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About meWhat can I say about me... I'm a booklover who works as a librarian with Dublin Public Libraries, has gone through Cancer (Hodgkin's Lymphoma) and gotten my 9 year all-clear, happily married to Dave - with no children, lives in Dublin and would much rather be in Galway where I'm from.

There have been a lot of people befriending me, which I don't mind, but if there's a reason beyond "oh wow you have a lot of books" comment here. I don't auto-befriend people. Too many books, too little time

I also really don't take part enough in the groups I have already joined. Please do not be offended if I don't join yours.

Favourite Libraries are the places I've actually worked for any period of time.

About my libraryI read, I read an awful lot!

Any Dewey numbers added to files are from Dublin City Council Public Libary's Catalogue (occasionally the British Library). I find most of my non-fiction leisure reads from Dublin City Library.


5/5 - re-read this one regularly, it sparked something in me

4/5 - would willingly re-read but it just lacks the special something

3/5 - good read, neither moved me or annoyed me

2/5 - niggles, went back to library without re-read

1/5 - I want that time back

Some Tag Explination:

Libary - got from the library, in brackets means I replaced the library copy with my own.

BCIE - was a Dublin Bookcrossers Book Choice of the month

FantasticFiction - was a fantastic fiction choice

A two letter code with Library is the source branch.

Mac means that it's part of my husband's collection

GroupsA Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Book Care and Repair, BookCrossers, BookMooching, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Bug Collectors, Build the Open Shelves Classification, Combiners!, CueCat questions and helpshow all groups

Favorite authorsGael Baudino, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Leslie Charteris, C. J. Cherryh, John Creasey, John Diamond, Diane Duane, Teresa Edgerton, Rosemary Edghill, Ru Emerson, Simon R. Green, Barbara Hambly, Georgette Heyer, Robin Hobb, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kay Hooper, Tanya Huff, Iris Johansen, Diana Wynne Jones, Sherrilyn Kenyon, John Kovalic, Katherine Kurtz, Mercedes Lackey, Robin McKinley, C. E. Murphy, Andre Norton, Naomi Novik, Tamora Pierce, Nora Roberts, Judith Tarr, Roger Taylor, Valerie Ann Worwood (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresAbbey Bookshop, Borders - Blanchardstown, Chapters Bookstore, Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Forbidden Planet - Dublin, Hodges Figgis, Murder Ink, Oxfam - Parliament Street, Readers Corner, SF-bokhandeln Stockholm, The American Book Center, Transreal Fiction, Waterstone's Jervis Centre, Waterstones, WHSmith Paris

Favorite librariesDublin City Public Libraries - Ballyfermot Library, Dublin City Public Libraries - Cabra Public Library, Dublin City Public Libraries - Inchicore Library, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Public Libraries - Dún Laoghaire Library

Other favoritesPhoenix Convention (P-Con), Library Ireland Week, The Twisted Pepper


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Currently readingThe book of the Cailleach : stories of the wise-woman healer by Gearóid Ó Crualaoich
Crossroads (Crossroads Academy #1) by J.J. Bonds

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So...its great to find another fan of Liz Williams Detective Inspector Chen novels.
I started with Snake Agent and delighted in the ones that followed.
But what happened then? I can't figure it out looking through the info on the internet.
Her publisher dropped her?
Then it became apparent how much editing that publisher had been doing, reading the book that followed.
And the beautiful covers were gone! Jeremy Lassen's illustrations were almost worth buying the books for the images alone.
This is one author's thread that I miss mightily.
Do you by chance have any information on whether we will get to read more Detective Inspector Chen?
Just a query from another Chen fan.
Thank you!
Thank you for the wonderful selection of books! I look forward to reading them all, and am especially intrigued by The Knitting Way. I hope you have a wonderful 2014. (I also like your book grading system; I use one too.)
Thanks for doing an IMPAC longlist list. It must have been a pain to enter all those books, but it's nice to have them here. (It's a bit depressing as well--didn't see very many I'd consider getting hold of and of the ones I've read only one made much impact.)
Hello from an ex library assistant about to start The secret history of Lucifer..:)
Have just read your fascinating review of Dolan's dictionary. I'd always thought of yiz/youse as Dub, though--? Certainly I've rarely heard it used by anyone but Dubliners here in the West. 'Ye' along with 'you lot' would be more common here, I think. (I use 'ye', but I adore 'you lot' because it gives rise to 'your lot' and that's so flexible: your family or your social set or your associates or you & the others who support the same team . . . ). And if ever I finish looking for book covers & tidying my catalogue here I shall certainly look into immediate origins of southern US 'you-all/y'all' because your review set me wondering about them

Oh Jeannie just scrolled up your profile & now see you're actually from Galway. Er. But I'm dead curious: When you lived here did you hear 'youse' often?
Thank you for adding my newly released book - The AnaSwitch - to your page. You are a venerable reader and reviewer! People like your good self mean the world to writers. Have a lovely week. Kind regards, Angie Baron. :)
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Dear D,
I received the books you sent through SantaThing. Thank you so much for the choices you made!!! I probably would not have bought all of the books myself but I love them!! The knitted dogs books is especially creative! Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness - I hope you were happy with your SantaThing books - I certainly am!
Have a wonderful new year's celebration!!!

Drew Sheil recommended I send you a message. Reviewing a novel is a very personal adventure, and certainly is taxing on your time. My novels have been professionally edited and have been well-received by my readership. I would be grateful if you would consider reviewing one of them (or all four if you were so inclined). It is always my desire to offer a PDF to review, but I understand the need for a physical book in hand and gladly oblige such a request. If you wished to read excerpts from the novels before considering them for review, please visit my website at for chapters, or contact me so I can provide them for you. I am also open to author interviews and giveaways. As the author of the novels, I have provided the pertinent information below.

Dan O’Brien

Name: The Ocean and the Hourglass
Genre: YA Fantasy
Available formats: Print and eBook
Pages (in print): 251
Available on Amazon: Yes
ISBN (print): 9781467972352
Available formats for review: PDF, Gifted through Amazon, Print Copy
Links for purchase: [Amazon Print Copy] [Kindle Copy] [Create Space Print Copy]
Synopsis: Dreams are not for the faint of heart, they are for the brave to follow. A Book, an Hourglass. Nicholas had always dreamt of faraway places, distant lands beyond imagination. Wandering into the library on a cold day, he finds an adventure that he had not been looking for. Transported to a distant world, Nicholas finds himself involved in sweeping adventures of a broken and lost kingdom. Filled with sea giants and ancient cities, the young man soon finds that the adventure was greater than he could have ever imagined.

Name: Cerulean Dreams
Genre: Science Fiction
Available formats: Print and eBook
Pages (in print): 345
Available on Amazon: Yes
ISBN (print): 9781467971201
Available formats for review: PDF, Gifted through Amazon, Print Copy
Links for purchase: [Kindle Copy] [Create Space Print Copy]
An Amazon Link will be available within the next week
Synopsis: Orion, the last city of men. Deep within the desert, a secret lay waiting. Young women found dead in the street. A corporation that controls the sleep of a populace that never sees the light of day. Alexander Marlowe seeks to unravel the mysteries of Orion as he helps a young girl, Dana, flee the city. The closer they come to the truth, the greater the danger that hunts them. Follow them as they search beyond the boundaries of everything they have ever known for answers.

Name: Bitten
Genre: Horror/Urban Fantasy/Mystery
Available formats: Print and eBook
Pages (in print): 274
Available on Amazon: Yes
ISBN (print): 9781467972321
Available formats for review: PDF, Gifted through Amazon, Print Copy
Links for purchase: [Kindle Copy] [Create Space Print Copy] [Amazon Print Copy]
Synopsis: A predator stalks a cold northern Minnesotan town. There is talk of wolves walking on two legs and attacking people in the deep woods. Lauren Westlake, resourceful and determined F.B.I Agent, has found a connection between the strange murders in the north and a case file almost a hundred years old. Traveling to the cold north, she begins an investigation that spirals deep into the darkness of mythology and nightmares. Filled with creatures of the night and an ancient romance, the revelation of who hunts beneath the moon is more grisly than anyone could have imagined.

Name: The Journey
Genre: Fantasy/Philosophy/Metaphysical
Available formats: Print and eBook
Pages (in print): 176
Available on Amazon: Yes
ISBN (print): 9781467971188
Available formats for review: PDF, Gifted through Amazon, Print Copy
Links for purchase: [Kindle Copy] [Create Space Print Copy] [Amazon Print Copy]
Synopsis: The Frozen Man. The Translucent Man. The Burning Man. The Wicker Man. The guide known only as the Crossroads, together these are the signposts and totems of the world that the being called the Lonely inhabits. Seeking out the meaning of his journey, the Lonely is a being consumed by philosophical inquiry and adventure. Filled with exotic places and age-old questions, the Journey is a book that seeks to merge the fantastical and real. Join the Lonely as he seeks out answers to his own existence and perhaps the meaning for us all.
Hi D,
I'm JC, a San Francisco Bay Area writer hoping you'll review REVERB for Library Thing.

I'm submitting REVERB for your perusal-- a psychological thriller paced with romantic suspense, a modern love story about a beautiful, rich, master musician who learns to love someone other than himself. (women's lit)

The first six chapters of REVERB can be read (on most electronic devices) here:

Latest reviews are here:

Please let me know if you'd like a pdf of the complete novel. I can email it straight away... I am also available for online interviews, answer questions directly, honestly and uniquely for each post. Here is an interview for Bookworm2Bookworm Blog, (and there is a link to my first interview on the Bio page of my site).

Make my day to hear from you...; )

Jeri Cafesin
I happened to come across this old post of yours: "#30 one of my lecturers in college recommended Steven Runciman's History of the Crusades for our lecures on the Crusades." Back in 1974 I read Runciman's three volumes on the Crusades and was greatly impressed by his erudition and the vividness of his account. So I have always thought he was a kind of acme on Crusades history. But awhile back I think I heard or read that his work was "dated" and I am wondering 1) did you you read the work? and 2) do you know of a better history?

wyvernfriend---Thanks for taking the time to review "Slide Rule", by Nevil Shute. Your review, particularly the note about Shute's part in the Dublin Rising, ensured "Slide Rule" a spot on my "WishList". Also, I like the utility of your rating system. Happy reading, gardening, whateverelse one does by the Liffy! All The Best, ---"j.a.lesen"
I am currently reading Lia Mill's In your face and was surprised to find it in only one more collection - yours. And then I noticed that we share many knitting books, a good handful of Irish titles and some of the odd ones from years back like Illich's Deschooling society. If I wouldn't know it to be otherwise I could swear we must have met in a previous life at least once.
Enjoy your reading!
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it :0)
Thanks again!
Thanks so much for taking time to review The Poison Throne, and for adding it to your library :0)
I'm doing the same from Miami. There are so many public libraries, I hope others take care of other types of venues.
I saw that you have Dakota Bank's Dark Time wishlisted. I thought you might like to know about her weekly drawing for a free copy of her book: Cheers, and Happy Reading!
Wow! The amount of books you have read and reviewed is massive. Someday I hope I can say that I have read that many. Your library is very interesting (and large). Also, I like your Randy Spangler artwork (I have several of his pieces and have met him a couple of times) he is a gifted artist (to say the least).

Hey. You could just change the "Dublin, Ireland, UK" ones. The suggestions are based on what exists. So if they don't exist, it won't suggest it...
Hello there... I found your shelf through the 'SF, horror and Fantasy Romance' group. I'd be curious to read your take on Moning's latest Fae series, set in Dublin, which I see are on your bookshelf. I'm looking forward to reading more of your reviews! -rosa
Hello :) Nice to see more Bookmooch and Livejournal people around. Yay for book lovers :)
Looks like you have a good chance at getting an early-reviewer book now. Not so sure about myself though, I've been a flaky reviewer!
Just saw you added Gardens of the Moon - enjoy the trip!
I found Gardens of the Moon the weakest of these by far, but understandable as it was written ten years before the others during Erikson's lunchbreaks (or at least before he was even writing part-time)
Thanks for the recommendations :) I think I agree with you about The Friday Night Knitting Club -- there were a lot of characters and sometimes you wanted to spend time with them instead of Georgia, who didn't quite ring true in a few large chunks of the book.
Hi there, I thought I'd add you to my interesting libraries as we have so many books in common. I've been a member of LibraryThing for about two years, and it's been telling me about you for so long I feel like I already know you! :)

There's a few books I own that you don't have yet. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris is definitely worth picking up. The Devil Wears Prada chick's latest, Chasing Harry Winston, is bit of a yawn. And MaryJanice Davidson's new Betsy-werewolf anthology, Dead Over Heels, is a total waste of money :) Can you recommend any to me?

Hey what did you think of The Friday Night Knitting Club? I have to review it for a local paper and I loved it so much I'm having trouble writing anything at all!! :)
I read a comment that you made on a book I like, I read the comment and did't agree. But we're allowed to disagree. I'm a pretty open-minded person, so I'm going to let you recommend a book that will blow my socks off and get a label of 5/5 on my scale. I'm a mystery lover, the only time I'll go to romance is if the romance is equaling the mystery. And SciFic is ok. Historical is fine too.

Cool. I did Mayo's branches. Ireland is looking so pretty—the Aqua Isle, as it were.
I'm doing the same with the New York City area. There are so many public libraries, I hope others take care of other types of venues
It's funny. I see that conceptDawg said 10,000 was hit before he posted at 8:30, but my computer did not show 10,000 total venues until your entry:

Leitrim County Libraries - Carrigallen Library
Added by wyvernfriend (Today 8:41pm)

It's still congratulations

How many libraries are there in Ireland :)
Their website is pretty woeful alright.
I'd say if we start to add other Eason's around Dublin then we can make the switch.
Hope you don't mind that I added your library to my list. Very interesting collection!

I've been to Galway several times, and it is lovely. Des Kenny, from Kenny's Books, which used to be on High Street but now sells online only, is a good friend.


Dear W, Since just over a year ago we've gone from 85 shared titles to 128! I think you added more titles. (Most of what I've been acquiring lately is non-fiction.) I just found your review of The Iron Tree. Thank you -- I feel reinforced. I'm taking it back to the library because I just couldn't get interested. The description I gave to a another staffer was "over-written". I was looking for a little change since I've read about 10 books in a row on the early history of this area, but maybe I'll just read another history book. D.
What a fantastic library. I can sense looking at your collection will make me spend more money. :)
pas vu Cyteen de C.J. Cherryh dans votre catalogue, vous l'avez lu?
un livre de fantasy à me conseiller? les traductions en français sont longues... et c'est trop difficile pour moi de les lire en anglais! ;-)
one french author? mystery+humour+french= daniel Pennac
il change autant les idées que MZB ;)
Someone who loves nancy springer! How cool. I have the whole wyvern series (except the Book of Suns - which I'm not sure exists...?). I'm sure there are others out there that are fans of Springer, but I've never encountered one. I dropped the whole fantasy genre years ago because I couldn't find anything that I loved and gave up trying. Any suggestions?

what a really pretty picture; Irish Middle Age ?
I have all the books translated in French of MZB ... but they are in boxes, for a few time I hope! and some other authors
but nothing comparatively to your fabulous library!!
sorry, my english is as old that I am.... do you write french?
When you find it I'd love to know: is it the same as the book in this photo? Click the photo for a larger version. Thanks! As you can see we have a title and a photo for the book but not an imprint or author. Thanks!
Have you read her other ficion book The FIve of Cups as well? My copy arrived today signed by the author :)
Yeah, its fun. I still haven't read Judgement of Tears, but my spousal unit has. She said it was good.

Also, if you look at Newman's website, there are a few shorter pieces there in the Anno-Dracula universe, and a bibliography.
Anno-Dracula stuff, fyi, if interested, as per review :-
I've just finished adding my fiction - only a fraction of your catalog. We uniquely share Giants: Magical world of fantasy. You've tagged it TBR. When you get a moment I suggest you find some time to read it. Some of the short stories are a bit mediocre, but there are one or two all time favourites in it.
Do you mind me asking what you thought of "A Great and Terrible Beauty"? I was disappointed with it, but everyone on this site seem to love it.

PS: I'm also Irish, i live in cork.
Wow! 500+ books in a single year is really impressive. I've gone over 150 twice but that was more than 10 years ago. These days I rarely find time to read even 8 a month. And though I'm primarily NF and you're mostly Fiction, it was nice to see we share 56 titles.

Also intrigued that you're in Dublin. I visited a cousin there a few years back and loved the city. The west coast was wonderful, too. Hope to get back there some day.

Keep turning the pages...
I read your review on Awakening Heart which led me to your site, where I reviewed your first hundred. We share 8 titles. I am reading DaVinci Code now. Moves much faster than the one I just finished, The Star Thrower, in which there was 3 good essays, the rest hard to read, but worth it. I would read the three over, so keeping the book. I have worn many hats, but never worked in a library, though I secretly thought it cool. So glad you are well after your encounter with cancer.
Trish New, author of The Thrill of Hope and South State Street Journal.
I love your dragon icon, he's soo cute!
You had more titles in common with me than anyone else AND I am also a librarian and cancer survivor! Very odd! I use Library Thing to keep track of the books I get for my various family members, and have just started adding titles for myself. Good to hear you are well and happy!
we share 96 books!!! Maybe when I get my whole collection up we will share more :-)
I know what you mean, I had "Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase and Fable" on my wishlist for ages before I spotted it at half price and nabbed it. I love reading one or two entries every now and then
Just spotted "A Dictionary of Hiberno-English" in your reviews. I love books like this, and have added it to my wish list. They are so great for dipping in and out of.
D! You've been busy! Hope you are keeping well, Lora xxx
Yup, I am a bookcrosser - I keep TRYING to give books away, but I ususally end up keeping them.

Hi there! We have several of the same books - I'll bet we'll have more if I ever get all of mine logged in. I'm a Celt at heart, and envy you your Ireland. Maybe one day...
Yes, a very impressive effort indeed! :)
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