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CollectionsScribd (53), Kobo (7), Your library (4,113), Kindle (197), To read (36), Moon Reader (20), Aldiko (8), NOOK (3), Read (311), Audiobook (194), Wishlist (1), Currently reading (208), All collections (4,184)

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About meI'm a retired library and IT director and college dean. I love books and electrons. For about 20 years I published a bi-monthly review periodical until the mailing list got too large and expensive. Switched then to electronic delivery and finally when Amazon and sites like Goodreads appeared realized it was redundant.

I am rarely not plugged in, i.e. listening to an audiobook and listen to books in the shower, while getting dressed, etc. etc. It's become a joke with my kids - oh, oh, Dad's plugged in again; or geez Dad mowed the front lawn twice again to finish the chapter. Still, nothing better than sitting in my reading chair with a stack of books to one side,(8/18/13 note: stack of books has been replaced by multiple e-reading devices - love my Kindle) a snack, and a howling storm outside as the ideal way to spend time.

I like to think of reading networks as extended graduate seminars where students (we remain students all our lives) get together for a vigorous debate over ideas in books and discussions about what makes books fun.

I tend to be generous in my ratings because I know how difficult it is to create, but those books that entertain, are intriguing, have clear or beautiful imagery, or express ideas in a coherent fashion will generally get high marks.

I write reviews because it's fun and helps me to remember things from what I've read.I have no desire to collect a bunch of friends, but I really, really like reading incisive reviews, so if you write lots of good reviews, I'd love to have you on my list. I enjoy people commenting on my reviews, so feel free... Note: I will ignore your friend request if you have more friends than books and few reviews.

About my libraryExtremely eclectic. I used to have thousands of print books but have gradually been replacing them with their ebook equivalent.

GroupsAmerican Civil War, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Happy Heathens, Hardboiled / Noir Crime Fiction, Refugees


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Real nameEric Welch

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Member sinceMay 4, 2009

Currently readingGlory Enough for All: The Battle of the Crater : A Novel of the Civil War by Duane Schultz
Double Billing: A Young Lawyer's Tale Of Greed, Sex, Lies, And The Pursuit Of A Swivel Chair by Cameron Stracher
Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical by Anthony Bourdain
The Chaneysville Incident by David Bradley
Every Contact Leaves A Trace: A Novel by Elanor Dymott
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