User talk:JLaTondre

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Thank you! I'm trying to follow the guidelines, and hope I will get better with time.

Jamesmclellan 13:09, 1 January 2022 (EST)

No problem. We don't expect new users to understand everything right away. ISFDB has some conventions that need learning so please check out the help links in the welcome message on your talk page. And please let us know if you have any questions (ISFDB:Help desk is a good resource for asking). By the way, you can just respond to the posts on your talk page. We like to keep discussions collocated and people will watch a page they posted on for responses. -- JLaTondre (talk) 13:13, 1 January 2022 (EST)

Strangest of All

Not a change to the pub itself, but I've changed the weblink on our verified Strangest of All to Julie Novakova's site, which still hosts the various formats to the digital pub. The European Astrobiology Institute appears to be no longer hosting it. Cheers. PeteYoung 04:16, 10 January 2022 (EST)

Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:32, 10 January 2022 (EST)

Swfritter's application for self-approver status

When you have a moment, could you please review Swfritter's application for self-approver status? TIA! Ahasuerus 09:20, 26 January 2022 (EST)

Friend; I left a message about this book months ago somewhere on these boards and ran across the book again recently; what I believe is that the printings are for Friend while the 1986 date is the first for Deadly Friend because that's when the Wes Craven movie came out with the same title,, and so the book was retitled to match. --Username 09:34, 5 February 2022 (EST)

Your submissions have been unrejected & approved. I have added additional notes to provide context. Using the moderator notes in these cases would save a lot of time. -- JLaTondre (talk) 10:53, 5 February 2022 (EST)
Great; also, while I was on Google Books' Deadly Friend page I searched for cover art and there's a credit on the copyright page but it's hidden from view. So if someone knows how to get it or can find a copy online with a photo of that page then the artist can be entered. --Username 11:06, 5 February 2022 (EST)

Callander titles

For Aquamancer, would you mind if I changed the page count to [8]+289 and add the map title on page [6]?

For Dragon Companion, would you mind if I change the page count to [10]+321 and add the map title on page [8]?

For Dragon Rescue, would you mind if I change the page count to [10]+225 and add the map title on page [8]?
Thanks! Phil 10:16, 10 March 2022 (EST)

I'm fine with that except that Aquamancer should be [10]+289 and Dragon Rescue should be [12]+225. If the unnumbered pages are going to be added, then they all should be included. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:57, 10 March 2022 (EST)
Thanks for the clarification of the unnumbered pages count. I think I've generally been doing it right but the location of the half title page in these two pubs threw me off for some reason. Phil 22:10, 10 March 2022 (EST)

Frankenstein and the Whiz Kid; ISBN is 0315039485 on; is that usable? --Username 18:34, 15 March 2022 (EDT)

Yes, just add a pub note that source of ISBN is -- JLaTondre (talk) 20:41, 15 March 2022 (EDT)

sorry for not responding

Hello, sorry for not responding to the edits I posted. I have no clue how to use wiki stuff. :-( I'm not even sure if this is going to work?

John —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Jpirish (talkcontribs) .

No problem. We like to keep discussions collocated so if someone makes a post on your talk page, you can just respond to it (click the "edit" link on the same line as the post title). You should also sign your posts by clicking the signature button (the second to the right in the butttons above the edit window) which will insert "--~~~~" (when saved this will automatically add your signature). -- JLaTondre (talk) 08:27, 3 April 2022 (EDT)

Re: All Work and No Play

Re: Hi JLaTondre, thanks for looking over my submission; while I agree that the "novel" itself is not speculative fiction, I've written a rather extensive foreword in the book that I think should qualify which is the main reason I submitted the title here.

I'll be happy to start a discussion on the community portal though if you think the decision is best made by a larger consensus. I'm fairly inexperienced here. Do I just post it as a question there and let people chime in?

Thanks. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Thuff2000 (talkcontribs) .

I have gone ahead and made the post for you. See here. You are welcome to add additional information or otherwise contribute to the discussion. But yes, it is just a matter of posting a question there and letting people chime in. A couple of wiki items: We like to keep discussions collocated so if someone makes a post on your talk page, you can just respond to it (click the "edit" link on the same line as the post title). You should also sign your posts by clicking the signature button (the second to the right in the butttons above the edit window) which will insert "--~~~~" (when saved this will automatically add your signature). -- JLaTondre (talk) 08:26, 3 April 2022 (EDT)


I've made an edit changing "unknown" to Leon Moran; Don't know what that mark over the "e" is, because he was an American. --Username 19:58, 11 April 2022 (EDT)

Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 20:37, 11 April 2022 (EDT)

Squad D

After adding links from that old Netherlands Stephen King page recently I saw "Squad D" was approved by you so I checked WorldCat and saw that my note from last May needed updating because since then a couple of other libraries got copies of Shivers VIII, for a total of 3. However, just as I was about to complete the edit I noticed the Amazon link I provided back then is gone, and that you apparently deleted it some time after my edit was approved. Not that it matters much now because the story is more easily readable (and printable) from that King page, but what was the reason for doing that? Have I forgotten that you let me know you were deleting it or did you never inform me at all? If I'd have known I probably would have searched and found that King page much sooner; I'd hate to think that people paid money to buy that over-priced Shivers book just to read King's story, incorrectly thinking it wasn't available anywhere else, because that claim was widely proclaimed all over the internet. I'm going to just delete my note now because there's no reason for it to be there anymore. --Username 20:05, 20 April 2022 (EDT)

Publication specific links belong at the publication level, not the title level. It is also redundant with the Amazon links the s/w creates automatically. -- JLaTondre (talk) 18:01, 21 April 2022 (EDT)


I added interior art credit in one bulk item to Slewfoot by Brom Susan O'Fearna 00:36, 26 April 2022 (EDT)

Not sure how I missed that especially given I added the pub note regarding the interior art. Thanks for catching that. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:19, 26 April 2022 (EDT)

Master and Fool

For Master and Fool, would it be OK if I make the following changes?
1. Change the page count to [10]+645+16
2. Change the start page number for "The Barbed Coil (excerpt)" to 3 and add the note "The book ends on page 645. The page numbers restart from 1 for "The Barbed Coil" excerpt."
3. Add title "Master and Fool (map)" by uncredited on page [8]
Thanks! Phil 07:51, 12 May 2022 (EDT)

No objections. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:58, 12 May 2022 (EDT)

Hexagon SF Magazine

Before I add the missing issues, any objection to changing the series name to 'Hexagon' (You are a PV and moderated the first few issues)? John Scifibones 09:21, 12 May 2022 (EDT)

And while you're at it: is this really a piece of fiction? Christian Stonecreek 11:36, 12 May 2022 (EDT)
There is already a Hexagon series. I don't have any objections to simplifying, but it would need to be something different than just Hexagon. I fixed the letter. Thank you for finding that. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:56, 12 May 2022 (EDT)
I see now. My mistake, I only checked magazines. I should have known there was a reason for the disambiguation. I'll leave it as is. Thanks John Scifibones 18:05, 12 May 2022 (EDT)

Science Fiction Science Fact - Asimov

You didn't verify, but the history for this indicates you have provided the cover artist as a supposition. Checking the two interior illustrations he is credited with shows them to be the two different covers. So you were right. I've updated the Notes to indicate such. ../Doug H 16:43, 12 June 2022 (EDT)

Thanks for finding that. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:29, 12 June 2022 (EDT)

The Restless Dead: Ten Original Stories of the Supermatural

Hi! My best guess is that there's a typo in the last word. I don't know if you can still lay a hand on it, but if so: could you check it? Christian Stonecreek 09:07, 17 June 2022 (EDT)

I don't remember where that came from. I am comfortable that it was a typo given it has a "n" on the cover. I updated it. -- JLaTondre (talk) 16:30, 17 June 2022 (EDT)

Gehm; MLB added cover artist in 2019 to Blood Ruby but misread Gehm as Gehn; covers where signature is visible say Gehm, so it should be that name as the variant, not Gehn: --Username 19:37, 21 June 2022 (EDT)

Changed Gehn to Gehm. Thanks for pointing that out. -- JLaTondre (talk) 20:13, 21 June 2022 (EDT)

Devil's Dreamer; I replaced Brennan's Candace cover, and noticed her other book's info was confused; I moved Ziel's credit over to the PV copy along with the note about where artist info came from, so non-PV copy is probably unneeded now. PV hasn't responded to anything in 2 years so they're probably not editing anymore. --Username 13:46, 25 June 2022 (EDT)

Your edit was accepted and the dupe pub deleted. -- JLaTondre (talk) 14:17, 25 June 2022 (EDT)

The Brown Owl: A Fairy Story

I think this title s/b a novella and the publications changed to chapbooks. I noticed it when approving Username's link to an archive scan. What do you think? John Scifibones 12:04, 2 July 2022 (EDT)

Yes, per the Project Gutenberg transcription, it is 26k words long. I have updated it. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 16:01, 4 July 2022 (EDT)

Non-ISFDB Author Photo Links

I saw there were several dozen cleanup report author photos with non-ISFDB friendly links so I replaced a handful until I reached Frank Baker, who had so much missing/wrong info for his books that I got sidetracked fixing those. However, I see you rejected 2 of my photo replacements, Dianna Sanchez and G. Kilworth, so why is there a report for author links that need replacing if the replacements from ISFDB-friendly sites are going to be rejected? EDIT: I just replaced Kilworth photo with one from FantLab that's in color and more recent; Sanchez seems to only have that Amazon photo which was rejected, so she's screwed. --Username 10:37, 10 July 2022 (EDT)

You didn't provide a moderator note and the moderator screen does not flag the original image as being invalid. As such, had no idea you were working off the clean-up report and not just replacing valid images with new versions as you have done in the past. I unrejected the Sanchez one and approved it. I also approved the new Kilworth one. -- JLaTondre (talk) 12:10, 10 July 2022 (EDT)
I requested on mod board to add a warning if a non-ISFDB photo link is used; we'll see if Mr. A responds. Also, while the Sanchez rejection is now gone from my list the Kilworth remains even though my new picture has been added. That's odd (*EDIT: Ignore this first part, since I realized a few hours later that of course it wouldn't be un-rejected because I used a different photo for the 2nd edit; duh). EDIT: Also, re: Sanchez, her legal name is also on ISFDB with a bunch of stuff,, but the middle name is different; however, searching for and Bushman found this,, with that photo taken by Mr. Bushman, so I don't know if any of this is related. --Username 12:52, 10 July 2022 (EDT)

The Regiment's War

I submitted a change for the page count on The Regiment's War to match the last printed page number. Once approved it will match the LCCN and WorldCat data. Phil 08:10, 31 July 2022 (EDT)

Approved. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:12, 31 July 2022 (EDT)

Gods of Space and Five More Stories

Analyzing, it looks like the same art inverted horizontally and with some changes, like colors, I couldn't prove it with reverse image search.Hyju (talk) 20:18, 17 September 2022 (EDT)

Compare the images at full size: here and here. The goggles are missing, there is only one gun vs two, and the guns are different. Repaintings of old covers are common. -- JLaTondre (talk) 08:58, 18 September 2022 (EDT)

Bone Soup; You entered the copy, so is it deliberate that the title date is a couple of years earlier than the book date because it was published by somebody earlier, or should it be changed to the same date? Copyright page doesn't say 2008 anywhere, although searching for 2008 in the book hits on p. 362 and an illustration that says "scheduled for 2008", so like many Cemetery Dance books it was probably published much later than scheduled. --Username (talk) 21:59, 29 September 2022 (EDT)