Category Archives: Reading

Feeding My Reading Addiction

I am an addict.  Yes, it’s true.  If I don’t have something to read I get tense, anxious, irritable.  I pace the floors; I search the shelves; I wrack my brains for ideas on what I should start next.  The … Continue reading

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Reading and Quality of Life, or, Why I Took Time Out of My Busy Professional Schedule to Go Look for a Book

It all started this afternoon when I realized about thirty pages in that the book I had taken out of the new books section of the library on a whim was insipid, vacuous, and a total waste of time.  The … Continue reading

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An Encounter With the Amazon Book Store

There are advantages to living in Seattle.  The first ever brick-and-mortar physical Amazon bookstore opened here recently in the University Village shopping mall near the University of Washington, and late on a rainy Saturday morning I had a chance to … Continue reading

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Getting Rid of Things

Yesterday I did two things I almost never do.  I stopped reading a book I had started, and I threw another book in the trash.  The book I stopped reading I had picked up at the library, so I could … Continue reading

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On Book Addiction, Time Magazine, and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

I am addicted to books the way some people are addicted to cigarettes.  As soon as I finish one, I start the next – like lighting up a new cigarette off the smoldering butt of the last one.  To be … Continue reading

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What Is It About Romance? …and Tragedy

I wrote my recent review of Neil Simon’s memoir “Rewrites” when I still had about twenty pages left to read.  It turns out the last twenty pages are about Simon’s first wife’s battle with cancer and how he reacts to … Continue reading

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Short Story Author Highlight: Roger Zelazny

The two best things I got out of my dreadful year of college at the University of Santa Clara were an unquenchable desire to be a writer and a love for science fiction.  Both came about because I enrolled for … Continue reading

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The Customs Shed – Free Short Story Offer

For five days, from Thursday October 9th to Monday October 13th, my short story “The Customs Shed” is available for free download on Amazon.com here. Stop by and pick up a copy. Here’s what it’s about: Those who wish to … Continue reading

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Mendocino Mellow – Free Short Story Offer

For five days, from Wednesday September 24th to Sunday September 28th, my fantasy story “Mendocino Mellow” is available for free download on Amazon.com here. Stop in and pick up a copy. Here’s what its about: A government scientist develops a … Continue reading

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“Clouds Without Rain” – Free Short Story Offer

For five days, from Friday September 19th to Tuesday September 23rd, my short story “Clouds Without Rain” is available for free download on Amazon.com here. Stop in and pick up a copy. Here’s what it’s about: Mexico has conquered much … Continue reading

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