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About my libraryThis is the last paragraph from an essay my 12 year old daughter Beth wrote on "What I Am Thankful For".

"Last, but not by any means whatsoever least, I am thankful for books. Not only my books, any books. Reading is magical. When I read a book, I am taken from my own little world and plunged into someone else’s. I forget all my problems, so absorbed am I in someone else’s. Many times am I reminded that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. A book is often better than the cover reveals, like expecting vanilla and getting chocolate. Sometimes, I am swept away into the book. I can see the diamond dragon burst through the waterfall, aim my arrows at invading Calormenes, and see for myself Aslan the Great Lion. Books are so wonderful, I began to write my own. I put my personality into a character, make up countries with funny sounding names, and know how a book will end before it is even written. Make no mistake about it - books are awesome!"

GroupsA Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Ballantine Adult Fantasy, Libertarian Science Fiction, Lost In A Good Book, Made into a Movie, Martial Arts, Spies & Spy Fiction, Tai Chi, The Green Dragon

Real nameLee Verner

LocationSmyrna, GA, USA

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Member sinceSep 29, 2005

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Hello- I hope that this message is not an imposition on your time, but I was just looking through the IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL FILL messages I've allowed to build up, and your BAF comment caught my eye. I am an O-C (Obsessive-Compulsive) collector and completist on a fixed budget and with a harried (re my bibliphilia) wife. I was trying (don't aske me why) to get four complete sets of the BAF (at least two firsts), and have, well, I guess hundreds of what some would call "extra" copies. The only ones i don't have firsts of are, of course, the Tolkiens.
ANYWAY, what I was leading up to was, which ones do you lack- I might perhaps have some several of them (I am probably going to cut back to just two sets) which I would sell you for a mutually agreed upon price (based, of course, upon condition) plus shipping. these would probably not be cherry #1s, but would serve as space fillers until you can find a better copy/earlier addition (WARNING: that's how I wound up with three or four of each!).
I hope this did not come across as avaricious- it was not meant as such!
Jamie S.
Hi Lverner

Have you tried Its the Casca fans website and has everything there about the series, fans feedback and news about forthcoming books coming out soon.

We finally got a ScanCat and have nothing but good things to say about it. - Carol
I saw that we share an interest in boxing. I thought you might get a kick out of my book Virgin Gloves. It's unlike any boxing book you've ever read, I can guarantee it. It's viewable at Suburban
Hello Iverner (I hope that's not a lowercase "L" at the beginning of your username; my apologies, if so),

I just saw your post over in the bookshelves, etc., group. A cool selection of what appear to be well-used books, if I may say so.

Looking at your library it's fairly obvious you have an interest in the martial arts, so I wanted to throw a couple of books your way. While I own both books I actually haven't gotten around to reading either of them, but they seem like ones you might like. The first book is called "By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions" by Richard Cohen and the second book is "Jason Striker Martial Arts" (ISBN: 1401033490) by fantasy author Piers Anthony and Roberto Fuentes (apparently a Judo expert from Cuba). The first book is reputedly a very fun read (although with quite a few medieval related errors per a historian on and the second contains two novels from what looks to have been a four-book 1970's series (there's only one review on Amazon, but it's a glowing one that doesn't seem to be phony). Anthony's early works were some of my favorites in my mid-teens and I've always been interested in the martial arts, so I was quite surprised to discover the Jason Striker books just a couple of years ago. Anyway, just thought I'd pass them on to you in case you're interested.

Finally, while I don't have or want any children, I have to say I'm sometimes tempted when I occasionally run across a child such as your daughter; good job to you and your wife.
Yeah, I know the feeling. But even making a dent will be a help...

ISBNs came about mid/late 1970s, right?
No kidding! We're buying a bardcode reader...
I love that the two computer monitors in the bottom left corner of your picture appear to be buried by the books....I'm very fond of my computer for many reasons, but I will never see it as a reading instrument.

I had a 12-year old daughter like that once---she is now 25, working on her PhD in creative writing and still finding time to tell me about the latest wonderful book she read. Lucky us!
Re: Swann

Cool, it's just one of my wishlist books cause it caught my attention, I might end up buying it one of these days.
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