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About the Twisted Librarian

My name is Emily and I'm a bibliomaniac.  I'm 26 years old, and I've been reading widely since I was 4.  My tastes are omnivorous and voracious, but usually tend towards Speculative Fiction, History and Criticism.  (And comic books, and medieval texts, and.. well, see omnivorous, above.)   Twisted Librarian is an updated version of the booklog I've kept at   I'm still in the process of porting reviews from the old booklog, and any book reviews from May 2006 and later are currently being posted exclusively at Twisted Librarian.

In this incarnation, Twisted Librarian is a searchable, sortable, review bank of everything I've read since 2002, full of shiny links to fuel your own book acquisition drives.  We're working on crosstalk features with some other bookish sites including BookMooch and LibraryThing, both of which I highly recommend.  Library Thing is a fun, interactive, and incredibly useful personal cataloging tool, while Bookmooch remains a great place to swap out those unwanted titles for something new. 
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The Logogryph: A bibliography of Imaginary Books
The Logogryph - Thomas Wharton The Logogryph: A Bibliography of Imaginary Books - Thomas Wharton.

I've been intrigued by the idea of this book ever since I stumbled onto it by subtitle: A bibliography of imaginary books. 

Monthly Reading: June
A bit late posting this this month because of the holiday, and falling further behind with actually reviewing things.  I have zombie horror and paranormal titles from Library Thing's Early Reviewers to get to soon.  In the meantime, here's June's month in review - as always, click the Tag: monthly_reading to see more lists like this.

Monthly Reading: May
One more monthly round up: this time plenty of range, with comics, knitting, and cultural history, as well as an honest to goodness SF novel.  If you're interested in seeing a particular review earlier than I might otherwise get to, feel free to comment and request.  To see other monthly posts like this, click on the Tag: monthly_reading

Monthly Reading: April
Below find my April 2009 reading list.  As usual, comment to request a speedier review of a certain title.  You can find earlier lists by clicking on the Tag: monthly_reading

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist. 

I remember being intrigued by the title and the glassine cover of this doorstop when it was first released.  When I saw it some time later in a used bookstore, I decided to take a chance.  And after reading a couple of chapters, promptly let it sit on my bookshelf.  As the start of 2009 rolled around, I decided to give it another shot.  The plot seemed very Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell meetsThe Somnambulist - a mysterious cult of the elite, obsessed with ritualistic sex and strange mechanisms of blue glass - what's not to like? 

Bad Things
Bad Things by Michael Marshall.

I was lucky enough to snag an ARC from Library Thing's Early Reviewers program two months in a row.  Unlike the mediocre Enemies & Allies, the latest Michael Marshall title showed up on my doorstep one rainy afternoon, and by the evening I had devoured it in pretty near one setting.

Enemies and Allies
   Enemies & Allies by Kevin J. Anderson
(A selection offered via the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program)

Let me start by warning of my bias: in the circles I frequent, Kevin J. Anderson has a reputation for mediocre prose and character sabotage.  So much so, that when I finished this novel and offered it around to a few local readers groups, no one was interested.  I requested the title in spite of myself, just to see what could be done with an old standby.  Unfortunately, I didn't get anything new, or even a new take on an old idea.

Monthly Reading: March
Following on with the monthly reading lists, below find everything read in the month of March.  As always, feel free to comment and request a speedier review of a particular title.  To find other monthly lists, click on the Tag: monthly_reading at the end of the entry, or at the top right of the site.

Monthly Reading: February
Continuing on from January's list, below is the running tally for February.  As before, if there's anything you'd like to see reviewed earlier, comment to let me know

Monthly Reading: January
It's no surprise to anyone who knows me that I'm a little behind matching my reviews to my reading.  I've been keeping a month separated list over at my livejournal, and decided to move it here in pieces.  The last day of each month, I'll post a linked list of titles I've read, with TL links as well, if applicable.  If there's anything you're particularly interested in me bumping to the top of the review heap - comment here, and I'll see what I can do..