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Tagsfiction (656), nonfiction (638), temp-shelved (587), paperback (462), SF/fantasy (305), thriller (274), hardcover (193), history (184), dustjacket (152), science (135) — see all tags

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About meThis particular account is only for my books; to see my library of movies, please see my other LibraryThing account here for movies.

I'm an Australian who lives now semi-permanently in Germany. I have a wide range of interests, as you can see from my library, but I guess my main interests would be humanism, humanitarianism, language, history, handwork (mainly but not only glass or wood), atheism, religion, travel, ecology and science overall.

My username of "Gurdur" is one I use all over the net, so I use it here to be consistant; it is taken from one of Terry Pratchett's books, The Bromeliad trilogy, and I spelled it incorrectly, but never bothered fixing it, so I use it as it is now for me. I'm extremely grateful to LibraryThing for its marvellous breadth and usability.

About my libraryThe books shown here in my library are books I actually own, and have here at home, and (of course) have read --- that is, I have entered only books I own (and so far I have only indexed part of what I own, and have more to come). I have tried through my usage to make my tags useful to others as well as to myself, which meant a whole lot of tags; and I have tried as best I can with my ratings system to give both a personal and a semi-objective judgment on each book.

This means that I will personally sometimes enjoy re-reading a book I gave only 3 stars much more than a book I gave four-and-a-half stars; but you can be sure that if I gave a book only 2 stars or less, I wouldn't enjoy re-reading it at all, and I wouldn't recommend it to others either.

My own personal system is to say that 3 stars represents a book that does the job that the writer set out to do with that book, and that the task itself was reasonably set, but no more and no less. More stars than 3 means the book excels in some particular way (out of a large number of different possible ways to excel); less stars than 3 mean that in my opinion the book has failed somehow in the job that the author set out to do with that book, or failed too much in some other way.

This account is only for my books; to see my library of movies, please see my other LibraryThing account here.

As said, I am extremely glad to have discovered LibraryThing.

GroupsBuild the Open Shelves Classification, Combiners!, Happy Heathens, Rare, Old or Offbeat, Science Fiction Fans

Favorite authorsKaren Armstrong, John Franklin Bardin, John le Carré, G. K. Chesterton, Lindsey Davis, Robert S. Desowitz, Alan Furst, Martin Gardner, Martha Gellhorn, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert van Gulik, John Twelve Hawks, Donald Kingsbury, Harold L. Klawans, Michael Pearce, Terry Pratchett, Jon Ronson, Eric Frank Russell, Martin Cruz Smith, William Tenn, J. R. R. Tolkien, Joseph Wambaugh, Connie Willis (Shared favorites)


Real nameTim


Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceApr 9, 2008

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