Search xicanti's books

Random books from xicanti's library

Casket of Souls by Lynn Flewelling

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Once Bitten by Nikki Stafford

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Chill by Elizabeth Bear

Darklight (Wondrous Strange (Quality)) by Lesley Livingston

Hard Magic (The Grimnoir Chronicles) by Larry Correia

Members with xicanti's books

RSS feeds

Recently-added books

xicanti's reviews

Reviews of xicanti's books, not including xicanti's

Helper badges

Common KnowledgeHelperCover UploadingWork CombinationCoverGuessBook Depocalypse

Site design selection

Use the new design

Use the old design

The old design is no longer fully supported nor does it get full attention when we roll out new features. We strongly recommend using the new design.


Member: xicanti

CollectionsPermanent Collection (730), Library Books (483), Sellers (303), Loaners (24), Electronic (326), Electronic (ARC) (95), Electronic (Purchased) (115), Electronic (Hugos) (26), Electronic (Marvel Unlimited) (48), Electronic (Freebie) (48), Electronic (Library) (13), Electronic (Loaner) (4), Abandoned (51), Wishlist (21), Read but unowned (862), Favorites (22), All collections (1,879)

Reviews450 reviews

Tagsfantasy (932), american (480), family (441), magic users (360), science fiction (289), 2011 (268), 2010 (245), 2014 (244), contemporary fantasy (226), 2012 (219) — see all tags

Cloudstag cloud, author cloud, tag mirror

Recommendations1 recommendations

About meWhen I'm not reading, I'm usually writing, watching trashy TV, or taking a ridiculously long walk.

Currently Reading, Primary: My Real Children by Jo Walton
Currently Reading, Secondary: Subversion: Science Fiction and Fantasy Tales of Challenging the Norm, ed. by Bart R. Leib
Currently Listening To: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Recently Finished, Fiction: The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles - electronic (purchased)
Recently Finished, Nonfiction: Runaway by Evelyn Lau - seller

About my libraryI only keep books I'll read at least once more. These form my Permanent Collection. My discards are tagged as Sellers, while books I've borrowed are tagged as Library Books or Loaners, depending on who I got 'em from. E-books are filed under Electronic, regardless of whether I purchased them, borrowed them, or received them as time-sensitive ARCs.

My LibraryThing account contains only books I've already read. I maintain a separate account for my TBR list.

My ratings reflect the intensity of my feelings for a particular title. They break down as follows:

5 stars - I'm incoherent and/or verbose with love
4.5 stars - I loved the hell out of it
4 stars - I loved it
3.5 stars - I really liked it
3 stars - I liked it (this is not a bad rating, in my estimation)
2.5 stars - it's not necessarily a bad book, but it didn't engage me.
2 stars - I disliked it
1.5 stars - I hated it
1 star - why the hell did I finish this?
0.5 stars - seriously. The hell???

3.5 stars is my most common rating. I like a lot, but I'm terribly picky about what I love.

I don't rate religious texts, writings from the ancient world, anything I abandoned, or books I've read so many times that I've lost all impartiality.

Groups1001 Fantasy Roadies, Bloggers, Freebies, Book Giveaways and Contests, Go Review That Book!, The Green Dragon, What Are You Reading Now?, Writer-readers

Favorite authorsLloyd Alexander, Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, Guy Gavriel Kay, Ellen Kushner, Scott Lynch, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Gregory Maguire, Sarah Monette, Tiffany Reisz, Anne Rice, Brandon Sanderson, Ysabeau S. Wilce (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBison Books, Book Fair, Cover to Cover, McNally Robinson at Grant Park, Munro's Books

Favorite librariesAuckland Central City Library, Epsom Community Library, Leys Institute Community Library, Millennium Library - Winnipeg Public Library, Parnell Community Library, Pembina Trail Library, Remuera Community Library

Other favoritesChildren's Hospital Book Market

Favorite publishersOrbit Books


Also onBookCrossing, BookMooch, Twitter

Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway

Real nameMemory


Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/xicanti (profile)
/catalog/xicanti (library)

Member sinceAug 6, 2006

Leave a comment


*prods LT* It ate half my comment. *sigh* I always forget it always interprets things as HTML instead of make educated guesses about what it is and isn't HTML. Oh well! Try to remember for next time! Anyway! As I was saying!

I'm glad you're enjoying the series! ^_^
Oooooh, you're really zipping through the Girl Genius volumes, aren't you?
*laughs* At least you got to it now, though?
Oooooh, you read Heart's Blood.
Hola! I have today received my little SantaThing satchel, and have reached 'maximum excitement' mode. I don't have any bookish friends so am rather chuffed to be receiving books outside of my own selection. I simply cannot wait to begin reading :D Thank you.
I note we are both Whedon fans, too, which is extra-nifty - Karla
You´re very welcome! Both books are amongst my absolute favourites so I hope you´ll enjoy them as much as I did :-)
Hi Xicanti

I've just finished reading your review on The Road and it's one of the few written that I can relate many of the others seem to be "love it" or "hate it". I thought the book was an interesting read and although the style was different it didn't worry me, but I did have a few problems with the characters and the way they behaved. The father spoke about "the good guys" but never seemed to make any real attempt to make contact with them and yet within a few days of his death, there they were! The child's reaction to his mother's loss seemed unrealistic to me and her own behaviour didn't quite ring true either but we were never given any real insight into those relationships. I hope you don't mind me approaching you like this but I can see that we enjoy some of the same books and I was pleased to read your review.

Memory, Thank you so much for your Guy Gavriel Kay suggestions! I'm looking forward to reading him, hopefully sometime this summer.
Hi Memory! You know me from blogland (Terri B. at Tip of the Iceberg). I notice that you are a fan of Guy Gavriel Kay. I'm thinking about reading something by him, but not sure where to start. Suggestions? Thanks!
Hey, I see you've been adding Girl Genius - do you read it online? It's kind of cool - feels like a real "comic" that way.

Take care!
Hi Memory...

As you can tell, I have not been on LibraryThing for quite a while. I am still reading several books at once, and promise to get to your latest draft by the end of January, 2010. I know, bad friend.

Even an electronic one should do better.

Ed (aka Sabarade)
I enjoyed all three books immensely - I have already finished all of them, and the first sequel to The Lies of Locke Lamora, which I had to hunt down immediately. I will get the rest of the sequels as cash allows, which hopefully will be soon! Thanks again for such excellent choices!
I just got my SantaThing box from - the books look fantastic, both literally and figuratively, and I'm excited to read them. Thanks so much!

I'm really glad you liked the books I picked. Have fun with them, and have a merry Christmas!
No worries. ^-^ I'm just really curious to see what you make of it! And I suppose it's only fair. I've been taunting Nymeth with my last 5-star rating too. I imagine I may feel much like you did about this one. (But I managed to put together a spoiler-free review! I am so proud of that.)

I hope you'll enjoy your SantaThing-gifting, sweetie! Listing all you can sounds like a good idea. ^-^
Aaaaaaaaah! Dangling a 5-star rating for The Angel's Cut in front of my nose and not having a review up yet!

That's just cruel...

(^-~ I'll be looking forward to seeing it! You give out 5 stars so rarely...)
*stalkstalk* Oooh, the translation of Dante that you've got on your wishlist is actually pretty good (for reading). I can't speak for the accuracy, not speaking (medieval) Italian, but... It's a really legible version and I appreciate the translator's choices and attempt to stay as true to the original meaning as possible. You could definitely do a lot worse than picking up that Penguin copy.

(Also, you're catching up on review posting here, I see. Good luck! ^-^)
I would recommend the edition of the Iliad translated by Robert Fagles. It is available in paper and trade paper editions.
I thought I'd you added to my friends here, but then I realised not! *feels silly*
Hi there Memory, I read and enjoyed your review of "A Canticle for Leibowitz" so gave it a thumbs-up with grateful attention to your tender years...glad to see the books of my youth still being read.

Wow, you gave out some 4 1/2 and 5 star reviews? I am now forced to add these to the TBR.
I did hear that Graceling's prequel is coming out soon... but I also heard the rumor it isn't as good? After I just said that, I looked online and realize it's not out yet, but I can't shake the feeling that I had somehow heard this? Really what I'm looking forward to is the sequel, Bitterblue. I thought she was a great character!
Hi Xicanti, just wanted to tell you that I read Graceling because of your review and enjoyed immensely, and have had you on my private watch list for awhile. I think my next rec I have from you is that Elizabeth Bear? Moon? book. Keep up the reading!

Hi Memory...

You had previously indicated you might be interested in a group read of Dante’s Inferno.I am planning to start my read on Feb 25th. While I’m not planning to do a college level course in this, I do want to spend a little more serious reading time with this one than I have on some of the others. Please see to sign up and join the party. Looking forward to 'reading' with you.
Tina (aka Tutu)
oops, sorry for the extra message, it was meant for someone else hehe!
Of course!
absolutely! Why didn't I think of that!
Thanks for the Interesting Libraries add!
Thanks for the "Any Given Doomsday" review. Having just detoxed off the whole damn "Twilight" saga, which raised many interesting questions and answered none of them, I'm happy to have avoided this one.

Whyizzit that there are so few really good vampire stories?

I like Buffy, too, but I find it somewhat uneven when it strays from the vampire plot line and into the mummies, giant bugs, astral projection and the rest of it.
Hi Memory,

Your reading output is awesome! Perhaps you want to challenge yourself to 250 books next?! Almigwin has just started a 250 Book Challenge group. If you're interested, it's here.

Happy reading!
You said: Thanks for the info on Rachel Hartman! ...

One last tidbit -
You might enjoy reading her blog,, although I admit I feel almost guilty for even knowing about it, it makes me feel like a stalker! O_o

I was just entering my copy of "Amy Unbounded" and saw your review. I think it's an undiscovered gem, for adult readers, too! :-)

If you search online for Amy Unbounded, the Ashcan Series, you might find some of the stories before "Belondweg Blossoming". I'm definitely searching!

Also, Rachel Hartman's blog mentions she's writing a novel, so there's something to look forward to!

Good reading,
Thanks for your review of Flora's Dare! Just requested the first book at the library, and I'm fully expecting that it and the sequel will be the Xmas present for my niece. I don't know how I would have heard of it without your review popping up in my Connection News.
Hey! Nice start to your blog. I'm looking forward to reading more.

Really enjoyed your review of House of Dreams (I checked it out because you were the only other person who reviewed it). Made me think I should have elaborated more, since your review totally kicked my review's ass. Just wanted to give you a kudos, since you articulated exactly what I liked about the book.
Hi xicanti...great library...and we share some of my favorite books! I wanted to offer a little suggestion for posting hyperlinks: add target=new after the quotes and before the close-carat in your hyperlink; that way we get your link in a new window, and don't have to backtrack to get home to your post.

An idea for your consideration only. I enjoy your intelligent and informed posts greatly!

I wanted to let you know that your reviews for the 1001 Fantasy library are amazing. They are exactly what I was looking for and I don't have to do any editing either! *hugs* ~ Morph
I'm interested in Time Bandit if it is still available.
I notice we both seem to have Jasper Fforde, Agatha Christie and J.K. Rowling stuff. I have only just started on LT, so do not have that many books in, and I too only purchase books I'll re-read. So my library is pretty much that.
Thank you, xicanti. You've written a good fair few and so really helped to fill out the pages. I've now added your reviews which are numbers 171, 204, 209, 224 and 237. You might want to just double check that I didn't miss out on any formatting you wanted (italics and the like). The wiki code is completely different from the html used in LT so it has to be added in and I know I've probably missed some.
Hi, Memory. On Go Review That Book!, I've created a group Wiki page to keep track of the progress of the game and the reviews that have been generated. Some may find it easier to read the reviews by having them in one handy place. There's a discussion thread in the group and this is the first Wiki page if you are interested in having a look. To avoid any difficulties with copyright, I'm seeking your consent to add your reviews to the group Wiki page.
Did you ever finish the Hippopotamus Marsh? Did you move on to the next two in the trilogy? I finished them a short time ago and just wondered why you found the one you were reading so sloooow?

Bob Barker
Cool, thanks for giving me the html code. I never learned any of that. It worked!

re: Robertson Davies, I'm definitely going to get on with the Cornish trilogy after I finish up a couple things I'm reading now. I really liked the first book--probably just a bit more than the Salterton trilogy, which I read this previous summer.

take care!
Thanks for leaving a message on my 50 book challenge about Robertson Davies. I'm going to read the rest of the Cornish Trilogy, but I'm spacing it out a bit. I've read the Deptford and Salterton trilogies--is there any further reading you'd suggest by him? I really loved the Deptford trilogy, which I read about seven years ago, and have only recently come back to Davies and read more. He's just fabulous!

On a side note, how did you get your profile to link to your other account? I have two accounts (one for books I own and one for books I've read) and I would like them to link, but I couldn't figure out how to do it!

Happy reading,
Thanks very much for your encouraging words on my Lloyd Alexander tribute. It was really nice to get feedback on what I'd written!
Thanks for the info on Theives & KIngs. maybe I'll use this hiatus to try and catch up on 8 years of being out of the series.
I finally read The Fairy Godmother! I really enjoyed it! Thanks for the tip. If you have any other recommendations, please let me know.
Thanks for the suggestion you left on my SantaThing request. I went to the library and checked out The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey. My brother is a big fantasy/science fiction fan and he said you made a good recommendation too. (Of course, I also looked at her website, the LT reviews, etc. I am always looking for a good author to start reading!) Thanks again!
Thank you so much for the SantaThing gifts! They were both on my wishlist, which you couldn't possibly have known, so you chose really well. I hope you get the delight of receiving soon too - thank you again!
That's what I suspected. I'm still interested to check them out, so I think I will do what you suggested. Thanks :)
I keep seeing you mentioning that graphic novel series about the Buddha in the "What Are You Reading Now" threads. They look really interesting, but I'm wondering if they're something you think would appeal to a reader who doesn't usually go for graphic novels?
I was reading the thread on Reading the Bible, and was wondering what the title is of the Bible you have. I would like to find a copy for myself. It sounds really interesting, and more to my way of thinking when it comes to how I think of the stories and books of the Bible. Thanks!
Just saw your post about writing in your books. I too always write my initials, date, and the place where I started reading the book. I tend not to keep books unless I really like them, so I always hope that the person who picks it up in the charity shop or from the hotel bookshelf will add theirs, and there will be a trace in the book of all the places it has been read...
"I definitely don't have the expertise to go down on my own"

Caving on your own is a passtime of the very strong minded! Pretty much everyone caves as a group, a) it safer, b) its a lot more fun.

If you want to do more caving the best way is to join a caving club. In the UK at least there is one in every city and most towns, even those a long way from the main caving areas. Such clubs are used to arranging the longer trips needed to get closer to the caves. Of course this does mean committing some time to it, and I'm not sure how it works out with the USs vastly larger geography.

Have Fun.
Another green dragon caver?? really? Is it that popular a sport in the US? Over here in the UK its really struggling, with many clubs dying through lack of members.
You are an excellent namer of mummified cats. (I bet you've never received that particular compliment before in your life!)
Me, too. But he lived a long time. And he and his wife of 60+ years died within two weeks of each other. So, I guess I'm more sad for myself than for him. :(
Xicanti, did you hear Lloyd Alexander passed away?
I really enjoyed your posts on the Wicked discussion. I still find it an odd book, but it's makes a lot more sense to me now.
I agree with your take on the Oz series. I just finished the first and am irritated, because wouldn't you want to live somewhere fantastic rather than somewhere that everything is gray? Thanks for commenting! Happy reading!
Thank you for your reply to my question about paperback cataloguing.
It's always interesting to learn about other Libaries and it sounds as tho' your Library is hard pressed for funds if it is re-binding books and not fully cataloguing items.
Dispiriting to think you are so underfunded and that this is not a problem confined to the U.K.
Best wishes - Lizzier
Hi xicanti, your comment #60 in the thread for what you're reading week of 2/10 led me to come and ask: Did you go farther into "Sons and Lovers" than the self-required 100pp? I read the whole miserable thing for a reading group I was in, just so I could rip the bejabbers out of the dratted thing! And the kicker is, I was the one who suggested the book to the group in the first place.
I'd love to hear what you think of New Moon when you're finished. Did you like it as much as Twilight?
i stumbled on your profile while navigating and noticed your glowing review and 5 star rating of corelli's mandolin. have you read his trilogy beginning with "the war of don emanuel's netherparts?" if not, check them out. 3 of my favorite books of all time.
I just wanted to say that your review of "Macbeth" wins at life.
Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 92,775,699 books! | Top bar: Always visible