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CollectionsYour library (6,487), Magazine Collection (1), To read (132), Read but unowned (71), Cindi's Library (1), GWA Library (57), All collections (6,665)

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About meI've been writing online about the things that interest me since about 1995 (back then I had 10 MB of free webspace on my internet provider) - I purchased my first domain, wildtoys.com in 1998, however the site actually started as part of my personal webspace via free provider around 1996. I'm very interested in Modern Design (Mid-Century is a particular favorite), the Space Race, movies and science fiction. I'm also an avid woodworker.

About my libraryI read mostly Science Fiction and Fantasy but am more into the science side (I find that a lot of the fantasy work currently being published is too repetitive and derivative). I started collecting comics as a kid and when I got into reading a lot of fiction, collecting First Editions, especially Illustrated Editions, seemed a natural extension. At several points I've wittled down the comic collection (it's mostly comprised of magazines and my original Marvel Conan the Barbarian collection which I started as a child) and have concentrated on the books from authors I like to read. I also collect books illustrated by artists I like. I often like to go to book signings or attend conventions where I get signatures from my favorite authors and artists, and occasionally ask or pay for personalized illustrations and sketches (provided the artist isn't swamped - I try not to be overzelous and obnoxious).

I'm also into classic science fiction paperback books like those produced by Ace, DAW and Lancer - it was the cover art that lured me into picking up those, and the memory of my father reading them brings in a touch of nostalgia that's rather addicting. This also enamoured me to old "cheezy" book covers so I've got a scattering of those in paperback as well (in general the writing is pretty bad - look up "sex kitten" in my library to see an example of what I'm referring to).

The collection is fairly extensive - so far I've inventoried about 75% (I'd say about 2/3rds of the hardcovers and about 85% of the paperbacks). The letter-number combinations in my tagging relate to boxes where the books are currently stored - tags without the letter-number combo are on the shelf.

GroupsAce Doubles, Art Books, Atlanta Bibliophiles, Book Care and Repair, Book Collectors, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Comics, DAW Books, Drawn!, Early Science Fictionshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Iain Banks, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Alfred Bester, Berkeley Breathed, David Brin, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Eddie Campbell, Orson Scott Card, Robert Crumb, Philip K. Dick, Will Eisner, Harlan Ellison, Philip José Farmer, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Robert E. Howard, Alexandro Jodorowsky, Ken MacLeod, Frank Miller, Jean Giraud, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Andre Norton, Katsuhiro Ōtomo, Tim Powers, Philip Pullman, Alastair Reynolds, Kenneth Robeson, J. K. Rowling, Lucius Shepard, John Shirley, Dan Simmons, Bruce Sterling, J. R. R. Tolkien, Vernor Vinge, Matt Wagner, Tad Williams, Walter Jon Williams, Gene Wolfe, Roger Zelazny (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresLittle Shop of Stories

Other favoritesThe Georgia Museum of Art

Homepagehttp://illustratedbooks.blogspot.com/

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Where'd you find the hardcover copy of The Groo Chronicles? Dealer at DragonCon?
Hello-
You won a review copy of America's Wildest Show Rods of the 1960s and 1970s from the Early Reviewers program. Look for it to arrive by mail in late June. We'd appreciate you posting your review to Amazon.com as well as to our website. Thank you and enjoy the book!

Andrea
CarTech Books
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Very cool. Great photo.
"Now starting on S. M. Stirling's Change series with Island in the Sea of Time"

Hope you enjoy the book. I did, but the names can be a bit confusing. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
William Ashbless!!!
Do you really have all the Laser books but one? That is hardcore. I am tipping my hat to you (and I don't even wear a hat!) Now instead of entering this stack of books like I planned I'm going to wander around in your library for a while...
Oh man. My blogging - and the Moorcock project - have been stalled for a while now. My twin boys start Kindergarten in two weeks and I'm going to try to set aside an hour of my new free time every day for reading fiction.

Still buying his stuff as fast as I can find it. My goal is to collect every mass market english language edition of Moorcock through the eighties. If I manage that before I die I guess I'll start on french editions! My favorites are the 70s UK editions from Mayflower with those astounding Bob Haberfield covers.
I've read Death Dolls and I note you've read Shepherd by Joan Hunter Holly. Briefly, what's it about?... I can't find a synopsis anywhere.
So what did you think of the James Clemens book?
Thanks for the Humbug book notice.. I will check it out... great stuff!!
Hey.. I finally got my Dave Stevens limited book from Stuart.. #68. Pretty cool book!!!
Have you seen any other decent books as of late?
Great Collection! Thanks for sharing.
Dang -- you went to TOWN on this thing! :-D
No problem! You can get the second set for pretty cheap on Ebay... They are all very oool cards..
and there also was a sticker set released also.... I have color photos of both box covers....
Happy holidays!!
Thanks for the info!

Do you still plan on attending DragonCon? I'd like to get down there to see William Stout, but afraid I won't be able to make it this year.
If it's not too much trouble. There are blank pages between stories which don't seem to affect anything, but the page numbers do include the blank pages, and I want to make sure it's not a binding error.
Maybe it's something that affects the hardcover version only?
The Gary Gianni Prince Valiant Page book is nothing short of absolutely *stunning*. I can't recommend it highly enough.
No, DragonCon is too much of a drive. Although I would like to see William Stout again.
Yes, Shelton Drum still runs HeroesCon. And unfortunately Paul Chadwick hasn't been back since that last time he was there. I plan on going this year, but not spending a lot of money.
Aspirin's "Myth" series is something I always meant to getting around to reading but haven't managed to do so as of yet. I saw him briefly the last time I went to Dragon Con a few years ago on a panel with Harlan Ellison.
You going to HeroesCon in Charlotte by any chance?
I heard that John Berkey recently passed away. And Will Elder.
Did you find me from my ebay? You just bought a couple of things from me there then I log in here and there's a friend request! Wow

Susan
Quite a collection, we have quite a few things in common. We seem to share some similar tastes in fantasy/science fiction art.
Only half way and adding a few hundred a day?
I'm about a quarter of the way and happy to be adding a dozen or so a day.
You have a big job ahead of you.

Doug
Hi John,

The photo is from Machu Picchu. I went there last November with a friend. It’s well worth going if you get a chance.

Your library is quite impressive; I didn’t realize the extent of your collection.

Doug
Wow! That is QUITE a collection. i'd imagine you'd feel right at home in the Green Dragon group. Do you plan to rate more books eventually? Even if you don't, browsing your library is a lot of fun!
I have a copy of Abyss, but it's an 8 1/2 x 11" format.
Desperado Publishing has an art book on Kaluta out in a few months or so.

Flesk Publications is publishing all kinds of great stuff. Can't wait for the Gary Gianni Prince Valiant Sunday Page book.
How did you manage to come by one of the ltd ed "The Studio" hardcovers, and did it cost a limb? ;-) The only place I've ever seen one is in Mike Kaluta's place.
Very nice collection. We have quite a few books in common.
Hi there ~ welcome to LibraryThing! :-)
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