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Ithaca, New York USA


Friday, June 16, 2006

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Recent Book Activity


4 weeksall time

books registered:44,385
released in the wild:222,537
controlled releases:0473
releases caught:0176
controlled releases caught:0276
books found:0115
tell-a-friend referrals:022
new member referrals:014
forum posts:61,095

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Dream and responsibility. — You are willing to assume responsibility for everything! Except, that is, for your dreams! What miserable weakness, what lack of consistent courage! Nothing is more your own than your dreams! Nothing more your own work! Content, form, duration, performer, spectator — in these comedies you are all of this yourself! And it is precisely here that you rebuff and are ashamed of yourselves, and even Oedipus, the wise Oedipus, derived consolation from the thought that we cannot help what we dream! From this I conclude that the great majority of mankind must be conscious of having abominable dreams. If it were otherwise, how greatly this nocturnal poetizing would have been exploited for the enhancement of human arrogance! — Do I have to add that the wise Oedipus was right, that we really are not responsible for our dreams — but just as little for our waking life, and that the doctrine of freedom of will has human pride and feeling of power for its father and mother? Perhaps I say this too often: but at least that does not make it an error.
                                             — Nietzsche, Daybreak, 1881

An eclectic reader and long-time book accumulator. I like books about philosophy, science (especially biology, and human biology) and history, also autobiographies; for fiction, I like books that pay attention to language, that are imaginative, often a bit challenging, but "good reads" catch my attention too; I read some science fiction and fantasy and romance.

Note on my wishlist: Most of the items I'm looking for are fairly uncommon! So if you want to send me a gift or swap, and can't find anything on my list, I don't mind.

Some things read in 2014:


  • Michael Howell and Peter Ford – The Beetle of Aphrodite and Other Medical Mysteries
  • Dave Goldberg & Jeff Blomquist - A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty
  • Diane Wood Middlebrook - Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton
  • Sharon Creeden - Fair Is Fair: World Folktales of Justice
  • Isabel Allende - Paula
  • Julie Zickefoose - The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds
  • Robert M. Hazen - The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
  • Rachel Hope Cleves - Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America
  • Bonna Devora Haberman - "Unmasking the Fast of Esther"
  • Olga Loya - Magic Moments: Tales from Latin America
  • Barbara Myerhoff - Number Our Days
  • Dean DeFino - "Killing Owen Taylor: Cinema, Detective Stories, and the Past" Journal of Narrative Theory, Fall 2000 (30:3)
  • Thomas A. Hale - Griots and Griottes
  • Jennifer Michael Hecht - Doubt: A History

  • Cecilia Grant – A Gentleman Undone
  • John Green and David Levithan – Will Grayson, Will Grayson
  • Alethea Kontis – Enchanted & Hero
  • Sarah Waters – The Little Stranger
  • Joanna Chambers – Enlightened
  • John Todhunter – Three Irish Bardic Tales: Being Metrical Versions of the Three Tales Known as the Three Sorrows of Storytelling
  • Laura Kinsale – My Sweet Folly
  • Zoe Archer – Skies of Gold
  • The Rev. Sister Rosina A. Ampah, OSH - The Beautiful Cloth: Stories and Proverbs of Ghana
  • Oyekan Owomoyela - Yoruba Trickster Tales
  • Charles W. Chesnutt – The Conjure Woman
  • George Gaylord Simpson – The Dechronization of Sam McGruder
  • Loretta Chase – Lord of Scoundrels
  • Seanan McGuire - Sparrow Hill Road
  • Damon Suede - Bad Idea
  • Walter Moers - Ensel und Krete: Ein Märchen aus Zamonien
  • Sarah Black - The General and the Horse-Lord
  • Jenny Trout - "A Choice Fit for a Queen"
  • K. J. Charles - Think of England
  • Courtney Milan - The Suffragette Scandal
  • Sarah Mayberry - Her Best Friend
  • Lisa Henry - Dark Space
  • Lisa Henry - The Island
  • Lisa Henry and J. A. Rock - The Good Boy and The Boy Who Belonged
  • Wen Spencer - A Brother's Price
  • N. K. Jemisin - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, and The Kingdom of Gods
  • Amara Lakhous - Clash of Civilizations Over a Elevator in Piazza Vittorio
  • Ellen Potter - The Humming Room
  • Robert Browning - The Ring and the Book
  • Yangsze Choo - The Ghost Bride
  • Molly O'Keefe - Wild Child
  • K.J. Charles - "The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh"
  • Michael Merriam - Last Car to Annwn Station
  • Bruce Lansky (ed.) - Girls to the Rescue, Book #1
  • Sarina Bowen - The Year We Fell Down, The Year We Hid Away, Blonde Date and The Understatement of the Year
  • Cecilia Grant - A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong
  • David E. Brown (ed.) with Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz (narrators) - Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season
  • Rose Lerner - Sweet Disorder

  • Ginn Hale - Champion of the Scarlet Wolf
  • Megan Hart - Crossing The Line
  • Joseph R. Garber - Vertical Run
  • Minna Sundberg - A Redtail's Dream
  • Emma Barry - Private Politics
  • Vera Nazarian - Cobweb Bride
  • Elizabeth Hoyt - The Leopard Prince
  • Karen Lord - Redemption in Indigo
  • Greg Rucka - Keeper
  • Greg Rucka - Shooting at Midnight
  • Terry Pratchett - Nation
  • Janet Kagan - Hellspark
  • Karen Lord - The Best of All Possible Worlds
  • Sherry Thomas - My Beautiful Enemy
  • Nicola Griffith - Slow River
  • John Scalzi - Lock In


The painting in my profile is by Tom Kidd.

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