The Cranky Old Reader

I'm a Goodreads refugee, looking for a new home. Old books for children, science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, and humor are my main areas of interest. I've little interest in books that were written after 1975 or so, and prefer books that are older still. There are, however, a few still-living authors that I respect.


The sale of Goodreads to Amazon sent me looking for alternative websites for my reviews...and eventually brought me here, among other places. Today's my first day. I hope it works out.


In the meantime, I've started a community on Google Plus called "Escaping Amazon". It's for Goodreads refugees like myself to discuss our options, and also for anyone who wants to avoid shopping at


Anyone can join. It's at .



Currently reading

Basic Roleplaying: The Chaosium d100 system (Basic Roleplaying)
Sam Johnson, Charlie Krank
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Rebecca Solnit