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CollectionsReference (186), Non-Fiction (184), Fiction (41), Your library (8,550), Read in 2014 (35), ebook (120), Read and owned (669), Reread (4), Read in 2013 (130), Read in 2012 (116), On Loan (3), Read in 2011 (288), Given Away (6), Wishlist (270), Currently reading (1), Read but unowned (124), Favorites (44), All collections (8,951)

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Tagsfiction (4,490), non-fiction (3,197), fantasy (1,271), science fiction (1,038), mystery (844), history (643), @kindle (429), western (423), series (402), read in 2011 (271) — see all tags

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About meI am retired and so get to play all day, reading and frolicking on the computer. Definitely a grasshopper life.

About my libraryMy library is very eclectic with lots of everything now including Romance (I discovered Georgette Heyer). Once I own a book it seldom goes away. I am an absolute packrat.

I have started to add books I have read but don't own. I want a record of my reading and that must include outside books. Discovering I had pages of books I wanted to read I finally decided to use the collection wishlist to record them. It is regretted that this adds books to the overall collection but I need the convenient computer list.

My tags are usually whatever crosses my mind when I am entering them. It depends on how much I know about the book and how clever I am that day. Almost always the first tag will be fiction or non-fiction. If I list an ebook the tags start with @kindle.

Groups50 Book Challenge, A Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Alternative Sexuality, Amazon's Kindle, American Civil War, American History, Ancient History, Art is Life, Banned Books, Bestsellers over the Yearsshow all groups

Favorite authorsRobert Adams, Robert Aickman, Abdul Alhazred, Eric Ambler, Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Jane Austen, Iain Banks, Leslie Barringer, Elizabeth Bear, Alfred Bester, Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Robert Bloch, John Blofeld, Pierre Boulle, Leigh Brackett, Ray Bradbury, John Brunner, Steven Brust, Charles Bukowski, L. Sprague de Camp, Gail Carriger, Lewis Carroll, Robert Chambers, Joy Chant, C. J. Cherryh, Lincoln Child, Arthur C. Clarke, Rick Cook, Jeffery Deaver, August Derleth, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lord Dunsany, E. R. Eddison, James Ellroy, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Philip José Farmer, Raymond E. Feist, Eric Flint, Dion Fortune, Robert L. Forward, Dick Francis, George MacDonald Fraser, Randall Garrett, David Gemmell, William Gibson, Edward Gorey, Michael Gruber, Robert van Gulik, Joe Haldeman, Barbara Hambly, Edmond Hamilton, Laurell K. Hamilton, Dashiell Hammett, Charlaine Harris, Harry Harrison, Lafcadio Hearn, Robert A. Heinlein, P. C. Hodgell, William Hope Hodgson, Robert E. Howard, Barry Hughart, Molly Ivins, M. R. James, S. T. Joshi, Guy Gavriel Kay, Donald Kingsbury, Russell Kirk, Jerzy Kosinski, Mercedes Lackey, Louis L'Amour, Sterling E. Lanier, Joe R. Lansdale, Michael De Larrabeiti, Fritz Leiber, Lin Yutang, H. P. Lovecraft, John D. MacDonald, Sharyn McCrumb, Dennis L. McKiernan, Elizabeth Moon, John Myers Myers, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Naomi Novik, Peter O'Donnell, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, H. Beam Piper, Edgar Allan Poe, Douglas Preston, Philip Pullman, Seabury Quinn, John Ringo, Patrick Rothfuss, J. K. Rowling, Damon Runyon, Fred Saberhagen, John Sandford, Richard Sapir, John Scalzi, James H. Schmitz, William Shakespeare, Clifford D. Simak, Dan Simmons, Curt Siodmak, Wen Spencer, Ryk E. Spoor, Bruce Sterling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rex Stout, Theodore Sturgeon, William Tenn, Hunter S. Thompson, J. R. R. Tolkien, William R. Trotter, Mark Twain, Jack Vance, A. E. van Vogt, John Varley, Jules Verne, Vernor Vinge, Karl Edward Wagner, Edgar Wallace, Lawrence Watt-Evans, David Weber, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Manly Wade Wellman, H. G. Wells, Martha Wells, Donald E. Westlake, Janwillem van de Wetering, James White, P. G. Wodehouse, Gene Wolfe, Janny Wurts, Roger Zelazny, Paul Edwin Zimmer (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingThe Collegium Chronicles: Bastion Bk. 5 by Mercedes Lackey

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I downloaded a cover for the following title in your collection: The London Journal of General Raymond E. Lee, 1940-1941.
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Well thank you Xenchu! You are certainly one of the first. I hope you enjoy the read especially since you already own Ruins of Empires. Best Wishes, TCW
Honored by the "interesting libraries" shout-out. We share a lot of books, many of them obscure. You have an impressive collection!
Thank you for you excellent recommendation, I will try to lay my hands on this book as soon as possible.

SHADOWS is indeed excellent, since it has been great fun to see Mr. Holmes confronted with Lovecraft's unspeakable abominations.
I have uploaded a cover for The War to End All Wars: The The American Military Experience in World War I by Edward M. Coffman. This is from the 1968 Oxford University Press hardcover edition.
Thank you for adding BannedBooksLibrary to your Interesting Libraries. Happy Reading!
I note that you have the majority of the erotic novels that Robert W Marks wrote as 'John Colleton'. I'm currently tracking down the two of the fourteen book sequence that I need for completeness. Colleton has a unique style, erudite and humorous as well as racy, particularly remarkable in the erotic genre, and I was pleased to find someone else with perhaps a similar view. Where I live, in Southern England, I'm only a few tens of miles from the original home of the original John Colleton, before he left England to become one of South Carolina's 'Lords Proprietors'. Marks/Colleton deserves better recognition, and as he died in 1993, perhaps, by now, family sensitivities have diminished enough to make this appropriate. His New York Times obituary refers to the books somewhat coyly as 'historical romances', a description that is as odd a viewpoint on 'romance' as it is on 'historical'! I'd like to know if this author retains any greater recognition for these books in his home country.
Hi, I see that we share Masterpieces of Murder, essays by Edmund Pearson, one of 105 we share. Today I refound (if that is a word) this book on my shelf and was intrigued again. Only three of us have this book. I can`t remember where I got it. Your tremendous number of books must take three houses to store. Where to put ANOTHER bookshelf is my problem.
just commenting on your recent trip to barnes & noble. i have the same problem with that store. just fyi, they are have a fantastic online clearance sale right now. u may want to check it out!
Thanks, China - interesting - I'll check it out, and for the Empire, pleased to hear you enjoyed it!
Thanks, China - interesting - I'll check it out, and for the Empire, pleased to hear you enjoyed it!
Hi Xenchu - how fun!
I see we share 13 titles - that is a relatively high correlation, considering I only put up fifty some favorite titles.

By all means, if you care to share any recommendations and curiosities.
Hope you're well...haven't heard from you in a while. Would love to see you back at Art is Life.

I am new to Library Thing and still screw up some of these details. I just posted a note to you at the bottom of a lengthy thread from the Art as Life group. At any rate, I just wanted to comment on your interest in Edward Hopper and Vincent Van Gogh--two of my favorite artistic spirits. I just finished the Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography by Gail Levin last week. Fabulous work. I had been blocked as an artist since 2008 began, and now, thanks to his legacy, I am painting again. Van Gogh also thrills me--I just finished assembling a slide lecture of his work to deliver to a high school audience in the morning. I took a break and got onto Library Thing and read your post. Anyway, nice to read your remarks.
Hi Xenchu

Have you tried Its the Casca fans website and has everything there about the series, fans feedback and news about forthcoming books coming out soon.

Hi xenchu,

Thanks very much for the group invitation and for adding me to your interesting libraries. I'm not 60, but I don't see that as a problem :)
"Did you check every entry?"

No way! I just noticed those points while looking at shared books, which I did because I entered something fairly obscure and saw you had it. I often write such little messages if I happen to notice something strange and apparently unintentional, but I don't set out to check up on people.

Anyway, having looked again, I now see that HP and the Goblet of Fire and Northanger Abbey have dodgy author entries too! And you have The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B twice, once with author and once without. I suspect that quite a few of your authorless books have authors really.

Regards, Jim Roberts
Your entry for Life,the Universe and Everything has author "Douglas, Adams" rather than "Adams, Douglas" which you have have for the rest of his books. I suppose that's not what you wanted: maybe an import from an unreliable source? You might want to check the author for The Ascent of Man, The Poems of John Milton, The Tents of Wickedness and The Canterbury tales too.
Regards, Jim Roberts
Thanks for the recommendations!
I'm fairly new to Science Fiction, but once I discovered the genre I was hooked! From the gist of your comment, I think I like space opera (Alfred Bester's 'The Stars My Destination' is in my library). I'd appreciate more of your recommendations when you have the time. You library truly boggles the mind!
Hi :)

Your Scifi and Fantasy selection is impressive. Any recommendations?
thanks for the invite - I'm old, but not yet that old :)

but I love Lafcadio Hearn
Another Lafcadio Hearn fan? Must be an endangered species.
Ever see the film of Kwaidan? An old favorite.
Thanks for adding me! It looks like we have a lot of favorite authors in common. Did you check out our press's website yet? :)
xenchu, do you have one of the old fashioned cassette recorders? If you record yourself on cassette, you can use software like audacity to transform that into digital. I downloaded audacity free from the internet. Or if you send me a cassette with your voice on it, I will make it digital and then add some images to it and put it on You Tube. I don't know how to upload just audio. Let me know if you're interested in doing any of this. I would love to hear your voice.
As one of those who list Sufi Studies Eas and West in their library, I dropped by to visit your collection We share 58 books.
I've joined - now what (-: I really haven't figured out how activity takes shape in this setting. Maybe one someone has a suggestion or two I can follow.
I am 60 and would join but how? My user name is Oldude59.
Hello again, I received your reply. The problem is that I can't join a private group unless I am invited. Can you send me an invitation and then I will send an invite to edandkathy, the other half of my collection ( with the sci fi and fantasy ) I think it would be interesting to see the group zeitgeist for the over sixy age group.
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