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About meThis is really out of date now, just barely able to keep up with adding new and previously acquired books. I track the bookstores I have visited on "my locals" now.

Not so new now to LibraryThing, but have still been spending a lot of time here. Lifelong love of books, and even owned a little bookstore for a short time in an experiment in private enterprise. Some day, when I grow up, I may do it again, but not when I need to depend on it as a source of income, but rather as a self-sufficient and self-sustaining hobby.

And last, here is what I have managed to read so far since I joined LT:

******* 2010 ********

10. Dearly Departed Dexter, Lindsay
9. Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Lindsay
8. Fatal Impressions, Warga
7. Fearless Jones, Mosley
6. A Multitude of Sins, Wren
5. Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat, Wren, 3/01
4. Run for Your Life, Abercrombie, 2/25
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson 2/11
2. Vintage Science Fiction, Peter Haining, ed. 1/31
1. The Case for Books, Robert Darnton, 1/29

**************** 2009 *************************
(oops - actually read many more, just did not keep this up to date)

The Hemingway Hoax, Haldeman
Devil May Care, Faulks
Watchmen, Moore & Gibbons
The Book that Changed My Life, Diane Osen
The Mist, Stephen King

**************** 2008 *************************
30. Palm Sunday, Vonnegut
29. Player Piano, Vonnegut
28. Book Case, Greenleaf
27. Bilioholism, Tom Raabe
26. Wampeters, Foma & Granfallons, Vonnegut, 2008/10/26
25. A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson, 2008/10/20
24. Unpopular Essays, Bertrand Russell, 2008.10.15
23. Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, Tom Robbins, 2008.10.10
22. Scouts in Bondage, Michael Bell, 2008.10.08
21. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Bill Bryson, 10/4/2008
20. Cats Cradle, Vonnegut, 9/20/2008
19. Collapse, Jared Diamond, 9/15/2008
18. Man Without a Country, Vonnegut, 8/2/08
17. Variable Star, Heinlein & Robinson, 7/29/08
16. Welcome to the Monkey House, Vonnegut, 7/5/2008
15. The Battle is the Pay-Off, Ralph Ingersoll, 7/15/08
14. Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis, Kim Todd, 7/7/08
13. Hit Parade, Lawrence Block, 7/4/08
12. Fires, Raymond Carver, 6/12/2008
11. Fer-de-Lance, Rex Stout, 6/1/2008
10. Critical Chain, Goldratt
9. Our Insect Friends and Foes, Dupuy 5/10/08
8. Scorpion; Michael Linaker
7. The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, Mario Acevedo, 4/18/08
6. The Lathe of Heaven, Le Guin
5. The Collector; John Fowles, 3/29/2008
4. Dies the Fire; S. M. Stirling, 3/17/08
3. The Collectors; David Baldacci 2/21/2008
2. To Sail Beyond the Sunset; Heinlein 2/5/2008
1. Callahan's Con; Spider Robinson

*********** 2007 **************
1. The Burglar on the Prowl - Lawrence Block (1/5/07)
2. Casino Royale - Ian Flemming (1/10/07)
3. The Spy Who Loved Me - Ian Flemming (1/13/07)
4. The Burglar in the Rye - Lawrence Block (1/20/07)
5. Aliens: Original Sin - Friedman (1/20/07)
6. The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza - Lawrence Block
7. The Burglar in the Closet - Lawrence Block
8. God Bless You Dr. Kervorkian - Vonnegut
9. If on a Winter's Night - Calvino
10. Dr. Zhivago - Pasternak
11. Thoughts of God - Kanaly
12. Dr. Bloodmoney - Philip K. Dick
13. The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
14. The African Queen - C.S. Forster
15. Hocus Pocus - Vonnegut (4/15/07)
16. Used and Rare - Goldstone (4/26/07)
17. Slightly Chipped - Goldstone (4/28/07)
18. The Man Who Fell To Earth - Tevis (5/12/07)
19. The Burglar in the Library - Lawrence Block 5/14/2007
20. From the Corner of the Eye - Koontz 6/2/2007
21. Hit Man - Lawrence Block - 6/15/2007
22. The Warrior of World's End - Lin Carter 6/16/2007
23. Hit List - Lawrence Block - 6/17/2007
24. The Moon is Down - Steinbeck 6/20/2007
25. Bookwomans Last Fling - Dunning 7/1/2007
26. Blood, Sweat & Bears, Lehtinen 8/6/2007
27. Kalevala-A Prose Translation, Ali Kolemainen Johnson
28. Miss Pickerell and the Geiger Counter, MacGregor
30. The Path: A New Look at Reality, Richard Matheson
31. Empire Falls, Richard Russo
32. Getting things Done, David Allen
33. The Kalevala: An Epic of Finland and All Mankind
34. Three Soldiers, John Dos Passos
35. Searoad: Chronicles of Klatsand, Ursula K. Le Guin
36. The Winter War, Antti Tuuri
37. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
38. The Varieties of Scientific Experience, Carl Sagan
39. Scouts in Bondage and Other Violations of Literary Porpriety, Michael Bell
40. World War Z, Max Brooks (12/22)

************ 2006 *************
The Day the Earth Stood Still - Tofte (s:12/26,06; f: 12/30/06)
The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling - Block (12/6/06; f: 12/21/06)
The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams - Block (S:11/30/06, f: 12/5/06)
The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian - Block (s:11/15/06. f; 11/30/06)
Slow Kill - Michael McGarrity (s: 11/05/06, f: 11/15/06)
Gerald's Game - Stephen King (s:10/15/06, f: 11/5/06)
Stealing Thunder - Peter Millar (s: 10/4/06, f: 10/15/06 )
Dante Club - Matthew Pearl (s:9/19/06, f: 10/4/06))
At Risk - Stella Rimington (s: 9/8/06, f: 9/19/06)
Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan (s: 8/27/06, f: 9/8/06)
The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart - Lawrence Block (f: 8/25/06)
Burglars Can't Be Choosers - Lawrence Block (f: 8/15/06)
The End of Physics, David Lindley (s: 7/06, f: 8/26/06)
Sign of the Book, John Dunning (finished July 2006)
Dangerous Visions, Harlan Ellison (finished July 2006)
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger (s:7/06, f:9/06)
The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life, Steve Leveen (finished July 2006)
The Position, Meg Wolitzer (finished July 2006)
The Dancing Wu Li Masters, Gary Zukav (finished July 2006)
Tuesdays with Morrie (s: June 2006, f: 9/21/06)

About my libraryMy library is not fully input into LibraryThing yet, so the titles I have listed are not yet representative of my total collection.

It seems my wishlist is growing faster than entries for my library. Consolidating my numerous wishlists is working, I sorted by wishlist and then printed it out so I have a hardcopy of my wishlist to take with me as I make the rounds of bookstores across the country. My job has me traveling quite a bit, and everywhere I go I try to hit a used bookstore or two (or three or four) if time permits.

Bookstores Visited in 2010:

Boulder Bookstore, Boulder CO (27 Oct 2010)
Trident Booksellers, Boulder CO (27 Oct 2010)
Denver Book Fair, Denver CO (26 Oct 2010)

Books with a Past, Glenwood MD
Second Story Books, Rockville MD
Wonder Books, Frederick MD
Wonder Books, Gaithersburg MD

Bookstores Visited in 2008:
Denver Book Fair, Denver CO (6/25/08)
Mutiny Now!, Denver, CO (6/25/08)
Murder by the Book, Denver, CO (6/24/08)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA (Seattle) (6/13/08)
The Bookman, Colorado Springs, CO (6/18/08)
Books for You, Colorado Springs, CO (6/16/08)
Book Bank, Alexandria, VA (2/6/08)
Old Tampa Book Company, Tampa FL (1/30/08)
Second Story Books, Rockville MD (1/18/08)
Beckhams Bookshop, New Orleans, LA (1/17/08)
Dauphine St. Books, New Orleans, LA (1/17/08)
Faulkner House Books, New Orleans, LA (1/17/08)
Wonder Book, Frederick MD

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 50 Book Challenge, A Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Aerial Warfare, Awful Lit., Banned Books, Bibliomysteries, Book Arts, Book Care and Repair, Book Lovers Who Love Fountain Pensshow all groups

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstores2nd and Charles #2106, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Power Plant, Books With a Past, C & W Used Books - Woodbridge, COAS: My Bookstore, Cottonwood Books, Daedalus Books & Music - Columbia, Friends of the Library Bookstore - Gaithersburg, MD, McKay Used Books and CDs, Oregon State University Bookstore, Page One Bookstore, Page One Too!, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Prospero's Books, Read it Again Sam, Second Story Books - Rockville, MD, The Book Exchange, The Book Thing of Baltimore, Inc., Wonder Book and Video - Dual Highway, Wonder Book Frederick, Wonder Book Gaithersburg

Favorite librariesThe Seattle Public Library, Central Library

Other favoritesStone Ridge Used Book Sale - 2009

Real namePhil

LocationFrederick, MD

Favorite authorsNot set

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJul 1, 2006

Currently readingThe End of Physics: The Myth of a Unified Theory by David Lindley
The Dante Club: A Novel by Matthew Pearl
13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley
Valis by Philip K. Dick
A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict by John Baxter
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Hi Phil,
Thanks for supporting the Martian Fiction Group. It is my hope to see it grow and develop over the coming months into a useful resource for fellow Martians and Lunites everywhere! ;-)

Please drop by again soon - Sylak
Judging by your catalog, you may be interested in joining a new discussion group: Bibliomysteries:
I have just received a copy of 'Manhattan: The Army and the Atomic Bomb' (U.S. Army in World War II: Special Studies), by Vincent C. Jones. You have it with a tag of 'wishlist'. It is now available from the U.S. G.P.O. (since January 29, 2009). The cost is $28.00 and there are no shipping charges or taxes.

See my comment to Elhoim, from a few minutes ago for more data.

Hi Phil,
Thank you for adding me to your Interesting Libraries list. I've just completed a reading binge of Robert Goddard books - seven of them since the beginning of July. Have you ever read any of his books?
Phil, I've never uncovered any evidence of a novelization of "The Dead Pool." That one seems to have slipped through the cracks. I'd be very interested in seeing your bibliography of bibliomysteries. Let me know when it is available.

I notice that you actually have a copy of Maxim Komolyets' "Tanks in the Winter War." While I'm bummed that Amazon just cancelled my order for that work, it still begs the question of whether I missed anything; did I? Further, were you impressed with the production values that the publisher achieved and who would you compare them to, seeing as they have some other items that I might like to own.

Thanks in advance.
Hi Phil, I got my copy of "Double Fighter Knight" from a dealer who was also selling a copy of Porvali's "Ace Eagle: Hasse Wind" (on another top Finnish ace) at the same time. Two seperate auctions, but both fairly good deals. My interests tend to the obscure aspects of the Russian Front (especially the German allies - Italy, Finland, and the Osttruppen), aviation (from pioneers to around 1950), and Napoleonic. Too many interests and not enough money ;-) . Thank you for your comments on my library!! I'll let you know if I see another copy of "Double Fighter Knight" at a good price. Steve
Hi, I found my copy of Double Fighter Knight on E-Bay a couple of weeks ago. There's not many copies of the book online (,,, etc) and they're all expensive ($200+). Depending on the book and the auction, you can often get books on E-Bay for under half of what they normally sell for online. Of course, if you don't do your research online first, you can also spend twice as much on an E-Bay auction than you would online. With E-Bay, ABEBOOKS, and ALIBRIS, you can keep a want list and they will e-mail you when a book gets listed. It works great!
Hi, I just wanted to say that you have a great selection of books on Finland in WW2 and the Soviet-Finnish War! I noticed your library when I added the book "Double Fighter Knight" by Juutilainen and was surprised that someone else had a copy as it is uncommon. Just to let you know, there is a new set of books on Finnish Aviation in the process of being published. It's entitled Suomen Ilmavoimat by Keskinen and Stenman with three volumes published so far - 1918-1928, 1928-1940, and 1941. It's an excellent photo-history and does have both English and Finnish text for the Finnish impaired like myself. You've got a great library and it's nice in its diversity!
Just to add to what bookstopshere said, the ERB Libary of Illustration is absolutely wonderful stuff. I don't have any copies, but a good friend of mine does, and they're well worth the pretty penny you'll have to shell out for them. Most people tend towards Vol II due to the Frazetta material, but they are all worth looking at.
Yup, the ERB Library of Illustration is every bit as great as it sounds. Russ Cochran did a super job putting these together. Long ago (pre-publication) when I subscribed, I think these were 300.00. It took a few years for Russ to finish to project - and the 3rd volume is a bit weaker than the other 2 - but terrific stuff. They seem to appear regularly, tho seldom at bargain prices. The nice folks on ABE have a set for 500.00 now and I'd say that's a good value (they usually go 700 - 800.) Hope you're able to pick up a set - let me know what you think!
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