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Favorite Books Meme

Gakked from nos4a2no9. Bear with me. I actively rejected being a literature geek, in rebellion against my mother the English teacher. So, more fun than classics herein.

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Probably Lois McMaster Bujold. I fell in love with her Vorkosigan series.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
I've gone through 6 copies of 'Sheepfarmer's Daughter' by Eliabeth Moon. I keep loaning them out. Sometimes they even come back. Only 1 is presently in my possession, but they are all out there somewhere!

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Nope.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Phedre from the Kushiel's Dart series. *fans self*

5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
'Sheepfarmer's Daughter'. I love it, and its comfort food.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
'The Kestrel' by Lloyd Alexander. I was reading this YA fantasy series, and the main character took a lead role in a rebellion, got his hands very bloody indeed. And when the revolution succeeded, he found himself a public figure, procaimed a hero for acts he despised himself for. (Huh, seems my taste for angst developed at a young age.)

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Mission Earth series by L Ron Hubbard. It was a train-wreck, but I just. Couldn't. Stop.

8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Perhaps 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' by Mark Haddon. It brings you deep into the reality of the narrator, an autistic boy.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
Not a clue. I probably haven't read their stuff, whoever he/she/it might be.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Twilight! Wait, no, *snickers* Weber's 'On Basilisk Station' would make an great summer blockbuster. And just the right director might be able to pull of a stupendous version of 'The Years of Rice and Salt', by Kim Stanley Robinson. It'd be hard, but epic if they could manage it. (Alternate History with the main characters reutrning through multiple lifetimes? I give this one a difficulty rating of 10!)

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
This is a very long list. I think Stranger in a Strange Land would get turned into a porno flick.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I had a nightmare in which a man was curled up in a corner, frantically writing, writing, writing in a notebook, and something terrifying was getting closer and closer. If he could just find the right words, he could escape.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Almost everything I read is lowbrow. The authorized Highlander novels were something of a low-point, I must say.

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Fucking Ulysses. Also, there was some philosophy book I had to read for a grad class, a mix of Freud, Marx, and some other philosophical system I hadn't heard of before. When I did manage to figure out the author's point, it almost always pissed me off. I threw it literally across the room as hard as I could at one point in sheer frustration. From another perspective, there is 'Fountainhead' by Ann Rand, which I swear is written by my own personal demon, and speaks directly to the darker bits of myself I wish weren't there.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
Nothing terribly obscure. Richard III, I suppose.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
The Russians. So brilliantly pesimistic.

18) Roth or Updike?
Updike. Fell in love with Grendel at an early age.

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Who?

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Meh. Shakespeare, I suppose.

21) Austen or Eliot?
No thank you.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Pretty much everything?

23) What is your favorite novel?
Tough call, but I adore and admire Bujold's 'The Wrrrior Apprentice.'

24) Play?
I think I'll have to go for a big, fancy Braoadway musical here. It's an experience you can't find anywhere else. (Aside from teh Catholic CHurch on a major holiday.) The Phantom of the Opera perhaps?

25) Poem?
Depends on my mood. I know it's a cliche, but I still love Tyger by William Blake.

26) Essay?
Hmmm. THere are an assortment of political essays I've been terribly impressed by tand then immediately forgotten. Perhaps an essay by Neil Gaiman on how he approaches writing.

27) Short story?
Fanfic, not profic. Not sure which story to pick, though. Perhaps Ordinary Days.

28) Work of non-fiction?
People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

29) Graphic novel?
Maus

30) Who is your favorite writer?
Lois McMaster Bjold, Elizabeth Moon, or Robin Hobb.

31) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
No idea.

32) What is your desert island book?
I think I'd like to bring 'Rhapsody', because it's long and I have this feeling that the author was doing some very clever things with perspective and world-building, but I got so caught up in the plot that I rushed through and missed it.

33) And ... what are you reading right now?
I just started 'Trickster's Choice' by Tamora Pierce.

Comments

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luzula
Apr. 2nd, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love the Paksenarrion books. I reread them as comfort reading when I was moving, because I was just too tired for anything else. And I like Robin Hobb, too.

Also, I misread 'poem' as 'porn' at first and then was surprised at your choice of favorite porn. *g*
keerawa
Apr. 3rd, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yay! Reading buddy! My favorite porn would be 'Make-up' by js_cavalcante.
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