Steve Lazarowitz

About me

How I became a...

I'm a reader, a writer, a lover, a stepfather, an origami enthusiast, a game player, a movie buff, a fantasy and science fiction fan, and a pretty nice guy-- though not usually all at the same time. I live in Moonah, Tasmania with my wife, two stepsons, an insane dog and a giant spiny stick insect (retired). When I grow up, I want to be young again.

How I became a...pain in the ass? I thought it was word assocation, sorry. How I came to be working at Novelspot: I was drafted. Allie dragged me here kicking and screaming. Then, when we arrived, I stood up, looked around, decided it was a pretty nice place after all, and thought I'd stay a while.I ended up training reviewers and interviewers, I had some very specific ideas on what makes a good interview and review, having been interviewed and reviewed more times than you can shake a stick at.

My taste in books:

Favorite authors:

I think all books taste better with ketchup. Actually I prefer science fiction and fantasy, particularly the darker variety, because I feel I can really sink my teeth into those, as opposed to lighter fare which doesn't quite sate my hunger.I will, however, read anything that's well written.

My favorite authors are Roger Zelazny, Jack Chalker, Douglas Adams, Richard Bach, Fred Saberhagan, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (when they're writing together), Stephen Goldin, Parke Godwin and Stephen Donaldson to name but a few. I actually have more favorite books, than favorite authors.

What makes a book a keeper?

What makes me throw a book at the wall?

Some books sing to me. There's no other way to say it. They touch something deep within. They make me think things I've never thought before, or make me feel so deeply, it's as if I'm living the events in the book, sharing them with the characters. The deeper a book touches me, the more meaningful it is, the more likely I'll be adding it to that special place in my heart.

A good portion of the books I read, I read on my Compaq IPAQ 1930 or my RCA 1100 Ebook reader. If I threw them against the wall they'd break, which would cost me money, so most of the time I have no desire to throw a book against the wall....

What drives me crazy is when otherwise intelligent characters miss obvious things or do stupid things because the plot requires them to miss something. This to me is just bad writing on the part of the author. Otherwise intelligent characters shouldn't miss stuff that's obvious to me.

My favorite genre and why?

My least favorite genre and why?

I'd have to say fantasy. The less rules, the better. In fantasy, anything can happen. That said, fantasy still needs to be plausible to be successful for me.I have to accept what's happening, no matter how outlandish. That's where the writer's skill comes in

I don't have a least favorite genre. I have least favorite books.

My bathroom library:

My to be read list:

I take whatever I'm reading at the time into the bathroom with me. Since I read a lot on the IPAQ, that means I'm often not reading in the bathroom, but playing minesweeper instead. Go figure.

A lot of writing books on there right now. I am in the middle of On Writing by Stephen King. Then I have Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card and the Marshall Plan for Novel Writing. I have one new fiction book ( a real indulgence for me). The Moreau Factor by Jack Chalker. I'll get to it eventually.

My favorite links:

My favorite reading snack: and

I don't snack when I read, I'm too involved. I do, however, like a nice cup of coffee. I like coffee flavored coffee, the only kind there is. That other stuff isn't coffee. If I want vanilla, I'll eat ice cream and If I want hazelnut I'll buy nutella. Coffee is the staff of life. It is perfect the way it is, and needs no embellishment.

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