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By way of zenkitty_714.

1. What is your favorite genre to read?
Science fiction (especially military science fiction, such as David Weber's Honor Harrington series). There is something stirring about fleets of hostile starships hurling inconceivable energies screaming (silently) across space. Fantasy can be equally good (Karl Edward Wagner's Kane books), yet much fantasy smacks of laziness on the part of the writer. Most science fiction writers present a plausible justification for the technologies which undergird their visions, while fantasy writers often just skate by with no other explanation than that "it's magic". Wulf has never understood why science fiction and fantasy are always lumped together. Though the line can sometimes be blurry (as per Arthur C. Clarke's dictum), the two genres are usually distinct in form and nature. Wulf has a great fondness for historical fiction, as well.

2. What is the first romance novel you ever read and how old were you when you read it?
Wulf is not sure he has ever read a romance novel. Although romance is often a major theme, it isn't the central theme of the books Wulf has read. The Saracen Blade by Frank Yerby might qualify, yet historical fiction would seem a better choice for category. Wulf read The Saracen Blade when he was fourteen or so, for English class, during Black History Month, when students had to read a work by a black author. Wulf liked the idea of reading a book that exhibited the author's talent as a writer rather than merely his race. The object of the main character's romantic intentions was described as having a "face as square as a Brandenburg house" , or something like that, a refreshing change from the usual descriptions of a lady's beauty.

3. How many books -- paper or ebooks -- are in your existing TBR pile?
Thousands. Wulf has not read most of the books he owns.

4. Do you read nonfiction? If so, from which sub-genre?
History (Salt), science (The Dinosaur Heresies), political philosophy (The Road to Serfdom), economics (Markets and Minorities), and public policy (More Guns, Less Crime) are some of the subjects which interest Wulf.

5. Do you own an e-reading device? If so, which one(s)?
No, unless a library card with a bar code counts.

6. Which one book have you re-read most often?
Karl Edward Wagner's Nightwinds. Wulf usually reads the preceding books of the Kane series first, to set the proper tone.

7. How many library books do you have out right now?
Just one, Jules Watson's Song of the North, the third book of her Dalriada series.

8. How do you mark your place in a book?
With a bookmark, usually a large, unredeemed, cardboard coupon that came in the mail.

9. About how many books do you typically read in a month?
Varies greatly. Average since June of 1974: 2.07 books per month.

10. What was the last book that made you cry?
The ending of Jules Watson's The Dawn Stag brought a tear to Wulf's eye.

11. What was the last book that made you laugh?
Books from Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies Detective series never fail to make Wulf chuckle. The Double Comfort Safari Club is the latest one Wulf has read.
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