have somewhere and which I must have a go at sometime,the other authors are unknown to me,and therefore are very valuable leads,thanks.
I'll certainly let you know how I get on.
Just got back from a few days in York. What with the Castle,the City Walls (which are in a good state of preservation)and the Minster itself,C.J. Sansom's 'Sovereign would have been a good book to read while there.I remember it well however,as I read it not too long ago.
Speak to you soon.
Keep well.
From a very cold and grey little island. You are making me jealous with your talk of sun. (what is sun by the way)
Interesting to read your comments about Edward Marston,and I do agree that his characters do sometimes speak in a somewhat stilted way,but I'm glad that in the end you enjoyed the book.
Thanks for the two Sherlock pointers. The collection of letters I have bought,let's face it could I have resisted it.It is fantastic to be able to read the actual letters sent by Doyle over a period of time to his mother and others. One of my books of the year I think. I was also pleased that you sent me details of the book by John Lawton,who I did not know. I shall definitely look out for it.
At the moment I am reading and enjoying Iain Pears book 'An Instance of the Fingerpost',which I see that you have in your Library.He is bringing in various real persons in whom I am interested too,such as Robert Boyle and Anthony A Wood.This last was the swine who stole my old friend John Aubrey's work and mucked him about in many other ways too.He did write an excellent journal though.
By the way,if it's not too much trouble,can you sometime (no hurry) send me a few titles in the fantasy field that I might like. As you know I've started getting interested,and have recently read Neil Gaiman, Jasper Fforde, Philip Pullman and Susanna Clarke .However I am so inexperienced in this type of book that I don't even know if you would really call some of these fantasy at all.Any help would be much appreciated.
Finally,any thoughts on the latest raging debate about Librarything Authors sending out 'friends requests' in vast numbers.I must admit that I've been caught a couple of times,but am uncertain at this point if I delete them or just leave them alone ?
Anyway look after yourself and I hope to hear from you again soon.
I was interested in your comment on John Lawton [devenish], whose works I have also particularly liked. The local libraries seem to get his books reliably and I have generally got my copies to read from there. I note that Amazon lists the "The Second Violin" as currently unavailable. Did you get your copy recently? The local libraries also have kept up well with the Bernard Cornwell books (unfortunately only in large print); I have not followed the Sharpe series but have been reading the Saxon series--give a nice feeling of the history of Alfred's time.
good eeeeeeevening, BttS~

*ahem* I like to start my comments with an attention grabber. *smile* Helps to distinguish myself from the other masses of comment-leavers you get on here! :)

Thank you for the comment, and what a lovely compliment to receive: "You are, without a doubt, a much more well-rounded reader than yours truly, so color me flattered." How nice of you to say that! But really, how am I to know what kind of ink you have been drinking in your life in comparison to my humble ponderings? In any case, color ME flattered for you saying so, or, erm, you know what I mean!!

"It's a small thing, but I really like the fact you used the word "verily" in your opening profile paragraph; it brings me back to my Thor reading days (yea, verily:)"! I love saying verily! It adds a certain vague sort of meaning to my word puftings. I love Thor too. Always wanted a helmet like that! *Big smile*. I think I could rock something like that.... any idea where I could pick one up??

Much bliss & happy readings,
Hello again Bookstothesky,
How are you doing over there.I must admit that I was rather worried about you and your books when I watched the various news channels recently and saw the trouble you were all having in your part of the world.I hope all is well and you weren't too near to the fires.
I'm deep in "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" by Susanna Clarke,who lives in Cambridge apparently.I'm finding it a fantastic read. Have you come across it at all .The only trouble with it is that it's the size and weight of a blinking brick,and at 782 pages it will take me quite a time to get through.My wife is a fairly quick reader and would no doubt scurry through it in a matter of days,but I think it may well take me about a month or a bit longer.In saying that I've usually got another one on the go at the same time.
I do seem to be trying out 'fantasy' a bit at the moment.As well as the above,I have just read all of the Neil Gaiman books,excepting the graphic novels. Quite a varied lot,would value your opinion. I thought most of the novels superb,but the short stories less so. (as my reviews say) But it is great to try a new genre apart from Crime Fiction I think.
What are you reading at the moment? Good,bad or indifferent !
Over here we have just performed our twice yearly act of stupidity and by spending half the evening putting back the clocks-ie 2 watches,video,kitchen clock,2 alarm clocks,the central heating timer,grandfather clock,study clock ect ect. So we have now given ourselves darker evenings and not much lighter mornings.
Apart from that (moan,moan) not a lot to report from here,apart from the dreaded Christmas fast approaching of course,well dreaded apart from the possible book type presents. (I hope)
Well thats all for now.
Hope to hear from you soon.
All the best.
Hi bookstothesky,

I note that you have add my library as an interesting library. Thanks.

I think that the Road to Hana was all paved, except perhaps for a spot where a bridge had been wiped out and replaced with a temporary one. The road to the churchyard was dirt. The gravestone for Lindbergh had a small plan on it.

The only science fiction I have read recently has been by Orson Scott Card, which one of my sons got me started on. I have picked up some Stephenson recently, but maybe that is more fantasy.

Thanks for the comment regarding Horus. I named him after a cat in one oe Anne Perry's Egyptian stories. Our cats did shred one chair--something about the material--but seem to behave OK otherwise.

I like Phillip Kerr too, particularly Berlin Noir, which I borrowed from a friend a long time ago.

Hey BTTS:-

Well, I have finished Kemp the Road to Crecy. I think I made a mistake reading it right after the new Bernard Cornwell as I could not help comparing Hall with Cornwell. I think I should have cleansed my reading palate a little by reading something radically different first - a little Fantasy or straight history, perhaps, but I was very eager to dive into KtRtC. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. Hall had a lot of stock characters doing predictable things and I found Kemp himself difficult to like. Also there was a little too much period ejaculation - that is to say too much of the "God's Blood!" and "God's Toenails!" stuff being shouted by various characters. At one point, I actually found myself making a little list of them. (I stopped that before I reached the end, but he certainly came up with with quite a variety.) Reading back over what I have written here, I know it sounds as if I hated this book, but I didn't and if I can find the next one in the series at a reasonable price I will get it, for I would like to see how this story progresses. I do appreciate all recommendations though and please keep 'em coming.
Hope all is o.k. with you - was a little concerned for you during the recent goings on in CA.

I just read you comments to Devenish on October 13th about Curious George. While on Maui early this year, I went on a tour of the "Road to Hana." The tour stopped at a church yard with a gravestone for George. He was buried on the grounds of the Palapala Ho'omau Church in Kipahulu, Maui, near the stone for Charles A. Lindbergh.

I just started read some of Val McDermid this year after reading a review of The Grave Tatoo, a story placed in the Lake District, involving a missing epic poem of William Wordsworth. I have enjoyed the Reginald Hill stories too, some were in the PBS "mystery" series.
I wish I could edit the spelling, but there doesn't seem to be any way to edit topics. I feel like a fool whenever I see that.

Thanks for the tip on Reaper's Gale; I'll look into the thing.
No problem.

Probably worth looking on bookmooch/having ebay alerts and those sort of places, too.

For example, speaking of scoring bunches of 'em.

1 and 2 have the setup, it is actually a series with continuity, at least in chunks, anyway, compared to say Doc Savage or something.
I remember the book Slicky Boy had caught my eye because it was a term we used to describe a certain type of person in Korea. I spent a year there back in the eighties.
Funny, some years ago I read a book by that author titled "Slicky Boy". Didn't know it was a series. Now I'll have to find them.
Dear B (I am presuming that we have corresponded long enough so that I may call you B. You may call me Four)

I was very excited to get Kemp The Road to Crecy (delivered super fast even though it came from the UK) and I plan to read it next week on my vacation - right after the new Bernard Cornwell. Will let you know how I like it. Hope your vacation is going well.
I'm flattered and pleased that you think that of my library. Before joining this site, I was used to people seeing my library and acting as if I was one of those weirdoes who read too much.
I'll second Peter's recommendation of McDermid's A Place of Execution. Brilliant!

My British husband has made educating me in the ways of UK television one of his objectives. He bought the first season of "Dalziel & Pascoe" on DVD. I loved it, so of course I had to get the first book in the series. Trouble is, UK television has the tendency to follow the book very closely, so when I began A Clubbable Woman, I put it down after reading about 100 pages because I knew what was going to happen! I've taken a look to see where those DVDs ended, and I might restart my reading from that point.

I'm glad you liked the list I compiled for Peter. I enjoyed doing it. And I really appreciate the tip on Craig Johnson--thanks! And thanks also for adding me to your interesting libraries list. I'm going to have to take a look at yours because your name keeps popping up wherever I go on LT!

Hello again,
Great to hear from you.I see that you have just read Reginald Hill's 'A Clubbable Woman'. Pleased that you liked it and want more. I see that you have a few of his titles in your Library listing and my only comments would be - the first 16-17 in the series are the best and to avoid if possible the last few which are an uneasy mix of crime fiction and the supernatural.(he treats with the underworld not in the gangster sense but in the hellish sense !) For me that just does not work.His best book in the series is "On Beulah Height". -They moved everyone out of Dendale that long hot summer fifteen years ago. They needed a new reservoir and an old community seemed a cheap price to pay. they even dug up the dead and moved them too .
But four inhabitants of the valley they couldn't move,for no one knew where they were. Three little girls had gone missing,and the prime suspect to their disappearance too. This was Dalziel's worst case and now fifteen years later he looks set to relive it. It's another long hot summer. A child goes missing in the next valley,and old fears resurface and so (maybe)does the killer.-That from the 'blurb' on the cover of my paperback. Look out also for 'Under World' Thats a good one too.
Have you come across Val McDermid,if not give a book by her a try if you can, it is called 'A Place of Execution',and it is a fantastic read with a real surprise at the end.
She is a rather controversial figure who has recently had a right old public slanging match with another great crime writer Ian Rankin. I don't know if you have heard anything about it. She can produce some very gory tales,but the above is not one of them.
Thanks for the authors that you have suggested for me. I always like to hear of authors previously unknown to me. Do keep them coming.
About the Librarything new features,er,Ok I suppose. When I get more time to try them out I might well be better pleased with them,but where oh where is this blessed Wishlist feature.
Oh,by the way,I have been meaning to ask for a little while now about the picture which heads your Profile page.Where is it and who is your friend ? I should love to know.
Back today from a trip to our favourite place Market harborough, but would you believe it, it has let me down badly and I couldn't find a single book in the shops there that I wanted. Now that's bad,really bad.I shall have to resort to one that I already have. Oh well thats life.
Speak to you soon.
Hello Bookstothesky,
How is life treating you.I have just read the new Philip Kerr, Berlin Noir novel 'The One From the Other' and if you haven't come across it yet,do anything you can to get hold of a copy, it is great.I remember us talking about his earlier 'German' novels, and this is every bit as good.If you have read it I would like to know what you thought of it. Funnily enough I'm not too struck on his other books- some are ok but others are pretty poor I think.
Thanks for the recommendations in your last note by the way,I've taken them onto my mental list to look out for.
Andrew Martin's (which you asked about) 'Necropolis Railway' is quite a good read,but his take on London of the period seemed to me to be a little out of kilter,shall I say.I much prefer Edward Marston who writes the Inspector Robert Colbeck series,which is set in Victorian London and is also concerned with the Railways.He seems to have a better feel for the time that he is writing about.
What do you think about the new 'work pages' and indeed the various changes and non-changes on Librarything. Some things are without a doubt cosmetic don't you think.
How are things going in your part of the world anyway. We get plenty of news over on SKY TV but as with our great British channels no doubt a lot of it is slanted a particular way. The world of Books and Reading is a much better one generally I think.
Anyway I must stop waffling and go and have a refreshing cup of tea and a scone.
Speak to you soon
Hey btts -

Glad to have made you laugh; I do try. It's a family trait I think, that can sometimes go too far. Grandpa always said about my mother that she'd rather lose a friend than a laugh. I usually try to curb the tendency, but I suspect I'm capable of it.

Don't apologise about Daniel Hall - he's become a quest for me. I will find his books and not pay a fortune - I hope.
He is much better, thank you; the mouse-kill numbers are rising once again and it looks to be a banner year. For some reason that I have not figured out yet where I live there seem to be an inordinate number of them around and its way too early in the season. Not only my own house, but the houses of friends and even the building where I work have been invaded by the little suckers. I've never seen the like before.

Am suitably impressed by your plans for an actual library as part of a future house. If I ever, by some miracle, got the chance to exchange my little hovel for a larger one I'd do the same. I do have a basement, but unfortunately, due to a water problem, I can't make use of it.

Am in search of Daniel Hall books. Most of them I've found seem to be for sale in the UK and fairly pricey, but I did find one in the US that I mean to buy. I completely loved The King's Coat and have ordered the next one in that series.

ARC's? How does one come by those?
Hey bookstothesky:-

Sorry to have disappeared - I've been taken up with tons of anxiety over having to testify in court and then nursing my fool cat for the past two weeks. I did so enjoy my wrestling matches with my furry little fiend - trying to jam pills and squirt liquid medicines down his throat. He did not seem to appreciate any of it at all.

After three weeks in transit, my copy of The King's Coat was finally delivered - I think it was sent via lame donkey. I'm in the midst of it at last and I have to thank you for the recommendation. It's very good and I am enjoying it a lot. Alan Lewrie is very Sharpe-esque. Thank you also for the advice about ignoring all the ship terminology. I've been doing that and I find that with that advice in mind, not knowing exactly what the mizzenmast is does not bother me quite so much.

You must read the other Cornwell books. They are even better than the Sharpe books. The Warlord Chronicles are a particular favorite of mine as is his current series. I love Sharpe - up to a point. For me the last couple of them seem to have lost something in comparison to the earlier ones and I think that from this point on I can restrain myself when it comes to buying them the minute they appear in print in the UK.

Here's a somewhat nosy question, if you don't mind - where exactly does one put 5,246 books? My own collection seems quite small in comparison and yet, if I keep on as I am, I will most definitely have to get rid of the bed in the spare bedroom to make room.
Hello bookstothesky,

Thanks for the comment! I'm currently about 5 miles from Sacramento.
Hello bookstothesky,
Or should I address you now as 'the largest libraries hall monitor'. Well done and thanks for your good work with this.It's a good job sombody is interested enough to keep an eye on the situation here.
How is your collection going by the way.I'm slogging away adding a few.I've just acquired a set of Encyclopedia Brittannica (32 volumes) which are pretty boring to add,but a super set of books.
All the best.
Hello Bookstothesky,
Good to hear from you again.Hope you are ok and all is well from your part of the world. England at the moment is fine and sunny and dare I say it between one crisis and the next.
Interesting to read your comments regarding 'Largest Libraries' which you put on myshelves profile page. The fact that largest 50 and largest 1000 have never to my knowledge tied up has always seemed extremely strange to me. I didn't know some of the info that you give about 'Business Libraries',or at least the extent to which it is prevalent at least.I suppose as with the internet as a whole,it is difficult if not impossible to police properly.Saying that it should be easy enough to do a bit of pruning.I also think the premise that 'if you cheat,you are only cheating yourself' might well apply to quite a few bods doing this.
Asher I've heard of, but never read... *flips through Wikipedia article* looks interesting. I've never heard of Steven Erikson, I'll check him out. Thanks!
No, you are not being a nitpicker regarding the issue that libraries should consist only of actual books that you own. Otherwise I, too, would maintain that I own every book that I’ve ever heard of and wanted - and that would be a very long list. What is your opinion on the matter of including a book on LT that you actually own but that you have lent out to someone who most likely will never return it? I have one such that I loaned to someone several years ago and I have lost hope of ever getting it back.
Grr, messed up the first time, let's try this again.

Hey there!


Thanks for taking an interest in my library; I never tire of the mild ego stroke that comes from someone finding something of interest there:)

:) Given the number of shared favorites we have, I figured I'd find some interesting stuff on your virtual shelves.

We appear to have quite a few "favorite authors" in common, including Bunch and Cole, Doyle and MacDonald, and possibly my favorite SF author, Daniel Keys Moran. One of Moran's ex-wives is a good friend of mine, so I've met him a couple of times.

I'm envious! The Long Run and The Last Dancer are wonderful books, I've re-read them several times.

It's a frequent source of frustration to me that he's become so disenchanted with the writing/publishing process that we'll probably never see any more Tales of the Continuing Time from him. Hmm, this has inspired me to do a search for DKM, and I found this: ignites a small flame of hope. There's a lot of other interesting stuff on this blog, too, including a link to online versions of some of Moran's writings.

Hmm, thank you for the link! I'd pretty much given up on ever seeing the rest of the series when DKM disappeared from the 'Net; I'm glad to see he's back! Pardon me while I bookmark his site....

Since we seem to have similar reading tastes, I'd be interested to hear about any books/authors you've read recently that have really grabbed you, should you feel so inclined.

Hmm, recent reads... not much, sad to say. In hardcopy I'm working on Harry Potter 7 in spare moments at home; on my PDA I'm re-reading Weber's [Empire From The Ashes]. Thinking back over what I've read in the near past, I'd say Accelerando really stands out. It lives up to the title - 'tis one hell of a fun ride.

Hmm, I'm curious - how come you've only 1 rated book?

Anyroad, be well!
Hey Bookstothesky!

Sorry, but I, too, have a hard time putting fingers to keyboard and replying to e-mails/messages. Especially when there's so many book on Mt Toobie to be conquered :) Sorry to hear that you picked up a nasty cold while on vacation. It's kind of like Murphy's Law though; I never get sick when I'm at work. The bugs always wait until you don;t have to be at work! Atleast it's a great opportunity to read. And to scale down the Mountain (and then add back to it again! LOL)

You have 2 signed/first edition copies of Billingham? Nice! I'm surprised they keep dropping in price, but then again I'm behind on his work, too, having only read the first 3. Strange though, I keep picking up his books and adding them to the TBR pile as well.

I didn't mean to throw Sandford in with the Brit guys. I have a tendency to hop around a lot in topics and often confuse people who read my ramblings. I just assume everyone knows who/what I am talking about! :)

I had not heard of Adrian McKinty or Brain Freemantle, but I will definately put them on my cliff's wishlist. Thanks for the info! I guess being in a somewhat commonwealth does help to get the Brit books, as I can usually put my hands them pretty easily.

I ended up picking up "These Guns For Hire" and managed to tear through it in about a day and a half. It introduced me to a bunch of people I hadn't read before, and I really enjoyed the different takes on hitmen. have you read it yet, or does it rest precariously on the Mountain?

Hope you are feeling better!
Jenn :) aka Jebbie74

We're all fine here in Minneapolis. Several people have had friends and family members who were on the 35W bridge just before it fell. My wife is a knitter and one of her knitting friends said that her supervisor went down with the bridge. She's fine, but her car's in the Mississippi. One of my bike routes is directly under the bridge, where the piece of bridge with the school bus ended up. The death toll will rise some more, but it could have been much worse. Strange days indeed. Thanks for the concern.

I will certainly look out for the Deon Myer and have a read.When I do find a copy and get to peruse it I'll send you a "review".Anyway many thanks for the info.
I see that you have a couple of Edward Marston's in your collection.Any thoughts there ? I've got two of his Victorian,railway detective series which I think are rather good and also a English civil war one which is also not at all bad.
I see that on Talk there has been a lot of heated discussion between the two rival camps- Owned against Wants,Wish-lists ect ect. The usual thing in fact.I did put my oar in on on of the threads (I won't need to tell you on which side) but its all a bit pointless I suppose as nobody is going to change their minds are they ? It is in fact the only fault that I can find about this excellent site that so-called Library sizes just mean nothing at all.Do you think that Wish-lists as a separate feature will ever make an appearance and if so will some of the worst offenders use it ?
End of rant !
Speak to you soon.
Hi- Thank for the reply. I'll check out the books you mention. When you do have a chance to Read _Slaves of The Shinar_ I'd be really pleased to hear what you think. As I said, I thought it was great.

Hi Bookstothesky!

I was originally drawn to your library because of your SciFi collection. My SciFi is mostly Star Wars, and since I started reading Wells I've been wanting to branch out. Then I noticed some of your tags are prefaced with "uk", and lately I've been wanting to find British history written by actual Brits.

I'm sorry you're not able to have a cat! We've always had at least one; my Siamese mix Hypatia is our most recent. If you think you could sway your wife, there are plenty of ways to keep cats from clawing furniture. I've seen the claw covers they make for dogs and cats now, though we haven't tried them. When we were trying to break Hypatia of clawing the furniture we sprayed everything with some kind of catnip-scented liquid. It sounds strange, but every cat we've had has hated catnip!

Hope you're enjoying the weekend and having cooler weather than we are!
Hi Bookstothesky (like the name, too, by the way)

I'll put your mind at ease and tell you that yes, I have fixed up my profile. I'd been meaning to do so for some time, and finally put hands to keys last night. Sorry if it made your brain hurt.

A lot of the books you had mentioned are ones that I've thoroughly enjoyed as well. I had originally won a copy of These Guns For Hire from J.A. Konrath and it had 3-5 stories in it. That was definately a tease and a half, but I can't pass it along as he had signed it :) The next copy I bought was from my favourite bookstore here in Toronto called The Sleuth of Baker Street and 17 signatures in it (and the rest of the stories that weren't in the ARC). I dare say, that book will also never leave my hands. I love that cover, too, with all it's gore and nastiness. Not that I have actually read it yet.

I think you have probably read more than I have in regards to the books we share. I've just been sailing through my shelf pages trying to add some sort of tag to most books, and realized just how many I need to dig my claws into. I avaerage ober 200 books a year but my buying seems to out do that :) I have Berlin Noir around here somewhere and have been meaning to read it as the other half raves over it. (Okay, so I actually bought it for him, but that doesn't mean I can't steal it, right?) He's read most of his other books, but there are a few I haven't been able to get my hands on.

I'll take your advice on Michael Connelly as I have some of his offerings and have yet to read one. Oh, wait. I lied. I read The Poet and loved it. OOps! I like Harlan Coben, includung his Myron Bolitar series if I am looking for something less thriller-like. The first book I read by Dennis Lehane was A Drink Before The War, and I agree that his other works seem a wee bit better. Lee Child is good, although I need to read more of his. I loved Monkee Wrench AKA Do You Want To Play and have pushed those opinions on quite a few people! :)

Hmmm...from the info I gathered from your comment I would say you are not much of a British thriller reader (seems to be a huge attachment for me), so I would probably say John Sandford is a good one. But it would definately be the Prey series. Mark Billingham is another favourite. Have you ever tried any Jonathan Nasaw or Mark Nykanen? Their first books and subsequent ones are pretty good. Oh yes, and Jack Kerley which I noticed we share. If you haven't tried one of his yet, move it higher to the top of Mt. TBR. :)

Now that I've taken over your comments section, I better go! Lemme know what you think. I could be truly off-base with some of my suggestions/opinions!

Jenn :)

I see that you too have Justin Allen's book Slaves of the Shinar. I thought it was really great- a terrific debut novel. Have you had a chance to read it yet? I'd love to hear what you think.

Thought I'd just pop in, say hi, and browse your massive bookshelf. Most of the books we have in common I have yet to read, so if you see anything that makes you say "that jebbie-gal should really pull this one off her shelf", just give me a buzz and let me know.
Hello bookstothesky.

I do have a signed first edition of A Game of Thrones. George R.R.Martin was in town on tour for the second book and there was a very small crowd, so I had a nice chat with him at the time. I haven't read any David Housewright, but he's been at the local bookstore, where I work part-time, several times. I enjoy a local connection when reading too. Thanks for visiting my library and it is stuff I own, not stuff I'd like to own. I might add my media collection at some point, but the books are the main thing.
Hello again,
With regards to the Deon Meyer 'Dead at Daybreak' novel that you were asking about. It's a few years ago and many,many books read since that I have looked at it. My first step was to look up the excellent review and take in your comments. Then to find the book itself and remind myself about it. Umm! I can see where you're coming from with the star system. Why I only give it a 3 is perhaps somewhat unfair as it is a good read,but for me that is balanced by the personal thing that in any book I must have sympathy (empathy) with the main character .For me there was none here. Does that make any sense? That was also the reason that I didn't follow up with any more of Myer's other titles.
Oh I just saw on the new 'Connections' page that you have added a book of Mike Ripley to your Library. He was at "Bodies in the Bookshop' too. A really nice chap.His books are great reads as well.
Hello Bookstothesky,
Many thanks for the message and the various points that you make.Firstly,sorry for the delay in replying.I have just returned from Cambridge,which hosts (as I mentioned in an earlier message) the annual 'Bodies in the Bookshop' event.Loads of crime writers gather to talk,sign their books and just meet their fans.It's a great chance to get together and get some signed copies.Can get a bit expensive though ! Among the authors were Paul Doherty,Kate Charles,Rebecca Tope (Reading her book at the moment -Ghostwalk-an excellent book about Newton,Cambridge,the supernatural and of course murder)Ann Purser,Simon Scarrow ,Ruth Dudley Edwards and many others.
Anyway I am delighted to add you to my list of 'Interesting Libraries' (and thanks for reciprocating.) The so-called size of some Libraries here never fails to make me laugh,as many of the members of Librarything will list anything from CD's to Video tapes, books read many years ago,but never owned, to books seen on other peoples lists and wanted but never owned either.I just don't get the point of that,but there you are,we are all different with different points of view,and no doubt a good job too.
The Sherlock Holmes story that you mention,'The Bruce-Partington Plans' is included in the volume 'The Complete Sherlock Holmes Short Stories' which is a well-read and well-loved part of my collection. I've made a note of the other two books and will look out for them.
Thanks again for your comments and do keep in touch.
All the best
Thanks so much for the link to the Willocks interview, bookstts, really interesting stuff. I've only read Green River Rising, which I liked very much, since The Religion, but Willocks is on my radar now in a large way. Thanks again!
i can't remember if it was bopeep or some other collector, but yeah, i got filled in on the stay at home mom thing.

a job i'd envy, if it weren't for the prime kid time would have been a long long time back for me.

i was thinking more of a stay at home dilletante, but my girlfriend insists i could only get away with that if i lived with some other girlfriend.

so i bust my butt workin for the man. ain't life grand.

thanks for the tip,

Aha!! Thanks - I really like those Billy cases; going to have to make a trip to Ikea soon.
Thanks for remembering I'd like a look at your shelves when you finished. The link you left for the pictures didn't work; could you send it again? Thanks.
I am trying to sort out Gardener Dozois, well his books anyway. The Mammoth book of Best New Science fiction series seems to be a reprint of The Years Best science fiction with a new numbering. (partially confirmed by ISFDB and the Locus index) If I am right then Mammoth 18 should be years best Science fiction 21 or 22. Since you own all three could you please check for me? The mammoth book may state "first published in the United States as ... "
Hey, I completely understand about not wanting to join a book club so you can read books when you like. But one thing to consider is if you host a book club, then you can do that - and get cool people to discuss the book with you. Sometimes the best fun of reading is hearing how other people interpret the same book - because it's often very different. Feel free to pop in from time to time on our discussions. We've got a great group of folks, and it's actually inspired me to start my own book club in January. :)

Thanks for the McKinty recommendations. I am looking forward to exploring those. I agree, the covers could do with a bit of work though. I see you have Denise Mina's Resolution in your library. I just finished her most recent book, The Dead Hour, and thought it was great.
re: --Also, if you'll humor me for a minute here, "Y" use "Y" in a question instead of "why" when you have no writing/character/space limitations? Especially on a site where members pretty much inherently value the written word?

Slang, abbreviations, are all part of the "written word"... The "written word" is not exculsively the domain of Oxford english... Did u mean to say "on a site where members value written english"? Take for instance, this book: Edgewater Angels, by Sandro Meallet. In it, you'll find words that he completely made up from whole cloth....they don't even exist in the English language, but it's still a great book. I need only to convey meaning and intent. It's not an Enlgish exam, or a technical system description. It's communication. No offense implied or taken.
Definitely get the early Don Winslow mysteries. I really enjoyed them. I also just read his latest, "The Winer of Frankie the Machine"... it was quite an enjoyable read.
Thanks for replying to my invite. Reading children's fiction and preferring books to babies aren't mutually exclusive! Glad I made you laugh though.

[[Shelagh Watkins]]
Y not ratings on the 4000 books?
Many thanks for your interesting and detailed reply.I do own a copy of 'Berlin Noir' which I agree is Kerr's finest work.The reason why it has not yet appeared on my list is that I am still busily cataloguing and I have only just reached the extension to the house which holds the paperback section.(of which the above book is one) In fact I think that I must have about another 4500 to 5000 volumes to go before I'm done.As my method is the rather old fashoned one of putting them in one-by-one,this could take some time.
With regards to signed copies,if at all possible I like to meet the authors in person (and have a chat of course) and one of the stores in nearby Cambridge have an event each year called 'Bodies in the Bookshop' at which roughly 60 Crime Fiction writers turn up to meet their readers and sign their books.
Besides dealing with the dreaded Librarything(Only joking Tim) I also keep a detailed Book Journal in which I enter my book-buying and other Literary details and data.
So am quite busy at the moment,what with a full-time job as well
Anyway nice to hear from you and do keep in touch,as our ideas seem to run along the same tracks.
I couldn't agree with you more when you comment about Library Sizes.As far as I'm concerned all that interests me is getting all my Books entered and tagged.I really can't understand members who spend time listing comics,magazines,CD's ect. But I can understand even less,those who list Books ect that they would like to own! If I bothered with that, I would be Number One,without a shadow of doubt.
However enough of that.I see that we share quite a few interesting volumes,including those of Edgar Rice Burroughs.Fairly difficult to get now.
I am lucky enough to live in an area which is rich in good bookshops.Do you,or do you buy on the net ?
Signed books are also an interest,how about you.
Thank you - I appreciate the recommendation and extra detail on Berlin Noir very much. :)
You're most welcome, bookstothesky. :)
Thank you; I'm glad. :) One needn't BE libertarian (obviously), but I think there's a great deal that's interesting to consider or discuss - and I enjoy some of the other members very much.
Covers unless you change them are found from amazon based on the ISBN. Thus your covers should match unless the publisher has changed the cover but not the ISBN. This happens a lot. The cover is retrieved directly from Amazon by your browser when required. Thus if the cover is wrong, and you select from the known covers, do not select an Amazon cover as the ISBN will be changed to match. I scanned all my books back and front to a CD but only loaded those that were needed.

At Glasgow signing sessions, for popular authors, people were limited to three books so the queue could move. You could of return to the back of the queue with new books. Often however their were no queues. Unfortunately for me the only books I had signed were by Jane Yolen, a guest of honour so I had half an hour wait.
I attended my first sceince fiction convention at last year's worldcon. I can assure you very few people dress up for it. Being in glasgow there was the fanous "Klingon in a Kilt" a taxi driver commented on "you don't see those very often, even in Glasgow" but I didn't see him.
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