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Member: lasomnambule

CollectionsYour library (1,108), To read (35), All collections (1,108)

Reviews8 reviews

Tags7 (45), unread (44), tbr (33), booker (25), may '07 (17), victorian (17), july '07 (16), africa (16), dec '07 (14), fall '05 (14) — see all tags

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About meLiving in Boston, working in publishing. Like to check books off long lists (working on Bookers, but will move next to Pulitzers and National Book Awards).

About my libraryMy library is getting married! No, really. We're finally both buying books together and adding them to the same shelves. And it's a mess. And most of our $$ goes right on our bookshelves.


Favorite authorsDjuna Barnes, J.M. Coetzee, Charles Dickens, Dave Eggers, Thomas Hardy, Ernest Hemingway, Miranda July, Cormac McCarthy, Ian McEwan, V. S. Naipaul, Flannery O'Connor, Salman Rushdie, José Saramago, William Makepeace Thackeray, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)

LocationBoston, MA (Mission Hill)

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Member sinceMar 15, 2007

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You share the most books with my of my library! Congrats :) We also both are in publishing and in Boston. How about that?
Dang, but you nailed it in your assessment of Nikolski, which I am also currently reading:

"While an experienced reader does sense that Dickner is a masterful, creative storyteller who deeply understands the impact of myth, he's got a lot to learn about what makes a novel compelling, readable, and timeless."

Yes... all the signs of greatness in this young author, apart from the maturity which recognizes that stories involve people - not just ideas. I would say the same about Jeanette Winterson's first novel, "Sexing the Cherry", which was big on myth and short on human interest, in my opinion.
Glad to see you recently added the Story of Lucy Gault. It is one of my favorite books of the past decade and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Trevor really is good. Have you read Atonement? For some reason it reminded me a good deal of that book (which I also liked).
Don't think I am stalking your library. I came to it because you'd popped up when I search for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - and when I went to your page I saw Lucy Gault in your "recent activity" section.
I think you are also listed on my page as an interesting or similar library - ah yes, I see the message below - so I do find your choices interesting!.
Actually, I hadn't heard of that site or any of those books, so I thank you for the recommendations. I will have to start reading some of them and let you know what I think. Have you read "The Uncommon Reader" by ALan Bennett? It's quite new and a fast read and very light, but funny and entertaining for anyone who loves to read. He imagines what would happen if the Queen became addicted to reading.
Thanks for the reply, hotel du lac sounds vaguely familiar and I will have to take a look at it b/c I think I may have read that one. I was surprised by the incest in Moon Tiger! I don't know about you, but that's not a subject I have encountered much in my reading. I don't know that I'll be as dedicated as you were with reading the entire list ( I am a great starter of projects but easily distracted) Sometimes I am just really in the mood for some lovely British lit and that is why I thought I'd go with the Booker prize winners for a while. I will have to look into some of the others you recommended. Have you read Shirley Hazzard? She is an Australian author and tops my list of all-time favorites.
I am working on Booker Prize winners too! Have recently read the Sea the Sea, by Iris Murdoch, and then a booker prize winner the bookshop by penelope fitzgerald, which didn't win but she had won with another book, and then penelope lively's moon tiger and just finished pat barker's new one, which again she is a prize winner I think--maybe for Regeneration, i read that one in college. i did love Iris Murdoch's and I did love Life Class. What have you enjoyed?
I saw that you like Djuna Barnes. I don't know if you're familiar with Anais Nin's Diaries. Djuna Barnes' name comes up in them a number of times, if you enjoy learning personal biographical details about your favorite writers.
Oh, a cover on one of the Cell mags--that's a nice achievement. Frame-worthy!
Molecular Cell! That earns a "hello"! :)
Hi, I stumbled upon your library because our taste in reading are so similiar. I enjoyed browsing through your list.
Hey now, it's not all I do! I do...a couple other things.
Also, what did you think of _Heat_ (if you've read it)?
I can see what you mean. I got books in the mail today and thought "oh boy now I can put these on library thing" (instead of "ooh my books" or something normal).
Your teetering bookstacks bear a remarkable similiarity to my own...
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