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[info]kb98 sent me this fun book meme. Why not post your own answers in the Comments?


What was the last book you bought?
- Since I started working in Waterstone's commercial department I don't buy that many books these days. The last one I brought home from work was The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller, follow up to Empress which I read earlier this year.


Name a book you have read MORE than once
- Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay. I first read it while [info]kb98 and I were travelling in Mexico in 1996 and loved it. When we ran out of books, I read it again, and I've read it again at least once since then. Replaced The Lord of the Rings as my favourite book of all time.


 Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
- Not really, although The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Hobbit got me into fantasy fiction and that led me to D&D.
 

How do you choose a book - eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
- Recommendation from a friend with similar tastes but sometimes it is just the cover that grabs me.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
- Fiction, definitely

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
- Gripping plot, but the writing needs to be good too.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
- Samuel Vimes, Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch (Terry Pratchett's Discworld series)

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
- The Riven Kingdom, Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik, Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, Rough Guide to Videogames, The Walking Dead Volume 7

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
- I finished the first deluxe volume of Elfquest Archives this morning. I haven't read Elfquest for years but it was still great!

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
- Yes. Life is too short for crap or boring books!

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(Anonymous)
Oct. 7th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
Okay, I'll have a go at this one ...

Andy

What was the last book you bought?
- Anathem by Neal Stephenson. Bought after a tip off by kb98 that it was about to come out. Brilliant and clever, as usual - think 'The Name Of The Rose', crossed with 'Sophie's World' and set in an Iain M Banks' sci-fi world. But 1,000-page hardbacks are not ideal material for commuting. Is this what ebooks are for?


Name a book you have read MORE than once
- Not very many (there are too many more books out there I haven't read once yet). Lord Of The Rings and The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen, because I loved them as a kid and wanted to know if they were as good when I was an adult. An Instance Of The Fingerpost, Catch 22, Perfume, Walking On Glass. (Only Perfume was a let-down the second time around).


Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
- I think I'll probably have to agree with Rich on this one and say it's LOTR and Weirdstone Of Brisingamen. I guess they revealed a romantic yearning for magic in me. Other books have changed the way I've thought about particular topics, but I'm not sure any could claim to have changed me fundamentally. Maybe The Unbearable Lightness Of Being would come closest.

How do you choose a book - eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
- Cover design and/or title can make me pick up a book, summary blurb can make me get wallet out, opening paragraph seals the deal.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
- Fiction edges it, but I need a dose of history, science or biography every few books. A bit like crop rotation.

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
- Meh. Daft question. A plot in itself isn't gripping, it's how it's laid out for the reader and that's down to the writing. And no writing is really beautiful if it's actually rather boring.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
- The Hon Charlie Strafford Van Cleef Mortdecai ("I was actually christened Charlie; I think my mother was perhaps getting at my father in some obscure way"). A less than honest art dealer who likes "art and money and dirty jokes and drink". The lead character in four books by Kyril Bonfiglioli (one of which is disappointingly poor). Try 'Something Nasty In The Woodshed' or 'Don't Point That Thing At Me'.

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
- Anathem (see above). I try to stick to one book at a time.

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
- 'The Ladies Of Grace Adieu' by Susannah Clark, finished about 2 weeks ago. I know that some people are rubbed up the wrong way by her (e.g. my girlfriend), but I love her stuff.

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
- Yes. I really, honestly try not to, because some stoic part of me considers it 'weak' or something, but sometimes a book is just too bad or dull to persevere with. I have a few books that I still intend to return to, but in some cases it's been rather a long time...(a history of the crusades, a biography of Perkin Warbeck, Simon Schama's biography of Rembrandt).
richgreen01
Oct. 7th, 2008 10:05 am (UTC)
LOL! Knew you wouldn't finish that Crusades book!
ninthcouncil
Oct. 7th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
What was the last book you bought?
- Physically, a collection of Sherlock Holmes shorts in a cheap Wordsworth edition. Electronically, a rather eclectic Amazon order, but that hasn't arrived yet.

Name a book you have read MORE than once
- Most of Jack Vance's better stuff. I read LotR more times than was healthy as a teenager but haven't read it again for 25 years, and don't now possess a copy.


Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
- Life as a whole - no. These things tend to be incremental for me. In a slightly more restricted field, Jack Vance's Durdane trilogy, since it showed me that you can read and write in colour instead of black and white. "Patriots and Redeemers in Japan: Motives in the Meiji Restoration" by G. O. White opened my eyes to a new way of reading history.


How do you choose a book - eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
- yes, all of them ;). It depends. Sometimes I'm working on recommendations and reviews, other times it's just gut feeling and whimsy.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
- I've read a lot more non-fiction over the last few years, but I'd still say fiction - but I'm a lot more choosy than I once was.

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
- I'll have both thanks. But if the writing is trash I'll more likely bale than if the plot is tenuous. After all, what would you rather drive - a classic Mercedes soft-top with a ropey engine, or a fully functioning tractor?

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
- Kirth Gersen in Vance's Demon Princes. In many ways a stock Vance smart tough guy, but there's enough twists along the way to make him memorable (I'm thinking particularly of the end of The Face...).

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
- nightstand? There's a word I haven't used in a long time! That Sherlock Holmes book.

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
- I've had a bit of a gap over the last few months. Before starting the Sherlock Holmes the last book I read was "The Woman Who Discovered Printing" by Tim Barrett.

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
- Yes. I have less patience than I used to. Some books just aren't worth the bother, other times circumstances intervene. Some books I'd dearly like to finish, such as The Tale of Genji, I have to shamefacedly admit to having put aside.
ninthcouncil
Oct. 7th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
Doh. G.O. White should be G.O. Wilson.
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kb98
Oct. 7th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
thought I ought to join in really
What was the last book you bought?
The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler, which is essentially an interpretation of Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces for writers (mostly screenwriters).

Name a book you have read MORE than once
I read Martin Amis's The Information twice in a matter of weeks as we were travelling and had run out of books (this is when Rich re-read Tigana). Also Snow Crash and The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. There are probably more.

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, which changed the way I see myself, more than anything.

How do you choose a book - eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
There are certain authors I know I like and will buy everything they write. I'm attracted by a decent cover, too. And if I'm shopping in person I always read the first page to check that I like the author's writing.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Fiction.

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
Both. But beautiful writing can make a plot irrelevant; a gripping plot can't mask bad writing.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
Lots. . . any Tremontaine (from Ellen Kushner's novels).

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
Most recent purchases; plus a Driving book I got for my birthday, Sarah Waters' The Night Watch, Fruits Basket manga, The Artist's Way, and the book I've just started reading, What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn.

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
The Persuader by Lee Child, which I finished last Tuesday night so that Richard could take it away with him on a trip.

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
Yes, a few times. I eventually realized that it was better to give up and read something I wanted to read than not read at all because I felt I had to finish the book I wasn't enjoying.
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