Monday, May 17, 2010

Welcome to my blog!

All of the below also appears in the "About This Blog" section of this site, but I thought it might serve well as my first post. Having said that, welcome to Genre Vive! I hope you enjoy your visit.

   My name is Scott Macumber. I am a full-time IT Analyst, graphic designer, husband and father. As you can imagine I don't have a lot of free time! But in the free time I DO have, I love nothing more than relaxing with a good book ... Getting lost in a world and spending some time away from my real life. I like to view reading as a mental vacation whose destination can be as close as my backyard or as far away as another planet.

   With that in mind, I thought it might be nice to have a place where I could share my opinion on some of these "vacation destinations" so that others might be able to choose their trips more wisely. Buying books can be a daunting task. You never know if you're going to like it until you're well into reading it, and you know that you can't trust the blurbs on the cover because, obviously, they were picked and placed there to entice you.

   I personally find reviews most helpful when deciding what to read, and especially if I have read other books a particular reviewer has shined me on to. That way I know if our tastes are in line and if I typically agree with their choices.

   But, to be honest, I don't usually agree with the "average" reviewer. You know the type ... snooty, thinks they know more than you, over educated and takes themselves WAY too seriously. They don't seem like the average reader. And that's where I come in.

   I am, for the most part, the average reader; I've not been to school for this, I don't have a degree in English Literature, and I won't emasculate a book just because it may not follow all the "rules". What I am is honest, concise, and very very picky. If I have been reading a book and didn't finish it because I didn't like it I will still review it ... It may be a short review, but I'll be honest with you that I put it down for whatever reason.

   I genuinely hope you get something out of your time here. Maybe you'll agree with me and maybe you won't. Either way is fine (and I'd love to hear your opinions, ESPECIALLY if they differ from mine). So dig in and take a look. Who knows, maybe you'll find something you like!


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