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.

A statement, of sorts

This may be a controversial entry.


I object to the sale of GoodReads to Amazon. I did not put in hundreds of hours of unpaid work in order to enrich a bloated company which has caused untold harm and suffering to so many people. By all accounts has avoided paying their fair share of taxes, treated their employees like garbage, and they've devastated many wonderful book sellers, as well as the world of publishing.


I'm just one insignificant person, of course. But I will not accept being turned into a commodity. I am not for sale.


And so, I posted the following review on GoodReads tonight. Please go take a look; it won't take long. If you happen to be a GoodReads member and chose to "like" it, thank you. It amuses me, the thought that that review might become one of the more-liked ones on GoodReads.


I plan to write more reviews like that. And I hope others do, too.


Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

Currently reading

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A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Rebecca Solnit