Richard Jones

About me

How I became a...

The first thing you need to know about me is that I'm not as old as I look. I started going bald at 16 and it's been downhill on that front ever since. Other than the fact that I'll never grace the cover of a romance book with a wild mane of hair blowing in the wind, I'm pretty much all right with that, especially considering I managed to find, woo and marry the woman of my dreams. While I started out as a professional reporter at a series of dead-tree newspapers, I'm now a stay-at-home dad of three boys here in Charlotte, NC. One other important thing to remember is that 90 percent of the time I'm going with what you have to do if you can't dazzle them with brilliance. Of course, I save that 10 percent of significant sincerity for my work here at Novelspot. Really. Trust me.

I became a reviewer in the same way that I first became a reporter: I'm nosy as all get out and I like to gossip. Those are the basic job requirements for any reporter or any reviewer. That and a smidgen of self-delusion, in the fact that I think my opinion actually matters. I became a writer because I've always been a bit of a liar and it seemed best to lie my way to truth in fiction. It seemed slightly more socially acceptable. But only slightly.

My taste in books:

Favorite authors:

My taste in books runs mostly to science fiction and fantasy books. One of my earliest memories is of my mom yelling at me because she couldn't find me for more than an hour. We'd gone to the library and, when we got home and the rest of the family got out of the car, I couldn't tear myself away from Stephen Donaldson's book, "The Illearth War," long enough to get out of the car.

Terry Pratchett, Allen Steele, Robert Asprin, Neal Stephenson, Esther Friesner, John Scalzi, Peter David.

What makes a book a keeper?

What makes me throw a book at the wall?

A book is a keeper when I find that I've had to buy another copy to replace the one that I read to destruction.

Bad dialogue. I hate it when characters don't talk with at least a semblance of reality.

My favorite genre and why?

My least favorite genre and why?

I'm a blender. I really find myself enjoying books that take two dissimilar genres and throw them into a pot to achieve something new.

Romance seems to be my least favorite because not enough stuff seems to get the old explodo. I loves me the explodo.

My bathroom library:

My to be read list:

Doesn't exist. If it did, I'd find myself with numb legs and no family life. Once I start reading, it's hard to stop

Is far too long. However, the first four books on the list are "Merchant of Vengeance," by Simon Hawke; "Forty Signs of Rain," by Kim Stanley Robinson; "Nothing But Blue Skies," by Tom Holt; and "Small Steps," by Louis Sachar. Also, I'm currently reading "The Sea of Monsters," by Rick Riordan with my two oldest boys.

My favorite links:

My favorite reading snack: Have I mentioned that I'm a shameless huckster and love promoting my own riveting fiction?

My favorite reading snacks are the books and short stories I carry around on my Palm Pilot phone.

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