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About meI work in Corporate Communications, formerly freelance journalist and NGO monkey.

I don't really do journalism any more but still write for the Fantasy and Scifi publisher, Tor's website. You can read any pieces I have currently in the linked "my website" section.

"Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge" - John Wesley

A motto worth living by!

About my libraryBuilt primarily from Canberra's tremendous twice-yearly bookfair and a healthy dose of remainders over the years, I think that it's a pretty good representation of my wider reading these days.

I am very eclectic, but special interest areas include: Fantasy (especially sword and sorcery style), Classics (especially Russian and Japanese), Victorian and Edwardian ghost stories, historical fiction (especially mysteries), mythology, Victorian fairytale illustrations, 20th century and contemporary American literature, young adult literature, bread baking, and vegetarian cookery. But I believe "good" is a quality that transcends genre - and think my library reflects that.

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Member sinceDec 24, 2010

Currently readingThe Scar by Sergey Dyachenko
Blood of Ambrose by James Enge
Venetia by Georgette Heyer
The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein
The Information Officer: A Novel by Mark Mills
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Prue put me on to you as someone who might be interested in doing an Asia/Pacific book swap for this Christmas. My idea was that, for those interested, I would allocate people a person each to give a book to, they would message their person a list of 10 (or 20 or 50) books that they wouldnt mind losing from their collection, and the person would message back their choice, or a list of their preferences.
So everyone would send and everyone would receive one book.
Would you be keen? There are about 7 each from Aus and NZ that I am contacting, plus one in Malaysia.
Message me back by 10 November if you are interested!
Thanks, Megan
Patrick - long time no hear! Will get to Lord of Misrule soon and let you know how I get on with it.
I reviewed Memories of Ice, then found you'd had the same opinon about virtually everything in it, only you stated it better. I especially like "Writers juggling chapters from multiple viewpoints often have one true story, and others are merely a form of exposition or padding, but Memories of Ice was satisfying no matter who the chapter was tracing." This is absolutely true but something I hadn't picked up on until you said it. In the place of one hero there is an entire host.
Hi Patrick! Thank you so much for reading and reviewing The Whitefire Crossing, I really appreciate it! And I'm so excited to "meet" another Dorothy Dunnett fan. :) I confess I have a slight preference for Lymond over Niccolo - I adore both Lymond and Nicholas as characters, but I think the final Lymond book is a more satisfying conclusion to the Lymond series arc than the final Niccolo book was for that arc, and I just love Philippa (Gelis was fascinating but then at the end she faded out a bit from the story). What about you - which series is your favorite?

-Courtney Schafer
Hey Patrick! Know you are much pre-occupied with your impending,,,but got some new books if you care to take a look!
Hi Patrick - saw your comments on Prue's profile page. We seem to have a lot of reading material in common. Keep in touch and happy reading.
I can't believe I forgot Philip Marlowe either - and I probably haven't even spelt it correctly! In my defence - and it is a pitiful defence at that - but in my defence I must say that I read the Chandler books 30 years ago (it's not as if Marlow is a cultural icon or anything - much!). About the threads - and I am onto my second thread now - one can get quite competitive. I don't like to see mine get relegated to the SECOND page for example - and if I see that Paul's has gone there, I will post a message to bump it up. And there's Smiler: speedier than lightning? I try really hard to steal visitors from her (I'm sure she's lovely, but something about her posts just get on my tits!) Ooohhh I'd better post this as a private comment - don't want to upset anyone! I see you haven't had a greaT run lately - nothing above a 3? Oh gosh - just looked at the time it's almost 11.00pm - Wallender is waiting in bed for me (I do imagine him as Emma Thompson's rather attractive ex - and see, can't remember his effing name either!
Hey Patrick - I am loving Packing for Mars - fascinating, though I would say that I enjoyed The Right Stuff more...Winesburg Ohio - only read one chapter but very progressive for its time! The other two I am dipping into, really, but enjoying. What are you reading?
Just picked up a littlle haul from the post office - The Wrong Case by James Crumley among them. It's a private dick book "Crumley writes about damaged people seen through a haze of jaded romanticism" Sounds a bit like a Dashiell Hammett. We shall see.
Oh, BTW, I've added a couple of books since you probably last looked - see you have, too!
Lovely review of Places in Between, Patrick.
Loved your review of Salmon Fishing - but goodness, aren't you the odd one out among all the praisers. My vote is on you!
Hello Patrick - wondered if you have read any Neil Gaiman? His name crops up a lot among those with similar libraries to mine...hope you are having a yummy Easter. mwayh Prue
Oh Patrick - enjoyed your reviews of The Housekeeper and Suspicious Whicher...and a FIVE for Of Human Bondage...
plays - bleh
Hey Patrick - suggest you check out LibraryThinger Richard Derus - his profile comments are quite funny.
Well Patrick, I was only 15 when I read Pere Goriot, so I doubt I had reached the dizzy height of sophistication that I attained in later years.
Ooohhh didn't you do well at the Canberra Book Fair! Lots of goodies....I LOVED Cry the Beloved Country when I read it as a teenager. Don't think I though much of old man Goriot. Heard good things about Fishing in Yemen so will be interested to hear your thoughts when you get to it!

No guides to Fatherhood, I see!
Thanks for your comments, Patrick! Steve is the real Derren Brown fan - though some of his 'tricks' are really interesting and I like his healthy scepticism. He's an interesting bloke. I fgot Black Water second-hand - I have wanted to read it for like 25 years, so I was delighted to finally get it!
Read your review of Red Leaves - seems like you are an un-common reader - thank goodness!
Ooohhh Patrick - for vegetarian recipes, I recommend Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi....soba noodles with aubergine and mango; quinoa salad with dried Lime; watercress, pistachio and orange blossom salad - very light and healthy dishes with a middle-eastern bent...
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