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CollectionsYour library (3,104), Sci Fi magazines (647), Currently reading (4), To read (1,230), Read but unowned (521), community library (147), audiobook (9), ebook download (12), kids (7), Favorites (28), All collections (3,624)

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Tagsscience fiction magazine (652), anthology (190), WWII (96), read in 2016 (80), Read in 2015 (78), historical fiction (70), SFBC (67), read in 2013 (65), read in 2014 (62), Subterranean Press (61) — see all tags

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About meI got hooked on reading when I was young and the very small library near my home got visited a lot. For many years science fiction stories have been a large part of my reading starting with the first science fiction novel I recall finding in my 6th grade school library, The Purple Cloud by M.P.Shiel. From there I moved on to Andre Norton and the following year a friend introduced me to the Tarzan novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. By the time I got to high school and college I was embracing writers like John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy - more serious reading, but I kept a constant love of science fiction, though there were periods when that waned quite a bit. I read a lot of non-fiction when I was younger but less now. I hate war but fascinating stories come out of it and I find myself increasingly reading WWII fiction and non-fiction. In the past I had a lot of interest in the American Civil War. These days I read a mix of things.

My reading log and book comments and reviews for 2013- 2017 are in the 75 book challenge group here:

2017 here:

2016 here:

2015 here:

2014 here.

2013 here.

My reading diary and reviews for my 50 book challenge for 2012 is here.

My reading diary and reviews for my 50 Book Challenge thread for 2011 is here.

I neglected to keep track at year's end in my 2010 challenge, but here it is covering most of the year.

About my libraryIt is heavy on science fiction with a mix of history, historical fiction, literature, non-fiction, childhood favorites, mysteries and a little bit of everything. I've been reading and collecting science fiction magazines for a long time. Some of the books in my library, esp some series of mysteries and thrillers are shared books with my spouse and are included here so we can keep track.

I have tried to just rate books that I have read recently. Memory can play tricks. Generally a 2.5-3 star book is what I consider average. 3 1/2 stars would be a good book I would happily recommend. 4 stars and above means I really liked it.

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, 75 Books Challenge for 2015, 75 Books Challenge for 2016, 75 Books Challenge for 2017, Dystopian novels, Early Science Fiction, Group Reads - Sci-Fi, Post-apocalyptic Literature, Science Fiction Fansshow all groups

Favorite authorsLois McMaster Bujold, Edgar Rice Burroughs, James Clavell, Colin Cotterill, Alan Furst, Thomas Hardy, Ernest Hemingway, Yasunari Kawabata, Jack McDevitt, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucius Shepard, Nevil Shute, Robert Silverberg, Clifford D. Simak, John Steinbeck, James Tiptree Jr., Robert Charles Wilson (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresHalf Price Books - Concord

Favorite librariesBenicia Public Library, Springstowne Library - Solano County Library

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Real nameRon Beffa

LocationVallejo, California, USA

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Member sinceFeb 27, 2009

Currently readingOrbit 9 (Berkley SF, N2116) by Damon Knight
Nine princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny
Thick as Thieves (Queen's Thief) by Megan Whalen Turner
Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway

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