To say that I am an avid reader is something of an understatement. For me, reading is more than just a hobby, more even than my favorite pastime. It’s an essential part of my life, a necessity for continued function. That’s where the name for this blog came from. When I hear someone say they don’t like to read, or that they never read, it’s as foreign an idea to me as giving up food. I just can’t comprehend it.
I can’t begin to count the number of books I’ve read in my lifetime. Thousands, certainly. My preferred genres are science fiction and fantasy, but I’ll read almost any kind of fiction if it’s interesting and well-written.
My number one favorite book is, and always has been, Dune, by Frank Herbert. Nothing else compares to it, though some have come close. I’m also a huge fan of Tolkien. Some other notable favorites include: Terry Pratchett, Mike Resnick, Jim Butcher, Brandon Sanderson, Alan Dean Foster, and many more.
While these are all big name authors, I’ve also read and enjoyed a great many self-published and small press novels, especially in recent years. I know that a lot of people have something of a negative view of non-traditionally published material, but there is plenty of talent out there if you just take the time to dig a little. Most of the books I will be reviewing on this site will be self-published or from small presses. In my opinion, these are the people who will benefit most from an honest review. I think the readers will benefit, too, by being given access to novels that might have slipped under the radar otherwise.