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About meI love books. Seems obvious since I'm here and this is the first site where I have bothered to spend time actually building something.

Lets get the key hobbies out of the way... When not at the computer or reading a book or laughing with friends... I am a film buff, an amateur photographer, a mountain climber and hiker (with the camera!). This year is the year where I rediscover hobbies I have left behind in the past few years.

I'm endlessly curious. I like exploring, from little known places to independent music, alternative films, small publishers... This carries over to the computer where I have a keen interest in independent shareware, independent games, alternative websites and communities.

About my libraryI read a lot of fiction - modern and contemporary fiction mostly. I have a large number of science fiction and fantasy, and a lot of magical realism/modern myth. I also am reading quite a lot of african fiction. But I would say speculative/anticipation fiction is my predilection - i.e. scifi

On the non fiction the topics would be community, science, media and internet, linguistics, feminism, development, ecology, and quite an interest in books about myth.

I have far less non fiction than fiction as I used to get them from the library whereas I would buy fiction to read it in the original language. For the same reason I own very few books in french even though it is my first language.

I find it very hard not to buy books. There is no better place to whittle away a spare hour than a bookstore or library. I had to give myself a rule that I cannot buy more than 3 books in any bookshop visit, and I am sticking to it. Although make an exception for second hand/charity shops, i.e. if the books are cheap.

I have also given myself the rule to not buy new books unless I have read at least one book on my TBR pile (my 888 challenge is almost entirely from my tbr pile) or reread 2 books I have already read.

Books snatched on bookmooch and similar places are not limited in the same way, so I acquired 159 in the past year and gave away about the same number.

GroupsAll Books Africa, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Banned Books, Books off the Shelf Challenge, Books that made me think, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, CueCat questions and help, Early Science Fiction, En français, Feminist SFshow all groups

Favorite authorsChinua Achebe, Iain Banks, Pat Barker, David Brin, Lois McMaster Bujold, John le Carré, C. J. Cherryh, Anne Cuneo, Aliette de Bodard, Fannie Flagg, C. S. Friedman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alice Hoffman, Barbara Kingsolver, Nancy Kress, Ken MacLeod, Lisel Mueller, Sara Paretsky, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Terri Windling, Janny Wurts, Marguerite Yourcenar (Shared favorites)

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The Three Wishes

I caught me a Leprechaun,
And you know what that means!
I got me three big wishes,
And I wanted so many things.
I wanted silver and I wanted gold,
And riches beyond my place,
And castles all in clover,
And love and a beautious face.

"So what it be, your wish number one?"
Asked the Leprechaun all in green.
"I wish I might have beauty,
The most bewitching ever seen,"

"Done" said the little green Leprechaun,
All with the wave of his hand.
"And I wish," I said, "to have riches,
The greatest in this land."

With a flourish and a flutter they did appear,
Great beauty and my gold,
And then I wished for a lover fair,
All that my heart could hold.

Bedazzeled I was when I saw him there,
My knight in armored bob.
"Thank you Leprechaun," I gushed with glee,
"You've done a most splendid job."

But the Leprechaun stood near me,
Seeming unanxious to leave.
I'm glad you know your mind lass,
So many waste wishes you see."

So enraptured I was with my bounty
That I hardly noticed when
That wee little, green little Leprechaun
Began chattering away again.

"Tis a bonnie day, is it not, my lass?
Don't you wish, lass, it would bid
To stay like this all year long?"
And I replied ... I did.

The little Trickster laughed with mirth,
And then my face did fall.
"The rules be, lass, if a fourth wish you make,
Then you lose them all!"

- Mark Shapiro -
Ok, thanks for the note. And hope you enjoy the book when you do get to it!

Abby
Hello iphigenie! Nice to hear form you! Which are the unusual books we have in common, I wonder?
Nice to see another devotee of the Salts Mill bookshop!
I sent the four Dutch books with Standard Mail.
I wrote a bit about some Dutch books I have in my inventory :)
http://www.librarything.nl/topic/61922#1208859
Hi Iphigenie, we sure do have a lot of books in common, cool!
I'm going to go through your library when I get a chance, obviously we have similar tastes (hobbies as well) :)

Cheers!

- John
Currently reading:
- myths we live by
- Anathem
Now reading: The Fresco
Borrowed from the library:
"Iron Sunrise", Stross
I enjoyed this a lot more than I would have thought, it managed to balance the "out there" hard scifi singularity elements with characters and a plot that made sense. Grabbed my curiosity :)
Will have to read more
Borrowed from the library:

John Connolly - Bad Men. I didn't like "The Book of Lost Things", mostly because of the way many people had hyped it. It certainly was a very readable play-with-myth book but didnt grip me. Still, after reading an interview with him (http://meandmybigmouth.typepad.com/scottpack/2008/09/interview-john.html) recently I figured I would give his crime fiction a try. So when I saw one on the shelf at the library, I borrowed it.

I then looked some more around the crime fiction shelf and took 2 more, both from authors I have read and appreciated:

Joseph Kanon, Alibi - I read a few of his books and since I really loved Los Alamos I will continue reading them for a while :)

Elizabeth Peters, Borrower of the night - should be a nice light read

I also requested (and paid a pound for, since they dont have it) Territory by Emma Bull, which I am really curious of reading. I try to do this now and then, in the belief it actually might be of help to authors to get their books in libraries :)
Currently reading: [Quicksilver]
Currently reading: Jack of Ravens
Many thanks for adding my library to your list of interesting libraries.

D. J. Murphy
currently reading: Sir Apropos of Nothing
Currently reading: All of the Marc Chadbourn novels
Currently reading: West of the Sun by Edgar Pangborn (1953)
Currently reading: "The cure for death by lightning" (bedside book) & "arrival and departure" (handback travel book)
Hello! Thanks for the message.

Browsing through your library, I'm also struck by the fact that we seem to share books by authors across so many genres (except for the programming books - I think my acquaintance with programming never got beyond html for dummies!) Since I tend to buy so many second hand books, and given that Karachi's bookstores aren't as well stocked as one would want, my library has grown in odd and unpredictable ways. But as said, 'So many interesting books!'

My poor spouse has by now given up trying to reform me of my book buying habit and has decided to suffer in silence. When we moved countries last year, most of my books moved with us, much to my wife's chagrin.

By the way, I was quiet interested in your 888 challenge. I'm debating whether to take the plunge and join up. Over the last couple of years my reading has been very heavily skewed towards SF&F, and one of my resolutions for this year was to try and balance my reading out some more. Perhaps the 888 Challenge is just the way to do it?
French poets... no, you got me there. I struggle with American poets. But, yes my library is scattered; quite ofter so is my mind. :) Nice to meet you too.

Cheers,
d
Oh, I am so delighted to hear you enjoyed Jerusalem Fire!!! It's one of my all time favorites, not a whit predictable, and well - I guess you know through my stuff, that I love a well set up story that just blasts you out of the water with a great finale.

It will be cool to see another R M Meluch reader - there are too few of us in my opinion for the quality of her delivery.

Liked this, you may also enjoy The Merro Tree by Katie Waitman. Quite amazing, and just as richly imagined.
currently reading: future indefinite
"I only saw it a week or two ago when wanting to check my tag mirror" - from Janny's page.

Just to let you know TAG MIRROR is BACK don't know for how long, but its there at the moment.
Hi Iphigenie, Thanks! I'm flattered to be added to your interesting library. What caught your attention?
Cheers,d
Thank you! for the navigational direction.

South of London, we really enjoyed the maritime museums in Portsmouth, and of course, Greenwich. Lots of research stuff, there.

Devon and Cornwall and Dartmoor - wow.

I'd just love to go back!

Best - Janny
Ah, I love a bunch Sheri Tepper's work. Her stuff tends to stick.

Have you ever read anything by Sarah Zettel?

I tried to find the connections news page on LT, and all the poking around in the world didn't unearth that facet - where is it, can you give me a steer?

The French publisher is Bragelonne, and I will be writing them shortly to find out when they plan to release the first book. I know that they have already published the Empire series, that I collaborated with Ray Feist. (Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire, Mistress of the Empire) and apparently, they are doing well...they are sort of a messy mix of Woman of Substance, Shogunesque fantasy, Aztec, and the kitchen sink...lots of political intrigue surrounding a woman trying to save her family in a male dominated culture....I did get a wonderful word from a young woman in Japan, that in her country, the three books are considered subversive women's reading. The Japanese published the first but declined the other three (no surprise there! The heroine brings down the whole culture by innovation and renovation of tradition). Anyway, your sister ought to be able to find those titles pretty easily in France.

We found Kent to be utterly lovely, and if you have never visited some of the horse racing centers around Newcastle ---

For totally jaw droppingly unpredictable, and by a thriller writer, too, but of an utterly different stripe - did you ever read Summer of the Red Wolf by Morris L. West? THAT book was crazymaking unpredictable and like nothing else he ever wrote, and it hit me, very sharply - still one of my favorites of all time. I like Dunnett for unpredictable, too - she writes fictional characters set in historical times, and does it with extremely masterful panache - not for everyone, though, as it's THAT unconventionally done. Does her research, too. She was a Scottish writer, and that really gave her work a neat voice.
Disclaimer: I'm a typical totally-not-objective reader where my feeling for a book will depend on my mood at the time, and what I read before, and what books it reminds me of.

On undertow: I started by feeling it was all far too familiar - a world at the edge, lots of people with a past, a corporation exploiting it, natives useful but in-the-way, revolutionaries, a bit of cybernetics, a heavy dollop of quantum... All done very competently but not that original, or maybe I have read too many similar books in the past few years. So I was starting to classify as a competent book, very readable, nothing wrong but not that memorable...

Then I hit the bit that is written from the perspective of the natives and these are *hugely* enjoyable and fascinating. I'm enjoying these so much, and wanting to get more, and this would keep me reading no matter what she puts in between. I hope she keeps this up till the end, even though that could almost be to the detriment of the book (as a whole) since I care less for the human characters and the main plot as a result. But it will make the book memorable for me, that's already certain.

I hope there'll be some nice twists to keep the story going and tie it all together, but the book is clearly on the up now, in my totally subjective opinion, and I am about halfway through.
Ah, cool - great!

Are you liking Undertow?
Currently reading: Undertow, by Elisabeth Bear
iphegenie - more than anything, you will almost certainly love R. M. Meluch - her Myriad is the best space opera I've read, ever, with some pretty nifty surprise twists, and great characters with foibles. Those books will make you laugh, quite spontaneously. Her Jerusalem Fire has far more depths, as I said, along with all the rest.

I will certainly check into some of the authors you've named - I read a lot more widely than just fantasy and SF, light and dark, sappy or serious, I like a change in fare. If you want a clue to books I DO NOT like - it would be ones with predictable plots. HATE THAT. If I see it coming, I get soooooo bored, and rampage at someone with a lack of imagination wasting my time, doing something so ordinary/or else overdone/not original - that, and today's swing toward vapid TV dialogue in period work, or an author's lazy lack of research into the most basic things, like use of horses, or sailing ships - that kind of gaffe sets my hair on fire, for sure! Ah well, grin. Might as well get griped over politics...

My original family name originates from Switzerland, near to Zurich, and there are still relatives there who directly connect to the family tree, and the five brothers who originally emigrated. I was lucky enough, on my visit, to see the Alps under sunlight, and did some memorable hiking cum watercolor painting above the snow line. My husband and I also had some fantastic times in the UK southeast - truly wondrous territory around there, not to mention cool beers!

Pretty darn spectacular.

Book tours in the UK have taken me all over Great Britain, and we always took two weeks more to ramble into more remote areas of Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and Ireland - and I must say, you have heaven on earth for hiking and riding over there!

I wish my schoolroom French was better - in progress now/there will be a French translation of three volumes from the Wars of Light and Shadows, from Bragalonne, and I would love to know if it's a good take from the original text.
Ah, you lucky dog, finding a copy of Jerusalem Fire so easily. Let me know how you like it, it's one of my all time favorites.

I do have a small list of books, but not so small, if you consider that I only posted ONE volume by that many favorite authors - I usually have most everything those authors wrote in the library, and many other books, but the ones I omitted were not hot favorites. The non fiction titles are ones I have dog eared for research, or for some other reason felt held a fascination.

I am not familiar with the Connection News on LT - where do I find it, and obviously, I must be missing something!

What a delight to hear back from you - what was the most recent book you read that hit the spot? I am looking for a new read, in a new direction - my TBR shelf is depressingly cleared off....even thought I've been busy writing the Next, and also, making audio files for download as a teaser for some select books, which was a Learning Event!

I cannot IMAGINE trying to read Kristine Smith's books out of sequence! Gosh, they would not work at all - what a shame if people tried -I got the first, and followed her work ever since...I hope the mistake didn't turn too many people off. Bless your persistence in that regard - not too many readers bother tracking titles that carefully if a read disappointed them, they let you know That's IT! grin.

Enjoy Roberta Meluch - !

Take care - Janny Wurts
Iphigenie - what a blast! I read your profile, and am very curious: how long did you live in France? Where have you gone hiking and climbing? I thought it intriguing that you are into alternate communities on the internet.

Feel free to ignore this, if you are a private sort or busy - or do feel free to start up a conversation if you would like - I always love to hear what attracted you to my libarary, and sharing recommendations is also the most fun.

You share quite a few of my favorite authors - among them, Kristine Smith, who seems rather under appreciated, in my opinion - I don't think I've seen anyone in LT who is familiar with her stuff, which is quite a pity. If you like her, you may also enjoy R. M. Meluch, who also does SF with a rippingly lively style and gorgeously rounded settings, intrigues, and superbly defined characters. In fact, I recommend her work very strongly. Her Myriad books are a good place to start, but for the real depths she can achieve, get hold of Jerusalem Fire, if you can find a copy, it's an astonishing, unforgettable read.
Hello,

I recently joined the All Books Africa Group. As a publisher who has just released a novel about the Angolan Civil War, I thought it might be worth bringing to your attention. Ondjaki's Good morning Comrades has just been released (indeed, i'm not sure amazon has changed it status yet). Ondjaki is a Lusophone writer of international reputation, and our edition of Good morning Comrades introduces him to an English speaking audience for the first time. It will not be the last: Aflame Books in the UK is set to release his fable The Whistler, and I know New Directions is also looking at publishing something by him soon. We expect he will become one of the most celebrated African novelists of his generation.

Anyway, if you would like further information on Comrades, you can chcekc out our website at www.biblioasis.com. It is also available online on amazon and elsewhere, and available through any good bookstore.

Thansk for your time, and I do hope that this was not too intrusive. (We're a small literary press based in Canada, and we're just trying to do whatever we can to let potential readers know about the book.

Best wishes,

Dan Wells
hi, hooking up with bookmooch members
Thanks for the comment on my page. Yes, I did read cryptonomicon and it's an awesome book (I'm still scanning books in so most of my fiction is missing) and totally in a different league from even Dan Brown's best. No argument here. One's what i read when travelling easy to put down and pick up and not think too much, the other one is the one I curl up with when i really have time to read.

I have all of Stephenson's early books too (must admin snowcrash kind of lost me when i read it) but I haven't read the newer ones, been so busy in the past few years I have fallen behind on books. They're tied in to cryptonomicon, right?

But since you mention alternatives to Dan Brown, the thought I had most often reading some of Dan Brown's books was "i guess not enough people read Umberto Eco" - Foucault's Pendulum is obviously a lot heavier to read but very much worth it.
Have you read "Cryptonomicon"? I strongly recommend it - and Neal Stephenson's entire
"Baroque Cycle", as conspiracy fiction it beats out the overrated likes of Dan Brown
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