EricCWelch

So Who Am I?

I'm a retired library and IT director and college dean. I love books and electrons. For about 20 years I published a bi-monthly review periodical until the mailing list got too large and expensive. Switched then to electronic delivery and finally when Amazon and sites like Goodreads appeared realized it was redundant. 

 

I am rarely not plugged in, i.e. listening to an audiobook and listen to books in the shower, while getting dressed, etc. etc. It was a joke with my kids - oh, oh, Dad's plugged in again; or geez Dad mowed the front lawn twice again to finish the chapter. Still, nothing better than sitting in my reading chair with a stack of books to one side,(8/18/13 note: stack of books has been replaced by multiple e-reading devices - love my Kindle) a snack, and a howling storm outside as the ideal way to spend time.

 

I tend to be generous in my ratings because I know how difficult it is to create, but those books that entertain, are intriguing, have clear or beautiful imagery, or express ideas in a coherent fashion will generally get high marks.

 

I write reviews because it's fun and helps me to remember things from what I've read.I have no desire to collect a bunch of friends, but I really, really like reading incisive reviews, so if you write lots of good reviews, I'd love to have you on my list. I enjoy people commenting on my reviews, so feel free... 

 

Currently reading

Marines and Military Law in Vietnam: Trail by Fire
Gary D Solis
Breach Of Trust
D.W. Buffa
Glory Enough for All: The Battle of the Crater: A Novel of the Civil War
Duane Schultz
12, 20 & 5: A Doctor's Year in Vietnam
John A. Parrish
Double Billing: A Young Lawyer's Tale Of Greed, Sex, Lies, And The Pursuit Of A Swivel Chair
Cameron Stracher, Cameron Stracher
Shooting Star
Peter Temple
Every Contact Leaves a Trace
Elanor Dymott
Lunar Park
Bret Easton Ellis
Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut
All the Pretty Horses
Cormac McCarthy