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Member: ed.pendragon

CollectionsYour library (350), Favorites (2), Read but unowned (6), All collections (352)

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Tagsfantasy (114), Arthurian (33), DWJ (32), history (26), reference (17), mythology (15), medieval literature (13), archaeology (13), speculative fiction (13), literature (13) — see all tags

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About meRetired schoolteacher, living in West Wales, and a musician, specialising in accompanying, adjudicating and teaching piano.

The map of countries visited is rather misleading: for instance, I spent most of my childhood in Hong Kong (before it reverted to China) and never set foot on the mainland; I have visited Seattle (twice) but nowhere else in the States; but it all looks rather impressive, doesn't it?

visited 20 states (8.88%)
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About my libraryArchaeology (especially post-Roman Britain), fantasy (especially young adult fiction), science fiction (especially other worlds), medieval literature (especially Arthurian), folktales and popular science. Loft shelving houses most of my books, but too many are finding their way into piles on the floor, while other books and printed music are located around the house and by the bedside. I'm aiming to review all the books I eventually list, but it's a slow process.

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GroupsArthurian Legends, Book reviewers, Brits, Diana Wynne Jones Fans, Happy Heathens, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, Pedants' corner, Snooping through Shelves of Fictional Characters

Favorite authorsJoan Aiken, Ursula K. Le Guin, Diana Wynne Jones (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresCarningli Centre, Seaways Bookshop, St. David's Bookshop

Favorite librariesNarberth Library / Llyfrgell Arberth

Other favoritesNarberth Museum, Oxfam Shop


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Real nameChristopher Lovegrove

LocationPembrokeshire, Wales, UK

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceApr 10, 2010

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Re your review of Watchmen, I do believe you've written the book on the book. Just wow.
Hi Christopher (hope it's OK if I use that name - I saw it on your profile):
thanks for your message, and for the kind words regarding my Aiken reviews. I agree that it's a shame that the interior illustrations haven't been retained in some of the Wolves Chronicles! Re: Pat Marriott and Edward Gorey, who did the interior and exterior artwork for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, they are definitely not the same person. Marriott was an English illustrator - I found this Times of London obituary for her on google:!topic/alt.obituaries/3O2pJkGTnNE

While Gorey, of course, was an American author and illustrator. As for Lizza Aiken, I had the great good fortune to meet her earlier this year, when she was over here in New York for an event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. She did a reading here, and was part of a panel discussion about her mother's work. A really lovely woman!
Hi! I realised who you were after a glance at your profile. I'm not sure how much I'm going to be around on LibraryThing -- I'm not in the swing of updating two websites (well, three, since I also have a private booklist on another site), and not all my reviews were transferred across. But we'll see!
Thanks for the kind words about my review! Like you, I feel I should read the rest of the series, having begun, but it's very easy to conveniently forget. Maybe one day.
The final episode of the 1st season of The Newsroom aired on Sunday and it was pretty bad. The series hasn't lived up to its initial promise, I must say. Nothing beats the West Wing.

I do write fiction, actually. I am so busy (and too good at wasting time) that my anthology of short stories is taking a long time to complete, but I have stories in a few compilations, the latest being a collection published by CCC Press, an imprint of the University of Nottingham, in a series that hopes to promote fiction from ex-colonies (post post-colonial??)

The band you used to be in sound interesting. Steeleye Span is well liked in this family. As are Trees and String Driven Thing. It's quite embarrassing how British one's tastes are. I was re-reading Nina Bawden's books last week and it suddenly hit me (when reading Carrie's War) that I know more abt British children's WW2 experiences than I do about what Malayan children went through. This is ridiculous. Talk about Western hegemony :-)

My best to your wife and you :-)
Gosh, you certainly have a wide repertoire as a musician :-) I was in a band in my 30s. We wrote and played our own music, and supposedly sounded like Fairport Convention, although I don't think we did. What sort of music do you like?

The course leads to a Masters in English Studies. I think it's interesting how it's made me appreciate certain local works of literature (in English) that I couldn't bear before. I think it's because in the past I was focused on the literary style, and the way I judged this has been very much influenced and shaped by western (especially English) literature, which has its place (of course), but is not necessarily what Malaysian writers should be basing their work on and using as a guide or model. I need to be reprogrammed, and Malaysian writers need more of their own literature to be inspired by.


I'm reading Russell Hoban's Soonchild now. I love The MOuse and His Child, and I would like to read some of his adult fiction next. Angelica's rotto and Angelica Lost & Found sound particularly intriguing.

Am also reading (and enjoying) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Am trying to borrow books instead of buy them. The problem is our public libraries aren't very good.

I didn't watch any of the Olympics. But I've started watching an American TV series called The Newsroom and I am hooked. It's written by Aaron Sorkin and I am a huge fan of The West Wing. This one is almost as intelligent ... if you can ignore all the American propoganda.
I've gone back to school and so have so much less time to read what I really want. However, recently read Joan Didion's 'Blue Night's for research into an essay I was writing for my Philosophy of Literature class. I loved it, and I do so like Didion anyway.

I've started reading Malaysian Fiction which I've neglected til now. I must say that I didn't quite realise how my ideas of what is worthy of notice (literaturewise) have been shaped by my Anglocentric uppringing. I'm trying to reprogramme myself!

Just borrowed 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' from a friend, and I'm also reading 'Interlock' (a Malaysian novel, translated into English from the original Malay) and 'Orientalism' by Edward Said. Books that I've received for review include Russell Hoban's 'Soonchild' and Natalie Babbitt's 'THe Devil's Storybooks'.

Hope you're doing great :-)
Hello! Sorry for this very late reply. I can't believe it's been more than a year since I last was at Librarything. Well, I am now back. Will check out your library and reviews. I'm very interested in how our Eurocentric (anglophile) tastes have developed.

By the way, thanks for recommending the DWJ grp. Have you bought Reflections? It's a great read.

Dear Pendragon, Thanks for your comment. As an adult I also felt sad for all the children when the magic ceased, but also I know that my appreciation for magic has only increased with age. As a child part of magic come from not knowing, from just believing and experiencing without a lot of thought and reflection. As an adult the magic comes out of knowing and letting go, in a different kind of belief. Good to hear from you.
Rats, I missed it. But thank you for letting me know. - Hilary
Thank you! I hope you enjoy 'The Moving Toyshop' - it seems to have attracted varying reviews - but, if not, at least it's short!

I get Gervaise Phinn and Gervaise Fen confused in the opposite direction.
hehe thanks!

Thanks. I'm excited about my debut. I added you because you're a mythology and fantasy person like myself. I saw that you gave Stardust a 4 star rating and Gaiman is one of my favourites. I haven't added many books to my shelf due to lack of time, but there are a few we share in common. I figured I could steal some ideas from you for my to-be-read list :)
Thank you! You're quite right - the original format of The Wouldbegoods probably made it easier to swallow. Also, not reading it soon after Treasure Seekers might help...!
Great review of Great Expectations, I am almost tempted to try it!
Glad you liked the review. I don't think that reading Trend's book would compromise your identity as a dilettante: it's not exactly superheavy stuff. But I'm a big fan of English music, so I may not realize how nerdish some of my reading matter is.
Thanks for the interesting library add! :)
Hi - Thanks so much for your comments about my review! I appreciate the background.
Diolch Christopher. I never know why certain reviews get on that page but it always feels good to see your own name there:)
Nice review on [Dune Messiah], I must admit I have fond memories of [Dune] but no keen desire to carry on reading the series. I take it the second one didn't impact your enjoyment of the first?
Solidi first - Shilling came later Ed - Oh! and the Hanseatic League for Sterling, from their naming of "eaSTERLINGs".
Hi! Certainly am interested - I've rather slacked off with my comments recently, but plan on having a big update soon. Have you added your review to the book's page? Actually, why am I asking, I'll just go and look!
Thank you! I do hope that review was tongue in cheek, most amusing if so.. worrying if not...
Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying reading them. I've been doing the 50-book challenge on LiveJournal for the past few years, and these are the reviews I wrote for that. How long and in-depth they are tends to depend on how long I let books pile up in between updates ...
Thank you for the friend request. Always nice to meet another DWJ fan. Here I thought I was the only person who hadn't read Catcher in the Rye, and they're all climbing out of the woodwork to greet me!

Thanks for the kind comments, one of the great things about LT is the great reviews :) You have a lot of books reviewed that I haven't read which is always great, although tends to be bad for my poor book shelves.
Thank you for your comments! I shall have to take a look around for your comments on the rest of the Dalemark Quartet.
Hi Chris,

I've also enjoyed reading your reviews and have agreed with many of them. There are so many books on your reading list that I want to read, hopefully it will widen my reading horizons. Not that anyone of LT needs an excuse to read more books!

I would be interesting to see one of the original editions. I get the feeling Jones didn't do that much updating but I might be wrong.
Thanks for writing back. The world is a small place! I have a sister-in-law who is Welsh from the same town as Dylan Thomas. I have visited England only once with my aunt in 1993. We stayed in Maidstone; her son-in-law is vicar there but we did take a Framm's bus tour and went to Wales and Scotland as well as the Lake District. I'm glad you have been to Seattle. It's lovely here, very much like England as far as our climate. My son and stepson teach piano, and my husband majored in it before he became more practical and became a doctor. Children's Hospital is the best! My daughter worked there about 10 years ago. She quit to work for a while and now is graduating with her RN. The Library I worked for was a Music & Arts library, so I catalogued many a music CD over 20 years. Nice to have you as a friend! Andrea

I'm glad you enjoyed the review. I intend, when I have more time, to write more reviews, but it's always slow-going for me.

I'm always curious to see how my library overlaps with those of other people--it's a great way to discover some books I've not heard of yet.

(BTW, your review on Breeze's 'Origins of the Four Branches' is encouraging--I'm familiar with him as a scholar, but wasn't sure just how far out his theory is. I'll have to pick up a copy.)
Thanks for the review! I'm so glad you liked it and you picked up on a lot of things I was pleased with too. Huzzah!
Hello Chris. Thanks for writing me a message and letting me know about the DWJ group.

I'd made a couple of previous attempts to catalogue my collection but seem to be having much more success this time round.

One of the reasons I've chosen to get a lifetime membership is so I can enter all my titles, and print the whole list to take with me when I shop for books -- I tend to forget what I have and end up buying duplicates.

One of the pitfalls of reading widely is that you keep discovering authors and end up with more and more books -- Malaysia's public libraries don't have good collections so I can't depend on them.

I shall have a closer look at your 200 books. As always, it's a pleasure connecting with someone with such an excellent taste in books :-)

All the very best Daphne
Thank you for your thoughtful review of Shadowland. It's difficult to judge the middle book of a series but I think you've got right to the heart of what this one is about. And you're dead right about how I use names in my writing.

Best wishes,
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