Saturday, March 04, 2006


Originally posted Nov. 2005 at

By John Ross Harvey

Reading is considered one of the three “R’s”
Even though 1 “R” is really a “W”
To some people it’s a Railroad on the Monopoly game
My father read often, usually polishing a few books a week
We had to read in school, I hated it
Until I found Arthur C Clarke
Now, reading became an enjoyable experience
But after you leave school you don’t read much
And when you do, you leave the book lying around
Until you remember to pick it up again.
Many of my books have been this way
I didn’t read Spider Robinson’s Lady Callaghan’s
For maybe three years after I got it as a gift
I just found a book I started a few years ago
Half done, remember none of it
Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
I did read his Ender series quickly when I was younger
I’m currently reading Last Light of the Sun
By Guy Gavriel Kay
It’s been a few weeks now, barely past 200 pages
His other books I’ve read are among the best ever
Tigana and the Fionavar Tapestry
I read those four books, within a few weeks completely
I used to read Tom Clancy
Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising
500-700 page masterpieces in a few days
Now I’m at page 222 of 579
Either I’m getting old, and tired of reading
Or the Nordic names of these characters are
Just too hard to remember.
Well reading is important; it’s better than movies
Your imagination can run rings around special effects
If you could only remember where the book was.

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