About me…

First off, I’m glad you’re here.

My names is David, and I live a somewhat soggy life in Oregon as an auditor for a fairly large bank.  The monotony is broken up by my wife, three beautiful children, and the occasional work of fiction.

  • I mostly stay within the science fiction/fantasy realm, but I can occasionally be seen grabbing for a John Grisham or Lee Child novel, among others.
  • The first book that I remember getting lost in was The Giver by Lois Lowry and that book holds a very special place in my heart to this day.
  • I enjoy reading a series of books as opposed to a stand alone because I hate saying goodbye to great characters too soon.
  • I enjoy books that don’t take themselves too seriously, and I don’t need a thesaurus or a PhD to get through.
  • I will read the book and preferably the series before I see the movie, this is not up for debate.  I did not receive a degree in english, history, literature, or any other liberal art.
  • I received a degree in accounting.  As such I don’t care to argue about plot vs prose or character creation.  As far as I’m concerned they are all an important aspect of creating a well rounded story.
  • I hate spoilers, and will do what I can to review a book without giving too much away aside from character names and vague musings about plot or conflict, or whatever I enjoyed/didn’t enjoy from the story.

 

Finding someone with similar tastes can be a challenge.  Here are some well known series, and a small writeup of whether I liked them or not.  This should give you an idea of if/how my tastes align with yours.

Enjoyed
Didn’t Enjoy or Couldn’t Get Through
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – Loved it.  I read it at least yearly and watch the movies frequently as well.  I love stories where it isn’t easy being the good guy.
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth– Got Through 1st Book and didn’t care about the characters…..at all.  I don’t think I was the target audience though.
Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins – I read this series after I saw the trailer for the first film.  I found these books to be easy to pick up but hard to put down.
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – I know…I know.  I really tried multiple times to read this series, but they just made me sleepy.  I know how influential these books are, and I appreciate Tolkien for the influence he has had, but I just couldn’t do it.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – One of my favorites.  This is another book I read at least yearly and have since high school.  I have not tried to read the series.  Honestly, I’m scared to.  I love this book and am afraid if I read the series it will lessen my affinity for Ender.
The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer – I hated the second book.  I mean HATED!, and I don’t use that word lightly.  I got through that book, just because I don’t like to leave things unfinished and then gladly gave up on the series.  My daughters enjoy the movies though….
Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn Series by Timothy Zahn – This was the first space opera series I read, and it opened my eyes to the genre.  I’ve been waiting so long for a film with Grand Admiral Thrawn
The Mither Mages Series by Orson Scott Card – I finished them, but found them too simplistic.  Most of the females in the story are idiots, and just want to sleep with Danny.  The characters were not fully fleshed out aside from Wad, and there was too much introspection as opposed to action.  When I was a teenager I didn’t think too much about choices and consequence, I just did whatever felt right at the time and dealt with the aftermath later.  So much potential in the world that Card created, but so much garbage filled the pages.
The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner – I read these a while ago and found them entertaining.  The maze was interesting. However, I found the first book frustrating in that the characters occupied such an odd and forbidding place with no reason why, and no way out.  As the series went on I came to appreciate the twists in the series. Plus James Dashner was an accountant (like myself) before he hit the jackpot, and that gives me hope.
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