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About meA 30-something northerner living in exile in London. I work in the arts, love cinema, music and dogs.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 1010 Category Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 888 Challenge, 999 Challengeshow all groups

Favorite authorsPaul Auster, T.C. Boyle, Jonathan Coe, Douglas Coupland, Tibor Fischer, Tariq Goddard, Graham Greene, Kazuo Ishiguro, Chuck Klosterman, Milan Kundera, Magnus Mills, Chuck Palahniuk, George P. Pelecanos, Ian Rankin, Dan Rhodes, Ben Richards, Graham Swift, Scarlett Thomas (Shared favorites)


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Thanks for your reply on Metroland, always helpful.
I hope things will evolve positively in your personal life, a sanddancer should be happy and should have reasons to be happy!
If i can do something, just shout, OK?
so you didn't like Metroland by Julian Barnes that much then...
Any particular reason?
Hi, you're back :-)
already from july, and nobody warned me, sniff.
As you can see i (again) abandoned a bit my challenge, but i still follow what's happening.
My name is Halima, i got you from and i want to have a good relationship with you, please i need your cooperation,contact me with my email adress,
( )
am yours Halima.
hope everything is well with you ? still reading i see so everything is ok, yes ? I have the feeling everybody is giving up with the challenges, some fatigue i assume. Some nice books you read last months and that you can tip me ?
just to inform : my LT membername switched (from Lunar18) to Lunarreader, just in search of some coherence ;-)
I managed to purchase Gold by Dan Rhodes, your recommendation to me from last years challenge, in the sale corner of a bookshop for only 5 euro. Looking forward to read it now.
Greetings, Lunar18

Having reviewed my previous and found it readable, perhaps you'll be interested in my nonfiction novel that begins where that one left off:
Quite agree with your recommendation for Never Let me Go for those who've read Brave New World. I was quite pleased with the 21st century dystopia that still hung on to the centuries old Japanese Mono No Aware.
i bought The earth hums in B-flat from Mari Strachan today, inspired by your post in your challenge. And the renovation works in our house have ended, finally peace and time to read, hope to advance on my 1010 challenge.
Hope everything is fine with you in London.
Congratulations on your hot review listed on today's home page~
many thanks for your update on This is hwo by M.J. Hyland. I read your review and i will now certainly buy the book. Great to have direct appraisals like this.
Enjoy your weekend
Hello Sanddancer,
i see you added This is how by M.J. Hyland and you tagged it with "Early Reviewer". Did you actually get the book for free through this LT Early Reviewers stuff ? I did become a member also but there aren't that many books available for Belgium. I did win already some books by prize questions on editors websites and newspapers.
Please inform me on what you find about this book, M. J. Hyland is translated in Dutch and she is on my list of interesting authors from whom i didn't read anything yet and as i do have a "Scent of a woman" topic for female authors on my 1010 challenge. So i thought, let's ask a female reader, now that i am aware ;-)
Noticed you liked Fight Club, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a disturbed bunch of kids and a bit dark :) I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Hi Sanddancer,

Glad you are liking "Willard". I loved it. I thought it was hilarious.

The funny thing is that I started recntly to read Trout Fishing in America, which I believe is Brautigan's best known book. I could not get through it. I collect those old Brautigan paperbacks so I'm not releasing that one. Perhaps I'll try it some other time.


Hello there,
given your good ratings to Andrea Camilleri's inspector Montalbano books you should become friends with my LT friend Jebronse, without any doubt the biggest Camilleri fan on the northern hemisphere ;-)
It is lovely indeed, it is lovely indeed.
I, I am the spirit within the earth ...
The feet of the earth are my feet ...
The legs of the earth are my legs ...
The bodily strength of the earth is my strength ...
The thoughts of the earth are my thoughts ...
The voice of the earth is my voice ...
The feather of the earth is my feather ...
All that belongs to the earth belongs to me ...
All that surrounds the earth surrounds me ...
I, I am the sacred words of the earth ...
It is lovely indeed, it is lovely indeed.

- american indian - navajo song
Noticed you liked She's Come Undone, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a disturbed young girl's downward spiral and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Thanks for the review. Yes, it's essentially a coming of age story. You're one of the few who mentioned that. And an attempt to capture an era accurately, with the both the highs and the lows.

Any little bit you could do on my book will be appreciated. I did publish it myself, through this Xlibris outfit, and have no army of sales people to place me in stores or publicize me.
Saw you liked Trainspotting, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). Thought you might like it since it's also about a group of disturbed kids and a bit dark. I'd be glad to e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:

I'll go look for my copy of Trout Fishing in America and read it soon! Thanks for the heads up.
I didn't read "Have you seen..?" word for word. I skimmed it, but actually looked at every page. I didn't mean that I thought the foreign films shouldn't be there, it's just that they aren't well known to the general public here. My biggest complaint about the book is that I don't know who his target audience is. If he is addressing the general public and wants us to know about some of the more obscure titles, then I wish he'd been more instructive about WHY they are worth the effort to seek out. Plus, he didn't explain why he selected these films and left others out. Like I said, I'm not a film buff, so maybe I just don't get it. But, I just don't get it. I hope you enjoy the book more than I did.
Thanks for your info regarding the pictures! I do have another blog, I didn't realize it was cumulative. But that's good news! It means we can have more pictures than I thought so I'll take the notice down! Thanks again - I don't know what I'd do without others to help me. I am such a neophyte at this stuff. Have a great weekend!
Happy Boxing Day! Thank you so much for The Book of Lost Things and Fup! Both were great choices for me.

I started reading Fup this morning and am really enjoying it. It reads like a tall tale, but I recognize the countryside and the kinds of characters in it so well. The really interesting coincidence is that, though I haven't read it before, I remember when it came out. I live in Northern California, not so far from where Fup is set, and the author was a friend of my roommate at the time. She was a former hippie living in San Francisco and I think at the time Jim Dodge was living communally somewhere in West Marin County (near Pt. Reyes, if that means anything to you -- north of San Francisco on the coast)and editing the local alternative newspaper. I remember her bringing this book home and talking about it and her friend Jim, but somehow I never read it. What a treat to have it circle around to me in this totally serendipitous way.

I hope your Santa did as well picking for you as you did for me!
Welcome to the 2009 75 Books Challenge group. Thanks for joining in!
Hi there! Many thanks for the reply, and yes, I was born and lived in and around South Shields for 30-odd years. Then 17 years ago, I married a German guy, moved to Geilenkirchen and have one daughter. I like living in Germany, but it'll never be "home".
My daughter and I usually visit England about three times per year, and we'll be in South Shields at Christmas time too, visiting family and friends. I drive from where we live in Germany, through the Netherlands, and take the DFDS Seaways ferry into the Tyne, which is really very handy! My daughter was very impressed by the fact that you live in London - it's her favourite place in the world at the moment - she wants to become a stockbroker, and live in a penthouse appartment in Canary Wharf! I think she's read too many Sophie Kinsella books! Well, I won't bore you anymore for now so take care...
Hey, "30-something northerner living in exile in London" are you a true "sanddancer" or did you just like the name? I'm a northerner living in Germany who had to resort to my alternative log-in name, as "sanddancer" was already in use. Imagine my surprise when I logged-on today and found you'd left a message on the same topic as me! Unfortunately, we don't seem to share the same taste in books, but a reply would be nice...
There are a group of us (many of whom have met face to face) from the UK, Canada, Australia and the US who formed an online group to keep in daily touch with each other. I posted a video that my husband and I had taken of a portion of an off-road trail we'd taken out in the desert. In the video you can hear me speaking. I created a monster because then everyone else started posting videos or sound bites so we'd all know what we sounded like. One of the folks from Oz complimented Angela (Durham) on her posh London accent, and before anyone else could post anything, I said, "That's not a London accent--that's pure Geordie!" I feel boxed in when I'm in the south of England. I don't start feeling "right" until I've at least reached the Yorkshire Dales, and by the time I'm in Northumberland, everything's back to normal. Could be ancestral memory: my English ancestors lived in Yorkshire and Northumberland.

Nice to meet you here on Library Thing!
I saw your post in Early Reviewers, and I just had to comment that it's good to see someone else who has three blogs! My husband is British and from the Rochdale area, so naturally I'm curious about where in The North you're from? The first time I went to the UK, I remarked about the signs on the A1 that state THE NORTH or THE SOUTH. I told my husband that it sounded as though we were heading for a different country. He just smiled at me. After my second trip, I knew that I was (and I much prefer THE NORTH).

Happy Reading!

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