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CollectionsYour library (3,215), Sci Fi magazines (649), Currently reading (3), To read (1,208), Read but unowned (373), community library (132), audiobook (7), ebook download (13), kids (13), Favorites (25), Wishlist (6), All collections (3,594)

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Tagsscience fiction magazine (654), anthology (191), WWII (73), Read in 2015 (73), SFBC (67), historical fiction (65), Subterranean Press (63), read in 2014 (59), read in 2013 (58), signed (52) — 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 history 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. I read a lot of non-fiction when I was younger but not as much now. I had a lot of interest in the American Civil War and World War II. I hate war but fascinating stories come out of it. These days I read a mix of things.

My reading log and book reviews for 2015 are in the 75 book challenge group here:

My reading log and book reviews for 2014 are in the 75 book challenge group here:

My reading log and book reviews for 2013 are in the 75 book challenge group 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, mysteries and a little bit of everything. A favorite is anthologies, since I really enjoy science fiction short stories and novellas, both modern and "golden-age". Some of the books in my library, esp some series of mysteries and thrillers, and Anne McCaffrey 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, Dystopian novels, Early Science Fiction, Group Reads - Sci-Fi, Martian Fiction, Post-apocalyptic Literature

Favorite authorsLois McMaster Bujold, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Colin Cotterill, Ernest Hemingway, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lucius Shepard, Nevil Shute, Robert Silverberg, Clifford D. Simak, John Steinbeck, James Tiptree, Jr. (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresHalf Price Books - Concord

Favorite librariesBenicia Public Library, Springstowne Library - Solano County Library

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Real nameRon

LocationVallejo, California, USA

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceFeb 27, 2009

Currently readingThe Year's Best Science Fiction: Nineteenth Annual Collection (Year's Best Science Fiction) by Gardner Dozois
The march : a novel by E. L. Doctorow
Shadows in Bronze by Lindsey Davis

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