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CollectionsYour library (9,349), Physical (7,512), Virtual (1,889), Speculative Fiction (5,176), Graphic Literature (438), Role-Playing Games (844), Research (1,028), Mystery (1,222), Culinary (300), Professional (138), Domestic (120), Culture (154), Currently reading (1), To read (1,351), Read but unowned (13), Top of to-read stack (312), All collections (9,360)

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About meI read books the way some people watch television. The cat on my shoulders in the picture is Cleopatra, a Maine Coon.

About my libraryI’m in the habit of picking up books on recommendations, even if I already have plenty on the In stack, so they aren't out of print by the time I get around to reading them. e.g.: I’ve read over 1000 of the over 3000 fiction books in my library. I get a lot from the finalists for various awards (which I'm tagging), as well as from recommended reading lists in other books, or even just a favorable impression of an author I meet at a convention or whose weblog I read.

How I use ratings:
Five stars = excellent
Four stars = page turner / extremely useful
Three stars = interesting
Two stars = not worth re-reading / requires work to make useful
One star = not worth reading
No stars = not rated yet

I’ll leave books that I've read unrated if I don’t recall just how good they were at the time. (I’m fairly forgetful, which makes for extra pleasure in rereading books.) Note that the ratings are based in my hobby activities of enjoying science fiction and fantasy and running role-playing games; I might assign a high rating to something that claims to be nonfiction, but in fact has no basis in reality, if I find it handy for telling a story. Anything tagged “forteana” may require taking with a large bag of rock salt, but if I’ve given it high marks, it’s useful in world-building.

I wouldn't have the patience to enter all my books here manually, but ReaderWare and a CueCat make it feasible.

My wife, Mara, administers the collections tagged “mystery” and “cookbook”.

GroupsBookshelf of the Damned, Build the Open Shelves Classification, Combiners!, Cthulhu Mythos, Ebook, Frequently Asked Questions, Gamers, LibraryThing API Development, Livejournalers, New featuresshow all groups

Favorite authorsKage Baker, Iain Banks, Elizabeth Bear, Steven Brust, C. J. Cherryh, Jared Diamond, C. S. Friedman, Neil Gaiman, P. C. Hodgell, Ian McDonald, Alan Moore, Daniel Keys Moran, Chris Moriarty, Tim Powers, Bruce Schneier, Karl Schroeder, Charles Stross, Vernor Vinge, Liz Williams (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBlack Oak Books - Berkeley, BookBuyers - Mountain View, Books Inc. in Mountain View, Dark Carnival, Know Knew Books, Recycle Book Store - San Jose, The Other Change of Hobbit


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Real nameMax Kaehn

LocationSunnyvale, CA, USA

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceNov 8, 2005

Currently readingThe Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod

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I just added Beyond Dinocalypse to my library (I'm going to start reading it tonight) and see that you're the only other one here who has it listed, so: Hello fellow Evil Hat ebooks backer! I also saw you read Tales from the Emerald Serpent. Are you on board with their volume 2 Kickstarter? Anyway, happy reading!
Yes, I'm not sure of the details, but the series got dropped so now he's self-publishing (though I think he's still got a contract for his Martin Millar work).
Hi Max! I notice that we have a considerable overlap between our collections, and that in particular you have nearly all of Martin Scott's Thraxas books. Or perhaps you thought you had them all...? The good news is that he's recently published a new one book - Thraxas and the Ice Dragon. Unfortunately it's only as an ebook, but I've put aside my prejudices and having just finished it, I'm glad to report that it's great! Anyway, hope you don't mind the intrusion - needless to say I'm in no way connected to the splendid Mr. Scott/Miller, it's just that it feels wrong that I'm the only one to have the new book in my catalogue - I want to spread the word!
I'm guessing you're also a fan of Whatever!
I was just peeking into your library because it looks like we both recently got [Asian Dumplings] and we have a lot of books in common (391).

I see that you are in the group Cthulhu Mythos. We did Cthulhu dogs one year for our CONvergence party. They are very easy. I got an octopus wiener shaper and used it on mini wieners. When you cook them they curl up into octopus shapes. They were very entertaining on sticks, maybe due to all those hours getting the convention ready. . .

(Bruce's evil twin :-))

I was thinking about indexing the Battletech material put out by Catalyst as there isn;t a series for it already. Since I know you have some of their work, I was wondering if you would like to suggest a name for the series.


PS: Cute kittie :)
You ever read any of Daniel Pinkwater's nonfiction anthologies (specifically "Chicago Days, Hoboken Nights" and "Fish Whistle")? He's got some hilarious anecdotes about Maine Coon cats in there.

Thought it was interesting that you share the most books from my list (which I newly inputted yesterday and will finish sometime the next century)and you also have a Maine Coon - though mine is a bit bigger. If Hunter sat on my shoulder I'd be crippled for life! I have a small picture of him and Puss (my tiny orange devil) on my library page.
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