Books have been a tremendously important part of my life for nearly as long as I can remember. I remember Stuart Little, and Doctor Doolittle, and Rat and Mole and Toad from before I remember any human friends. I was probably raised by Doc Smith and Robert Heinlein as much as by my parents.
Those who think this is really strange probably never came to this page in the first place. The rest of you, I'm sure, understand. What I want to do with this section is to rhapsodize and reminisce about old friends, and try to spread the word. I'll talk about new friends, too, and some casual acquaintances, and probably some enemies. Often it's best, when you can't say anything nice, to say nothing at all, but sometimes the issues involved are too important. And sometimes my self-restraint isn't up to it.
I've added a "book log" (last updated Tuesday, 14-May-2013 18:49:57 PDT ), where I write short notes on books I've read recently. It's a lot of fun for me so far; take a look, maybe you'll enjoy it too. I show what book I'm reading currently, and sometimes add comments as I go along. So far, my comments tend towards the acerbic.
My reading, historically, runs heavily to science fiction. I've always read some historical novels and some mysteries, and a certain amount of non-fiction. And some other stuff now and then, too. More recently, my SF reading has declined somewhat, while the other genres have held up. I'm not so much tired of SF, as there isn't that much good new SF being written, at least of the types I like. Or maybe the golden age of science fiction is 16.
My favorite books aren't always the ones that have been most important to me, and the books I think are best aren't always either. All these judgements are intensely personal, and mostly I'll be quite polite when you disagree with them, honest. Mostly.
I am an Amazon.com Associate. Links like this are provided by some of the books to make it easy for you to order them from Amazon.com. In the full disclosure department, if enough of you buy books from Amazon.com after following my links there, I get a small fee. If this offends you, get to Amazon's page for the book manually rather than following my link, and they'll keep all the money themselves. The purpose of this page is not to get me money, it's to try to spread my opinions about books.
I have similar arrangements with Amazon.co.uk in England. Links like this order from them. A lot of books are in print in one country and not in the other, and besides, I'm hoping the visitors to this page will be from around the world. Based on publishing industry statistics, it seems like people in the UK read a lot more, on the average, than people in the US.
Regrettably, some of the books I describe here are out of print. You can still sometimes find them in used bookstores, though, and it's worth the trouble. I've provided links to a number of used book sites on the web, like this: .
This site was originally part of the Ouroboros Bookworms webring. That, and the associated mailing list, never really took off, and I finally shut them down 1-Sep-2000. However, these books are still important to me, so I'm keeping these pages up.
One warning: most of these are old books. Many people will have already read them. Many more will have heard all about them. Therefore, I casually discuss a number of things that might be considered "spoilers" by somebody who hadn't read the books yet. If spoilers bother you, you probably should skip most of this site.
I have broken out the books I want to write about into separate sections on science fiction, mystery, childhood, and nonfiction,
Having broken them out, I found myself being surprised by the degree of overlap in the careers of some of my favorite authors, so I had to make page about that.