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CollectionsYour library (1,474), eBooks (363), Audiobooks (2), Comic books (1,165), Comic strips (23), Textbooks (4), Contest entries (444), Wishlist (135), Upcoming books (8), Currently reading (5), Read (875), Read but unowned (80), Previously owned (7), To read (190), Favorites (12), Recommended for Sarah (20), Cover scans (1,881), All collections (3,507)

Reviews124 reviews

Tagsowned (2,630), my cover (1,881), comic book (1,171), issue (1,064), mass market paperback (924), sci-fi (857), purchased used (765), purchased from Half Price Books (724), unread (719), fantasy (553) — see all tags

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Recommendations18 recommendations

About meFamily: Married since 2001, with three children, a boy and two girls.
Interests: I love reading, composing on the piano, playing boardgames, cartooning, and Transformers.

About my library-------------------------------------------------
You can follow my reading journal here.

My library is predominantly sci-fi and fantasy, though much of the standard-fare "epic" fantasy (Brooks, Eddings, Feist) belongs to my wife. I basically grew up reading the Pocket Books Star Trek novels, so you'll see a lot of those (the complete TOS numbered series, in fact.) Up through college, I read mostly sci-fi, and very little fantasy (besides Lord of the Rings, natch) but lately I've been branching out into that genre, while avoiding the aforementioned mainstream authors.

Collections notes:

YOUR LIBRARY - This collection is for books that I own (mostly sci-fi/fantasy fiction) that don't fall into another "owned" collection.

EBOOKS - This is for stories and books loaded onto my Kindle Touch. The digital version gets its own catalog entry, even if I've got a physical copy (or copies) as well. "Date acquired" is the day it was downloaded onto my device. Books tagged "homemade file" refer to MOBI files I created myself (or modified heavily from another source) using the Calibre e-book management software.

COMIC BOOKS - Comic books (owned), including graphic novels and trade paperback collections. All entries tagged "comic book" for search purposes.

COMICS STRIPS - Collected comics (owned), originally published in strip form. "Calvin & Hobbes", etc.

TEXTBOOKS - College textbooks (owned).

CONTEST ENTRIES - Prizes for contests/giveaways that I've entered, regardless of whether I won the book or not. Includes blog giveaways, LT Early Reviewers, and LT Member Giveaways. Books I actually won are marked with the tag "won".

WISHLIST - Books that I don't own, but would like to. Includes books that have piqued my interest, though I wouldn't necessarily spend my own money on them.

UPCOMING BOOKS - Wishlist books that have yet to be published.

READ - Books that I've read, regardless of ownership. Does not include comic books, textbooks, etc., which may or may not be tagged "read".

TO READ - Books that I would like to read sometime in the coming year or so, as well as books I would like to re-read. (Distinguished by "to read" and "to reread" tags.)

OUT ON LOAN - Books from my library out on loan to others.

COVER SCANS - Book covers I've scanned. May include books not otherwise catalogued, or duplicates of books in other Collections. For high-res versions of my cover scans, visit this link.

Check out my cover scan gallery here.


Catalog viewing styles:
(for my reference only, I know no one else can see them)

[A] Main (recommended) view
[B] "Editing" view, with book entry data
[C] Common Knowledge view
[D] Wishlist view (formatted for my phone)

GroupsBooks off the Shelf Challenge, Bug Collectors, FantasyFans, Malazan, Orson Scott Card, Star Trek Books, Star Wars Books, The Green Dragon

Favorite authorsRichard Adams, Orson Scott Card, Glen Cook, Stephen R. Donaldson, Steven Erikson, H. P. Lovecraft, Dan Simmons, Matthew Woodring Stover, Karen Traviss, Gene Wolfe (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Apple Valley, Half Price Books - Apple Valley, Half Price Books - Crystal, Half Price Books - St. Louis Park

Favorite librariesDakota County Library - Apple Valley Galaxie Branch, Hennepin County Library - Golden Valley Branch


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Real nameChris Hawks

LocationApple Valley, MN

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/saltmanz (profile)
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Member sinceApr 21, 2008

Currently readingThe Crippled God (Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 10) by Steven Erikson
Stonewielder (Malazan Empire, Book 3) by Ian C. Esslemont
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories by Ann VanderMeer
Bona Fide Balderdash (The Complete Pogo, Volume 2) by Walt Kelly
Assail (Malazan Empire, Book 6) by Ian C. Esslemont

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Yay! Thanks, appreciate it :)
Hi Chris! I noticed on your reading thread that last year you read Iam Esslemont's Stonewielder, and you also mentioned having read Erikson's Crippled God. I just finished Dust of Dreams last night and am wondering if you can tell me: Should I read Stonewielder before Crippled God? So far I have tried to read the books in order, incorporating the Esslemont where they go. His first two, although I wasn't a huge fan, definitely included important backstory. But I'm eager to read CG and am wondering if I would miss anything if I skipped ahead!

Much thanks,
Chris, Hi. Happy New Year - hope you had a great Festive period. Thanks for getting in touch about "The X-Files" comics. I've now edited the Topps editions (0, 2, 3 and 4) to show "Petrucha, Stefan" in the author field as you recommended. Trust this helps resolve. Regards, Calum Iain
Well, I'm sure it's much warmer down there in Apple Valley. ;)

Of course, I may be a little influenced by moving here from Houston...
Thanks so much!

I'll give it a go, then.
Heh. I tried to buy from BN, but they're not even stocking it in their brick and mortar stores, which annoyed me sufficiently that I refused to go through their website.

I only found the Malazan forum through a Google search -- it made me sad that there was a more robust Caineversation going on there than at Overworld. (Not that I've had a huge amount of time to do my part to keep the conversation going lately.) Unfortunately I feel like Caine's already smallish fanbase has deteriorated considerably in the four years since CBK and the longer stretch since Caine and Blade, to the point that the hardcore few who remain may not have the critical mass to see that CL makes even a modest splash in the genre this year. Fingers crossed that I'm wrong, but considering the lack of buzz online it's not looking good.

I have most of the Malazan books but haven't read them yet. I mostly moved away from fat fantasies around the time I picked up Gardens of the Moon, and while I know that these are apparently a whole different breed of fat fantasy . . . again, with the busy-ness, it's been tough to muster up the energy to tackle those things. I guess you'd recommend them?
Hey there. This is Mastadge from various forums, including Overworld. Just thought I'd say hi over here.
Hi Chris!

Thank you very much for describing carefully each of the books. The three of them seem to be kind of thing I like, so I'll be looking for all of them! I am very open-minded when it comes to fantasy book, I am just a bit sick of the cliche-filled books they have in our bookstores! I think eBay and Book Depository will be my companions in this hunt for all these great suggestions I got today.

Thank you for your help and for your time!
Sorry for the delay! It totally sin't necessary to have the second read. In fact all three largely stand on their own!

You seem to be the one watching over the Star Wars series stuff so I'll ask.

I'll be indexing my Star Wars RPG material by West End Games in a few days. (I;m working on a list) I see some of the material listed there but much of it is missing. Do we want it in there or off on a different series?


(Please make mention of the topic if and when you comment back.)
I happen to notice you had recently added Nyphron Rising to your "list." I wandered through your library trying to find it or the other two books in the series. I wanted to let you know that Nyphron was the third in case you hadn't read the two prior. Then I figured out--due to your careful notations--that you have not read these yet, but rather entered into the Fantasy Book Critic's contest to win them. I hope you have good luck with that as judging by your library (in which we share a good number of books (most of mine are still not posted here) I think you'll enjoy them.

Michael J. Sullivan
Yep it was me! I just noticed the comments box on here, so I have missed a lot of messages from various people. Lol. I still need to get used to the site.
I happened upon your mention of Shardik in LT Talk and just wanted to say I too think it is a great book. I had read Maia first and wasn't expecting all that much -- wow!
Happy belated Thingaversary!
Hey there! This is Tif from malazanempire. Looks like you have a really interesting library going here so I hope you don't mind if I add you to my 'interesting libraries list'. Also, don't forget to join the malazan group!
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