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Collectionsebook (3), Your library (998), Wishlist (6), Currently reading (1), To read (53), Read but unowned (60), All collections (1,061)

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Tagsfantasy (223), comic (175), crime (143), humour (127), horror (119), science fiction (105), 2011 (101), 2012 (91), 2010 (89), 2013 (84) — see all tags

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About meI usually gravitate to any fiction that is a bit odd, dark and weird but I do sometimes branch out..

This year I can be found:
-Taking part in the 2013 Category Challenge
-Listing everything I read in the 100 Books in 2013 Challenge
-Expanding my reading in the Endless European Challenge

Oh and this year I have started recording where I read (location or nationality of author)...

visited 26 states (11.5%)
Create your own visited map of The World or jurisdische vertaling duits?

About my librarySlowly adding the books I own (in the "Your Library" collection) and am also busy getting together a large wishlist! Books I have read but don't own are not usually recorded unless I add a review.

oh and I co share my real library with my better half: LT's psutto.

Groups100 Books in 2010 Challenge, 100 Books in 2011, 100 Books in 2012 Challenge, 100 Books in 2013 Challenge, 1010 Category Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, And Other Stories, Brits, Comicsshow all groups

Favorite authorsRaymond Chandler, G. K. Chesterton, Margo Lanagan, Toby Litt, David Mitchell, George Orwell, Brian Francis Slattery, Catherynne M. Valente, Jeff VanderMeer (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresMr B's Emporium of Reading Delights

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Real nameClaire


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Member sinceJan 21, 2009

Currently readingCity: A Guidebook for the Urban Age by P. D. Smith

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I like your map too, and created one for my 2013 reads. It would be nice to find a widget that can do more complicated things like using different lours for authors' nationality and location of the book or darker colour for more read places. And with this one you can't distinct a Tibetan author from a Chinese one ;) Some greedy people just can't be made happy :D
I heard an interview with Adam Johnson on NPR this morning while driving to work, and made a mental note to check for reviews of The Orphan Master's Son when I got my office computer fired up. So what did I find immediately upon signing in to LT? A hot review of that very book on my home page. I think this is the universe telling me that I'd better give it a try, even though I'm rarely drawn to dystopian fiction. You've made it sound like a fine read, indeed.
Yeah, I think it would be too complicated for me to decide where to put each book - not only location of the book vs location of author but both can be mobile, i.e., how to classify Hemingway, Greene, Fitzgerald, Beckett, etc.? So many ways to go ... I do admire yours though! :)
I like your map idea, just curious how it works. You are going by the location of the author, not the location of the book?
I just found a nice copy of The Brothers K at a book sale today. I'm looking forward to reading it.
I really liked your review on Magnus Mill's "All Quiet On The Orient Express". I loved his "The Restraint of Beasts". I just purchased "All Quiet On The Orient Express" last weekend so I will be devouring it soon.

- J.
Thanks, glad you liked it! GE worth a try, I think.
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Glad you like the review. I too was a little dubious at first, especially after a couple of pages, but it was an easy read, if all a little preposterous. Still, good Byzantine feel all set in Paul's fortress, reminded me a bit of Berlusconi's wheeling and dealing to try to stay (unsuccessfully now) in power. Might give Children of Dune a go to see where it ends up, but I won't be in a hurry.
Very much enjoyed your Alice in Sunderland review! Very informative, witty and enthusiastic. It certainly told me a lot more than the extraordinary comment that drew my eye further down the page: "Didnt enjoy this. Too specific to events around Sunderland."
Unless this too was intended to be witty...
Just a quick line to say how much I'm enjoying your reviews, especially books I haven't read (which is most of them!) Precise, considered, fair but also critical where needed, and all in a charming easy-to-read conversational prose. I've only read the most recent but am looking forward to reading the rest; one of the pluses of LT is chance to read readers' reviews, and the better written they are the more enjoyable!
Not sure if you remember me or not, but you reviewed my novel, Dirty Little
Angels, a while back. I'm writing because I'm almost done with my new novel, In
the Valley of Falling Stars, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in
taking a look at it and giving me your opinion. I can send you a complete
summary, but it's essentially about a mentally-ill man living in post-Katrina
New Orleans who becomes convinced that his wife is pregnant with Jesus Christ.
The book is still in process, but the entire book is sketched out, and I
currently have eight chapters that I feel are done. If you're too busy, I
understand. Just thought I'd ask.

Hope you're doing well,

Hi Clfisha,

I've posted a revision of Mother's Beach at I do appreciate your interest.


Hi Clfisha,

I saw your comments on the surreal thread. I've written a lot of stories and plays, but mostly realistic stuff. I'm finishing a novel, Mother's Beach, that's much different, experimental and meta-fictional. Although it's not science fiction, it has elements that might appeal to a PKD or Murakami fan. I'd like to get some feedback, so I've posted the first 100 pages as a PDF at this URL I'm thick-skinned and welcome criticism. If it puts you to sleep after 10 pages, let me know.

my direct e-mail is


Alex Austin
That's what I kind of thought :). It's still pretty cool how you keep reading the same books at the same time though. Me and my wife like a lot of the same stuff, but usually I end up reading something two years after she did - or the other way around.
Just curious: How close personally are you and psutto? You always seem to read the same books!
Thank you for including me in your interesting libraries! I just read your review on Darly dreaming Dexter. I would say we feel EXACTLY the same about this book. It's almost uncanny :)
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries. I always feel honoured when someone does that.
Hm, I see that The Driver's seat didn't really do it for you. Sorry about that (I'm guessing it was me pointing you in that direction, I love it). Will you try more Spark?
The Fry Chronicles is probably the first book which is tempting me to get the audio version instead of the written word.

My fave Stephen Fry is without doubt The Stars' Tennis Balls (aka Revenge). Then probably The Liar and The Hippopotamus tie for 2nd place and Making History follows those. They're all stand alone books so it doesn't matter which you read first, though I probably should add that most of his novels contain subject matters or characters that some people will find offensive.

Hi, just wanted to drop by and say thanks for the comments on my 1010CC thread. It's helping me keep up with the posting to know that someone is reading them.

I see that you're reading Stephen Fry's 2nd autobiography, have you read any of his novels yet? I dedicated a category to him last year and especially enjoyed The Stars' Tennis Balls, a re-imagining of The Count of Monte Cristo but updated to more modern times.

Hi you mentioned on my Alphabet challenge thread that you would be interested when I read XIsle. I've just posted my thoughts on that thread and, hopefully, this link should take you to the relevant post



I'm getting ready to setup the group for the Scarlet Pimpernel and wanted to check to see if you were still interested.
Just let me know and I'll send out the info after the setup.

Just saw your rating of Miéville's new book. Looking forward to reading your review!

I noticed on retrogirls thread that you were thinking about reading the Scarlet Pimpernel. Several of us are planning on reading it starting Bastille Day (7/14) and I will be setting up the group closer to that time. Maybe you would care to join us in the group read?

Happy reading!

Hi! Thanks for dropping by my ABC Challenge. I appreciate your feedback!
No problem. Send me your e-mail address (mine is, and I'll send you the e-book version of the book.


Noticed you liked Out by Natsuo Kirino, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here, as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also gritty, a bit violent, and a bit dark :) I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more about the novel before you commit.


Lots of stuff that interests me here, not to mention good reviews. Hope you don't mind my adding you. Looking forward to what you'll come up with for the 1010 challenge!
Hi Claire;
Thanks for the comment on "The Foreigner" glad I'm not the only one who thought the Edgar Award went to the wrong book.
Have you read "The Princes of Ireland?" someone just gave it to me and I'm putting it on my list.
Also, when you list books on your library, does that mean you've read them or that you own them?
Mike Draper
[Santa Olivia] was interesting. Not as good as [Naamah's Kiss] but also very different. It was almost hard to believe that it was the same author. The main character doesn't have a lot of emotions and is very young. This shows in the writing. It is a kind of dystopia which is not my favorite kind of book.
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