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by PaulWoodlin
February 20th, 2010, 2:14 am
Forum: Books
Topic: POLL: Where do you buy your books?
Replies: 21
Views: 4657

Re: POLL: Where do you buy your books?

When I was a dead broke poet, I used the library and used bookstores. When I was a kid, I belonged to five book of the month clubs (SF&F, history, military history, science, and classics). Now, when I'm in the States, if I'm looking for a particular book I either order on line or go to the library, ...
by PaulWoodlin
February 20th, 2010, 2:08 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Reading Translations
Replies: 10
Views: 2731

Re: Reading Translations

I started reading Latin American novels, just for something different, mostly Mario Vargas Llosa, but the above named authors are also quite good. As a writing exercise, for my students I put a Chinese poem on the board, and then six English translations of that poem, and have my students argue abou...
by PaulWoodlin
February 20th, 2010, 1:42 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Reading for Writers
Replies: 3
Views: 980

Re: Reading for Writers

I read different books for different reasons. At first, all books I read were for education and enjoyment, because outside of school I didn't see the difference. I enjoyed reading science and history books; I enjoyed reading Asimov, Donaldson, and Austen. After I left graduate school, I was in a con...
by PaulWoodlin
February 19th, 2010, 10:10 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: TWILIGHT - thoughts?
Replies: 107
Views: 27604

Re: TWILIGHT - thoughts?

I think Twilight is popular because it did three things. First, it hit an underserved market. SF/F has, for some time, neglected the youth that made it so popular in the first place. This also explains the wild success of Harry Potter, despite many detractors of that series as well. A famous SF writ...