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About meBest of 2013

Top 5

1. Longbourn by Jo Baker
2. Benediction by Kent Haruf
3. Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr
4. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
5. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley

Second Five

6. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
7. Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa'Thiong'o
8. Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
9. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
10. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Favorite Graphic Novel: The Nao of Brown

Three that were hard to keep off the list: Housekeeping, Song of the Lark, and How the Light Gets In

Favorite Books in 2012:

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand
Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
The Siege by Helen Dunmore
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
Wild: From Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
In A Sun-burned Country by Bill Bryson
Turkana Boy by Jean-Francois Beauchemin and Jessica Moore
Shadow Divers by Ron Kurson
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
The Western Lit Survival Kit by Sandra Newman
Pyongyang by Guy Delisle
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

My fave 2012 young adult books were:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Favorite Nonfiction from the Last 10 Years

1. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
2. War by Sebastian Junger
3. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
4. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
5. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
6. The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat by Eric Lax
7. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
8. Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand
9. The Judgement of Paris by Ross King
10. Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

Runners-up: The Swerve and Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt, Michaelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King, Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder, The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr.

Favorite Fiction from the Last 10 Years

1. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
2. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
3. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
4. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
5. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
6. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
8. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
9. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
10. Old Filth by Jane Gardam

Runners-up: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace, After the Quake by Haruki Murakami, The Kite Runner and Life of Pi.

About my libraryThese are all books I've read and enjoyed. Many books that I've read that are well-regarded but I haven't liked enough are not listed here, like The Sound and the Fury, for example. The idea in my mind is that,if I could have a large house with its own library room with large windows and comfortable chairs and a fireplace, etc., these are the books that I'd like to have surrounding me.

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Woohoo, wouldn't you know it, didn't take any Fiorinal today... Let it flow! :-))
Yay! Now it's official! ;-)
Felt odd hijacking Richard's thread to post a link to his own review, so I figured I'd leave it here instead:
They don't call me Mr. Subtlety for nothing, Joe! It is a gorgeous morning out here. Ahhhhh...
You're very welcome! Hope you enjoy. :)
Up, up and away in my beautiful ballon. the links just in case you're too young for the 5th dimension.

thanks, dear Jo. couldn't have come on a better day1

so, The Mounuments Men is not a visual DVD, its audio. Just for listening. She does not have to hold her head up, at all.

But I do know it takes time before the concentration is back. I used to flip through magazines, read a page or maybe two, take a nap, eat a snack, flip through another magazine, listen to some music, etc. All within an hour or so, except maybe for the map which might take an hour all by itself.

Tell her I'm curious to see what she thinks but there is definitely no hurry.

Thanks for the graphic novel suggestions. Even though I should not be spending more money I'm going to go down to B&N and start my LibraryThing Thingaversary book buying: 8 this year! June the 14th. Whoo hoo.

sending go home mojo >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
no worries, just wanted to be sure the men arrived uninjured as I know Debbi is counting on their keeping her company.... (-:
I don't know when you kids will be home again, but I did put the Monuments Men into the hands of the USPS about 2 weeks ago. I think you might be seeing it soon. Let me know.

I don't know when you kids will be home again, but I did put the Monuments Men into the hands of the USPS about 2 weeks ago. I think you might be seeing it soon. Let me know.

I don't know when you kids will be home again, but I did put the Monuments Men into the hands of the USPS about 2 weeks ago. I think you might be seeing it soon. Let me know.

Thanks for the heads-up, Joe! I've been following your ongoing comments with interest as a lurker.


I'm reading A Purity of Vengeance (Dept Q 4) in April. When I'm done with it I will send you my copy. Book 5 is out in September. I can't believe it! Eva from the 2014 group read it in Swedish last year and was a bit disappointed. I guess they can't all be winners. If I made it through book 2 then I think I can keep on going.

Wow Joe, that is pretty graphic and sad. I will look out for some of his stuff buddy, thanks ever so much.
thanks, duckie.
you're a sweetie pie! what a GORGEOUS card. :-)
Thanks Joe. You're to blame really buddy as I remembered your advocacy of him before buying the book last year.
Hi Joe!

I finally got around to listing my reads for 2014! It's really turned into a diary for my own use but I thought that when you had some time in 2014 you might like to have a look:

I'm going to try to write more reviews this year and keep better track, rather than wait until the very end. Happy reading to you. I'm delighted when you and I agree on a favorite and even more delighted when I get suggestions from you. Best of 2014 to you, the family and Sherlock. I'm glad Jesse bounced back from his bug ... isn't youth great?

You're a wily guy, luring me back to librarything. I am just finishing my third reading of I Dare (Liaden Universe) and am amazed all over again. I have the follow-up Theo Whately waiting in my suitcase. See ya, bromeister.
Hi Joe- I hope you had a good Hump Day! I got a little wet right there at the end. I am sure the Bulls will rebound nicely.

Thanks, Joe - my first reading of The Swoop! but Wodehouse is usually good for some funny quotes, so I have high hopes ...
Joe- I am sure you are all cozy watching the Bulls game. Thanks for the GN rec. I thought I might have tried Akira before but there is no LT record of it. I requested Volume 1, along with another Tomine. Go Bulls!

interestingly enough, talking about the impact of Title IX and the WNBA, Parker said she was part of the first generation of women who didn't model their games on the guys. she tried to model hers on Cynthia Cooper, about whom you probably don't even know. Coop, a Hall of Famer, played for the Houston Comets when they won their 4 WNBA championships with Olympic gold medalists Cooper, Cheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson.

a few dimes, and some points, from CP3's top 10 MVP plays--scroll down to the vid. #2's my favorite even though it was an all-star game. whatever. i love bigs who can board, block and assist. :)
i was especially glad CP3 got it b/c Pat might still be aware enough to know a Lady Vol is MVP. Maya will get hers as will EDD and DT. this year, CP was just something else. dropping dimes like a guard even.
Is Carl ever going to get to go out with that gal of his dreams?

***spoiler alert***

It does! I don't need a "Happily Ever After" ending. But I do need a "Hopeful Ever After" one, if you know what I mean.
Thanks for sharing that with me Dad-so interesting! I've actually been wanting to re-read that one and his Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong as well.
Hi Joe,
I've been buried in an audio booth for a while so just caught up at the cafe. As I scrolled through I noticed your review of "The Monuments Men" - a book that I've just begun reading! I must admit, the author didn't endear me when he mentioned that this story has never been told before. In 1995 I had the thrill of narrating "The Rape of Europa" by Lynn Nicholas, a much acclaimed history of the hiding and discovery of art looted by the Nazis. While Edsel's book reads more like a novel with these men as the protagonists, I assure you that Nicholas did them more than justice almost 20 years ago. I'm obsessed by it all. I have a copy, dog-eared by now, (with Lane Faison's obituary tucked inside) which I dig out every time there's a news story about recovered art or (worse) art held by a museum that refuses to relinquish it for lack of proof of provenance. I went to a talk at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts a few years ago about this topic (even though the BFA is still retaining ownership of art with dubious provenance) and they referred to "The Rape of Europa" as the definitive work on the subject. It's a fabulous read and although I'm continuing with "The Monuments Men" - which cites Nicholas's book in the bibliography - the drama of how countries sought to hide their treasures from the encroaching monsters is also a huge part of the story.

As a student in France eons ago, I remember the small Jeu de Pomme Museum, which used to house all the French impressionist art which has now been moved to the Quai d'Orsay. This jewel of a building was my favorite place in Paris and the thought of Goering striding through, pointing out pieces for his own "collection" nauseated me. God bless Rose Valland! For three years I lived around the corner from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, so while reading the book I could actually "see" some of the pictures that spent the war in hiding. A completely thrilling experience to know that they survived an awful fate.

Best of all, I actually heard of "The Monuments Men" because George Clooney has just made a movie based on the book due to come out at the end of the year. I'll be first in line for a ticket as I'm sure you will too!

Best, Anne
oh poop! the Buddha book, which sounds just the ticket, isn't available in audio. ah well.

i think we're about where we ought to be in trying to get ready for this chemoradiation business: tired, jumpy and taking it one day at a time. we do laugh a lot at our own inexhaustible follies and foibles and pretty much anything else droll that pops up. we'll be glad to get it underway, though.

i really *must* gather myself together and visit some threads tomorrow. now that's an odd sentence. sounds sort of one-toke-over-the-line 60s. can you dig it? :)
Joe- See how much you've changed? LOL. Hey, nothing wrong with expanding your horizons a little. One of the biggest pleasures of LT, is that it, forces you to take different paths and you are seldom disappointed.
Sadly, I have still not read or acquired Volt. Bad Bad Mark! It sounds like just my cuppa!

Joe- Thanks for taking the time. Actually, many of those I have read too! I guess it was just the die-hard Sci-Fi stuff I was referring to, like Zelazny and Silverberg, (I think that was his name). I also want to read more Le Guin.
Have a great time in Michigan with your Dad! You'll have beautiful weather.

Hi Joe- I'll see if I can find Kill Shakespeare. I'll have to make another library trip to check for GNs. I am really enjoying Among Others. A wonderfully unique story and the BOOKS! OMG!
Have a good Thursday, my friend!

Here you go Joe:

Some Tame Gazelle (1950)
Excellent Women (1952)
Jane and Prudence (1953)
Less than Angels (1955)
A Glass of Blessings (1958)
No Fond Return of Love (1961)
Quartet in Autumn (1977)
The Sweet Dove Died (1978)
A Few Green Leaves (1980)
Crampton Hodnet (1985)
An Unsuitable Attachment (1982)
An Academic Question (1986)
Civil to Strangers (1989)

That's probably more information than you wanted but there it is;-) I haven't read Some Tame Gazelle because I didn't have the book in January and didn't know if I wanted to commit at that time. I happened to own Excellent Women and Jane and Prudence and once I read them I knew I had to have them all. I hope you enjoy her work.

Joe, thank you for sharing that with me. It's always nice to read the reviews of others. I'll be honest, I've been putting off reading too many reviews until I get the book into the hands of more reviewers.

Thanks for being such a great advocate for the book.
Hi Joe- Gorgeous day, eh? Yes, of course I will be there Sunday, rain or shine. Like, last year I am at the mercy of the train, so I don't arrive, at Union station until 9:40 or so but I will hustle over there and see you guys around 10. At the south end, Polk & Dearborn. Sound good? Haven't heard from Kerri. I know she's been super busy. Did you PM her?

Joe- I think anyone can attend ALA. That's the impression I get. I am waiting for Benita to see if she can get free passes from LT. I plan on going Sunday the 30th. I also planning on going Sunday of Lit Fest too! Enjoy the Sox game, my friend.

Joe, that is fantastic news. The answer to that request, unfortunately is "no". I don't have the time to record an audio book version of "Ghosts" at the moment. Once I save a little bit of money, my next goal will be to pay my good friend to do some art work for an illustrated version of the book. This is a long term goal, however.

I will say this, though: there are plenty of reviewer copies available for anyone on librarything who would like to review the book. Anyone who thinks they are the right audience for this book and is willing to write a review can request a free reviewer copy.

All I ask is that they email me directly at:

You can advertise this fact anywhere on librarything or goodreads that you like.

Unfortunately, other work these days prevents me from being as loud as I would like about my new book.

Thanks again for being an active advocate for the book!

Well, it has been delightful having you here in Seattle. And I look forward to many more occasions to Meet-Up. Was delighted to meet your charming wife and son. Safe travels home.

Whew! you guys must be sweating the photographers' sweat!
Hi Joe- Now I am past the halfway point in Benediction. I will not want this one to end. I read the brief part about the 2 brothers. I wanted more. I love those guys.
Gorgeous day today! I can take mid-80s without the humidity. Go Bulls! Go Hawks!
Joe- Hope you are having a great time in Seattle. I am loving Benediction, but you knew that anyway, didn't you. I still can't believe I haven't read his 2 earlier novels. Have you? You are missing some very warm weather in Chi-town. More rain and cooler temps arrive tomorrow.

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bright lights big city?
in re: your comment about being proud of your kids. parents try so very hard to do the 'right' thing. your reasoning makes sense to me, though never, alas, a parent myself. been interesting reading [[Pat Summitt]]'s book and learning more about what i've known for years: that she has been driven all her life to get her father to say he was proud of her and that he loved her. he finally did after her 3-peat. it raises interesting questions.

i'm inclined to be enthusiastic with children but typically save "proud" for adolescents and adults. in which vein, i'm proud of both Brittney Griner and Jason Collins and proud, too, to have been a foremother who came out as a student at Cal and as a professor in the workplace in Tennessee 30 years ago. interesting stories, i'll tell ya!

proud of you, too because parenting matters so much to you and your MBH. and for other reasons.
You all are a great bunch. I look forward to "doing lunch" or whatever with you when you are back in town. We especially need to be sure that some of the other LTers get a chance to do a great Meet-Up! I made a great haul at Elliott Bay: [The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door] (on your fine son's recommendation); [The Most Beautiful Walk in the World] (doesn't that sound like fun. Maybe we need to plan a Meet-Up in Paris!); [Breaking Blue] by Seattle's own Timothy Egan; Mary Roach's [Gulp]; and Alan Furst's [Red Gold]. Great reading ahead of me!!

Thanks for a great visit.
Joe- I just saw this. Sherman Alexie will be at Queen Anne Book Company, in Seattle on Saturday:
hey, Joe. will check out your pics. have a great time in NYC. i know you'll return w/ great stories and a ton of books.

Joe- where are you going to park? Just on the street somewhere? At least we only have to park once.
Joe- I would like to try to do the bookstore first, before the beer. I have to stay focused. Sue also offered to head over to Piece and get our table set up. We'll work it out. It does not look like Linda will be able to make it, so there should be 7 of us. Have a great time at the Bulls game but please be careful over there!

thanks for post and thread visit. eyes and hands maxed out between a volunteer project i've undertaken and trying to get outside for a few minutes a day, literally, in weather too cold and windy for mis ojos. yowch. they just want to snap shut like pestered clams. can't even finish Nao b/c of all those words near the end due to the stroke.

no rating for Regeneration? i'm listening to it. again. Peter Firth is scary good as the narrator. talk about gays in the military. between Sassoon and Owen, dear god. did you know Owen was killed one month before the armistice. jesus!

also loving Return of the native. Alan Rickman does the perfect drama queen in a book full of 'em. his Eustacia Vye is for to die.

gotta go rest the eyes and back to work. take care, chico. thanks for the shout out.
Hi Joe- Thanks for the Sandman link. I'll stop by. I hope to pick the Sandman series up again, one of these days. lad you are enjoying the Haruf.

Joe, I am sure you are right! Other books just keep muscling their way in front. *sigh* I need to physically get it out and put it on my nightstand.

Thank you so much for taking the time out to write a review! It means a lot to me.
Have a great reading year in 2013.


all our lives should be so wasted. thank you, thank you. off to the library page to see what books they have of his.

have an excellent weekend, my friend. if you see Sherlock, tell him Casey in Knoxville says, "hey!"
well that made me cry, and i'm not one for crying. god that's gorgeous. please, please post it on my page.
it wouldn't be presumptuous. i'd *love* it! more conversational-like. any time, any thing. :)
ah, you're the Lincoln book/film fan. well several somebodies went wacko over killer angels. hmmmmm. if you can hang in there with beloved, it's an amazing read. you may have difficulty b/c of things happening to children, which of course they did and worse than Morrison writes about, just as i'm having trouble with the death of Alexie's dog RIGHT AT THE DAMN BEGINNING! i am, however, going to soldier on. maybe it's that i balked at not so much his voice. hmmmm.

don't need to reply STAT, Joe. sounds like you have much to do. be stealthy on the snow, won't you?
eye r. i'm bouncing amongst Nao, City of glass, Orhan Pahmuk's 'Snow' (LP and over 700pp) and rereading M Frayn's 'Spies' in LP in the desperate hope that i can write some comments if not an actual review.

Bulls for you tonight, i'll bet. :)

in re: Beloved. you're a fan of 'Killer Angels,' que no? how about a trade: you try Beloved, i'll try KA? or do i misremember?
Beloved, say i after snooping at RD's comment. definitely. haven't read bluest but Beloved was completely gripping. very much enjoyed her narration as well, unusual for me to like it when an author narrates her/his own work. having a bit of trouble w/ Sherman Alexie's narration actually.

i'll leave you alone now. ;)
yes, it's curious i'n' it. i hope Peet's is really going to be able to maintain quality since being bought by the German Co. interesting article on it from SFGate. well, interesting to me given my 40-year relationship with Peet's.

JB's eyes lit up when i mentioned the special deal so i got to get her a wee giftie.
hey, Joe. you get Peet's news, yeah? flash: Sumatra Batak + Sumatra Batak Peaberry with FREE Shipping
Song of Solomon or Beloved...hard to choose between those two! Just not The Bluest Eye.

So with two votes, Beloved it is!
how have i not managed to tell you i'm really enjoying Nao. i spend time with her for a few pages before i go to bed about 4 a.m. i can get through about 4 pages. amazing. thanks so much.

Congratulations on not one...but two hot reviews!

It is interesting to note that so many of your favorite reads of 2012 were also ones that I highly ranked.
Hi Joe,

I'm trying to start a new thread and I'll be darned if I can find out how! Since you create a new one regularly - and I only do it once a year - could you help?

Thanks, Anne
Oh, goodness, Joe---with everything that's been going on in my life, I had forgotten to wonder if the books had arrived! I do hope they find favor with someone in your circle. And you are most welcome.
whoops, i thought you'd said Becca and i thought that interesting as i hadn't known she was a storyteller as well. i hope somebody does put Debbi up on one of the tubey sites some time.

i really wanted you, as a family of storytelling aficionados, to hear Donald Davis. he's particularly special to me b/c his humor is "mountain humor." these are the kinds of stories, and the kind of humor, enjoyed by people in the NC mtns from whence JB hails. the stories aren't very long and they're like peanuts. you can't stop with just one.

hope you get time to listen to one at some point.
thanks for the Bigelow link. interesting. "it's politics, man, politics" (Platoon)

hope your evening w/ Becca went well w/ the storytelling. speaking of which, that reminded me that i send you a cd in Dec. called 'listening for the crack of dawn.' did you ever get it?
That does look like a great book Dad, I will be looking to get my hands on a copy, thanks!
hiya, bud. i was just over visiting Mark and saw your comment about Bigelow's comments abt zero dark and the torture scenes. i was gobsmacked by hurt locker and very much want to see zero dark when it comes to dvd. she lived with James Cameron? ohmigawd. he's brilliant and scary. where'd you find her comments on the movie you mentioned to Mark?

re: 'behind . . . forevers,' i went and read a lot about it to give me perspective. downloaded a lot of images of Mumbai slums, including Annawadi, listened to a bit more and decided i want to read it as social commentary. it's incredibly well written.

JB's doing amazingly. these 2 surgeries have been brutal and they discharged her way too early from the 2nd one (her doc will go absolutely bat sh*t crazy when she tells him what they did) and i barely got her in the house. i've seen dead people who looked better. but she got through it. she saw Chris (her wondrous surgeon) yesterday. he's quite thrilled, enjoined her to be patient and she went to work today. she's so tough! all biopsies clean and clear. another PET scan in a few months.

mostly, i'm still goosebumping from "We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth."

his speech writer aced it and Obama knocked it out of the park. the man can infuriate me more and make me prouder than any President ever. *this* is the man i worked for and voted for in '08 and was despairing of in '12. he's a great orator. i'm hoping that in his second term, he can do more than aspire to greatness.

that i heard a Black President mention Seneca Falls and Stonewall in his Inauguration speech is beyond my wildest imaginings. i loved it that he said "to hear a King proclaim . . ."

Hi Joe- Sorry I wasn't clear about the Saturday comment. Our friends invited us, over this past weekend, for the Super Bowl on the 3rd. Why does that still sound so clumsy? LOL.
The Tarantino film just didn't work for me. Next film up is, Zero Dark Thirty, maybe next Sunday.

i put the remarkable creatures stuff up with the original entry on the book here.

i started 'behind the beautiful forevers' last night, having finished a Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James mystery, which i know you don't like, and it's going to be a tough one to read. well written but leaves me a bit in the slough of despond. is this something i really want to know?
Joe- I read the 1st 4 Sandman books and liked them. I will eventually return to the fold. Hope you guys had a good time at the play!

Really like your response to my last posting on The Silly Game.
you do know this, right? and i goofed. James huffled and i was thinking he whuffled. well!

The Four Friends by A.A. Milne

Ernest was an elephant, a great big fellow,
Leonard was a lion with a six foot tail,
George was a goat, and his beard was yellow,
And James was a very small snail.

Leonard had a stall, and a great big strong one,
Earnest had a manger, and its walls were thick,
George found a pen, but I think it was the wrong one,
And James sat down on a brick

Earnest started trumpeting, and cracked his manger,
Leonard started roaring, and shivered his stall,
James gave a huffle of a snail in danger
And nobody heard him at all.

Earnest started trumpeting and raised such a rumpus,
Leonard started roaring and trying to kick,
James went on a journey with the goats new compass
And he reached the end of his brick.

Ernest was an elephant and very well intentioned,
Leonard was a lion with a brave new tail,
George was a goat, as I think I have mentioned,
but James was only a snail.
hiya, Joe--long time no visit. BEASTLY 14 days and counting URI with 7 days of complete laryngitis. no talking bad enuff but no singing? and i'm in a Paul Simon Graceland mood? GNAAAAH! been doing the needful and going about in a blur. sneezles, wheezles, and, one suspects, phtheezles but fortunately didn't need any sorts or conditions of famous physicians to come hurrying round at the run. just doing the needful right now. JB goes in for followup surgery (ambulatory this time) Monday, so getting loins girded and furbished. ;)

hope to be back a bit this weekend but what with the NFL divisionals, Lady vols hoopies, resting, girding and furbishing, i dunno.

haven't even been able to lurk. ¡qué cosa!

oooh, just dropped eyes down to mark's comment re: Sailor Twain. ditto.

later on.
Joe: You've picked a good time, as I'll be in the attic today (Christmas decorations going back up, you know). I'll try to select a couple good Lockridges for you out of the duplicates box. I expect nothing in return. I have books and books that I'm always willing to send to a new home, and when I make an offer, it's without strings attached. When you're through with them, you can pass them on in whatever manner you like, or keep them forever.
Hi Joe- Sailor Twain is excellent! It's everything I love and look for in a GN. I will be singing this one's praises. I'll let you know how the other ones are. I hope work went well for you today.

Morning Joe- Good to hear from you! Sorry you didn't get the Ware book. I am also amazed that it sold out, for the awkward size and hefty price.
I'm suddenly flooded with GNs from the library. I'm still working on the Hobbit & Kings in Disguise. I have Sailor Twain up next. This one looks great. Have you heard about it? I also have The Nao of Brown, Drama by Raina Telgemeir and a Lilli Carre. Wow, I better get cracking.
I'm so glad you are joining us for A.K.! We have a terrific group forming over there. I would have never guessed it. See you at the Cafe!

Joe- Good to hear from you! Yes, an A.K. G.R. is happening Jan 1st:
Funny, I was planning on finally tackling this classic and enough fellow LTers expressed interest and now we are doing a Group Read with a decent crowd. I really need to plan ahead on this "big" reads, otherwise I'll never get to them.
Have you read "Kings in Disguise"? Stephen recommended this one and it has been very good. A depression era GN.

Hi Joe,

Be happy to share my eggnog recipe. It was passed down from my grandaunt.

6 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups brandy
1 tsp vanilla
Whipped cream
grated or ground nutmeg

In a bowl beat the eggs until they are frothy. Beat in the sugar, a little at a time, until the mixture is light and sort of ribbons when you lift the beater. Transfer the mixture to the top of a double boiler set over barely simmering water. Add the brandy and vanilla in a stream, whisking as you add them. Continue whisking until the mixture is thick and frothy and then remove from heat. Let the mixture cool. When serving, you can garnish with whipped cream and grated or ground nutmeg.

If your eggs are very fresh and you don't have anyone afraid or salmonella, you don't need to 'cook' the eggnog over the double boiler. If I'm able to get farm fresh eggs, the double boiler stays in the cupboard. :-)

Hope you enjoy! Merry Christmas!

i like that picture of you and walklover so much--just as a photograph--that i took liberties:

i'll take it right off. i just don't see photos like this very often. :)
that PBS show got me poking round about women artists and i found this image that i really rather like. read the blurb. the NERVE of Hals to have put his name to her work. unless, of course, she let him do it. but still . . .

not a great fan of Breughel myself but thanks to you found one i love and have posted on my thread at along w/ William Carlos Williams poem about same which is marvelous.

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Sounds good!
Hi Joe- Thanks for all the useful info! How far away is the Book Cellar from Powells? If you weren't going to be out out town, I was going to invite you for a beer. Maybe next time. Have a great trip to Orlando.

Morning Joe- Question for you: We are going into the city on Thursday ,spend the day and the night with our daughter. She lives off of Lincoln & George. She says there is a Powell's Bookstore close to her. Have you been to this one? And can you recommend another one, in that vicinity? Thanks! Happy voting!

" Food (provided by us) is a critical part of our relationship with our kids". Wow, I know exactly what you are talking about. LOL.

Joe- Thanks! I did see the Justin Cronin appearance in the Trib! It's very difficult to get downtown to see him on a work night. Maybe if he makes it out to the suburbs.
I have pre-ordered "The Twelve" and hope to read it in a few weeks. I appreciate the heads-up! I'll have to stop by the Cafe later. The daughter is here, so of course we are heading out for dinner.


Hi Joe- The Barbara Demick piece was in the main part of the Trib, page 20. It was called New Glitter, Old Gloom. Excellent piece on the current state of North Korea. I can't seem to find it anywhere to post. Maybe, you'll have better luck. I would love to share it.

Thanks Joe! Our old dog will be missed. I posted a puppy pic on my thread, to pay tribute.

Funny, I just saw a glowing review in EW about "Building Stories", so I immediately requested it from the library, although it could take awhile. It looks very good. What other Ware GNs could you recommend?

what a lovely man you are. not to worry. just a bit knackered. have much to say abt books and too tired to type it. reading approx 7 books, i reckon. 2 are outstanding. seasons must read girl who circumnavigated fairyland maybe you and walklvr as well. hare w/ amber eyes, recommended by Anne, is excellent, captivating. though non-fic, i rise from listening to it as from a dream. incroyable! lord how i wish i cld meet and talk to you. ah well. lucky to have internet, eh?

will wish list 'garden.' i am in book overwhelm.

Morning Joe- The only thing I find questionable about Top shelf, is the shipping. You'll have to let me know what you think of that. I did see Underwater Welder on Amazon for $13. It's nice it's paper. I saw that Brutten & Brightley was also available for $8. I also need to get that one for my limited collection of GNs.

Hi Joe- Have you seen the Top Shelf website yet? They are having a big GN sale. I might pick up Underwater Welder there. Great price.

Hi Joe,

I do vaguely remember talk about the Dr. Siri books but I don't remember the titles or author. Could you fill me in please?

I read "Crossing to Safety" years ago and remember loving it but I must admit that his last two that I read ("Spectator Bird and "Angle of Repose") were let-downs so I wonder if Crossing would still hold up for me? Looking forward to your review since there are so many new titles, I can't imagine attempting a re-read any time soon.

Hi Joe: Our friend Anne Fadiman is quoted in the following:

It's an obituary of a girl who was the subject of Fadiman's "The Spirit Moves You and You Fall Down", a book I've been meaning to read. The obit gives a good description of the book as well as its impact on the US medical community. Very inspiring.

It's a shame Fadiman doesn't write more but I think she spends most of her time teaching ... and reading!

Hi Joe- No problem! Next time I'll make it more clear. I feel bad since it sounds like it's a book you would want to keep. Have a good evening.

it being political and all, i didn't like to post this to your thread but thought you and your'n might enjoy it. my UU brothers and sisters love it--even the minister. ;)

makes me kinda proud to be an old woman.

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Hi Joe- I understand the hesitation of starting a new series, happens to me all the time, although it doesn't always stop me. LOL. I'm enjoying "shadow and Bone". Nice, easy and light.
Did I tell you I requested the new Lemire? Hopefully I'll get it soon.

too tarsome. it would seem to defeat the porpoise if you know it's coming, what? one hates to see a defeated porpoise. [i'm trying to channel Lord Peter]
Joe- Welcome Home! I sent the book out today! Hopefully you get it early next week. Enjoy. I really liked The Terracotta Dog. There work very well on audio too, if you ever want to give it a try.

oh, law. i'd meant to say don't even glance at it until you're through vacating and don't read it then if you've not a mind. it sounded like the sort of thing your family members might reflect on when not frolicking about in what sounds like heaven. beast!
i thought this might be of interest to you and possibly your'n: Human Rights in the Humanities. it's most thought-provoking. many of the issues addressed i've thought about in a half-arsed sort of way and have been overwhelmed. which i'd read this when i was still teaching. i contended mightily with these issues but really haven't the brain to get anywhere useful.

hope you're having fun and don't end up looking like Nero Wolfe, that super gourmand gourmet from all the comestibles you're, uh, comestibilating.

your trip sounded amazing. i'm so glad your whole family got to go together. what an extraordinary thing! give you joy. :)
hey Joe. hope you don't mind my filling in with dishes at Joe's whilst you're gone. people ask and i feel called. it's fun. takes the mind off things in a lovely way.


Hi Joe, I finally got around to posting a list of Sydney bookshops (and pubs) on your Cafe thread. Have a great time, and apologies for being so late, it's a madhouse at work (still).
Thanks for the comment. by The way I, I had a college classmate named Joe Welch - Penn State class of '59. You?
how odd. try this:

should be viewable for the general populace.

hey, dude. if you'll get some shots of your garden and send them to me, i'll shop and then post them to smugmug [i reject flickr]and you cld download them from there just as from any other site. it would be fun, though i don't promise flashing speed.

not sure which development in disco you're talking about. there were several: one with Dtui near the end, the story of Mr. Geung and, of course, Dr. Siri's now got rhythm. this was a hard book to follow in audio. i'm inclined to read it again but there's so much else to read . . . GNAH!
That is a great list!
*snort* OIC

wish i could've been at the book fair with you, too. wish i could've been at any book fair. i do miss going to book stores and engaging in excess. :)

i'm lucky, though, to have access to so many books now through so i have no room for complaint.

i've thought about a kindle but it would be just one more piece of non-recyclable stuff and my ability to read even large print is negligible so i doubt that it would be much improvement over reading an LP book over the course of a couple of months. i really do have plenty to read and given the length of time reading an audio book takes, more than enough to keep me busy and, you would think, content.

it's an odd thing about books, though. i have a difficulty with books, as do others, obviously, that i never had with food or with anything else, really. i never seem to have enough even when i already have more than i can possibly complete.

in re: the shibas. they spend a lot of time just now lying about with their nether regions exposed and, dabbling as i am with Paradise lost, having just passed the thrones and dominations part, i bethought me of the tree of knowledge and how lucky dogs, and other 'lesser' creatures, are never to have eaten thereof so that they may lie about exposed, ignorant, innocent and blissful and be deemed cute. i don't suppose that makes a bit of sense. :)

i've been thinking a lot lately about what the human brain has done to the world. i found the swerve, or rather, what i learned from it of de rerum natura, helpful. atoms. all atoms. only of course now we're down to sub-atomic particles, and after that, why, it's turtles all the way down! heh.

Joe, thanks for the suggestion, sound good. I'm adding it to the wishlist right away!

wish i could've been at the book fair with you, too. wish i could've been at any book fair. i do miss going to book stores and engaging in excess. :)

i'm lucky, though, to have access to so many books now through so i have no room for complaint.

i've thought about a kindle but it would be just one more piece of non-recyclable stuff and my ability to read even large print is negligible so i doubt that it would be much improvement over reading an LP book over the course of a couple of months. i really do have plenty to read and given the length of time reading an audio book takes, more than enough to keep me busy and, you would think, content.

it's an odd thing about books, though. i have a difficulty with books, as do others, obviously, that i never had with food or with anything else, really. i never seem to have enough even when i already have more than i can possibly complete.

in re: the shibas. they spend a lot of time just now lying about with their nether regions exposed and, dabbling as i am with Paradise lost, having just passed the thrones and dominations part, i bethought me of the tree of knowledge and how lucky dogs, and other 'lesser' creatures, are never to have eaten thereof so that they may lie about exposed, ignorant, innocent and blissful and be deemed cute. i don't suppose that makes a bit of sense. :)

i've been thinking a lot lately about what the human brain has done to the world. i found the swerve, or rather, what i learned from it of de rerum natura, helpful. atoms. all atoms. only of course now we're down to sub-atomic particles, and after that, why, it's turtles all the way down! heh.

sorry so long to reply. one thing and another. tell Debbie the shibas are back. i was desolate this weekend when mr. and mrs. sfshiba had the live cam off. i don't recognize them. they're hugeous. in another week, they'll be a hugeous riot. Dosha [pink collar] is going to be the wild one. she's already started shaking things fiercely. friday night it was her brother's leg, then her sister's leg and then her brother's penis. *sigh* so strong is her grip, so ferocious her attack that Dango never even woke up!

JB says she'd forgotten sierra dorada is a 'morning' coffee for working days, which is to say it's not a rich, smooth coffee but rather brighter than her usual preferences. she also uses it for iced coffee and through-the-day sipping. she says it's quite good for that kind of drinking--a not-paying-too-much-attention drinking. she's getting ready to have a sit-down cup now, though, and it's Sumatra. a whole nother thing.

you're very kind about the book reviews. i've only written two of any substance. i find it taxing to try to write reviews of audio books. i'm encouraged to try when the brain, eyes and hands are up to it. i find your reviews and Anne's and RD's so daunting that i find i'm reluctant. hindered by comparing mind! a familiar experience, alas.

oops. eyes quitting. must away.
Sounds great! My backpack is locked & loaded!
Hi Joe- Hey, I like hot & pretty! I'm catching the 8:45 train, puts me at Union Station an hour later. I think it'll take me 10 to 15 minutes to walk down, which should put me there around 10.If you hold tight at Starbucks. I'll meet you there. How does that sound?
I was looking at the fold-out in the Trib today. Wow! Lots of stuff to browse. How much $ should I bring? LOL.

'pends on how particular you are. Janet has at least 6 lbs of different types going at once. i bought her 2 or possibly 3 really good vacuum containers from Peet's and she keeps them for months in those, some unrefrigerated and some refrigerated. when i drank coffee, i was a grind it when you're ready to brew it person but i have horribly sensitive smell and taste, now, alas, somewhat distorted by noxious chemicals, so i'm very particular.

and no, Peet's doesn't pay me to shill for them. ;) anyway, a GOOD vacuum container, or containers, from somewhere is/are an excellent investment.

bottom line: depends on how well you store it and how picky you are about taste. and there are plenty of other blends you know you like. sierra dorada blend doens't come ariund very often so. . .what can i say?

beast, going to Australia. i wanna go to en zed but not gonna happen in this lifetime. that's alright. i have woodpeckers w/ babies outside the window and a raccoon (Agatha Raisin) who comes every day for din dins and will be bringing her raisinettes for din dins too when they're big enough. a yearly delight. we always have one mom, sometimes two, who bring cubs, usually in august.

thanks for the positive comments on my review. means a lot.
in case you didn't get an e-mail, Peet's is having a limited shipping [4 only] of the excellent Sierra Dorada. it's one of janet's favorites and your tastes seem similar. might be worth a try and freeze it if you must. i just ordered her 2 lbs. it's the only coffee she likes that's medium and bright rather than smooth and full. fwiw. :)
I thought it suited the book perfectly.

Did you see that some prune flagged my review? heh!
I just wanted to say that you have an insightful and impressive review of The Grapes of Wrath.
I just wanted to say that you have an insightful and impressive review of The Grapes of Wrath.
frankly, i don't think you'd like Ann Patchett all that much. Bel Canto maybe but probably not state of wonder. i still think you'd like case histories keep meaning to explicate but get too tired. lazy me. ;)

the capping's easy, although with this page i had to make 3 and put them together in Photoshop. i refuse to pay for, or learn how to use, a more elegant and advanced screencapper altho i do a fair amount of it. so very useful.

alors, mon vieux. off to order something at Joe's before you scarper.

thanks again.

thanks for sending me the info. here's a screencap of my home page which, seems to me, otter be the same thing you see when you leave me a message but apparently ain't.

nope. not there. we've got: Hot this Month, On this Day, Top wishlisted books and Featured Legacy Libraries. not there. so not there. WAAAAAAAH!

must've been somewhere, though, 'cause i've got eight thumbs.

thanks anyway, Joe.
wherever is the LT home page? when i hit librarything or home or just try, it sends me to my home page. tarsome.

have a good 'un. see you shortly at Joe's. :)

Hi Joe,

You asked if Greece was in turmoil and since it wasn't a bookish topic I thought I'd answer here. There certainly is a lot of suffering going on and the anger that arises from that is frightening. A cab driver told us that he used to pull in 700 euros per day and now was lucky to get 20 euros ($26) - basically the cost of our cab ride. He blamed the politicians and the bankers who he said "stole all our money".

In Crete, where we spent the most time, there didn't seem to be the same panic. Perhaps it's because Crete's main industry is agriculture which means a greater number of the population has employment. But they're not a separate entity and whatever befalls Greece as a whole becomes their problem too.

We had left by the time elections took place but they highlighted the mess. The leading parties can't agree on enough to form a coalition government and more radical parties on the right and left gained seats. One party, called "Golden Dawn" in English gained seven seats in Parliament, up from the one seat they held previously by the group's leader who has given the "Heil Hitler" salute during parliamentary meetings. After the election, when reporters had convened in a room to hear him talk about the small victory, (huge for them) his handlers began screaming that everyone should stand before he entered. Some were confused and stood and others left the room. He then proceeded to scream about immigrants being the downfall of the country and only true Greeks should be allowed to remain. All the screaming and rhetoric were very reminiscent of you-know-who.

A Greek economist (oh how devoted Americans become to CNN when away from home for a while) said that the social implications of these years of austerity leave Greece open to the same influences that affected Germany in the early thirties.

So, although we had a wonderful time and found the Greek people charming and hospitable, I don't think I would plan a visit there next year. I hope I'm wrong but it felt like we were there before something really fundamentally awful could be in the works.

There - I'll bet that's more than you wanted to know! Aren't you glad I didn't blab on about all this in the cafe and spoil the calm and good fellowship there?

Hi Joe- Yes, I've got over the lost address thing. LOL. If you want to bring a dessert that would be great. So, it doesn't look like the wife will make it, huh?


I should have known that Wikipedia would have the answer. Here's the story of how "Sweet Thursday" became the musical "Pipe Dream". Seems that Steinbeck was all for it at the beginning!
I love your photos :)
I am guessing which are your wife, daughter, mom and dad? sister? Best friend?

You look like the perfect smiling proprietor of Joe's Cafe :)

i'm working on a comment to your comment about Case Histories b/c what you said is both intriguing and apposite. it'll take me a while as i'm knackered after watching the lady vols lose to Baylor and watching Pat leave the court.

this is one of those things about which i'd love to have a conversation irl over a whatever for you and a glass of water for me in some great place like Joe's. :)
p.s. i'm fascinated that you read a book like Behind the Beautiful Forevers, than which it sounds as though one could scarcely find a book with more child horror, except some of the stuff out of various African countries. yet you shy away from, e.g. Case histories. i'm not quibbling. just interested in the difference for you. i have more difficulty with the real than with the fictional for the most part. stopped reading one of my favorite authors, Nevada Barr, when she suddenly went dark and got into horrible abuse stuff. i'm having a bit of a time with say you're one of them.

for me, i think it's that in Case histories, the focus is on the characters, relationships, and aftermath(s) or consequences as well as the complexities of the case histories that draws me in. it's not a book about abuse but about how we live with our histories, what we make of them or they make of us, and about the complexity of the histories themselves and the subjective nature of 'truth.' or do i mean fact? it's also about the wonderfully complex nature of human relationships and of all kinds of love.
a question about posting piccies to the cafe. my pics keep being too big. if i set the width and height in the html code proportional to the original but smaller, will that work to make the images smaller? i was looking at your lovely assam tea shot and when i view the image on it's own page, it's 600 x 600. on the thread, it looks at most 300 x 300. so i'm assuming you did that via the html? yes? no? if not, how? please and thank you. it will make me less of a space consumer.

What a brave read and excellent review of "Behind the Beautiful Forevers". I don't know if I could read this one but you made me want to.
so many of your favorite reads of 2011, are also my favorite books. We share very similar reading hab its.
Actually, I was surprised to learn that he lives outside Boston MA with his family. He was granted asylum by the United States in 2000.

Hi Joe- We can make it early, about 2. Maybe Debi could join us for a couple hours then too! so far it looks good for both Laura & Linda.

Funnily enough, I think it was "Case Histories" that was the tipping point for my "no murdered children" reading rule. Don't get me wrong, I loved the book (and all the sequels), but it was a very tough read at times.

And I seem to be violating my "no Holocaust stories" rule today, with my bookgroup read. Sigh. It's gonna be a tough few days getting through this one...
Yay! hee hee ;)
Joe- Actually, I just stumbled onto the true-crime GNs. I think the 1st was "The Green River Killer" by Jeff Jensen and then recently the "The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans". I plan on reading more, of course spaced out and will tag 'em true-crime. Enjoy your day.

i may have spoken too soon. you gotta check out his site. scroll down to 'the track layers' and 'norseman.'

no need to get back to me. you're going to need a secretary to help you keep up with all that goes on at Joe's place. take care of yourself. :)
found a drawing of Shaun Tan with his dad "based on a small photograph, probably taken in Malaysia."

in general, i like his illustrations better than his paintings. so much to love about his work. i'm going to want to own this book and i do try so hard not to be acquisitive.
Joe- I'm going with Saturday, March 24th, it's my weekend, so that works well for me. Other than Linda & Laura, can you think of anyone else we can pass the word too?

JB says if you like the Garuda, you'd probably go crazy over Maj Dickason's blend. she says, and i quote, "you have to like a very bold cup of coffee to like the Sumatra. very bold." she's such a coffee fanatic now that she has about 5 different kinds of coffee on hand at any given time b/c each coffee suits a different time of day or mood.

I’m pretty much home-bound now and she's a quiet soul so we don't go out and I’m no longer able to travel at all. Soooo, we carouse respectively on audiobooks and Peet's.

In re: teas, depends on what kind Debbi likes. i was a black tea drinker and rotated amongst the gold-tipped Assam, Lion Mt. Keemun, regular Keemun, Yunnan and the commoner Darjeelings. i always tried the fancier offerings but usually, except for the Lion Mt., preferred the less lofty varieties. i was never crazy about blends like English breakfast but lots of people like them. they do have samplers, too.

I’m not sure what their teabag offerings are if she uses tea bags. I couldn't abide tea bags unless forced. i liked the whole ritual of tea-making. If she's really keen on tea and makes it in the pot from loose leaves, the greatest gift in the world is an unglazed clay teapot. I have a wonderful little pot--makes about 2 cups or one mug--that i bought along w/ 4 small unglazed cups in Chinatown in the City about 35 years ago. It makes the most delicious cup of tea in the world. If you can't find one, hell, I’ll send you mine. I’m trying to find a home for it with someone who loves tea and would be appreciative of its simple beauty. I’ll see if I can get a good photo of it.

Off to watch the lady vols and hope they don't get clocked by the Georgia bulldogs. They’re struggling and nobody will acknowledge that it could possibly have anything to do w/ their coach having dementia and rheumatoid arthritis. Hello?

I wondered if I might send your review of The swerve to a troop in Afghanistan to whom I’m sending some other non-fiction books. He and his buddies share them. His interests are intriguing: Robert Fisk, Ahmed Rashid, Christopher Hitchens and others. I thought they might possibly be interested in [Swerve] even though it’s not political. Anyway, it’s something to write about.

Took a break before posting this to watch the lady vols come away with one. Whew!

Glad you liked the NPR segment. I found it delightful.
looks like you got to watch a good, or at least a high-scoring, one last night. hope you had fun. :)

i'm a women's college and pro hoops fan myself. whole 'nother thang. unfortunately, we're big lady vols fans so we're having a rough season because of pat summitt's diagnosis of early onset dementia. i don't know if you've seen anything about that. she's the coach who, along with coach k, was one of the two SI sportspeople of the year.

rats! wish i'd known about Debbi's tea drinking. i can't actually drink coffee or tea anymore but when i did, i also got all my tea from Peet's. i tried other brands but also came back to Alfred Peet's teas!

off to Joe's.
Hi - just wanted to let you know I enjoyed your review of The Swerve.


p.s. new pictures up on profile of JB, my SO. :)
Joe- No I haven't read Blood Red Road. I won an advance copy early last year and never got to it. We are going to do Fantasy Feb again this year, maybe I can squeeze it in.
Have a good one bud, see you at the Cafe later!

Hey Joe- Thanks for the suggestion. That's a great idea. I'm off tomorrow, so when I hit the library I'll see if they have a copy. I should have thought of that.
I heard the next book, in the Blood Red Road series is coming out soon. Have you heard this? I better get cracking on the 1st one.

happy new year, bud. '

i don't like the sound of you needing to quit work. what's up with that?

Joe's is super. love the atmosphere. it'll nicely replace smokey joe's in Berkeley--but with likker. ;) it's going to drag me away from some of my other hang out spots.

great idea.

I did it!!
Wow! I never would have figured that out.

Thank you, Joe.

No, I think I was just forgetful-it happens when your brain is overridden by playdough recipes and how to get fingerpaint out of dress pants ;)

And you are a celebrity around here, so it's no trouble to be associated with you ;)
I have no idea why I didn't just reveal myself before ;) I think I honestly just forgot I hadn't, and assumed I had, hee hee.
Morning Joe- Sorry to hear about the nasty bug! Hope it's on it's way out. Wow, another horrible Bears game! 3 in a row! Why do I watch? Enjoy your week, my friend!

Morning Joe- I haven't seen you around much this past week, so I thought I would check in. I picked up a beautiful library copy of "Habibi". As soon as I finish these "Last Man" GNs, I have here, I'll jump in. I'm also starting "Zone One". What's Christmas without zombies, right?
Not looking forward to the Bears game, but I'll watch it anyway, grumble, grumble.

Enjoy your day, sir!

Hi Joe,

I'm in complete agreement that Adrian was given short shrift since he was such a pivotal character. I think my biggest problem with the book was the bequest of the money and diary which of course set the story in motion. Other than this reason I really couldn't see the point. And Tony's ex-girlfriend (I forget her name at the moment) and her insistence that he should know of the existence of young Adrian when she wouldn't hand over the diary, baffled me.

I understand that Tony was happily oblivious to much but it seemed like a stretch to accuse him of being dim because he didn't know this character's life story - and that he was somehow culpable.

But the bits about memory were wonderful and that's why I want to reread it more carefully.

Hi Joe,

I'm interested in your thoughts about "The Sense of an Ending". Did you like it? Love it? Thought it was deserving of the Big Prize?

As you know I wasn't a fan but then couldn't get the book out of my mind. I've got it down for a reread - which I rarely do; too little books too little time, you know - and I have a feeling that I may come away with a new outlook.

Hello! Sorry for the delay in replying to your message! Life is pretty busy as the end of Fall semester is looming in the horizon.

Ah The Pickwick Papers! I guess it has more to do with the time I read it than anything else. I was just stepping into high school. I had discovered a new bookstore (which, sadly, no longer exists)and bought The Pickwick Papers from there. I was really excited about everything I read, every movie I saw, every song I listened to, basically about everything I did.

The book is a bit disjointed as most parts of the story was originally published as short sketches. But overall it worked for me. I found parts of it really funny and other more sombre parts touched my heart.

Hope that answers your question. :-)

Joe- I finished and really enjoyed "Fun & Games" and look forward to jumping into "Hell and Gone", but that won't be til January some time.
I picked up a couple more Y:The Last Man books from the library. I'm a big fan of this series.
Quite an ending for the Walking Dead, huh? Now, we wait til February. Boooooo....!

Hi Joe,

Thank you so much for your kind words about my review of The Swerve. Much appreciated!

Hi Joe- I hope you had a chance to start "Unbroken". It's a great read. Speaking of NF, I just started "In the Garden of Beasts" and this looks to be another winner.
I am really enjoying Fun and Games and I have the 2nd book in the trilogy, in the stacks. I believe the 3rd one comes out in March. I can also recommend "Expiration Date" and "Severance Package". Lots of fun!
Looking forward to the Bears game later. I'm anxious to see how they do. Enjoy your day!

Wait until you see my newest!
Thanks! Will probably be able to add a few more before the end of the year. Imagine what I'll be able to read in 2012 without having to take care of an organization for 8 months!
Joe! Hi!

Sorry I haven't written. I've been rather busy. But I haven't forgotten you. I'll send you a note as soon as I can, in all likelihood tomorrow. =)

Thanks for the patience!

Hi Joe,

I thought you might find this article of interest:

Have a nice weekend!

Hey Joe,

Thanks for your compliments on my English! That was really nice to ‘hear’. I still struggle (mostly with prepositions… those darned pesky things…*mumbles*), but reading does wonders to one’s vocabulary. =)

If you are ever short of a discussion partner for polishing your Spanish, let me know. I am sure you are much better at it than you let on. ;-)

An underground library! That sounds terrific! How did the opening go?

My weekend was great: we visited my family, including my baby brother, who turns every visit into an unforgettable adventure. You know how eight-year-olds are. ;-)

Did you start The Sense of an Ending? It sounds fascinating! I have never read anything by Julian Barnes. Is she as good as the critics keep saying?

Oh, I finished Blood Red Road. My goodness, Joe! That was one heck of a ride! The characters are not particularly deep, but interesting nonetheless: Saba is a tough, wild little beast of a girl with an unbending will; and the romantic interest is almost, almost clichéd, but their plights are compelling enough. The writing style isn’t much, though: it’s written with an accent of sorts, since the MC is supposed to be uneducated, and there are very few images and even less beautiful-sounding turns of phrases (nothing like The Book Thief, for example). But what I liked the most was the story: the world feels like taken right off a classic post-apocalyptic movie, with a kick: like a twist of lemon and a shot of hot sauce. The action starts right off the bat, and it hardly ever stalls. In short, it’s one of those fast-paced stories that really stand out, but it’s no literary wonder in itself. Good for one of those book funks that seem to haunt me of late.

I have been looking by a book, any book, by Murakami, but the only ones I have found are Norwegian Wood (in English) and Sputnik Sweetheart (in Spanish –I’m not fond of Spanish translations). Both are pricy, and I have no idea how good they are anyway. What do you think of those?
And I've actually been able to finish Tales From the Bed as well. Deciding soon what I'll start next to read on my train ride today. See you soon!
this guy is a good writer! his books are funny, gripping and very well written. i highly recommend them. it's the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnson. of course, he's paying me part of his royalties to say these things. ;)

he's a perfect writer for the silly book game. marvelous lines and lots of questions. fun!

Oh Joe, 1Q84 sounds delicious! Your review is absolutely wonderful. What a way to whet one's appetite! I don't know what it'll take me to find a copy, but I shall find one no matter what!

Nope, I've made no secret of my dislike for The Death Cure. Come think of it, The Scorch Trials wasn't all that great either; but TDC was not only a poor way to end the series, but a poorly written book all around. Limited concept, terrible execution. It’s just not fair: The Maze Runner promised so much! But TDC was so unsatisfying. The sentences were choppy, the ideas were constipated, and the characters were flat. I kept waiting for proof of the Gladers’ superior intelligence to shine through, but it never did. And the end was definitely rushed. Save yourself the trouble and come up with your own end: I’m sure it’ll be better than what Dashner gave us.

The Name of the Star sounds good. I have only read The 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, and while I loved the concept, the main character didn’t appeal to me. I wonder if the other books by Ms. Johnson are better on that respect?

I’m close to the end of Blood Red Road. It’s been an exhilarating ride, so far. I’ll give you more details when I’m done with it.

Other than BRR, I’m only reading some ARCs and a bunch of short stories in Spanish; nothing too thrilling so far. I won some Leslie DuBois books through the Member Giveaway program, and I think they’re pretty decent, but not Top Shelf material either.

How about you? Any interesting plans for the weekend?
Hi Joe: A family thing came up and it appears unlikely that I'll go, after all.

Sara Paretsky is coming to the library in Gurnee the following weekend so maybe I can make that one.
Hi Joe,

Missed me? xD

I'm sorry to hear Steinbeck's Ghost didn't hold up well. I'll put that one over in the freezer for a while, then.

I've heard a lot about the Oz books, but I don't think I've ever come across one. It makes me sad.

Have you read The Death Cure yet? Did you enjoy it? Tolerate it? Abhor it?

1Q84 sounds thrilling! Did you finish it? How did you like it? Pray tell!

Hi Joe: We are thinking of going to this book event.

Love is Murder Mini-Con
Saturday, November 12th, 2011, 2 to 4 PM
Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire
To register call (847) 634-3650 or visit
Featured authors are Raymond Benson, Michael Harvey, Jeffrey Small, and Robert Goldborough

Note: The Vernon Area Library event will be preceded by an Agatha Christie presentation with actress Betsy Means at 1 PM.

Oh my goodness Joe. "Follies" is such a great show! Lucky you. My daughter and I are planning to see it in NYC in January - if it lasts that long.

I've seen two professional productions so far and each has been wonderful. Have a great time.
thought this might amuse you.don't know why.

"'Squirrels have been criticized for hiding nuts in various places for future use and then forgetting the places. Well, Squirrels do not bother with minor details like that. They have other things on their mind, such as hiding more nuts where they can't find them'(Cuppy 1949)."

quoted in this article.

i am, or was, a great fan of Cuppy in my younger days. this makes me want to see if i can find an LP version of How to attract a wombat with which to amuse myself. :)

hope you're doing tolerably well.
Thanks so much Joe! My reading list has just swelled.

I just noticed that you live in Chicago! Last week I took a short vacation there and was amazed by your beautiful city. We went on the architectural cruise which was fabulous - we also spent time with old friends whom we hadn't seen in years.

We'd planned to go for a while by my interest was peaked when I read Erik Larson's "Devil in the White City". If I hadn't already read it, I probably would have picked up a copy while there since it seemed to be on sale everywhere we went.

Anyway, a great place to visit and, I'm sure, to live.

Hi Joe,

I see that you're awaiting the new Murakami book. I've heard so much about his books and there's a cover story from last week's New York Times Magazine (that I have yet to read). Have you read many of his books, and if so, which one would you recommend that I begin with?


PS: I'm currently narrating a book about grammar called "Origin of the Specious" by Patricia O'Connor (full of puns) and she says that split infinitives and ending sentences with prepositions are perfectly alright. So I've begun to wildly flout all the rules I was brought up to adhere to.
Morning Joe, just thought I'd come by and share my opinion of The Scorch Trials. I both liked it and was slightly disappointed with it. It carries on the story right where The Maze Runner left off. Lots of action, lots of twists. Interesting setting. But if you are looking for any answers, forget it. This book leaves you with more questions. I really hope the third book finally fills in the background and gives us the answers we need. I've posted a review and gave it 3 1/2 stars.

Have a great day,
Thanks for your additional comments. I think that most of the annotated editions are aimed at late adolescent students who, for example, know 'easy' in describing a person as meaning sexually available. I've also seen that different professor editors find different kinds of things that they feel should be explained. None of the annotated versions of anything are perfect, but I have had general good luck, with failures among them, with the Norton Critical Editions.

I think I will likely order the Norton Critical Edition of Persuasion mostly because I am used to them and have read the other Jane Austen novels in that format. I may end up with post modernist claptrap at the back of the book, or the essays may be as useful to my appreciation of the novel as those in Northanger Abbey. In any case, I'll be posting my reactions.

Good. I've been looking for a good book targeted to a younger audience, for a while. (I haven't forgotten A Little Princess --it's right up next after I finish TPB.) Thanks!

A Wrinkle in Time is on my Wishlist --my usual problem: I haven't been able to secure a copy. It's frustrating, living here and loving books written in English.

Gotta go for today.

Have a nice Thursday!
Regarding Westerfeld, you are not missing much, in my not-so-humble opinion. I feel like I wasted my time with this series. It sure is interesting to see a conservationist theme in a YA book for a change, but that is about all its appeal.

I will make sure to let you know how I like The Poisonwood Bible, when I'm done with it. The only 'bad' thing I can say against it so far: there are tiny traces of self-righteousness and tinges of preachiness showing here and there. I do hope it is just my imagination and the story turns out alright in the end... We'll see.

Question: How did you like "When You Reach Me", by Rebecca Stead? Would you recommend it?
Cry, the Beloved Country sounds very good. I'll bookmark it for future book orders. =) And I'll be eagerly waiting for your notes on Steinbeck's Ghost!

I just finished Specials, the third in the Uglies series. I have no idea how I made it that far. I found Tally, the main character, extremely irritating. Besides, the story has this problem than The Maze Runner and, to a much lesser extent, Catching Fire, presents: it repeats the same plot over and over, changing only context. Me no likey. =( Still, I found Specials to be much stronger than the first two (and I'm NOT reading the fourth book, thankyouverymuch). What did you think of those?

I'm reading The Poisonwood Bible at the moment, and loving every page. If I had known it'd be so much fun, I would have picked it up before. I didn't see it in your library. Have you read that one and disliked it, or not read it yet?
Hey Joe,

Your link made me chortle. Thank you so much for sharing!

Read anything interesting of late?
Hi Joe- I'll be watching for your thoughts on "The Ballad of Halo Jones". I picked up a new GN, from the library. It's called "Any Empire" by Nate Powell. I read a couple promising reviews. Have you heard of it?

Hi Joe- I'm glad you liked "The Firefly Brothers". He is a very good writer. I snagged a copy of his latest "The Revisionists" and I have a copy of his 1st book in the stacks.
I really enjoyed "Perdido". It felt like it took me forever but what a world he created. Next up, the mammoth "Dance with Dragons".
BTW- I'm going to an author event featuring Brian Selznick today. The new book looks fantastic. Hope you have a great Sunday and Go Bears!

I really enjoyed "I Am Messenger". Thanks for recommending it - and "Remarkable Creatures" as well. Plan to finish up "The Thin Man" and "Underground" before I begin any others
Thank you so much for that amazing quote, I really needed it!
Hi Joe, thanks for your note about manga graphic novels! I'd completely forgotten about Lone Wolf and Cub, I've got the entire set (can't believe I forgot about them, they take up most of a shelf!). Fabulous reading, but I do admit I had to take a break when young Mr Bear was born, I couldn't quite deal with the plot line for some months there.

I've also got a Usagi Yojimbo, it's probably the middle one in a series. Bought it years ago out of curiosity, have never read it. Maybe it's time to dust that one off.

I will *SO* keep my eyes open for "Vagabond" (oooh, I can order it at the local comic shop... must... resist...), it does sound right up my alley.

Sorry I didn't reply earlier, I've been off away from Sydney and my computer for a long weekend.

Thanks for the explanation, Joe. I'm learning! (Slowly!)
hey, Joe. good to hear from you, sweetie. i'm posting a bit but having some difficulty with my eyes that's preventing me from reading enough for the silly game even with large print. i miss playing and hope this is a flare and will pass in time.

i just finished visit from the goon squad. it was excellent though i'd like to have been able to read it in print as it moves about in time and i had a bit of difficulty keeping track of characters. i do recommend it highly.

have also discovered W. S. Merwin. i had no idea he was our poet laureate. i never do know who is. anyway, Rain in the trees is exceptional.

still lazing through Betjeman: A life. narratorlady does such a great job. it's really fun having a connection to the reader. :)

must post on the 'what are you listening to now' thread but have been lazy, i guess.

have tried Cry the beloved country but didn't get into it. are you listening or reading it visually? it was one my mother always said i should read and she was almost always right.

i wonder if you would like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. i read her Purple hibiscus w/ a knock-my-socks off narration by Lisette Lecat from NLS. i keep hoping they'll put more of her work in audio format w/ a good narrator. she's superb.

hope you're well and welcoming the beginning of fall. we had a hot summer so the cool down has been really welcome.

thanks so much for posting. i've gotten a bit out of touch what with one thing and another.


Hey Joe, I love the entire Three Pines series and already enjoyed the most recent one. I'm definitely on the bus to the village of Tree Pines!

Thanks for thinking of me,
Hi Joe- I'm going to have a lot of distractions today but I can't wait to get back to "Perdido". It did grab me right away. He is such an interesting writer. Did you read the "Chew" series? I'm reading Volume 2. This is a very cool graphic series.
Are you a fan of Philip K Dick? I finally got the audio of "Do Electric Sheep". I have never read him and look forward to checking it out. Have a good day!

Marcelo the martial artist? I like that thought. What a nice way to put it, too. Perfect, really. Mind if I borrow the imagery for my next book? ;-)

And hey, slam poetry? That sounds like a fantastic thing to do! A friend of mine is really into slam. But then, he (I call him Joe, by the way) is my age (late twenties), so he should have the "act like an adult" part nailed down by now. (Key word here being should. =D ) It never ocurred me to think what the whole experience would entail for tennaged performers. A perfect analogy for the case in point.

There is more I'd like to say on this, but I have to go. Duty calls. ;-)
Looking forward to it!

Have a nice evening, Joe. =)
Yes, that is the point exactly! The “rules” exist for a reason. I think the vast majority of people are unable to hold on to the freshness and openness of children *and* developing the maturity and rationality this world demands of adults. It is a very delicate balance to keep, I think. I still can’t manage to put it into words… It’s like… I don’t know, take innocence. Intellectually, that is an appealing trait. Dealing with people you can trust, guileless people who won’t be scheming against you, who won’t jump on your throat at the first chance, that is an alluring concept. But in practice, innocence doesn’t last long. The pure, the selfless, are either abused or eventually tainted by mischief. And that is just *one* aspect of the positive side within the Marcelo-spectrum.
Hey Joe,

This is the fourth or fifth time I try to 'hoist a signal flag' to you. I don't think LT was happy with my earlier messages, probably because they weren't written in Piratical as they should have been.

Sadly, as I tried to say before, I can't write in that manner without sounding beyond pathetic. Best I can do is try hard to mitigate a bit my strongLatino accent, and that is already pushing it. :P

You make so many good points on Marcelo it is impossible not to agree with you. Yes indeed, I remember that movie, "Big". I can't remember all the details, as I was a kid myself when I saw it on TV. I love stories like that one, in which a child has to deal with "grown-up stuff" and, as you say, brings 'that fresh, child-like perspective to the adult world'. Sadly, most of them focus too much on the silly, humorous aspects, or are all about the concept of role reversal (Vice Versa, Freaky Friday, and similars). Very few are as rich and intellectually stimulating as Marcelo the Book is.

I liked how Marcelo learned and evolved throughout the story. And I think Mr. Stork did a great job at making the reader get emotionally involved in the story. Or maybe it's just me being my usual sappy self? =) In any case, I could rationally understand why Marcelo had to work at the law firm for the summer, but a part of me didn't want him to; Wendell made my stomach turn; I was fascinated by Jasmine, et cetera. And oh dear, there are so many quotable lines in there! Aren't the best books always the most quotable ones?

And again, you are right: some of us...never grow up? Are better than others at... staying childish? Being immature? Or rather, keeping an open mind long enough to 'bend the rules' for the right reason?

This ended up being long. Sorry...
Ahoy Joe!

How are you liking this Talk Like a Pirate Day thingy going on in LT? =)

Sorry I didn’t write sooner: I hardly ever get on-line during the weekend. I hope yours was fun and pleasant.

I agree with you about Marcelo’s bravery. The guts, the spirit, the integrity it must have taken to make the choice he made! (Yes, I do realize he is a fictional character, thankyouverymuch =D ) That book has stayed with me. It has made me think about the dark parts of human nature and society as we know it. I can’t quite put into words what that story has made me feel and think. The only semi-coherent idea I’ve been able to hang on to is that, maybe, the world would be a nicer place if we could find a way to avoid being desensitized by ‘the rules of the real world’, that we’d all be better off if we at least dared to challenge them every now and then. Does that make sense?

What did you enjoy the most about Marcelo in the Real World?
Hi Joe- I'm looking forward to "Perdidio Street". It's a big book, I hope it reads quickly. I have his last 2 books, saved on audio. I was going to try getting back into the Jack Reacher series this month for S & S but I'm not sure it will work. I have another Wallander and another Fossum lined up too!
Enjoy your play today!

Morning Joe- How are you sir? Quick book update: I know you are a fan of the Michael Kelley series. I started "The Fifth Floor". I liked his 1st book but I'm really enjoying this one.
I also know you like Gilbert Hernandez. I read his "Chance in Hell". What a dark twisted guy this author is but there is something entrancing about these books.
I started the 6th "Last Man" book. I love this series. I plan on starting (FINALLY) "Perdidio Street Station". I know you loved this book.
Enjoy your Sunday and Go Bears!

Hi Joe- I'm only 60 pages into "The Last Werewolf" and it grabbed me right away. He is a really strong writer and I like his sense of humor. You might also enjoy "Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead". The lead is a different type of P.I.
I have like 6 graphics home right now from the library (it's crazy!). I'm currently reading "Emitown", which I think you would like and speaking of the Love & Rockets books, I have the 1st book in the trilogy "Chance in Hell". He is a quirky storyteller. I'm also going to try a modern western series called "Scalped: Indian Country", that I've heard good things about. Are you familiar?
Yes, the weather has been fantastic and it looks like it will continue. Have a great weekend!

A corking good story. Such a curious expression! Mind if I borrow it? ;)

Have you taken a peek at Ms. Roth's blog yet? The way her brain works is fascinating. I think she's an iNtuitive (remember that Talk thread on Myers-Briggs theory? You said your result was INFJ --that's iNtuitive).

I suspected her 'type' from the book, but her blog posts scream N to me, probably ENTP or ENFP. I think she (inadvertently or not) highlighted some MB personality traits in each of the five Factions. I'm working on a theory, but it's still in bits and pieces.

Anyway, I have the same reservations about "A World Without End". Besides, "Pillars" was a very hard read for me as it was, and I doubt I'll pick up WWE without a friend scolding me to read it. :(

Have a great weekend yourself, Joe. By all means, go out and enjoy all that sun!

Thank you, Joe! Your note cheered me up. I'm freezing here - the AC is set to "Preserve thanksgiving Turkey", I believe. Makes you wish October comes faster, brrr!

So good to know the weather has been merciful of you. I would be jealous, if it weren't because we're having deliciously typical 'Caracas weather' today: it's warm, sunny, cloudless, and all around pleasant. Finally! I can't wait for lunch break to feel it on my skin. =)

I stayed up late last night to finish Divergent. The next Hunger Games, indeed! I'm just hoping Tris doesn't go all PTSD like Katniss later. And oh my, what a writing style this young lady has! So straightforward, yet so beautiful. Plenty of gorgeous lines in there. I liked the world she created, too. I don't know if she meant it as a metaphor, a cautionary tale of sorts, or just as a sign of a hyperactive imagination, but I like it anyway. =)

Your current reads sound so interesting! Your Annotated Persuasion is making me jealous. Have fun! And LT recommends "The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England" to me since I read Ken Follet's "The Pillars of the Earth". A friend made me to. Have you read that one?

Hey Joe,

Thanks for the gentle reminder! You're absolutely right, and I'll post again in the right thread when the world stops spinning (my schedule is moving so fast it's making me dizzy!)

Sorry if I sounded... hypocritical by suggesting a new thread on the other one and then proceeding to resurrect an old thread myself. What an inconsistent, fickle, frivolous creature I must seem to you now! =)

I only intended to thank all those who encouraged me to pick up [Divergent], and I figured they were all subscribed to that thread already. Never meant to discuss the book or my latest reads there. But still, how inconsistent, fickle and frivolous of me! =)

You are also right on how interesting [Divergent] is. I'm falling hard for Tris. Hopefully I'll finish reading over the weekend and come back with fresh comments. I'm anxious to discuss it with all the spoilers I can conjure. ;-)

In another line, I hope the hurricane's side effects aren't causing you much trouble in Chicago? It's been raining buckets here for three days, yet Irene is about a thousand miles away. I want to say the two are unrelated, but I have a tendency towards conspiracy theories, so everything must be connected. :P

Again, thanks for your kind note. I'll take it to heart.

Stay dry,

Hi Joe, I just wanted to come by a give you a link to the September Series and Sequels Thread even though you have probably already seen this link somewhere in your LT travels, I've plastered it everywhere. Sure hope to see you there.


Hi Joe- Sorry I'm being such a ditz, on this horror thing. I'm not very far into "Locke & Key", so I'm not sure if it qualifies as horror but a nice blend of several genres. It is also nicely illustrated.
Sweet Tooth 2 is excellent. Enjoy. Much darker and twisted than the 1st.

Morning Joe- We've had some great weather, huh? Have you tried the graphic series "Locke & Key", by Joe Hill? I started the 1st volume and begins with much promise. I also picked up "Sweet Tooth Vol 3".

I stopped at Borders yesterday and finally bought a keeper copy of "Essex County" .This is actually my 1st graphic to own. Hooray. I also picked up "Blood Red Road". The 1st of a new fantasy YA series. Have you heard of it? Hope you have a great day, sir!

Hi Joe- How are you, stranger? Are you back in town? I saw your post on one of the Threads. I'm so glad you enjoyed "The Last Werewolf". I have my copy too, (lent out to a co-worker) and plan on starting it, once I get it back.
I'm well into [Divergent]. It's a perfect summer read. Fast & fun and based in a futuristic Chicago. I'm also enjoying a new graphic called "Anya's Ghost", which you would really like.
Hope all is well and you are staying cool.


** you should stop by "The Wind-Up Bird" Group Read. We had a lot of unanswered questions over there!
Hi Joe- Wow, what a dark & stormy morning. I few things to report: I'm currently reading the graphic "21: The Story of Roberto Clemente", one you might like. I just finished "Soulless". Have you read this series? If not, I think it might work for you. Maybe a bit light & romantic for me, but I liked it. Also enjoying "Wind-Up Bird", but what a strange trip this book is. Lastly, I'll be starting the 2nd Joe Pickett book (Finally!).
Hope you are having a nice Sunday!


Joe- Thanks for letting me know! Have a great time with your family in Michigan. I see you added "Dad". I read this many years ago. Quite haunting. I also loved his book "Birdy". Take care!

Hi Joe, thanks for the C.J. Box recommendation, I will definitely follow up on that. I would also like to return the favor, and recommend Craig Johnson's books to you. His series is based on a sherriff of a rural county in Wyoming and they are excellent.

By the way I love how you post your favorites of the year so I can come and browse through them! The ones that I have already read are ones that are on my favorites list too.

Here's to a good week,

Morning Joe- I am currently loving "Doc" and this one I will be highly recommending to everyone. I also have about a 100 pages left in the 1st "Preacher" book. Yes, this one is not for everyone, it's nasty, violent and profane and I kind of like it. He creates some interesting characters ,that's for sure.
Boy, I have a stack of graphics to catch up on, it's ridiculous. Looking forward to finally getting to "the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle", which I'll start at the end of the week.

Hope your weekend is going well!
Morning Joe- TIOLI is Take it Or Leave it challenge. I'm not sure how it works but I have enough literary challenges on my own to deal with. LOL. Like tackling some of these books off my shelf. It's amazing for all the reading I do, and audios, I barely make a dent.
Yes, I did forget "Too-Cool-Forgotten". I'll have to put it back on the list. Currently, I have 5 graphics I need to get to, which include Sweet Tooth 2, FAbles 2 and one called Lewis & Clark, which really looks good.
Once again, you will really like "The Sisters Brothers", start looking for it. Have a nice Sunday Joe!

Hi Joe,

I listened to Bossypants while driving to and from work and the only problem was trying not to throw back my head when I laughed - and drove.

I gave Dear Enemy to my darling daughter last Christmas and she took it on a business trip with her. She said it was one of the most pleasant airpline rides she's had in a long time - although she missed Judy and Jervis too.

Hi Joe- Thanks, I requested that "Strangers in Paradise" Book 2. Have you heard of Garth Ennis? He looks to have several interesting series going. I requested the 1st of the "Preacher" books.
How about the "Loveless" books. They are graphic westerns. Wow, how do we keep up?
Joe- Maybe you can help me out. I read "Strangers in Paradise Vol. 1" quite awhile ago and would like to move on to the next one. They don't list the books well here or in the books themselves, which is kind of a hassle.
Are you a fan of the "Fables" books? I just picked up Animal Farm, volume 2. Volume 1 was out. They look good.
I also picked up another Jeff Lemire, "The Nobody". I hope to get to the next "sweet tooth" soon.

Hi Joe, just stopped by to wish you a Happy Father's Day. Hope you had a good one. I just read Sweet Tooth and I quite liked it, I will have to give his Essex County series a try as well.

Thanks for worrying :D But it's not my first Mieville (I loved The City and The City, and Perdido) and not my first SF :D But I am more and more certain I need more Mieville to read :D
Hi Joe- Speaking of Sweet Tooth, I just picked up the 2nd volume, from the library. I only have a few pages left in "Autumn" by David Moody. It's the 1st of a zombie series. You might like it.
I need to get to more China Mieville. I may have asked this before, but have you read Marcus Sakey, he's a Chicago crime writer? His latest is getting some good buzz. His books are a lot of fun.

Hi Joe- Yes, we had a fantastic time up North! Actually, a bit wore out. Hope you had a nice weekend.
Here's the link:

later sir
Thanks again!
Thanks! I did not know that. I will go and do that now.
Hi Joe, Thanks for the "Friends" invitation. I am definitely going to continue with the Gervase Fen series, the first book intrigued me just enough to want to continue. I think I will skip Holy Disorders and go right to The Moving Toyshop for the next read. Thanks for letting me know about it. Enjoy your day!
I haven't read it. Will take a look at it after I finish the two books I'm reading at the moment. Is it available or is it boxed?
Oh yes, I worked on Neverwhere and The Moonstone and loved the Vane/Wimsey adaptations. It looks like a great season ahead. I hope you'll be able to catch them.

Hi Joe- I hope you had a nice holiday weekend too! Also, glad you are enjoying "White Rhino". It's been awhile since I read it, but I remember liking the dwarf character.
I really enjoyed "Starvation Lake". I think you will too. Lots of hockey. I'll be starting the 5th book in "the Last Man" series. These are a lot of fun! At least we have a short work week ahead of us.

Hi Joe,

Lifeline Theatre which specializes in the adaptation of books to the stage. It is Christina Calvit who has adapted a number of works for them some award winning. I haven't seen a draft yet but I have high hopes. There is more information here but I'll be sure to keep you posted next year.

Good luck with your "old lady."

That's a good idea, I think I'll hit Kafka up with a couple'a shorties first. Penal Colony sounds delightfully twisted. I'll let you know how I like 'em. ☺
Hey Joe, (I feel like Hendrix when I say that) thanks much for the tip on Vagabond. It seems that word of mouth is the only good way to get tips on manga. I've never seen a rating that good on amazon before. I will definitely check it out. I've been thinking about checking out Kafka, any suggestions on a good place to start? ☺
funny coincidence - I just looked at the thread for the game with answers and question quotes. I just finished Savage Run yesterday....
Hi Joe- I'm enjoying my day off. Looks like a good one to stay home. "Wife of the Gods" sounds really good. I wishlisted it. How can we ever keep up with these series books.
"Sweet Tooth" has been fantastic. Actually reminds me of "The Walking Dead" too, but in color.
BTW- If you would like my copy of "He Who Fears the Wolf", (I just posted my review), I could send it to you. Let me know!

Hi Joe- I just wanted to let you know, you will LOVE "Sweet Tooth" by Jeff Lemire. This is the same author of "Essex County". This one is post-apocalyptic. Picture Neil Gaiman doing a version of "The Road". I'm just over half-way through. Excellent stuff. Have you read "Starvation Lake"? It's by a Chicago writer. It's my next M & M.

Hi Joe

So some of your ancestors were MacFarlands? From where exactly? As far as I know one of the Glen ancestors married a MacFarland lassie when they still lived on the shores of Loch Lomond.

All best
Hi, Joe, Nice to hear you might be visiting Seattle. Let us know and maybe we can put together a small meet-up at the Elliott Bay. It was fun putting names and faces together.

Thanks for pushing me to read Hornet's Nest - I really enjoyed it. Wonder if there is anyone who wants to watch the movie with me?
Hi Joe- Nice to hear from you! How about this weather? Did we skip a couple months? I plan on reading another Brookmyre, he's a talented writer and he has a lot of books out there, plus a lot of fans.
I'm glad you are enjoying "Divergent". I think I might just buy that one, it looks like a book to pass around. It's based in Chicago, right?
I'm enjoying another Scandinavian crime series, called "Snow Angels" and I am also really enjoying "Britten & Brulightly". I'm reading it slowly, due to time restrictions but you will love this one! Go Bulls!


Who knew northern Afghnaistan could be so wondefully droll?

I've noticed we've similar interests. So, you've got to check these out. I'm sure you are familiar with many of them. Great stuff.
Hi Joe,

I read The Peach Keeper today. I hadn't planned on reading it all at once, but I got sucked right in. I really enjoyed it. It wasn't quite as funny as the others, but it was just as charming. There was even a guest appearance by Claire and Bay from Garden Spells. I felt satisfied at the end, as I did with all the others.

Hi Joe,

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed all three Sarah Addison Allen books so far, and that you're spreading the joy. My nice new hardcover copy of The Peach Keeper just arrived in the mail, so I'll be reading it soon. I'll let you know what I think of it.

I see you have Daddy-Long-Legs among your favourite books of 2010. Someone below mentioned the sequel, Dear Enemy, and I can strongly recommend it. It is about Judy's friend Sallie running the John Grier Home. I like it even better than DLL. The storyline is a little more complex, and there is good character development.

I hope you find lots of "happy" books to enjoy!

Hi Joe!
So I'm a suburbanite but for purposes of cross-country (and international) online interactions I've found it's easier to classify myself as "from Chicago". ;)

I see we have a wide variety of books in common, too. It's rare that I can find other readers ranging from YA stuff (Jordan Sonnenblick, Blue Balliet) to classics (Little Women, Anne of Green Gables) to contemporary favorites (Jim Butcher, Alexander McCall Smith, and - as you mentioned - Sarah Addison Allen)! I'm sure we've crossed paths on LT quite a bit but nice to officially "meet" you.

elbakerone / lisa :)
Hi Joe- Funny, I just got back from the library and I looked for "Britten and Brulightly" but DG doesn't have it. I will request it from elsewhere. I accidentally stumbled across the 1st volume in the Gotham Central series. Funny, because when I did a search for it awhile ago, it said it wasn't available. I'll let you know. I also brought home "Daytripper". Yah!

Hi Joe- Hope you had a nice time at the play! I need to get back to the "Stranger in Paradise" series. Thanks for the reminder.
I plan on starting "Radioactive" today, I'll let you know. Have a nice Easter weekend!

Hi Joe- I just wanted to give you a quick update. I finally got caught up with the Sandman companion, which is excellent by the way and read it through "Doll's House". So I started the 3rd, "Dream Country" and I'm about halfway through. It's interesting so far. Speaking of graphics, I have both "Daytripper & "Radioactive" from the library. Looking forward to them.
I'm also well into the 1st of a fantasy trilogy called "The Blade Itself" by Joe Abercrombie. I think you might really like these, plus all 3 have already been written. Yah! A guy at work is almost done with the 2nd one and loves it.
Are you an Atwood fan? I'm crazy about "Handmaids Tale"! Take care and go Bulls!

Thanks for telling me about her - I'm really enjoying the books. Just put the third one aside to read before sleep. You're a great reading companion!!
Happy Monday, Joe! Just wanted to stop on by and say a big thank you for recommending Daddy Long-Legs to me. I read it over the weekend during Dewey's 24-hr Read-a-thon, and it was a great way to kick it off. I just got a message on my thread from Alison/RidgewayGirl that there is a sequel - Dear Enemy - where she runs an orphanage herself. Did you know about this one?

Thanks again for the rec, it was a sweet treat to spend a little time with. Hope you are doing well!


p.s. Now I "have to" watch the Astaire movie again - oh, the horrible sacrifices I have to make in life! - so I can compare the book to the movie. What homework, hey?!?
Hi Joe- Hope you had a good time at the game! I didn't even check to see if they won. Hey congrats on winning the raffle! That's excellent. I looked up "Gotham Central" in my library system, only one library has it and they don't loan out. Bummer. Hope you have a nice week.

Morning Joe- I know you appreciate the super-hero graphics more than I do, so that's why I thought you might have heard of a couple of those titles.
"Civil War", is part of the Spiderman series. "Gotham Central, Vol. 1: In the Line of Duty", is a series told through the eyes of the police in Gotham. This looks very promising.
"Daytripper" sounds great, I'm going to request that one. I'm so glad you loved "Wise Man's Fear". I plan on getting to it, in the next couple months.
Have a good day and a nice time at the Bulls game. How many regular games are left, anyway?

Thanks for the titles, Joe.

Your Sox look like quite a powerhouse team this year. I have Konerko and Quentin on my fantasy team so I hope those two do well this season.
Hi Joe- How are you? I haven't seen you around LT much, hope all is well. I finished the 4th book in the "Last Man" series. Another little gem. I also started reading a few pages of the "Sandman Companion". I want to read the sections through "Doll House" before I start the 3rd book.
I was listening to a podcast recently and they were throwing out a bunch of highly recommended G.N.s.
Have you read any of these:
"Civil War" series
"Gotham central" series
"Radioactive" ???
They all sound really good. Have you sent me your daughter's link over here? I'd like to add her to my friends. Have a good weekend!

Thanks Joe...I will certainly look into it. I love light reading that I can just sink into and not have to think too hard I appreciate the recommendation! Have a great night!

My Thread
Nice to see you're reading The Sugar Queen now. I like it best of her books, but it's a close call. It is also a very good source of quotes for the Silly Book Game!

Where in sam hill is your thread? I'd like to stop by. . :D

I had a wonderful time talking with you! Friending you :)
Hi Joe- Hope you had a nice time yesterday. What is "my father i Michigan"? You may have mentioned it, I don't remember. Have a good week, my friend!

I noticed you on the Mystery/Crime thread re Jar City by Arnadular Indriason. Jar City is not a bad read - but the series improves so much after that first book. I'm in the midst of his fifth book in the series, Hypothermia, and the character development through the books is just great! I'm looking very forward to the release of his sixth book in the series "Outrage" which is supposed to be released in late June. I think he is an excellent author. Like Mark, I also enjoy Henning Mankell, and have read 5 in his Kurt Wallender series.

I also fav'd Mr Pettigrew's Last Stand for 2010. Such a charmer of a book.

Joe, it wa great to meet you yesterday. Hope we can get together again soon.
Good morning Joe! It was great to meet you as well. Thanks for the author of the Daddy Long-Legs book, I was going to ask you about it today! (I really should have brought a little notebook and pen yesterday.)

Hope you're having a nice Sunday morning, and hope we can all get together again soon!

Hi Joe- We had a great time too! We all seemed to have a nice chemistry, which really helps. Glad you liked the "Smithwicks"!! It's an excellent beer. Thanks again for the "Sandman Companion". Very nice of you! Have a nice Sunday!

Hi Joe- Thanks for the link. I have now joined the exciting Chicago Group! Moribund might be putting it mildly. Ha ha!
Hey, I ended up picking up Irish beer, Harps & Smithwicks. Sound good? How's your daughter feeling?


Joe- Thanks for letting me know! I hope she feels better and could end up coming! Beautiful day, isn't it?

Thanks! I thought of using it after #200, but I'm glad I waited.
I hope you're enjoying Garden Spells. Sarah Addison Allen has recently become one of my favourite authors.

Hi Joe,

A friend recommended "Understood Betsy" a couple of years ago and I was amazed that I'd never heard of it. Liked it so much that I re-read it last summer!

Hi Joe,

I've started to write about books again, although I bit sparingly due to lack of time.

Thanks for asking!

Hi Joe,

I haven't started another diary this year yet but I might. If so, I'll let you know. I found that writing reviews took too much of my time and I have less free time this year than last. But perhaps I'll just write about the books I've enjoyed or have just sparked an emotional response instead of every one I read.

Just finished Michael Frayn's excellent memoir "My Father's Fortune" and it occurs to me that my reading choices this year haven't moved me as much as this one. Perhaps this is why I've been reluctant to write. In any case, thanks for asking. I look forward to hearing about your choices too,

Hi Joe- That's great news! Is she up for some serious book talk? LOL! I'm nearly halfway through "American Born Chinese". It's been very good. Hope you are having a nice Sunday!

Hi Joe,

I had heard that there's an Italian TV series made of the Camilleri books and wondered if it was any good, so thanks for the thumbs up. I'll have to go look for the DVDs.

I haven't read the entire series yet, but I think I only have another 3 to go.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Hi Joe- I don't think you mentioned the Jeff Smith graphic. I'll stop by and see if my library system has it. I appreciate it. About 120 pages left in "Name of the Wind". It's been very good, not what I expected.

Hi Joe- Good question! I'm off tomorrow, so I'm going to start pinning people down on who can make it. I'll need some numbers, so I can move forward. It's less than a month away. Just let me know when you can! If you can come for a couple hours ,that would be great!
Did you see my last msg? I'm loving "Name of the Wind"!

Joe- Glad to hear you are doing so well on your recovery! Good for you! Funny, I'm picking up "American Born Chinese" from the library. I must have seen it on another Best List. I'm currently reading "Maus II". This is amazing stuff! I'll also be picking up "Doll House", the 2nd Sandman book. Aren't libraries wonderful?
Read another nice chunk of "Name of the Wind". Wow, good stuff! Have a good weekend, my friend!

Hi, Joe~

I was fairly sure you were the right person. Good for my little brain!

I, too, thought Fire was better written, though not a better story. I had been afraid it would be hard to follow, but it wasn't. I suppose Bitterblue will tie them all together. We need more of Lech's story, even though he's a villain. I'll have to wait for the pb version of BB, as I have a limited book-buying-budget.

Later, Tater.

Hi Joe- How are you? A quick update: I ended up really enjoying "The Windup Girl". I know it didn't quite work for you and I can see why, it's not an easy read but it all pulled together for me.
I just started "Name of the Wind" and I love the way it begins. This is going to be great.
One we will be agreeing on, is "Black Hole". I only have a few pages left but I just don't get it. Some interesting ideas, mixed with trippy, disturbing imagery. Not for me either! See ya!


I'm so embarrassed because I cannot remember if you are the person who wanted to know what I thought of Fire. I must be having a CRAFT moment! lol

At any rate, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was an easy read and had enough twists and turns to keep me interested -- also liked the main characters. I would like to know, however, what became of Mila and Nash. Maybe Cashore will tell us in her next book.

I know losing two fingers isn't funny, but I had to laugh when Fire was relearning to play the fiddle. It reminded me of that old joke. You know the one. This fellow had a couple of fingers removed (or something) and asked the doctor if he'd be able to play the violin. When the doctor told him he would, he said, "Great! I never could before." Yeah, I know -- corny.

You'd probably like the books by Maggie Stiefvater. She has some really good YA books, and at least one more is on the way.


Hi Joe- I'm so glad you enjoyed "Essex County". It's proof how deep and effective a graphic can go! It is one that has stuck with me for a long while, after finishing it. I loved how the stories were so perfectly linked.
I barely started "Black Hole" and it's a big book. "Windup Girl" is a slower read and I'm taking my time with that one. How are you coming with "Leviathan"? Any thoughts?
And yes, I'm loving the warm-up. I can't wait until this snow is out of here. Take care!

Hi Joe- Thanks for the update! I'm glad you are recovering at a decent pace! I just finished "Leviathan". It's very good. I think you will love it. What did you think of the "Uglies" series? It sounds interesting.
Next up: "The Maze Runner". I know you liked this one. You also enjoyed the 2nd book, right? Have you read "The Windup Girl"? That will be my 3rd read. Have a good weekend!

Hi Joe - I heard it got nasty in Chicago!!! Apparently the lake went wild and people were stuck on the road in some places! We've got a cold snap, but it isn't too bad. I was just up by Lake Superior, and it's frozen solid and therefore well behaved.

I was thinking about starting the thread. I'd like to do something for black history month, so I'll do that today or tomorrow.

Hi Joe- I'm so glad the surgery went well and you'll be returning to work in no time. You'll be a new man! I really like Mankell's writing. I agree I wouldn't want a steady diet of this dark tone but he is a top-notch author.
I read the 1st Jack Reacher a couple years ago but never pursued it. I have the next 2 books somewhere, maybe I'll get to them at some point.
I'm getting pumped about Fantasy February. hope to see you over there. I will kick it off with "Leviathan". Also, I started the graphic of "The Alchemist". I own but have never read the original novel. Have you?
Have a good weekend!

Hi Joe- Did you have your surgery? If so, I hope everything went well. Let me know! I started the 3rd Kurt Wallander book, "The White Lioness" and it's been very good. Trying to finish it before "FF" begins!
How you you liking "Grandville"?

You mentioned The Lost Books of the Odyssey on "What Are You reading The Week?" Have you read Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad? It's the Odyssey from Penelope's perspective waiting at home. It's a great read and very quick!
Hi Joe- What a great game, huh? Looking forward to Sunday! This will be our Super Bowl!
I finally started a Fantasy February Thread. Stop by with your expertise:

Have a good day!


btw- Loving "Chew"
Even though I wasn't as impressed with this one as I have been by some of the others, I will definitely finish the alphabet. I need to check, but not sure I have put the entire list of the ones I've already read on my list.

Have a great weekend - know you have someone pretty wonderful to share it with.
Thanks for adding me as an interesting library, PandorasRequiem! Looks like we have a whole lot of books in common. I've added yours as an interesting library, too. What did you think of the Night Bookmobile? I've had it recommended.

Best wishes - Joe
posted by jnwelch at 6:10 pm (EST) on Dec 3, 2010

Hello there, Joe! :)

First off, thank you for the comment and the add back to your Collection Of The Interesting (Libraries) Of Others. We do share some marvelous works, don't we? 212 my goodness! What a delightful and varied collection, as well! I'm not sure who that compliments more... Me? Or you? Lol! Both of us! :)

Also, apologies for not responding to your comment earlier; it has been a very hectic New Year for me so far! But, now that I am here, I wanted to answer your question (above). I don't actually have a copy of "The Night Bookmobile", yet. It only exists on my Wishlist so far. Sorry for the confusion. It looks like a wonderful book though! I wish I had a copy of it! Have you read it? Or has it just been recommended to you? I'd be interested in hearing what you thought of it.

Much Bliss & Happy Reading,
Joe- No problem! I thought you may have expressed interest before! I don't save a lot of books, I like to keep them circulating. Loving "Unbroken". Go Bears!!

Hi Joe- Did you ever find a copy of "The Devotion of Suspect X"? I have an ARC, that a friend returned to me, if you would like it, it's yours and then you can pass it on. It's a strong mystery novel. Let me Know!
BTW- "Unbroken" is incredible!

Thanks Joe!
That thread does seem very interesting.

No problem Joe! I understand and I sure didn't want to start bugging you, which no one likes. We're able to communicate pretty good the way it is!
I finished and enjoyed "Grandville". Talbot has quite an imagination. I'll be starting "Ghostopolis" later tonight. And lastly, I loved "Major Pettigrew". I'm working on a review! Later!

Happy New Year Joe!
You are always doing some exciting stuff! I admire that. I haven't been to a play in years. I"m so glad to make your acquaintance over here. It's been a lot of fun and look forward to much more in the coming year! Have a nice weekend!

Hi Joe- Are you off until Monday? I have to work tomorrow but at least I'll have a 2 day weekend.
Here's my 2011 Thread:

Hi Joe- Glad you are enjoying "Revolution". Great stuff, right? I love her descriptions of music too! I'm not a musician but I'm a big music lover.
I'm loving "Major Pettigrew". I thought it might be a bit on the lighter side but there is just enough "edge", which I like. "Grandville" is very interesting, beautifully illustrated. I hope to knock out a chunk later tonight. Have you stopped by my '11 Thread yet? Once again, I'd like to see you start your own thread over there. You know you would have at least one constant visitor!

Joe- I saw that you were reading "Revolution", so I had to swing by! Boy, I loved that book! I lent a friend at work my copy and she's loving it too! We need to get everyone onboard with that one.
BTW- I just started "Major Pettigrew". I know that's one you were crazy about and I really like the way it begins. Also great Bears game Sunday, how about it?


I hope you and your family had a great Christmas! It looks like you went out of town. I hope that all went well. Check with me on your return!

Thanks Joe for the heads up about Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. I am taking part in a group read of it in January on the 11 in 11 Challenge. Looking forward to it even more with your glowing recommendation.

I love it!
Joe- All I can say is...OMG!!

Hi Joe- Hope you had a nice time at the game and had a safe trip back home. I read the 1st 2 "DMZ" books. I liked them and will probably return to them at some point. I actually prefer the "Last Man" series, maybe for their brevity.
I like "100 Bullets" so far. Very gritty & urban. I'll keep you filled in. I'm loving "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" and will then move onto "Fingersmith".
Have a great day and GO Bears!!
Joe- I wanted to swing by and let you know, I finished "Local" and thought it was excellent. I'm so impressed with this medium and will be looking for more of his work. I also finished "The Ask and the Answer". What a good series! I also have the 3rd book on audio, but I probably won't get to it, for a couple months. Back to graphics: Have you tried the "100 Bullets" series? It's crime based and Chicago based. I just started the 1st volume. Have a good weekend and Go Bears!

Hi Joe- Great Bears game, huh? I'm getting excited. That's great your whole family reads graphics. I wish I could get my gang involved.
I signed up for a newsletter called The Graphic Novel Reporter-
I've been getting some interested titles from them, including the TenNapel books. Check it out.
Have you read "The Name of the Wind"? I just picked up a copy. I've heard terrific buzz on this fantasy book. Really enjoying "Local"!

Hi Joe- Hope you are having a good weekend! So is the "Strangers in Paradise" series worth reading? It looks interesting. I started "Local". It begins with much promise. Did you say you read "The Last Man" series? Sorry if I don't remember. If not, it's a lot of fun. Have you read Doug TenNapel? I've been hearing some nice buzz about his work.
I just started the audio of "The Ask and the Answer". These are very interesting books. Have a good Sunday and Go Bears!!!

Hi Joe- I guess we are getting serious about this Chicago get-together. Tamara set up a thread for it: Stop by and leave a comment.
I just started "Jane Eyre" and it's excellent. Big surprise right? I'll also be picking up 2 graphics tomorrow, "Blankets" & "Local". Very excited about those. Hope your week is going well.

hi joe-- :D

i confess i beetled over to see your new pics the moment they were up but my hands were a bit wonky so i didn't reply that day and then one thing led to another. i do love your pictures. they're all great and my faves are the primary pic, the one of your wife (i assume) hugging you, the one with the two great women, one in purple and one in a floral outfit, and the one of you acting like you've just sunk a birdie on the back nine at Pebble Beach. ;)

i've been waiting for my eyes and hands to improve a bit so i can return to the silly book game. i'm going to the library tomorrow and will see if i can find a suitable large print book to encourage me. :)

glad you miss me. i miss you too and shall be back soon. thanks so much for the note.
Hi Joe- Yes, waiting until after the holidays, is a good idea! Lets just remind each other. I'm enjoying "Room". It might not be as incredible as the reviews made it out but it's pretty good. There's an unsettling tone to the book, but nothing graphic.
I loved Jeff Shaara's Civil War books and I have the 1st of his World War I books but I have not yet read it. I made a mistake about the book "Revolution" by Jennifer Donnelly. It's not a graphic but a YA. I picked up my copy from the library. It's over 450 pages. Yikes but I've heard great things about it. Also I'm half-way through "Walking Dead" volume 2. And lastly, I received an excellent used copy of "Major Pettigrew" today. I hope to get to it by the end of the year.Later!

Joe- Good to hear from you! Yes, I like your description of the "classics". I really can't think of to many times, when I was disappointed in one. Speaking of graphics, I've heard glowing reports on one called "Revolution" and "The Night Bookmobile" by Audrey Niffenegger, (an author I have never read). Both are brand new.
That's great you ordered "The Guards". I hope it lives up to my immense praise. It really is a great series. Later!

Hi Joe- Let's completely bypass that awful Bears game, okay! I like the fact that you mix so many classics in with your regular reading. I'm going to try doing that more next year. A couple of us are going to read "Jane Eyre", in early December. My first time, sad to say!
I've been deeply immersed in the graphics lately. I just started one you might like: "Fell: Feral City" by Warren Ellis. It's very dark and twisted. My son is reading the 2nd "Walking Dead" book, which I'll read too! Have you read Ken Bruen? If not, try to find a copy of "The Guards". I'm reading the 4th Jack Taylor book and he's an amazing writer. Have a great week!

Hi Joe, I finished The 47 Ronin Story and I rated it a 4 star read. From what I know about the original story, I think this author captured the legend and turned it into a very readable book. He kept it simple yet managed to provide a pretty good insight into the characters' motivation. I think you will enjoy this book when you get a chance to get to it. I've posted a review as well.
Will do, Joe. I'll get back to you.

my first Pratchett was [Night Watch] and i loved it so much that i started at the beginning with [The colour of magic]. i was irretrievably besotted with Pratchett and discworld. however, my sense of your tastes is that you should probably start with the audiobook Wyrd Sisters narrated by Celia Imrie. actually, my preference would be to be able to have the print copy for reference whilst listening to the audiobook. go here and listen to the narration till you get to the witches. just a minute or so in and see what you think.

Nigel Planer's narrations of the first two discworld books Colour of Magic and its sequel, The Light Fantastic, are marvelous as are the books.

'fifth elephant' wasn't one of my favorites. i liked it but it wouldn't be my recommendation as a starting point. i think it helps to be familiar with the discworld although it certainly isn't essential as each book stands on its own quite well.

hey, duuuuude. ;)

saw your post on Andre Kertesz on another silly book game. gonna see if i can get the book via inter-library loan. i assume you know Edward Steichen and i wanted to recommend photojournalist James Nachtwey as well. i don't know what he's done since 9/11.

hope you're doing well. we're too warm and too dry here in Knoxville. i did see a bit en passant on a local 'news' program called 'live at 5 at 4,' if that conveys anything to you, to the effect that god has been good to us this year by providing such nice warm weather for a local outdoors event. last year it rained on our drought and spoiled the partay.

seems ironic, somehow, that i just finished reading Pratchett's Small gods. i don't believe he mentions the propensity of deities large or small to tinker with weather to please individual tastes, but he comes close.

when are you going to put up a new picture? your fan club is waiting.


Oh yes cannot recommend The Celestial Omnibus and Other Stories enough. These short stories are wonderful little creations of his. There is something about these stories with a touch of the mythical that I found refreshing.
Hi! Thanks for the Interesting Library add! We do have a lot of books as well as two favourite authors in common.

I read E.M. Forster for the first time last year and thought his writing was excellent. Complex but wonderful. Both of my reads A Passage to India and The Celestial Omnibus and Other Stories ended up as two of my best reads of the year.

Once again, thank you!

Hi Joe- Yes, I agree! What a dismal game! Hopefully they can put it behind them and move on. Thankfully, the defense did a decent job, otherwise it could have got even uglier! Later!

Hi Joe- Funny, I was just going to mention that "The Walking Dead" is going to be a series. It starts on Halloween on AMC. We just watched the trailer and it looks very good:
I'll keep you posted on "Fun Home", I plan on starting it later.
Speaking of zombies: have you read "World War Z"? It is a modern horror classic!

Hi Joe- I go a bit nutty when I like new stuff ( I think we all do), so I picked up "Fun Home" (a rec by Stephen), "Asterios Polyp", (I think several LTers recommended this one) and "The Walking Dead: Book 1". This one looks like a lot of fun, actually my son snagged it and is reading it right now. Did you read these?
BTW- I'm really enjoying [Mockingjay]! Later!

Joe- Thanks for all the great info! I was never much of a comic book reader but I am so glad LT turned me on to graphics. They are perfect "in between" books. I reserved "The Hunter". Is the 2nd volume out yet? Have you read the original Richard Stark books? I think I read the first couple.
I have read "The Arrival", it was excellent and so was "Hugo Cabret", which might still be my favorite, although "Essex County" is closing in. I've added "Local" to the list. I have read the first 2 DMZ books by him. Have you tried those? I've also added "Britten and Brulightly".
Have a great Sunday
Hi Joe- I remembered that you liked graphic novels! I just finished "Essex County" by Jeff Lemire and it was an excellent book, a nice reminder how effective this format can be. I highly recommend it. I also see they are doing Richard Stark's Hunter series in graphic form. The first one being "Parker: The Hunter" by Darwyn Cooke. I just requested it. What are a couple of your favorites? I like to keep a list for future reference. Have a good weekend and GO Bears!

Why, thank you very much! I appreciate your efforts. I just wish I could do more to stop this book from being put out of reach of teenagers. *sigh* Not being a US resident sucks.

See you over the thread later,

Hey Joe,

This is just a quick note to let you know I just started this topic on the Read YA Lit group about book banning. It deals with the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I thought you might find it interesting, and perhaps you'd be willing to share your opinion on it?

Please stop by, whenever you can find the time. This is the link to my thread:

Thanks for your time, Joe. Regards.
Hey there, Joe!

This is my letting you know I recently found (and read) [Thirteen Reasons Why]. I really, really liked it! Thank you and Becca for the recommendation, it was spot-on. As you predicted, it most certainly grabbed me.

I just finished it (earlier today) and I'm still trying to organize my thoughts about it, but I'll be posting a review some time soon. I'd love to discuss this book with you, before or after said review. I don't "know" anyone else who has read this book other than you and Becca, so I'm seriously hungry for discussion. ;-)

Anyway, thanks again for the suggestion. Have a great day!

Hey. I asked on the forums. Some answers...
Well Joe, you've made my day with your lovely comment. I see that we share 23 books and probably many more....I haven't listed all I've read.

I'm off to read the bio and some poetry of John Betjeman who was a beloved English poet. Mirrordrum directed me to a youtube listing of his by him. This is a treasure trove for a narrator! So armed with that and your kind words, it should be a good day.

I hope you have a good one too.


Yes - growing and building up!
Hi Joe- Thanks for the update! Funny, I pre-ordered "Mockinjay",(it's the last book in The Hunger Games trilogy) and to spend more than 25 bucks, I ordered both "The Windup Girl" & "The City and the City", both softcovers for ten bucks each. I have not read either author. When do we find time to read all these books?
I started "The Passage" and I think this is going to be a winner. Take care, my friend!

Hey, I could care less about what he does or doesnt write its just the majority of the time its kids or teens excited about reading a book that write those posts. I just dont understand why someone would want to discourage their excitement? I think its great they come on this site to begin with and the more positive feedback only leads to them wanting to read more. Thanks for the note - I wasnt trying to be a stick in the mud lol.. I just hate the negative nans :)
Hi Joe- Hot enough for you? I'm looking forward to a break in this steamy stuff! So you've read "The Knife of Never.."? Man, you get around! I like your taste in variety. Have you read the next book in the series? I just started "The Chicago Way" and it's been pretty good. Loving the Group Read of "Once and Future King". It's been excellent. I also just got a dvd copy of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". Looking forward to it. I'll save "Hornet's Nest", the book, for later in the year! Take care and have a good weekend!

I hadn't realized you had never read the Green Knowe series-I read all of them when I was younger-I absolutely loved them!
You are very welcome!!
Hi Joe- I'm so sorry to hear about your mother! And yes, it doesn't matter how old we are, it hurts!
I lost both my folks and it's no fun.
"Major Pettigrew" is all-ready on my wishlist! I hope I can get to it sometime this year! Hope you have a good safe holiday weekend! Take care!

Hi Joe- How are you! Just thought I would stop by and say hi! I've been reading some terrific books lately and all I would recommend to you, especially now that I know you have an impressive range and are not just a crime-lover! Ha ha! I loved "WAR" by Sebastian Junger, (he really is an excellent writer). I just finished "American Salvage". It's a short story collection that takes place in mostly rural Michigan and was fantastic! I also have been listening to "So Cold the River" and it's been a real nice surprise, reminding me of "The Shining" in some ways! Hope your reading is going well too! Later!

Oh, now you're making me think! I did like the book, but I doubt it will be my favorite of the year. I gave it three stars, which for me is a little above average. I'm kind of stingy with stars. Major Pettigrew is a neat main character and it was enjoyable to watch him evolve. His shallow son, Roger, seemed to eventually see the light. For a first novel, Simonson was able to show the changes of her characters with some nuance. I would definitely read any subsequent books by the same author. However, the main thing that was lacking for me was a driving narrative. Nothing drove me to pick up the book, unlike many others I've read this year, notably the Millenium trilogy, The Book Thief, The Help, and Every Last One (Anna Qundlen's newest). I do require my favorite books to compel me to read them, and this one was not that compelling until the very end.

What made the book your favorite so far? (And thanks for making me think about it.)
Hey Joe,

Thank you once more for your detailed recommendations. It so very pleasant to 'meet' people who, not only enjoy reading as much as one does, but are enthusiastic about it and willing to share their knowledge on books.

Becca and you have convinced me: I will read Jane Eyre as soon as there is an opening within my current batch. I am far into "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson (exciting, YA-meets-historical-fiction story) so it shouldn't take too long.

Vanity Fair and Middlemarch don't sound like stories I would enjoy at this very moment in my life, but I will take note of your suggestions and pick them up farther on the road.

How funny, both Dumas books are in my TBR pile. I think I even started The Count of Monte Cristo once, and I remember enjoying it. Why I didn’t finish it, I have no idea. It probably was a busy time in my life, or else I would have finished it. Thanks for the reminder!

Once again, thanks for the time –and thought- you invested in these suggestions!

Have a great Thursday,

I've only read Jane Eyre out of all those (though I would really like to read the others at some point), but as you know Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books ever. Its so hard to put into words why I love it though-the characters are so excellent, as is the romance and suspense.
Seriously? Wow, thank you. That book really surprised me -I find myself picking it up almost every time I walk past it. I really am easily amused!

Thanks for the website! I only perused it briefly, but I think I will be taking proper advantage of it very soon.

Ah, the classics. I have a love-hate relationship with the classics, you see. Jane Eyre is the perfect example: I started reading it, got exasperated with it for some reason I can't remember just now, then got caught up in some other book and dumped it. Then I spotted an old movie version with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine in a record store and bought it as a motivation to read the book. Here I must add, for clarity, that I absolutely *love* Joan Fontaine, really. Anyway, I started watching the movie (insert squeals of excitement here), but then realized that it was going too fast -which in movie adaptations usually means that the book is being butchered-, so I decided to put it on hold until I read the book. Now both, the book and the DVD, are gathering dust somewhere in my living room. *sigh*

Middlemarch, yes. I looked it up once and freaked out at the number of pages. Somebody recommended that I start with Silas Marner, so as to get used to Eliot's style and rhythm, then move on to Middlemarch. That makes two more e-books waiting for me. Your comment have made me bump it out in my TBR pile. I think all I need is a little encouragement... *smiles, winks and nods invitingly*

Vanity Fair... I started it, then got very very angry at Thackeray's stern style to put down his own heroines, kind of like Thomas Hardy's but based on the characters' morality instead of the fact of their being women. (*sneer*) After crying for Tess and Bathseba being treated in such an unjust manner, I don't think I'd like to add characters to that list. That is, of course, unless you would like to try and convince me otherwise. *hint*

The Scarlet Pimpernel, eh? Actually, that one sounds like a perfect fit for my current 'reading mood' --Am I the only one to get mood swings even about books? ;-) I'll get started with it as soon as I can find the perfect e-copy of it. Thanks!

I must end in a rush --I am expected downstairs.

Thanks again,

That is a really really amazing quote-just what I needed to inspire me to push through this last week! :)
Hi, Joe . . .

The passage is on pages 312-313 in the edition I own. It's the end of the school year and Chris is worrying about children she may not have reached, and she says she doesn't think she's ever "wrecked" a really good student. Kidder is amazed at this:

'She should have been more generous with herself. Teachers usually have no way of knowing that they have made a difference in a child's life, even when they have made a dramatic one. But for children who are used to thinking of themselves as stupid or not worth talking to or deserving rape and beatings, a good teacher can provide an astonishing revelation. A good techer can give a child at least a chance to feel, "She thinks I'm worth something. Maybe I am." Good teachers put snags in the river of children passing by, and over the years, they redirect hundreds of lives. Many people find it easy to imagine unseen webs of malevolent conspiracy in the world, and they are not always wrong. But there is also an innocence that conspires to hold humanity together, and it is made of people who can never fully know the good that they have done.'

I hope this helps.

I really liked the movie. And, I don`t like many movies.
Hey Joe,

Yes, I'm waiting for my copy of "Rude Awakenings" to arrive. It must be fun to 'see' the modern world through the eyes of a Regency girl.

About the JA group, I'm sure you're right. That's why I'm part of this other site, There is always fresh discussion on very interesting topics, JA-related or not, plus the community is quite friendly. Why don't you give it a go?

13 Reasons Why. Thanks, I'll bump it up my wishlist. Finding contemporary books in English is quite hard where I live, though. Isn't that horrible?

Enjoy the long weekend,

Joe- I'm hoping you are having a great "long" weekend! I finished "Strength in What Remains" and it was excellent. I need to read his other books, starting with "Mountains Beyond Mountains". I'm glad you have read the Michael Harvey books. I'm looking forward to starting them. Have you read Marcus Sakey? Another terrific Chicago crime writer? Take care!

thanks, joe. i've joined. :)

and don't you dare smack the guy i like upside the head. just be mindful of your wandering mind? ;)

Hi Joe- It was good to hear from you! Yes, the Kidder book is fantastic! It's also my first one by this amazing author. I reminds me a little of "Zeitoun" by Dave Eggers, which was also excellent. Have you read that one?
I've only read the 1st Jack Reacher book but just wasn't inspired enough to read the others, despite the love & devotion of it's numerous fans. Maybe I'll try the next one on audio and see how that goes!
Have you read Michael Harvey? He writes crime novels based in Chicago. I snagged "The Chicago Way", his first book, awhile back and have heard it is terrific. Hope you have a great holiday weekend. It is supposed to be beautiful here!
love your new photo. :)

i'd no idea there's an LT Buddhist group. i'll have to look for it. un re: zen mind, beginner's mind, one of my favorite sayings from Sharon Salzberg is 'over and over and over, we begin again.' it's a mantra that works for me. over and over and over, i come back to the breath. i come back to the present moment.

perhaps even more highly than Sharon Salzberg, i'd recommend Jack Kornfield. A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry are wonderful long-term reads. i revisit them over and over. hope i got the links right.

Salzberg's main focus is on the practice of metta (compassionate lovingkindness). are you familiar with metta practice based on the metta sutta (metta sutra)?

i'll see if i can find the buddhist group. i could use one right along in through here!



hey joe, i haven't read the teaglass book yet but, having now looked it up, i shall be. sounds a delightful read. i've got a couple of books to wrap up before i can start anything else and a ton of tbrs but think i may shoot teaglass to the top.

oooh, i see your addition on mindfulness above. i need something just now to boost my mindfulness work. the gulf spill has just about pushed me right round the twist and all this grief and agitation doesn't do anyone or anything any good. what do/did you think of Nyanaponika's book? my practice is based largely in vipassana as taught by the insight meditation folks in Barre, MA. i do very little Tibetan practice although Pema Chodron's work has been helpful. mostly though i use jack Kornfield, Thich Nhat Hanh and Sharon Salzberg's stuff

thanks for the idea. :)


I can see why, Joe. Some fine library your girl has!

By the way, I devoured "Confessions of a JA addict" last week. Such a fun book! I practically flew through it; will have to read it again to be able to write a review that says more than "I loved it!!!!!!" *chuckles*

Oh, and I had already joined the group you recommended. I was just a little shy about participating. Besides, some of the most interesting threads have been long dormant. We'll have to revive a few, seems to me.

Best wishes,

I agree with you about "Speak". It is such a well-written story, IMO. The characters are about as real as they come. I am yet to find a contemporary writer as good as Laurie Halse Anderson. Maybe I haven't been reading the right books, though. Would you or your daughter have any suggestions for me on that field?

Cool thing that you're proficient in Spanish. Too bad that GGM's is not within reach just yet. His books are sure worth the trouble, so keep it up! I'm not such a fan of his stories per se, but his descriptions, his quirkiness, and oh, his masterful use of language! That's a whole other deal, pal. ;-)

About Confessions and Rude Awakenings, they should be on their way already. This type of books is impossible to find over here, so someone had to buy them over in the USA for me and will be bringing them soon. Can't wait, can't wait!

And oh, the joy of 'meeting' a man who reads, understands and (gasp!) even enjoys Jane Austen! What I would give for some male insight into the books.

Personally, I love how keen her eye was. Her characters are so alive, so real, like pictures of living, breathing people whom you might meet any given day. It's easy to 'see' her characters and think "ooh, but she sounds just like this person I know!" Human nature doesn't change much over the centuries, it seems.

Sir, you have fine taste: P&P is such a good novel! It is not considered her masterpiece for nothing. And hey, who couldn't love Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy?

Although, I am a bit more of an Emma fan. My favorite Austen novel depends on which one I am re-reading at the moment, but unsurprisingly, I find myself reading Emma over and over again, much more often than the others. Northanger Abbey is another old friend, along with Persuasion.

Can I ask a rather odd question? How come you like Austen books so much? It is so hard to find gentlemen with whom one shares that interest. What is it in her writing that calls out to you, even two hundred years after they were written? I'm half curious, and half looking for tips to convince my spouse to pick them up as well...
Hi there, Joe!

Thanks for the note -and the compliment on my username! I picked it to match my blog's address, which is all about my very own Shangri-la. You are the first person in catching the reference, so thanks for brightening my day.

I haven't read Miss Pettigrew yet but look forward to. I am surprised at the diversity of your collection! I don't even know where to start praising. :-)

You have read "Speak", then. How did you like it? Garcia Marquez, too. Did you read that one in English, or Spanish? And wow, all of Jane Austen's novels are there. *speechles* Can we be friends? Pleeeease? *puppy eyes*
You should definitely start your own 75 challenge thread-they're so fun! Also, will have to remember to ask you on Sunday what you thought of The Shadow of the Wind, as I am interested in it. I got the new book from the woman who wrote Interred With Their Bones at the library-any interest when I'm done? If so, I'll make sure to start it soon so I can get it to you.
It certainly is - but I know you would agree that you can never have too many bookshelves.
Hi Joe- The reason I asked about your Challenge, was that I saw you were a member of the 75 Book. You should reconsider about starting one. It's one of my favorite places here on LT. And yes, please drop by mine. I see you've read the Burdett Bangkok books. Me too! Have you read the latest? I have not but am looking forward to it. Take care!

Hi Joe- I sent that friends invitation before I realized you were a Sox fan. Ha ha! Hey ,nobody's perfect! Actually both teams suck at this point. It's going to be a long summer. How about those Hawks? If you can find books by either Huston or Bruen, check 'em out. I know you like crime fiction but it's good to see you have a wide range of interest, much like myself. That way we never get bored!
Could you send me the link to your Challenge? I couldn't find it. You can find a link to mine, on my profile. Stop by my latest one and say hello. I could use a more manly presence over there but please don't tell anyone that! Take care!

Glad I could help.

Monday will end.


Thanks: I have seen that one, and it has some good points. The problem I have is that some excessive political correctness, perhaps, keeps filmmakers from making a version that follows the book--the Pimpernel disguises himself as an elderly Jew and is mistreated and beaten subsequently. Some of the comments in the book are pretty offensive, I imagine, but I still think it would be possible to make a filmed version that followed the story a lot more faithfully than most do.

As for [The Count of Monte Cristo], the most recent version was absurd. Swordfights and such, completely ignoring that the Count used the weaknesses of his enemies to destroy them. I doubt there are many screenwriters who can tell a story better than Dumas, but . . .

Well, and all that was a digression from the topic of the thread, which was SF movies!

Wow, I just noticed that we share EIGHT groups. Similar interests or what?

Hi Joe- It was good to hear from you! Since we are both from the Chicago area, (I'm in Downers Grove) and we both love crime novels and Murakami, we should be closer LT buddies, ha ha! Yes, "Neverwhere" was my first Gaiman and I really enjoyed it. I have a couple more of his in the stacks. Are you a Ken Bruen fan? How about Charlie Huston? Those are 2 of my favs right now and then there's Henning Mankell...I guess I could go on all day! I'm getting ready to start an Irish crime novel called "The Wrong Kind of Blood" by Declan Hughes. It's my first by him and the beginning of a series. I've heard good things. hope you are having a good weekend!

Thank you, Joe! (Takes small bow.)

I'm so glad it worked for you. Next up, BOLD! Or, image posting!

I noticed you tagged my library as being of interest to you. I am simply happy to see that somebody has more books listed than I do. Unlike you I have chosen to list all my books. The ones I have read are the ones with tags. If the tag box is bare I haven't read the book. Once I read a book I send it out the door of my little apartment to live with somebody else. I also keep a written book diary with all my thoughts about the book and some chosen quotations from the book to help keep it alive, but I simply don't have the room to keep books. When I give them away I always do so with the hope that they will bring happiness to somebody. There is a LT member who dumps all the books that he doesn't like in the Catholic charities donation bin that is close to his house. When I run across a book I don't like or simply can't read I give it away with no comments. Sometimes a book I hated speaks to somebody else. I do like the idea of surrounding yourself with the books you like. It would be comforting to have a cup of coffee and lots of books you like in your own library.

Oh! You use the pointy brackets like this:
before the text and then after the text, but close up the spaces I left. (Have to leave the spaces or they don't show up.)

More info on other 'tricks' can be found here:

Let me know if it doesn't work!

Slowly but surely - it's so much fun to go directly to librarything when I finish a book.
hey Joe--how lovely to find a message from you. :) and what a delightful new photograph. what uplifting smiles.

i say, i had no idea there was such a thing as a buffy omnibus volume. i was a great Xena: warrior princess and x-files fan and for some reason, didn't get into watching Buffy until recently. i was reading a blog piece by a Jamaican author named Marlon James as i was trying to decided whether to cowgirl up and keep reading his very hard 'book of night women.' i decided i would and I'm glad i did.

in the blog, he goes all nutty over Joss. here's this cool-looking, very good Jamaican author with dreads and everything who's going on about Buffy! you've got to check out the piece. it's the second entry down. oooh, i hope this shows HTML.

i decided if Marlon James can write like he can write and thought so highly of Joss and Buffy, it was worth a try so I'm wending my way along. I was already a great fan of Firefly. so I've come late to the Buffy ball and am moving along slowly as the eps show on TV when i have time and enough visual ability left over to catch them. the NCAAs (men's and women's) have pretty much co-opted that.

hope you're doing alright. nice to see your handle on the silly book game. :)

Pretty miserable at the moment. We had a few nice days but now it's the usual murky Manchester weather again. But on the bright side, at least it's not Perth, Western Australia. That was some freak storm they had the other day.

Unfortunately I didn't get much chance to get a feel for Chicago when I was there. Just about 1 day of sightseeing was all I managed. Mostly it was just hanging out with the people at the con. Glad you enjoy your visits to the UK.

Take care,
Hi Joe, thanks for the add to interesting libraries. I really should start using more of the features of LT but what with chatting and playing games in the forums and actually physically reading I never seem to find the time.

I paid a visit to Chicago a couple of years ago (it's nearly 3 now, my how time flies) when I went to the anime convention, A-CEN. Met up with a few people that I'd known online for nearly 10 years and that was my main reason for attending.
I can totally teach you how to do that!!

Also, I am getting there! ;) Someone spends her days chasing preschoolers around now, but that same someone should be getting those up in my 75 challenge today ;)
Hi, I'm off to work. I'll be back to chat later. Have a great day. I prefer Sandra Bullock anyday over Katherine H. I just watched Speed recently and just love her in that. MB
Thanks for trying to help figure out the afterlife book for me. Sadly, I don't think it's Elsewhere. I'm 100% sure this one was nonfiction. Yours looks interesting though so I might end up checking it out anyway. Thanks! :)
I started reading it today - and I really am. Thank you for buying it for me.
Ah - he didn't review Black Company, but the second book in the series, Shadows Linger - and now the third as well. Messages 46 and 51.
Hi - Re: Black Company, I couldn't tell you, I haven't read it yet! I just wishlisted it off a review I found in the 100 Books Challenge group. The thread is here, by iftyzaidi, if you're interested in seeing his opinion.
Hi Joe, you put a comment on my page last year in Nov about Old Boy. Sorry for this tardy reply, I only just discovered that part of my page !!
I loved Old Boy. My sister read the manga so we bought the DVD which, as you say, is nothing like the books. So, I read the books. I thought they took a while to get really interesting, but once the character of the novelist entered I thought things picked up.
I'm also making my way, slowly, through Samurai Executioner, which I'm finding very good.
Hi Joe. Thanks for the interesting libraries add. I've still got a couple of bookshelves of books to catalogue but I'm getting there!

My books tagged as wrong cover have covers that aren't listed on librarything when I click change cover so I think I will probably scan the covers in at some point. We have quite a lot of second hand books and I think that's why most of these covers aren't on amazon etc.

Hmm. It's working for me, as you. Try just typing:


and see if it touchstones it for you.

Hi Joe! Thanks for the comment on my JE review; I'm glad you enjoyed it! Isn't Bronte brilliant? That book completely took over my life in the two days I read it. There's just so much there.

We share a lot of books! I've interesting-libraryed you to keep track :)
And Happy New Year back at you!

Thanks!! I see you have "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane in your library. That's one of my favorite books by Mr. Lehane. He has alot of great books out there. I'd encourage you to try some of his other works. He also came out with a wonderful novel (historical fiction) which is a different genre for him...but it was Excellent with a capital E!! It's called "The Given Day" and I think you might like that one too. It's set in Boston in the early 1900's and revolves around the police strike of that time period. I normally would have passed it by if it hadn't been written by Lehane, because I don't usually read historical fiction....but I'm so glad I read it, it was really good.

Hope you have a happy new year!!! Happy Reading!
oh thanks. sadly, armchair traveling is all i can do anymore but believe me, i make the most of it. a lively imagination helps. i can often smell, hear, feel and taste things in well-written books. i expect that's true of most ardent readers.

i got 'miss pettigrew' on your recommendation. the narrator is Francis [Frances?] McDormand and while she does a tolerable job, she's really only a tolerably good narrator. i think the book would be better read visually but it's fun in bits and pieces. it's one of those books i'd like to speed read through. i do thank you for the recommendation.

i've found so many wonderful reads in just a shortish time as a librarythingist.
i saw your play in a silly book game and i love the title 'wings of the sphinx.' and i see it comes in audio format. whatcha think so far?

and oh, i see you've added the sense and sensibility screenplay/diaries book above. had me rolling on the floor and also made me realize, yet again, that actors do go through a lot. i was thinking this morning, apropos of nothing in particular, that Kate whatshername got hypothermia shooting S&S and then again on the Titanic shoot. it is so not easy to be immersed in near-freezing water. gawd! the woman has spunk.

anyway, i'd appreciate knowing what you think of 'sphinx.' i have a very full plate but the title is so enticing.

I posted my review of The Vorkosigan Companion. The upshot: for the hardcore fan.
Thanks for the theatre view. I had hoped to bring my family to see it; I can console myself with the idea that it's too old for my seven-year-old granddaughter.
Thanks.I'm doing the 1010 challenge and one of my catagories is cozy mysteries and it is tagged that by some members so I'm going to count it as one !Thanks for the info the library does have the ones you listed so maybe I'll read more than one.
Hi, Joe. We were at both the Ian Frazier talk and the panel of New Yorker cartoonists. Last weekend we went to the talk on laughter and the First Amendment and Torey Malatina (sp?) on radio humor. Did you get to either of these?

I did not see the Wimsey plays, I regret to say. Oh,well, maybe they'll be revived.
His bio in the book said he is also known as John Dickson Carr, who I've read before-I really like his locked room puzzles! This book is not as good, but still enjoyable.
Hi Joe.......yes, I am loving "Killing Floor". Almost done with it. I have several more Lee Child novels that we got at Goodwill recently. I had thought that he might be more of a "guy" writer, but I've been enjoying this one very much. I look forward to more Jack Reacher novels.

Do you like Dennis Lehane? He's my all time favorite. I also like Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Stephen White...etc. (you can see all my faves on my page).

It really is fun and makes me so happy to discover a writer that has alot of books out.....I don't have to wait to enjoy more if I want! :o)

Thanks for writing, and happy reading to ya!
i'd seen your post on 'doomsday book' and was going to post a comment to you today. :)

i read almost no sci-fi anymore. that was primarily a thing of my youth and young(er) adulthood. time travel books, though, have intrigued me since i was very young because they make my mind go all funny.

doomsday was no exception. i wondered throughout much of the book about how willis was going to deal with kivrin's inevitable attachment to the contemps, regardless of what doom befell them. how do you take 2050 sensibilities into mid-14th century England and not have a nutty? how could one not try to save lives that, without your presence, wouldn't have been saved or try to change events, like the marrying of child brides to lecherous older men, that one's 21st century British sensibilities find abhorrent?

i thought Willis' solution, though agonizing, was the only one feasible and it was a good one. but suppose there'd been less slippage? of course, she'd have met other contemps but the morbidity and mortality rates would still have been high, she'd still have been powerless, she'ds still have formed attachments with people whom she would have had to abandon to their fate either through inaction or through physically leaving.

another huge question for me was the plan that the recorder be implanted so that if Kivrin died, they would potentially be able to find it in a 2050 dig. well, but if Kivrin died in the 1300's, then she would never have existed in the 21st century in order to have anything implanted.

that's why time travel books make my head go crazy. from a 'butterfly effect' perspective, how can time travel not change the present day of the people sending the traveler back?

all that having been said, i promptly got another Connie Willis' 'to say nothing of the dog.' 21 hours long. is the woman incapable of writing a short book. ;)

thanks for the comment. i'd be interested in your thoughts.
Well at first, she still drove me insane and made me want to punch her, but by the end, I definitely wanted to punch her a lot less ;)
Your assessment is correct. The traditional action is largely replaced with an adventure through realms of fantasy and fiction. Lots of symbology, lots of mythology. I can certainly see why you, and other people, might not enjoy the later books.
I'm so glad you liked it!!! And thank you for all the amazing recommendations!
Thanks. It's so much fun remembering all I've read.
Thank you!! I'm having a blast with it :)
Thanks for your note. Haruki Murakami has become my new "favorite" author. I find his books so refreshing in that they're mentally challenging, fun, and complex, and extremely well written. May he write LOTS for MANY years to come.
I really liked it! I enjoyed Angels and Demons, and DaVinci code, more, but I still really liked this-it was clever with some great characters, and I loved the twist with who the evil guy really was.
So I totally should be working on my homework, but instead am on Librarything...hmmm...wonder who I learned that from? ;)
Thanks Joe. I've been stuck in the house with a bit of a stomach-bug, so I've been re-reading The Nine Tailors with one eye on the computer; hence all the posts in the last day or two.
Good for you for standing up for Agatha!!!

Also, have you read Endless Night? If you haven't, its one of my favorites-I must have a copy either on the top shelf of the bookcase in the room formally known as purple, or in the attic on my Agatha/Erle shelf.
haven't gotten to the 'psychanics' yet. I'm just dipping into the large print edition for quotes to play the silly book game. i have come across the 'well of loneliness,' which i assume is a bar. cracks me up since 'well' is on my list of most badly written, self-pitying and completely irritating books I've ever read. i know it was published in 1928 but, i mean, REAlly.

Mary Renault was so irked by it that she wrote 'the friendly young ladies' (US title 'the middle mist') as an antidote, or possibly a form of riposte, published in 1943.
You're welcome, I'm glad you like it too! Can't wait for a new entry...
i've been enjoying the online issues of "The Dreamland Chronicles" - a great suggestion on your part.
a poetry slammer, a storyteller, a writer/student/teacher-to-be--wow!

i used to watch def jam on HBO a lot--and then i found librarything! i have only so much i can do with my eyes. anyway, those 'kids' just rocked my world. totally amazing. ya done good.

and er, if i may ask, what is it you *do* do when you're not librarythinging and engaging in random acts of kindness? not as if those weren't sufficient unto the day, of course. ;)

looking at your books I'm wondering if you might enjoy a book my partner just insisted i read. i got the large print version but their idea of large and mine eyes' differ widely so she's going to get me the audio.

it's *bachelor brothers' bed and breakfast*. i force-read a paragraph and nearly fell off the couch laughing. that was all i could manage but it's pure delight. here's the snipurl.

thanks for your very kind comment. i love laughing and i love what people come up with on the silly book game. you've brought yet another smile to my day. how very wonderful to have smiles in this old world. be assured i shall pass them on.

and my awe, best wishes and joy to you and your family,


The Dreamland Chronicles sounds very much up our alley. Thanks!
(i THINK we have just about everything N Gaiman's done - though we first read the novel of Neverwhere years ago, when a friend gave a copy to our son who was in 8th grade at the time, we didn't get into the Sandmen and follow ons till a good while later. I thought the "graphicization" of Neverwhere was v. well done and generally think that Gaiman is at his stongest when he's thinking and working visually. Neverwhere WAS a tv series first, and it shows.
I'm foolishly glad your name's Joe. Joe (actually J. O. Flint whom everyone calls 'Joe') is a favorite character in one of Mary Renault's earlier books.

nice to know that laughter abounds. :)

what a marvelous group picture, btw. all look like folks I'd like to meet. odd how one makes judgments about people.
oh, made my day. i thought i was frightfully droll. thank you for sharing my quiet mirth and telling me about it.

Hey Jim -
we have a fair bit of overlap in our libraries - i thought i'd ask for some graphic novels recommendations. What we have AND liked include:

Sandman etc. (Gaiman is at his best in his graphic novels, i think)
Fables - Willingham
Persepolis, Pride of Baghdad
The Rabbi's Cat (both volumes)
Lucifer (Mike Carey)
V for Vendetta (the only Moore book i've really liked)
I like the Army@Love - Patty hasn't read them yet.
the Josh Whedon Firefly books
Posey Simmonds (Tamara Drewe, Gemma Bovary)
generally don't care for the trad. "superhero" books, more SF and fantasy and personal histories (Persepolis/Rabbi's Cat). We've liked a fair bit of anime - but am at a loss as to where to jump into manga.
Serial Experiments Lain, Cowboy Bebop, Miyazaki's movies are among my favorites, if that helps.
Joe - Thanks for your note vis-a-vis the Inspector Salvo Montalbano series. I'm almost finished the fourth instalment, "The Voice of the Violin", and it only serves to affirm what I've said before - that this is one of the best series I've ever read. Camilleri deserves all the accolades he's received in his native Italy, and I look forward to reading more. Regards, Peter
Thanks for your views on Rebecca. I am still at the beginning! lol. I will pay extra attention to it now with what you have said!....Linda
Thanks for the note, and sorry you had a problem. I actually wish I had read your report earlier. I would have figure out what was wrong with the site faster... Anyway, you shouldn't get it anymore, although you may find complex pages take a while to load. Best, Tim
Hi Joe. Hope all is well with you and your family. I really did enjoy Still Life and certainly plan on reading the rest of the series. You are right about the plotting, I knew who did it fairly early into the book, but it didn't really matter, as her descriptive writing is so good. I spent some time living in eastern Canada some years ago, and I think she captured the "village" atmosphere perfectly. Her autumn scenes really made me miss those crisp fall days that I remember.

Hi Joe. Thanks for the info re: Graceling - I will look for it. It's funny you mentioned re-reading Agatha Christie, just last week I was thinking I should re-read some as well. I discovered her when I was in my early 20's and read them one after another. Thinking back it's hard to separate them in my mind and a re-read seems in order! Happy reading. Judy
awwww what a nice family picture!

interesting array of favorite authors..

Hee hee....unfortunately it was a library copy, otherwise I would. Remind me, and next time I'm at the library I'll pick it up for you.
I really really liked it! It took a while to get into it, but once I did I couldn't put it down.
Hi there, I just wanted to let you know that I read Still Life by Louise Penny because of your description of it in the Crime Thriller and Mystery group. Thanks for recommending it because I really enjoyed it. --Nancy
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