Reading material of all sorts

I am an avid reader of non-fiction. I enjoy speculative fiction of all types. I own a small library of about 3,000 science fiction and fantasy books. No one else in my family reads science fiction; they prefer mysteries and historical fiction. I read few mysteries, but I admit to liking the "Mike Hammer" series by Mickey Spillane. I also take in the occasional historical novel. I prefer those set in ancient times. An example would be Mika Waltari's The Egyptian, which is set against the turbulent background of the closing years of the eighteenth dynasty.

While I majored in mathematics as an undergraduate, I took a minor -- actually, enough hours for a second major -- in English literature. Shakespeare remains one of my favorite authors. I also like to read nineteenth century novelists such as Dickens, Bronte, Eliot, Bulwer-Lytton, and Verne.

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Last modified by pib on March 22, 2000.