- Calgary, AB, Canada
- member since June 2, 2007
I read your Best of history list-One book stood out from the crowd-The Circus Fire (2000)
A True Story of an American Tragedy
by Stewart O'Nan
My Aunt and Uncle were in the Circus fire of Hartford-luckily they escaped since my uncle happened to have a knife which he used to cut a hole through the tent. I did not realize the extent of the danger until I read the book- 8,000 people dying
Hi! I'm sorry I received this so late! I've been so busy with school these days! yes I did join months ago and thank you for explaining the group to me because I was a bit confused but stayed with the group because I liked the reviews going on and seeing the categories being picked. With all my school I won't be a completely active member but I still hope you except me into the group! :]
Hi, Sorry if I seemed imprudent. I understand where you are coming from. I don't think it's out of Shelfari's nature for people to tweak a book page to make it "cleaner". That's what I was trying to do with the RSS. (I also revealing key points of the plot is no longer part of a synopsis to me). The thing is: I meant no harm by it. Editing is highly subjective. I'm a bit taken aback by the fact that you feel the need to call me out for the way I edited (and really, kind of scolding me in the process).
I do the Shelfari editing as a hobby and out of love for the story. I did this one right after I finished the book last night. Finished editing at 2 am. Once I do so, I don't usually go back to change what anyone does to my edits. So, this note is a bit unsettling and unexpected. I don't really police anybody's work.
Most of the quotes I deleted were repeats. Others I deleted because they were entire excerpts of the book. For example, the entire peace serum scene was "quoted" in that section. That didn't seem like a quote to me anymore. I did some edits in regards to extra quotation marks and grammar, etc. I guess you'll verify.
So I guess I'll check back later.
Even if we edit differently, I hope that we can respect those differences.
I made a comment on Night Strangers....
Just wanted to say....
The Harvest Home phenomenon was before your time....the herbalists, rituals etc, spells etc.
You can look up the book and probably learn a bit more about that style.
Hot stuff at the time!
Yeah, there are a few VERY vocal people having a conniption fit over the amazon buyout. Especially in re "copyrighting content" - i.e. their precious reviews. I've posted at least three times that amazon has never messed with reviews on Shelfari but it's like no one reads those posts. Ah, well.
I DO completely understand how the librarians are up in arms ... a year ago Goodreads and amazon completely parted ways in that amazon pulled their database - with something like less than 1 week's notice. The librarians (volunteers, just like here) made a herculean effort to ensure the data remained usable to members, and I (for one) noticed nary a ripple when the plug was pulled. Now, after al their hard work, GR sells out to amazon. So I understand their dismay. Still ....
The groups I participate in are largely ignoring the hoo-ha.
I have read it ... recently I've been working on my shelfari & goodreads shelves - making sure they're the same, with same date read, and same "tags." I've found a couple that are on goodreads and not shelfari .. wonder if ATSS is one of those.
I'm one who preferred Kite Runner, but it's still a great recommendation!
Thanks I'll pass these on to the friend inquiring. And thanks for mentioning The HidingPlace, I'd forgotten that one. Love The Book Thief, too.
Personally, I like both fiction & non-fiction. Ever run across a book called "The Silver Sword" or "Escape from Warsaw?" It is fiction, but based on the true story of children who escaped and lived in the woods outside Warsaw, looking for their parents who'd been arrested. I read it in elementary school and that started a life-long fascination with WWII.
Would you have a resouce/link you could share to look for an old book that I've been trying to find for years? Again, I read it as a child at my grandmother's house, and I thought it was called "Wolf-dog" or The Wolf Dog, but have had no luck locating it. I would've read it in late 1950s or early 1960s, but it could have been much older. (Granny also had a first edition of Ozma of Oz.) I'm glad to look myself, if you have any ideas where.
Thanks for replying. YOU are a great resouce.
I stumbled on a group called
libraries and librarians
librarians, directors, library assistants, library school students.. anyone who works (or will be working) in a library! (or those who just enjoy libraries)
Category: The Reading Life
Admin hasn't been on since 07
But....Looks like people keep joining....