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Books

Thanks to daeron, I've wasted some time thinking about books:

1. What author do you own the most books by?
Jonathan Kellerman, I think.

2. What book do you own the most copies of?
Do we count different translations of the Bible? If so, then that; if not, I don't think I have more than two of anything, and there are a bunch I have two copies of.

3. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Secretly? I don't keep secrets. And I'm not in love with fictional characters. That being said, I have a serious soft spot for Florian from C.J. Cherryh’s Cyteen.

4. What book have you read the most times in your life?
Probably either Cyteen or else Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. Both of those I picked up fairly early on and have re-read regularly.

5. What was your favourite book when you were ten years old?
At a guess, probably Anne McCaffrey's Harper Hall trilogy.

6. What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
There have been several I couldn't finish, but that doesn't necessarily make them bad books. Let's just call it some romance novel I borrowed from Amy, and leave it at that.

7. What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Well... In the past year, I've read several long-awaited sequels. I've had authors persuade me (personally) to read their work. I've also had a much harder time maintaining focus, and have left off in the middle of at least a dozen books. I pass on this question, with a note to self to work harder in the year to come.

8. If you could force everyone reading this to read one book, what would it be?
I wouldn't recommend the same book to everyone. I don't think there's anything that universal. I try to tailor my recommendations to the individual.

9. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
I really don't read literature, per se. I read for escapism. Leave the prizes to the academics.

10. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
At the moment, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. That's cheating, since I know it's coming out in a few months. However, I've been very pleased with the first two, and Voyage is my favorite of the series.

And I think I've mentioned before, I'd love to see a TV series based on James White's Sector General books.

11. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Triggered by the previous answer: The Watch Below by James White. There's almost no action at all, and the setting for half of the book is a wrecked submarine on the ocean floor.

12. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
There was the one a few weeks ago about hours and hours of shelving books in the children's section of the library. Mostly my dreams involve people I know.

13. What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Oh, that's got to be the southern shape-shifters romance series! They're dreadful.

14. What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Not counting textbooks and books I couldn't make myself finish: Cryptonomicon. Stephenson is very dense, and I wasn't completely hooked on the plot. (As opposed to Anathem, which was even more dense and difficult, but I was hooked so I didn't care.)

15. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
Pericles, Prince of Tyre.

16. Do you prefer Roth or Updike?
I've read neither.

17. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
I haven't even heard of these two.

18. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare. And I think all three work best read aloud.

19. Austen or Eliot?
Austen. And how.

20. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Like daeron, I haven't read much literature. I also don't read much non-fiction.

21. What is your favorite novel?
Cyteen

22. Play?
Noises Off

23. Poem?
Varies by season and mood. First to come to mind today is "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas.

24. Essay?
Can't name one offhand.

25. Short story?
I can't choose between several of Asimov's Black Widowers stories.

26. Work of nonfiction?
I really don't read much nonfiction. First to come to mind: Better by Atul Gawande.

27. Who is your favorite writer?
Lois McMaster Bujold. Second favorite: Colleen McCullough.

28. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Of those I've read, I'd call it a tossup between J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown. Rowling created something bigger and more creative than she proved to be. Brown writes a fun thriller, but he's pretending to be more than that and doesn't deliver.

29. What is your desert island book?
Assuming I can choose only from actual published volumes, I'd take a Complete Works of Shakespeare. Most bang for my buck, so to speak.

30. And what are you reading right now?
Right now, this meme.

At home: The Brazen Bride by Stephanie Laurens. Also at least three other books that I've gotten halfway through and then been distracted from.

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collacentaur
Sep. 23rd, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
True - but when the time's been bought and paid for by someone else....
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