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Apr 26, 2007, 11:19 am

Welcome to the game of "Go Review That Book!" I hope some find it fun. I hope somebody finds it and chooses me a book, else I'll continue to be completely reviewless.

Apr 26, 2007, 11:35 am

I like the group picture!

Books take longer to read than tracks/albums so this might not be as sucessful. It will certainly be slower.

Invite a few people - groups are seldom noticed by drive-by users on talk. There are too many!

Are you still reading your catalog alphabetically? Won't this disrupt the process somewhat?

Lots of users catalog book they don't own. I don't know how this will work for them - maybe they'll have to retrieve a copy.

It sounds fun though - I'm currently in a re-reading spell until I hit a bookshop again. I'll probably not want to re-read when I've shiney new books to enjoy but between then its good,

For you I choose Flyaway
Now can you find it amoungst the hundreds.....

Apr 26, 2007, 12:24 pm

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Apr 26, 2007, 12:29 pm

I tried, but I've looked at a dozen or so books in Reading Fox's library but I can't find a book that doesn't have a review.

Apr 26, 2007, 4:04 pm

I was a little confused by that. I wasn't sure if IM meant a book with no review at all or a book not previously reviewed by that person. I did send a message asking about this.

Apr 26, 2007, 6:39 pm

is anyone here from lca
its alex keeble

Apr 26, 2007, 8:16 pm

Reading_Fox howse about doing a reading/review of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Check back when you've put the review out.

Apr 26, 2007, 10:11 pm

"geneg", I would like to hear more about "Language and Symbolic Power" by Pierre Bourdieu. You have a very interesting library. :-)

Apr 27, 2007, 12:36 am

Hi, all~

I'm fairly new to LT and have tons of books in my library I've not yet read and none of which I have "officially" reviewed. I'm also not in the middle of reading anything that I can't put down for a bit so I'm game :)

Someone pick one for me. I also don't mind re-reads.

Waterlily, if I understand this correctly, I am supposed to pick one for you to read (or re-read) and review, yes? If so, I'd love to read your review of Emergence by David Palmer. I've already had this recommended to me and would like to learn more.


Apr 27, 2007, 8:37 am

#4 - I've only reviewed about 1/3 of my library so I'm surprised it was so tricky....

#7 OK that's next up.

Apr 27, 2007, 8:52 am

What a great idea - maybe this will actually encourage me to write a review or two!

#9 kayaalder: would you be kind enough to review The Poyson Garden for me? It's one that looks interesting, but I'm not sure whether to order or not.

Whoever, feel free to pick anything, as I haven't reviewed yet.

Apr 27, 2007, 9:04 am

Scorbet- I've heard so much about American Gods by Neil Gaiman, both good and bad, that I would be interested in seeing what you think of the book.

Everything in my library that is tagged "tbr" are books that I own and have not yet read.

Apr 27, 2007, 9:31 am

>10 reading_fox: I misunderstood the directions. I thought you had to find a book that had no reviews at all - not one that the person hadn't reviewed.

Apr 27, 2007, 9:53 am

Thank you, Scorbet :) I was thrilled to see that you had picked The Poyson Garden for me. I have a first edition yet somehow it's managed to stay in my tbr pile all this time.

I now have it in hand and have read the prologue :)

As a side note, I stitched a Tudor rose bookmark two years ago and I plan to pull it out today and complete the finishing touches so I can use it as I read this one.

Apr 27, 2007, 10:41 am

OK Morphidae -

You've not had a book selected for you and since I started the Self-Improvement/Self-Help Books group it's a natural for me to choose 50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life, From Timeless Sages to Contemporary Gurus by Tom Butler-Bowdon from your list.

Apr 27, 2007, 10:48 am

Should I be offended that you skipped me?

Edited: Apr 27, 2007, 11:27 am

Jenson/DL -

Absolutely NOT! I'm happy to choose books for everyone! I simply couldn't let Morphidae keep slipping in and out of the conversation without getting a book hurdle in her path. I note that you've managed to do the same - so take this...

How about The Dark Tower Vol. 1: The Gunslinger by Stephen King?

I hope that it doesn't suck you into feeling a need to read the whole series. I'd like to read it but I can't commit to the whole thing. As such, I've avoided this one despite the good things I've heard. I'll be interested to hear what you think.

Now having done a quick review of the messages above, it seems that everyone has been assigned a book except Message 6: horsebabe579. Given that message, I'm not sure they're in the right place. So we should be caught up.


(BTW, InigoMontoya, great idea. Thanks.)

When looking at my bookshelf, look for the tag "own" if you want me to read it immediately. Otherwise, I'll have to get a copy from the library or the bookstore. It may cause a delay.

Apr 27, 2007, 1:05 pm

Thank you! *does happy dance*

Apr 27, 2007, 3:08 pm

adamallen -
How about you do The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods ? I almost fell over laughing from the title alone!

Whoever's next, my books are all around the country. Right now I'm in DC, so if you could pick something from tag "DC", it would make things easier for me.

Apr 27, 2007, 3:08 pm

Waterlily, thanks for the pick. It's been quite a few years since I read Bourdieu so I will have to read it again before I can write a review that will do it justice. I'm doing two other books for book clubs right now as soon as I finish one I will start on this.

I will take the comment about my library as a complement. I only have about one third of it entered. Thank you for noticing.

Apr 27, 2007, 3:29 pm

Caramellunacy -

I'm happy to as I've read it many times (it's always good for a laugh). It's more of a spoof book that honors the killer 'do that I sported 20 years ago than a novel or its nonfiction equivalent. Since there isn't much to it, I'm happy to review it upon re-read but I thought I'd give you the opportunity to choose a different one that will require more than an hour to read.


Apr 27, 2007, 3:44 pm

Adamallen, as a fan of the stylish, trend-setting, oft-misunderstood mullet, you might be interested in this:

Cheers :)

Apr 27, 2007, 3:58 pm

Thanks kayaalder. I assure you - I've visited that site and others. The mullet is a rare's so horrifying that it just might be gorgeous. The only thing that could possibly make it even more attractive? Coupling it with a rockin' 'tache!

Apr 27, 2007, 4:45 pm

Hehe, ok, I guess I could give you something a little more in-depth to review. How about Magic Seeds? That looks really interesting, and I'd love to hear about it.

Apr 27, 2007, 5:18 pm

Will do. Thanks!

Edited: Apr 28, 2007, 8:55 am

And we're away! My review of Flyaway is here.

Caramellunacy, I considered one of your seemingly many variations of the Kama Sutra, but went instead for Countess Confidential which you have with you in DC.

Apr 28, 2007, 9:20 am

Bravo, Inigo~

Nice review; very helpful and insightful. I am always glad to know which books should NOT make it to my tbr list as much as the ones that should.

I also hate to see judgments being made on works based on the current pc climate. However, to borrow a phrase from one of Inigo's companions, "Inconceivable!"

Apr 28, 2007, 9:37 am

Thanks, kayaalder. It's weird how it hit me in this one. I'm usually immune to such things. I look forward to reading yours on The Poyson Garden.

I now wait in trepidation for the next one in the game to choose me another book. Since I've reviewed nothing at all until now, it's a wide field.

Apr 28, 2007, 11:07 am

Inigo -
I am rather glad that you decided against the Kama Sutra. Not entirely sure how a review there would work...awkwardly, I think.
I'll get right on Countess Confidential (at least in between exams).

And very nice review

Apr 29, 2007, 6:49 pm

Treasure Island is read and reviewed

I get to choose for Inigo again, The bafut beagles for a change of direction.

Awaiting the next to finish (or a new player) to choose for me.

Apr 29, 2007, 7:09 pm

Nice review, reading_fox. Out of interest, what's the context of "duff"? I know it as meaning something crappy, but not otherwise.

Thanks for another easy one. I love Gerald Durrell.

Apr 29, 2007, 8:10 pm

Good job, reading_fox. Thanks.

Apr 29, 2007, 8:24 pm

I enjoyed your review, reading_fox. Great job :)

Apr 30, 2007, 3:33 am

For reading _fox, I choose Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by John Le Carre

Apr 30, 2007, 5:58 am

#31- I know a few meaning's none of them seem to fit, there's "plum duff" a desert, Homer Simpson's beer, etc, but this is "plenty of prizes and plenty of duff" its not rum or drink because that is grog, sometimes used in the same sentance.

#34 ok.

May 2, 2007, 7:03 pm

My review of The Gunslinger is up on the book page.

Shortride- I checked out your library and picked one that you haven't starred yet so hopefully that means you haven't read the book yet. My choice for you is Advance and Retreat which actually looks pretty good. I would have never thought to create a story about an alternate civil war turned into a fantasy.

May 3, 2007, 1:47 am

Hi Jenson AKA DL-I looked at your library and your reviews and I'd like to see a review of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld-i'd really like to know what you think of it.

May 3, 2007, 9:30 am

lennnadine- Uglies was actually a book I read for a book group over the winter. I know I have a bunch of reviews already posted which probably makes it hard to find one I haven't already reviewed. I should have mentioned in my last post that the books I own and haven't read are all marked "tbr" in my library. If you're interested in the review here is the link It is dated December 18, 2006 to make it easier to find. Wish I could figure out a way to link directly to a particular review but I'm not sure how to do that.

May 4, 2007, 3:30 am

I am sorry-I did read through the list of reviews,but obviously missed it. Ok,how about The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe-I just read the second one and would really like to see what you think.

May 4, 2007, 8:06 am

Here is my review of The Poyson Garden by Karen Harper:

"Down wi' the bloody Boleyn's - e'en the royal one!"

Once again out of favour with her half-sister, Bloody Mary Tudor, Princess Elizabeth has been exiled to Hatfield House. While the estate may be less confining than the Tower of London, it may not prove to be safer. While there, Elizabeth finds herself among those targeted by unknown forces determined to rid the realm of the Boleyns.

With the help of her beloved maid, Kat Ashley, and groom, Stephen Jenks, Elizabeth is determined to get to the bottom of the conspiracy, one that may reach to the very highest level of the monarchy.

While I found the prose a bit slow going in the early pages, the pace soon picked up and the prose smoothed out making me glad I continued to read. Several plot twists kept the story interesting and although the story was more plot driven, I found the characters well drawn and believable.

I've added the other books in the series to my wishlist and look forward to reading the future exploits of Elizabeth I.

Thanks again to Scorbet for choosing this one for me.

I'm going to bow out of the game for a bit as my order just arrived from one of my book clubs *Happy Dance*. However, I am still looking forward to reading more reviews here :)

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Edited: May 4, 2007, 2:06 pm

For Leennnadine, I'd like a review of As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.

I'm very excited to get my first book chosen for me. As I enter my books, one by one, I keep thinking how I want to read or reread them. My request is that it not be one that was read in the last 4 years, which is noted in comments.

May 4, 2007, 1:24 pm

I've posted my review for Countess Confidential. I'm going to have to put my participation on hold for hte moment as well. I have exams for the next two weeks and then I'm off to Europe for a summer job. Sadly I won't be able to take my books with me.

I'll be back in a few months.

May 4, 2007, 1:40 pm

My many so-called reviews are mostly 2 lines of notes I took in years past, so you could safely ignore any of them.

May 4, 2007, 5:20 pm

36: If you don't mind, I'm going to switch to Marching through Peachtree, as it precedes Advance and Retreat in the seres and I haven't read it yet.

May 4, 2007, 8:12 pm

>44 Shortride: No problem! I didn't realize it was part of a series.

May 4, 2007, 10:59 pm

Waterlilly #8

I finally started Language and Symbolic Power. It won't be a quick read I will try to have a review for you by the end of next week.

May 5, 2007, 5:58 am

Tinker tailor Soldier Spy is read and reviewed

I'm losing track of who is where but I think I'm now to choose for Marysargent. I nominate The Asian grocery store demystified simply because it sounds such an interesting idea!

May 5, 2007, 12:27 pm

Got it, reading fox. Not what I was expecting, but a fun assignment, involving a trip to an Asian grocery store and cooking an Asian meal. I'm smiling at the prospect.

Edited: May 6, 2007, 8:54 pm

Sorry I've been a bit slow on reading my assigned books. I was finishing one that was already underway (Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail in case you're interested in reading that review also). Today, I completed The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods and I'll begin reading Magic Seeds this evening.

As a tribute to The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods, I've updated my profile photo to one from 1984 (that's me on the right). I'd highly recommend that you click on the "View Larger" link below the photo to get the full effect. This is a limited time viewing that I will take down next weekend. Enjoy.

Also of note, I just set up a new group on LT called "Reading Tips". It's a place to share things that make your reading more enjoyable. Check it out and contribute!


May 6, 2007, 6:38 pm

marysargent-Will start that book soon-I have to find my copy first(we're beginning the moving process) if I haven't found it by tomorrow I'll get it from the library.

Edited: May 13, 2007, 10:53 am

I've read and reviewed The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe. I really enjoyed the book!

I think I'm picking for Reading_Fox. I checked out a few of your titles and picked one that got pretty good amazon reviews but hasn't been reviewed here, The Sorcerer's Legacy. This looks like it would be one I might want to read at some point.

In my catalog the books that I own but have yet to read and review are marked "tbr".

Edited: May 13, 2007, 7:17 pm

Here's my review sans recipe testing:

When I finally make that Shrimp Coconut Curry with Red Curry Paste, I'll be sure to let you know.

So for Jenson AKA DL, I pick The Lost Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore. It was on your TBR list and it sounds so good, I'm planning to get it, if your review confirms.

May 13, 2007, 8:52 pm

I'm givng up trying to make message 52 do what I want it to do.

I wanted the link to state the name of the book. No dice.

I wanted the sentence to read When I finally make that Shrimp . . . No can do.

I wanted The Lost Lizard of Melancholy Cove to be a touchstone. Huh un.

May 14, 2007, 7:05 am

May 14, 2007, 9:52 am

Mary, I didn't have any trouble finding your review. It was very interesting! There are many markets around here where you look at the lables and wonder. That sounds like it would be a good book for that! I'm looking forward to reading the Lust Lizard book, thanks!

May 16, 2007, 8:47 am

Sorcerer's Legacy by Janny Wurts is read and reviewed

Thank's for picking this Jenson, I've not re-read it before, the opening chapters are very similar to a short story I've read elsewhere, which I profoundly didn't like. Subsiquently and foolishly I've been put off Legacy thinking it was the same book. It isn't, its great.

For MarySargent I'm giong to pick Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut which I know nothing about except that the author recently died.

May 16, 2007, 12:44 pm

Perfect, Reading Fox. I read a lot of Vonnegut in the 70's and really liked him, and since he died I've had it in mind to re-read. I'm wondering if I'll still like him as much.

May 21, 2007, 7:50 pm

My review is up for Magic Seeds by V.S. Naipaul. You can read it here.

Sorry for the delay but the review explains...

I've just jumped onto a new book, This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel Levitin, but I'd welcome a new selection (to be read next). In order to focus my "selector" to books that currently hold my interest, I've tagged the pool of possible books with "GRTB!" I'd ask that you choose from that list. It's over 100 books so it shouldn't be too tough.



May 22, 2007, 7:47 am

Adamallen, do feel free to choose a book for the person above you to review.

Oh it's me.

Choose something!

May 22, 2007, 5:32 pm

Adamallen, I was interested to read your review of Magic Seeds because I had the same experience with another Naipaul book years ago, and I was just to the point where I was thinking I should try another one because he's supposed to be such a good writer. I think you've saved me the trouble--thanks!

May 22, 2007, 7:24 pm

I've read and reviewed The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore.

Am I supposed to be choosing a book for Adamallen next?

May 23, 2007, 10:08 am


Sorry for the oversight. How about Lord of the Flies by William Golding? It's one that slipped through the cracks for me and is on my reading list. I'd be interested in your perspective on it.


Jenson_AKA_DL - choose away...

May 23, 2007, 1:56 pm

adamallen - How about Lolita? I've been thinking about adding that to my list of books to read and would be curious to hear your thoughts.

For whoever chooses for me next, please choose a book tagged "TBR". These are all books that I own but have not yet read. Thanks!

Edited: May 26, 2007, 11:11 pm

I have read and reviewed Vonnegut's Player Piano

It looks like I'm choosing for you again, Jenson, so here's something completely different: how about reviewing Of Mice and Men and letting me know if Steinbeck is still worth reading?

BTW, I'm planning to order Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove - thanks for that.

For the person who chooses for me, all I ask is that you pick one I haven't read in the last 6 years.

May 28, 2007, 2:07 pm

I've read and reviewed Lord of the flies: and finally got around to mentioning it here.

Mary, thanks for your review on Player, I'll probably skip that, but I ought to read some of his work, sounds good.

I'll choose Gorillas in the Mist for you this time - totally different, but possibly equally important in its own way?

May 28, 2007, 9:48 pm

I finished Of Mice and Men and posted my review. Now I can feel accomplished that I've read at least one classic so far this year :-) Thanks Mary!

I'm also thinking I might have to try some Vonnegut simply because so many people absolutely adore his work, although I probably won't start with Player Piano.

Reading fox - I didn't see many books in your catalog without ratings, but this one looked good, My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. It might be one I'll check out after your review. It does appear like it is one that you are reading for school, I hope it is an okay choice.

For whoever is picking for me next - Take from my "tbr" tagged books, please and thank you!

Edited: Jun 1, 2007, 4:21 pm

My Family and Other Animals is read and reviewed. Great choice Jenson. I've read it a few times, but not for many years and forgotten just how delightful it is. I'm not in school so no assigned reading for me, and it is unlikely they'd ever have chosen this, but I'd have been thrilled if they had. Made famous by it's telvisation, the book is excellant and much better than any dramatacisation could ever be. Apparently all true too.

For you I choose : Well its hard you've got a wide range of Tbr's, Storm Front is great and you should read it, A brief history of Time is different and would make a change of pace, but I'm going to settle for The Losers a contemporary novel by one fo the stalwarts of fantasy. I enjoyed this much more than his genre stuff, and I'm curious as to what others make of it.

For those picking for me it doesn't have to be a book without ratings, just not something I've tagged 2007.

Jun 3, 2007, 12:21 am

This is a friggin' great idea. I'm ready for anyone's best shot. Although, I have to admit I'm a little scared on the choice seeing as though my girlfriend's books are all mixed in my own catalog. But...I'll try anything once.

Gerard -- Cleveland, OH

Jun 3, 2007, 9:45 am

Welcome, NielsenGW! To start out, you should choose a book for the last person who has read and reviewed and needs a new book. That would be reading fox. Then you have to wait, sometimes for a while, until the next person posts a review and chooses for you. (Or the next new member joins in.)

If you want to limit the scariness factor, you can specify a group of books to choose from. If you read the last few posts, you can see how people have done that. (But maybe you SHOULD read one of your girlfriend's books!)

Hope you get a good one.

Jun 3, 2007, 1:29 pm

Alrighty then -- the game's afoot! For reading_fox, I choose The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. I had a seminar in Hardy in college and am eager to hear your review.

Jun 3, 2007, 3:37 pm

I like this idea, because, you know, I don't have enough to do already. I see NielsenGW has a copy of Necessary Angel by Wallace Stevens. It's an interesting little book (and short!), so I choose that for you. Unless it is one of your girlfriend's books, in which case I'll choose something else if you like.

Jun 9, 2007, 10:07 pm

I've finished my most recent GRTB book, The Losers by David Eddings. It was a bit of an unusual experience, I've never disagreed so vehemently with a POV and still admired the actual writing style of a book quite so much.

booklady - I think I'm choosing for you next. I noticed you have The Crystal Cave in your library. I've been thinking about buying this book for my 16 year old son and would love to hear your thoughts on the story.

Now for my traditional disclaimer. Whosoever is to pick for me, choose a book marked with TBR if you please.

Jun 14, 2007, 3:44 am

I'm sure with the prolonged downtime we'll all have made good progress on our various books! I've read and reviewed The Mayor of Casterbridge . About as I remembered it, very good if you liek that sort of thing, but even if you don't worth reading.

Jensen - looks like we disagree on The Losers. I admit if you were expecting fantasy it is a bit of a shock. Whilst exagerated, I've found the attitudes cast for the social care workers not to be too far off the mark.
I'll try something more traditionally fantasy for you this time Storm Front, which I enjoyed - don't get hooked and read the other 9 in the series, we want to see you back in here!

Jun 19, 2007, 8:27 am

I've read and reviewed Storm Front. I can see why people get hooked on this series. I really enjoyed the story!

Reading_Fox - How about Stupid White Men by Michael Moore? I've neither read any books by him nor watched movies by him but have always been passingly curious about his work.

I just wanted to say (again) that I'm really enjoying this! My "tbr" pile consists of many experimental books for me because I'm trying to branch out into different themes and genres. So, even when I don't love a particular book I still get the satisfaction of knowing I've read it and checking it off of my list. That's what makes this particular group such a wonderful thing for me!

Jun 25, 2007, 2:31 pm

Stupid White Men is read and reviewed.

Is anybody else still playing except Jenson and I? I hope the big 'crash' didn't scare anyone away?

Oh well, Jenson and I shall play together nicely. When you've finished the Harry Dresdens how about Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone: A Primal Guide to Animal Magic by our own LT author Lupabitch This should be interesting as it is a non-fictional account vaguely similar to some of Harry's exploits, and is an area I know nothing about. I'm curious to know what it's like.

Jun 25, 2007, 8:19 pm

Believe it or not, I am STILL reading Pierre Bourdieu for waterlily #8 and intend to continue when I finish.

Jun 25, 2007, 8:24 pm

I am reading The Crystal Cave for Jenson_AKA_DL...still a few days away from reviewing it though.

Jun 25, 2007, 9:11 pm

I'm still playing - I just have to write the damn review. Any day now. It's for Gorillas in the Mist.

Jun 28, 2007, 2:19 pm

I'm still in. I'm about half way through Lolita. I got sidetracked with my new Wii and a couple of other books (which I've already reviewed). I should get through it over the weekend.

Jul 5, 2007, 3:45 pm

I would like to play, but it looks like there is alot of conversations going on so I don't know who to ask to review a book.

Edited: Jul 6, 2007, 4:07 am


It looks like you're picking a book for readingfox (Msg 75)

Jul 6, 2007, 10:33 am

caramellunacy--thank you so much.

Readingfox, Would you please review The Novice by Trudy Canavan. I look forward to your review.

Jul 7, 2007, 2:47 pm

All right, let me be brief and get this over with. The trouble I've had getting this book review done Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey must be coming from my antipathy to it, which, I take it, is not a common reaction. So don't be discouraged by my negativity. I'm posting it here since I won't be keeping the book.

You probably know about Dian Fossey, who went to Africa to observe mountain gorillas, a dwindling species beset upon by poachers and environmental encroachments. She was there 13 years, published the book in 1983, and was murdered in 1985 most likely by poachers.

Although I like books about animal behavior and expected to like this one, I ended up not finishing the last 12 pages. At the beginning, it was hard to get into because she's just not a very good writer. Sentimental, stilted, unoriginal language, e.g., "Wherever he needs to wander in the perpetuation of his species, it is my fervent hope that Tiger may succeed to form and lead a gorilla family just as other lone silverbacks have before him."

Then interest in the material took over. But by the end, it started feeling kind of creepy to me. I'm interested in obsession, but this obsession bothered me. Probably because she's writing it herself and she seems very naïve about herself. If I read something written about her by a writer who was more objective, I might have liked it more.


Okay bookwormteri, you're a funny one to pick for since you've read everything in your catalog. Thinking you will be rereading, I took care to pick a 5-star book. Please review The Piano: A Novel by Jane Campion. I like her as a filmmaker and didn't know she wrote as well.

Jul 9, 2007, 1:57 pm

The Piano is an absolutely breathtaking work. Lucky for me I read it not too long ago, but here goes...

Ada moves to New Zealand as a mail order bride and finds that she has no love for her husband or his country. Instead she finds herself strangely attracted to her "grotesque" neighbor. Heartbreaking and beautiful I was really surprised to enjoy this. I don't know why but for some reason I thought it would be drab and dull, but I could not put it down. The strange land, the compelling characters, it was just a great read. I guess I will have to see the movie at some point now.

Jul 9, 2007, 6:13 pm

bookwormteri, you forgot to choose a book for the person posting just before you - that would be me!

Thank you for your prompt and unequivocal review. I must check it out.

Edited: Jul 10, 2007, 10:01 am

ok marysargent for you i choose a review of Dinner at Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler.

Edited: Jul 13, 2007, 5:27 pm

bookwormteri, I am a new member of the group and am jumping onto this thread to request that you review a mystery from your library: Dead Men Don't Lye by Tim Myers.

It's intriguing that our libraries show no shared books, but you have a lot of mysteries plotted against niche backgrounds that I'd love to read (arts & crafts, cooking and gardening especially).

I am at a standstill cataloguing my books for the time being, owing to their allergic (oops, allergenic) dust, and hope this group will be an actuator for writing reviews.

Jul 15, 2007, 1:48 pm

The Novice is read an reviewed - BUT be warned as the second part of a trilogy this contains Spoilers from the first book The Magicians Guild so only read the Novice review once you've read the first part.

Marchpane: how about a review of Those idiots from earth which sounds like it might be fun.

Jul 15, 2007, 2:51 pm

I have posted my review of Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler, but it replaced a one-liner I posted on April 17 so it's one review down. I first read it in 1989 and it was interesting to see that I didn't think as much of it this time.

Now for reading fox: would you please review Kissing the Gunner's Daughter by Ruth Rendell? I've never read her.

Jul 19, 2007, 10:29 am

I've reviewed Kissing the Gunner's daughter - Not Ruth Rendall's finest work, as you can tell. Her Inspecter Wexford is similar to P.D. James's Inspecter Dalgleesh, but he is much better written. Inspecter Wexford mysteries made a fairly reasonable TV series as such things go, so I don't know if it was just this book, or that the details were so thin that they made good TV and poor reading. I might try another of hers at some stage, because they do have a fairly good reputation.

MarySeargent - try Guns, germs and Steel I think this is one of those popular science / sociology books that I sometimes like, and sometimes don't so I'd be interested in whether it is worthwhile.

Jul 19, 2007, 8:16 pm

Reading Fox, you take my breath away. That book hadn't been catalogued but half a day when you picked it for me! I scooped it up last night from my building's laundry room giveaway shelf. I'll start it as soon as I finish with a couple of little things. Thank you.

Jul 20, 2007, 1:41 am

I just discovered this group and think it's a really neat idea. And I'm excited about the thought of not having to perform the arduous task of deciding on a book myself.

Mary, I'd love to see what you think of Nabokov's Pale Fire. It's been recommended to me countless times.

Jul 20, 2007, 2:01 am

re: 92: I just realized that you've recently been asked to read another book so I thought I'd take the liberty to ask reading fox to review The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

I remember getting asked about that one a lot at the last bookstore I worked in.

Jul 21, 2007, 4:31 pm

llamagirl, I would be interested to see your review on God is an Englishman.

Edited: Jul 23, 2007, 12:18 am

Shortride, your turn. Go review 'Til We Have Faces.

Jul 23, 2007, 12:36 am

Zeesosa, your turn. How about Loitering with Intent?

Edited: Jul 24, 2007, 5:31 pm

I've written my review of Lolita HERE. Sorry for the delay. I'm game for another selection but it should be noted that I have half of Then We Came to the End to finish before I begin another book.

***edited to add***

If you're selecting a book for me, please select from my books tagged with "GRTB!" Thanks.

Jul 25, 2007, 8:32 am

Adamallan don't forget to choose for persky above you!

The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime has been read and another review added to the huge stack already on LT.

Adamallan try Oak-Mot just because it's such an unusual title.

Jul 25, 2007, 5:31 pm

Ooops. Obviously I'm a bit rusty having taken so long with Lolita.

persky - I could have picked half a dozen books from your list but I'll go with E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

reading_fox - I'm looking forward to Oak-Mot as Crispin Glover (link in case you're unfamiliar with him) is one of my favorite oddball celebrities. The guy just cracks me up. I have his CD as well...STRANGE and HILARIOUS. I've just never gotten around to reading this. Sooner or later I'd like to get his other books, Rat Catching and What It Is and How It Is Done. Reflecting on it, now I'm thinking that maybe I'm the one that's odd...


Jul 30, 2007, 11:44 am

This sounds like it could be fun. It looks like reading_fox is next, so how about The Science of Discworld?

If someone picks a book for me, please don't pick one of the ones I tagged "inherited" as most of them are of little or no interest to me.

Edited: Jul 30, 2007, 11:51 am

Waterlily #8,

I have finally finished Bourdieu and my review can be found here.

I promise not to take so long with the next one.

Jul 30, 2007, 2:35 pm

geneg, remember to pick a book for yoyogod above you.

Edited: Jul 30, 2007, 4:42 pm

Well, I'm new to the group but it seems like too cool of a phenomena not to jump in and be a part of!

geneg - I want to request your review of God's Politics by Jim Wallis. I've heard LOTS of controversial stuff about that one so I'm always seeking other people's views! Thanks!

(Oh and whoever picks for me, I'd prefer a choice tagged "TBR" but if you don't find anything of interest there, anything that's rated (starred) but not reviewed is fair game!)

Jul 30, 2007, 4:43 pm

yoyogod Emma by Jane Austen looks good for you.

Jul 30, 2007, 5:13 pm

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Jul 30, 2007, 5:19 pm

reverends, I'm sorry for causing confusion, but elbakerone has already chosen one for me. I kind of got my marching orders out of sync. Although, I did enjoy Watt when I read it.

Jul 30, 2007, 5:25 pm

Okay, let's start again. In all the confusion above, I accidentally heaped another book onto Geneg's review pile.

So, now that I've gotten the pecking order straight, I'd like to request that elbakerone review Shadowdale (The Avatar Trilogy, Book 1).

As for the next person in line, I would greatly appreciate it if you could pick a book that I have already rated (good or bad). Thanks!

Jul 31, 2007, 2:16 pm

Hi, is it okay if I jump right in? I guess I get to ask reverends to review a book. I'd like to read your review of Flow my tears, the policeman said.

Aug 2, 2007, 10:09 am

I guess we're all out reviewing like crazy but I don't want Carlos to miss out on the fun - how about getting us a review of The Taint of Lovecraft? Sounds like an interesting one and it's never been reviewed, plus I like the tag "weirdfiction"!

And whoever's next don't pick a book for me just yet. I'm still working on Shadowdale - just wanted everyone to have a book!

Edited: Aug 4, 2007, 8:43 pm

I just posted three reviews including The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More, Then We Came to the End, and my assignment, Oak Mot. You can view them - HERE.

The next poster can select for me but please do so from my books tagged "GRTB!" Also note that I'm in the middle of How the Scots Invented the Modern World and The World Without Us. I also have Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Music from the library that will get my attention next. In other words, it will be a couple of weeks before I get to your book.

Edited: Aug 7, 2007, 1:01 pm

Great reviews adamallen - always entertaining! I'll pick The Cave by Jose Saramago as your next one (whenever you have time to get to it).

I just posted my review of Shadowdale. If my memory of HTML is correct you can read the review here.href> Wish it had been a better book. Whoever's next can assign me another - preferably something I have tagged "TBR", but anything I haven't yet reviewed is fair game.

Aug 7, 2007, 4:27 pm

Thanks elbakerone. I'm excited by the prospect of reading The Cave. Jose Saramago is one of my favorite authors and this is one of the few (more recent) books by him that I've not read. Oddly enough, I was looking at it a couple of nights ago on the shelf and thinking, "Maybe I should read that next."

Nicely done.

Aug 7, 2007, 8:10 pm

I can't seem to choose what I want to read next so I thought I'd finally have someone else do it for me. If someone could choose from my "unread" pile, I'd appreciate it. And not one of the longer books. ^.-

Seems I get to choose for elbakerone now. How about Night by Elie Wiesel? If it's good, I'll get it in the original French and check it out myself.

Aug 8, 2007, 7:54 pm

Hey, all. I've been working on my review for The Taint of Lovecraft. This is actually a book I've been wanting to review for a while but could never quite get a handle on. So having it assigned on this list was a great inspiration for me to try to face it head on.

I'm still finding it challenging, because Stanley isn't just doing the same thing over and over in his stories. So, I hope this isn't cheating but I've decided to review this book in parts on my blog before sitting down and writing an overall review (which I'll post on LibraryThing). Anyone wanting to check out what I've got done so far can go here. (Feedback is welcome.)

Aug 9, 2007, 5:33 pm

Science of Discworld is now read and reviewed. Thanks Yoyogod, it had been a while since I'd read that and I needed the refresher on a few concepts.

Lilisin - I'm impressed by your langauge abilities, how many can you read? I don't know anything about any of your unread books, but I might be interested in Kyôto by Yasunari Kawabata. I don't know how long it is!

Edited: Aug 10, 2007, 12:50 pm

Oo! A short one indeed. Thanks reading_fox!

I read in English, French and Spanish fluently. I speak Japanese as well but can't read novels yet. Someday I hope! And sorry that all my books are in different languages, I know that probably made choosing one difficult. Although, quite a few of them have English translations as well so if you were to recognize the author, you could click on social and see the English title.

But Kyoto (titled "The Old Capital" in English translation) it is! :)

Edited: Aug 10, 2007, 4:53 pm

Hi all,

This is my first time playing so hopefully I've got the rules down! It appears that lilisin already has a book chosen through a previous request so I chose a book for CarlosMcRey, msg #114. If I messed up please let me know, no offense taken.

Please read and review Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

If you're picking for me please take from my TBR, Wishlist or maybe/maybe not tags.

Thanks - Marcia

Aug 10, 2007, 6:51 pm

117: Actually, you should be choosing for reading_fox. Welcome to the group.

Edited: Aug 10, 2007, 8:36 pm

Thank you Shortride. I will update as soon as I review reading_fox's library. My apologies to CarlosMcRey.

Ok, let's try this again. I've chosen for reading_fox. My selection is The Road to Gandolfo by Robert Ludlum.

If you're chosing for me please pick something from my TBR, Wishlist or Maybe/maybe not tags or anything that is not rated. Thanx.

Aug 10, 2007, 8:41 pm

Me! Me! I get to pick!

How about Sovereign Ladies? That sounds interesting.

My list is all stuff I've read, but it's all recent enough that I could review it from memory, so pick anything.

Aug 10, 2007, 10:01 pm

Great pick alexbook. I've been on a English history kick the last several months. I'm ordering from the library right now and should have a review in the next couple of weeks. I have some book club books to get to first. :-)

Aug 11, 2007, 12:47 am

Since I can never decide what to read, I'm game (any books tagged 'to read').

So, I'm choosing for alexbook? How about Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore?

Aug 13, 2007, 12:55 pm

>122 9days:

Island of the Sequined Love Nun is such a weird book that I don't really know how to review it. I've thought for two days and only come up with three sentences:

"This is an interesting take on how religions get started, masquerading as a wild, funny story of sex and crime in the Western Pacific. Or vice versa. Looking back, this seems like a practice run for Moore's later, and better, 'Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.'" (3 1/2 stars)

I may revise that later.

In the meantime, if I understand the rules, that means I get to pick something for 9days to review, right? How about Satan? You gave it 5 stars but didn't review it.

Aug 15, 2007, 4:37 am

The road to Gandolfo is read and reviewed.

AlexBook how about Double Death: An Exercise in Detection an author I keep meaning to try at some point but haven't got around to yet. Worthwhile?

Aug 15, 2007, 12:15 pm

Okay, I have to hunt that one down and re-read it before I can review it properly.

In general, Dorothy L. Sayers is great, and I can't recommend most of her mysteries highly enough. The novel Murder Must Advertise or the short-story collection Lord Peter: A Collection are good places to start.

Newbie question: Sayers was one of several co-authors of Double Death: An Exercise, but the others aren't listed on the catalog page. Is there some way I can update LT's information?

Aug 15, 2007, 12:39 pm

Hi, I'm new and have been wanting to join in for a while. So I've decided to bite the bullet and jump right in!

reading fox, how about The Ark's Anniversary by Gerald Durrell. I've read quite a few of his books in the past but don't think I've heard of this one.

When picking for me please pick something with the tag tbr. These are books I either haven't read or read so long ago they are due for a re-read.

Edited: Aug 15, 2007, 1:14 pm

Satan is reviewed.

ElizaJane, how about Empire of the Sun?

Whoever chooses for me, please pick a book with the tag 'to read'. Thank you!

Bah, the link is going wonky on me.

Aug 15, 2007, 7:07 pm

>127 9days:

Not seeing the review on Satan. Maybe because of the wonky links?

Did I miss the instruction about the "to read" tag? I'm sorry about that.

Aug 17, 2007, 12:18 am

Bah. The review is showing in my catalog, but not on the book page. Seems to be happening with a few other reviews. And then they show up and disappear again. It's like review Whack-A-Mole.

Hopefully it will pop back up again soon.

Aug 17, 2007, 12:05 pm

I just finished Night. Elie Wiesel completely amazed me. My review is here. I think I'm still in shock from reading it but thank you lilsin for picking it for me. If you're thinking of reading it, definitely do. It's very sad but very powerful. And I think it would be worth reading in the original French. Let me know what you think if you do get around to it.

But for my official GRTB - 9days, *it's so hard to choose!!* how about I give you something very different and we get your review of Candide?

(And whoever chooses for me I prefer something tagged "TBR" - thanks!)

Aug 17, 2007, 10:30 pm

I've read and reviewed Fang and Fur Blood and Bone A Primal Guide to Animal Magic by Lupa. Thanks to Reading_Fox for picking it out for me :-)

elbakerone - You have some great books in your TBR pile! One of my absolute favorite stories from 6th grade is Watership Down and I would love to hear what you think of the story.

I would also like to have a book chosen from my "tbr" tagged pile. Thanks!

Aug 18, 2007, 6:01 pm

The Ark's Anniversary is read and reviewed.

It looks like I'm back to selecting for Jenson again - it looks like you've managed to pick up Sorcerer's legacy which you asked me to review a while ago. I enjoyed it so I'll return the favour.

Aug 21, 2007, 11:52 am

elbakerone -

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed Night. When I was picking for you I checked out the reviews previously and figured you couldn't go wrong with that one. :) Unfortunatey I forgot to check my parent's library for the book before I moved so I'll have to wait to go back over Thanksgiving and see if I can't find it. Don't want doubles and no sense me reading it in English. XD

I'm still on my book so don't choose for me quite yet. While moving though, I did get to finish After the Quake by Haruki Murakami and will have to post a review soon. I have been without internet for a week and half so it has been hard to keep in touch.

So yes, halfway through my book and I'll ask for another one soon. :)

Aug 22, 2007, 8:04 pm

The Taint of Lovecraft is read and reviewed.

Reading_fox, do you have a specific tbr list? For some reason I thought you did, but I cannot find that tag now. If it's open season, I'd be interested in seeing your review of Perdido Street Station. Otherwise, let me know, and I'll pick something else.

Aug 23, 2007, 1:34 am

Wow, somehow I managed to finish the book tonight. Turned out I didn't have as much work to do as I thought. Always a good thing. Leaves more time for reading. :)

So I finished Kyoto by Yasunari Kawabata and my review can be found here.

As for me, can you please choose from my "unread" pile? Sorry if the books are in different languages but if you click on social, you'll see that most of them have English translations. Just look for a familiar author. And err... please don't pick the longer ones (if you know which ones those are). I moved and didn't bring them with me since I figured it'd be hard to read a really long book while I start graduate school. So yeah... no picking Don Quijote de la Mancha. You can't even pretend you didn't know that was 1500 pages long. lol

I guess I choose for CarlosMcRey now. Considering you don't have a tbr pile that I can see, I guess I'm to choose any book I'd like? What do you think of reading Sangre y Arena by Vicente Blasco Ibanez. I read in Spanish and am always looking for a new book to read.

Edited: Aug 23, 2007, 1:45 pm

Anything from my library is fine, so Sangre y Arena it is... I've actually had the book for over a decade but have never read it. I think I had to buy it for a class, but we never had to read it.

Aug 27, 2007, 4:03 pm

Back from Austria! Definitely looking forward to playing again! I've missed you guys :-).

Lilisin - how about reviewing The Waiting Years?

As for me, please choose something tagged DC (and not reviewed) as I have those here with me. Thanks!

Aug 28, 2007, 1:26 am

I finally finished God is an Englishman! Yay!

Yes, I realize it took me a while, but I am so freaking excited about finishing an 800 page book. I usually prefer the 200-300 pagers.

Caramellunacy, I am so intrigued by Bush Yoga it's not even funny. I'm just trying to imagine it...

As for me, my unreads are commented as "yet to be read...", but honestly anything without a review is fair game. I always want to cut down on my unread shelves, but I'm also up for a reread at any given point.

Edited: Aug 31, 2007, 10:10 am

I've read and reviewed Sorcerer's Legacy which I enjoyed very much. Thanks a bunch reading_fox! The touchstone doesn't appear to be working today, but I know there is one for this book further up (message 132) if anyone is interested.

Lllamagirl - I couldn't figure out how to see your comments on your catalog, so I picked one without a review. I saw that you have New England Ghosts (American Ghost Series) in your catalog. Since I live in New England and have always been facinated by ghost stories I'd like to see your review. This might be a book I would be interested in picking up.

edited to add:

For the person picking for me -please pick from my books tagged "tbr". Thank you!!

Aug 31, 2007, 7:12 pm

My review for Sangre y Arena is complete. I was glad to read that. I'd kind of written off early 20th Century Spanish fiction as boring. But that was a book that told a simple story but told it well, and managed to be thought provoking without being heavy-handed.

Jenson, I'd like to read your review of The Seduction. (Touchstone doesn't appear to be working.)

I've added the tbr tag to my library. If you're picking for me, please select from that list. Thanks.

Sep 2, 2007, 9:03 pm

My review for Bush Yoga is up! I got this as a gift and was highly entertained. For those interested, the action figure is apparently from Blue Box International...

Carlos, how do you feel about Fishboy? I'd love to hear what you think.

Anybody choosing for me, would you please select a book tagged DC. Those are the ones I have with me here.


Edited: Sep 4, 2007, 2:11 pm

# 103, elbakerone, I've reviewed God's Politics by Jim Wallis and it can be found here. I hope you enjoy it.

Whoever picks for me please stay away from books tagged read2007.

Caramellunacy, it looks like I'm choosing for you. I've chosen My Father Had a Daughter: Judith Shakespeare's Tale by Grace Tiffany.

Sep 4, 2007, 11:25 pm

Just put up my review of New England Ghosts.

Geneg, I'd like to see what you think of Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog.

Now to anxiously await my next selection...

Sep 7, 2007, 11:31 am

Jensen - I really really *really* liked Watership Down! I wish I had read it years ago and thank you so much for "assigning" it to me. It took me a while to read but mostly just because it was such a rich story. My review can be found here.

Also, geneg, great review of God's Politics!

llamagirl - how about a review of Audrey Hepburn? I'm a big fan of biographies and if it's good I'll add it to my TBR pile!

(And speaking of my TBR pile.... please choose for me something tagged "TBR", thanks!)

Sep 8, 2007, 1:28 pm

Empire of the Sun has been read and reviewed! I'm ready for my next pick. Please choose something with the tag 'tbr'

elbakerone, how about Saving Fish From Drowning ? I read that earlier this year and loved it. I'd love to hear your opinion of it.

Sep 9, 2007, 10:35 am

Perdido Street Station is read and reviewed. I won't say I enjoyed it, but it is a work of great imagination.

ElizaJane how abot Dr.Ox's Experiment a work by Jules Verne I don't know.

Sep 10, 2007, 12:39 pm

llamagirl Three Men in a Boat has been read and reviewed. The review can be read here. Thank you for selecting this wonderful book for me. I probably would not have read it had it not been for you.

reading_fox haven't we been here before? This time I select Huck Finn and look forward to your review.

Whoever selects for me please be aware I am currently working on three books for different reasons. It may be several weeks before I get to your selection for me, please be patient. I will post in the "How Are You Doing" thread when I start as well as update my profile.

Please do not select from the read2007 set.

Edited: Sep 11, 2007, 5:09 pm

I finished The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi and will review it by tomorrow. It was an excellent book but I'm positive I've read it before. Probably in one of my asian lit classes during my undergrad.

geneg -
How about reading The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky? My boyfriend has been reading that book on and off for a while now and it seems he'll never get around to finishing it so as to recommend it to me. I do want to go back to reading some Russian lit.

As for me, please pick from my unread pile. Also, please make sure it also has the Colorado tag because those are the books that I brought with me during the move. Sorry that my titles are in other languages but they are mostly known authors so if you click "social" it should give you the English translation.

Yay another book! This group is really helping me dwindle down the unread pile. Thanks!

Sep 12, 2007, 7:51 pm

I finished Fishboy and have posted a review. I actually had read this one back in high school and hadn't enjoyed it. This time, I thought it was great, really digging the language and structure of the story. I will say if you don't like dark and disturbing, you may wish to avoid it.

lilisin - How about Ensayo Sobre la Lucidez?

Sep 12, 2007, 7:56 pm

CarlosMcRey -

I figured if you were my chooser, you'd pick a Spanish book. But excellent choice. I can't wait to delve into it! Hopefully someone will pick a book for you soon. :)

Edited: Sep 16, 2007, 12:45 pm

The review for My Father Had a Daughter is up;
I enjoyed it, especially the parts involving Shakespeare's home life.

Carlos, I just finished The Name of the Rose. I would love to hear what you think of it.

Whoever's up next: Please choose from my books tagged DC.

Sep 18, 2007, 5:25 pm

the adventures Huckleberry Finn is read and reviewed. This might have been more to my taste had I more grounding in american history.

Caramellunacy - so much choice, so many good books waiting to be reviewed. I think I'll plmp for Congo by Michael Crichton its not one of his better known books, but I find it interesting. I wonder what you'll make of it.

Edited: Sep 20, 2007, 9:08 pm

I've reviewed Dr. Ox's Experiment .

reading fox, my turn to pick for you this time. How about some Asimov with Prelude to Foundation ?

When choosing for me please pick from the tag 'upnext'. These are books I hope to read in the next few months.

Sep 23, 2007, 4:07 pm

Elizajane, how about The Tin Flute?

When choosing for me, please pick a book tagged LA.

Sep 25, 2007, 8:40 pm

Hi! I have just joined this group ... does this mean I get to pick a book for Shortride? If so, I will go for The Golden Apples. I've heard a lot about Eudora Welty but I've never read anything by her. And plus, there are no reviews on LT for this book.

Please pick me a book tagged GRTB.

Sep 26, 2007, 8:28 am

I'm a newbie too... Wandering_star, how about reviewing Emergency Sex? I mooched it this summer, but it's been sitting on my shelf - I'm not a huge nonfiction reader, so I might need a kick in the pants to get around to reading it.

Whoever picks for me, I'd appreciate it if you'd pick one from this list.

Sep 28, 2007, 4:43 am

Prelude to Foundation is read and reviewed.

fyrefly - I couldn't get your link to work, it might be the - in the tags? You can make multiword tags with spaces unlike some other sites. However I think I managed to work out what books you meant, how about The Lions of Al-Rassan if this wasn't on the list let me know and I'll try again.

I've heard a lot of Guy Kay love on LT, but my one forray didn't really grab me, so I'm curious what you make of him.

Edited: Oct 1, 2007, 2:46 pm

Congo is finally reviewed.

Reading_fox, how about reviewing Inca Gold by Clive Cussler? I read most of his books when I was younger, and I was entertained by them. This one was my first introduction to Dirk Pitt, and I'd love to see how you feel about it.

Whoever chooses for me, please choose from the tag DC. Thanks!

Oct 3, 2007, 1:31 pm

I *finally* read and reviewed Saving Fish From Drowning. :) Pretty decent read. Sorry it took me so long, though. The review is here.

Caramellunacy - how about Over Sea, Under Stone? Something a little different from your past assignments. I remember reading it when I was younger but maybe you can let me know if it's worth rereading as an adult.

Whoever picks for me, please choose from my TBR tag. :)

Oct 4, 2007, 10:46 pm

I have also finally finished my latest pick, The Seduction by Marilyn Wallace and also offer my apologies for how long it has taken me.

elbakerone - I noticed that in your tbr pile you have my favorite book. Although I know there are a number of reviews already for this book I'd be interesting in reading what your take on Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is. Unfortunately the touchstone for Twilight has not worked for me in many months. I'm still not quite sure why.

Edited: Oct 5, 2007, 2:33 pm

I will echo the comments of elbakerone and Jenson above - I've finally reviewed The Cave and I apologize for the delay. Review HERE. I'd ask that whoever selects for me, choose from the GRTB! tag.

Jenson - how about Love in the Time of Cholera? I'm a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and we both own this one. Like with The Cave, I've just not gotten to it yet.

BTW, to your comment above Jenson, I'm hardly ever able to get these touchstones to work. I just tried all of the items listed in this posting to no avail. For some time now, I've found the touchstones to be more frustrating than their worth. Maybe I'm just particularly foul today... I need a nap.

Oct 5, 2007, 7:01 pm

For the record, and as a note of irony, I just discovered that Oprah picked Love in the Time of Cholera as her new book pick ( I had no idea when I made the pick (above). For some reason, it almost makes me want to change it...

Oct 5, 2007, 7:37 pm

LOL - I always said that I avoided Oprah's picks. Guess I guess I won't be able to say that anymore.

Oct 5, 2007, 8:57 pm

Hi--I'm new to this group, and I hope I'm doing this right.

Adamallen, I'd like to see a review of The Age of Reason. The existing reviews (at least the ones in English) are minimal.

Whoever chooses for me, please avoid the "swapped" tag. Thanks!

Oct 7, 2007, 6:12 pm

Okay, carlym, how about The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim? It's not tagged "swapped," it doesn't seem to be reviewed by you yet, and it involves Italy, which is one of my favorite topics. Review, please!

Any of my books tagged "tbr" are fair game, except for those also tagged "school" (since they're assigned for a certain point in the semester, and I'd rather not read them out of order! Though I'll try to post reviews of them as I read them.)

Oct 8, 2007, 9:19 am

Caramellunacy I've finished and reviewed Inca Gold - I've not re-read any cussler for a lonog time. It was just as I'd remembered, pure fluff. Certainly entertaining, enjoyable, action oriented fluff, but never in contension for the Literature Nobel.

I'm curious that you started on Inca Gold - I pretty much abandoned Cussler here, he'd got too repetative, too unbelivable and too long. A quick check on Wiki shows I thought I'd read most of his work, but in fact I've managed less than half..

Enough digression, on with the game erelsi183 how about some genre fiction for you the foundation trilogy by Iassac Asimov

Edited: Oct 8, 2007, 1:31 pm

Just finished and am about to post my review for Sovereign Ladies: Sex, Sacrifice, and Power - The Six Reigning Queens of England by Maureen Waller. If you are a fan of British history this is a must read.

#166 Reading_fox how 'bout Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erickson.

If you are selecting for me please choose anything tagged "TBR."

Happy reading!

Oct 11, 2007, 11:01 am

I have reviewed The Enchanted April: (This review doesn't show up yet, but it should soon?)

If you are choosing another for me, please avoid ones tagged "swapped." I'm going to work on adding "TBR" tags, so you can look for those if you want.

Woodbear, I'm choosing The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Jean Plaidy.

Oct 11, 2007, 3:30 pm

#168 Carlym. Great choice as I'm really into reading historcial fiction right now. I have 2 short library reads before this one but should be able to get to it in the next week or so.

Oct 11, 2007, 6:39 pm

Emergency Sex reviewed - see the homepage for the book.

fyrefly98 - hope it inspires you to take the book off your shelf! It's pretty pacey, and definitely worth reading.

Carlym - I pick Lawrence Durrell's Stiff Upper Lip.

for me, please pick a book tagged GRTB.

Oct 12, 2007, 10:58 am

The Tin Flute has been read and reviewed.

wandering star - I'm choosing Voyage in the Dark by Jean Rhys for you.

When picking for me please choose from the tag 'upnext'

Oct 12, 2007, 1:46 pm

Twilight and it's disfunctional touchstone has been read, loved, and reviewed. My review is here.

ElizaJane - how about Northanger Abbey? It's one of few Austen books I haven't yet read!

And whoever picks next, please chose from my TBR tag! Thanks!

A quick warning, I may be slow on my next assignment because I'm reading New Moon and Eclipse next but as I finished Twilight in all of 2 days hopefully the next 2 won't take me too long. (Dang, Jansen, look what you started!! Just kidding, thanks for choosing it for me!!)

Edited: Oct 14, 2007, 12:55 pm

I've just posted my review of Stiff Upper Lip by Lawrence Durrell.

Elbakerone--I'm choosing Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul. That's one fascinating, and kind of scary, title!

For me, please choose a book tagged "TBR."

(I can't get the touchstone for Stiff Upper Lip to load the other titles--it wants to use the PG Wodehouse one. So, here is the link to my reviews page:

Edited: Oct 16, 2007, 9:54 pm

My review for The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay is up, here.

carlym, I had a hard time choosing - you've got a lot of interesting looking books! - but I think I've got to go with The Evolutionists: The Struggle for Darwin's Soul. I'm teaching an evolution course this semester, and I'd never heard of this book, so I'd love to hear what you think!

Whoever's choosing for me, please choose from my TBR pile (my personal "top" of the pile is tagged "on deck", but I'm happy to read whatever the next person picks from the longer list). Next up on my reading list are Eclipse and Mississippi Jack, because they both need to get back to the library, but they shouldn't take long and I'll get to my selection for here soon.

Oct 19, 2007, 1:30 pm

My review for The Name of the Rose has been posted.

fyrefly, in honor of the upcoming holiday, how about reviewing Dracula?

Whoever picks for me, feel free to choose anything.

Oct 20, 2007, 1:47 pm

My review for The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Jean Plaidy is posted.

CarlosMcrey I've chosen Genghis Khan Conquerer of the World for you keeping with the history theme.

Whoever picks for me, please select a book tagged TBR.

* touchstones not working correctly *

Oct 20, 2007, 1:47 pm

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Oct 20, 2007, 10:01 pm

I've just joined this group and it seems like fun!

Woodbear you seem to like the same books as me (and you list cross stitch as an interest - I cross stitch too).

Woodbear how about reviewing City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling?

Whoever chooses my book please choose from the ones labelled TBR? Thanks! I may not own the book or be able to get a hold of it otherwise.

Oct 21, 2007, 5:18 pm

Voyage In The Dark reviewed. Kiwiflora - what about reading Billie's Kiss? I am a big fan of Elizabeth Knox but I've never been able to track this one down.

Whoever picks for me, please choose a book tagged GRTB.

Edited: Oct 21, 2007, 10:19 pm

Just posted my review of Audrey Hepburn.

wandering star, I'm a Murakami fan, but haven't read Underground so I'd like to see what you think...

Feel free to choose anything for my next book, read or not. Something halloweeny could be appropriate, but anything's good...

Oct 21, 2007, 10:42 pm

Just finished my review of Over Sea, Under Stone. Thanks to everybody for your kind words and wishes. It's been a lot of help.

Llamagirl - for something Halloweeny, how about you review Rosemary's Baby? I hear good (scary) things about it. Enjoy!

Whoever chooses for me, please pick something tagged DC so that I actually have it with me. Other than that, anything not reviewed is fair game. Thanks!

Oct 22, 2007, 6:58 pm

Northanger Abbey has been read and reviewed.

Caramellunacy I choose Fever 1793 for you.

When picking for me, please choose from the tag 'upnext' .


Oct 22, 2007, 9:39 pm

I want to play! I'm relieved of choosing a book and have a chance to hone my reviewing skills.

ElizaJane please read Salem's Lot - hopefully a good Halloween scare.

For me, please pick from books tagged 'tbr'.


Oct 25, 2007, 10:54 pm

Death by Suburb is read and reviewed. It was a quicker read than I expected and pretty good too. The review is here.

Welcome to the game nancy... Oh man, this might be my hardest choice yet... we have pretty similar libraries. I'm tempted to ask for your review of Death in Belmont cause that's on my TBR list too.... or something in your Christianity tags.... toomany good choices! I'll go a little offbeat here and ask you to review Mallory's Oracle. I'm a pretty big Carol O'Connell fan and I read that book years ago. I love a lot of the ones that come after it but I don't remember that one too well. Let me know what you think of it and if you like O'Connell's style. If you enjoy that one I'd recommend reading her whole series.

Whoever chooses for me please also pick from the tag "TBR". (...and after looking through nancyewhite's library my TBR list just got longer!)

Thanks :)

Oct 26, 2007, 7:17 pm

Well I've finished Deadhouse gates and reviewed. My review is much shorter than the book fortunetly.

Elbakerone - you've listed a few fantasy as your current and forthcoming reads, so how about a topical change of pace -Avoid boring people by James Watson who's recently got himself in the news with a lot of controversy over remarks he made promoting this book. Is it controversal? any good? A command or a guide?

Either way it's not touchstoning.

Oct 27, 2007, 6:47 am

Hello all! I just discovered this little group and I'm quite thrilled by the idea of it.

reading_fox - I wasn't sure if you had a preferred group, but I'm interested in seeing a review of The Constant Gardener. It looks like you've rated it but not reviewed. I loved the movie and the book is one of my many unreads, so I'd like to read what you thought of it.

For whoever chooses for me, my to-be-reads are marked with an unread tag, but don't feel limited to those. However, a small minority of my collection resides in Denver at the moment and I do not, so if you pick one of those I might ask for an alternate. (I might work on getting those tagged so as not to have this problem in the future...)

I can't wait for my pick!

Oct 28, 2007, 2:10 am

Rosemary's Baby has been (re)read and reviewed. Thanks for suggesting it, Caramellunacy. It a) made me remember how much I enjoy it, b) got me a little more in the Halloween spirit, and c) introduced the film to my boyfriend (who loved it as well). Lots of fun.

twomoredays, I really liked Einstein's Dreams and would like to see your take on it. Hopefully it's not in Denver, but if it is, feel free to let me know & I'll take another glance at your library.

This group's been picking out some real winners for me. Can't wait to see what comes next!

Oct 28, 2007, 2:54 am

That one is in Denver, but until I get all the Denver books tagged, it's going to be difficult to discern what to pick. Luckily, the public library (which is just across the street) has a copy so I'll just check it out from there.

It'll be a bit before I get to it, seeing as I have sort of a weird rotation I do with my reading, but I'll get it read and reviewed. Thanks!

Oct 29, 2007, 5:09 pm

This is my first post here so I hope I do this properly.

I think I'm supposed to pick a book for llamagirl (if I'm wrong someone please correct me).

So how about Tex and Molly in the Afterlife by Richard Grant.

I've had that book sitting on my shelf for years but nothing has ever compelled me to actually pick it up and read it. I'd love to read a review on it to get a better idea of what it is about.

For anyone picking out books for me please pick from the ones that don't have ratings because I have not read those yet.



Oct 29, 2007, 8:43 pm

Elbakerone - We do have similar tastes! I began Mallory's Oracle the other night but set it aside to read my Early Review book. I have read so many recommendations for it from LT mystery lovers.

Danielle - Congratulations on your marriage and honeymoon! Please read The Other Boleyn Girl. I mooched it recently and probably won't be getting to it for a while. Historical romantic fiction is not a genre I'm very familiar with, and it seems like something you love so I'm eager to get your take on this one.

Happy reading everyone.

Oct 31, 2007, 4:10 pm

Hi all~

I'm posting tomorrow my review of City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling.

It appears that Nancy hasn't posted her review of Mallory's Oracle yet because she was lucky enough to snag an Early Reviewers book. :-)

If you're choosing my next book please select from the TBR tags.

Edited: Nov 1, 2007, 12:35 am

I just posted my (very negative) review of The Evolutionists.

Woodbear, I'm choosing Talking Back--to presidents, dictators, and assorted scoundrels by Andrea Mitchell. I enjoyed your review of The Courts of Love, my last pick for you, but figured I shouldn't pick another historical fiction!

For the person choosing for me, please pick one with a "TBR" tag.

Edited: Nov 3, 2007, 3:05 pm

Thanks Carlym. You're right I probably should move away from historical ficiton for a while as it's been dominating my reading lately. Time to branch out. It may be a while before I get to it though. I just found out that Yahoo is transitioning away from the their current blog format and I need to find a new home for my book reviews and challenge lists.

Found a new blog home (Yeah!) and posted my review of City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling at

Edited: Nov 4, 2007, 4:08 pm

I've finally finished and posted my review of Dracula here. Normally I enjoy vampire stories but this was just not my cup of tea.

carlym - it looks like I'm picking for you again. I'm sorry The Evolutionists was less-than-great; how about The Secret Life of Dust for your next review? The title caught my eye, and there are currently no reviews for it on LT.

Whoever choses for me, please pick from my TBR pile. (My personal "top" of the pile is tagged "on deck", but I'm happy to read whatever the next person picks from the longer list.)

Nov 4, 2007, 7:32 pm

Thanks, fyrefly98. I can double-count The Secret Life of Dust for the Dewey Decimal Challenge, and it may inspire me to clean the house. And I had expected The Evolutionists to be much better, too--I guess we both struck out with the last round.

Nov 5, 2007, 9:10 pm

Finished and reviewed Mallory's Oracle here.

Whoever picks, please select something from the TBR pile. I've done a bunch of thriller/mystery novels in a row so something different if possible. Thanks!

Nov 6, 2007, 8:17 am

Nancy - please choose one for me?

Nov 6, 2007, 8:57 am

I know. I was laying awake last night thinking I'd forgotten to pick--and I love the power of choosing for someone else too!

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. I read it years ago and loved it. Not sure if I'd feel the same now.

Nov 6, 2007, 9:07 am

>198 nancyewhite: Nancy-

No worries. :) Patience is clearly not my strong suit!

I'm excited for Geek Love - I've been trying to read my way through Pajiba's (which is foremost a movie review site) Best Books of the Generation, but I keep getting sidetracked with other stuff. So, it's on my list right after I read Atonement, which needs to go back to the library!

Edited: Nov 6, 2007, 2:29 pm

My review for Genghis Khan conqueror of the world is up here.

Nancy, how about reviewing Chabon's Best American Short Stories 2005?

Whoever picks for me, feel free to pick from anything in my library. I do have "unread" and "on deck" (top of my queue) tags if you want to narrow the field a bit.

Nov 7, 2007, 5:08 am

I love the idea of this group as I have a tbr-pile a mile high and never know what to read next.

CarlosMcRey: I'd love to read your review of All Quiet on the Western Front. I read it years ago and loved it.

To whoever picks for me: Please pick one with the tag "tbr" and not one like Ulysses... I am in the middle of writing two papers for school so time is limited and I don't think I could handle Joyce right now ;-)

Nov 7, 2007, 7:23 am

I'm going to echo Thalia and say this is a brilliant idea for a group!

Thalia: I'd be interested to hear what you think of The Book of Flying. Hopefully it's short enough not to eat into paper-writing too much!

For whoever's picking for me - please can you go for one that's tagged unread?

Nov 9, 2007, 1:35 pm

Okay, I don't know too much about HTML so I'm posting the link to my review of The Other Boleyn Girl

LizT: I'd love to read your review on Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. It's one of my favourite books as well as being one of my favourite movies.

For those picking for me please select a book that does not have a rating.

Thank you.


Nov 10, 2007, 9:48 pm

Einstein's Dreams has been read and reviewed. You can see my review here.

Danielle, I'd like to see your review of A Plague of Frogs. It sounds quite interesting and there are no reviews on LT at the moment.

As for whoever chooses for me, well, this is where it gets interesting. Really, you can choose whatever book you'd like that doesn't already have a review but if you need to narrow it down the tbr pile is marked with the tag "unread." (However, depending on where I am when you choose and where the book is there might be a delay before I get to its physical location, but not more than a week either way.)

Nov 11, 2007, 7:22 am

Twomoredays - I pick for you to review Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams as it is an unread.

So I don't have much to choose from right now, so basically you can pick any book for me to review, except Crime and Punishment, because I really don't feel like reading any Russian Literature right now

Edited: Nov 11, 2007, 8:30 pm

Trinah - I'm picking The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke for you.

I just finished Talking Back -- to Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels by Andrea Mitchell.

Please choose anything labeled TBR if you're picking for me.

My review will be posted by Thursday evening at

Edited: Nov 12, 2007, 3:19 pm

This looks like fun. If I've got this right, Woodbear I chose a book for you now. I pick mary, called magdalene by magaret george. I've read memoirs of cleopatra and the autobiography of henry viii and liked them both--I'd love to hear what you think of mary. Enjoy!

when picking for me please choose from TBR.

Nov 12, 2007, 4:19 pm

Msg #207: Welcome to the game :-)

Thanks for picking Mary, called Magdalene by Margaret George for me. I've never read anything by her before so this will be a 1st and get another book out of my TBR pile.

I hope to get it before leaving on my annual winter vacation at the end of the month.

Nov 13, 2007, 1:32 am

mccin68, please read and review Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors, so it's always fun to see what others think of her!

Nov 13, 2007, 9:37 am

Alias Grace it is!

Edited: Nov 14, 2007, 6:11 am

calvarez.. I'd love to read your review for All Over Creation. I read My Year of Meats and enjoyed it very much and have All Over Creation on my TBR list.

My tags include TBR, Needs Review, Currently Reading, and Re-read, but I am up for reviewing anything not tagged such, too :-)

Looks like a fun game!

Edited: Nov 18, 2007, 7:25 pm

My review of Best American Short Stories is here.

zmrzlina--we live in the same city so I'll ask you to read Women of Troy Hill. I grew up in Spring Garden which is right next door to Troy Hill. I know some of the women featured in the book which might have influenced me in loving this book. I was particularly taken with the author's concept of "neighboring". I hope you enjoy it.

Whoever picks for me, please select one with the tbr tag. Thanks!

Edited to add my pick for zmrzlina.

Edited: Nov 20, 2007, 6:44 am

The Constant Gardener is read and reviewed.

Nanceyewhite, lets try Ice Bound as a memoir of the travels through the South pole.

Grr. No touchstones loading this evening, I'll try and poke them later. review here

edit: hah got the touchstones.

Edited: Nov 20, 2007, 8:35 am

My review of Geek Love is posted here. Good, but very bizarre book.

reading_fox - how about a review of A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson? My dad keeps recommending it to me, but I'd like a second opinion. (If you've got some subset you'd rather I chose from, let me know and I'll pick another.)

Whoever chooses for me, please pick from my TBR tag.

Edited: Nov 20, 2007, 3:30 pm

#214 fyrefly98 - I'm choosing My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult for you. It's one of my favorites and I'm always interested in other's opinion of this story line.

If you're choosing for me please select from my TBR tag.

I finished Mary, called Magadlene by Margaret George this morning and will be posting my review tomorrow. This book started slow for me and then suddenly I couldn't put it down. Review will be posted at

Nov 23, 2007, 11:04 am

Hi Woodbear,

I'm choosing The Forget me Not Sonata by Santa Montefiore for you. I have a number of her books in my TBR (including this one) but haven't gotten around to reading any so I'd like to know what you think of it.

I'm going to apologize in advance for my review of A Plague of Frogs posted here

I had a hard time getting through this book and then only skimmed the last half so the review isn't as helpful as I would like.

For whoever picks for me please choose a book that is not rated.

Thank you

Nov 23, 2007, 4:02 pm

#216. Thanks dbolahood. I've read one book by this author and absolutely loved it. Here's hoping this one is just a good. We're headed off on our annual winter vacation so I'll probably start it after we get home in mid-December.

Edited: Nov 24, 2007, 4:18 pm

dbolahood, I'm picking Sick as a Parrot for you.

I've finally finished The Secret Life of Dust, and the review is here:

Nov 24, 2007, 10:23 am

Salem's Lot by Stephen King has been read and reviewed.

carlym, I chose from your tbr tag, hope that's ok. I choose Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh for you.

When choosing for me please choose from the 'upnext' tag.

Nov 24, 2007, 4:18 pm

>219 ElizaJane:: perfect--I meant to ask the next person to choose a tbr book!

Edited: Nov 25, 2007, 12:01 am

I have just completed Billie's Kiss by Elizabeth Knox and the review will be up tomorrow.

ElizaJane I choose The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman for you in preparation for the movie release!

When choosing for me please choose from the TBR tag and please don't choose 1001 nights... that book could kill me reading it in one go lol.

Edited: Nov 25, 2007, 7:20 pm

Kiwiflowa, I choose for you A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, because it's my favorite book EVER and I just feel so bad that you haven't read it yet! I do hope you love it.

Whoever picks for me, please choose from the TBR tags -- thanks!

Nov 25, 2007, 8:41 pm

I just *tore* through My Sister's Keeper; the review is up here.

ireed110, for you I choose Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver. She's one of my favorite authors, and Animal Dreams is one of her lesser-known books, so I'm curious to see what you think.

Whoever chooses for me, please pick from my TBR tag. There's a fair bit there to choose from, I went a bit crazy at the friends of the library booksale over Thanksgiving! :)

Nov 25, 2007, 9:09 pm

With 220+ messages, shouldn't we move this to a new thread, "Game Thread part 2"?

How about whoever picks for fyrefly98 start a new thread?

Nov 27, 2007, 6:52 am

Just in case you've not seen. It now continues