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CollectionsBooks (756), Audiobooks (432), Ebooks (182), Currently reading (6), Queued (4), To read (721), Wishlist (105), To re-read (12), Books in French (39), Owned (99), All collections (1,667)

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Tagsaudiobook (391), crime (362), sci-fi (324), urban fantasy (221), 1010 challenge (159), 11 in 11 (152), fantasy (152), apocalyptic (149), non-fiction (137), vampire (134) — see all tags

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About meWhen you read any of my posts/opinions/reviews, please keep in mind:
a) I am not an expert in anything and don't profess to be
b) I read genre fiction and I don't think less of myself because it "ain't literature"
c) I don't have "proof" for anything I say because: see a) & b)

About half my reading is done via audiobook format while I do other things (train for marathons, for example). I like my books mature, easy to read and moral-free. Other than very rare exceptions I don't read short stories at all.

Other than children's books, anything with teen angst (YA), historical fiction, and traditional romance - I'll read mostly anything.

About my libraryWe have a loose household rule that we're not supposed to buy/keep books so most of my reading comes from the library and my audiobooks come from Audible.

Books are grouped by their format (Books, Audiobooks and Ebooks)

To Read
To-read books to which I already have access.

To-read books to which I don't yet have access (i.e. I must go buy them).

Books in French
I've started reading books in French because I like the challenge, and it forces me to savor the story 'cause it takes me so darn long to read it.

a.k.a Dystopic, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia and etc. I use the one tag "apocalyptic" which includes any material that has the ending, new beginning, or post-ending of humankind/earth as we know it as its topic.

A catch-all for any mystery, detective, crime or non-horror thriller I read. (I don't read cozies).

Reacher Replacement
I love Lee Child's Reacher character and am constantly on the lookout for similar types of characters.

13 in 13 (and 11 in 11 and 12 in 12, etc)
An LT challenge wherein I am attempting to read a set number of books in different categories.

Includes any book with a religious basis, premise or over-arching theme, regardless of genre or religion.

The rest of them
The tag name should be self-explanatory.

Star Ratings
I don't expect a genre novel to be great literature, but I do expect it to be logical and sensible and written with some minimum of skill.

1 star means the book was unpleasant to read.

2 stars means the book wasn't worth the time to read. I won't read anything else by an author to whom I've given 2 stars or less.

3 stars is what I'd consider an average book which was acceptably written but which is not particularly engaging and would neither encourage nor discourage me from reading more by that author or in that series.

4 stars is slightly above average for its genre and indicates that I'm very likely to read more books by the author and/or from the series.

5 stars means the story stuck with me and/or it really surpassed my expectations and/or it made me think about something in a different way. I will try to find more books by these authors.

Groups2014 Category Challenge, Audiobooks, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Science Fiction Fans, The 11 in 11 Category Challenge, The 12 in 12 Category Challenge, Vampire Fiction

Favorite authorsLawrence Block, Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Lee Child, Stephen King, Sharon Shinn, Maria V. Snyder, Jeanette Winterson (Shared favorites)

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LocationFredericton, NB

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Member sinceApr 15, 2009

Currently readingThe Cold Cold Ground (Detective Sean Duffy series, Book 1)(Library Edition) (Sean Duffy Thrillers) by Adrian McKinty
Stealing Light by Gary Gibson
The Zombies of Lake Woebegotten by Harrison Geillor
I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel (The Troubles Trilogy) by Adrian Mckinty
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
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OMG I have not been here for years. Now I am and trying to change my name from lotuslady to well, my own name. Which is currently JoanneReid.

Are you still without power. Well I guess if you are, you won't get this until you have power so by the time you read this, you will have power.
Hi there,

Thank you for being my secret santa and choosing such an interesting assortment of books. I haven't read any of them. In fact I haven't read the authors and there's nothing better than getting new authors to read. I hadn't even heard of Garry Disher. Not sure how you did it since I've not cataloged my kindle and since I've listened to some favorites not listed anywhere. But you did, and I am grateful.


Jane Rogers (adding these to LT tonight)

I've never seen a cat look that pissed-off; love the photo.

So, I was reading reviews for Dead I Well May Be by Adrian McKinty, and liked the flavor of yours, so here I am. I note you're on a quest for Jack Reacher replacements, so, while not really an exact match, I think you'd enjoy The Killer by Tom Wood, and it's possible you have access to his second book that hasn't been released in America yet (since he's a Brit and you're in Canada) called The Enemy. Which reminds me, The Killer was released as The Hunter in the UK, so perhaps you should search for that name, instead. Anyway, hope you like it; I did.

Take it easy,
I'm glad you enjoyed Death's Head so much.

Another suggestion is Christopher Rowley's 'Pleasure Model'.
I finished "The Angels are the Reapers" yesterday, I didn't want it to end! I hadn't glanced at the back copy until I was most of the way through, but at that point it made me strongly suspect what would happen to Temple and I was right. Wow. Thanks again for the rec!
I found The Angels are the Reapers at my local library, hope to start it soon!
Hi there, just wanted to say thanks for the SantaThing choices! And also for the additional suggestions (the other books you considered).

Hope you had a good Christmas and had fun doing SantaThing!

~ Jamie -- this was the book that I put down but wasn't available (for some reason?) I thought it sounded good -- a good fun winter read. :)
Thanks for leaving suggestions for my Secret Santa, I'm going to add them to my to-read list. :)
My nephew, Owen Marshall works at STU as a student recruiter. He also coaches the rugby teams. Owen graduated from STU with a BA and a BEd. He taught in Toronto and decided he has enough of the big city and returned to Fredericton and STU.
I am the person who listed a Secret Santa parcel received in Fredericton before you did. Our reading/listening tastes do cross over in the crime category. I have read and enjoyed Reacher but I don't search him out. Recently I joined the provincial library's Books By Mail services. My first box was a collection of authors I said I liked and it was ok. The second box was all books I have wanted to read over the past couple of years, mysteries, literary travel, biography. I put holds on them and there are still more to come. A great way to get books I want to read but not keep.I graduated from FHS in 1965 and moved back in 2002.
I just read Hominids, and came across your review. I loved this line "now what does the government funding policy have to do with this Neanderthal?" That pretty much sums up my thoughts on the book.
Hi there,

I got the ARC of 20 Years Later you won in the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in the mail last week so you should be receiving it shortly.

Thanks again for your interest in Emma Newman's book!

Mark Long
Dystopia Press
By the way, I was looking at the books were share in common and I notice they are some of my favorites (Mary Roach, Richard Preston, etc.) Do you have a 75 book challenge or anything I can stalk...err, follow you on? :)
I had to laugh while reading your review of "Pandora's Star", especially the imagery of the i.v. drip,drip of information when you want answers. In mine I likened reading the 2 books to eating a favorite candy-
I'm sure you'll enjoy the sequel, just don't wait too long. I did and had to reread the first before starting "Judas Unchained". Imagine!
I'm waiting to get the Naked Dawn Trilogy all together before starting; three more big ones.

Hi there! Thought I'd leave a note to tell you: Great reviews! Funny, informative, I'm a fan :)
Greetings! I had to check out your profile again beause you have by far, bar none, the absolute best LT member name I have ever encountered.

We share some similar views, ie, book ownership is so overrated, and, we both rely on audiobooks. With regards to the former, I've got to dump some of my books becuase the piles are getting crazy, and as for the latter, I don't know how I would "read" were it not for the commute!


Thanks! Sometimes I just have to call them like I read them - or not read them as the case may be.
OMG you like your books like your mother - mature, easy to read and moral-free. Have you read A Confederacy of Dunces yet? I am howling over it....what a hoot!
"Hey Kiddo" from the morph in the Let's Write a Book thread! Hilarious! Thanks for a good laugh.

Best wishes - Joe
Glad you liked it. I was a bit nervous purchasing something so mainstream but it looks like my gamble worked out. I was able to plow through it in just under a week as the story kept me hooked. Don't let the size intimidate you ;-)

Thank you so much for my SantaThing books! They both are excellent choices. Happy Holidays!

-missylc (your SantaThingee)
Saw your question on the forums re:noir. If you like contemporary noir, like Huston, you might want to try John Ridley. I think you'd like his novel Stray Dogs or Love is a Racket or maybe Everybody Smokes in Hell.

Say, I just saw your review for The Gunslinger, and it literally is exactly as you say it is: they were all separate, short stories with a loose connection until they were put together. Because of that, there wasn't as much of a "scope" and main idea. Before giving up on the series, I highly recommend books two and three, at least. Those two books are amazing and will pull you into the Dark Tower series until you've read all ~4000 pages worth.
Hi, Thanks for your comments on my post-apocalyptic topic.

I'll have to give Oryx and Crate a try.

And say, if you haven't checked it out already, my favourite audio book of the last few years is Neil Gaiman's "Anansi Boys" read by Lenny Henry.

BTW - Yup, I'm from Edmonton, AB.
Just passing by from your '200th book thread'. I was going to suggest Cyteen, but I see you've already got it. We seem to have similar opinions about similar books so I've added you to interesting libraries.

Keep reading
Congrats. :)
I was interested in your review of Bangkok 8. A Socialist viewpoint??!!!
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