Monday, April 23, 2012

Book meme

Everybody having the kind of day that I am?  I hope not.

Anyway, time for more insights into the man who writes this blog, rather like the one I did on music a while back.  This time, it’s books.  To my experience, books are as good as any way to get a window into someone’s soul.

1)    You’re stuck in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.  Which book do you want to memorize?

I’d say Neuromancer by William Gibson.

2)    Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Hmmm, from a book?  I don’t thinks so.  Amy Shaftoe from Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon is probably the closest to one.  If we’re allowing comic books, well then we’d be here for a while.  Psyclocke from The X-Men immediately springs to mind.  That and the fact that I’d probably have to fight Bernard for her.

3)    The last book you bought is…?

I think it was Berserker by Fred Saberhagen and Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer.

4)    What are you currently reading?

Trying to hack my way through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larrsson.  I’ve been told it gets more thrilling but I’m on page 200 and all it’s been is info dumping about Swedish corporations and politics.  Weakly written, too.  So I had a moment’s dalliance  with Last Call by Tim Powers.

5)    Five books you would take to a deserted island?

Sigh.  I’m never good with these kinds of questions.  Since I’d already have Gibson’s Neuromancer memorized:

1)    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
2)    Macbeth by William Shakespeare.  Yes, I know it’s technically a play but I have a battered and dog-eared paperback copy that I’ve carried around since high school.
3)    Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
4)    Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
5)    2001 by Arthur C. Clarke

So sound off.  What are your books?

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  1. On Facebook, Dr. Rich said: "Favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird (favorite protagonist), Frankenstein (favorite antagonist), Mirrorshades (best anthology)."

  2. 1. Probably Fahrenheit 451, so I know what to do! It's been ages since I read it!

    2. Yes...but I went through a phase of reading Loveswept romance novels, so that is what that is all about.

    3. Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life's Next Level by Melinda Doolittle

    4. The Late Shift by Bill Carter

    5. This one is REALLY TOUGH for me, since I don't re-read books. If I had to, though:
    a) The Last Great Ride by Brandon Tartikoff
    b) The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    c) The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede
    d) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    e) The Chicken Bone Wish by Barbara Girion