“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
– Jojen, in A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
My name is Daniel. I’m a scientist (microbiologist and professor) by trade. This past year I started a tenure-track position in the Biology Department at Canisius College. Though I’m a scientist, reading and writing are my two of my most passionate hobbies. From my earliest years I’ve loved books and reading. I am rarely without a book close at hand, and typically am reading three to four books at any given time, averaging about 100 – 200 read per year. (I’m still working out the patterns of teaching, research, reviewing, and reading – particularly during busy semesters!)
This site is a place to put up advanced reading copy reviews of titles that I am fortunate to receive. My hope is that through this blog you might discover something new to read or greater insight into something you’ve also enjoyed. I currently put up new reviews here on Tuesday – Thursday of each week. I try to be consistent in this, but other priority obligations may interfere with that goal.
Some titles I get through other sites that I contribute reviews for. Others I obtain through Goodreads or NetGalley, the latter where I’m a Top Reviewer with a feedback to approval ratio above 90%. I also get some books from Edelweiss, Crown’s Blogging for Books program, or direct from some publishers such as Raw Dog Screaming Press, Deep Vellum Publishing, Tin House Books, and as a member of the Ace Roc Stars Street Team and the Angry Robot Army.
In addition to this personal blog I contribute reviews of SFF to the Hugo-nominated Skiffy & Fanty, and sometimes feature a book of note on one of my contributions to Small Things Considered, a blog from the American Society for Microbiology that I write for. Starting in 2015 I am also contributing reviews to Atticus Review and Strange Horizons. I link to any reviews for these sites here on this blog too.
There is no single genre that I read, so the reviews and occasional news on this site will run across the spectrum. While there are certainly some kinds of books or genres that I am less likely to read or enjoy, I basically enjoy anything that is well done, interesting, entertaining: nonfiction or fiction. Certain kinds of fantasy and short stories in general are probably my favorite, but I like everything from literary, artistic works to genre pulp depending on the day.
So, no matter what your reading interests, I hope you find something to appreciate here and are able to use these reviews to inspire new finds and guide your reading selections.