Bookmeme

Since Aditya has forced me into it…*grumble*

1. Total number of books I own:
This question was obviously created for people who have something like 10. Someday I intend to catalogue my books, and I’ll be able to give you a more specific figure then. But for now…somewhere in three figures?

2. Last book(s) I bought:
Hogfather – Pratchett, My Name is Red – Pamuk, Waking Up Screaming – Lovecraft

3. Five books I love:
(This changes regularly)
Needle in the Groove – Jeff Noon: Anything Noon writes is brilliant. This is the first of his books I read, and the one I have experienced most intensely.
The Gormenghast Trilogy – Mervyn Peake: Much as I love Tolkien, I wish fantasy had gone the Peake way instead. Magnificent, dark, funny, evocative, weird.
The Once and Future King – T.H.White: The sword in the stone is a bit silly, but it gets better. It gets amazing. Well researched, but funny. And I always cry when Arthur explains himself to little Tom Malory.
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien: Not the Tolkien book most people would choose. But it’s special because a)it was my first Tolkein book and b)it doesn’t take itself as seriously as the others
Night Watch – Terry Pratchett: Pratchett’s best.

4. Special mention?:
Anything by China Mieville (this rec is especially for Aditya, who will love him), Eco, Wodehouse, Adams, Angela Carter, Borges, Jeanette Winterson, Neil Gaiman, Calvino. Neal Stephenson’s Baroque cycle is mostly very good, and Susanna Clarke has inpressed me greatly with JS&MN and a short story of hers that Neil Gaiman linked to sometime around Halloween.

5. Books I’m reading right now:
Slowly getting through Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and giggling through a Blandings omnibus.(Imperial Blandings – an old favourite) Just finished The Moon Riders (Theresa Tomlinson), My Name is Red (Orhan Pamuk) and rereads of Hogfather and Baudolino.

6. Books that changed my life:
Bashful the Clumsy Bear by Pat Posner. This is the book I learned to read from. I still own it.
The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. Without this I would never have met the love of my life (the love of the past few years, anyway)

7. Funniest I ever read:
The trinity – Pratchett, Wodehouse, Adams. If you were talking about humour in general I’d add the Pythons.

8. Never wanted to end:
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. And The Scar by Mieville.

9. Favourite literary characters:
Sir Samuel Vimes, Death (The Discworld one), Sepulchrave, Clarence Emsworth, Albertina (Angela Carter – The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr. Hoffman)

10. Ideal character for a dining companion:
Havelock Vetinari.

No booktags because I’m a nice girl.
Well? That wasn’t too hard…do you feel like you know me better?

11 Comments to “Bookmeme”

  1. The hobbit’s my first one too. My english teacher introduced me to it when i First arrived at the US.
    Changed my life it did. I wanted to direct this film until PJ went ahead and screwed it up for me. Curse his bearded body.

  2. To be fair…PJ’s version was better than Ralph Bakshi’s. Did you ever see that…horror?

  3. Thank you, melady. When you mentioned Mieville, I remembered seeing the name somewhere, and I (forthwith) tracked it down to a friend who I beat with a stick until he gave me Perdido Street Station. How is it?

    Anyway, very interesting list. Hogfather is really cool – I especially liked the cinematic Death scenes in it, like the one with Him killing the creature in the deeps. I’m still iffy about Night Watch, but that was my first Pratchett read, and if I return now, after reading the other Watch books, perhaps I’ll like it better. Will do that soon.

    PS: Vetinari as a dinner companion! And you didn’t give any reason. Why? (I wanted to insert thousands of ‘!’s here, but didn’t, because Pterry says it’s a sign of a deranged mind. So maybe I’ll do that next time.)

  4. Oh yes i did see the Ralph Bakshi version. The horror…the horror….

  5. Why, Aditya? Because I like intelligent men, and Vetinari’s about as intelligent as it gets. Plus he’s aristocratic, machiavellian, and probably has wonderfully chiselled cheekbones.

    I’ve been rereading Perdido Street Station this week. It’s as complex as I remember. Incredible book.

    The Bakshi movie is a milestone in book-to-film adaptation. It’s there we learnt that a long and complex book can be compressed into two or three sentences along the lines of “yes, well basically, they won” for the sake of film duration.

  6. He is very intelligent, I know, but I personally would be creeped out – he’s very intuitive, and I’ve got many things to hide. I’d rather be sitting at the next table watching the two of you interact. That’d be interesting. ;)

    BTW, Paul Kidby’s Vetinari is just as you described. Very intriguing.

    PS: I’ll be starting Perdido Street Station tonight.

  7. I’ll be looking out for the Bakshi movie as well. I saw a few posters, and it seems weird enough to be interesting – disastrous ideas are always interesting to watch.

  8. Best books I’ve read this year -
    Blink : Malcom Gladwell
    The Tipping Point: Malcom Gladwell
    Collapse: Neil Diamond
    The Wisdom of Crowds: James Suroweicki
    The Blank Slate: Steven Pinker
    Pundits from Pakistan: Rahul Bhattacharya
    A Short History of Nearly Everything: Bill Bryson

  9. I own A Short History of Nearly Everything but haven’t started it yet. Soon.

    I finished Perdido Street Station the night before last, and am now rereading The Scar. I think I’m in love with this man, bald and thuggish as he looks on his covers.

  10. …I finished The Scar today. My second read. Bloody hell. I’m in awe of this man.

  11. Several personal faves in there: “Once & Future King,” yes (T.H. was a complex guy); Carter, Gaiman, Susanna Clarke (can’t wait for her next book!)

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