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Book Meme

Lifted from chelseagirl, and used here to try to cudgel my brain into working, which it's not otherwise doing this afternoon.

1: Currently Reading: Robert Holdstock's Mythago Wood. I read it a number of times about 15-20 years ago, and have been intending to re-read it for a while. An Amazon gift voucher from a survey site had me poking around on Amazon, and I bought it and the next two as ebooks.

2: Describe the last scene you read in as few words as possible. No character names or title: Anachronistic flight and pursuit through neolithic river valley.

3: First book that had a major influence on you: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, I'm pretty sure.

4: Quick, you're in desperate need of a fake name. What character name do you think of first?: Pentateuch Stoker. No, I have no idea where that came from, I never do. If the intention is a plausible name from an existing character, Antryg Windrose isn't going to work, so Edmund Pevensie. That was clearly seeded by Q3.

5: Favorite series and why: These days, it's probably Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, because they've enough world and interesting enough concepts for me to get my teeth into. I do love Barbara Hambly's Dog Wizard sequence and associated books, though.

6: Public library or personal library?: Personal. Public libraries aren't open during hours that are any way convenient for me, at work or at home, and my non-fiction reading is much too specialised to be supported by a public library, or even, being honest, a university library. I think public libraries are massively important to have, mind, they're just not very useful to me.

7: What is the most important part of a book, in your opinion?: The words? The quality of writing, I think, which will pull me into books I otherwise wouldn't read. After that, depth of setting. Story I'm none too concerned with - give me enough setting, and I'll infer story all on my own.

8: Why are you reading the book you're currently reading?: The concepts of mythic time/space vortices have been important to me since I first read Holdstock, and I want to re-read them now that I've more critical ability and a wider understanding of myth and history.

9: If you were to publish a book what (besides your real name) would you use for your author name?: Robin Edge, which was my mother's name, but would do very nicely for a name of indeterminate gender, which I think is a useful consideration.

10: Do you listen to music when you read?: Sometimes by accident, but rarely intentionally.

11: What book fandom do you affiliate yourself with the most?: Narnia, I think. If Barbara Hambly's books had more fanfic, it'd be those.

12: Tell one book story or memory (what you were wearing when you were reading something, someone saw you cry in public, you threw a book across the room and broke a window, etc.): When I was about 10, I read an anthology of Best Horror Stories, or somesuch. One story, about children who were vampires, had a scene where two juvenile bloodsuckers were standing on a lawn, in moonlight, looking up at the narrator's window. It stuck with me for years, and continues to give me cold shudders.

13: What character would be your best friend in real life?: I think I'd get on famously with the aforementioned Antryg Windrose. Alternately, Billy the Werewolf.

14: Favorite item of book merch: I... don't know. I'm not sure I own any.

15: Post a shelfie: Away from bookshelves. Might fill in later.

16: Rant about anything book related: Originality. I get a lot of alerts from Amazon and Bookbub about bargain books. These fall into two categories: books I already wanted, which are now on sale, and books that are third-generation photocopies of books that sold very well. There are far more of the latter, and the unoriginality can be stunning. The number of time-travel romances that followed Outlander being on TV, for instance, was terrifying. And not the clever non-linearity of The Time Traveller's Wife, just the linear story of a woman with a man in each of two eras.

17: What do you think about movie/tv adaptations?: In many cases, I like them, but I like them to diverge a bit. Some of the Narnia films don't stick in my mind at all because they were too faithful to the books, and didn't add anything to the movies that exists in my head.

18: Favorite booktuber(s): I have no idea what that is, to be honest.

19: Book that you call your child: What?

20: A character you like but you really, really shouldn't: Er. I don't know. Most anti-heroes are just unpleasant, and most other characters have enough redeeming features. I can't think of any situation where I'd apply two 'really's to not liking a character anyway.

21: Do you loan your books?: Sure, but I don't really expect them to come back. Anything I want to keep, I don't loan. But ebooks, which are 90% of my reading now, are hard to loan.

22: A movie or tv show you wish would have been a book: I've never watched a lot of TV, and most of what I've seen has gone from book or comic to television or film, not the other way around. Some of Tim Powers' books, maybe? No, television to book. Er. The X-Files? I mean, there were and are X-Files books...

23: Did your family or friends influence you to read when you were younger?: Family, yes. Friends weren't great at it. I got bored at a friend's house once, at the age of about 8, and asked where they kept the books. They didn't have any. I was horrified.

24: First book(s) you remember being obsessed with: Lord of the Rings, at 9, just going on 10.

25: A book that you think about and you cringe because of how terrible it was: I don't tend to keep books like that in memory. I do remember a guy I knew in Irish College (three weeks of Irish Language summer school) saying he was writing a novel, and getting him to send me the first few pages. They were hand-written (I had assumed he had a typewriter, and would photocopy a few pages because gawd, who hand-writes a novel?), and they were so dire that I remember a cold/hot feeling of creeping awfulness. He couldn't punctuate, and the 'story' was clearly ripped off from The Hobbit with bits changed. We were about 15, and it was 7-year-old standard.

26: Do you read from recommendations or whatever book catches your eye?: Both. All.

27: How/where do you purchase your books?: Ebooks from Amazon, or any Amazon-compatible vendors, or DriveThruRPG, or Humble Bundle. Physical books are usually non-fiction; some come from Amazon as well, but most from academic bookshops, second-hand bookshops, or... I don't know where the damn things come from, actually, they just turn up.

28: An ending you wish you could change: The Last Battle. Not the ending of the book, mind, but the book itself, the ending of the series. The Christian allegory went overboard, and it just wasn't in any way satisfying, let alone Susan's situation. The whole book is just not in my headcanon for Narnia.

29: Favorite female protagonist: Oh, that's tough. Verity Price? Joanna Sheraton? Honor Harrington?

30: One book everyone should read: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

31: Do you day dream about your favorite books? If so, share one fantasy you have about them: No, I have tabletop RPGs for that.

32: OTP or NoTP?: NoTP. IDIC.

33: Cute and fluffy or dramatic and deadly?: Cute and deadly, please.

34: Scariest book you ever read: I don't remember the title, but it was about the American Right. Something like Why America is Right. Completely terrifying, and repulsive.

35: What do you think of Ebooks: See above. 90% of my reading, allows me carry 500-odd books around all the time.

36: Unpopular opinions: All my opinions are popular with the audience that matters. That is, me. I am, for the most part, deeply unconcerned as to whether they're popular with other people.

37: A book you are scared is not going to be all you hoped it would be: The Nightmare Stacks. I love the rest of Charlie's writing, but the last book in the series left me uninterested. Scared would be an exaggeration, though.

38: What qualities do you find annoying in a character?: Tough exterior, soft interior. The hard-boiled detective type. Harry Dresden skates right along the edge of this, and continues to get away with it.

39: Favorite villain: Anne Reynolt, in A Deepness In The Sky.

40: Has there ever been a book you wish you could un-read?: As in, have it erased from memory so I never remember it again, or so I can re-read it as though for the first time? I would like to re-read Barbara Hambly's Stranger At The Wedding for the first time.

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chelseagirl
Jun. 23rd, 2016 03:12 pm (UTC)
Have you read Hambly's Benjamin January series? Historical mysteries set in New Orleans with a black protagonist who has returned home after time in the more egalitarian world of France. I've only read a few so far, but very good.
gothwalk
Jun. 23rd, 2016 04:14 pm (UTC)
I haven't; I keep meaning to get to them. I think last time I looked, the first one couldn't be got as an ebook, but I see they're all available now. I shall put them on the list for next month's bulk book-buying session. :)
cissa
Jul. 7th, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
It is an amazing series! I have read most of them to date.
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