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The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer
Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut
Limits by Larry Niven
Broadway Songs (Paperback Songs) by Hal Leonard Corp.
In Other Words by C. J. Moore
The Essential Ellison: A 50 Year Retrospective by Harlan Ellison
Streisand by James Spada
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About meHere’s the quick background. I am a senior manager for the Internal Audit Department of an insurance company. Yes, I know how boring that sounds. Allow me to try and redeem myself. I currently write the humor section of the Internal Auditor magazine (“Why did the auditor cross the road? Because he looked in the workpapers and that’s what they did last year.” Trust me – if you’re an auditor – that is hilarious.) (Okay, haven’t saved myself yet.) First degree from ASU was in Archaeology, then went back for Accounting. Put myself through college twice playing fiddle in country-rock bands (the Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker, Jerry Jeff Walker days.) Still play occasionally in a local band. I was born the day Disneyland open (yes, the literal day) and am interested in the joy of Disney, the business of Disney, and the immersion in experience that is integral to Disney’s success. I’ve lived in Phoenix all my life – so I don’t know any better. Besides collections of books, I also collect Disneyland memorabilia and toys from the FOX cartoon “The Tick”. Also have a great attraction to roller coasters. For my wife’s 50th birthday, we went to Ohio, Penn, and NJ to ride 50 coasters for 50 years. In a week and a half we rode 65 different coasters. Oh, and if you know anything about Wallace and Ladmo (it’s a Phoenix thing) then you understand a lot about my background.
About my libraryI inherited my love for reading from my mother (who would check out 12 to 15 books from the library each week – she still does this at 75) and my first love was mysteries. Then, somewhere about 8th grade/Freshman, I discovered science fiction – Asimov, Clarke, anyone who’s been there can name them. (“When is the golden age of Science Fiction?” “Twelve.” [I think I got the quote right.]) Hence, my collection is VERY heavy that way. In fact, only within the last few years have I determined to read more classical literature. For example, at the end of the year I took my first stab at Dostoevsky – The Idiot. (There was a Prince Myshkin, but I saw no relish.) Two other things stand out to me about the collection as it stands (and there were surprises when I saw the final results, but I’ll skip those.) First, while I loathe the concept of “what is your favorite…” whatever, I consider Harlan Ellison the best. Second, I will take a well-crafted short story over a novel any day. Hence, a lot of short story collections.
Favorite bookstoresBookmans - Phoenix
Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway
Real nameMike Jacka
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceDec 9, 2006
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