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CollectionsYour library (1,480), Currently reading (6), To read (3), All collections (1,480)

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About meI have retired and I now live in Henderson, Nv. I had to give away most of my books prior to moving here from New York, but I am beginning to build a new book collection. I write book reviews for Amazon Vine. I also award a $100 prize each year to the author of the book I most enjoyed during the year. I make these awards through my website which is listed below. I think more people should do this. Send $100 to an author who has really "made your day." In 2014 my award goes to S.P.Daley for "Welcome To The Divide." I may be the only person who has read this book but I don't care. Previously I have made cash awards to authors you have probably heard of, like Michel Houellebecq and Iain McGilchrist. And I am not rich. But these authors have enriched me with their writing; and I shall continue making my book of the year awards.

GroupsA Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Book Collectors, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Downtown Polo Club, Dystopian novels, friends of Maugham, Hardboiled / Noir Crime Fiction, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, Kindley Book Clubshow all groups

Favorite authorsMarcus Aurelius, William Blake, Albert Camus, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Faulkner, Lion Feuchtwanger, Richard P. Feynman, Ian Fleming, Vince Flynn, William Gibson, Zane Grey, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Tony Hillerman, Homer, Aldous Huxley, P. D. James, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, John Keegan, Rudyard Kipling, Ray Kurzweil, Pär Lagerkvist, Jack London, Thomas Babington Macaulay, John D. MacDonald, Thomas Mann, W. Somerset Maugham, David McCullough, Yukio Mishima, Ogden Nash, Eugene O'Neill, Francis Parkman, Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Pynchon, Ayn Rand, Ruth Rendell, O. E. Rølvaag, J. D. Salinger, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Isaac Bashevis Singer, John Steinbeck, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Brad Thor, Henry David Thoreau, Thucydides, Leo Tolstoy, B. Traven, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Evelyn Waugh, Oscar Wilde, Simon Winchester, Palle Yourgrau (Shared favorites)


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Real nameMike Byrne

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Member sinceFeb 5, 2009

Currently readingThe Loser: A Novel by Thomas Bernhard
Frost: A Novel (Vintage International) by Thomas Bernhard
Gargoyles: A Novel by Thomas Bernhard
Confessions of a Poet Laureate by Charles Simic
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
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