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About meMy beautiful bride and I have a baby daughter who is growing exponentially. We are both avid readers, but I have a bad habit of being turned off to a book after my wife has read it. She thinks I'm psycho and it's hard to argue. I had a copy of "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" that I was really excited about reading, but she got to it before I did and I couldn't read it after that. Weird?
She was reading Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series and thought I would like it but I turned it down. Last year we sold some of our book collection to a used book store, the Jordan books included. A few months later, I picked up a copy of "Eye of the World" (Book 1 in "Wheel"), having forgotten that we had sold it recently. Of course I loved it, and my wife was furious at me for not taking her word in the first place. I guess selling it and re-buying broke whatever strange pathos it is that keeps me from reading her books.

About my libraryI like to think my library is very eclectic, but when I stop and really look at it, I'm reminded of a quote from The Blues Brothers.
-Elwood-: "What kind of music do you usually have here?"
-Bartender-: "Oh, we got both kinds. We got country *and* western."
Most of it is Sci-Fi/Fantasy or Horror. I like to sprinkle a little contemporary lit. stuff in too, like Douglas Coupland, Tom Wolfe or John Irving. I went through a Mark Leyner phase that was probably close to one of the best times I've ever had in my life as a reader.
Lately I've been trying to go back and read all of the required stuff for high school and college that I avoided as a student, so I have the dusty classics on the shelf. There are several bibles of various translations and some works of theology and reflection. There's little bit of liberal leaning food for thought, humor from Al Franken and some more serious stuff by Thomas Frank, Eric Schlosser and others. I could go on, but I think that should give you a sense of what I like.


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