- All collections (12,148), Books (12,098), Signed (2,018), In Case of Fire (138), Your library (12,144), Ebooks (180), Currently reading (52), Read in 2023 (19), Read in 2022 (37), Read in 2021 (34), Read in 2020 (48), Read in 2019 (23), Read in 2018 (15), Read in 2017 (29), Read in 2016 (28), Read in 2015 (24), Read in 2014 (29), Read in 2013 (70), Read in 2012 (69), Read in 2011 (51), Read in 2010 (48), Read in 2009 (17), Read in 2008 (10), Recently Read (460), Recently re-read (49), Comic Books (49), Recovered books (1)
- fantasy (3,689), mystery (3,454), science fiction (2,635), signed (2,032), read (1,985), fiction (1,830), uk mystery (656), uk fantasy (636), espionage (622), signed first edition (547), arc (398), uk science fiction (362), graphic novel (311), westerns (309), sprayed edges (296), uk fiction (268), men's adventure (263), historical fiction (255), uk historical fiction (251), dated (205), ebook (176), hard case crime (166), pulp (157), eARC (144), fantasy anthologies (134), lined (128), science fiction anthologies (118), box 61 (114), first/first (112), box 64 (110), box 17 (110), box 70 (109), box 69 (107), uk espionage (107), thriller (107), box 50 (106), box 71 (105), historical mystery (104), mystery anthologies (103), box 66 (103), box 39 (103), YA (101), nautical fiction (99), box 67 (97), read 2008 (96), box 14 (95), box 11 (94), box 25 (94), box 65 (94), box 16 (91), steampunk (91), canadian fantasy (90), box 32 (86), box 63 (83), box 06 (83), box 12 (82), box 62 (82), box 72 (79), box 04 (78), box 30 (77), box 40 (77), box 46 (77), box 68 (75), box 15 (75), box 01 (74), box 08 (72), box 45 (70), box 19 (70), box 43 (70), box 59 (69), box 09 (69), box 41 (68), doc savage (68), box 56 (67), box 58 (67), read 2013 (67), box 35 (67), box 27 (66), box 57 (66), read 2012 (66), box 18 (66), box 54 (65), australian fantasy (65), uk historical mystery (64), box 37 (63), box 03 (63), box 34 (62), box 60 (62), box 28 (62), box 24 (62), box 33 (61), not for young'uns! (61), box 44 (61), box 51 (61), box 53 (61), box 48 (61), box 23 (60), read 2011 (60), box 13 (60), box 26 (59), read 2007 (59), martial arts (58), box 52 (58), box 21 (58), box 10 (58), box 42 (58), box 02 (57), box 29 (57), box 55 (57), box 38 (56), comic books (56), box 36 (56), box 22 (55), box 31 (55), box 49 (53), read 2010 (50), box 05 (49), box 20 (49), British Library Crime Classics (48), finance/investing (48), horror (47), read 2009 (47), malazan (45), box 47 (43), assassins (40), vampires (40), read 2020 (38), read in 2022 (38), historical fantasy (37), read in 2021 (36), australian mystery (35), swedish mystery (34), adventure (34), read 2019 (34), liaden universe (33), norwegian mystery (33), super-powers (32), fantasy collections (32), science fiction collections (31), noir (31), women of sundry hues (31), read 2016 (30), goldsboro (30), illumicrate (29), south african mystery (29), read 2014 (28), 2642 (28), history (28), read 2017 (27), the avenger (27), tbb (26), remainder mark (25), milo march (25), high adventure for adults (24), irish mystery (23), norse (23), sports (23), new zealand fantasy (22), french mystery (22), australian science fiction (22), reference (22), teen fantasy (21), doodled (21), canadian science fiction (21), russian mystery (20), sfbc (20), repairman jack (20), polish fantasy (19), read in 2023 (18), subterranean press (17), just speculation (17), japanese mystery (17), read 2018 (17), read 2015 (16), signed bookplate (16), stamped (16), limited edition (16), the shadow (15), biography (15), fantasy collection (15), crime (15), mystery collections (15), nautical (14), signed by Joe R. Lansdale (14), george abercrombie fox (14), amos walker (14), commander george gideon (13), re-read 2012 (13), matt helm (12), the phantom (12), scottish mystery (12), humor (12), fiction anthologies (12), joe gall (12), french fantasy (12), german mystery (12), jim hardman (12), hump evans (12), johnny fedora (11), re-read 2013 (11), weird westerns (11), arc finished copy (11), fairyloot (11), american mystery classics (11), limited edition 1444/1500 (11), western fantasy (11), art (11), shell scott (10), finnish science fiction (10), harry hole (10), western porn (10), Ed Brubaker (10), uk first/first (10), danish mystery (10), western anthologies (10), the wife's (10), drake (10), baseball (10), parker (10), post-apocalyptic (10), science fiction collection (9), personalized (9), hitman (9), western (9), TBB (9), spanish mystery (9), graphic novels (9), icelandic mystery (9), carl wilcox (9), WW II (8), strip (8), chap. book (8), alternate history (8), johnny liddell (8), fantasy omnibus (8), mark hood (7), limited edition 78/300 (7), finished copy (7), sean duffy (7), marvel (7), russian fantasy (7), spanish fiction (7), signed limited edition (7), wild cards (7), quarry (7), spoof (7), operator #5 (7), business/management (7), stock trading (7), Laura Lippman (7), john craig (7), donald lam (7), netherlands mystery (7), the broken binding (7), bertha cool (7), limited edition 247/300 (7), canadian mystery (7), indian fantasy (7), shaft (7), southern mystery (7), tennis (7), box (6), trace (6), ya (6), inspector bonaparte (6), limited edition 185/350 (6), world war II (6), uk fantasy collection (6), zimbabwean fantasy (6), science fantasy (6), italian mystery (6), super-heroes (6), romantic crime (6), mystery collection (6), dragon head sketch (6), bernie gunther (6), uk historical fantasy (6), signed by Gregory Benford (6), uk science fiction collection (6), investing (6), dutch mystery (6), asian (6), highlander (6), science fiction omnibus (6), french espionage (6), Reed Farrel Coleman (6), re-read 2010 (6), Gary Phillips (6), dr. david audley (5), anthologies (5), stephen dain (5), anderida (5), limited edition 47/500 (5), limited edition 394/500 (5), collection (5), Michael Connelly (5), duplicate Iliad didn't want (5), feline aliens (5), Jason Starr (5), superpowers (5)
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- May 22, 2006
- Real Name
- Only my mother knows for sure
- About My Library
- Hmm...Library. Possibly a bit ambitious because in my mind it connotes not just books (I have enough of those...wait, what am I saying?), but also a certain setting. You know, the built-in shelves, wheeled ladders on rails, fireplace, over-stuffed chair and ottoman, dog, etc. Not particularly original, I know, but it's my idea of how a library should look and what I want for myself, someday (except for the dog; frankly, I'd rather have a cat).
As far as what my library contains, well, it's comprised of about 2/3 mass market fiction and 1/3 trade paper and hardcover fiction, with the occasional business/investment tome thrown in so I can learn just how much money I would have had if not for an irrational need to own books. I've been buying more and more hardcover books the last few years as I've become a more serious "hyper-modern" book collector.
Also, under the "follow the flag" theory of book collecting, the tags for my books reflect--to the best of my knowledge--an author's country of citizenship/birth, rather than the setting of any particular story or series, or the country where the book was published. If there's no country specified, then the author should be American (assuming I didn't screw up or just forget to check, which are strong possibilities). If you spot an error in my tags (or anywhere else, for that matter), feel free to drop me a note, if you have a moment to spare.
Collections is now upon us and it is not exactly what I was hoping it would be. You see, I used to be quite adamant that LT should be about books, and nothing but books. And those books should be owned by an individual or family on LT, rather than an entity, and above all else, those books should be real! But, over the last 3 years (wherein I actually set foot inside a county library and realized modern libraries now contain music, movies, magazines, newspapers and probably more) my conception of what an LT library may contain has expanded to envelop pretty much all printed matter, as well as music, movies and their related ephemera. So, in the spirit of Collections and more expansive libraries, I will be adding CD's and DVD's to LT and I've already begun adding my comic collection. However, there will be no wish lists from me as there does not yet seem to be a way to keep imaginary items from counting toward one's overall library size on the Zeitgeist list, which remains my largest area of dissatisfaction with Collections.
***Update Redux 6/5/10***
Well, individual entry of comics on LT is quite the time consuming task, so I'm slowly adding titles to comicbookdb.com with the intention of importing them here at a later date. However, while comicbookdb is much faster, it's still a dauntingly slow task to enter everything and I've decided to put that on the back burner until I've tagged the whereabouts of all my mass market paperbacks in their respective boxes (23 of around 50 boxes done). DVD's and CD's will come after everything readable has been entered (I fully expect them to be obsolete technology by the time I get to them, heh).
Just a fun fact: On September 15, 2012, I had 7,777 books, of which 777 were signed; kinda wish I could freeze the library right there...
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- About Me
- Age: 56
Status: Married for 25 years.
Children: None. Zero. My books are my babies and I never have to change their diapers (just a fresh Brodart every so often).
Username: From an Arnold Lobel "poem" called "Books to the Ceiling." I wanted to use "outsideofadog" from the famous Groucho Marx saying, but some 7 book FA'er (Free Accounter) nabbed it 20 days before I thought of it. Can I get a "20 days!" repetition in an imitation Chris Rock falsetto to express my disgust? Thank you.
Books: Mostly science fiction/fantasy, but I've added quite a few mysteries and a smattering of espionage and historical fiction over the last decade+. I also have a fair number of western titles, although I don't have nearly the number I used to. My favorite type of story would probably be the "mystery in a science fiction setting" a la Jack McDevitt, Larry Niven (Gil the arm), Peter F. Hamilton or Richard Morgan, just to name a few.
Favorite Authors: Fairly lengthy list comprised of authors read "recently" and authors I haven't read in many years. Some of the older authors may not make the cut if I were to re-read their books today, but I have fond memories of their writings, so on the list they go. Also, even though an author's body of work may be generally mediocre, if they've got at least one book I truly enjoyed, then that's enough to qualify for the list.
- Currently Reading
- Berserker SF Gateway Omnibus: The Shadow of the Wolf, The Bull Chief, The Horned Warrior by Robert Holdstock
- Favorite Authors
- Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, Robert Adams, Boris Akunin, Aaron Allston, Piers Anthony, Neal Asher, Pierce Askegren, Robert Asprin, Gail Van Asten, Iain Banks, Elizabeth Bear, Alex Bledsoe, Kyril Bonfiglioli, Mayer Alan Brenner, Patricia Briggs, Ed Brubaker, Ken Bruen, Steven Brust, Lois McMaster Bujold, Chris Bunch, John Burdett, William R. Burkett, Jr., Edgar Rice Burroughs, F. M. Busby, Kurt Busiek, John Byrne, Christian Cameron, Miles Cameron, Orson Scott Card, Mike Carey, Jack L. Chalker, Howard Chaykin, Lee Child, Barbara Cleverly, Harlan Coben, Allan Cole, Michael Connelly, James S. A. Corey, Bernard Cornwell, Larry Correia, Desmond Cory, Robert Crais, Carroll John Daly, Ed Dee, Nelson DeMille, Sean Doolittle, Dave Duncan, Dorothy Dunnett, Ed McDonald (author), Phyllis Eisenstein, Steven Erikson, Ian C. Esslemont, Minister Faust, David Feintuch, Alan Dean Foster, Brian Freemantle, David Gemmell, Victor Gischler, Walter B. Gibson, Norman Green, Mike Grell, Peter F. Hamilton, C. S. Harris, Harry Harrison, Christopher Hinz, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, James P. Hogan, Tom Holt, David Housewright, Dean Ing, Elliott James, Craig Johnson, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Guy Gavriel Kay, P. B. Kerr, Nancy Kress, Katherine Kurtz, Dewey Lambdin, Louis L'Amour, Hugh Laurie, John Lawton, Ann Leckie, Sharon Lee, Dennis Lehane, Martin Limón, Jean Lorrah, Sergei Lukyanenko, Jonathan Lunn, David Markson, Ed McBain, Anne McCaffrey, Jack McDevitt, Ed McDonald, Gregory Mcdonald, Maureen F. McHugh, Adrian McKinty, R. M. Meluch, Deon Meyer, Steve Miller, Daniel Keys Moran, Richard Morgan, John Morressy, Jo Nesbø, Kim Newman, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Naomi Novik, Eric S. Nylund, Patrick O'Brian, Carol O'Connell, Andrew J. Offutt, Robert O'Riordan, David R. Palmer, George P. Pelecanos, Steve Perry, Thomas Perry, Max Phillips, H. Beam Piper, Mike Resnick, Alastair Reynolds, Mack Reynolds, John Maddox Roberts, Kenneth Robeson, Patrick Rothfuss, Sean Russell, John Sandford, Dorothy L. Sayers, John Scalzi, Jack Schaefer, James H. Schmitz, Adrian Selby, Ernest Thompson Seton, Dan Simmons, Maj Sjöwall, L. Neil Smith, Martin Cruz Smith, Sherwood Smith, Peter Spiegelman, John Steakley, Richard Steinberg, Neal Stephenson, Matthew Woodring Stover, Victoria Strauss, Mark Sumner, Keith Taylor, Peter Temple, Sheri S. Tepper, Steve Thayer, J. R. R. Tolkien, P. J. Tracy, Delia Marshall Turner, A. E. van Vogt, Brian K. Vaughan, Vernor Vinge, Karl Edward Wagner, Mark Waid, Bill Watterson, David Weber, Donald E. Westlake, Kevin Wignall, John Wilcox, Elizabeth Willey, F. Paul Wilson, Don Winslow, Tom Wood, Roger Zelazny
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- AlanPoulter, ame73, Aneris, AngelaB86, anglemark, Ann_Louise, Astrodene, AsYouKnow_Bob, austcrimefiction, avatiakh, babsji, Bengan, beniowa, bibliomega, bibliorex, bookstopshere, BrigidsBlest, brive, BruceDMacDonald, cadolph, camon63, cathyskye, chilperic, chrisloganedwards, citygirl, ckNikka, clong, ConalO, cosmicdolphin, CrazedCollector, crazybatcow, cthulhuslibrarian, dada1967, Daffobint, Dannelke, Darkson, DaveLancaster, devenish, dillytanty, divinenanny, donaldmcobb, drivincryin, Drylnn, dwinston, elkiedee, fang, Fourpawz2, FredericB, Hank1215, hoopmanjh, HorusE, iresam, jackanaples, jamespurcell, Jebbie74, jjmcgaffey, jlabeatnik, johnnyapollo, kattepusen, kd9, Keeline, kirjen, kleo, krlaw6, LadyDarbanville, lcd, leennnadine, LexieS17, littlegeek, Littlemissbashful, lizandkats, LouisBranning, magnumpigg, majkia, mhatchett, MikeBriggs, mmignano11, mtnmdjd, NauticalFiction99, naylands, NickPetty, nsblumenfeld, OldSarge, PandorasRequiem, parasolofdoom, revelshade, Robin_Hill, rowens, saltmanz, SanTeresa, sarahpezzini, ScorpioBookDreams, sevedra, Severn, skullduggery, SRHarbin, stefferoo, SteveAnderson, sunqueen, tenaciousreader, TerryWeyna, thegreattim, TheIdleWoman, Thulean, vangogan, vicwong, wallcraf, xenchu, Z-Ryan