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I LISTEN TO WHAT I READ

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Johnathan RenshawSo far in my nearly 70 years I’ve written and published 8 books.  None of my books have enjoyed the global readership of a book I did NOT write, but edited.  I spend the vast majority of my time reading books written by literary adepts and master story-tellers.  Reading is not merely entertainment.  It is the mind and imagination of beings communicating their thoughts, memories and musings, through symbols, to others.  There are 450,000 NEW BOOKS published every year, in Kevin Hearneaddition to the millions that have accumulated since the printing press was “invented” in Europe in by the German Johannes Gutenberg around 1440.   Personally, I listen to audiobooks.  The combination of masterful writing combined with state of the art performance is nothing less than magic.  Since my personal interests tend to vary from esoteric to bizarre, it stick to science fiction, primarily.  However, I enjoy a good story, well told.

Benedict JackaIn modern publishing writers no longer write ONE book.  They write a SERIES of books.  This is based on the sales and marketing-driven capitalist culture that exploded in Europe a few hundred years ago.  So, lately,  I’m not reading “books”.  I’m reading a “series” 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 books!  However, when you find an author you really enjoy this is a good was to swim deeply into the ocean of a genre or universe, rather than surfing the shallow shores of television, film, or — gods forbid — social media.Jim Butcher

Here are a few of the “series” I’ve read or am reading.  Three of these books are my first voyage on the ocean of “Magic Mystery”, i.e. Druids, Mages and Wizards in the roles of  spell-casting superheros fighting an assortment of supernatural villains: to my delight and continuing enchantment! I recommend them to you.  Search the fantastic library available on Audible.com  and your favorite on-line bookstores to find your own.

BANNED BOOKS

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Banned books“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms.  Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors.”

~ John F. Kennedy, October 29, 1960

BIGGER ON THE INSIDE

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book tardisTARDIS = Time And Relative Dimension In Space) is a time machine and spacecraft in the British science fiction television program Doctor Who.  A properly maintained and piloted TARDIS can transport its occupants to any point in time and space.

BOOK = Words composed, formatted and printed on sheets of paper bound THE BIG BLEEPtogether into a single volume by sturdy cardboard.  Or, a volume, as above, electronically digitized to be read on various digital devices such as computers or phone, etc..  Or, read by professional actors, recorded and formatted as an audio book.  Many books contain factual or fanciful information which may be useful, entertaining, enlightening, etc.. Some books may assist the reader to achieve the illusion, or actuality, of traveling through time, space, relative dimension or thought without having to watch silly British sci-fi TV shows.  On Earth a Tardis does not exist.  However, if you have not read any good books lately, try reading one of my books. The Big Bleep: The Mystery of A Different Universe, for example, is like a Tardis, but much more interesting.

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