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Like a Kid in a Candy Store

I often see sf forum posts from bewildered sf fans asking the audience what they should read next. People are quick to offer up their favorite titles, both past and recent. This usually results in the undecided reader having a rather nice selection of titles from which to choose.

Being a self-proclaimed biblioholic, I have the opposite problem. I have no problem finding books to read, I have a problem deciding which books to not read. There are too many from which to choose. I own so many darned books (Hello, my name is John and I’m a biblioholic) that I cannot possibly read them all in my lifetime unless I suddenly develop inhuman Klausnerian powers that would allow me to read about 50 of them at a clip.

On the bright side, picking my next book is a whole lot of fun. When I need to restock my “immediate” to-read pile, I get to rummage through the “library”. (The term “library” here is meant to mean an inordinate number of boxes filled with books that I want to read.) This is loads of fun for me because it’s like going to a bookstore where every single book is something that interests me. I swear, I’m like a kid in a candy store.

People who look at SF Signal’s aesthetically pleasing home page will notice that some of us have book shelves showing what we are reading or will very soon read. The eagle-eyed viewer will notice that my own shelf changes quite frequently. This is not necessarily because I’m a fast reader. No. This is because I’ve probably rummaged through the boxes and found something that supplanted something already on my shelf.

For example, I will be traveling this week and wanted to bring along a small handful of books in mass-market paperback format. Oh, goody! A reason to dip into the book boxes! I usually bring more than I will probably read because I want to have a book handy that will suit my mood. (Hello, my name is John and I’m a biblioholic.) This week, I’m bringing Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress (I finally got around to reading the novella on which it was based and liked it very much), Scardown and Worldwired by Elizabeth Bear (parts 2 and 3 of the booksplit “series” that started with Hammered) and Camouflage by Joe Haldeman (recent winner of the Nebula Award) . I’ll be lucky if I finish one of them.

Am I rambling? It’s late and I want to get some reading in…

Anyone have any idea on what I should not read next? 🙂

About John DeNardo (13012 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

5 Comments on Like a Kid in a Candy Store

  1. Anyone have any idea on what I should not read next?

    no idea, but i do have a suggestion for the book shelf…how about making a link or title or bigger picture or soemthing so those of us who actually have a hard time finding books can perhaps see what you guys are reading rather then being frustratingly tantilized by blobs of illegabal color.

    i have been planning for at least a month on how to broch this subject without being a whiner…as you can see i have still not come up with a good plan.


  2. (6) your blog is ssooooooooooooooo boring !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. don’t worry John, i think lola is talking about my blog :^)

  4. Adam Doppelt // May 14, 2006 at 10:17 pm //

    I am one of those poor readers who often has trouble locating excellent sf/fantasy to read. I finally got fed up and created a page listing award winning sf/fantasy books, with links to Amazon for easy ordering:

    I use affiliate links but I don’t expect to make a significant amount of money on the site. Perhaps someone else will find it useful.

  5. For me the best way to read from the screen, cause the biggest part of all this staff can be forgotten immediately after reading. But with our copyright level it’s difficult to find a text.

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