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About me"I speak to these people, and I speak to you because I cannot help it. It gives me strength, almost unbelievable strength, to know that you are there... How blessed are we to have each other? I am alive and you are alive so we must fill the air with our words. I will fill today, tomorrow, every day until I am taken back to God. I will tell stories to people who listen and to people who don't want to listen, to people who seek me out and to those who run."
-Quotation from What is the What by, Dave Eggers

I'm a science nerd / postmodern Christian / bibliophile and I aver that the absolute best thing about commuting via public transit is the vast amount of time in the day I get to spend reading! I dabble in writing as a wannabe novelist (just for fun) and like to pick up all sorts of crafty things (knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, scrapbooking). I also love the Chicago Cubs - even if they break my heart in post-season ball. I'm a cross-genre reader and LOVE good books of all sorts!

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Currently readingCursor's Fury (Codex Alera, Book 3) by Jim Butcher
The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics) by Alexandre Dumas père
Cold Vengeance (Pendergast, 11) by Douglas Preston
The ten trusts : what we must do to care for the animals we love by Jane Goodall
Smart Mama, Smart Money: Raising Happy, Healthy Kids Without Breaking the Bank by Rosalyn Hoffman

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Hey Lisa! Been awhile. To tell you the truth, it's not my favorite Atkinson. It is typical of her style, (multiple viewpoints spiraling together until the end) but it didn't resonate with me. I liked The Case Histories and One Good Turn the best. I do think it's a series that builds on itself, so starting at the current book you're missing some of the experience. I would recommend The Case Histories.
We do seem to have common tastes in reading I am now following you on twitter. I look forward to your reviews!
Hello Lisa,
So sorry to hear you've been under the weather. I trust you'll recover soon and completely. And please don't add to your burdens worrying about my book. I appreciate that you have a full life with much more on your mind than recreational reading! Take your time, read it at your convenience and leisure, that's how I intended it. I'll hear back from you whenever the time is right.
Wishing you good health and much happiness in the new year,
Absolutely! So excited about another Mallory novel!
Hey Lisa! I am also taking this year off. But I'm still keeping my plot bunny, Modo, close in the hopes that we have more adventures in the future.
The Stand is one of my favorite King novels. I've read it before but it's been years and I've seen the mini-series they made from it. It's just so King. It has all his hallmarks in it. I started watching this show on Sci-Fi called Haven. It's loosely based on a King novel and they put all kind of homages other King works in there. I just felt like I needed to read something of his and I wanted a lot of characters in it. He captures characters so well.

Butcher. I've only read the first Dresden. It's really my husband's cup of tea, which is why we were there for the reading. He has devoured everything the man has published, which I think was fairly common among those fans at the Barnes & Noble. They were something else. They asked all kinds of arcane questions, they really kept Butcher on his toes. He doled out little tidbits of info but he kept some things close to the vest too. He seemed very down-to-earth.

NaNo.... haven't made a final decision yet. Guess I need to get my mind made up, it's about that time! You?
Hey Lisa,
It's been awhile, just stopping through to see what you're up to.
The Count of Monte Cristo... abridged or unabridged? My copy is a doorstopper and it's been a few years since I read it. I'm currently working on the complete and uncut edition of The Stand which comes in right at 1200 pages!
And I see you're reading a Butcher. I went to one of his signings in July. He is so funny.
Hope you have a great week!
Hi Lisa,

Given you read my spiritual suspense thriller THE LAST DAY, I wanted to let you know that my new book THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL was released last week by MacMillan.

Publishers Weekly says: "Kleier's undeniably gripping second spiritual thriller is bound to provoke just as many arguments as his controversial first novel, THE LAST DAY. THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL is the first of a trilogy, and Kleier's many fans will only hope they won't have to wait long for the next installment."

If you enjoyed LAST DAY, I think you'll find KNOWLEDGE an even more engaging read.

Thanks, and best wishes,

Glenn Kleier
Hi Lisa,

As a friend of mine here, will you also do me the honor of joining the Facebook page for my new novel, THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL (MacMillan, July 2011)? The page will feature upcoming events that I think you’ll find interesting.

To kick things off we'll be issuing major updates starting June 18th, including the premier of the KNOWLEDGE video trailer. It's unlike any I've ever seen, and I trust you'll feel the same.

Please follow this link and click "Like"--

Hope to see you there!

With much appreciation,

Glenn Kleier
Author of THE LAST DAY (Warner Books)
Hi, I saw you in the April Wins thread. Have you received your ebook of The Goddess Test yet? Every other book I've won has arrived within a week, and those were physical books. This is an ebook, and it's been two weeks without an email! I'm a little surprised.
Hi, Lisa. Somehow I didn't realize you were a fellow Chicagoan, not to mention someone interested in the new Divergent title and Sarah Addison Allen! Anyway, just saying hello. I've added you to my interesting libraries. See you around LT!

Best wishes - Joe
Hey Lisa! How have you been? Are we on later this month for The Peach Keeper? Also, you read Shusterman, right? I just got my hands on a copy of Bruiser and was wondering if you've read it... Hope you're having a great week!
Thanks for the great review for Progeny!

I love hearing when readers love the book as much as I do.
I agree, the whole situation with the family is just tragic. Not only for the siblings to have died so young, but also for Patrick, losing everyone - his wife and all his children. It was so nice to think of Charlotte has finding happiness with Arthur but how little time they had together and how awful her decline was.

The author's note doesn't mention when their pen names ceased to be used. My Google-Fu must be weak today because I couldn't find anything mentioned about it either.

I'm trying to figure out which work of Charlotte's to read this year.
Hey Lisa! I finished RMB. So sad. Feel like I need a pick-me-up now.
Let me know when you're done - but don't rush!
Hope you had a great weekend. Are you watching the game?
Monday is great for Miss Bronte.

Quirk Classics... loved Sense & Sensibility and Seas Monsters. Do you like steampunk? Android Karenina was also good.
Hey Lisa! Romancing Miss Bronte is available for me at the library. Do you want to read it together? If you need more time I can always get it back some other time. Let me know. Hope you're having a great week!
Thank you for the comment! I'm going to pass it on to the gal who designed the template for me and see what she says. I do know that on my own computer, when I expand the size of the window on the screen the lines are perfectly aligned (whereas, if I contract it to make room on the desktop, they're out of whack).
Thanks very much for the competition win! I will be downloading it later. I will definitely send you a review, I can't promise a specific time frame but hopefully not too long.
Thanks again!
That is interesting. What would you think about Romancing Miss Bronte for a February read? Romance in the air and all that...
Good Morning!
So... earlier you mentioned reading a few books together this year. I was wondering if you had any timeframes in mind? I have The Peach Keeper on order. I own Shadow of the Wind. I'll have to borrow The Maze Runner and Romancing Miss Bronte from the library. Let me know what you think and have a great weekend!
I haven't read the second in the Strain series yet, either, but it's on my list for this year. I was just adding book 3 to my TBR list.

I did not know that about you. I find forensics very interesting, but that's very common, isn't it?
Hey Lisa! Just poking my nose over here to say hello.
Butcher.... Salvatore.... looks like my husband's reading list!
See you liked the Hillenbrand. I wondered about that one.
Hope you're doing well!
Good luck Lisa!
RE: a little too Mallory... I know what you mean. I fear my FMC last year had a streak of Mallory too!
Hey Lisa! I am so glad you enjoyed Garden Spells! It is one of my favorite novels. I see you have The Girl Who Chased the Moon as well. I didn't like that one as much, but I'll be interested in hearing your thoughts.
I'm doing Fantasy this time. Been watching too many Legend of the Seeker episodes!
Right! I'm with you, NaNo buddy!
If I can get a few more audio books under my belt while I'm at work this month then I'll participate in NaNo. I'm feeling optimistic about it.
I'm so torn! I keep telling myself that if I push myself and read over a dozen books this month that I'll do NaNo anyway. I haven't made my final decision yet. I really, really want to though.
Congratulations on the Kindle! I'm not ready for an e-reader yet but I'm sure some day we'll all have one. The Prince, honestly, puts me to sleep. Such a short book but it's taking me forever to get through. I am reading it - get this - as research/inspiration for NaNo (poetic justice?)

I thought I would have a difficult time blogging and doing NaNo too but I didn't. Of course, most of my blogs turned out to mention NaNo but that's okay, it is a diary of sorts. I have two ideas and even some scenes mapped out but I don't think it's 50K worth. Also, I'm woefully behind on my 100-book goal for the year and there's no way I'll make it if I take Nov off. Is that terrible - sacrificing writing for reading? I'm torn.
Just popping in to say Hello and to see what you're up to over here.
Moby Dick! Tried twice and failed both times, can't get through it.
Inkdeath... the conclusion of the trilogy... loved it and hope you do too!
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? I've decided to take this year off and I feel conflicted about it.
As it happens, today, August 13th, is Hitchcock's birthday. I only know that because the radio was playing an hour of Hitchcock movie music in honour of his birthday while I was driving home fromm work.
Baen Books does what you posted about. In the back of most of their hardcovers is a cd-rom of the work. Of course they're a publisher of sci-fi and embraced e-reading first and in a wise manner. Free e-books, etc.
Just wanted to let you know that I'll be involved in an "Author Chat" about my novel, The Quickening, beginning next week (the 19th) and lasting through the following Monday. If you're interested, I welcome your questions and comments. Here's the link:

And if you're a Goodreads user, I've started a Q&A group there that will stay open at least until September. The link is

Hope you're well!

Hi Lisa! I finished last night, thank goodness because I don't think I could have continued much longer. You're right, not much fun at all. You were generous - a whole half-star more than me!
I don't think I've ever properly thanked you for your amazing compliments and fantastic reviews for Muse. THANK YOU!!!! I'm positive your words have convinced many other people to take a chance on me and I appreciate it so much. You are the best! :)
I get the feeling that he would have expanded it. Some of the sentences are very short, almost like placeholders. I do that when I'm writing a story and I'm not sure how to put something, so I say 'she told him' just to keep it moving along. How do you feel about it?
I'm mmmmmeeeelllttttinggg. Can you believe this heat? Anyway, where were we? Ah yes, Crichton. Yes, I've read a few of them and this one is different. I'm not sure how to take it. He usually has a science-techy kind of fella for a protagonist. Morgan is interesting and I think he is a competent pirate, I mean, privateer. What do you think of the pirate-speak? It's not as "blue-collar" pirate as I thought it would be. It's not as fun and rolicking as Disney's POTC movies.
Hi Lisa! I'm about 100 pages into the Crichton. I was really worried for the first 50 but then it seemed to get a little better. Have you started?
Hi Lisa,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment...and I really appreciate hearing that you're interested in Dusty Waters!

Goodness, every writer should write at least one ghost story, they're a lot of fun, and the fascination with the spirit world goes way back as old as time, and where I grew up in Lyons New York, we're just down the pike from the start of the Spiritualist movement in Hydesville NY where the Fox Sisters held seances and spoke with the dead fellow buried in their cellar wall. Dusty Waters has been with me for a very long time, she's a good old girl. I started making up her story when I was probably about nine or so, my friends and I would scare ourselves silly with ghost stories and stuff, so Tanglewood and the ghosts who dwell there pretty much evolved from those tall tales that I made up and would swear they were true...oh, boy, I was called a liar on more than one occasion...but it was all fun. The best one was the time I was telling the tale about this old house on our street, it was one of those curiosity houses, the old ladies who lived there had died off or gone to a home, so the house stood empty for several years, and we often sat on the front porch, sharing cigarettes, and hanging around talking about stuff. So I told this tale about a young woman who had a child out of wedlock, she hung herself in the attic and the baby was buried in the basement...intense stuff for a 12 year old to be telling...and just as I was winding up the story with "...and to this day, you can still hear the baby's cries coming from the basement." The baby in the next door neighbors house let rip a miserable wail and we all ran screaming into the night...oh, we laughed ourselves silly once we realized what it was, and my friends gave me a ration for telling such a scary story. But of course, Dusty Waters is about the living too and how the ghosts of the past make a person...she's quite the human document, I hope you love reading her some day!

I'm sure there are more nice people than grumpy ones at LT, just pre-reading the threads at the time that I joined gave me enough taste of how authors can be treated, which is really a shame. Because I'm self-published I've gotten some nasty messages elsewhere, so I'm perhaps more sensitive to these things. I know it's annoying to be spammed and people have their buttons pushed all day by various media sources, so I don't blame them for harshing on an overzealous opportunist, but there are some that make a sport of being a bully on forums, no face time so they don't care if they hurt anyone. Then there are stalkers...that's weird.

Well, I've rambled a bit...oy! It's a hot evening, and I'm enjoying my old porch tonight, the hummingbirds are buzzing and chipping, and my faithful dog, Max, is tipped over onto his side, very content. I hope to talk to you again soon!

Best wishes,

We share 46 books now! :)
Hi Lisa!
I hope you have a great holiday. Shall we say around the 6th then?
I'm glad you sent a message. I always think my taste in books is all over the place, so it's nice to hear from someone who seems to like the same things. I have read most of the Anna Pigeon series, and have enjoyed them. I see from your profile that you are into crafts, and I am, too. I crochet, bead, scrapbook, and have recently taken up tatting and knitting, but my favorite pastime is (and always has been) reading, reading, and more reading.
No, our library doesn't have a copy of Dawn of the Dreadfuls yet so I'll have to ILL it. Are you planning on a busy 4th? If not, perhaps we can start around then?
Hey Lisa!
When in July do you want to read Pirate Latitudes? I want to be sure I request it from the library in time.
You've added a few by Kathryn Lasky recently. I've never heard of her. Let me know if I need to check her out!
Thanks for the lovely review of The Quickening! I sent you an email about your blog. I'd be happy to take part in a Q&A. Let me know if you didn't get the message.

Wonderful! I hope you like the book!

Yeah I haven't been on at all lately. I have been running around trying to find a job. I have gotten 4 rejection letts for the book so far. I am planning on sending more out next week! I hope everything is going good for you though! Thanks for checking in.

I didn't know Dawn of the Dreadfuls was out! Glad you liked it. Now to get a copy....
Ooh! That's a really cool group! I hadn't seen that one yet, so thanks! :)
Really? Oh how exciting! Thanks for telling me I'll check it out!
Thanks, I went on and changed the format of my e-mail! I appriciate the heads up!
I know, right?? And yes, you ARE that cool! Thank you so much for spreading the word for me so much!!!!
No Problem. I am in love with your blog! I check it everyday sometimes twice lol. And that new book that you just read... The Book I can't wait to read. Do you think there is anyway I could get the author to send me a copy to review? I would be eternally grateful! I left a comment on that post as well with answers to your discussion questions. I am starting a new book blog since my old one went caput lol. I would love it if you would like to follow. I am going to start posting reviews as soon as I finish the next book I read! It is

Any friend of Luvvie's is a friend of mine! I checked your blog out too. I would be happy if you followed me and I am going to do the same.

You're right - there are a lot of Cubs fans in AZ. A lot of people retire here :) but also watching the Cubs during Spring Training is a nice, outdoor treat. The Diamondbacks are my favorites though!

Thanks for introducing yourself!
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list! I watched the Cubs today - I thought for a while they would win, but no luck.
Hey Lisa!
What about July?
You are so NOT annoying! ;) Suggest pages/forums/etc. to me as often as you want!! I always check them out. This site is so much fun (and so addicting, time consuming, etc!).
Thanks for the new suggestions -- we will talk more on Wednesday!
Thank you SO much for your amazing review, Lisa!! I appreciate you taking such care in writing it so much. I got your other message too, and would be very interested in your interview offer! I'm so glad you introduced me to LibraryThing!! You are the best!
I did read the Twilight graphic novel and I do think it's worth it, especially if you can get it at a discount (it was 30% off when I got it). It's good for a "Twilight fix", it took about an hour to read (of course it's only volume 1, which means it leaves off right after the meadow) and is definitely better than the movie. The drawings are a bit closer to what lives in my head than the movie managed as well. You should definitely check it out.
Thanks! I look forward to checking out your blog and I promise to comment as long as I can think of something worthwhile to say! By the way, I want you to know I haven't forgotten about sending you Drake's Bay, but they didn't send me a second copy like I thought they were going to and my dad borrowed it. I'll send it to you when he's done though!
Thank you so much for all your advice and info!! I joined the groups you mentioned and added tons of books to my profile too! I'm looking into the author thing -- I'm pretty sure I've done all the steps but one, so I'll do that next.

Thanks again! We'll find out today if I'm in top 50 of the ABNA and then we can talk more next Wednesday when we hang out too!
Oh! HaHa!! I just realized this was you, Lisa! Funny. :)
Hi! I see that you're currently reading my novel, The Book. Hope you're enjoying it! If you have time after you've finished, I could always use another review on Amazon.
Thanks so much,
M. Clifford
Then, I didn't check LT for awhile. Lets try next Wednesday. When is a good time?
Hey Lisa, Sorry I dropped off the map. We have students coming Sunday and Monday but then my life gets easier. Maybe milkshakes next Thursday? (Or coffee if the weather is still like this).
Thanks for the offer. We'll see. I've got so many books on the TBR pile and the TBR list and ... well, you get the picture. Even when I'm reading nonstop I can never seem to catch up, much less get ahead. (To paraphrase an old saying, there are so many books I have to read, I will never die.)

Glad you enjoyed Truly, Madly, and don't worry at all about a review. I posted one for that particular copy; you're not obligated to do one too. Only if you don't get your copy eventually and want to post one. Up to you.

Tonight I'm starting a new historical novel by Lindsay Davis of Falco mystery series fame. It's set in the time of the cavaliers and roundheads and is really a thick book. I'm excited.

Glad the book arrived & hope you enjoy it!

I can't recall if there were more than one reader doing Guernsey. I'll have to try and recall.

Yes, I wasn't sure at first about Judas Child either because of the violence against the children, but it turned out to be wonderful!

I like J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas mysteries and read each one as it comes out. They are different from the Mallory series, though. Both are violent, and both have their lighter moments that make you chuckle, but there's more romance in the Robb mysteries, and O'Connell's writing is more serious, somehow. I'd try the first in the Robb series ~ Naked in Death, I think it is ~ and see how you like it.

I've heard a lot of good things about the Ladies No. 1 Detective mysteries, but I couldn't get into them, at least not the first in the series. Maybe not my style, or the time just wasn't right.
Oh, I meant to say that I read Guernsey in '08 and loved it. Then a month or so ago I listened to it on audio and loved it all over again! Funny how you can pick up different things the second time around, esp. if it's a different format than the first.
I don't know if there will be any more Mallory mysteries but I sure hope so! What did you think of Judas Child? I really loved it tho it was a stand-alone, but Find Me, the last Mallory mystery to date, is my very favorite of all O'Connell's novels.

BTW, did you ever get the book? I sent it, I think, on Monday.

Hi Lisa, We got a chapter from Good Omens, The Wolves in the Walls and all of Instructions with slides of the art. The book isn't out until the end of April so that was very cool. The drive home was icky though. I hope you had a good celebration with your mother in law.

Hey, I read a book last week I think you'd enjoy. I got it from the publishing company that sends me advance copies of all their books and I accidentally requested it from Early Reviewers, so of course it's what I drew! Anyway, now it looks like I'm going to have two copies. The one from the ER program hasn't technically arrived, but I thought I'd see if you'd like it when it does. The book is called Drake's Bay and I'm linking my review. Let me know!
I'll get the book out tomorrow or Monday. (Depending on if I remember to bring it with me to the office tomorrow ;) It's my pleasure! I'll be happy to know someone else is enjoying it.

Yes, I noticed that we share quite a few good ones, esp. the Carol O'Connells. I just love her writing ~ all except her latest, Bone by Bone, which wasn't as good as the others imo. Did you read that one yet?

Hi Lisa,
I've written each of the books as complete stories in themselves, so no, you don't have to have read the other two in order to follow the plot of the third. Should you decide you like the thread of the Raven series you might try asking your local library to purchase them. I know that some readers of Archaeology Magazine, where my books are advertised, have requested their libraries to buy them, and they often do as libraries like to have books on hand that are requested.

Ravenstone, like White Raven and The Raven's Pool (the other two books in the series), stands alone, so go ahead and request it if you're interested.

Best Wishes,

P.S. I notice that we share the same kind of eclectic taste in books!
Hey! Just wondering what you thought of Of Mice and Men. I'm not much of a Steinbeck fan and that one didn't make me any more favorable. It kind of left me feeling creeped out. My husband likes it though. What did you think?

Awesome about meeting Neil Gaiman!!
Hey Lisa! I love Neal Shusterman! Everlost & Downsiders are my favorites. I thought I had reviewed The Schwa Was Here, but maybe not. I'll have to check.
I'm glad to see that you stopped by! I don't feel like I've gotten anywhere reading-wise this week. Hopefully I'll have some reviews next week. I see you add The Pink Carnation, I'm about to read book six in the series. Can't wait to see what you think of it.
I love to read classics too and have certainly found some more enjoyable than others. I'm glad you're enjoying Gone with the Wind because it is one I love. The opening line is one of my favorite lines in all of literature. I hope you continue to enjoy it. It is long! But good.

I've never read Phantom of the Opera before and it is taking me a surprisingly long time to finish it, but I am enjoying it very much. Another of those that I am finding easier to read than I expected. The story is fun and exciting, which I didn't expect. So I do recommend that one if you are at all inclined.

Jules Verne is one of my all-time favorite authors so everything by him gets a high recommendation from me, but I know his style isn't for everyone. He was a scientist and inventor every bit as much as he was a writer and he incorporated some formulas and how-things-work stuff that some may find boring. I find it all fascinating partly because what he writes about wasn't in existence when he wrote. There was no such thing as a submarine when he wrote Twenty Thousand Leagues, for example, but when subs were invented, the calculations, mechanisms, and model Verne made for the Nautilus were almost exactly what the first real submarine ended up being. So not only did he invent things in writing, but he invented them accurately way before their time. That just impresses me so much. You should check out his Wiki page sometime if any of this sounds interesting. They sum it all up well though, as usual, skip details. Okay, sorry about that little gush! Obviously, I'm a big fan. I think Around the World in 80 Days or Twenty Thousand Leagues make good introductions to Jules Verne if you want to read something of his. They are for the most part not very technical and more action-based.

Wow, this ended up being long! I hope you weren't too busy when you sat down to read this. Thanks for stopping by to let me know about Gone with the Wind. Have a lovely day! :)
Hi Lisa,
Yes, a lot of the book is based on family history during that period. Once my website is up and running ( you'll be able to find the text of my great-grandmother's interview on which I based much of the novel. Good to hear from you and welcome to the group!

Actually, I can answer that question. The author of Mansfield Park and Mummies is currently working on Northanger Abby and Angels and Dragons.
I have not read Julie and Julia yet, but I've seen the movie (twice) and I cooked Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon on New Year's Day. Quite a process, took me six hours. I have not read The Maze Runner yet. I'm hoping to borrow it from my library one of these days.
Hey Lisa! Just me, dropping by to see what you are up to. Water For Elephants - are you enjoying it so far? I liked it. I noticed you put The Maze Runner on your list up there. That one also caught my eye. Well, I hope you have a great week!
Hello, Lisa,

Glad you like the overview of next novel and I certainly do welcome your thoughts. As you say, there are lots of spiritual thrillers out there riding "da Vinci Code's" coattails (including Dan Brown, if you happened to have read "Lost Symbol"). But I assure you, Knowledge borrows nothing from them, and treads its own, unique theological path. If you'd like, drop me an email at:, and I'll keep you posted on developments, including release date, website, book trailer, et. al.--I'd welcome your continuing candid comments.

Not sure if my publisher participates in Early Reviewers program, but will ask. I'll try to add some books to catalog when I get a moment, but will admit, I read little fiction these days. What time I don't devote to research and writing, I spend on science, history and theology. But was an avid fiction reader growing up--all the old and modern masters: Melville, Heller, Vonnegut, Huxley, Twain, Hemmingway, Thompson, Cervantes, Hugo, Shelley, Joyce, Faulkner, Altsheller--on and on and on. Someday again, I hope...

My warmest regards to you, Lisa.


lisa :)
Hello, Lisa,

I'm delighted you enjoyed "Last Day," and it was kind of you to help others identify the novel. No wonder they can't recall, it's taken me so long to finish this next book. Years of research and writing (much is based on real people and events). I'd be happy to share some details with you. "The Knowledge of Good & Evil" is like "The Last Day," in that it's a spiritual suspense thriller. Below is the proposed description to appear on the dust jacket. Please tell me if it piques your interest, or if you think I should send it back to the publisher for retooling.
My best to you!



Fact: On December 4, 1968, renowned Catholic theologian Father Louis visited the ancient Dead City of Polonnaruwa, Ceylon, entered a sacred grotto known as The Cave of the Spirits of Knowledge, and experienced an incredible vision. It’s said he stumbled across a backdoor to Heaven, looked into the Mind of God, and escaped with a Secret so powerful it could change all Humanity. Bring wars to a standstill. End forever the age-old hatreds between races, creeds and cultures.
One week later, as he prepared to announce his revelation to the world, Father suffered a horrific death under mysterious circumstances.
But his Great Secret did not die with him. He left behind a journal.

Years later, a troubled man is on the hunt for that long-lost journal. Former priest Ian Baringer, 30, endured severe psychological trauma as a child seeing his beloved parents lose their lives to save his. Now, faith ebbing, he no longer trusts in his religion’s promise of eternal life. He is driven to Know firsthand if there is indeed an Afterlife, and what it holds for Mankind. And he has found the means…
In a reckless gambit, Ian will defy the Gates of Heaven and Hell to learn a Secret hidden from the world since the dawn of creation--The Knowledge of Good & Evil.
I'm thinking summer. Does it seem like a summer romp to you?
Hi, Lisa,

Thank you for taking the time to read my novel, "The Last Day." Hope you enjoyed it.

Best wishes...
Hey Lisa! Thanks for stopping by. I see that you've added Pirate Latitudes. I also have that down for my 1010 list. I'll be curious to see what you think of it.
Merry Christmas Lisa!
Oh.... well, Congratulations on meeting your goal!! *throws confetti*
Let's party!
2 more books to go 'til you reach your goal! You can do it Lisa!
Thank you! And thanks for making it such a great year. I'm so glad we're buddies.
That is cool! In March I plan on reading a Hemingway while I'm in Key West. We're going to tour his house too. I can't wait!
The latest thing to WOW me was Gregg Hurwitz's The Crime Writer. Loved it.

I saw a preview for Percy Jackson when I rented Night at the Museum 2. So does it fill the empty niche left by Harry Potter?

Spoon River Anthology.... why does that ring a bell?
Glad to see you liked Julie & Julia. It's on my TBR. Loved the movie, did you see it?
Hey Lisa! Going to the NaNo Kickoff tonight. Pizza Pizza. There probably won't be any rhinos there but I'm taking my plot bunny with me. I'm so excited! What are you writing this year?
Lisa! So good to hear from you.

It's almost time NaNo-buddy! I will do anything (dishes, laundry, etc) to get out of doing an outline! But I'm really excited about this year. No Nazi thugs this time. I'm going modern. This time I have two really cute newbie FBI agents going undercover to catch a pair of bombers.
Happy Birthday!!
I had a feeling you would like Outlander. What's next for you? Going to read the rest of the series? I might join you for #2 - let me know.

I am currently reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Hour I First Believed.
Hey Lisa. No, I haven't read any of the others, only Outlander. I am so glad you're enjoying it! You have a nice weekend too! Ours looks rainy...
Absolutely! Actually my story is pretty well mapped out already. I am very excited about November! Are you joining me this year, NaNo-buddy?
I was just sneaking over here to see what you're up to. Hadn't planned to leave a message but I can I just say.... "Outlander!" The only Gabaldon I have read and I loved it! Let me know what you think of it once you're through with it. And have a great week!
Was this your first reading of The Secret Garden? Love that book! Hope you're having a great week!
I'm off for a week at the beach... and I scored P&P&Z from the library! I'm so excited. I'll let you know what I thought when I get back.
Hey El, just stopped by to say that two years ago, remember I picked up heart-shaped box but I never bought it. It looked interesting, but you never know with these things. its really great to hear that you enjoyed it. Maybe now I'll actually buy it. lol. Any hoo, hope you are well darling.
Speaking of the Scarlet Pimpernel.... have you read the Lauren Willig Pink Carnation books? I don't know if you do the chick-lit thing or not. Just thought I'd mention it. Hope you're having a great week!
I want you know that right now, as I am typing this message, I am sipping Vianne's Spicy Hot Chocolate direct from Joanne Harris' very own recipe. And, dear friend, I thought of you first! I would definitely make it again - but who can afford to with vanilla beans costing $6? I'll be posting my review of her cookbook soon. Hope you have a wonderful week!
Glad you liked it! It was definitely one of my favorite reads of 2008. I have the Red Tent in my TBR and I'm hoping to get to it this fall.
Hey El! Just dropping by to see what you're up to. Ohhh... the Scarlet Pimpernel. That's on my TBR too. Bought a beautiful copy at a library sale and just haven't gotten around to it. Hope you had a nice holiday. I read 4 books over the weekend!!
My favorite blanket-related picture book is Owen by Kevin Henkes -- it's about a little mouse and his security blanket. Maybe that would work?
Hi Lisa,

The reason that I loved A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali so much was that I had seen the movie "Hotel Rwanda" which moved me very much. The book very much reminded me of what happened in the movie so, in my mind, both of the stories were tied together - although one was an historical fiction and the other a fact-based film.

My assessment of books that are "hard to get into" is not to force yourself to read them. You know in your heart what kinds of stories interest you. This may not be a good novel for you at this time or might not be a good novel for you at all.

I don't think that the tenor of the book changes during the course of the story. If you've already read part of it, and it doesn't grab you, move on to another book.

By the way, I'm giving up on American Rust today, too, so welcome to the crowd!

If you're interested in the story of the Rwandan genocide, another great book is An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina. He was the hotel manager who sheltered over 1,000 people during that unsettling time. I listened to this book on tape and was amazed by what this gentle man accomplished.

Last, if you you have not yet seen the film "Hotel Rwanda", skip both books and see the movie!



Bottom line: Have fun!!
Finished! You know, I had an inking she was a girl, all that harping on Leon, but then I rejected the thought. Just shows you should trust your gut feelings. I thought it was very well done. I'm surprised that she let Straitley live after she so quickly dispatched Knight. No magical realism in this one, kind of miss it. Unless you count 'the wind' and I don't. What did you think? Where would you rate it in her work?
I read it quite some time ago. I should probably read it again, but currently have a massive queue of first time reads to get through, so it may take me a while to get to it. By the way, I really like your profile picture - that's a library I'd love to spend time in!
pg 238. The wind, the wind, the wind. She's mentioned it three times now. How it's making everyone restless. Doesn't she do the same in Chocolat? They always move to a different town when the wind tells them it's time to go?

I'm really enjoying it. More than I thought I would.
I'm at pg 173. The Fanta incident.
With all this posturing and sly trickery it now makes me think of The Girl with No Shadow. What do you think? No magical realism that I've seen yet. What about you? Miss it?
Hey El! Like you, I struggle with knowing who is speaking at the beginning of each section. I love the tone and style of it though. For some reason it's reminding of Blackberry Wine. Have you read that one? Maybe because it's a male voice instead of her usual female. Hmmmm...
I just read your review of 'Eats, shoots and leaves' and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it.
It's a new read for me. As of 3AM this morning when I finally conked out, I was on chapter 3 or 4, somewhere in there.
Hey El!
LOVE your ticker. I may have to switch mine over.
I've also got Gentlemen and Players on my TBR so I think I'll dig it out tonight and give it a go. We can swap notes. Hope you're having a great week!
Hello! Thanks for adding me back as an "interesting library." I thought our overlapping books (and favorite authors, for that matter) were pretty wide-ranging, too. :-)

Happy reading!
Hey El! Well, I'll get around to reading the Septimus books eventually. Maybe I'll substitute them for the Rinaldi books on my 999. Anyway, whatever I decide I'll post a review. Have a wonderful holiday!
El! Thank you so much for commenting on the kids' writing. I had my first class in today to see comments and they were ecstatic. Also, I loved your comment on Crafts "IV" about all your pictures being on "III" after someone said we let III disappear because it was all crappy. I literally laughed out loud!

Thanks again!
Hey! Just stopping by to check on you and spy on your new additons. Hope you're having a great week. Let me know what you think of P&P+Zombies!
definitely recommend Teri Coyne's The Last Bridge to you!
Hey Lisa! Dracula meets Resident Evil sounds awesome!
I like del Toro as well although I felt like Pan's Labyrinth left me behind in the fog somewhere. Well, let me know if someone in the clan doesn't want to keep it. It's very generous of you to offer and I'm definitely interested! Have yourself a wonderful weekend. I'm going to a book sale so there's no telling what will be added to my library next! Let me know if there's something you want me to keep an eye out for.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on The Strain.
Hey Lisa! Thanks for dropping in to check on me. It's been a wild week and I have not had nearly enough time to read!

I was just wondering, since she was your character in the Who Am I? game, whether you have been watching the series on HBO based on Precious Ramotswe and the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency? I still haven't read the books but I think the series is wonderful--very sweet and full of local color, and, for an HBO presentation, remarkably free of sex/violence/language. Not that I didn't love Deadwood, I did! but it's nice to know they can do this, too. I have no idea if the accents are true to Botswana, but I enjoy them.

Hey! How dare you copy me and read The Strain now! ;) What an incredible aunt you have! She knows your reading interests well. Should I hang onto my copy after reading then? On the bonus side, we get to read it at the same time which is exciting. I can't wait to share with you afterward. Happy reading! I hope you're well! *hugs*
Hey Lisa! I finished Girl.
Thanks! That's exactly what I was looking for!
Yeah, well, I hang out here a lot. I'm trying to work on my library. And my lists. I think LT has made me OCD!
Hey Lisa..... discussion thread for Girl is here:
Hey Lisa! I was just tagging and I saw a comment had come in. Good to hear from you. I will begin Girl tonight as well. I think I'll start a thread in the 999 since I think I know of one other who might read it soon. Happy Easter to you as well!
Hey Lisa! OK, I've finished Chocolat (and reviewed it). I'm ready to start Girl when you're ready. Drop me a note.
I will definitely review Chocolat - I've made myself write reviews for every 999 book. It's been difficult but hopefully I'll get better at it. I have not read Gentlemen and Players, but it is on my 999 list. I do own it, it's on one of my TBR shelves. I'll have to perform an excavation and locate it. We can do that one together too if you want.
Hey Lisa! I'll read Chocolate by the weekend. Shall we start on Girl next week? If it's too soon, just tell me a date and we're good. Hope you're having a great week!
I found the note! You can ignore your panic of a last comment from me. ;) You had wanted to read Emma or Persuasion together. Do you have a preference of which and a good time of when? At present I have recently acquired a copy of Persuasion (Goodness, that wording makes it sound like I stole it. ;) I accidentally began to read it but! Very luckily stopped at page 22. I will wait there and pick up something different until you would like to put that book on your plate. Renald has an interest in reading an Austen book at the same time as well.
Hi, el! I think we had talked about reading an Austen book or another book at the same time? But I can't remember which book! Help? I just want to make sure I haven't starting reading anything I wasn't supposed to yet.

I hope you have a great weekend! It's very cool about the Harry Potter thing in Chicago! I'm very excited for you this summer, or goodness, even later this spring. :)
Hi, el! How are you? I'm sorry I missed your letter.

It looks like you're one book ahead of me so far this year. And do you know what I've only just realized? Was Deathly Hallows not published on 07/21?...That would mean Jasper Fforde's new book comes out two years later. I just thought it was interesting. :)

You're welcome for the Sickened book suggestion. I agree it would be interesting to see how everything went about her mother following where the book leaves off.

I hope your Valentine's Day was enjoyable and that you've just had a good weekend. :)
I loved I Am Legend. Is it new for you or a re-read?
I'm so priviledged to have friends like you. I hope you have a beautiful Valentine's Day!
Hey Lisa! Hope you're doing well and have a wonderful weekend. Drop me a note and let me know how you are and what you're reading! Did you like Eats Shoots and Leaves? It's funny but it still didn't help me. I'm a hopeless case!
Thank you Lisa. I read and really appreciated your review. First time novelists have a tendency to be pretty nervous about those first few.

Hey el! Happy 2009 to you! I'm glad to be of help and of course equally open to suggestion from you, as we share a stupendous number of books. I see that you added Bookends, and I really hope you love it. I also think you'd really like the Last Cato, which is the last one I mentioned, it's one of those fun chases around the world following clues based on a work of art and a secret society, this one about Dante's Purgatorio. I thought it was well written and an interesting look at the inner working's of the Catholic Church.
Arrrgh! Just stopping by to see how you're doing. Can't believe January is nearly gone already. Hope everything is well.
Watchmen. My husband is ready for the movie.

To be honest, the used bookstore I went to only had one copy of The Brothers K. and that's the one I picked. I wasn't going to pay much for it because I don't know if I'll enjoy it. I can always get a nicer copy later if I do like it. I anticipate it will be a struggle for me which is why I'm reading it with a group. The only other Russian books I read I got so lost in the names, and nicknames, etc. I will be asking questions!

I'm ready for Girl whenever you are! April would be great!
Hey Lisa! Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, I'm trying to get momentum built up before February comes. The Brothers K is going to s l o w me down quite a bit. Whatcha reading?
Hey Lisa! You told me to let you know when I finished The Sugar Queen. Devoured it today and enjoyed it very much. That's 2 for 2 for Sarah Addison Allen so I'll definitely recommend her to you. Happy Reading!
and Happy New Year to you too!
Merry Christmas Lisa!
I'm so glad your like it! I have one in lavendar and I love it! They are soft and warm too!
Hey, nice to hear from you Lisa! I just devoured Garden Spells and immediately had to get my hands on everything Sarah Addison Allen has ever written. Wow. I heard Sugar Queen is not as good but I'm hoping my experience is different.
hi, as i am new to this, i merely noticed a list of random names contain ing several of the authors i like. I am afraid i simply picked your name, much the same way one does when asked to "pick a card, any card!"
Thanks Buddy! And what a wonderful present! I'm so happy you'll be joining us in the 999.
Thank you for the insightful review. Would it be too much to ask to post it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Thanks so much.
I think the sequel to Chocolat has two names. In the US it's The Girl With No Shadow and in the UK it's The Girl with the Lollipop Shoes. I'm scheduled to read Chocolat and The Girl.... on my 999 challege. So maybe we can do that. Are you going to join in the fun?
Hey Lisa! Just stopping by to say Hello. Have a wonderful week!
I just finished a re-read of War for the Oaks by Emma Bull last night. Spent three hours in the tub. I have missed my reading time. I'm about to start a crochet book and make myself a scarf. Were you going to try and join us for the 999 challenge? I do want to read something with you next year. Maybe Inkdeath? I don't have a copy of it yet. I'll be reading a lot of Joanne Harris next year, do you like her?
Have you red Peter and Secret of Rundoon yet? It's on my TBR. If so, did you enjoy it? If not, when are you going to read it?
Good morning, el! Congrats on the halfway point! That does sound incredibly exciting. I'm really happy for you and also proud! That's so much writing to be accomplished in one month's span! I wish I had what it takes to write so much as you are. You are doing great! :)

KIK, a funny thing about the new Gregory Maguire book: I haven't read it yet, but I did buy one of my sisters a copy for her birthday. Have you read it? I definitely want to but I think I want to wait till I reread book two in the series first. I can't remember much of it that well save for the ending. Also, I want to read Brisingr first which sits in my TBR pile still. (We are no longer calling it that in the HE since it's impossible - we were all reading it slowly. ;)

Absolutely! The soundtrack was released one week ago. I can't wait to see the Twilight movie! I warn you that Meyer's site recently said tickets are selling in advance so a lot of showings for the first weekend are almost sold out. I hadn't thought to preorder tickets, but I definitely want to now. I can't wait to discuss it!

Thanks about the profile picture! I found it when I googled stained glass one day. I absolutely love stained glass, which I'm not really sure the picture is, but is it such a beautiful sky! I thought it had a lot of nice fall colors as well.

Thanks. We are having ups and downs this month but I hope November is great for you as well! I wish you the best of luck for your writing! :)
Hi, el! I just want to say we miss you and good luck with NanoWriMo! I hope you're well.

In one day!! It boggles the mind. What genre was she writing in?
Oh! Have you read Hobgoblin by John Coyne? Just thought I'd mention it. Sorry to keep bringing up books when I know you're going into NaNo....
Yes, that's it. I hope you enjoy it. Sorry to worry you!
No,no,no - don't worry about that. She's clearly historical, Victorian, I think. It's a group of girls who are able to go to this mystical realm. There's a singular boy, love-interest, etc. I'm really fuzzy on it because I skimmed it a long time ago. Might still be a fun read for you though.
For some odd reason as I was reading the synopsis of your NaNo this morning I was thinking of Libba Bray. You've read her right?
Gonna join us for the 999 challenge next year?
I really just stopped by to say I hope you have a fabulous week and then my attention was grabbed by your cute little ticker, so I thought I'd ask. Boy that was a long sentence.
Hey el! I would love to have a lifetime account. Whether you choose me or not, thankyou, that's a very kind thing to do. (Sorry polly for sorta copying your words.... hope they weren't copyrighted :P )
I would love a lifetime acct! Thanks whether you choose me or not, its a wonderful thing to do!
Happy birthday, el! I hope you're having a great day! :)
Happy Birthday Lisa, hope it's a great one.
I felt the same about Farworld. It sucks though because we got an ARC we have to wait all the longer for book 2!

Sorry to hear about your recent losses...that's never easy. *hugs*
Congrats on your LT t-shirt win.

I see that you recently read Austenland. I read recently as was a fun read wasn't it?
Hi El! How is everything? Thanks so much for the recomendation! I love anything Austen. Yes, that does sound like me. I live in New York, and I am obssesed by the Colin Firth Mr. Darcy...*trails off* *gasp* SOMEONE IS WRITING ABOUT ME!!!! *looks around with a paranoid expression*

Hi Lisa,

Phew!!! I'm glad you liked SHADE (conversation about parents notwithstanding). It's funny... The whole parent situation was so much a part of the plot in my mind that I never even noticed the whole Star Wars connection until you mentioned it. Oh well. Too late to change anything now. Hopefully they'll get the pages in the right order.

I just looked through your book list again and discovered lots of books I'm going to have to go out and buy now. There go all my profits. :-)

Thanks for taking a chance on me!

Yo! Yep, I joined the cheese train--I liked the first book, anyway, when it wasn't all "OMG he's so handsome!" "Miaka!" "Tamahome!" "OMG could he be any more handsome?"

Anyway, if I'm around in December, we should go see the movie. :P With Cedric Diggory. (Not with Cedric Diggory, of course, because he's dead, plus he'll eat all the popcorn.)

Tried to read your review, but the home computer is dumb and won't actually load reviews on this site. It does the same thing with TV listings on just loads and loads and loads and goes nowhere. If I can get on another computer, though, I'll check it out. :)
Thanks a ton for taking the time to let me know you liked my review :-) I'm very happy to hear that you are enjoying the books on my recommendation!
Hi, lisa! How are you today?

Heehee, I was jumping around last night because of it. You were the first person I thought of when I saw who the comment was from. That was a wonderful book recommendation!

It sounds so nice reading a book with someone else! That must have been very special, especially as it's such a moving story. I had to stop reading for being all wet eyed and eyes streaming often toward the end as well. After I finished reading it, I tried to push it forward for suge to read soon as well. (It was her copy that I read.)

It's cool that your husband is from around the Fremont area, too. I've been in the S.F. bay area basically all my life, save for four years in Utah. We don't hear of too many books that take place in Fremont or my city, so it's kind of exciting. The only other book I've heard of that part takes place in Fremont is The Kite Runner.

The cover is very eye-catching. I remember looking up the book after seeing you mention it, and the instant I saw the cover, it drew my interest but also made me wonder if my mother would enjoy it because she loves wildlife and animals, too.

I looked up Patrick Carmen's site yesterday - it's very cool. I'm looking for Ginny Rorby's website on another tab. Here it is. Dolphin Sky looks interesting, and she has another book finished.

Thanks for the blog compliment! I'm glad you enjoyed Howl's Moving Castle, too. :)
El! It's so exciting! Okay, happy dance and calming down.

I'm sort of behind on entering the books I read on my blog, so I only just got to entering the ones I read over the summer Tuesday night. When I went back tonight to write another entry, there was a comment...from the author of Hurt Go Happy!!

I'm still hoping no one is messing with me and pretending to be someone they're not. I was so excited I just had to share it with you. I know you really loved that book as well.

I didn't tell you, but Fremont, CA where they have the school for the deaf is like my backyard. It's the reason why I was able to take sign language in high school. When you walk on main streets in that city (like two miles from me), you can hear the sound of chirping birds while crossing the streets. I'm there all the time so it was really cool to see part of the book took place there.

Good luck with the review contest! I truely loved yours. I wasn't kidding when I said it was wonderful. I hope you win a prize!
P.S.... let me know what you think of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. I'm hoping to read it someday. I thought I had a copy from BookMooch but I don't think the chick I mooched from is going to send it to me.

See ya - V.
Hi Lisa, we were unscathed by the storms but they were dramatic. We did have that conversation I think. Who know the midwest could be such a meteorologically violent place.

Patience is the thing. I will try and keep an eye open for other postings that may be of interest to T.

Best, Maren
Thanks! I can't find one to settle on. I think I would beel more attacted to the photo if it were one I took so I might just go out with my camera some time. Maybe I'll leave that one up for a while! I love the colors.

You are very kind! Thanks so much for the book! I can't wait to read it. I can understand your opinion. At the same time, I would love to be able to surprise you someday with something, so thank you for the address.

Oh, I hope you finish it soon! There aren't that many people posting on that discussion thread yet. Some members are getting it from the library and foggi said she's waiting a week to buy it, I think. I can understand your wanting to avoid LT to not peek. I guess you won't read this till you return from reading the book. If that's not the case, however, stay strong! Don't peek!

I agree, the review contest will be very fun. I can't wait to read everyone's! So far from our group, only bib has written one and I already gave her a thumbs up. I must write mine today. It looks like a lot of the reviews have spoilers in them, so please don't read any till you finish your reading!

Happy reading! :)

It was totally worth the wait. I LOVED it. Finish reading so we can discuss it further! I sooo enjoyed it. I have a lot of other things I want to read, but I am tempted to start the whole series again. OOOOH!

Hi El,

Received Gatecrashers today...thanks! I look forward to reading it. =)

Hi El,

I'm so glad you'll be reviewing Shade. Please let me know what you think -- even if you don't like it. Shade is kind of weird. It definitely isn't for everyone. I've already had two reviewers say they didn't understand it -- which kind of makes me worry. But I've also had reviewers say extremely, over-the-top good things about it.

Regardless of what you think about the book, you seem like my kind of reader. I'm a biochemist and a postmodern Christian and I love almost every one of the authors that you listed as favorites (those that I don't love I don't know about and will run out and buy their books as soon as I make my next deadline).

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Hey el!

The Charlemagne Pursuit is my ER book this month. I haven't read any of his books, but I'm glad to hear you've liked his other ones, since we have similar taste! These historical chase thrillers always sound good to me, but more often than not I end up disappointed, I keep trying though!

Shade looks good too, maybe after we finish we should swap!
I love your "happy reading to all" note! That's one of the best farewell wishes I've ever seen. I might have to use that, if you don't mind.
Thanks for the idea about contacting the author for Monique. After I saw that the book has been released I went ahead and ordered a copy of paying for it..gasp, LOL. I've not been lucky with Er books for several months now. That book in particular I thought would fit my other books read list but I guess not as well as it did others.
Yay! Why don't we do either lunch or Coldstone on Sunday, then? Or the funky new frozen yogurt place behind the library?

Lunch if you can do noon-ish (not sure what time you'd get out of church), maybe 2-ish or so for ice cream? What say you??
Always nice to find other fans of Martin. I still have A Feast for Crows left to read in ASOIF. How did you like it?

And of course, you have to love CS Lewis and Tolkien.


Long time no see! Sorry I've been so horrible about keeping in touch. :(

We definitely have to get together and catch up! I've got plans for the 4th, but are you free Saturday or Sunday? We should do lunch or dinner or Coldstone Creamery or something. :) Give me a call at home and let me know what you think!

Can't wait to see you!
Just letting you know that I've posted my review on AIDS Orphans Rising and added it to the Readers without Borders thread on the book as well.
Hi, El! I hope you are well. K and I are indeed having a good time exploring NY. I'm back at work so our time is limited but I plan to make up for it this weekend.
Had to say....LOVE the profile pic! Very cool! :')
PS-El, move Hugo Cabret to the top of your TBR pile. : )
Thanks EL, for sharing about your friends. Africa is a continent full of opportunity and ripe for revival. I appreciate your "thoughts" and hope you can get a chance to visit our blog listed on my profile page.
Hi El,
It looks like I have a copy of AIDS Orphans Rising on the way to me. I am excited. I would be happy to post a review of the book and I can try to remember to link it at Readers Without Borders. I am a member of that group too.
Where are your friends at for the summer? WE will be near Mwanza on Lake Victoria. We do not yet have a move date set but are excited to get there.
Hey El! Hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend. Let me know when you finish Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. I'm still reading books about WWII Paris. I've begun dreaming about Nazis.
Thanks for leaving comments for the kids! They were great. I can't wait to show the kids! They will be so excited!

Thanks also for the heads up! Thank goodness it wasn't for a parent. I wrote to the person who runs the blog site. I remember him saying they tried to check all the words, but that one must have slipped through.
Hey El!
I'm glad you enjoyed LGW. The whole time I was reading it, my heart was on my sleeve for Dodge. Beddor did not execute the book as well as I wanted him to, but I love his ideas. The pool of tears being the vortex between worlds, the Cat... brilliant. I haven't read the second one yet. If you read it before I do, just tell me if you think I should continue with the series.
Hi El!
Thanks for asking. I really, really enjoyed Schindler's List. Which was a surprise to me. I'm not into non-fiction or biographies but this one really captured my attention. I have not seen the movie. Have a great week!
Hey El!
RE: Aquaintance, which part was your favorite? I loved the scene after her mother's death when she's all alone in the house and hungry. She finds her parent's love letters, reads them and then makes a fire using them as kindling. Talk about tugging on the heartstrings!
Yes, I just finished reading Rinaldi's Girl In Blue and would also recommend it. She's written a ton of stuff. I didn't like The Coffin Quilt but you might.
Take care!
Hey El! It's a slow day at work so I'm just stopping by to say Hi. Hope you have a great week!
Thanks, el. Your reviews are now in and given their number (50, 54, 64, 76, 90 and 100) add significantly to the pool.

I'm shamefacedly...

Hey. I took a year to review a Gerald Durrell.

...too bored by the book I was asked to review to get past the introduction.

Given that your book was Avoid Boring People, isn't it ironic? In fact, one of my favourite reviews so far is Danielle's review of Sleep Tight. It is review number 186 on the relevant Wiki page. She hated it and didn't finish it, but what she wrote was so funny. Maybe you could have a go at that, or saying what you've said. Or let your inner Alanis out. Indeed, jump back in whenever you're ready.
Hi. On Go Review That Book!, I've created a group Wiki page to keep track of the progress of the game and the reviews that have been generated. Some may find it easier to read the reviews by having them in one handy place. There's a discussion thread in the group and this is the first Wiki page if you are interested in having a look. To avoid any difficulties with copyright, I'm seeking your consent to add your reviews to the group Wiki page.
wow... after a visit to your library, now I have more items added to my amazon wishlist >.
Hey El - Have you read An Aquaintance With Darkness by Ann Rinaldi? It's YA fiction... the best I've read in awhile. Just curious, wanted to discuss it with someone. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Hi El - just checking in. Let me know what you think about The Looking Glass Wars when you're finished. I read it last year and would love to discuss it. Have a great day!
Hi, El! I heard about an earthquake in your area and wanted to be sure that you're okay. Is everything alright?? You and your husband fine? Crossing fingers for you. Suge says hi and also hopes you're alright. *hugs*

29/60 books, you lucky duck! I'm so behind on where I wanted to be on my challenge by now. Your alphabet challenge looks very interesting! It's a very good idea. :)
So sorry I didn't respond sooner. I haven't been on LibraryThing in a while...trying to finish my wip. Thank you for reading Secrets of The Hollywood Girls Club. Let me know if you'd like a copy of the first book, Hollywood Girls Club and I'll send you one. Because, yes I think it helps to read the first book before the second.
Maggie Marr
Hey El! Have you ever read The Borrowed House by Hilda Van Stockum? It's YA fiction.
I'm glad that you liked Alive and Well =) Feel free to send it back when you send the Gatecrasher...or if you know of someone else who might like it then feel free to send it to them. I think that its a great book and great books should always be shared. =)
Only 6 months! *breathes deep* OK, I can do this! *breathes deep* I guess November has a way of creeping up on you. I'm going on vacation in a week. Hopefully I can do some planning then. Last night I was looking at my TBR shelf trying to figure out which books would be traveling with me to Florida. I can imagine them like Donkey in Shrek 1 "Oh pick me! pick me!" I think my husband will have to take less clothes so I can pack more books.
Hey El! Thanks for the GRRM suggestion. I love sci-fi, so I'll look in it. I like one-shots. An occassional sequel is fine, but I'm not one to hang around for a 12 book series! I think I thrive on closure...
Yes, I'm going to try NaNo again. I've already been mulling an idea around in my head but it's pretty simplistic right now and it needs a lot of planning. So, the 2nd year is the hardest? You definitely have to be my NaNo buddy again!
Hey El!
Yes, I read Sunshine about a month ago (we seem to read the same things nearly at the same time, have you noticed that?). I really want to like it better. The beginning was fine but it falls apart at the end. It disappointed me. Yes, I noticed yesterday as I was reading through your reviews that we have Fevre Dream in common. I enjoyed it. So much wonderful imagery in it and an original idea, to boot. So many vampire stories are just more of the same. I also find it funny that it's GRRM. My husband just LOVES his fantasy series, but I can't get into it. I just finished reading a couple of vampire books. Two are by Tristram Kith, a duology called Trouble In the Forest. Unfortunately the books are uncommon, I think they were self-published or a small print run. Don't look for them on BookMooch or in your library. I had to order them. But basically, it's Robin Hood as vampire. I enjoyed it. Then I read the Charlie Huston books Already Dead, No Dominion and Half the Blood of Brooklyn. Those were a hard-boiled, NY gang/mafia take on vampires. Interesting. Too much language for me to really embrace it as a favorite. Next vampire book will be #1 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series (I think by JR Ward). Have you read the Darkangel triology by Meredith Ann Pierce?
I'm also reading Japanese fiction on the side. Right now it's Spring Snow. Next will be Naoko and then After Dark (I can't remember the authors, sorry).
So, drop me a line if you have any suggestions. Let me know how you are. Are you doing NaNo '08? Got any ideas yet?

thanks for the help with the photos-- they're much smaller and nice looking now! I also love your tally for the books you've read so far this year. I'm probably going to do something similar... I just can't help but copy ideas, out of admiration, of course....

Hey El! How are things. Just stopping by to say Hi. What did you think of Sunshine?
Hi elbakerone,

I've been trying to post pictures of the books I've been reading like you have been doing (loved your idea) using the img src method... However, the images are coming up really big and i was wondering how you got yours so nice neat and little, so that they actually fit on your page!

Thank you so much,
(sorry, i know i've bothered you a lot in the past!!!!!)

~the worldsbestbooks
I'm glad that the book arrived safely. =) I hope that you enjoy it.

I also like your Alphabet Challenge. I might have to pilfer that one. ;-)
Just a quick message to let you know that I sent the book out to you today. Its amazing all the things that you can acomplish when you have a day off in the middle of the week. =)
Your puffin made me smile!

Thanks for letting me know about Daoud Hari coming to town. Harvard isn't far from me at all. The problem comes that its on a Tuesday...but I'm definately gonna try to make it there!
No worries about any delays. I'm just thankful your willing to send the book at all. Plus I have plenty of books in my TBR pile to read to keep me occupied. ;-) Thanks also for the recommendation for a Germany book. I thought that I had "traveled" more last year then I actually did. As it turned out most of the books I read last year were set in England. So I must try to avoid that happy country for a bit so I can fill in some of those white spaces.

I am enjoying War & Peace so far. Its not as weighty (content wise that is) as I thought it would be. I just wish that I had more time to devote to it.

One last thing before I go...I just finished an ARC that was sent to me by Harper Collins, called Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab. Its a contemporary young adult book about a girl struggling to deal with her dad's diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease and also moving to a small town from New York City. I thought it was an amazing read and couldn't put it down. Pretty much read it in one sitting this morning on the commute in...then sneak read in my cube until I hit the last page. If its something that you might enjoy let me know and I'll send it along to you.
How was ice skating? I hope it was splendid.
Thank you, el. Each of you have been so kind and I appreciate it so much.
I love those bargain racks at the bookstore. =)

I also know what you mean about changes made from UK to US. I don't like it when I know that a british author that I like is coming out with a new book I'll try to get it from Amazon UK. For some of the less well known authors this also means that I get the books earlier since the US release date is months later. =)

I'd also love to read the book after your mom is done with it. Thanks for the offer. If there is anything that I've read recently that you would like to read as well then let me know. If I still have it I'd be happy to pass it along to you. =)
What did you think of the Madeline Wickham book? I've read the books that she wrote as Sophie Kinsella. Her Shopaholic series I think has gotten very old and I much prefer her stand alone novels...haven't read any of the books that she's written under her real name yet so was curious.
I love that you're "writing" comparison reviews as you read! I do this, too, now - and I think it helps me get more out of what I'm reading a lot of the time. Can't wait to see more of your posts!
Your excellent post on Books Compared not only took off, it generated a spin-off post! I'm delighted you linked to it, because I love adding new members to the group. Glad you're enjoying it!
I loved Inkspell even more than Inkheart. So please do pick it up, you won't regret it. Regarding Find Me, let me know what you think of the ending.
I haven't worked on my NaNo yet. Neither of my two test readers finished reading my 1st draft and I guess it discouraged me a little. My husband pointed out some plot holes - which is good. I'm letting things mascerate up in the noggin for a little bit, maybe I can fix it soon. I was thinking of doing NaNoEdMo, but decided against it. But the good thing is, I have some ideas for NaNo 2008. Are you thinking of doing it this year?
Hi and thanks for the welcome to Readers Without Borders.

I enjoyed the Bookseller of Kabul although I understand there is some controversy around it and the 'Bookseller' has written his own book refuting parts of it. You might be interested that the Reading Globally-Fiction group is doing a theme read about Muslim women in April.
Hey El! It's been awhile. How are you? Did you enjoy Inkheart? I loved it. I also enjoyed Find Me, I hope you are having fun with it. Have a great day and drop by to see me sometime.
What a great idea to link to the Early Reviewers group!
Welcome to Books Compared, and thanks for the great thread-starter. It's the first one that's attracted a response from an author. I'd be tickled pink to have more of those!
Hi el, and what a fantastic picture - is that the Chicago public library? Incredible! I didn't know I could put book covers etc. in my profile - yours is very interesting. I'm going to have to re-do mine; I like the idea of books read this year; books reading now; books to be read next, etc.
Hi El!

I've always love that old k's choice song since I was a kid. My mom used to hate it! which of course made me love it even more! No, I just get really lazy about updating my profile. For example, I've been lying about my age for over a month, apparently ;) which works out nicely as I'm in denial about being 28.

what have you done to me?! Now I have FF Fever!! I lent my sister my memory card so I couldn't play, so what do I do? I went on You Tube and watched someone else play... isn't that the saddest thing you've ever heard??? It is kinda cool, this guy, or gal, recorded them self playing the whole third, and I think even the second FF game. I watched parts 1-19 last night. its in like 10 minute increments. you do the math. I'm SUCH a LOSER!!!

Anyway, FF is terrifying! And I love it. But you are lucky! At least you have your hubby to hold you when you get tooo spooked!! *grin* me? all I can do is hug my pillow tight and pull the covers over my head he he he
Oh, you're not a bad Bradbury fan. There are even Bradbury fans out there who don't like The Martian Chronicles at all (shocking!). It's just my favorite, I've loved it since my dad put a copy into my hands when I was eight or so, and I'd check out the Books-on-Tape version with Ray Bradbury reading from the library so often that I'm surprised they didn't just give it to me. Didn't mean to call you out, just wanted to (hopefully) share the love.
ha ha ha I love it! I've been trying to post in that thread but lt has been acting a little weird for me lately! I'm trying to think of a really cool clue.... but nothing comes to mind!
We do share a lot of books =)

BTW - I love your profile pic
Hi, el. :)

Well, I finished Patrick Carman's Beyond the Valey of Thorns a couple days ago. It didn't hold my interest as well as The Dark Hills Divide had. I think I missed where the first book took place. Something about a library, cats, and wanting to go beyond the forbidden wall just caught my attention better I guess. At times while reading book 2, I thought of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and thought it a bit odd or silly because Alexa is only thirteen years old. I'm still going to try to get the third book and prequel to the series - can't wait to find out what happens next - but it may be a bit since I'm trying to not buy any more books this month. (Let's see if I can succeed at that, shall we? ;)

So spill the beans, what did you think of book 1 and 2 of The Land of Elyon? :)
omg yes! I really hope that she publishes it. You already know what happends, but its so fascinating to get so much insight into Edward's mind. And to get such "behind the scenes" exposure. I think that it would be an amazing project for her!

I tell you I read it all the time! I have a shortcut on my desktop. hey, the part where the teacher is like "too young... too young..." too funny!
Hi, el! We've been missing you over on HE, so I thought I'd drop by your profile and leave a not-so-subtle hint. We're overrun with talkative teenagers at the moment, but do stop by and say hello. :-)

I haven't touched my NaNo in five days. I'm actually letting a coworker read it. I named one of my characters after him and I promised him he could read it Dec 1. I promised myself that I would not re-read or edit it again until Jan. I'm about to start reading Like Water for Elephants.
CONGRATULATIONS! I see from your post in the NaNo group that you completed the challenge. I dropped out fairly early on -- "real life" got in the way. Next year, when I'm not in school, I plan to give it another shot. But good for you! Happy editing! ;-)
Hi, el! I'm glad to hear from you. We've all missed you! Thanks for the birthday wishes. Yes, we have new leaders in the HE group. After the voting took place, foggidawn and I became co-leaders of the HE group. (We use a joined account for it, Hogwarts_Express.) Recently. JPB of the GD group asked the HE group if we'd like a chatroom, and he gave us one. So very nice of him! Many of us have enjoyed chatting in there. Just yesterday, there were eight or nine of us in there at once. Can't wait till December, when we see you in the HE group again! Hope your writing's coming along well! Good luck! :)
*returns hug*
Hi el,
Link me to the picture of the train again and I'll take a look at it. I'm the first to admit I have an easier time with faces than machines, but if you want me to I could give it a try.
Have you considered playing with the photo in photoshop or similar? I've done some very cool stuff with photos there. Would it still fall under copyright if we played with the image? See if anyone in the group knows.
hi! it's deb from Hogwarts Express replying to your message.

yep, sorry i've been awol, but i DO appreciate the message. i'm shocked at how the group took off, but it's all good. ass for the picture of Hogwarts Express, i'm rather reluctant to put A picture of That Train. i just don't want the hassle of potential copyright issues. but if someone who is megatalented did a sketch of A Train That Looked Similar i'd be tickled pink to go with it.

since i'm not very active in the group, i elected to not post a "grand announcement" about it. i figured you'd know who all was talking about it and then let them know.

and .... hey! i'll see you on NaNoWriMo! ;-)

thanks again... deb/whatever1013
mines the same too, so I'll find you guys there
*hands encouragment to you as well*

I'm a way newbie, I hadn't heard of it before I saw it on yours. But I want to be a writer, so I figured it be a good way to flex those writing muscles. Sending you Lots and Lots of luck
Great! I haven't been by the NaNo site lately, but I agree it will be good to see everyone's progress. With my genius for procrastination *rolls eyes* I don't know how I'll do, but I'm prepared to give it a try. See you around!
Hi there, thanks for the note. I'm a NaNoWriMo Newbie. Never tried it before but am throughly excited about it. That will probably changed on Nov 1 when I will be just plain terrified. I've had a few stories banging around in my head but I finally picked one to focus on. I'm doing a murder mystery, hardboiled kind of thing. Look me up over there, I'm using the same Username and we can be buddies!
Found you. AP
Re: NaNo -- you can do it! ;-)
hey twin! lol I totally misunderstood you the other day! I thought you said you were reading Eclipse!! Sorry about that! YOU ARE SOOOOO LUCKY!!! I just read your post on "Jumping like a First Grader"!! Yay! Your hubby sounds awesome!!

I haven't read the book thief yet but I've read great reviews on it! oh oh! looks like I'll have to keep a tissue by me at all times when I read that! I get all mushy when I read lol!

Enjoy New Moon, sweetie!!

NaNoWriMo!!! I hope I have time to do it this year, it was a lot of fun last year. My advice is to have a word goal per day--I think it works out to 1600 words per day, or something. My other advice is to think about your plot developments in the shower, because in my experience that's the best time to do so (no distractions). I really want to see whatever you end up with, so you have to promise to show me over winter break!!
Hi there! Soooooo glad you enjoyed The Book Thief - I cried like a fool! It's one of those books which makes familiar subject matter seem new again isn't it? And beautifully written.

Thanks for letting me know how you got on with it - see you in HE!

This is my first year to try NaNo -- I heard about it last year, but not in time to get involved. I hadn't planned to do it this year (busy November for me), but my little brother issued a challenge, and you can't let that sort of thing lie! ;-) So yes, I'm going to give it a shot. I'm glad to know I'm not the only wacky HE person who will be pulling hair out over this !
It's legitimate to help me, because we're really sort of from Chicago too. At least my husband is. In fact, he's in Prospect Heights as we speak, probably trying desperately to watch the Cubs game instead of Little Einsteins or whatever his little grandkids want him to watch. Me, I'm loving having control of the remote while he's gone! :--)
Thanks, very nice of you. That was great!
Oops, I just responded to your response and sent it to who knows where. So here it is perhaps again if you already got it:

I am really sorry to have to ask what is probably an
incredibly dense question, but how do I make the
connection between the word here and the html. I know
a little about using wysiwyg, but usually there is a
nice button to press that says link and you type in
your link, so I'm not sure how to say my review is
HERE and then where does the html go? If you feel
this is too annoyingly basic, you don't have to
Jill (nbmars)
How did you get your review of Red Zone Blues to appear as a link in your group comment? And I love your books-read monitor!
The mummified cat in the Green Dragon was a good find for this LT crew! You never know what little jewel you'll find in your next book, do you?

Best of luck in reaching your 75 Books in 2007 goal!
Hi El,

I'm thrilled to hear that you've discovered Jim Butcher. I LOVE his books, especially the Dresden Files series. There's something about Harry's wise cracks that always gets me...

I recently picked up a book by one of your favorite authors, Jasper Fford. I think it's called Lost in a Good Book. It caught my attention at the bookstore. It looks promising.

After browsing your library, I'm assured of your good taste :) Any books you'd recommend?

Happy Reading!

Sure sure sure! I'll let you know what I think, tho I've heard nothing but good things about that book! My tbr is scary so I don't know when, oh, when, I'll get to it! Hey and likewise if you get to it before I do, drop me a line!

"see" ya latter, babe *blows kiss*
he he he pictionary is the best! They are a bitch to set up, but all well, well worth it! I thought I was the only one who loved that thread!

html woes not withstanding, your joke was still funny! :)
El, you're the best thanks!
Thanks Elbakerone, I am glad you were fine- I was fine too although my train from the Loop was slow. Although last week a lightning strike took out my home computer so I still have had some of the weather fun. I saw the lightning striking the Sears Tower from my office window as well. It was quite a display. I love your photo. I have been admiring Candida Hyyfer's Libraries book for weeks but can't bring myself to justify buying it.
Hi Elbarkerone, Always delighted to meet someone else in the windy city and a HP fan to boot. I hope you did okay in the storms last night. It is still icy in my office but I have a jacket and a space heater today.

You'll have to tell me what you think of Inkheart, since I've thought about reading it. :)

By the way, I found The Big Over Easy as I was going through a box of my books this weekend--sorry I lost track of it. I told my mom where it is, so you can pick it up at my house pretty much any time.

Continued good luck on your way to 75 books--you've got it in the bag. ;)
wow.. great profile! i noticed that a comment of yours in The Hogwarts Express had a picture in it! can you teach me how to do that please?
do you just copy and paste? well that doesn't seem to work for me...
please tell me how!

Thanks, I found it on Mugglenet. :) I used to have the two American DH covers on my profile, but when I added the map, the photo disappeared. Since I saw others with maps had profile photos, I decided to re-try but with something different.

47, even better. :) Ohhh, Charles de Lint is one of my favorite authors! "Spiritwalk" is a TBR for me, I dont' own and haven't read "Moonheart," and I've read "Someplace to be Flying" two or three times. I just finished reading an advance reader's copy of CdL's "Little Girl Lost," a Newford YA novel. I was so shocked to come across it - someone had it in their BookMooch inventory, so I mooched it from them. :)
Hi, elbakerone. Wow, 42 shared books!

LOL, this sounds insane - alter anything at all, no worries. :)

Abby is our Queen,
Abby is our Queen,
She didn't let the trolls be mean,
Abby is our Queen!

Abby can fix any screen
Librarian of LT she has been
That's why the H.E. group won't go green
Abby is our Queen!

I think it needs fixing about the green bit, hehe! :)
I think they talked about that on What the (Bleep) Do We Know? Like, how one thing is in one place until seen, then when you look in one place its somewhere else??

We're all weird here, lol
Hello!! I'm not thaat into physics yet!! I will be sometime though.
I love it, thanks! I'm sooooo happy! I take back the J n M Rivers thing, then! :)
hi there!

I'm so glad the stamps arrived, and that you like them. I won't be around much tonight as I'm running a fever, but hopefully back in one piece tomorrow! Love to you and everyone.

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