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CollectionsYour library (4,407), Rare/Collectible (565), Read but unowned (31), All collections (4,438)

Reviews1,050 reviews

TagsPaperback (1,971), Hardcover (1,862), Fantasy/Urban Fantasy (1,022), M/M (858), Romance (853), Paranormal (763), Signed (756), Suspense/Thriller (712), Graphic Novel (678), OOP (654) — see all tags

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About meI love to read, but I also collect books. So, some of the books in my library are there not to read, but because of rarity, value or just the challenge of locating one that is OOP. My favorite author is Shakespeare, my favorite genre is urban fantasy (at the moment). However, I read and own books in every genre and go in cycles among them.

I have done reviews for, am a Top 500 Reviewer on as "Jem," and for authors directly, when asked. I also do/have done beta reading for authors. Book collecting is definitely a passion. Some of what I've had to say about it can be found here:

I love movies and have a large DVD library as well. And as expected, I love to see movies adapted from books. I love cats, and currently have one - Queen Mab.

About my libraryI have over 2800 print books in a library (and spilling into several other rooms) in my home. I prefer hardcovers as they hold up to shelf wear and re-reading better. Most of my family will say that you can't tell when I've read a book because I am so careful never to crease spines!

Over 600 are signed by the author(s) and/or editors. Most were purchased direct from publishers with bound-in, signed limitation pages. I have a large number of books from Cemetery Dance Publications because I have a lifetime limited edition membership with them. Others were flat signed by the authors I have met in person at conventions, such as Dragoncon in Atlanta, or Shore Leave in Baltimore. Most of my collectible books are tagged as "limited" or "lettered," but I also have quite a few that are valuable because they are out of print, book club editions that are the only hardcover editions, or are signed.

My tags were created to capture format, genre, collectible state, or other notable content. Among them:

HISTORICAL - history, historical fiction & historical fantasy
M/M and YAOI - include characters in gay relationships
ROMANCE/EROTICA - romances and books that include explicit sex
PARANORMAL - books that include vampires, shapeshifters, and/or witches
FORTHCOMING - books I have ordered and paid for that have not yet been published.
OOP - out of print

GroupsM/M Romance... A cocky li'l group

Favorite authorsKevin J. Anderson, Kelley Armstrong, Isaac Asimov, Laura Baumbach, Mychael Black, Ally Blue, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Patricia Briggs, Jade Buchanan, Jim Butcher, Octavia E. Butler, Jacqueline Carey, Shayne Carmichael, Pat Nelson Childs, Michael Crichton, Emily Devenport, David Eddings, Christopher Golden, John Grisham, Ginn Hale, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, G.A. Hauser, Barb Hendee, W. A. Hoffman, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Nancy Kress, Mercedes Lackey, J.L. Langley, Morgan Llywelyn, Louise Marley, Julian May, Anne McCaffrey, Anne Rice, Nora Roberts, Selina Rosen, Sharon Shinn, Ruth Sims, Roger Zelazny (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceMay 27, 2007

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I love your library!
Thank you so much, I loved the book. I think Astrid is pretty cool. Have you read Lord of the White Hell by Ginn Hale? This is another excellent series from the same publisher.
Hi, Jem! Thank you so much for the congrats, the friends accept, and especially for picking up Wicked Cool. I now have Trinity Trespass available on Kindle, if you're interested (it's a paranormal / urban fantasy). Thanks again, and have a great weekend! Best, Val
So glad it brought an unexpected smile into your day!... I'm still chuckling about it myself actually. *smiles*

Wow! Thanks for such a thoughtful response. I set up the notifications on Half and Abe right away. eBay seems to be having issues at the moment when "saving" certain products, but I'll sign up with them also soon. Neil @ Clarkesworld is who actually sold me the limited edition of Vol. 01 and I queried him a couple of months ago. Unfortunately he stopped buying books before Vol. 02 was released. I'll send an email to Shocklines presently.

Anyway, the time you took to think about it and check around is much appreciated. I'll refrain (ha, like my budget could afford it) from buying the $500 ex-library copy on Amazon and will hold out for one of my notifications to come through.

Thanks again and happy collecting!
Hi, and thanks for taking the time to give me some more Grisham recommendations! I admit I included that line in my review in the hope that someone would drop by :). I will certainly move A Time to Kill and The Runaway Jury to the front of the line.

Are you familiar with the film versions at all?
Ms. Bulter's death was a great lost to the sci-fi community. I would had loved a sequel to Fledgling and the third Parable book. I'm also on goodreads under my real name Persia you can look me up there too.

You're A Real Angel

If an Angel is someone who's so filled with love
It's a gift that they constantly share
If an Angel is someone who looks out for others
And gives them a nudge here or there
If an Angel is someone who touches your life
With a heart that's both joyful and wise
Then even though you don't have halo or wings
You're an Angel in human disguise.

...Emily Matthews
Thank you! That was a nice long list. And I'll give you a heads up if I find good series, too!
Hey, I like your new icon. Very fuzzy!

I'm on an m/m burnout ... But I was reading your review of Moonshine and I wondered if you knew any other series or books with kick-ass heroes (other than the Dresden Files). I've read Jim Butcher and I have the Cal Leandros series on my list (thank you!). There are way more urban fantasy with tough heroines than ones with tough heroes :(
My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I've been busy with web publicity for Ratha's Courage. I'm glad you enjoyed Jaguar Princess. I'm hoping that if the Named series and the new book do well, I can get my others back into print, including JP. I also have some short stories in the CatFantastic anthologies: "The Damcat", "Bomber and the Bismarck" and "A Tangled Tahitian Tale".

Thanks again,
Loved your review of The Phoenix by Ruth Sims! Lovely book, lovely review!! It's one of my favorite. I can't believe somebody else on here actually said it had no plot, and did nothing right, and was of no interest at all - lol. I think she's posted that crappy review just about everywhere. Just can't please some folks, I guess.

I can't find any other books by Ruth Sims, though Google came up with some short stories. Is she still alive and writing? Do you know?

Hi! Thank for your enthusiasm about Jaguar Princess. I really enjoyed writing that book and am also sorry it is out of print. Since the Named series was recently re-issued by Firebird Books and the new book, Ratha's Courage just came out from Imaginator Press, I am trying to get my other works back into print as well.

It is also possible that it would be released as an E-book, if you are interested.

My website is and I have a blog there at

Hi! Nice to meet you.

In response to your questions at my profile, the book of mine on Ryes's wishlist is Leather, Licking, and Lawnmowers, which is contemporary gay fiction. My gay historical fantasy e-books are Life Prison (which is currently stuck in Amazon's publication pipeline); a sequel to "Life Prison," Coded Messages, and a work of prostitute fiction, The New Boy. Later this month, I'll have a couple of e-books published from my Eternal Dungeon series. Next year I hope to publish in paperback.

You might also want to check out my Website, which has more gay historical fantasy online. (The gay titles are in the "High Bookshelf" section.) Pretty much everything I write, whether gay or gen, is darkfic.

(*Pauses to look at your profile.*)

Oh, my heavens. Five hundred m/m books catalogued? And over a thousand genre fiction novels? With a taste in darkfic? You're a demon of temptation, right? (*Begins taking notes.*)
That was very helpful! THANK YOU! :D
Hey :)

You have Vampire Vow/V Thrall/V Transgression in your library so I was wondering if that was a series that I have to read in order? I had V Transgression on my wishlist because the cover was eye-catching and my friend actually got it for me... I didn't know there were 2 books before it. Thanks for your help!
Thanks! Enjoyed your blog also, had a look the other week.
Gosh, thanks, Jem - glad you like the look of Thorn in the Flesh. At the moment, readers either seem to love it or hate it, and my heroine - there's no middle ground.

And I'm afraid it's not available on (who don't look kindly on small UK publishers) but it is available second-hand from and as new from the publishers, Goldenford ( who send all over the world.

Hope that helps, and thanks so much for the interest!

Thanks for the accept, Jem - As Meat Loves Salt is a great read for sure!

Loved your review of A Foreign Love Affair.
Thanks for friending me. :)

And yes, I´m waiting to buy the Finder series, too. But maybe I´ll be able to lay my hands on a German version, soon, as Amazon Germany lists volume one and two for a September/November release, to be published by Tokyopop. They´ve already published Yamane´s Crimson Spell 2 last month in a German Version. But there really should be a publisher for an English version, too, even though I understand why Yamane parted ways with her old publisher.
Hi J,
just wanted to tell you that I really liked your review for Yamane´s A Foreign Love Affair, upon which I stumbled today. I read the manga itself yesterday and loved it, too. And you have a great library.
Hi J

I'll be sure to read your review of Clawed. I think I was perhaps a little charitable with my four stars, but I felt such authors need all the help they can get! I know you feel the same way, but be interested to know how you handle unsolicaited review copies which want to be good? ~ G
Hi Jem

I have not read "Nine Lives Too Many", and while it no doubt provides the setting for "Clawed Back . . ." I don't think it the latter loses anything for not having read "Nine Lives . . .".
In fact the sequel provides more than enough information as to what previously transpired so that there are no gaps so to speak.

I'd be interested to know what you think of "Clawed Back . . ." ~ G
I hope you don't mind me adding you as a friend. You have a great library and I totally agreed with your review for Cry To Heaven (also my favourite Anne Rice book, although i've only read 2 of them so can't properly comment!) Love the Anita picture too!
Thank you!!! :D
Ciao Jem. Unnatural Worth is good, but my favourite by Mya is Obedience Training. Elisa
Island of the Blue Dolphins...

Oh, wow. I can't believe I'd forgotten about this book. Read it MANY times when I was younger. Need to go buy it again now.
Thank you so much for adding me as a friend! Now I'll go browse your library to my heart content :)
Thanks for the "Friend-ing" on Amazon!

All the best,
Oh! Thank you! :D
Thank you for the Dark Needs review, hun! :D
Hi Jem,
Thanks for buying my book. The cool thing about Library Thing is I can keep tabs on who's got my book! LOL. I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks very much for the add, and have a happy New Year!

All the best,
Hi Jem! Thanks so much for the awesome review of "Orphan's Quest". I look forward to your opinion of "Scion's Blood" too. I'm still waiting for it to become available on Amazon. Hopefully it will pop up soon.
Take care! -Patrick
*grins* I honestly think there will be another one, with Tage and Jason as the main focus. ;)
I'm...speechless. Thank you so much for the Dominion review, hun! WOW!
Ohmigod, I'm completely floored by your wonderful, thoughtful review. Thank you so much for reading [and appreciating] my book. I think you "got" one of the key things about the structure that everyone else, so far, has missed. I wanted readers to get to know Jimmy in the way one gets to know people in life. If you meet someone as an adult, you learn about their background only as time passes or if you sort of dig for it. Anyhow, thanks again. Very insightful review.
*smiles and blushes a little* Thank you. :) We're workin'! LOL
Thank you for the awesome review of Duke's, hun! :D
tnx for the add!
wow... you have an awesome collection!
Oh, wow! Thank you, hun! :D

Yep, I've started smoothing out the sequel already. ;)
Well...tell ya a little something... Kitten 1 & 2 are coming out in a single-volume print edition soon after Kitten 2 releases. ;)
You're welcome about the book. I only ask one thing, let me know (honestly) what you think of it. I'm always interested to see how it comes across. I've had just about as many negative responses as positive ones and they've all been welcomed with great interest. Take care. Enjoy the con!
You asked about the style of "Confessions" . . . to be honest, I don't remember. It's been several years since I read it. I don't remember a lot of jumping around, but then I don't remember that about "Wicked," either, so I think it's just something that I don't notice (probably because it doesn't bother me unless there is so much of it I have trouble following the story). What I loved about "Confessions" is the way he created a really plausible explanation for all the elements in the original fairy tale, while twisting it entirely on its head. I hope that if you do give it a try, you won't hate it! :D I'd love to hear what you think about it, one way or the other.

Heh. Reading more than I buy would be a challenge. :D I've gotten better, though. Lately, I've been trying to keep the library in business. Mostly because I've run out of room on all my bookshelves, so I'm trying really hard not to buy anything new. :D
Hi! I just read your review on "Wicked," and thought I'd make a quick comment here. I agree completely with your review - I did not enjoy that book at all, in spite (or perhaps because?) of being a HUGE fan of the original Oz books when I was a child. You said, though, that you wouldn't read another book my Maguire, and I wanted to humbly suggest that you might reconsider that. Before I read "Wicked," I read "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" by that author, and I thought it was a WONDERFUL book. If you do tend to like alternative versions of fairy tales, you might give "Confessions" a try. It was much much much better than "Wicked." (I also read "Lost," but thought that one was a loser, too. So far, "Confessions" is the only book my Maguire that I've enjoyed). Cheers! :)
Love your library!
I was looking at your books tagged M/M, and reading your reviews. I've been looking for original slash fiction for a while, and your library is the best source I've found. I was wondering what does the tag OOP stand for? I can see it can't be Object Oriented Programming :-)
I only like the m/m sex if it's well written. I guess I enjoy it if it's part of a good novel or a legitimate short story. Not just a piece written for the sake of depicting hot sex (I think they call them "one-handed reads.").

I own quite a bit of gay erotica (that I bought as one huge lot on eBay) and most of it is almost laughably bad.

My favourite sex scene, I think, is from As Meat Loves Salt. You know, when Jacob makes Ferris say his name. There's something about the whole power and control thing that really turns me on. What about you? Any novels with great m/m sex you care to recommend?
Hey there. I found you through Bembo. We both have an interest in m/m romance, so I friended you on LJ. Good luck with the job interview! I'm off to check out your collection of M/M books.
LT is addictive. Thanks for the comments on my books! :D I'm glad you liked them. :)
King Pengu doesn't own any books. He's very fond of borrowing mine and he's a library person.
Howdy! :D
Your are a very bad influence on people! Okay...maybe not sooo bad. :-p
Hi Jem. Happy to see you here! elisa
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