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About meA book should be an axe to break the frozen sea within us - Franz Kafka

There's nothing I don't love about books. I love the comforting excitement of a bookshop, hands darting here and there among the spines, like a fish in a coral reef, the chance to surreptitiously eye other people's choices for something undiscovered, the simple act of standing amidst so many books a sheer privilege.

I love the names of publishers. I run my eye along the bookshelf; Hodder and Stoughton, Abacus, Picador, Penguin, Bantam, Harper Collins, Vintage. I imagine them as cathedrals dedicated to the discovery of great writing, their founders and employees as literary bloodhounds and guardians. I love illustrated plates and photographs, diagrams, line drawings, typography, and what they do to the atmosphere of a book. I love graphic novels and well-illustrated children's books. Most of them are so strange.

I love the solid feel of a book in my hands, and the pliability of those soft paperbacks that don't crease along the spine. I love book covers; vivid, contemporary, eye-catching, sleek and formal, and fine-bound rarities made to hold and touch before opening. A book cover can be an enigmatic clue or an abstract imagery to the contents, or a story unto itself. I love book titles, flash-fire summaries of an entire work; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Sound and the Fury, This Book is Full of Spiders. I love reading blurbs, recommendations, reviews, first lines, weighing up whether this or that one is my next choice. I love grabbing them wholesale and taking home a stack; acquiring and shelving and owning them. When I run out of money, I fill my online basket and wish-lists with titles that I might never see in real life.

I love second-hand books that have belonged to other people for a time and then found their way to me. I like notations and underlinings (though I won't do that myself) and lightly worn edges. You can wonder where a book has been and then discover where it took its last reader. I like quotes and fan-fiction, I like the connection you get with someone when you've read the same story, even when you've both taken away something entirely different. I love that complete strangers can share imaginary worlds with one another.

I love bookmarks; little strips of artwork, old receipts, theatre tickets, corners of envelopes, post-it notes, leaflets touting their cause or propaganda silently to the pages they're stuck between. I love bookshelves; giant furniture built to house dreams and knowledge. Even the most cobbled-together plank-and-brick affair becomes beautiful when charged with lines of books. I like seeing untidy piles in unlikely places, and I want to know, down to the last title, what books are in the stack by your bed.

Above all, I love reading... picking up a book and immersing myself in a world, a place and time that exists purely because of marks on a page. I love learning and imagining, in equal measure. I love playful authors who enjoy using words, and smart authors who make words work hard, and inspired authors who transmute words into pure story. I love knowing the authors who will write what I want to read before I pick up their next book, and new, untried authors, whose voice I haven't heard yet. I love how your relationship with a book can last a lifetime or the ten minutes it takes you to put it down in disgust. I love being gone from the moment I open the cover, to putting the book down in astonishment or sorrow or transported delight. I love how books can get you through the worst times in your life by giving you somewhere else to be for an hour, or a day.

I love how you are never alone in a book.

About my libraryMy [arbitrary, fluid] List of [around] Top Twenty Favourite Works of Fiction

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
Villette - Charlotte Bronte
Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
Legend - David Gemmell
The Waiting Game - Bernice Rubens
The Dark Tower series - Stephen King
The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Cider House Rules - John Irving
Nobody's Fool - Richard Russo
Bleak House - Charles Dickens
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie
Regeneration - Pat Barker
Revelation - C. J. Sansom
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
The Chrysalids - John Wyndham
Lady Audley's Secret - Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
We Need to Talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver
Florence and Giles - John Harding
Wastelands - John Joseph Adams (Editor)

GroupsAgatha Christie, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Dystopian novels, Early Reviewers, King's Dear Constant Readers, Science Fiction Fans, The Attolian Conspiracy

Favorite authorsIsaac Asimov, Jean M. Auel, Jane Austen, Iain M. Banks, Pat Barker, John Betjeman, Ray Bradbury, Lewis Carroll, Agatha Christie, Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Gerald Durrell, Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, David Gemmell, Thomas Harris, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ken Kesey, Stephen King, Jeff Lindsay, Jack London, A. A. Milne, Elizabeth Moon, Terry Pratchett, J. B. Priestley, Bernice Rubens, Richard Russo, Patrick Süskind, Shaun Tan, Andrew Taylor, Dylan Thomas, H. G. Wells, Joss Whedon, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

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Pretty much agree on Muriel Barbery's Une gourmandise, the first "whiskey d'Écosse," a highpoint, as are the "sardines grillées."
Glad you enjoyed the one that's just numbers so much. I couldn't put it down. I might quibble with you a bit on the plot device of the time bubble...remember that any change has drastic effects. The Green Card Men might know that moving Al's trailer would have a negative effect that would unravel things also. But I also didn't think that the bubble could get destroyed so easily. The bubble was still there, with or without Al's trailer, remember. In the new future, Al's trailer is gone, but Jake still is able to return and then go back again to set things right. Ad in 1958, the bubble is there long before the trailer. I understood the explanation from the last green card man to be that the bubbles come and go without anyone able to exert control, and their job was to see that no one comes through and wreaks havoc, like Jake and Al; in other words, I understood the bubble to be outside the control of Al, Jake, or the Green Card Men, and if they moved the trailer, it would still be there.

Also, I didn't find dwelling on it as depressing as you did. The past can't be changed, but the message I found was more hopeful; look at all Sadie was able to accomplish once she was inspired by the assassination. The wheels of destiny turn for good, even if the good can't be seen in the short term. I found it very inspiring in the "Live life fully every day" sort of sense.

Good review.
Really amazing. Hard to start another book after a good one like that still echoing.
I was going to argue a tad with you Dr. Moreau until I read the last line where you suggest reading Frankenstein for the penultimate for that kind of morality tale. Defininely agree with that. Just think I was taken by Moreau more than you were. though I agree about Animal Farm....didn't really enjoy that one much
Thanks for your kind words about my "Just after Sunset" review...much appreciated. I haven't read "Pilgrim" yet but its been in my TBR stack for a while now. It's like I say over at my blog, " I want to read it all but I get farther behind every day." Your 2011 reading list looks like fun, kind of all over the map, the way I most enjoy reading.

Sam
Thanks for the Brave New World comment! I appreciate it! I'm glad you liked the review; I wasn't sure it was very cogent when I wrote it in a dead stupor at like 3 AM last night, so I'm pleased to hear it's given you some impetus to give it another try. :) I'm actually really fascinated by how valid the review part of LibraryThing has turned out to be; I've found so many great reviews on here just in the few months I've been using the Thing, and I'm flattered that my own three lonely little reviews are actually being read. Thanks again for the kind words!
Thanks for the comment on my Frankenstein review. I first posted that on my blog. It was fun to research the background of Frankenstein. I love it when a book has an interesting back story. As for the Tom Gordon pop-up book, I've actually had it for a while as part of my Stephen King collection, but I only just opened it up and looked through it the other day. Can you believe it? It is a beautiful book.
Cool review on The Day of the Triffids. Love The Body Snatchers!
Read your review of BLEAK HOUSE earlier and enjoyed it very much. Just happened upon your treatment of NICHOLAS NICKLEBY and same result. Not simply the content but the style was most pleasing to me. It all seemed just right. No straining for cleverness. Nothing off-putting whatsoever. I feel the same way about the 'Sparkler', each and everyone of his creations has a special place in my heart. From the sentimental to the snide, they never fail to satisfy me immensely. At present I am looking into HARD TIMES. Lots of 'stage fire' as old Ruskin might put it.
Looking forward to your next Dickens review,
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Joe Hill was much better than I ever expected him to be. I've only read The Heart Shaped Box, but I have 20th Century Ghosts waiting on the shelves for me.
You and I are in complete agreement on the The Time Traveler's Wife. Great review. Not everyone liked it as well as we; there are some decidedly negative reviews saying exactly the opposite of everything you and I agreed upon, casting it off for all opf the reasons we liked it.
Hi trish,

Thanks for the comment on Lord of the Rings.

I'm having fun going back and reading the books I missed as well as reading more by some of the authors I did read.

Bleak House is definitely on my list. I just (finally) read Tale of Two Cities and loved it. I too read Great Expectations in High School and, while it was an alright read, it was kind of daunting and left me with mixed feelings towards Dickens.

I'll have to put The Chrysalids on my list to check out. I've had it recommended a couple of times recently so I may have to get it to my nightstand sooner than later.

:)
Thanks for the thumb on the Carrie review! Glad you liked it.
Okay, misread your comment a bit.....you've read Farenheit 451. So I'd try to two I listed below.

I did read The Haunting of hill House. It turns out, it was a reread. I realized after the first few pages that I'd read some years ago. A five bone read!
Farenheit 451, hands down. That's an all-time favorite for me; and it's about books! After that, I'd try Something Wicked This Way Comes or Dandelion Wine.

I have to admit that I haven't read a ton of Bradbury even though I list him as a favorite. But every book I've read, so far, I've loved.
Great review of Bradbury book. He is a favorite and I haven't read that one yet.
The Jackson book is still in the stack. Working on The Postman now.
Nice review of Dracula, though I enjoyed a good deal more than you seem to have.
Wonderful BLEAK HOUSE review. You see all the important things in old Dickens. I've been reading Dickens for 40 years or so and have come across few common readers with even the slimmest understanding of this great writer. Not always a great man but certainly one of the Titans of any literature. If you haven't already, you should read Michael Slater's biography. Two of my favorite Dicken's studies are by G.K. Chesterton & Stephen Leacock.
I don't usually bother reviewers but yours struck a chord in me, and I couldn't help myself.
Thanks for the feedback and the recommendation. I've ordered another one by Andrew Taylor - it will be interesting to see if he is consistent. I haven't read 'Star of the Sea' by Joseph O'Connor. I'm doing another book order now - and I'll add that to the list.
Okay, If you put The Virginian on your TBR, try to also find a copy of Owen Wister's Out West. Wister, who wrote The Virginian, also had his journals collected in Out West. The writing and observation of the West is beautiful. I read them as a set and the experience was enhanced for both. Of Shane and The Virginian, I prefer The Virginian. And Out West is one of my all time favorite books.
Great review of the books, by the way. A thumb from me.
Not all of the Western genre is as good as the Border Triology, at least in my opinion.

My favorites in that arena are Shane and The Virginian.

If you want to read more McCarthy, try No Country for Old Men. It has much the same feeling as the Border Triology. Also, you could try Blood Meridian, though that one is his most violent and dark and difficult. But it is still in the same vein as the Border Trilogy
Hi Trish

Thanks for suggestions on other Terry Pratchett books. I was going to try a couple more and I'll have a look at the ones you mentioned.

Regards

Neale
30 second hand bookshops!!!! I had to catch my breath there for a minute. I am definitely more of a rummager when looking for books on my wishlist. That place could be trouble for me.

On McCarthy, look out for the Border Triology books (All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, and Cities of the Plain). Those are my absolute favorite titles by him.

I'm always checking profiles for libraries with similarities enough to indicate similar tastes but with a large number of titles which I son't share to spur my curiosity for new books.

You've got a great library.

I just added Orchard Keeper in the last few weeks also. I am a huge McCarthy fan.

Good Reading.
Oh, the movies. I love ‘em, they’re like church for me. One of the most useful inventions ever. You’re right, movies are a time/place thing and only something really extraordinary will have the impact on me that even watching a video used to have. Have you seen Scrooged with Bill Murray? I came out of that walking on a cloud, and to this day I can’t imagine Christmas without A Christmas Story playing for 24 hours on TBN. I saw Caddy Shack at a drive in theater somewhere in rural Virginia, stoned and sunburned and laying on the hood of a car, surrounded by friends and feeling the heat dissipate from the earth. Or how about this, did you ever flip out over the Wizard of Oz? It scared me so bad that I couldn’t watch it until I was much, much older. And oh, my, god. Remember the Child Catcher scene from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? I had to HIDE under the theater seat! And it took me 20 years to get over Disney movies and I’m still pissed off about it.

God, I love the movies.
TT! I finished The Glass Castle. It's stunning and has affected me as deeply as the books I read as a kid. For years I'd been thinking about what a totemic event reading was when I was a boy and how each new book changed my world view, but books haven't had that impact on me for a long time. Glass Castle achieves that remarkable power, what a compelling and terrible story. And even though it sometimes describes horrors, it's written with the most exquisite taste. Nice.

Ayne Rand’s Divine Comedy, sort of a cross between Franny and Zooey, Running With Scissors, and The Diary of Anne Frank. This makes it sound tawdry so I won’t use it; it’s really a wonderful book.
Yeah, we always had a large library when I was a kid and moved every couple of years, so I’m used to packing things up and hoping the movers show up sober. In addition to being nomads, we were also collectors so the buying junk I don’t need gene meshed nicely with the reading gene leading to a library that, when it’s brought together at the end of days, will be larger than many small town libraries and more than I will ever be able to read. Let’s call it a reference pool.

I haven’t read The Beetle but I’ve got a copy. It’s one of five thrillers in the Victorian Villainies omnibus. It’s on my radar to read but not on the list. In fact, I’m not even sure which bookcase it’s in and behind what stack. I remember the blurb on the dust jacket saying it was particularly spooky, though; but a hoot is better than a spook.

The Victorians had a way with atmosphere, but I don’t think really frightening scenes were written until after the movies became popular. That probably has more to do with me and the 20th century than the writers’ ability; there’s a famous 30’s era country house mystery where the killer slides headfirst down a banister, his eyeglasses twinkling in the murk and that gave me more of the willies than anything Poe ever wrote. Too, the Victorians probably had better manners than to try and really scare the hell out of people.

You know, in thinking about it just now, the scary images in modern thrillers seem to me to be able to be held within the dimensions of a screen, when I imagine them in my mind I see them play like movies on a screen so that the action is directed toward me, but I don’t get that when I read Poe or Dickens. When I read them, I’m always a silent observer somewhere on the edge of the action. Wacky.

I checked out a copy of the Glass Castle yesterday and it’s amazing, thanks for writing so brilliantly about it. I’m about a quarter of the way in and am already recommending it to friends. I can’t wait to see how it progresses. I’d never heard of it before.
Trish! Your reviews are brilliant and what you wrote about Glass Castle was so interesting that I’ve put it on hold at the local library; I’ll pick it up tomorrow. You’re also the only person I know of who has read The Beetle.
Trish, thanks so much for your comments on my review of Vilnius Poker. It was a challenging book in many ways, but I do respect what the author was trying to do. In my opinion, it's a courageous book (though not always easy, or comfortable, to read).

Best,
Gwen
Saw you liked Trainspotting, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). Thought you might like it since it's also about a group of disturbed kids and a bit dark. I'd be glad to e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:

http://christophertusa.com/blog/?page_id=724

Chris
Glad you liked the review. And before you award me the medal of bravery, I didn't actually read the whole thing. : )
Hi,

My name is Dawn and I am a librarian and the host of Toronto Public Library’s online book club: Book Buzz and a fellow LibraryThing member.

This month we are reading Shadow Divers, by Robert Kurson. I noticed that you include Shadow Divers in your library and gave it a 5-star review. I’d just like to invite you to visit us and share your thoughts about Kurson’s book. It’s a friendly easy-going book club with over 600 members and we are always looking for new points of view.
If you are interested, visit us at http://bookbuzz.torontopubliclibrary.ca .

Thank-you for your time,
Dawn
http://www.librarything.com/catalog/BookBuzz
Hi again-
I didn't even realize that Tey had more Alan Grant books until it popped up as a listing under her name. I definately want to read more from her. She sounds so modern yet Daughter of Time was written 50 years ago. Do you have a favorite from her?
Hi trishtrash-
I hope you don't mind me adding your library to my list. We have many books in common and I'm particularly interested in your Agatha Christies and Lewis Carrolls. Great editions!
Hi trishtrash, thanks for adding me too! I'm slightly envious over the number of books you entered, but I know I'll get there too - eventually. And it's true, my job is the greatest job in the world. If I want to calm down after a stressy meeting, sometimes all I have to do is gently pat a 300 year old volume ;-)
Thanks for answering my question. I couldn't have had a nicer reply if I had been actively fishing for compliments. :o) About children's books and expenditure: Many or most of my children's books cost very little indeed, a quarter apiece at the thrift store (back in the day when - but even now the thrift stores often price children's books at 50 cents) or a dollar a bag as library discards. With all the library discards, my books don't always look that pretty on the shelves, but it's what's between the covers that I was interested in. I started buying children's books before I had children myself - although since I was 16 when I left home and 19 when I got married, I guess it's arguable whether I was still a child myself at the time.

Also thanks for the Shaun Tan recommendation. The Arrival really does look like a book I would love. I added it to LT and tagged it as a wanted book.

Last night I brought home a wonderful book from the library ($3 a bag sale), The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar. The library had just done a clear-out of their graphic novels! I think they should have never got rid of that one. Their loss, my gain.
Thank you for adding my collection to your list of interesting libraries! I wouldn't mind spending a few days with your books either (there are a few Discworld books I've never been able to get my hands on - Nanny Ogg's cookbook, yes! - and you have TWO Molesworths I've never seen, and that's just for starters). I'm curious to know what aspect of my library you found interesting - if you don't mind telling me? Meanwhile I shall mark your library as interesting so I don't lose track of it. :D
I really liked Heart-Shaped Box and am reading 20th Century Short Stories now. I am liking it as well. I think he has some real talent and am looking forward to his next novel. H-SBox was very different as far as ghost stories go and that's what caught me. That and it is very well written. It was VERY hard to put it down and I wound up reading it in a day and a half which is pretty fast for me these days!

As far as my collection goes, yes, my interests are pretty varied. I tend to look for the unusual as well. The cult type stories and just new, bizarre stuff. I still love my favorite science fiction and fantasy. Always will. But I like to explore as well.

Thanks again.

brett
Thanks for your interest in my collection. I'm always curious as to what draws people to it.

Have you read 'Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill yet? What did you think?

brett
Hello,
Many thanks for adding me to your list of 'Interesting Libraries'. I am always pleased when someone does this as it seems to prove that I am doing something right with my collection. It has taken me a long,long time to put it together,but it has been a true labour of love.
Looking through your list I see that you have an interesting load of books yourself,with strong lists of Crime fiction and Fantasy.I shall have to trawl through these for ideas when I've got a little time to spare.
In the meantime I hope that you enjoy going through my Library,and if you have any questions or want any titles recommending do let me know and I will try to help.
Finally I spotted that your Neil Gaiman quotation on your Profile page is similar to the one on mine quoted from 'The Anatomy of Bibliomania'.
Best wishes from one part of the UK to another.
hi :) gotcha in Contacts now!
this is gonna take up a lotta time innit?! LOL
Thanks for your message - I haven't logged in to librarything for a while so I only just found your message. I find that the 1st eds of Christies are affordable if they are the books published later (50's 60's 70's) those early ones though are very expensive. However I think the prices are sometimes inflated by sellers on ebay for instance. I'm glad you liked "...Kevin" I went to a talk by Lionel shriver in October - it was great - it really set her work in context.
I recognize your assessment of Buick 8, and it's comparison with Christine. I agree, and also that it represents an expanded frame of reference and maturity in Stephen King himself.

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