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Some of you kind enough to check out my writing may not know me personally, so I thought it was probably about time to tell you a bit about myself.<br /><br />To get started, here's a fun fact. I have read Tolkien's Lord of the Rings right through - all 1,200+ pages - in four different languages; English, French, German and Dutch. Normally, I don't like to be pinned down to a favourite book, but if you really, really REALLY pressed me, I'd probably have to answer Tolkien's masterpiece. <br /><br />My handle is Scottish Bookworm in Quebec. Yes, I am Scottish, yes, I am a bookworm and yes, I do live in Quebec. In order to fund my book habit I work in technical support, although I'd much rather be reading with my cat Isis curled up on my knee. <br /><br />As a youngster, I always had my nose stuck in a book. It was hardly surprising then that I studied Modern Languages at the University of Edinburgh where I spent four years dissecting classic French and German literature. For some time after I graduated I refused to read anything deeper than the latest issue of Cosmopolitan. <br /><br />It wasn't until I bought my first Kindle back in early 2010 that I really began to read voraciously again. Now, however, my book budget is a source of, um, friendly discussion shall we say between my husband and myself. I often reread books - indeed, going back to some of my favourites is like catching up with old friends - so I like to have a copy to hand. I used to refuse to be beaten by a book and would finish it to the end. Now I believe life is too short to waste on a poorly written book, or even one that doesn't engage me personally.<br /><br />My preferred genre is fantasy, and I'll read anything by George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, the usual suspects. What I look for in a book is either a strong plot line (a la Weeks), interesting worldbuilding (Sanderson's speciality) or fascinating characters (Tyrion anyone?), and preferably a blend of all three. Of course if there's humour in there too, that's even better. I'm put off by characters with little more depth than a playing card, uneven pacing and quick fix resolutions that have not been well set up. <br /><br />When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book. I also try to remember that the author has spent many months if not years creating this story and characters and I try to respect that, even if I find it is not appealing to me personally. If I am ever less than respectful in a review please call me up on it.<br /><br />I hope you enjoy my comments on the books I read. I am active on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, so please feel free to look me up there. I look forward to hearing from you.

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