“What are American dry-goods?” asked the duchess, raising her large hands in wonder and accentuating the verb.
“American novels,” answered Lord Henry.
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings

Ah, Oscar Wilde, an intelligent wit.

If you want to know more about me, well, really all you need to know is that I love to read. Voraciously. I love books; anything and everything. Maugham, Tolkien, William Gibson, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Arthur C. Clarke, Poppy Z. Brite, Catcher in the Rye, Zorba the Greek — can’t forget that Oscar Wilde dude — these are a few of my favorite things.

Jeff Chappell gives you his best librarian stare.And I like to write; I’ve worked as a journalist for a long time (in spite of the this). Frankly I’m tired of writing about what other people want me to write about. Tired of writing about things I don’t care about.

So here I am. Book reviews seem like a natural fit, no? Books that I actually want to read, that is.

If you want to find out more about Jeff Chappell the one-time journalist and would-be photographer, just follow that link. You’ll find out more than you ever wanted to know.

If you want to find out more about what else is on my mind (such as it is) beyond matters of the Fourth Estate and the Internet (and other than books), you can visit my personal blog, The Gecko’s Bark. Here you can learn about … well, geckos and barking, among other things.

You can email me at jchappell68 at yahoo dot com or just leave a comment. But please don’t bother if you’re a marketer/publicist; you’d be wasting both my time and yours.

Now here’s the latest — ahem! — such as it is:

  • Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber, Book 1: A Review (9/20/2016) - Given that our main character wakes up in an ordinary hospital room in modern upstate New York but quickly moves on to become involved in dimension hopping and a race for a throne -- or should I say "the" throne -- it is rather off-putting, in a good sort of way, that he talks more like Sam Spade than Gawain and the Green Knight.
  • … And We’re Back (8/25/2016) - Well, it's been a wee bit longer than a few weeks; try over four years. Yep, years. Lots happened in the interim. Moved across the globe a few times. Ruptured my quadriceps tendon in Viet Nam. Suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in Thailand. Cut my heel and had to cruise on back home. ...
  • Barking Book Reviews Takes a Holiday (4/28/2012) - Barking Book Reviews is headed to Thailand for R and R; Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother? hits stores May 1; and Caitlin R. Kiernan's Alabaster Wolves is out.
  • Shirley Jackson Award 2011 Nominees (4/27/2012) - The Shirley Jackson Award panel has released its 2011 nominees; I have a bone to pick with its selection of Glen Duncan's The Last Werewolf.
  • Big News: Publisher Tor to Remove DRM From eBooks. There Was Much Rejoicing (4/26/2012) - Science fiction publisher Tor, an imprint of MacMillan says that by July all of its ebooks will be DRM free; Tor UK made a similar announcement.

Postscript: I have no idea who took the open books photo that serves as my background. Probably just a nameless-need-a-generic-background photo, but if anyone does know, give me a shout.

It was taken with a Nikon E2100 on March 11, 2004 at 1/3 of a second with a 400 film speed — presumably — so I’m guessing it was done with a tripod in a studio, if that helps. No name in the jpeg data though, unfortunately.

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