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About meI am my seventh year in the 75 Book Challenge Group; you can find my current thread at

About my libraryAt this time. I have entered my science fiction and fantasy (except those in the attic), my garden books, my religion books, professional books(cognitive, child psychology), and my Heyer regencies. I have not yet input my craft books or cookbooks.

Books Read in 2014:

1. Indexing by Seanan McGuire (420 pp.)
2. If the Shoe Fits by Laurie LeClair (244 pp.)
3. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (313 pp.)
4. Hexed by Kevin Hearne (296 pp.)
5. Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern edited by Todd McCaffrey
6. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather (297 pp.)
7. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (309 pp.)
8. The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer (234 pp.)
9. Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold (389 pp.)
10. The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold (315 pp.)
11. The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold (345 pp.)
12. Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold (302 pp.)
13. Grimoire of the Lamb/The Chapel Perilous by Kevin Hearne (99 pp.)
14. The Librarian: Little Boy Lost by Eric Hobbs (98 pp.)
15. Longbourn by Jo Baker (332 pp.)

16. Bastion by Mercedes Lackey (342 p.)
17. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (433 pp.)
18. Frederica by Georgette Heyer (437 pp.)
19. The Arabian Nights by Hassan Haddawy (428 pp.)
20. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (320 pp.)
21. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (309 pp.)
22. The Silvered by Tanya Huff (484 pp.)
23. Before the Dawn by Nicholas Wade (179 pp.)
24. Carousel Sun by Sharon Lee (366 pp.)
25. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (341 pp.)

26. Hammered by Kevin Hearne (312 pp.)
27. Mr. Wuffles by David Weisner (30 pp.)
28. Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold (311 pp.)
29. Tricked by Kevin Hearne (370 pp.)
30. Half-Off Ragnorak by Seanan McGuire (368 pp.)
31. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (396 pp.)
32. The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg (515 pp.)
33. Trapped by Kevin Hearne (322 pp.)
34. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks (309 pp.)
35. Serendipity's Tide by L. Shelby (233 pp.)
36. Treachery's Harbor by L. Shelby (194 pp.)

37. Fealty’s Shore by L. Shelby (248 pp.)
38. The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski (265 pp.)
39. Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code by Bart Ehrman (197 pp.)
40. What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton (446 pp.)]
41. The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer (272 pp.)
42. The Celestial Globe by Marie Rutkowski (293 pp.)
43. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (332 pp.)
44. Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett (381 pp.)
45. The Jewel of the Kalderash by Marie Rutkowski (320 pp.)
46. Hiero's Journey by Sterling Lanier (318 pp.)
47. The Unforsaken Hiero by Sterling Lanier (240 pp.)
48. Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold (338 pp.)
49. Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer (304 pp.)
50. The Normans by Lars Brownworth (210 pp.)
51. The Warlock's Curse by M. K. Hobson (398 pp.)
52. A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (353 pp.)
53. Fall of Light by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (307 pp.)

54. The Doomsday Vault by Steven Harper (381 pp.)
55. Eight Million Gods by Wen Spencer (355 pp.)
56. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (390 pp.)
57. A Natural History of Dragons (334 pp.)
58. Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach (330 pp.)
59. A Change of Heart by Candice Hern (276 pp.)
60. Disenchanted & Co. by Lynn Viehl (417 pp.)
61. Hunted by Kevin Hearne (384 pp.)
62. Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal (364 pp.)
63. Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear (336 pp.)
64. Limits of Power by Elizabeth Moon (492 pp.)
65. Crown of Renewal by Elizabeth Moon (503 pp.)
66. The Sea of Time by P. C. Hodgell (395 pp.)
67. Shattered Pillars by Elizabeth Bear (333 pp.)

68. Arabian Nights II translated by Husain Haddawy (266 pp.)
69. Steles of the Sky by Elizabeth Bear (429 pp.)
70. Dust Girl by Saray Zettel (290 pp.)
71. The River Kings' Road by Liane Merciel (431 pp.)
72. The Daemon Prism by Carol Berg (498 pp.)
73. Getting Schooled by Garret Keizer (302 pp.)
74. Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer (333 pp.)
75. The Martian by Andy Weir (369 pp.)
76. My Real Children by Jo Walton (320 pp.)
77. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (446 pp.)
78. Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard (348 pp.)
79. Spirits That Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman (306 pp.)

Groups100 Books in 2009 Challenge, 100 Books in 2010 Challenge, 100 Books in 2011, 100 Books in 2012 Challenge, 100 Books in 2013 Challenge, 100 books in 2014 challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011show all groups

Favorite authorsLloyd Alexander, Jane Austen, Steven Brust, Lois McMaster Bujold, Emma Bull, Susan Dexter, Diane Duane, Jasper Fforde, Elizabeth Goudge, Ursula K. Le Guin, Barbara Hambly, Georgette Heyer, P. C. Hodgell, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Barry Hughart, Diana Wynne Jones, Sharon Lee, Patricia A. McKillip, Robin McKinley, L. M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Moon, Garth Nix, Andre Norton, Tim Powers, Terry Pratchett, James H. Schmitz, E. E. Smith, J. R. R. Tolkien, Connie Willis, Patricia C. Wrede (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAdams Avenue Book Store, Mysterious Galaxy, Wahrenbrock’s Book House

Favorite librariesNational City Public Library, San Diego Public Library - City Heights/Weingart Branch

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Yes, we're home that week. We have doctor's appointments on Wednesday and I have knitting Friday morning but otherwise I could do it any day that week. What would work for you?
Thanks Roni, the book arrived while I was on vacation. I think I'll take it to New York with me.
Yes! And he ended up losing his editing job at Chilton (mostly technical writing) over it - (he had convinced to take on a few sf books per year) - and when Dune TANKED the first couple of years (totally a word-of-mouth cult success) and it was such a huge book, quite expensive they got p.o.'d and so did he and that was that.

Hi Roni:

The necklace arrived yesterday and I do really love it.

Thank you so much!

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I like this one, on the right, with the smokey colors. I think purple wire would be cool....
Hope you like "Off to be a Wizard," I really have to get back to listing my books, and my reading, been reading but not listing, huge backlog.

I simply want to thank you for your wonderful support. I appreciate you greatly. I hope all is well with you. And, when I retire, I hope to find a passion as you did. Your creativity shines through in all you make.

Hahaha Thanks for pointing that out to me, Roni. Not like me at all to be so careless, I'll go and edit it before others read it and assume I have gone sunny side up! xx
"Well, I've done it, Shel. I started your first book and couldn't stop until I'd finished the whole thing."

Oh, lovely! :)

"There were some editing issues--omitted words mostly, in the last two books--but not enough to interfere with my enjoyment."

I'm sorry about the errors. I tried really hard to get them all, but there always seems to be a few that get past me, no matter how many times I go over something. :(

But you liked it anyway. Yay!

So far I've only got teen feedback from my own children (as far as I know). They claim to like it, but it isn't their favorite of my stories. (But then, they all have different favorites. So maybe the fact that its nobody's least favorite is more significant?)

I don't know who that is. I do mean Roni. That sort of takes the shine off it.
Hey Ronincats!

I'm still around. It was just very hard to get into the social life here and while I enjoyed many people I spoke with, it just became a larger effort than I had energy to make. I'm still maintaining my library, and poking around, but mostly I'm on G+ these days.

Also I spend a lot of time staring at my new fishtank with the cats :) Thanks for thinking of me and I apologise for taking so long to reply. I usually go straight to my books and I didn't notice the little yellow notification.
Thank you so much, Roni. You have made a rotund and blushing englishman very happy with your comments.
Email sent!
She picked the pastel purple / green (with the purple colored wire), so I kept the teal. Would you go ahead and make another one just like that so I can have one too? :)

I LOVED them! Mom LOVED them! She wanted them both, but I made her pick only one and let me keep the other one!! ;)

You are so amazingly talented! Thank you so much!
Oh good stuff, Roni. I'm so glad Paypal worked out.

PRI is nice and warm. Rains a little but only for a few minutes and then it stops. I can't wait to get on the beach tomorrow afternoon after this conference ends and maybe do a bit of caving on Friday ... or maybe I'll just read on the beach. It's been a loooong week so far.

Great! something around February? And this is where we were talking about it...

Hello! Was just talking to drneutron about a tutored Silmarillion read... and rememberd that you were willing at the beginning of this year... any chance of you taking our hands?

And Frohe Weihnachten and Gutes Neues Jahr!
I am overwhelmed by your generosity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love it. A neighbor visited today and noticed your lovely work and said it was marvelous!!!!

What are your plans for the holiday?

We are having a quiet day.

Thanks Roni! I look forward to receiving it!
Ok, you should see an email about the PayPal transfer to your account. Thanks Roni!!
Happy Belated Birthday Dear Roni

I love you lots because

1) You are sensitive
2) You are caring
3) You are talented
4) You are other directed
5) You are intelligent
6) You are a wonderful friend

There are many more reasons!

I hope your day was as special as you are.
And here's another 75er to wish you a happy Thingaversary, Roni! I check most days to see whose anniversary has come up - nice to see a familiar name and this has reminded me I should go and visit your thread soon. I hope you are going to have an opportunity to acquire the requisite number of celebratory Thingaversary books soon!
Happy 6-year Thingaversary, Roni! I've enjoyed getting to know you in the 75er Challenge threads. I hope you have a very bookish day!
Happy sixth Thingaversary, Roni!
Dear Friend

I love the green pitcher in post #115 of your thread. Do you have any of them for sale (it doesn't have to be green).

Love you lots,

Kensington Cafe sounds wonderful. Friday would work better for me if that's OK with you. Meet you there at 11:30 (so we can get a table)?
I'm doing OK now -- transitioning to busy calendar. I'm pretty clear this week if you have a slot. Want to do lunch?
You put (vote) (/vote) around the question, but with triangular brackets. :)
Roni, I LOVED To Say Nothing of the Dog! Thank you so much for sending it to me -- what a fun, fun read! There's so much going on in it -- I already know I will be reading it again. Thank you!
Oh cool. I am interested!

Roni, I didn't hunt hard for our Borgia thread, so since I didn't find it, I thought I'd come by to say that I finished this afternoon. Yay! I gave it four stars too - don't really care whether Meyer is right or wrong, I enjoyed it!
A posting question...I like how you have the book covers in your Ronireads threads. Mine never come out the same size, even using the width measurement. Where do you get the cover links from?
Just letting you know that The Ladies of Mandrigyn arrived here safely. Thank you so much for sending it!
Don't be ashamed for reading! I'll catch up today, I hope. And if I don't, GO for it!!!!
I have also mentioned the thread to the other person who I found has received the book. Maybe we'll have some good discussion!
And I just checked the "received" thread and see that Suzanne got it. She'll breeze right through it, but we might want to put it on the 75 thread so that she can comment...
Oh dear. I misread. You're reading chapter 1 tonight. O.K. I can do that too, I think.
I'm about to finish my Kate Atkinson, so I can start tomorrow, but you will likely not want to wait for me. My major push this month should be finishing Master of the Senate - and that's MAJOR!!! I'll try to read some every day until I finish LBJ or it gets wonderful.
Phooey, Roni. Mine came in the mail from NY, I think, so I guess it's just taking it longer to get to the west coast.
Thanks for the Bujold reading advice. I'm definitely going to read the earlier books someday. I'm enjoying the Vorkosigan series so much! Also, thanks for the link to the Atwood thread. I don't know if I'll participate actively, but I'm enjoying lurking and reading the comments.
Thanks for reading my comments in FantasyFans! I always worry my posts are running long, but then I try to write the type of posts I like to read too :)

Melissa Scott is unquestionably my favorite author in the genre overall. Her work tends to have the greatest amount of things I love (interesting characters that are allowed to have relationships _other_ than romance, worldbuilding that makes me go "wow, that's neat" almost constantly, especially the different ways she explores computer technology which always ring true to my experience as a programmer even when they are technologically impossible, so many characters who aren't straight and gender normative who get to be _the protagonists_ and have _fantastic adventures_- okay, in short, I love all the things!) and the least amount of things I don't love- she's one of the disappointingly few authors whose work I can pick up and be confident that I'm not going to run into any eyebrow-raising or enjoyment-destroying pitfalls of weird gender essentialism or highly questionable romance tropes ("alpha males" and "mating bonds," I'm looking at you, shudder).

Scott talks about some of her choices in the Silence Leigh trilogy in her book on writing, Conceiving the Heavens, and that's made me interested in reading it for some time- I waited, however, until the release of the extensively re-written version of the third book, The Empress of Earth, that just came out in electronic formats at the beginning of this month.

I see many authors among your favorites whose work I've greatly enjoyed (Garth Nix, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Patricia Wrede), so I've added you to my interesting libraries as well!
Thanks for your comment about Cryoburn. I've not read the beginning of the Vorkosigan series, but I started midway, with Komarr. Bujold wrote on her blog that this was an OK entry point. I recently finished Civil Campaign, Winterfair Gifts and Diplomatic Immunity, so Cryoburn is next. However, I might skip it and go to Captain Vorpatril's Alliance first, as I'd like to read the Hugo nominees before the voting deadline. I heard that chronologically, that one goes before Cryoburn even if it was published later.

I did find that, when reading Diplomatic Immunity, there were so many references to the backstory that I'd wished I'd read some of the earlier novels. Would you recommend that with Cryoburn (and if so, which of the earlier novels should I read), or will it be OK to read it now that I've read the preceding few books?
Wirework! I do precision wire work :) In fact, my mentor's book is among my Cooking and Craft books (Dale Armstrong). You might find it interesting. I noticed some of your work in your gallery. I'll have to put up a few pictures of mine for you to see.

My husband is the crocheter. I knit (almost competently) and now that I have a new magnifying lamp, I'm going back to doing woven and stitched beadwork.

The bathroom looks lovely. I used to adore reading in the bathtub, but the townhouse we now occupy has the cheapest and smallest of bathtubs. It's hardly worth the bother.

I'll happily scour your shelves and threads and I hope to talk with you about books and crafts and cats whenever you're in the mood :)
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I AM SO SWIPING THIS PICTURE! My husband and I are hoping to build a house in a couple of years, and THIS we must HAVE.
LOL - that's great! Now I have to go look at the list...
Hi Roni,

Thanks for the steampunk recommendations. You may not have explored this genre deeply, but you've already got some nice ones under your belt, it seems. I have happily added the Leviathan series and Parasol Protectorate (I just love this title!) to my obese wish list. I'm about to embark on a trip, so I'll check to see if my digital library has any I can download first before hitting some of the bookstores.

I'm really liking this genre. Should have looked into it before. Oh well, better late than never.

Have a wonderful weekend ...

roni, was it you who recommended Territory by Emma Bull to me? I think so. I'm starting it tomorrow on a long trip on some airplanes. I gave up looking and broke down to purchase it on the internet.
Hi, Roni.

From what I've seen of your reading, you're a natural for Graceling and the ones after it. You may want to bump it up the tbr. I just can't imagine your not enjoying the heck out of it.

Best - oe
Thanks -- it's not exactly a challenging job but it will allow me to be there for the entire season plus get an "insider's" view which I think will be fun. Too bad we can't meet in Lawrence but with your cross-country plans in fall it makes sense.
P.S. Roni, I like your legend %,*, etc. I think I will adopt it.
I haven't started my own thread yet. What's the best way to do that?

Thanks Roni; that's very sweet of you. There's a bookshop in the city that specialises in Fantasy that I'd like to check out first (any excuse!), and then I'll let you know. (I assume we're talking about 'Ladies of Mandrigyn'?)

Great! See you tomorrow.
I could meet for coffee this Friday (the 22nd) or the following (the 1st) or Monday the 4th. We're leaving on March 10 and will be gone until May 15. Hope we can get together before then. I was thinking maybe Kennsington Coffee and then we could mosey on down to Adams Avenue Books (where I must admit I haven't been in years).
Thank you for the recommendation, I'll put it on my wishlist!
Hi, Roni! I hope you're doing well. Things have been a little up in the air for me, which is why I haven't been around on LT all. I'm gonna try and get back now though!
Re: Although I'm not reading any of them at the moment, I'd certainly be willing to discuss either the Silmarillion or the Deathly Hallows with you while you are reading it. I'd didn't particularly care for the other book, so didn't keep a copy in my library. I could be a resource and answer questions you have.

Oh great! I don't know when I'll get around to them, possibly not for Fantasy February, but they are on my tbr mountain :)

Thank you so much for your offer!
I just can't keep up... your thread, and others I'd like to read, just move so fast. If they're slow moving I'm okay.

Anyway, I am interested. Just defeated before I open the thread. Guess I need to work on that attitude!

Hope you're having a great week. xox
Thanks Roni, I have already starred the Jhereg group read thread, but I do have a number of other books I'm supposed to be reading this month as it is, so I doubt I'll be getting there sadly!
Hi Roni - yes I really like [[Elizabeth Goudge]]. I discovered [Little Grey Men] late in life, after I read [Mistress Masham's Repose] which also has little people, and is a lovely book. [[Georgette Heyer]] was one of my grandmother's favorite authors. I like th flowers on your profile page - are they sweet peas? I was a florist in my younger days.

I haven't read any of his either...wondering whether to give them a try.

Have you read any of Peter F. Hamilton's stuff? The reviews are mixed but some like it.

I checked the library right away and they had Tigana available as a e-book which works perfectly for me. I am not sure I will be able to get it all read before it locks itself. (I always have several books that I am reading at the same time)but,hopefuly I can download it again.)

This should be fun!
Hi Roni- Thanks for setting up the Group read thread! I wasn't specifically speaking to you. LOL. I was just encouraging you on all your FF titles. I've been juggling so much, I'm glad to get a little help.

Wow, Roni.. that was quick! Did you like it?

No problem; I figured it was unlikely, but it didn't hurt to ask. Hopefully I'll be able to make it further south next time I'm here.
I just started a thread, the link is:, please come and visit! :)
Hi Roni,

A bit of a longshot, but I was wondering if you might be interested in an LA-area mini-meetup sometime between Jan 13 and 16? I think that's the closest I'm going to get to San Diego in the foreseeable future.
I'd love to. Meshing calendars may be challenging but I'm sure we can do it :-)
btw, to you happen to know Suzi Richardson in Oceanside? I ask because she was a counselor for families/children and is a potter. I can imagine your paths might have crossed professionally.
Thanks Roni. It sounds great. Although the private lessons cost a bit I imagine they would really speed up the learning curve. We're going to be travelling from mid-March to mid-May and then may spend June-September at Chautauqua so, realistically, I'd probably better consider it for the fall rather than right now. I really appreciate the info and will keep it for later reference.
Happy Saturday Roni
Hi Sweetie. I hope you rae well.
great New Year's gif at Joe's, Roni. looks like our house.

wave at the Pacific for me, wouldja? born in Ventura, grew up on the beach in Carlsbad, went to Cal and am now in . . . Knoxville, TN?

have a good one. see you at Joe's next year. :)
Thank you for the Christmas greetings! I hope you have a lovely New Year! And i hope to be a little more active on LT this year, though maybe not until the second half.
Merry Christmas to you, too! Impressive reading this year! Wishing you many good books in the new year! -Compski
Through your kind acts of outreach, you have made my journey ever so much lighter.

Merry Christmas to you dear special friend!

Hello Dear One

I think of you often.

Happy Holidays!
Good to hear from you. I'm having a lot of pain today and will stay inside and read and rest tomorrow. How was your vacation?
How was your vacation?

How are you my dear?
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EEEK! I used to grow tomatoes and HATED those little (actually, BIG) critters. Though they are strangely beautiful, you know?
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Wait, where was this taken? It looks very much like a picture I took when I was on the island of Oahu. Well, wherever it was, I wish I were there.
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Thanks for commenting on the image. Way I figure it, there has to be SOMETHING good about growing older and losing one's memory, besides the AARP discount at the movie theater. :)
Thanks for sending me the review, Roni, I'm glad you appreciated it too - as you say, simple words but the ideas are not.
Hello Roni

The pain is all a natural part of this extensive surgery. It's only been three weeks and I'm doing quite well...thanks to you and my lovely friends here on LT!
Here's the link for cool cat merchandise Roni! My niece & nephew may get T-shirts for Christmas.
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Roni, shall I add you to the list of folks reading [Team of Rivals]? Here, again, is the link to the page about it:
Thanks Roni. I have starred your thread and just started a thread here:

I hope we exchange some good book recommendations soon :)
Hi Roni, I opened this site up again with the hope of joining in with things again. You were the first person I looked up. Can you point me to whatever discussion thread you have now for your books. Thanks.
Saw your request for Vancouver info, so here I am ....
Hotels - we have a lot of hotels in Vancouver, so finding something to match your style and budget shouldn't be a problem, especially in October. My brother and his family love the Pan Pacific, and it's very nice, but also very large. In the luxury hotel line, I prefer the Four Seasons for their service and all their nice touches. Also take a look at the Hotel Georgia. They recently did a mega-million dollar reno, and the public areas are all very lovely. I haven't seen the guest rooms, but friends raved about it and also said they got a fabulous rate. And you can't beat the location--Georgia and Howe, which is the centre of everything.

For things to do, that depends on your interests, but a walk around the Stanley Park seawall is a must. Or if you prefer, you can rent bikes. The weather in the first two weeks of October is often warm and sunny (it sometimes gets rainy in the second half, after Thanksgiving). If you like art, the Vancouver Art Gallery usually has something interesting happening, and they have a permanent Emily Carr exhibit. It's across the street from the Hotel Georgia.

Our good bookstores all closed down. We still have a big Chapters downtown, but that's just a Canadian version of Barnes & Noble. There is a good used bookstore downtown, McLeod's ( but they aren't particularly cheap. If you go to Victoria, however, there are fabulous bookstores. My favourite are Russell Books (2 locations, on Fort St and View St), and the world famous Munro Books (owned by the ex-husband of Alice Munro). They have a wonderful CanLit section.

Hope that helps. Enjoy your trip. Let me know if you have any other ??


so sorry to be out of touch. You are such a dear, sweet, lovely lady and I miss you.
Hey Roni,

I take my last final tomorrow afternoon and am thinking of starting The Curse of Chalion that evening in order to celebrate. How does that sound to you?

Happy reading!
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I love those sweet peas! How gorgeous!
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Sweet peas picked from my garden today. Out the window, you can see the vertical netting which held my edible peas this winter and now are waiting for the green beans to grow up it. Roni
Well, it looks like the library has Paladin of Souls, so yeah, I'd probably read them both too. Is The Hallowed Hunt not as good as the first two?
Maybe I'll make that my first read of the summer! I doubt I'll get to it for another couple of weeks though -- say May 8 or so. That's about when my semester ends. Reading it (and the sequel, if I can find it) in tandem sounds lovely!
Hello dearie!

In addition to beloved Pixel of Ink, I follow:

Oh dear, I feel sure there's at least one more...can't think of it right now...will let you know if I do!

I eat anything, Roni ... so will be happy to sample what floats your boat on Friday. Yeah, I didn't think a bookstore visit may be feasible given what time I get out on Friday. Maybe next time I'll stay and extra day in SD. ;-)

Roni, I just read your review and agree 100%! That said, I couldn't turn the last couple of hundred pages fast enough - and like another reviewer I loved the cats and horses.
The MacLeod is one of the endless list that I have taken into the house but not yet read. I hope to get to it this year though since people seem to love it. Lucy did, and she's one of my guiding lights!
Roni, I thought for some reason we were friends at PBS. I'm UrsulaLiz there. I'd be willing to be you have everything of mine you'd want, but I'll appreciate your looking!
I tend to lurk more than post!
Of course! Here you go:

Happy New Year, Roni!
Thanks for the image of the "tree of books."

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We do have a lot of books (not to mention LT groups!) in common.

Wow! Thank you so much - it looks doable! I can't wait to try it out and make some for my friends. :)

Yayyy! Thank you! You are too kind. :)
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Wow. Those are pretty! Did you make them? Hope I'm not bothering you, but I am fond of beading and I love those flowers. Hey, I just realized I have those big beads - maybe I can make those flowers!

Sorry to bug you, but they are so pretty!

I passed off the quote baton to you on the discworld game thread. :)

Hi Roni,

Glad the baby eggplant and tomato stir-fry worked out well for you. Maybe you'll get to the seafood curry one of these days. So what do you grow during the winter?

Hi Roni, thanks for the info about Gregor the Overlander, I think I just may pass on this series for now.

Hi Roni,

The difference between coconut cream and coconut milk is that if you are getting this from a fresh coconut, it's the first press of the coconut flesh and coconut milk is the 2nd press with a little water added. Think extra virgin olive oil and virgin olive oil. :-) You may be able to find coconut cream in an Asian supermarket, but if not, then the cans of coconut milk (don't get the light'll be too thin) will be fine ... just if you can, don't use powdered coconut.

Your Asian supermarket may have some Thai sweet basil too. They're a little different from our sweet basil, the leaves are a little thinner and sharper and the stems are purple. But if not, regular basil is better than no basil. :-)

Hope you enjoy a few meals with your eggplants.

Hi Roni,
So here are a couple of eggplant recipes I thought you may like to try:

Baby Eggplant and Cherry Tomato stir-fry
6 Japanese eggplants, roughly diced
1 tsp fish sauce
1 small red chili, minced
1 tbsp thinly sliced ginger
2 medium Asian shallots, finely chopped
1 medium garlic clove, chopped
1 and half cups cherry tomatoes
2 tbsps black vinegar
2 tbsps brown sugar
12 - 16 Thai sweet basil leaves

Heat some oil in a pan, add the red chili, ginger, shallots and garlic and saute lightly. Don't let them brown. Add the eggplant and tomatoes and toss well. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook till the sauce thickens a little. Stir in the basil leaves for 5 seconds. Serve.

Thai Green Curry with Seafood
1/4 cup coconut cream
2 tbsp Green Curry Paste (you can get this from the Asian section of a supermarket)
8 large shrimp
1/2 lb mussels (cleaned)
1 3/4 light coconut cream
1 tbsp brown sugar
12 oz eggplants, quartered
2" piece galangal, julienned (if you can't find fresh, you can use the ones in the jar)
7 kaffir lime leaves (nice to have if you can find them, but ok to omit if you can't)
a handful of Thai sweet basil leaves for garnish

Pour the coconut cream into a pot and simmer until a layer of oil forms on the surface. Add in the curry paste, stir well until it combines and cook until fragrant.

Add the shrimp, mussels, light coconut cream, the fish sauce and simmer for about 5 mins. Add the eggplants and stir until the eggplants are firm but cooked. Add the galangal (and lime leaves if any).

Garnish with the basil leaves upon serving.

Hope you enjoy these

Hi Roni --

Thank you for finding my library interesting! I came over to poke around your profile and realized we do have a lot of reading in common. I checked the 'books you should borrow from' section and I have to say we'll have even more in common when I get around to adding more books to LT. I'm looking forward to following your reading! BTW, I have cats, too -- many, many cats....
Oh, I absolutely adore all of Bujold's books. All well written and well thought out too.

Have you tried Diana Gabaldon's series about time-travel from the 1940s to the 1740s? They were another great LT find for me.

Funnily enough, I am in the middle of a complete reread of the Vorkosigan books, prior to obtaining Cryoburn (pb out October over here).

I seem to have read vast amounts this year, though not as much as you! I am particularly pleased with myself for joining The Highly Rated Book Group on here, and thus reading some classics that I have avoided til now.

Looks like you are concentrating on SF and Heyer (must complete my set and reread them). What do you think of the Night Bookmobile by Niffenegger? I've only read Time Travellers Wife; haven't dared try any others for fear of disappointment.

SubPress has announced another Connie Willis exclusive for them, so I thought I'd pass it on to you. =)

Hope you're doing well!

looking forward to talking to you this week.

Thank you very much! :) Oh your very popular! :)
simply stopping by to say I appreciate you!
Stopping by to say hi.
I'm simply stopping by to say what a very special person you are!

I returned home from New Orleans to find your lovely, lovely note!

Hugs to you
Hey! I couldnt' join the 75 Books Challenge this year because I have been busy finishing up college. However, I blog at -- You can go over there to see what I've been reading. I have a "Read in 2011" list linked on the top with links to all the books I've read and reviewed this year so far.
I loved seeing you and Brenda today - I'm so glad we were able to make it work. Have a safe trip home tomorrow.
I would love to meet you when you are in PA! When you know the date, let me know and I'll be sure to mark it.

Hope you're feeling 100% soonest! I hate being sick!!
Happy to! Sorry I missed it!!
Hi, Roni. I found the Austenathon thread! Wahoo ... thank you : ).

Thank you! At home we have slow internet but I could go sit in a cafe with headphones if I really need a fix! It would have to be a day game, though. Lucy
i think FB works better for these... LOL
Hi Sweetie

I hope you are enjoying time wiht your mom.
Ahh, sorry, I'm utterly useless sometimes. I thought I'd replied but clearly just imagined it. Or even wrote it and then wandered off to do something else......

Thanks for the offer, but I'm on vacation on BM at the moment, as I can't afford to send anything and feel guilty receiving things. So thanks, but no thanks!
Love it! Thanks for letting me know -- and I hope you enjoy it!

Hi, Roni. Thanks for adding me as an interesting library!

Best wishes - Joe
Thanks for the pep talk on Blackout. I finished last night and ordered All Clear this morning (I hadn't gotten both at the same time because I didn't realize they were really one book). In the meantime, I'm reading something completely different: The Septembers of Shiraz. I hope I don't forget all the pieces of Blackout before All Clear comes!

Hi Roni - Ah, I see about you collecting those beautiful Heyer's. I am a relative newcomer to her work. Discovered her a couple of year ago through LT of course. Nobody does dialogue better! I'm enjoying all the activity on the 75ers and I'll continue to watch your thread for great reading ideas.

simply stopping by to thank you once again for the wonderful, kind, sensitive soul that you are!
Hi Roni,

I've set up a basic thread for the On Stranger Tides discussion:
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LOVE it!
I loved your Pegasus review, especially the part about shockingly healthy relationships :). Can't wait to read this one; McKinley is so talented. And now... to wait for the second book or not?
Thanks! I'll get it fixed.
Thank you for that. I've seen the book advertised somewhere (Amazon?) but it's one I haven't got yet because I'm not really a sci-fi fan but who knows? now I've got a recommendation for it I just might be tempted eventually!
Hey thanks ronincats - at last Iread my email. I am absolutely loving Steven Brust. I fell into his work accidently and so having been steaming on thru erything I can lay my hands on. Ok and I just spotted Georgette Heyer in your collection. One of my all time favourites.
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that is absolutely the best!! (Wish I'd thought of it! :)
Thank you Roni -- I feel exactly the same about you! xoxo
Hi Sweetie

I'm sorry that I missed your birthday. Was it a happy day?

Belated wishes to one of my all-time favorite LTers!

Simply want to say thank you for your delightful, wonderful letters that cheer and sustain me.

I appreciate you ever so much!
It's in a magazine called Crochet today! The September/October 2010 issue. There are a bunch of really funny crocheted hats in there. I hope you can find it!

This just came in my email, and I wasn't sure if it would be something you'd be interested in ordering, but since you're a Connie Willis fan, I thought I'd pass it on. =)
I've finished Cryoburn and Pegasus; I started Black Out, but then saw a couple people saying to wait until book two came out...not a bad thing to have too many good books to read!
How's it possible that I didn't have you marked as a Friend. And I didn't have Tad either!
yes, you are more purist in your love for all things sci-fi/fantasy. I am more of a generalist and liked that The Traveler crossed genres the way it did. I have just read the first couple of pages of The Postman and Brin is a wonderful and colorful writer. I hope the whole book is writtend so vividly.
Just wanted to say that I am interested in your group read idea for the new year as long as I can find the books. I haven't read any of the ones you mentioned. I thought The Postman was a terrific read.
Thanks for the Windsingers note. I've had those books sitting in a box for a ridiculously long time and decided it was time to give them another look. It was a pleasant surprise how good it was.
I'm glad you enjoyed the book, and don't worry about me "splurging" on priority shipping. I'd much rather have the book spend less time in the post office's hands and get to you in one piece. Like I said before, I'm just happy it made its way to someone that will truly appreciate it! =)
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Wow - fluffy!
simply stopping by to say how much I appreciate you!
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LOL Now this is one big ball of fur!!
No, I'm just happy to help a fellow reader in finding a book they've been looking for! I was just going to take the copy to my local indie bookstore and sell it to their used book section, so I'm much happier getting it to someone I know who really wants it! I'll get it out in the mail to you by the end of the week. =)
Would you like me to send along the copy of [D.A.]? I know for a fact that I'm never going to read it again, so I'd be happy to mail it out to you. =)
You know, that's exactly what I thought when I saw iansales' books and now there's you. I feel good about that :)
Thanks for noting my library. A lot of our common books are my favourites and you are the first person who has "interesting-ed" me. When I get some time I think I might start an Off the Shelf thread - I need a push to clear that shelf up.

I've been thinking of you today and wondering how you are. I'm so sorry about the loss of your pet.
I forgot to mention that I noted your wishlist contained a book regarding The Brontes.

I happen to have a dvd that I've watched a number of times regarding The Brontes.

I'm happy to send it along to you if you would like it.

Hi Roni!

Here's the link to my thread:

I think I called it Angela's (BookAngel_a) 2010 Journey - Chapter 3

Nice of you to drop by!
Happy reading,
Yes, I realize this sort of thing is common online. I just can't believe it continued so long in this case! :P
Hi Sweetie

Thanks for visiting my thread so frequently!
I had no expectations going into the first (Wit'ch Fire) and actually found myself enjoying it, the sequel Wit'ch Storm and the 3rd Wit'ch War. I intend to read the final two. The characters were likeable, the world building very good and the action easy to read and well paced. I've read better, but I've also read far worse. I think the books are worth at least an initial read - I don't believe I like them enough to reread.
Roni, I found the Mavin Many-Shaped books at long last! The whole trilogy was on the shelf of the used bookstore I perused today after appliance shopping! It made me so giddy, that I spent quite a bit--enough for them to give me a discount. And I'm supposed to be getting stuff out of the house before packing everything up,sigh. Years of patient looking have finally paid off, and for $4 total!
thanks for the great YA list...I'm going to be browsing them all summer preparing for gbabe's visit in mid august.
Help Me,Rhonda!!!

We are Friends on Face Book..Why not carry it on?
What a great list...thanks so much for giving me these leads. I'm sure I'll have plenty to offer baby grand when she comes later this summer.
Thanks for the offer to help with books for the g-baby. I'm really lacking in this area--I know the preschool books really well, and the HS to adults, but this middle group is one I'm clueless about. And don't worry if the series run long....she is the only grandchild/niece in a family of readers, so they can all contribute to the gift pile if there's a series....
Wow, thanks for all the advice. I appreciate all your help, and I will try to follow your suggestions.
oh I have serious game envy...
Thx -- I checked out the books here on LT

I'm a games and puzzles fiend. Are you selling them? Any worth doing if you're NOT a child in fact?

Hoping everything runs smoothly.

Hi Roni! Sorry to cause any worry--classes have been swamping me more than I expected. I've barely had time to breath, let alone read. Hope all is going well for you!
nice to know you!
I'm simply stopping by to thank you for your wonderful, kind posts throughout the threads on our 75 challenge group. You are a dear, sweet person!
D'oh. Meant to leave my thread before:

I don't write much there as I'm usually off looking for ideas on everyone else's juicy book lists. But I am prompt about updating my queue.
I do! I keep a list of links to all my challenges up in my profile (for future reference), but the profile is pretty busy and it's mostly there for my own sake. Here's the link: I'm up to book 24 already, lol :D
oh sorry im a bit slow today :) i dont have one but i started my own group which is 2010 Reading Challenge and i am listing on that.
Hi! There's not so many comments posted on my thread so I'm usually on the second page - Mamzel's 2010 Challenge
I had to star myself so I could find it when I have a book to post. I can't believe how prolific the members of this group are. I've been considering dropping to the 50 book challenge so I can keep up better. I have no problem with Books of the Shelf group.
I've enjoyed your thread and look forward to reading it.
Thanks! I'm still working on growing my Norton collection. I've got all the essentials, though. All my favorites. Now I just need to find time to read around school!
Thanks! I highly recommend the Attolia series. And I agree, M is for Magic was not as good as Gaiman's full-length works.

I look forward to seeing what you're reading in the future!

Roni, I came following your comment at Almacks. I see that the first book we have in common is After Long Silence. You will have to try hard to put a foot wrong with me - especially since we share a fair number of favorites.
Handsome cats! I should put up a portrait of our 4, except that #1 cat Chibby is still far from cordial to #'s 2-4, a mother and her kittens that we adopted this summer.
I see that you've also added Tillich lately. I read my share getting my Bible and Religion major back in the 60's.
So, well met!
Hi Roni, I scouted out the location of my copy of Little White Horse -- amazingly it even has a dust jacket -- it's in the shelf of 'old' books in my daughter's room. That is one of the books (and authors) that helped me survive childhood. I also read all of Georgette Heyer in my teens and several more times after that..... she got me through a rough time for sure!

-- Megan Lindholm is on my wish list, sadly...... I haven't found any yet! I'm still hoarding a few Hobbs --- I do that when I get near the end with an author I like a lot!

I am still a bit giddy from finding Library Thing. Hardly anyone in my social nexus reads the way I do, lonely work sometimes.


Hi Roni You wrote me a note and so I visited your library and I think we overlap in some ways. Plus I see your cats are nicely synchronized. Mine also like doing mirroring.

I named my first dog Periwinkle after the little pony in the Elizabeth Goudge book, oh dear, the little horse by the sea, or something like that? With the woman who hates geraniums?

Sorry I'm so slow. I probably will join, but I still want to wrap up my 2009 reviews, and life has just been too busy right now. Plus I have a houseguest in the office, limiting my online time.
"The Cowboy's Pentagonal Pyramidal Reading List, 2010"
ah those sweeties are adorable... do they accept belly rubs? :)
I think once you get finished inputting we will have a lot more in common than we appear to now! Did you know - was it you who said somewhere else - that Barbara Hambly is selling new short fiction on her website, via paypal?
Thanks a lot, Roni. I love Cherryh's work so much. It's sort of like how I feel about [Diana Wynne Jones]. They both aim very high, and sometimes they miss the mark a little. But I'd rather read one of either of their "failures" than many good authors' clear successes.

I'll try to add my library. I'm not too sure how, but maybe if I do it in bits, it'll be okay. I just don't have very much time due to sickness.

At least my books are shelved alphabetically by author so I'm not totally hopeless. (The fiction, I mean.)
Thanks, Roni!

The Android's Dream was a fun read. It takes a "special" kind of mind to think up interstellar diplomatic incidents via flatulence and some of the other things that went on in the book. I have enjoyed Scalzi's work so far.
k -- thx. that's not it. think it was a lady with an 's' name, but haven't found it so far LOL eventually...
Thank you for joining my genre group ;-)

I appreciate it.

I se you're reading Into the Beautiful North--how do you like it?

Hey Roni,

Believe it or not I've misplaced my wishlist! ack :)

Do you remember a book on ADD/ADHD and organizing your life around it. Can't remember if it was on your thread... but it was on one of the ones you read. have a friend i wanna suggest it to... been hunting and hunting and, in desperation, decided to ask you. Pls don't take time for some big search, but if it's tucked in that brain of yours for easy downloading :)... I just had to ask.

hope you & yours are well!

Hi there! I just saw your comment on the Pratchett board for my Unseen Academicals giveaway. Sorry about that! It should be working now, but in case it's not, here's a direct link if you're still interested:

I apologize for the delay!

First part on the Potrerillos library. 2nd is tomorrow.

Mark and I have been discussing the possibility of another group read in November and want your input. We have narrowed it down to two books at this point. "The People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. So chat it up with friends or us and let us know if you are up for it and what you think. Probably the same plan as with "Pillars of the Earth" which seemed to work out perfectly for almost all of us.
Think it over and give one of us a shout.
hugs and looking forward to hearing from you,
hadn't thought about using the collections in that fashion. Actually would be nice to keep track of borrowed books i've read. I'll have to look into the details of collections.
welll...let's see if it stays up there this time.. LT claimed to have saved it!~ and told me it was showing 13/13 reviews instead of 12/12. I didn't add it to my collection as i passed it on to a friend and we're cataloging books that we own, rather than loaners, library books read, etc. BUT i did put my review in, again, on "Pandora"'s page.
Done - putting up my Pandora in the Congo review. Thanks for the encouragement.
Hi, folks!

This is a general announcement that I’m sending to LT profile pages, FaceBook walls, and email addresses, in order to get in touch with everyone as soon as possible and as efficiently as possible.

I just returned from the Potrerillos library, where I turned over 34 books to the absolutely delighted librarian, Sra. Enilde. On Monday, I’m going to return there to take pix to send to you, so that you can see the fruits of your labor of love.

My only regret--and it is a deep one--is that I couldn’t have done this sooner. But the fact of the matter is that I have only been walking any distance except for around the house for about a week, and only within the past few days have I built up any endurance; even a short walk has left me wiped out.

But today was the day! She had been told beforehand by our friend Maricin that we were going to do this, but let me tell you, she was blown away by both the quantity and the beauty--as she put it--of the books. She kept saying, “Que lindo, que lindo” (How beautiful, how beautiful) as she pulled the books out of the boxes.

So thank you once again for your generosity; you’ll get pictures as soon as I get them. And we may have the representante there--she mentioned talking to him about it.


I just got your message on my profile. That formula is exactly what I was doing. The first time, I tried to edit (before I checked the link) and the "message edited..." replaced the MusicMomThread2 message. The second time I tried I wanted to put both links in and then I made a comment on a new line and that became the "link." The third time I tried to do both again and only one appeared in the message after I submitted--and it says its thread 2, but it is thread 1. My last one I just became the "message edited.." again so I gave up. That will take you to the second thread it anyone really wants to go there.

I copied my YTD summary in the next message so there is no need to go back. One of these days I'll make the effort to put in the [] around the books but I spent nearly two hours trying to get that new thread started and suddenly I decided I wasn't so OC that I
was going to fiddle with it any more! :-)

I really appreciate the help you give me!

Thanks so much. Ir works like a charm! I wish I could figure out what I do wrong.

I did discover if I try to edit a message the link becomes something bizarre--either the "message edited.." message or "post message" or something else that is an LT info. At least this should be the last time this year I need to have a link. :-)

Okay, Manie's rolling over in his grave (he's a strange guy, visits the cemetery regularly), and check your inbox.

Thanks for the quick response.
I have Lady of Quality in my library and a couple of others on my wishlist - 2 of the good ones that you mentioned.
Hi there!
MusicMom says that you are the resident expert on Georgette Heyer, i.e. the person who knows which are her best books. I've just finished Friday's Child, which I did not love, and wondered if you could give me some guidance as to which one I should read next. Thanks for your help.
Thank you very much, Roni! Unfortunately I am hampered by the fact that my local libraries have very few of Pratchett's books. I think I am just going to have to break down and buy them all, lol.

Hi ronincats:

The Unknown Ajax is one of my favorite Heyer's too! I just love the family's reaction to Hugh and his strength in the face of their disapproval.

Your review was excellent.

Haven't read Bloodhound yet. The last titles I read by Pierce were Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen, both of which I loved. I enjoyed Here There Be Dragons because of the literary illusions and the twist at the end. Once you know that even more allusions will jump out. And it moves pretty fast. I plan to pick up the sequel at some point.
I'm sure I will eventually. And the mood I'm in sometimes makes it hard for me to read something. But I never give up on the first try if I own the book. Thanks for adding me to your list of interesting libraries. Happy reading!
Hi...I see we share a lot of the same favorite authors also. I had read Knee Deep in Thunder years ago when it first came out but didn't realize that there were sequels until recently when I discovered that the first had been reprinted in an new edition. I haven't had the sequels long and haven't read them yet.

I was looking at the list of books that you've read this year. What did you think of Territory, by Emma Bull? I've had a hard time getting into that.
I cut waaaaay back on my threads. Then I added some back in. Right now at 76...
Did you like The Wheel of Stars by Norton? I had trouble with it and put it down.
the recipe -- I'm happy for you to have it, I just don't have it written down anywhere... Hmmm... wonder if Joyce does LOL I won't forget but it may take me a bit!
Thank you for the welcome. I have many more books to add to my list but it will take a while. This seems to be a wonderful place, I'm very excited to find it.
Thanks, I'll take a look at them.
Re your drive disappearing - if it's a LaCie Porsche design 150Gb or 250Gb, it could be the enclosure and not the cable. That turned out to be the problem with my external firewire that I'd used as an emergency backup when my internal drive failed. Shortly after backing up to it - it failed too! I took it to a local PC repair shop and got an excellent diagnosis and great service. The entire analysis and replacement of the case cost me about $70 - the new enclosure has a USB2 interface rather than Firewire, but I only use it now rarely and don't notice the speed difference a whole bunch.

On the book front - I'm still waiting (it's going on four years or so now) for "Dances with Dragons" by George R.R. Martin. I'm beginning to think he will never finish the dang thing :-(
Just stopping by to wave hello! I consider it quite the honor to added to your interesting libraries (and it looks like I'm in good company)! :)
Hi back. My computer had been on the edge of broken, so I didn't get to spend much time on it. Now it is at the shop awaiting parts. I'm used to spending an hour or so each day on LT, but I've had to limit my activity to the minimum. One would think I'd get more reading done, but I seem to be falling waaaaay behind. Oh, right—I've gotten caught up in Kate Nepveu's Lord of the Rings reread and some of Jo Walton's reviews on, and the comments for the posts are almost book long. It's sites like that, as well as a few blogs, that keep me from getting caught up reading what I have while still recommending really interesting sounding books to add to my TBR mountain. So I haven't reread more than The Ring of Allaire, and I'm behind on reading both of Bull's books and Nina Kiriki Hoffman's books. I hadn't heard the news about Hodgell, and now I can barely wait. I hope it is with Baen, like her current reprints, so I can get the webscriptions (hopefully I'll be strong enough to skip the e-arc—though I might request a paper-arc, hmm).
Oh, and re the computer. I just did a Carbon Copy Cloner backup of the entire system and am about to install the 10.5.7 update (and several others). If anything dire happens, I can restore from my Firewire backup disk with an imaged copy of what I have right now.

The new disk has been humming along fine since last whenever it was that it originally died and had to be replaced.
I think I only joined the 75 book challenge for 2008. In any case, ever since my grandson was born last August my reading has seriously declined. I'm not blaming him (his name is Helio) - it's a combination of things: my running has escalated again after a 4 year decline, my work situation is tense: quarterly rifs, jobs moving to India, more demands on those of us remaining, uncertainty and stress, etc. etc. As of now, I think I've only read about 13 or 14 books so far this year. Instead of coming from work and reading until bedtime, I've been going out to the metro park and running / walking anywhere from an hour up to three hours. Many days, I'm too tired to think about reading.

Still, I'd like to find more time. Maybe one of these years I'll finally retire (thank you AIG, et. al. :-( NOT!) and have more time to read.

Thanks for the comment and the library "shout out"
Yeah, I just recently finished getting all the fiction into the database. With the collections of two generations of enthusiastic bibliophiles in the house, it starts to add up.

The newest McKinley I have is Sunshine, and thats at the top of my to read pile.

I'm not quite sure about Thirteenth Child. I really like worldbuilding, but alternate history is a different approach than creating fantasy settings, and I've heard that the alternate history isn't very well thought out.

I haven't managed to get a hold of House of Many Ways yet, but I'm looking forward to it when I do. Sophie and Howl are some of my favorite Diana Wynn Jones characters.
Hope you don't mind my input here. Not at all! I value your input in fact and respect your opinions a whole bunch :) thx.
Retraction! It was for Amy but she already had the book on her TBR. Thx a mil!
Okay -- seems I'm losing my mind. Alright I know that's been fairly obvious, but I'm no longer in denial ;->

I'd swear I read on your thread some time back about a book on raising kids (boys?) -- I even made up your response it seems (you were fairly pleased with it...). I've been over the 2008 and 2009 threads... did I miss it? Was it you?

maybe we can combine our forces to convince people that HM Hoover is one of the neglected greats of YA SF. I'll put Children of Morrow on my list so that shows up twice, at least. I really don't know why she's been left in the cold. From stories for 2-3rd graders on through jr high and early hs, she's just terrific.
Thanks for noticing my list. I enjoyed both [Duanfey] and [Longeye] but I don't think that they will ever become comfort reads the way the Liaden books by Lee and Miller have. I wasn't too impressed when I read [Duanfey] but, since I like and want to support Sharon and Steve, I purchased [Longeye]. I strongly suggest reading both of them together. They are a much more complete story that way. They are much stronger together than they were separately.
I am not listing my books in either challenge this year. I started a new group called School Year Challenge 2008-2009 to keep track of my reading this year. I think I'm up to about 110 books but only some of them are YA.
No surprise there, really. For some reason I've been able to stomach and, dare I say it?, enjoy a few compilations but they were based on established worlds (Darkover, WitchWorld...)

You are glad not to be reading Beginnings IMO :)
Turns out there are two: Beginnings and Ends. Beginnings is the one I tried, when I pulled up my list of Dicksons to find the title I noticed "ends" and wondered if it was a companion volume -- yup.
Hi! Thanks for the recommendations. I'm exicted about starting new authors. You're right, Our libraries will have more in common once I put everything in. Is there a faster way to input multiple books? I tend to find an author I like and read Everything they've written, so I really just want to search for an author and choose multiple books at once....
Anyway, thanks for the welcome and the recommendations!
I certainly did read Last and First Men in my adolescence. It was an extremely tough read then, especially since I had previously only read fun but silly pulp-SF, but I found the perserverence quite worthwhile.

I'll discuss complaints about the prose on the Group Reads thread, but thanks for the comment.
Hey, Roni! Thanks for checking in on me. Things have just been extremely busy and chaotic for me. My coursework for college is intense, and then my grandmother passed away last Monday, while I was on break, so I didn't get much of a vacation either! I'm hoping to get back to the 75 Book Challenge Group soon, I miss you guys too!

Let me know what you think of it once you have a chance to read it. I hope to get caught up on my LT tasks, but probably not until this weekend. I am loving War of the Worlds.
I like The Silent Stars Go By best of James White's books. It has less imaginative biology, but he overcomes his sexist attitudes in the Sector General series that really annoy me. It is a very interesting alternate history premise: what if the Industrial Revolution arrived a few hundred years early among the Celts who were still warring tribes, and the subsequent Age of Exploration was founded on principles of trade rather than conquest? Then fast forward to the first spaceship produced by a collaboration of all the nations of Earth but spearheaded by the Hibernian Empire (imagine not losing preeminence for all of those centures). I think it's worth adding to the shelves. I have most of the Sector General books and a couple of other stories, though I stopped keeping up with the series when the quality of stories took a sharp downward turn: And now, a chef who will save the new and fascinating aliens!

p.s. I am working my way toward my first BookMooch foray. I just need to find time to deal with book and reading stuff (beyond the actual reading part). I have fallen behind on my reviews and so on. Been distracted by deadlines and my obsessive project focus.
opps, went back and looked at the lovely photos to see that the big cat was a leopard.

Thanks for the suggestion. Word Document has been created and filed in a "LT Computer Tricks" folder in my huge "Reading Journal" file. That file also contains "Book Lists" of series I'm reading and other sundry items related to reading, books, etc. as well as my Yearly Reading Journals. It has become a substitute for the brain I lost a few years ago. :-D

Thanks, Roni.

That one worked--the second time. You left out the "closing" quotation marks and I didn't notice until I went to double check to see why it didn't work the first time. :-)

Now, I just have to figure out where to file this information for when I need it again! I think maybe I will practice by making links to all my threads. Then maybe I will be able to remember how to do it next time.


You are a doll! Thanks. I will edit my "cheat sheet" to show that information.

I wish Tim would have a place where he would give this information in easy to understand terms for those of us who aren't techies! And then tell us when he changes the rules!

Thanks! I for calling it to my attention!
Hi Roni--Let me know what you think of [Letters to Alice]. I hope you like it.

P.S. I had to enlarge your photo of your book shelf to snoop on the books you have there.

P.P.S. I see you have craft books to enter. What crafts do you do? I am a fiber artist/quilter and knitter. I haven't entered very many of these books either.

tomorrow, mid afternoon i think. though i'd better make sure!~
i loved Territory, very different....but>>>

"Opening remarks: Roy Williams at today's presser......

"Basically, the opening statement would be that there is a huge, huge probability that Ty will not play tomorrow. We're still trying to wait and see. He was not able to do the things that I wanted him to do in practice. So some things would have to change drastically before I would change my mind on that. So that's what y'all wanted to know, we can probably leave now."

i gotta fill out my draw tonight. I always only do one and i always even have UNC winning...even when they've not been in the draw.
But while i think UNC can get thru round 1 w/out lawson....the 2nd game...i dunno. EEEEEEEEEEEEEK
It's always nice to run into another Andre Norton fan.
how does paperbackswap work? My problem is most of our excess...that aren't totally out of date text books, have already gone to library book sales. Maybe i could trade The Baroque Cycle books for something - though my copies are hardback.
i'm so glad you got a copy of "this same sky" though i can't imagine anyone discarding it~
Patty was entering our "little" books yesterday and a surprising # were cat books.
cool! we do have a lot of same books. I noticed you misnumbered your books read this year, you put 20 again after 29.

I love adding interesting libraries to watch. Thanks for finding mine interesting :)
Thanks for visiting and for commenting on my comments lol. I see we both like L.M. Alcott and L.M. Montgomery. I re-read them every once in awhile too, lovely comfort reads aren't they?

Nice to meet you ronincats :-)
eCampus failed to deliver on the Mavin Many-Shaped Books, so their listing is a little misleading. They could not find a supplier so they notified me today that they have canceled my order. I'm afraid that's about what I expected, but it needed to be tested in case my pessimism turned out to be unwarranted.
oh!~ we went to see the stop motion animation of "Coraline" this last weekend and both of us and the other couple we went with enjoyed it very much. Unlike some other 3d stuff, the tech used here isn't nearly as stressful on one's eyes. And, weirdly, it works w/ just one eye open. I also very much like the recent graphic novel adaptation of Coraline - checked it out from the library, but it's so good and the cat is so well drawn (she looks just like our late, lamented Mori) that we may splurge and get a copy. Surely it'll be in paperback pretty soon. The story was altered somewhat, but not in any damaging fashion.
Did you enjoy "the uncommon reader"? I found it v. sweet and diverting. If you're feeling poorly, perhaps an ideal book?
Hi ronincats

I'm simply stopping by to say I hope you are feeling better today.

I am not familiar with ecampus. It certainly looks like a good deal for the Mavin Man-Shaped books, but I wonder. They're listed as currently unavailable and expected shortly. Are these reissues, then? But then I would not expect the price tag $80. I tried ordering and we'll see if it gets me anywhere. It indicated some sort of system error in processing the transaction because I wouldn't let it fill my computer with third-party cookies.

I have not read the Jerome Jerome book. Perhaps someday I will do so and then revisit the Willis book.

I had not heard about Gaiman's Newberry, I will pass that along. I liked Neverwhere much better than American Gods, myself.

I'll keep checking the swap sites, I just don't expect much, but I suppose it's no worse than hitting bookstores repeatedly. Patience, patience.
Thank you for the invite. Sorry for the delay in responding. To Say Nothing of the Dog was pretty hysterical. I have checked out BookMooch after hearing friends talk about it, but it isn't going to help me with the Mavin Many-Shaped books, I'm afraid. Far too often the specific books I am seeking are too obscure to find through conventional routes. Being involved in the SCA, I find Tarr's Isle of Glass trilogy provides a convincing feel of the everyday medieval life othat I appreciate. Thank you very much for the link to P.C. Hodgell's blog. So exciting, I had no idea.

Of the authors you suggest, I've never heard of Amy Thomson or Patricia Wrightson. Susan Dexter's name is familiar, I think I've read the backs of her books, but not actually delved inside. I tried Jhereg when it first came out and did not find it appealing enough to pursue further, though I can't remember the specifics now. My querido keeps mentioning him and probably thinks I should revisit it. I've read Neverwhere and American Gods and know about Anansi Boys, but haven't read that particular work yet. My querido is big on Neil Gaiman and owns most of his books, so I may just raid his shelves as needed. I have not read Pratchett though I know who he is and clearly he is much beloved by his fans, most of whom appear to be quite dedicated.

You have forced me to start another list for library requests. And I haven't finished the library list for mystery authors. So many lists, too few reading hours...

Consensus is in -- we want the list (fav sf/fantasy in all types of volume sets, and I'd add stand alones)

So if you do this you'd have a mess of happy campers :)

LOL -- what a chore, not unpleasant... but long?
Wow, I begin to really see the hazard of LT. Whole legions of books I never knew existed. I carry a shopping list with me of authors in general and specific works that I am seeking. I never realized Marta Randall had other books out there, since I've never seen them on bookstore shelves. Likewise, Phyllis Gottlieb (I have A Judgement of Dragons and Emperors, Swords, and Pentacles). I agree that Demon Breed is the favorite by Schmitz. I tend to favor books that explore biology/ecology/easily overlooked lifeforms like fungi. And since I so rarely visit new bookstores, particularly the chains, I was unaware that Georgette Heyer is being reissued. Sigh.

I'm supposed to be following some sort of budget and already worrying about the money spent last month patching holes in my SF holdings that I've decided to fill now that I have some additional shelf space in the new apartment. And I'm barely holding on to my own place so the budget is important. In the past few years, I've generally spent the currency on expanding my nonfiction holdings, since they tend to be atypical for public library collections, which I rely on for my fiction urges, except for authors that I am already heavily invested in (Hambly, Cherryh, Wrede, McKinley, McKillip, Tarr, Tad Williams, etc.). I did not mention the latter originally, because their books are fairy easy to find and usually well known.

I am breathlessly awaiting the next Jame and Tori novel. These are some of the most imaginative novels in terms of exploring concepts, developing characters, incorporating humor, and just plain fun details (arboreal drift!). If only more fantasy existed like this. Maybe I wouldn't have given up in disgust for 20 years or so. That's probably why I'm completely unfamiliar with the authors you mentioned. I am only now beginning to dip my toes back into the genre, but so far (with the exception of my Hugo reading list) I'm exploring the dark contemporary fantasies. Of all the authors you mentioned, the only one I am familiar with is Connie Willis. I've liked everything of hers I've read and I'm seeking to buy Bellwether.

I liked the Ellen Kushner books a great deal for a variety of reasons. Doris Piserchia had at least one other book besides The Spaceling, but since it was essentially a poorer variant of the same story, I didn't bother to keep it or seek out more of her work. In fact, I dumped Spaceling, but reacquired it last year in a fit of nostalgia. In all my years I haven't seen anything approaching her concept, really. I also really like Carol Severance's books--she's very steeped in Polynesian lore, so her science fiction and fantasy both explore these cultures and very good writing in my opinion.

That's it for now. I'm supposed to do my accounts, pay bills, write a report, go for a walk and then the laundromat today.

Obacurities--let's see, P.C. Hodgell to begin with. Her novels are devilish hard to find. I tend to snap them up where I find them so that I can introduce her to more people. When Meisha Merlin issued Dark of the Gods I bought a bunch of copies and gave them away for Christmas that year. The Telzey Amberdon books and other Schmitz works, the fire dancer books, Barry Hughart, the Mageworlds books, The Exile Waiting by Vonda McIntyre (do you have Dreamsnake? I like that one much better, but then I've had it much longer), the Gandalara cycles (though I need to reacquaint myself with these), the Sector General series, Khi to Freedom and other Ardath Mayhar stuff, not to mention the classic Andre Norton. Ok, that last isn't too hard to find, but in years of browsing nearly every used bookstore I came across in a couple of decades and across a dozen states, most of those authors are scarce on the shelves. I envy you all of the Georgette Heyers as well, and the Clair Darcy romances. To my regret I got rid of the few I did own (all except An Infamous Army) many years ago when I thinned my shelves and before I realized that they no longer write regencies like that and you just can't find the old stuff for sale anymore. Sigh. You already have the Jade Darcy books (I have not manage to smuggle those out of my mom's house) and some of the Dorothy Gilman.

I know, how about The Dragon Also Rises by Adrienne Martine-Barnes, The Silent Stars Go By (James White), The Sword of Winter by Marta Randall, Swordspoint and The Privilege of the Sword (both by Ellen Kushner), The Spaceling (Doris Piserchia), the Triad trilogy (Laurie C. Marks), and the two science fiction novels by Phyllis Gottlieb? I like all of those and it doesn't look they are in your library.
Yes, I noticed it was listed on the books we shared. Neat! Gonna read it?
Is it okay for me to post that as your comment or would you like to? Feel free to barge in any time!! :)
I found Girl of the Limberlost in a B&B one weekend and read it - loved it but had to leave it behind. That one has Freckles in it - I now can't remember the details, but remembered Freckles and when I spotted it at a library book sale I grabbed it. Hmmm, and that made me go look and Gutenberg has Girl! Yay!

Most of my books are in - there's a few in various storages and some book-like things I've decided not to list (SF con booklets, music pamphlets, stuff like that). But I just can't stop getting new ones...
Hey Roni (had a typo problem and it come out Rino the first time LOL)

LisaMorr asked me to define regencies on my thread. I'm sure I did an abysmal job (austenesque romances, is what I said). Can't remember where I saw a good definition...
Greetings, I just now read your comment about the placement of the Mavin Many-Shaped books relative to Peter's story. I just assumed the stories involving his mother occurred chronologically before his own trilogy. I see we share a lot of tastes in fiction. I can't recommend much to your attention, since you have most of the obscure books I love and no one has heard of.
i think you'd really enjoy the Alchemy of Stone,whether or not it becomes a group read. - i think the last three reviews (mine, bibliojim's and bluesalamander's) give an accurate feel for the book. I rarely bother reviewing but this book stayed with me. Despite promises to myself not to buy many books, i've ordered her previous book, "A secret history of Moscow" - i didn't suggest that one because it seems more fantasy than SF, while Alchemy of Stone is truly both.
Just looked at your pic -- I enjoy the occassional stasheef too :)
unless the Heels are on free TV, I am SOL. I do listen to most of their games on radio.
Thanks! I saw your intro also. I'm Sherlyn, BTW. I work for an integrated-care community health agency, but I'm in the schools most of the time. I look forward to following your book choices.
So curious to know--how did my Granny's bourbon balls go over? My daugher has adapted the recipe to pistachios (she's allergic to nuts) and mini-semisweets. She says the result is much softer.

Thx -- He went to work anyway. Slightly better but not well -- I do hope (and pray) that he doesn't infect everybody else now. Just in time for the holidays...

Maybe some more sleep will help relieve the pessimistic bent -- thx again
I know what you mean about re-reading. Sometimes I have such strong expectations from an author that if they do something a little different and unexpected in a new book, I'm too disconcerted to appreciate it. Going back to it later, without the preconceptions, I'll find I quite like the book. I hope that happens with 'Freedom & necessity'!
I thought I saw book 150 on your list already -- guess i gave my congrats too soon! Oooh -- Christmas cookies Yum!
Well, in case those bourbon balls don't work, here's the recipe we've used in our family for years:

take a 12 oz box of vanilla wafers and grind them to a fine flour in a blender.
melt a 6 oz package of semi sweet chocolate bits (or squares).
Stir 3 Tbsp of corn syrup and
1/3 c of bourbon into the melted chocolate
Add 1 cup of sugar to the chocolate mixture
Add the cookie crumbs and stir it all until mixed.

Roll into 1" balls then roll in granulated sugar. Put them all in a coffee can ---pour more granulated sugar into the can (or seal in plastic bags) for about 2-3 weeks. YUM.
I enjoyed 'Finder' and 'War for the Oaks' enough to keep and re-read, but I absolutely adored 'Freedom and necessity'. It had so many of my favourite ingredients - Victorian setting, complex plot, eccentric families. Just when you thought you were in danger of understanding what was going on, EB & SB would chuck another sinister relative into the mix... And I like the 'exchange of letters' format as well. ('Sorcery & Cecilia' is another of my favourites).

I may be in the minority though, as some of the reviews I've seen are lukewarm.
So this is my great-grandmother's (Florence Blanchard Connard, originally from Illinois) recipe for bourbon balls:


This is my great-grandmother's (Florence Blanchard Connard) recipe for bourbon balls:

Roll out 3 c. vanilla cookie crumbs (i.e., vanilla wafers), add 1-1/2 tbsp. chocolate (i.e., cocoa), 1 c. ground pecans, 1 c. powdered sugar, 3 tbsp. honey, 1/2 c. bourbon.

Roll in balls in powdered sugar. Stand in refrigerator. Roll again in sugar.

Helpful hints here--crush the wafers using a rolling pin with the cookies between layers of waxed paper; use waxed paper on a cookie sheet to "set" the balls so you put them in the fridge, usually overnight. Finally, put them in an airtight container to age. Or not, if eaten right away.

My daughter is allergic to nuts and substituted mini-chocolate morsels, but said they were really like eating cookie dough.
Yes, I do have the other PC Hodgell books, although I haven't listed them. (Catalogue ALL my books? Not sure there is enough time in the universe...) Godstalk is definitely my favourite.

I see we share 'Freedom and Necessity', which I've just finished. What did you think of it?
Just wanted to thank you for the Graveyard Book link you posted on spiraledstar's 75 thread! Only just found it nearly a month later - fantastic. Isn't the internet a marvellous thing?
I still love Godstalk, even though I have been reading it and re-reading it since it was first published. I find something new every time. And it's such a crazy world, with its eccentric gods and its arboreal migration - yet it has perfect internal logic!
Have a super Thanksgiving my dear :)
sadly, no. i'm having a hard time getting through The Day of the Triffids, which isn't in all that terrible shape, but 30 pages at a time is about all i can manage...almost done though.
I hope you woke refreshed and ready to finish off the week so you could have a weekend! May it be a super one :)
'Spirits that walk in shadow' didn't actually read like the third book in a series. Although all the characters were fully rounded and you felt like they had a real history, I never felt like I was struggling with missing pieces. I'm always rather impressed when an author manages to make each book in a series a good stand-alone read...

But I admit I am now curious to find out what happens in between 'The thread that bonds the bones' and 'Spirits that walk in shadow'. Another book to add to my (vast)wishlist...
Just finished 'The thread that binds the bones'and really enjoyed it. I do love it when you discover a new author and they have a back catalogue - no waiting around for the next book to be published!
Thanks for the enquiry - I have recently finished a complete reread of the Vorkosigan series, and have also read The Curse of Chalion and Beguilement. I liked them both, and am ordering the rest in both series, but they didn't blow me away like the vorkosiverse.

You seem to have brought together a good number of us with very similar tastes - maybe we should form a group for ease of chatting: I find the way LT does personal messages without threading and so on very awkward. What think you?
Thanks oodles & tons!!

PS Have you built anything with all those build-it books? I assume you have an old house -- we do too. Pics on my multiply site and our renovations on a new apt pics are there too.
You might want to consider this one for your juvenile collection:

Didn't see The Excalibur Alternative on your Weber list. Have you read it? It's one of my favorite by him.

til later,
LOL that explains it!
UNbreathed indeed! sorry.

You inspired me to include my books I've read -- but I can't resist a tiny commmentary ;->
Have you read Breathed Memories by Talley? It's just wonderful. Not my usual style but a rewarding read, at least for me. Is that Connie Willis in the previous comment? Good stuff.
I am planning to read both the Willis books next year and am considering Cordelia's Honor--if I can get past the cover! :-)

I wasn't inconvenienced by getting the message, I just wanted you to be able to get it to the person to whom it was directed--she will probably be glad to get the link to the other site.
I like your kitty :) I love Cordelia's Honor, and the later Miles stories (komarr and following). I own the others but in general didn't enjoy them half as much. I know what you mean about Ista. Paladin's my fav. Did you read Spirit Ring? I like it too, very much.

The breed was hubby's idea. The other two were about to be given to the French version of the ASPCA. They're brothers. The breed's sellers told me three cats was a good idea since when one wants to play there is usually another willing to oblige. That's about right.

Buckaroux's dad (the maine coon) is 25 lbs. The sellers told me ours might get to 22 but he's still just skin and bones -- and a whole mess of fur!

I wanted a dog... and got three cats. LOL
I love the Curse of Chalion :) Have you read the 3rd book in that world? I don't have it.

Just dropped by to wish you a good Monday and great week :)
PS If you're interested, you can see our cats under "photos" on my multiply site -- the link's on my profile. As I was writing this our maine coon ran into the room with his 'mouse' in his mouth and gave me a muffled meow. LOL
The Book of 3 is one of my favs too. I think fantasy is a great thing to use with kids -- gives hope, teaches that each of us has something to contribute, ...

Sounds like your gilded books are pretty cool too. I really love the size I found. I just wish I had a few more, but most guests wouldn't read the three so there's no real need :)

Followed your lead and began inputting my "just read" books on my profile. Reading K. Rusch right now. It's the third book I tried getting into today (J Robertson & P McKilip were the others which will have to wait for another mood). Looks like this one might take :)

Hope you're having a great weekend. We hope to do some Sunday driving tomorrow to see if we can catch some fall color. The fruit trees in our yard are brilliant so I'm hope -- if the weather cooperates.

Take care.
7/2 No One Noticed the Cat* by Anne McCaffrey
7/2 If Wishes were Horses* by Anne McCaffrey

Are yours those cute 5"x5" hardcovers? That's what I got -- I have a third book that size/series too but I think it's not McCaffrey. They're in storage in France. Thought they'd be great books to put on the nighttable in the guestroom :)
What does 'Otis' stand for? Thanks :)
Hi ronincats,

glad you liked 'Nation' as much as me! I can see by your library that we have heaps of YA/adult material in common, as I too love Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, Lois Mcmaster Bujold, Diane Duane, Emma Bull, Robin Mckinley, Garth Nix, Georgette Heyer, and Patricia C. Wrede. I don't have a LT account for my adult stuff, as I have another account for the childrens/YA bookclub I belong to, as well as an account for all the preschool and children's books I'm reading to our son, and I really think maintaining 3 accounts is enough...
i am not sure how this "members w/ books" is calculated...what, we share ~ 10% of cataloged books? that seems like more than others whose libraries are matched w/ ours.

The version of 'The Enchanted Forest' I have is the story of a young girl who finds an invisibility cloak and goes to discover where her father works, only to find out that there is a wicked magician who is keeping her father under his control and has her mother locked away.

She becomes friends with another girl who is also a prisoner and the rest of the book is about her in the forest trying to free her father, her friend and the other prisoners. There isn't a brother to the main character though so I don't know that this could be the same book.
Hi! I found your library by doing the "favorite author match" thingy.

When I hopped over to check up on it, I discovered that our tastes do indeed seem to be awfully similar. So, since you seem to getting a whole lot more reading done than I have been managing to do of late, I figured that checking out what you had that I hadn't read yet, would probably be a good way to find new reading material.

I hope you don't mind. :)
It's probably a caching thing. When I'm on your profile the books we share says 653, but if I'm in your library it says we share 665. I do have different versions of several books cataloged (paper and hardcover or US and UK). B andit droopped by to say Hi (and hinder my typing)--ear massaging in process..

Ooooo. The Family D'Alembert series. Have you read it? I recently discovered book 1 in a box. Maybe next month will be get the rest of the series month.
It looks like it was the Heyers plus a few Gene Wolfe and Myers Myers (none of which I've read yet). I just picked up Mountains of Channadran from my "local" used bookstore, so Dexter gets moved up the list to the next in the TBRR pile.
I agree, there is no one like Georgette Heyer. Somehow between packed books and my old catalog not all of my books were imported to LT. I've just found duplicate Heyers and then couldn't find books that I thought I had. So I ordered These Old Shades and Devil's Cub immediately. ... In the next box I found Devil's Cub. So much for having packed the books in any order.
Cryptonomicon reminded me of the old quote about how airline pilots feel about their job: "Hours of mindless boredom, punctuated by moments of sheer terror" The contrast in Cryptonomicon was not quite so stark, but it took a bit of stick-to-it-tive-ness to get through. About the last 100 pages were almost of the unput-down-able variety and I'm glad I did finish it. The ending is quite stunning and worth getting to - he takes you right up to the very last sentence... don't peek! Maybe if I had read more of it at a time it would have gripped me more effectively.

I'm unsure enough about it to be wary of recommending it without reservation, but if you like speculative historical fiction I'd say give it a shot.
i was a bit saddened...i started reading one of my own books...a 1974 hardback copy of Priest's Inverted World..and it was quite good...but it, too, triggered an asthma attack i'm afraid. sigh
Thanks for reminding me about Mountains. I had noticed that a couple of weeks ago when I was combining in the "D's." I must have read it from the library. Abebooks has a dozen copies to choose from. I remember loving Wizard's Shadow to; so I really have to fit them into a reread schedule.
I know I've seen you about the site. We do seem to share a lot of interests. How do you find time for them all? At least the cats mostly take care of themselves. :) Now I have this urge to reread my Susan Dexter books; it's too bad she is mostly out of print or I'd have her stocked in the store. As for the manga, most of it appeals to my inner teenager, and I've developed a taste for the Japanese "magic realism" I suppose one could call it—where the supernatural/magical and our everyday world intersect.
don't fret..i'll put it in w/ one of my far too frequent orders from amazon.....
Wow, we do share a lot of authors. I'm going to enjoy browsing your library looking for good things I missed.!
they're being helpers...but i'm doing my usual gig and reading about 5 books @ more or less at once....
Interesting coincidence(s): my iMac problems - still ongoing: the new hard drive is in, but the salvage drive, a LaCie firewire 400 about 6 yrs. old, now won't appear on the desktop. I have to decide if I want the contents bad enough to pay for data rescue. I think the controller is bad and the data may still be there, but I have no idea if that can be remediated easily.

The other coincidence is Bob McConnaughey posting here - he and I share common interests (Dead Runners Society and LibraryThing) and comment on each others' profiles.
Started Demon Breed and am enjoying it! I was a little nervous, waiting for the otters to show up..but now that they are here, i'm in. I have to read it in small bits because i do have a pretty severe dust allergy, so it's a chunk at at time. But many thanks..i AM a little surprised that there's an older (quality) SF writer i was totally unaware of..There are so many post 80 writers that i'm sure there are many i haven't read (though i'd hope i'd recognize most of the names). I'd heard of the title "The Witches of Karres" but had no author associated w/ it in my aging brain.
i'm a swimming (1) and track and field (2) geek so i'll be watching olympics for the next while! But i'll get there!
hey..just looked through yr library...I would definitely try to get: "Night Sky Mine", "Dreaming Metal" and "Shapes of their Hearts" - i like "Shadow Man" a lot too.
"dreaming metal" and "night sky mine" are probably the two best of these..but i love them all
You asked what I thought about Grimspace.

I liked it quite a bit, but I agree that it had some pacing issues. I also noticed that some of the characterization needed more buildup. For example, March's sudden insistence on trying to save the pregnant women would have seemed more natural if we'd had more glimpses into his past and seen more examples of his atonement philosophy. Jax herself is a bit unfinished as if the author doesn't really know who she is yet.

It strikes me that this is a pretty decent first novel - Aguirre's creating her universe and establishing her characters. There's a second book about Jax coming out soon, and I hope we'll see more sophistication in her writing as she matures.

It's not a great book, but I found it to be an enjoyable read, and I'd recommend it to anyone who like action SF with a female viewpoint. I probably wouldn't recommend it to a newbie, though. There are better authors out there for a first experience.
Thanks for the response about my kind of fantasy. I do still enjoy some of the swords and sorcerers stuff but I will try the suggestion you made. I have been quite impressed by your knowledge of fantasy titles in the 75'ers club, not to mention your page and book count. You have sure burned through the novels this year. Thanks again.
is there a book swap page on LT that you know of? more esp. a sf/fantasy one? just looking through our shelves, and, for instance, i'm not a esp. fan of Bradbury, but do have a 1951 edition of the illustrated man (i'm sure it's the book club edition, and not worth much) in good reading condition, no cover, that i'd like to trade. A Bradbury completest would want this more than i. Or other book swapping sites that you've found useful?
James H. Schmitz - i don't think we have (or that i have read) any of his stuff. Now i'm curious.
the two pictures i've put up are both from long ago...1st was w/ my brother and his housemate circa 1973 when they had come down to Virgina Beach from Charlottesville to hear the band i was in play. The 2nd, the one that's up now, must be about 19-20 yrs old..My son, Adam, and i reading together on the same sofa in the same house that Patty and i still live in. I guess that one was ~ 1988....
i'll have to send you a photo of our cat taking over my computer. She really hates being ignored and she also likes the drum throne that i use as a chair...So she's wander on the computer top, the desk, behind the monitor, on the keyboard if i let her, and we can usually come to an accomodation w/ her on my lap and the keyboard on the table instead of my lap...
she's 18 and very bossy and losing what few brain cells she ever had.
BTW, what did you think of Jhegaala? I haven't read it,'s in the pile for vacation...but I'm not thrilled that he's taking the story into the past. He's dragged the whole Cawti thing on for so long, I just want him to get it resolved and get back to the fun of Jhereg and Yendi.
Re: To Say Nothing of the Dog...I have read it. It's one of my favorite books.

If I count the genre books, I'm at about 25 of the 75 already after only 3 months and I haven't gone on vacation (where I consume a lot of books), yet! Aren't I supposed to be challenging myself? :-)
Hi ronincats, and thanks for the welcome. I think "Bellwether" is funnier than "To Say Nothing of the Dog", although I love both, but for that thread they wanted fantasy and Bellwether really isn't. Somehow I only just discovered Heyer, but I've been reading the rest for years... You have a huge collection of books on here!
Love the variety of your library and your gorgeous cat. My cats would sit next to my computer if I let them, much like yours.
I will definitely add them to my (expansive) wishlist - thanks!
I have Jasper Fforde on my wishlist (again thanks to LT), but I haven't heard of the others. My problem is that my wishlist has grown to enormous proportions since I joined. Right now there are about 15 books beside my bed, waiting to be read, and I would be bankrupt if I bought all the wishlist ones!
Finished Cetaganda last night when I got home from London at 10:30 and started Brothers in Arms at 6:30 this morning... so feeling a bit tired ;)

Ajax is based in Kent, which is south of London. But quite a similar landscape to East Anglia (Norfolk, Suffolk and the whole bulge north of London). I think that is one of my favourites - her later heroines are so much stronger and in control of their lives. I found Balogh's stories very interesting, as she also looks at a slightly lower layer in society, as does Clare Darcy of course. I agree, nobody can compete with Heyer, but Balogh is good; writing of course from a more modern perspective.

Um, San Diego. I have to admit to my secret vice - Navy SEALs by Suzanne Brockmann. Well, not that secret, since they are all there in my library.

I guess I'm a fan of any author who can create a coherent plot with believable characters and decent grammar. Getting all of those together nowadays is quite a rarity, isn't it? I am starting to go back to the authors of the 20s and 30s, such as Angela Thirkell and Stevie Smith.

I'm glad you find my library interesting - I'm sure we will be able to swap more prospective reads! I am, rather slowly, trying to add reviews and comments, as well as ratings and tags, which are so useful to all the LT userbase.

I started to tell you how wonderful Bujold is, but then I saw that you have read her already. She hit me as hard as Anne McCaffrey did many years ago - she is definitely better at characterisation, though less interested in science. I'm not a fan of space opera per se, but she shows how it should be done. I would have enjoyed her books if she had stopped after Barrayar, but Miles is an extraordinary tour de force - larger than life, bus so clearly a real person. And he is the only character I have found who genuinely changes and grows as time goes by. I started with Shards of Honor, then ordered everything I could get. So, though I am trying to read in order, I am in the middle of Cetaganda, but have already read Memory. Can't wait to read them all, and then start again!!

Its interesting to meet someone else who likes both sf and regency. Have you tried Mary Balogh? She is another LT find for me, recommended as a successor to Heyer; I've just read all the Slightly series with great pleasure and will be looking to acquire the rest.

I see you've recently read The Door Into Summer, which has always charmed me and is on my once-a-year list. I guess it comes across as rather dated if you read it for the first time. And I see you like Simak too - have you read Way Station?

Looking forward to talking to you again..

I don't think so - no, Eddarta refers to events in Search for Ka, and mine was in the proper order. I don't know if we have different editions (unlikely, I don't think it was reissued after the omnibuses) or if just some of the books (one printing?) had the reversal. Very odd! (I don't have the physical book anymore - I borrowed it from my sister to read - so I can't actually check. But I would have noticed, I'm somewhat obsessive about reading series in order.)
love your cat..Here's a brief history of time, with cats..In Pittsboro, NC
I've been trying to get people to read Patricia McKillip's books for years now..ever since my sister gave me an early one a long time ago. (Lisa Goldstein too - for that same sense of quiet dislocation)
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