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About meI'm an academic librarian in Ohio who has recently re-discovered time to read-for-fun (as opposed to reading-for-graduate-degrees - MLS & MA in History). It's pretty fantastic!

I'm a pretty big sci-fi geek with a dash of fantasy thrown in, but I also love well-written historical fiction and the occasional 'popcorn' piece. And I have a never-ending fondness for Y/A lit.

About my libraryMy library is a mental library, defined by the things I carry around in my head as well as those I carry around on bookshelves.

You can see the things I own by checking out that collection, but as a librarian with easy (and free!) access to millions of books, it's far more interesting to take a gander at what I've been reading lately.

I don't buy books often - most of those I own are books I adored as a teen and found in used book stores, books I've adored as an adult with the same result, or books I've bought for a variety of classes. I've added most of my fiction books and am slowly working on adding the number of non-fiction (mostly history) books I own.

NOTIFICATION: If you notice an error/typo/etc in my catalog, please feel free to let me know and I will clean it up!

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Favorite authorsLois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Suzanne Collins, Diana Gabaldon, Scott Lynch, Seanan McGuire, Robin McKinley, Lisa McMann, Garth Nix, Brandon Sanderson (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingTerrier by Tamora Pierce
The way of kings by Brandon Sanderson
Among others by Jo. Walton
Night World. Huntress; Black Dawn; Witchlight / No. 3 by L. J. Smith
Tempest: A Novel (Tempest - Trilogy) by Julie Cross

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You might want to check out this thread. :)
We are in a similar situation....I am just done with my MLS (it is official Feb. 1) and have time to read what I want for a change. I feel completely giddy about it!

I enjoyed reading your review of The Passage...I went into mourning when I was done. I read it in my last semester of grad school in small bits to make it last, it got me through it all. It used some valuable time...but kept me sane to the finish line.
Hey Aerrin,

Brightcopy did post it, but it is for a different plug-in. I installed the Style plug-in instead of Greasemonkey and then copied Brightcopy's script from the LT Hacker thread and it worked like a charm.

And for a complete novice like me, it was pretty simple!
Thanks, Aerrin. I must be blind; I couldn't find Black Company in his thread of 2010 books. Oh well. I think I'll just keep picking it up and putting it back down until you've had a chance to read it. :-)

- Joe
Hi,Aerrin99. I've gone back and forth on whether to read Glen Cook's Black Company. Every time I pick it up I end up putting it back down again. Do you recommend it? I like a lot of the authors you do, like Bujold, Suzanne Collins and Lisa McMann.

Best - Joe
*waves* 'ello. Coming over from the Read YA Lit December-reading thread since, well, the following ramble won't contain YA lit mentions. ^-~

The only times I've seen fey/fairies done close to what they are in folklore are Elizabeth Bear's The Stratford Man, Hope Mirrlees' Lud-in-the-Mist (well, almost), Moonheart by Charles de Lint and The Wood Wife by Terri Windling. The latter two don't deal with Celtic-fey, but they're a good example of the otherworldliness I enjoy seeing, so I thought I'd throw them in there, especially seeing how we don't appear to share them.

Mirrlees' book is an early 20th century imitation of Victorian styles. It's less dangerous than fey of old, but still manages to be far, far closer to the idea of the fey one finds in folklore than any YA book I've read to date. Bear's work and I have a connection issue, but it was the first modern work I read that made me feel like people could still write fey akin to folklore.

There is so, so much beauty and story potential in them - as is evident by the fact they're still very much around in literature nowadays and in authors returning to fairy-lore roots. Just... apparently YA wants the fluffy Victorian-sanitised version, which makes me sad. I like my dangerous fey to be truly dangerous, not just pretend-dangerous. (And I like my murderous kelpies to be, you know, murderous kelpies, not lovesick puppies. Or, if they must, at least give them a reason to be. *pet peeve that probably started her quest*)

I'll... Stop now before I start ranting at you...
Do you like Meagan Whalen Turners books?
Wondering what you'll think of Zanesville. People seem really divided on this one with hardly anyone neutral.
Just wanted to say hello. You've got an interesting library and we've got quite a few books in common.

We all have different tastes and that is what I like about LibraryThing: hearing about other people's reading experiences. I had a similar view of China Mieville's Perdido Street Station, even though there were different obstacles for me.

I'd urge you to give William Gibson another chance, especially his more recent works, like Pattern Recognition or Spook Country. Both of these are in a much more accessible future, a much more believable future, and as such, my be easier to get into. Stylistically, they are also not as rough around the edges.

I may disagree with your assessment of Neromancer, but you stated your case well and I can respect your opinion. We all like different things in reading!

Keep reading, keep enjoying!
I promise that I enjoyed it immensely. Looking at the Fifty Degrees Below LibraryThing page, it seems like that is far less awesome. I mean, at the very basic, we can start with Mars > Washington, D.C. That has got to be a proven fact in the universe. The political bits about climate change and political disarray back on earth were the least interesting bits of Red Mars, so I can see how a whole book about that would not be impressive.

But in any case, I have kind of a thing for Mars, so you might want to take my recommendation with a grain of salt. But still, I really, really liked it and am happily starting on my second read-through, so... you might just want to take a peak at the first chapter and see if you're interested.
This is a very belated reply -- but yes, I've made a point to read lots of fun things since the Chyrsler bio! It was definitely a challenge to get through. But I can really recommend basically every book I've read since then, so! Yay for good books (especially in comparison with bad books).

I was glad to see that you've gotten through Locke Lamora and enjoyed that -- it's always nice when I recommend and people enjoy the recommendations. :) I bet you'd enjoy the one I just finished off, Red Mars. So you can add that one to your already massive wish list.
Isn't it wonderful - just to enjoy the pleasure of a book.
Yay for "time to read-for-fun" - though I graduated donkeys years ago, I remember how that felt.
The baby is asleep on me. I am stuck. >:(
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