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New profile pic - Myself and Alastair Reynolds (on my right, your left), author extrordinarrie of the Revelation Space cycle of novels and short stories. Al's other books include the collection Zima Blue and the mind-blowing House of Suns, among others. He is very likely my favorite author writing science fiction today.

It seems 2010 (and 2011 haha) is the year of the audio-book for me. I have been bogged down with school and probably will not physically read something other than a textbook until grad school is over. Until then, heavy investments in library rentals and will be in order.

And I'm so far behind on all my cataloging hopes and dreams that I anticipate finishing somewhere around 2014. Wish me luck.

About my libraryThese are all books I own. I am attempting to keep a running list of every book I have ever read (that I don’t necessarily own) and since I don't want to corrupt my basic library data I have created a companion profile. Please visit thegreattimsbooklist to check it out. Please make any suggestions if you think there is a book I might like. I'm always on the lookout for new good reads! All my favorite authors and reading specific groups are kept on that page, as well as any reviews for books I don't own.

GroupsBook Collectors, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, BookMooching, Combiners!, Early Reviewers, Hobnob with Authors, King's Dear Constant Readers, Modern Collector, Name that Book, Science Fiction Fansshow all groups

Favorite authorsPaolo Bacigalupi, Stephen Baxter, Umberto Eco, Stephen Jay Gould, Stephen Hawking, Joe Hill, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Stephen King, Scott Lynch, China Miéville, Chaim Potok, Alastair Reynolds, Patrick Rothfuss (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAlabama Booksmith, Argos Book Shop, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - River Crossing, Borderlands Books, Camelot Books and Gifts, Inc., Mecosta Book Gallery, Mystery House Book Shoppe, Redux Books

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A comment on the Isaac Asmiov Collection -
I was in on the book club offering of this collection from the start. I got all 14 books, then Asimov died and I got a notice from the publisher that read something to the effect of "we have stopped publication of the series due to problems with the estate" - and never heard any more from them. It's too bad they didn't pick it back up. Would have been nice to have the whole collection. It was not billed just as the Empire series, it was to have been a complete collection of novels.
Another good photo! I got all the stuff I had from Reynolds signed by him at Worldcon in Anaheim in 2006, I think it was.

That is a good line-up of authors. I'll be going to Scalzi again next month, I think (gotta double-check the date), and I hope to get to Gaiman as well, as I've never met him and I've got Sandman comics that I'd like signed, amongst other things (I'm a little light on his books, actually, so I may need to remedy that, if it doesn't cost an arm and a leg). A few years ago, I was at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and I was buying some graphic novels at the Image Comics booth. The whole time they were ringing me up, running my credit card, etc., there was this scruffy looking guy with dark hair and a beard yakking away about how he'd like to write comics, and I was thinking, will you shut up, you're slowing down my transaction; turns out that guy was Joe Hill, which I didn't find out until I got near the front of his signing line for Heart-Shaped Box.
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Nice new photo, Tim. You're firing on all cylinders with these author pics.
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Great photo!
Hey, Tim,

My apology for not writing back sooner. Very sorry you you were forced to sell your house and reduce your library (those are about my worst nightmares, short of some sort of pain to/death of a relative, or myself, for that matter).

Steven Erikson was at Borderlands books a couple of months ago and I thought very seriously of driving all my Malazan related books up to him, as he's really the author I most want autographs from, but I only had the one day off work, and decided ultimately not to kill myself and spend a hundred dollars+ on gas for it, so when you get to SF I'll be suitably envious.

Anyway, I don't know if your grad school budget will allow it, but I spotted this listing for The Quantum Thief and it's about the cheapest I've seen from what appears to be a reputable dealer (I've never bought from these guys and have no affiliation): Just thought I'd let you know in case you're interested.

Take it easy,
Very nice library, especially your signed books; I'm very jealous of your first print of The Windup Girl, among others :). I also envy many of your Sub. Press books as I just don't have the cash to spare to snap those up after buying all the regular editions I want/need. Ah, the library I would have if I were independently wealthy...

Very cool picture with Scalzi. I've been to two of his signings now, and you're correct, the guy is truly hilarious. The most recent signing I attended was for Cory Doctorow a few weeks ago, and he is quite funny, too, and rather scary smart (like Scalzi), so if you get a chance to see him, I recommend it.

Take it easy,
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It SUCKS when you have to resort to double-stacking!
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Very nice!
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I did notice some of the later printings as well... and you are right, they aren't worth the same amount at all. I just hope I can sell some of the dupes, because it isn't what I had in mind to have two of everything.
I think it's a good value. The only thing I was disappointed about was that the grab bags were all the same. I thought each box would be thrown together of random stuff. So I got two boxes, expecting SOME overlap, but not the exact same things. Also... I would have liked to have seen that the Robert Howard book would have been sold out after the mailing. I doubt there will be a volume two if that few of them sold.

What did you think?
So how was the book fair??
Constant Readers want to know.
Finished Blockade Billy...
Hey Tim - just in case you aren't subscribed to SubPress' newsletter - they are running a 50% off pre-order sale through April 16. Check out their site. J'
Hi Tim - you're welcome! It's tougher for low to mid-range collectors, and aggravating when confronted with stupid greed. $500 for a library copy - a price no one will ever pay. Why? It really is stupid. Collector's with that kind of money already have a mint copy and wouldn't pay for a library one. I'm trying to get a manga called Dog Style V2 (V1 and 3 are still available, of course) and can't find it anywhere for less than $100. Someone even wants $500. Ridiculous!

I hope you are able to locate a copy soon. I really have lucked out with saved searches. I went through this only 6 months ago looking for Salvatore's hardcover edition of "Homeland." It was the first in a series of 20+ books - all available except for it! I was fortunate that a copy popped up for $50 in perfect condition. It also doesn't hurt to look internationally - I have landed some titles on Amazon UK that do not show up on regular Amazon searches.
I enjoyed Under the Dome. It was long but I didn't feel like it was too drawn out. I was able to get through it pretty quickly.

Sorry to hear you left Chicago. Sometimes you don't realize how much you actually like a place until you leave it. I don't think I could ever leave. I love the crazy weather.

Ok, I've been intrigued by The Dark Tower graphic novels, but I haven't read one yet, or even seen one. Are they good? I loved the series.
Thanks! I picked it up cheap at Half Price. Though there were some weaknesses (the super-genius with an eidetic memory, the question of whether you actually could ever prove that a lie detector was 100% accurate, that having the truth machine delayed was a big enough motivator to murder), I enjoyed it immensely. My wife liked it quite a bit, too. I haven't read The Immortal, but I just added it to my wishlist and will keep an eye out for it. Thanks for the recommendation. I know what you mean about wishing he would write more, though. I've read a few really good books where the author never really wrote much else. Sometimes I guess they just don't have more than a couple in them.
I know your request is over two years old but I think I have an answer for you on the "Isaac Asimov collection." I came across this list a few years ago and wrote it down but I'm not sure where I got the info. Some of it was compiled from my own search. So here are the books:
The Isaac Asimov Collection (14 Books)
A u t h o r
Isaac Asimov
D a t e
E d i t i o n
Blue Leatherette Edition
P u b l i s h e r
CAL (An Exclusive Short Story for member of Isaac Asimov Collection)
#1- Prelude to Foundation 0-385-43301-2
#2- Foundation 0-385-41950-3
#3- Foundation And Empire 0-385-42303-9
#4- Second Foundation
#5- Foundation's edge 0-385-47802-7
#6- Foundation And Earth 0-385-47087-8
#7- I, Robot 0-385-42304-7
#8- Caves Of Steel 0-385-41952-X
#9- The Naked Sun 0-385-47085-1
#10- The Robots Of Dawn 0-385-47086-X
#11- The Currents Of Space 0-385-47804-3
#12- Pebble In The Sky 0-385-41953-8
#13- The Stars, Like Dust 0-385-47083-5
#14- The Gods Themselves 0-385-41951-1

I now have everyone of these books except for Foundation and Earth> I can't seem to find it anywhere.
If you should come across an extra copy please let me know.

Anthony Thompson

Thanks for the reply.

As for The Talisman... I think King and Straub's writing styles blend very well (better than I thought they would). But the book so far is just too fantasy oriented for me. Fantastically written fantasy, sure. But it's not really my thing. Who knows, over the next couple of chapters, everything could change.
Okay, my wife threatened to strangle me if I didn't ask how you got your hands on the third Stieg Larsson book.
I would say Omnibae or omniborum (meaning omnibusing). Thanks for your kind welcome sir.
I just finished modifing it. I now have my own plan for how to count certian works. Oh and I ahve entered two hundred books so I guess I need to make up my mind about the paid account.
I am not sure about rule 3 either I figured it would be ok for now.
Wow I reached 200 read way too fast. Now I have to decide what to do. Hmm
Hi, Tim!

Well, I've added another approx. 50 books since your last comment (boy, they add up quick!--didn't know I had that many pending on the floor, LOL) but it only brought our shared total up to 272 from 268. (And I had noticed the 272 figure a few days ago, before I'd added the large amount in the past couple of days). I expected it to jump quite a bit higher, especially since I entered a good number of sci-fi books (including Turquoise Days, of which you said you had a copy, too). Perhaps it takes a little while for LT's tally to update.

Anyway, I'm all caught up for the time being. Whew!

Take care,
Hi Tim,

I'm responding to your comment you left on Luke's profile. Please send an email with your name and address to and I will make sure the CueCat get's shipped it to you!

Hi, Tim.

I had some interruptions but I finally finished "Just Past Sunset." Great anthology! The final story totally grossed me out (as I'm sure it was intended to do!), but it was still a fun read.

I've rearranged my Reading Queue and pushed up "The Blessing Way," as a friend has been waiting for my thoughts on Hillerman, and I'd also like to stick with all of Alastair's remaining books in a row once I get (re-)started with him. After Alastair I'll probably do the Manifold books.

Hope you survived finals week!
Oh, it's ok. I can live without knowing what happens in the first six pages :)

Thank you, thank you, thank you! (I could try to be more eloquent, but...)
Thank you so much!
Hi, Jess and Tim. I was searching to see if anyone knew anything about some books I own, and your inquiry in 2007 came up. It is a royal blue leatherbound collectors edition with full color illustrations on the cover, gold print on the cover, beautifully bound and beautiful paper of 14 Isaac Asimov books published by Doubleday in the early 1980s. I was collecting them at the time, but they never finished the series as far as I know. I have THE CLASSIC FOUNDATION SERIES (Foundation; Foundation and Empire; Second Foundation; Foundation's Edge; Foundation and Earth) plus Prelude to Foundation; plus THE GALACTIC EMPIRE NOVELS (The Stars, Like Dust; The Currents of Space; Pebble in the Sky); I, Robot; The Caves of Steel; The Naked Sun; The Robots of Dawn and The Gods Themselves. Also, the Collection came with a signed paper (stapled!) thin volume called "Cal, a Short Story Writeen Exclusively for Members of the Isaac Asimov Collection. not for sale in bookstores" with a copyright 1990, Nightfall, Inc. also published by Doubleday. It is about a robot who wants to be a writer.

The reason I was searching is that we have a yard sale in my neighborhood coming up and I'm trying to declutter. I have kept these books unused in perfect condition on a bookshelf for twenty five years. After searching for these books online, I think I will put them on ebay instead of selling them at a yard sale.
So how much did you end up paying for Harley Quinn? *curious*
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. Selling my Lego was one of the most stupid things I ever did. If my boys ever feel like selling their Lego I think I'll tell them that I paid for it, so it's mine. ;)
Hi Tim,

I've mooched the book "Cakes" for you, and it's in French. Could you leave a message on my profile so that when I get the book I don't have any trouble finding you again? Thank you!

Hi Tim,

No worries, and I completely understand busy (I teach full time too, though I'm at the end of my spring break. Spring break!).

I'm so glad you liked the book. Yeah, there'll be a second novel featuring Mark Genevich. Just turned the rough draft into my editor last week. Called No Sleep Till Wonderland. It'll be out, they tell me, early February of next year!

Thanks again for the read and kind words, Tim!


About the Batman graphic novel you were looking for. I did some searching on eBay, and I found three listings that seem to be what you are looking for, and are currently less then $60, though only one of the three has a buy now price under $48:

The other two listings are here:

and here:

The first two both have the option to buy now, but the second listing is $50 to buy now. The third listing has a current bid of $10.51.

Hopefully they are the editions you're looking for,
There's some $60 + shipping copies on Amazon at the moment. Still outrageous for 48 pages.

Found with

The Last Continent arrived and is reserved for you here:

Pages are yellowed and the pointy corners are a little rubbed and bent but the dustcover (and book in general0 is in great condition. I'll send it out on Monday.
Hi Tim,

I hope you dig THE LITTLE SLEEP. That early reviewers program is very cool. I'm going to have to sign up...

You have the pickle shirt, too? Nice. It's my favorite tee by far. And, I've found, the tee shirt is more popular than I am. ;) Especially when I wear it to conventions. Heh.


Hi again, Tim.

Actually, "Sundiver" is not the best example of Brin, in my opinion. I liked it, but I feel it's the weakest of the six Uplift novels. "Startide Rising" was incredible (and I've recommended it to at least one other reader who also thoroughly enjoyed it), and then I read "Sundiver" and was so-so about it. "The Uplift War" I seem to remember starting out kind of slow but having a great ending. (It's been over 20 years since I read them). But I enjoyed the latter 3 Uplift books nearly as much as "Startide Rising." So don't judge him by "Sundiver" alone. :-)

Now that I think about it, I've never read any other books by him except for his Uplift novels. More to add to my reading queue! :-)

Hi, Tim.

Alastair is awesome! I've read "Revelation Space," "Chasm City," "Redemption Ark," "Absolution Gap," and "Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days" (the last of which is two novelettes/novellas). All of them were excellent. He's one of the writers I "fully trust" and would read anything by him. I'm looking forward to reading "Century Rain," "Pushing Ice," and "House of Suns," especially since it's been a while since I've read any sci-fi and I'm eager to get back on a sci-fi kick!

I'm looking forward to receiving my D.M. Grant copy of "The Little Sisters of Eluria" any day now, since they said they'd be shipped on Dec 15th. (Well, I just looked at their website and they're saying the date is dependent upon whether the tray cases and slipcases are completed on time. Fingers crossed....)

I know exactly what you mean by "liking the idea of liking someone." :-) I like the idea of liking Michael Connelly (whom we've discussed), Michael Chabon, and Neil Gaiman. (Yes, yes, I know, I'm a freak for not having read anything by Neil Gaiman yet!) I have "American Gods" on my bubbling-under reading queue.

Happy Holidays,
P.S. I've never even heard of Peter F. Hamilton, but Ursula K. LeGuin and David Brin are both awesome. I haven't read anything by LeGuin for many years, but was blown away by both "The Dispossessed" and "The Left Hand of Darkness" as well as some of her other stuff. David Brin's two Uplift trilogies are some of my ALL-TIME favorites. Start with "Startide Rising." One of the best books I've ever read.
Hi, Tim.

Well, I've finally got just about all my books entered, except for a few recent stragglers, some on the top of my desk, and a few on my desk at work. But for all intents and purposes, I'm pretty much done. LT now shows we have 191 in common, so not too bad.

Also, I'm finally back on an SK kick, catching up on the most recent ones I hadn't had a chance to read yet....

Still waiting on my copy of The Secretary of Dreams II to, those things take a long time! I ordered it November 9th, 2007 and still haven't received it! But then again, I ordered volume I in December 2005 and it didn't arrive until December of 2006.

Sigh...patience, patience.

Hope all is well!
That's Banzai by the way and he enjoys all types of literature, esp. the book you're currently holding that he wishes to rub his elegant kitty snot on.... Sorry about the book delay, my husband's car and our house's air conditioner staged a suicide pact so it's been a long week. I went to mail everything last Saturday and the post office had the audacity to be shut! Jeeze, you'd think there was a national holiday or something... This weekend I promise!
Then maybe you can actually explain the Stephen Baxter books to me, because they baffle me. :) My hubby is the real hard scfi fan, I just dip my toes in the water, but for some reason I like Stephen Baxter.
Hi, Tim.
Update: We're now up to 180 books in common!
Hope everything's going well!
Take care,
Hi Tim,
Thanks for the nice words about my review of 'Time'. I'm slowly working my way through Baxter's novels in order of publication. I'm sure I'll write some reviews of them at some point!
That's odd. When I go to your page, it still shows we have 163 in common. Not sure why you're seeing only one...or why that particular one would be Темная Башня: стрелок.... (which is a Russian copy of SK's The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger). Wonder if they have any similar glitches reported on their bugs page....
Hi, Tim.

Well, I think I'm going to bite the (flexible) bullet and start entering my paperbacks onto LT. Probably will take me a while, though.

I noticed one of your older comments from last Nov. which mentioned we had 132 books in common back then, and as of now it's up to 163. It will be interesting to see how many we'll have after I get all the paperbacks entered!

Oh! I have to say I'm really, really enjoying 20th Century Ghosts! I only have a couple more stories to go, and I've been very impressed with virtually all of them. I was absolutely blown away (no pun intended!) by "Pop Art." How original was that?? Wow. All of them are just great. No riding on his father's coattails, he!

Take care,
Ka is a wheel.

Hi, Tim!

No, sad to admit I'm far behind on my SK! But I'm catching up! When I went back to school in 2003 for a little over two years, that really set me back on the books on my "to read" list. I've been playing catch-up the past 2 & 1/2 years.

Man, I'm on the LAST FEW PAGES of The Dark Tower, vol. vii. All I have left is the epilogue! It feels wonderful and yet very sad to reach the end of this fantastic tale.... Geez, I mean I've been reading this series since the mid-1980's! Coming to the end is saying saying goodbye to an old friend forever....

Yeah, you saw my reading queue. I've got Dennis Lehane listed there, and I want to read all of his books, so they will most likely follow the ones showing in the queue. He graduated from the same school I did (many years previous) (although I'm older than him!), same degree, and I've met him a couple of times. He's great. After that, I then need to read catch up on SK, starting with The Colorado Kid, then Cell, Lisey's Story, Blaze, and finally Duma Key. (By then, he'll probably have something else!)

Anyway, sorry about not being up-to-speed to be able to discuss Duma with you! One thing I miss from school is being able to discuss a writer's work with someone else who read it at the same time. And who knows, maybe my reading queue will shift a bit....

Take care,
P.S. I picked up the first issue of The Long Road Home a couple weeks ago!
Only one week until "Duma Key" comes out!
Hi, Tim!
Nice pic (I can see some of your SK's behind your head!) and cool article about BookMooch. I haven't had time to try it out yet.
Anyway, just wanted to make sure you knew that Volume 2 of "The Secretary of Dreams" is now up for order. You can get the info at (Did you ever get Volume 1? I don't see it in our shared books link....)
Also, congrats on your new home and getting to unpack your books! I definitely know what that feels like, after having had many of mine stored away in boxes in closets (or overfilled shelves) for the year or so prior to getting my library built. What a great feeling once I finally got to put them all neatly on their new shelves!
Take care,
P.S. You've probably seen that the hardcover version of the Dark Tower graphic novel just came out as well...
Answer to your question re: BCEs posted on Book Collecting group.

I found your post on the Issac Asimov Collection editions. I also love these books! I have found several of them on Amazon. So far, I have collected the following titles within the Issac Asimov Collection editions:

Foundation and Empire
Second Foundation
Foundation and Earth

Unfortunatley, I have (so far) been unable to locate Foundation's Edge in this edition, but I have seen the following titles in this edition available on Amazon:

Prelude to Foundation
I, Robot
Caves of Steel
Pebble in the Sky
Ok will await further news. And in no rush so books can be sent as and when funds available. At last count had well over 600 on the TBR pile which is about six years worth of reading...not too excessive I feel :-)
hi, Tim its the William Boyd that I am interested in, the other was a way of helping with the cost of sending. So I can cancel the Updike book and charity you the points instead if that helps?

You know, I just might do that; it doesn't take much to convince me to mooch Turtledove. And thank you, I'm rather proud of the library of books I've assembled over the years.
Wow! all my bragging and only two of your gallery uploaded by me:
Tony Hillerman which was a month long chase of the photographer aided by helpful univerity departments;
and today's upload of Rick Rodgers, which was as easy as it gets.
hi, hooking up with bookmooch members
Yeah, I'm only about half-way done with entering my books, so I've still got a few hundred to go....

Don't be afraid of the end of Harry Potter.... I think you will enjoy it!

Hi, Tim!
Thanks for the comment.

Finished Harry Potter 7 last night at 3:45 am! Incredible!
Hey, I just tried one of the new features on here: shared favorites. You and I share five favorite authors!

Now, if only I could find the time to get the rest of my books entered. I haven't even got to my science fiction section yet, nor to my science (and other non-fiction). Little by little...

Take care,
I like the name! (And I just confirmed is available.)

Congrats on the house.
That is a pretty amazing site, isn't it?

Congrats on the new home, and on getting the books catalogued. Of course, as you are in Chicago, you will be attending the Newberry Library Book Fair and will, therefore, immediately fall behind in the cataloguing once again, right? :-))
Thanks for the nice feedback, Tim. Yes, my signed books are about 90% obtained in person from the authors; the main exception is Lynn Johnston's "For Better or for Worse" books. If you order from her website, she signs them and includes a little drawing, no extra charge. The Keillor books, and many others, are from booksignings in the St. Louis area. The first time I went to see him was a few weeks after 9/11. We were all in need of some kind of healing, and he helped a lot, lifting our spirits with gentle offbeat humor, while never ignoring what had happened. He has the most comforting voice in the world, doesn't he? I could listen to him read the phone book.

Most of the signed S/F books (including Bradbury) are from guest authors at Archon, the local S/F convention I go to every year. You know, living in Chicago, you must have a whole lot more opportunities to get books signed than I do in poor little St. Louis. Well, we did win the World Series. Good thing I'm a baseball fan as well as a bibliophile.
Oh, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Good Omens. It's an absolute classic. Although be warned: it's very, very British. Some of my friends haven't liked it so much, and I think it's because of the different humor styles between Americans and the English. Still, I loved it and I hope you do to. And I'm glad you enjoyed American Gods too. Enjoy!
Hey, thanks for reading my Dark Tower review! I appreciate the comments. I'm hoping to someday read the next one, but I've got soooo much on my to-read pile that it will probably be awhile. Also, I'm a bit afraid that it's King's style I find off-putting, not his story content (which is pretty amazing - more to add to American myth-making). Does his style change/improve over the course of the series? (I read the re-written "Gunslinger," not the original one, so I don't know how they all compare.)

I hope you enjoy American Gods as much as I did - I swallowed it whole in 14 hours, I almost literally couldn't put it down. Let me know. Thanks again!
Hi, Tim. Thanks for the nice comments! Yes, I already have SK's "The Secretary of Dreams," but haven't had a chance to enter it on LT yet. I also need to enter "Nightmares in the Sky" and a few other books about King, and then I'll move onto my other books. :-) John
The California Trilogy is actually really, really good. It was written back in the late 80's and early 90's yet he got the future down fairly accurately considering that part of the world's rapid changes. I like K.S. Robinson. His global warming series that starts with Forty Signs of Rain is excellent.
Thanks. I just paid the 10 bucks to add the rest of my collection. Baxter is unbelievable and just pumps out books! Sawyer is a little more easily read but gets to the heart of the matter quite decently. Have you checked out John C. Wright's Golden Age trilogy? Very good.
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