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Outside of a Dog….

In my callow youth, I was a voracious reader. I read books by the bagful: new, old, borrowed or traded. Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury, Tolkien, and all the Thieves’ World, Myth Adventures, and Sector General I could get my hands on.

One day, however, a horrible thing happened: while reading a particularly… difficult Star Trek novel, the plot and characters began deconstructing in my head… all of the writer’s fetishes and fantasies were laid bare before me. 20 years later, I have yet to read a work of fiction spanning more than a handful of pages.

With this in mind, it’s not to difficult to see why book reviews have been a long time coming. Fortunately, Veronica is stepping in to address this absence of media in it’s most ancient form, and here — in her own words — is why:

I want to tell you a little bit about myself and what I enjoy, as this will help inform you of my tastes and let you judge just how much weight to give my advice on books. I am new to reviewing work and certainly new to writing.  However, I have long had a love affair with reading and love of reading leads to writing I’ve been told.

I consider a trip to a bookstore to browse the aisles to be a delight, and have had to train myself over the years to put down a book and get down to the business of living, as I have sometimes put off necessary work in order to get in a few more chapters.

When I was younger, I brought books to shopping trips with my mom, to dinner parties, in the car or the bus.  I would even walk from class to class reading a book. I especially love fantasy, and science fiction, but I’ve been known to enjoy a good intense thriller or mystery and sometimes a nice emotional love story just to mix things up.

There you have it. If she writes one book review for every ten she reads, Veronica will surpass my post count before the year is out.

Written by in February of 2009. Last edited June 2009.

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