“Bob wasn't precisely a friend to me…
In a way he was family, the mouthy, annoying, irritable cousin
who was always insulting you but who was definitely at Thanksgiving dinner...”
― Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
Thanksgiving – a time to come together with our extended family and reflect upon everything we're thankful for: our health, our happiness, our family and friends, the cornucopia of extraordinary books that we’ve read this year…
I love Thanksgiving – for a variety of reasons. Getting the family together for what amounts to 96 hours of almost continuous eating, drinking, napping, watching football and playing board games is certainly a wonderful marathon event but it’s also a deeply reflective time for me. I bid farewell to all the friends and family members who passed away during the year and will no longer be occupying a seat at the Thanksgiving table.
Paying respect to those who have recently passed makes me acutely aware of how lucky I am – I’m certainly not monetarily rich by any stretch of the imagination but I have a beautiful, bibliophilic wife; two angelic daughters; a tightly knit extended family; and a dream job that has given me the opportunity to read and review genre fiction for almost the last two decades.
My job may seem to be to be a solitary one – and for the most part it is, squirreled away in my house reading books all of the time – but it has been unexpectedly enriched over the last few years by the daily interactions of the hundreds of hardcore genre fiction readers who visit me in the BarnesandNoble.com forums and follow me on Facebook and Twitter. All of your comments and messages and our subsequent discussions have unarguably made me a better reviewer – I’ve discovered countless authors and books because of your recommendations and I can honestly say that more than a few of you have become good friends.
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
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