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I just found this website. It seems pretty cool -- does anyone else use it?

http://www.goodreads.com/

You can note which books you've read, which you're reading, and which you want to read. And you can rate what you've read. And write reviews. It's like IMDB for books!

And here I was, considering making a MySQL database on my computer just to keep track of what we've got. That would have taken a lot of time! (I've been planning it for months -- you can see how far I've gotten...)

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Yes, Amy, lots of us use it. We've been doing so for years without telling you. Pretty mean, eh? Mostly I just use it to see what Stven Carlberg and Chris Lohroff are reading lately, since they're my only contacts there that ever update with any frequency.
 
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I tried it, but it's so Facebooky that I ran screaming back to the dry and serious librarything.com
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I guess you didn't read MY reviews, sbszine. In not one of them do I send you an easter egg; a request for an accordion for my farm; the results of my "Which Giant Ugly Toadstool Looking Goofball Ugly Damned Ugly Thing Are YOU?" quiz; or anything like that. Mostly I just try to lie about which books I've read--I have never read any books.
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G'wan then -- is there a page of your reviews? Here are my teeny handful:

http://www.librarything.com/profile_reviews.php?view=sbszine
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For crying out loud, I only logged onto the thing today for the first time in months because Amy mentioned it. You expect me to make "a page?" My reviews say nothing about the books--just about the reviewer. It's a trick I learned from T.S. Eliot.

Wow, Phil, I'm sorry that edition of Saki's work hurt your eyes! Did they get better? Can you see this??? I love Munro's work. He is my seminal influence, which means that he spilled his seed on the seat of my motor scooter one Christmas. Whoops, that's pretty RSP. Scratch that.
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Oh no! I just got to your excoriation of "Ulysses." That was cold! As somebody who suffered eye strain from that lousy H.H. Munro edition, have you no sympathy for poor, blind-as-a-bat Joyce? Ah, how callow these youthful readers can be! You're right, of course, the book sucks, and it's all just an excuse for people to drown their sorrow in Guinness and moan over and over about the man's greatness. This is why Ireland will never be a superpower--too much devotion to that crappy guy and his witless books. But hey, the one story in Dubliners about the child molester was creepy!
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Oh no!! Now you're all fawning over Pynchon and his "Mucho Maas" punning in TCOL49. Why don't you just french kiss Joe Gola for a few days? It's as good as reading that book, I'm sure.
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Without logging in (therefore, without this being an informed opinion), it looks a lot like Anobii. Anobii is nice, but it's no BGG!
 
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Ah, Mr C, my reviews are in the left hand column. The unwashed masses give their two cents in the right hand column, which is what you are reading.

For the record:

Ulysses - gave up halfway through... perhaps it was an easier read in the original serial form?
Saki - easy on the eyes, like Beyonce
Lot 49 - a solid 3 out of 5
Dubliners - loved it, even (especially) the child molesting bits
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sbszine wrote:
Ah, Mr C, my reviews are in the left hand column. The unwashed masses give their two cents in the right hand column, which is what you are reading.

For the record:

Ulysses - gave up halfway through... perhaps it was an easier read in the original serial form?
Saki - easy on the eyes, like Beyonce
Lot 49 - a solid 3 out of 5
Dubliners - loved it, even (especially) the child molesting bits


You mean someone even remotely likes The Crying of lot 49? :shudder:
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Oh フィル, thank goodness, you really had me scared there. I didn't notice the fact that some miscreants snuck onto your page. I couldn't get through any Joyce but Dubliners, and I am bored by Pynchon, though all my best friends in college swore up and down and sideways that I'd love him. Really, is ANY book sufficient to displace the love in my heart for Felix the Cat? Not even a book about Felix the Cat could do it, so why read books?
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What sort of book would he have in his bag of tricks, I wonder? H.L. Mencken prolly.
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Wow, that's too bad about Fortress of Owls. It sounds like it would be REALLY COOL! A giant fortress, all made out of owls. They could just fly the whole shebang out of there at night and eat a giant mouse, on the way to a safer place for the fortress. They could use the giant owl pellets from eating the giant mice to bean their attackers from up high. Oh man, I am sad that she missed so much of the really obvious greatness of her pretty solidly entertaining premise, there.
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Toggy wrote:
You mean someone even remotely likes The Crying of lot 49? :shudder:

Well, it's a slender volume, at least...
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Okay, maybe this link will work..I think it shows all my books listed on Goodreads, which are perhaps on billionth of the number of books we have lying around this cluttered mansion that I call "my hovel of cluttery books and junk."


http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/843153

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MisterCranky wrote:
Wow, that's too bad about Fortress of Owls. It sounds like it would be REALLY COOL! A giant fortress, all made out of owls. They could just fly the whole shebang out of there at night and eat a giant mouse, on the way to a safer place for the fortress. They could use the giant owl pellets from eating the giant mice to bean their attackers from up high. Oh man, I am sad that she missed so much of the really obvious greatness of her pretty solidly entertaining premise, there.

Apparently she's cranking out still more of these: Fortress of Ice I think, then hopefully a Fortress of Single Malt Whisky. In the meantime you're safer reading Lot 49 to Toggy.
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MisterCranky wrote:
Okay, maybe this link will work..I think it shows all my books listed on Goodreads, which are perhaps on billionth of the number of books we have lying around this cluttered mansion that I call "my hovel of cluttery books and junk."


http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/843153

Big on mysteries! Just last night I was watching Inspector Morse (the one where he bangs up a young Christopher Eccleston) and the new Miss Marple (the one where all the villains die afore she can bang them up). Do you like those? I am keen on Morse but this new sex and drugs type Miss Marple is SUPER LAME.
 
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I read mysteries almost exclusively for a year or two, and lots of them stand out. I haven't seen enough Morse stuff to comment, other than to say that I like that which I've seen. I've seen every version of Poirot ever done (okay, not the Afghani Poirot or the version done in bunraku.) Marple I haven't really seen for many years, since perhaps old what's-her-name had a run at it. I will look for sexy Marple, though, just because the idea of it is somewhat revolting, and I like nothing more than revulsion.

I think the bulk of my list on Goodreads was added in the few days when I first heard of the service--I was struggling to think how to pad out my "A Confederacy of Dunces self-sufficient libary in one book" collection, and for some reason series books seemed easiest. Of course I failed to think of Gene Wolf, or Iain Banks, both of whom we've each read. (I could have put in the Moosewood Cafe cookbook that somebody gave us for a wedding gift, just to please you, but I seem to recall that I never used it or looked at it much.) I think you and I have a large intersection of taste, but you're probably far more of a critical thinker than I can ever expect to be. I was one of those bright 8 year old who burned out at 8 and a half.
 
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Ooookay... so maybe I'll check out librarything.com

Thanks, sbszine!

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My LibraryThing account was filled up in one go also. It tops out at 200 books, hence the brief peering at Goodreads.
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I've been on for a while, but only recently have been rating stuff:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1656680
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I like bibliophil.org for straight-up logging of books read, reviews, and statistics. There are no ads and sometimes the site is wonky but it works well enough for my purposes. I've been logging my reads in bibliophil.org for years, and I've tried out Goodreads and other similar sites, but I still prefer bibliophil.org.
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sbszine wrote:
My LibraryThing account was filled up in one go also. It tops out at 200 books, hence the brief peering at Goodreads.


Well unless you want to spend a bit of money.
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I tried goodreads for a while and it is fine. However, I wanted a little more flexibility so I joined the borg and have been using google's ilibrary which allows tags.
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