I realised I hadn’t posted in about a week and my net speed is too slow to do a thorough post so I found some bookish questions to post instead.
On your night-stand now: I have a tendency to pile up books that I plan to read in the coming months on my bedside table so there’s quite a few… Blacktown by Shane Weaver, Nation by Terry Pratchett, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Erak’s Ransom by John Flanagan, Tallow by Karen Brooks, The Heroes of Asgard by A & E Keary, The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, Inside Mr Enderby by Anthony Burgess, The Marvellous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum, White Tiger – Kylie Chan. Yeah, just a few.
Book you’ve “faked” reading: I don’t think I could fake it if I tried. Even if it’s a book I’m not interested in, if something with words is placed in front of me I just can’t help myself. I have to read it.
Book you’ve bought for the cover: I don’t buy books for their covers. I do, however, pick books up to read their synopsis based on their cover. Covers and titles are the deciding factor for me if I don’t find my favourite authors or what I’ve set out to buy. The latest one I bought would be Ilium by Dan Simmons and I picked that up because the cover was black and white.
Favourite book when you were a child: Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs and Little Tiger Get Well Soon by I have no idea. I loved that book. I loved that book so much I even have a copy now and I’m 27 in a few days… I also remember a book that had paper puppets which you move around to different pages and there’s my book of World Fairy Tales that I have had for 20 years. Great book that, it’s chock full of fairy tales from all over the place.
Book that changed your life: I don’t know about changing my life, but possibly my reading habits. For instance I used to only read Horror or Dark Fiction until I picked up Lord of The Rings. I didn’t start getting into fantasy after that, but that would probably be the starting point of me branching out with the genres I read.
Favourite line from a book: “By the tits of my ancestors!” which I think is a line from the series I’m currently reading (Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan). Really though, I don’t have a favourite. I used to quote Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and had a habit of saying Mon Dieu and a few other lines or exclamations from those books (I loved Lestat – who could not love a bisexual vampire when you’re a bisexual who is a fan of vampires?). There have also been a few oaths from Warhammer 40K books (like Emperor’s Bowels), but there aren’t really any lines that actually stick out or make that much of an impact on me. Maybe I move on too quickly.
Top 5 favourite authors: I don’t read books that much based on authors anymore so I’ll list authors that make an impact on me, whether I have read more then one of their books or not (I may have been meaning to, but not gotten around to it yet).
- H. G. Wells – Is really bad at endings usually, but he has such a splendid imagination.
- Richard Matheson (I Am Legend)
- Anthony Burgess
- George Orwell
- Anne Rice – Pre-Jesus Anne Rice
Book you can’t believe that everyone has not read and loved: Don’t know about loving them, but I’m always surprised when someone says they haven’t read (or heard of) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Lord of The Rings. With the latter it’s usually when it’s a person who loves Fantasy. I can’t understand how they can read it and not read LOTR.
Book you are an “evangelist” for: Hmm I don’t usually spread the love or preach about books I’ve read. If it is a book that makes an impact on me then I might mention it a few times for the next couple of weeks, but mostly I keep that to myself. I have mentioned Brave New World to a handful of people, also Christopher Hitchens’ God is Not Great and Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion to my Mum… I can’t think of any others. At least I’m not preaching about any books at the moment. It’s better to just ask me about books rather then waiting for me to suggest something.
Book you most want to read again for the first time: Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, I Am Legend and maybe the Boudica Series by Manda Scott.