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About meThomas Fortenberry is an American author, editor, reviewer, and publisher. Owner of Mind Fire Press and the international literary arts journal Mindfire, he has judged many literary contests, including The Georgia Author of the Year Awards and The Robert Penn Warren Prize for Fiction. Among other awards, such as twice winning Best Novella of the Year, he has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has edited many publications, including most recently The Istanbul Literature Review. His works (in almost all genres) have appeared internationally in English and translations.

About my libraryI am a bibliophile, well, probably bibliomane. I absolutely love to read and read as widely as possible in all genres and areas. Literature is the backbone of civilization and reading needs to be taught from the earliest possible ages. I am also a firm believer in the validity of genre fiction as literature, worthy of study and respect. I collect books insatiably, much to my wife's woe. I also review books for a living and thus receive hundreds of review copies each year from publishers around the world. My collection is massive and there is no way to ever list it (unless I had a warehouse to unbox and categorize them all), but I thought I would give this Library Thing a go and list a few random texts just to see how it works.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, A Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Adventure Classics, Ancient China, Ancient History, Archaeologists, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Baker Street and Beyond, Books on Books, Byzantinistikshow all groups

Favorite authorsIain Banks, David Brin, James Lee Burke, Anton Chekhov, C. J. Cherryh, e. e. cummings, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Kahlil Gibran, Michael Grant, Robert E. Howard, Michael Moorcock, Kenneth Robeson, Salman Rushdie, Rex Stout, Leo Tolstoy, John Updike, Jack Vance, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://www.thomasfortenberry.net

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Congratulations on winning my member giveaway book, Investigate World History by Anita Ganeri. I'll get it in the mail next week.

Pam
Hello, glad to be your friend - I'd love to know why you picked me! Some of my favourite books are on our shared list, though I must admit to not having read Baudolino or War and Peace!

GG
hiya, cheers for the friend request. i look forward to disscusing some books with ya.
LIFT EV'RY VOICE AND SING
By James Weldon Johnson

Lift ev'ry voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list'ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chast'ning rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered.
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast by Thy might,
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.
Thank you for your friend request. I'm looking forward to browsing your library and looking at your writings.

Best,

Karen Harrington

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Well slowly but surely the friends list grows. HA! A pleasure to add a distinguished literary mind to my tiny list of LT pals. God knows someone as obsessed as I am with the lower echelon of fiction (mystery, crime and pulp) needs all the respectable friends he can get.

Best,
John
Discovered you when a "google alert" told me you have Part 2 of the Okal Rel Saga, Righteous Anger, in your list of books. Love your list of accomplishments: author, editor, reviewer, publisher. I read Doc Savage in my youth. And Russian literature like some Dostoevsky, bits of Gogol, and lots of Solzhenitsyn with random bits of Catherine the Great histories and Chekhov. I remember, in particular, being fascinated by a bit in -- I think it was Uncle Vanya -- where an unhappy character longs for the open road and yet never leaves. In my own writing I am often more interested in what makes characters stay in situations, good or bad, rather than rejecting the good with the bad and striking off in new directions.
Hello: I'm fairly new to LibraryThing, and I don't really know what a "friend" is, or is supposed to do--but here I am. So far, I've only listed books of mine that I have tagged as "creationism," but I may add others. I'm a fan of HG Wells, Stapledon, Tolkien, Eco...

You're involved with Istanbul Literary Review? Do you know Maureen Freely (transl. of Pamuk) or Caroline Finkel (author of Osman's Dream)? They're friends of my best friend, who grew up in Istanbul, and who I traveled with in Turkey and Afghanistan. I've also consulted with Taner Edis, a Turkish-American physicist and critic of pseudoscience. I'm hoping to collect works of Harun Yahya.
Hi

Rather busy with my PhD. right now but thanks for the invite. I'm always curious about the reasons for someone putting me on their friend list. Obviously something to do with books - and we do share an interest in sci-fi - and presumably Tolstoi - but was it something specific?

Cheers
hi Thomas, it's my pleasure and honor to discuss mysteries with a distinguished author like you. my email can be found on my profile page. feel free to contact me at any time!
For many years the walls were covered, floor to ceiling, side to side....in fact a friend of mine had a grand old english style reading roon, where the back of the door was even a shelf, so when closed, you could hardly tell where the exit was. Never got to duplicate that. Now my kids are all grown and all love to read, anything and everything...all the time....In spain I had a villa on the beach, with a huge room, stand up flireplace and shelves built into the stucco walls, 12 ft ceilings, iron gates covered in greenery and ivy, filtering the light from the beach, sitting on the terra cotta floors, listening to the waves kiss the sand, the snick flip of the pages turning in the sunlight...a magical time to be sure.....
and I see a Doc Savage fan as well...at least in comparison to what we share....
I thought that I had the dream job, storyteller, musician, library, all rolled into one, but to make a living reviewing books?...ahhh..bliss to be matched by sitting on the porch, eating madelines and reading Proust! But I know how difficult it must be to have the deadlines necc. to review and publish when you need to. I came back from Europe (after 8 years) with a collection of approx. 12,000 books, but have since sold the bulk of the special collections, and now hold on to about 3,000 of my favorites, which I have managed to keep, but the walls are bursting..so it may be time to weed.

Welcome to librarything! Its a great application and a wonderful way to meet fellow bibliophiles...My good friend is a prof. of eng. lit, and we spend many hours sitting and reading to each other...tis a wonderful life indeed.
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